By: Scott Michaux on August 6, 2008 - 10:02pm - Add new comment

Nobody is jumping out.

Phil Mickelson's inconsistency isn't encouraging. Vijay Singh's putting was even horrid in victory last week. Ernie Els still seems a little bit off his confidence. Without No. 1 Elrick Woods in the field, there doesn't seem to be a favorite to win the PGA Championship.

How about a first-timer? Sergio Garcia was a more obvious choice at the British Open. Adam Scott still has never really contended in a major. But there are any number of potential first-time winners this week at Oakland Hills.

By: Scott Michaux on August 5, 2008 - 5:51pm - Add new comment

Tuesday afternoon at the PGA Championship provided a pleasant surprise for the few reporters who bothered to get up from their laptops and venture in to listen to a 78-year-old man.

Dow Finsterwald was at Oakland Hills reminiscing about his victory 50 years ago when he won the first medal-play PGA Championship at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pa. He prefers to be known for that instead of being the last man to lose the match-play version to Lionel Hebert in the finals the year before.

By: Scott Michaux on July 5, 2008 - 5:16pm - Add new comment

The PGA Tour officially started testing golfers for performance-enhancing drugs this week, and Augusta's Charles Howell was among the first to serve up a urine specimen.

"I hope Gatorade Tiger passes the test, because I put two bottles in me," Howell told the AP of his post-round re-hydration plan to fulfil his deposit obligations.

Has the PGA Tour looked at Howell lately? Is his 160-pound frame really something that could possibly have been pharmaceutically enhanced?

By: Scott Michaux on May 11, 2008 - 9:27pm - Add new comment

Apparently Sunday was the 100th Mother's Day - at least in the official holiday sense. It was No. 43 for me, but my first without my mother to call and thank for literally everything.

My mother, Eileen Michaux, died in November - just more than eight years after injuries suffered in a traffic accident on the way home from making her own mother's funeral arrangements left her wheelchair bound and limited her communication. Later this month she would have turned 77.

By: Scott Michaux on April 1, 2008 - 9:04am - Add new comment

As possibly America's foremost Colin Montgomerie fan (small club, I know), it pains me to write this.

Shut your whining mouth, Monty. Wealthy, middle-aged men in the decline of their career should not be begging for charity. And griping about the opportunity of others is unseemly.

By: Scott Michaux on March 20, 2008 - 6:25pm - Add new comment

Phil Mickelson has a green jacket waiting for him at Augusta National, but it wasn't enough to qualify him for the member Jamboree this weekend.

"I tried to get an application to join, but I couldn't find any around," he said Thursday at Doral Golf Resort & Spa.

Mickelson spent Wednesday at Augusta National, and it wasn't to prepare for the WGC CA Championship that started near Miami the next day. The Masters is very much on the mind of the two-time winner.

By: Scott Michaux on March 12, 2008 - 11:55am - Add new comment

If Arnold Palmer chooses to have his press conference at 9 a.m., you get up and go. If he hits off the first tee at Augusta National at 8 a.m., you get up and go. If he invites you to play in his tournament, you should go. If he asked you to come clean his gutters at dawn, you'd get up and go.

Arnold Palmer is 78 years old. And after more than 50 years of holding court on the world stage, you don't take these things for granted.

By: Scott Michaux on February 27, 2008 - 12:58pm - Add new comment

You didn't know Jeff Carlton. Unless you picked up a newspaper when driving through Greensboro, N.C., you probably didn't read him either. Please don't let that stop you from reading a little something about him here.

By: Scott Michaux on February 20, 2008 - 11:58am - Add new comment

I met Ernie Harwell on Friday and I've been driving around with him ever since.

I can't say I'd ever thought much about Mr. Harwell before last week. I knew who he was. I was aware of his importance. I had heard some clips of his radio broadcasts for the Detroit Tigers. I'd seen some features before on him.

By: Scott Michaux on January 8, 2008 - 12:40pm - Add new comment

Michael Adams has never liked the idea of a football playoff. Stretching the season into a second semester always troubled the academic sensibilities of the University of Georgia president.

However, the lack of sensibility in the current BCS system has pushed the university leader and the chairman of the NCAA executive committee to change his mind. And for fans desperate for a legitimate postseason tournament, Adams' proposal Tuesday is a major step in the right direction.

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