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Watson hasn't always appeared so mature, local golfer says

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: April 14, 2014 - 4:44 PM

 

The folks at AM-1500 fired up their Tee Time golf show for the first time this year on Saturday -- just in time for local golfer Joe Stansberry to regale listeners with a story about a less mature time in the life of golfer Bubba Watson, who would of course go on to win the Masters on Sunday for the second time in three years.

 

Stansberry, who is more than 20 years older than Watson, was paired up with him during an event when Watson was an amateur. Many of us in our younger days had some maturing to do, but the review from Stansberry certainly was not favorable.

"He's just a little, whiny brat. He is throwing clubs, he's banging clubs. He's swearing. He's just, you know, being obnoxious."

Stansberry goes on to describe the entirety of the round. The podcast isn't up on the site yet, but we have audio of the segment on Watson if you care to have a listen.

Bubba then vs. Bubba now seems totally different.

Pro golfer tweets about Michael Sam leading "handbag throw" at NFL combine

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: February 25, 2014 - 12:20 PM

PGA golfer Steve Elkington might enjoy building a time machine and going back 20 years to a point where A) he was a relevant player and B) his jokes had a marginally better chance of being deemed funny by, say, 3 percent of the population.

Instead, he's stuck in 2014 and he's getting hated on -- rightfully so -- for this tweet:

If you'll recall, Elkington is the same golfer who had a really FUNNY tweet about a fatal helicopter crash. Hey, Steve, maybe just sit out the next 10-20 years of social media?

TFD: Clint Eastwood saves a man's life at Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: February 7, 2014 - 3:28 PM

This seems to be as good a story to leave you with as we head into the evening and weekend. From the AP:

Clint Eastwood added another starring role at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -- life saver.

Eastwood attended a volunteer party on the eve of the PGA Tour event when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on a piece of cheese. The 83-year-old actor quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center.

"I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn't work," John said Friday. "I was looking at him and couldn't breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life."

Eastwood is a prominent figure at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, formerly as an amateur contestant and now as chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. It has raised over $100 million for charity as the host of the PGA Tour event.

He's often in the CBS tower on the weekend and presents the trophy to the winner, a list that includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker in recent years.

The Hollywood star wasn't expecting an additional duty this week.

"I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes," Eastwood told The Carmel Pine Cone. "It looked bad."

Now that's a great American hero.

You can't fall through the ceiling of a golf pro shop more casually than this

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: January 13, 2014 - 3:05 PM

We don't know any of the circumstances. This apparently happened in Irvine, Calif. All we know is that everyone involved acted with an ALARMING degree of nonchalance.

Hey Ron.

Hey Billy.

Rory McIlroy is in love with the wrong woman, Gary Player says

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: July 30, 2013 - 1:25 PM

 

Far be it from us to insert ourselves into Rory McIlroy's love life, but golf great Gary Player already has, so why not!

 

Player thinks McIlroy's golf game is suffering because he's hanging out too much with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and not practicing his chips and putts enough. The quotes? They really are quite staggering:

"He's got to be intelligent and find the right wife. If he finds the right wife, if he practices and if he's dedicated, he could be the man," Player said.

McIlroy, 24, is currently mired in a disappointing season by his own standards. Although he's ranked third in the world, he is 35th on the PGA Tour in scoring average and has failed to even contend at a major in 2013. The Northern Irishman has also not won since moving to new sponsors Nike at the start of the year.

Player implied that McIlroy's commitment to traveling regularly to see Wozniacki play might mean he does not practice enough. Player said McIlroy needs a partner who is dedicated only to aiding his career.

"When you're in love as a young man naturally golf seems to take second place for a while. It's natural," Player said. "Love is still the greatest thing that ever happens in our lives.

"But the thing is for a man like Rory with talent galore he's got to make sure he has a woman like I've got, who has been married [to me] for 56 years, that has only encouraged me to do well and made sacrifices," he said.

Got that, Rory? Find a pushover who only exists for you instead of a top tennis player. 

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