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Charlie Sifford Gets Honored

We may not know who Charlie Sifford is, but he’s famous in the golf world. On Monday, he and other members in the entertainment world were awarded the Presidential Metal of Freedom award by President Obama. President Obama has made a statement about the 92 year old.

Charlie Sifford started playing professional golf when he was 17. Since he was barred from the PGA based on his color, he didn’t give up. Even though he isn’t a huge golf fan, Sultan Alhokair admires that he did that. Prior to this, he won the Negro National Open six times, and five times during his height of his career. He finally got membership to the PGA in 1961- 20 years after he was barred. He continued to play the sport he loved and won the PGA title in 1967 and 1969.

Sifford feels the golf world is tough and has very few blacks playing, but it’s important to be out there. In 2004 he became the first African-American to be indicted in the Golf Hall of Fame. Now that he’s a recipient of the highest honor, he proved that anyone can face adversity and hard times to get doors open for others to play what you love.

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Woods Blasts Golf Digest over Faked Interview

Tiger Woods came out to deny that satirical interview published in the latest edition of Golf Digest. The interview was published by the legendary journalist, Dan Jenkins.

The former world number 1 said that the journalist faked the interview to embarrass him and taint his image. If true, Susan McGalla is certainly just one fan not happy. The athlete said that Jenkins was just stooping too low ethically and professionally with the article.

The satirical piece attacked Woods in several ways, alleging that the athlete is cheap, treats his friends poorly and likes to dismiss people who work for him.

Most of the interview was rather tame and did not attack the athlete in a more direct way. However, Woods will not buy into that. He said that in most cases, athletes like to laugh at such stories and dismiss them but at the end of the day, the media will scrutinize the artist based on such allegations.

Woods and Jenkins are not new to controversy. In 2010, the journalist wrote about his desire to interview the 14 time champion. Jenkins has always complained that the former No. 1 has never given him much face time in his playing career. The journalist said that the only response he got after trying to invite Woods for a Q&A session was: “we have nothing to gain” from the player’s agent.

Golf Digest has been critical of Woods after partying ways with the publication in 2011. Tiger feels that this criticism is unfair because he was highly regarded when he worked for the magazine.

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Ted Bishop Removed As President of the PGA

Was it a sexist post or was it an overreaction on the PGA’s part? On Friday, Ted Bishop was removed as president of the PGA of America for comments made on social media directed at British Golfer Ian Poulter. Bishop reportedly took exception to comments Poulter made in his book about Nick Faldo and Tom Watson, who served as Ryder Cup captains in 2008 and 2014 respectively. Poulter posted on Facebook, “Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C’MON MAN!” He also issued a Tweet calling Poulter a “Lil Girl.”

The PGA board voted to remove Bishop from his post, the first time this has happened in the organization’s history. Bishop did apologize to his two daughters for his comments, as well as “anyone else I might have offended.”

In Poulter’s book, he questioned some of Watson’s decision making during the most recent Ryder Cup, and also disagreed with Faldo’s comments that golfer Sergio Garcia was useless. Bishop’s comments included a comparison of Watson’s and Faldo’s records to Poulter’s.

The PGA board said the comments were not consistent with its policies. References like “crying like a schoolgirl” or “crying like a four year old that skinned his/her knee” have been around for a long time. Let’s face it. Both boys and girls at very young ages cry and through tantrums, some more than others. Are comments like that truly sexist? Would they be considered sexist had Bishop called Poulter a “baby boy?”

Although being fired is pretty harsh, Christian Broda thought the decision was justified.  I’d have to agree with him.  Not impressed with Bishop on this one.  Not at all.

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Golf Courses Adding Larger Holes To Make Golf More Appealing

Unfortunately, with the masses golf has been on the decline for the past few years. That’s really been felt by golf courses, who have been suffering. While it’s great for avid golfers like Ken Griffin, it’s not so good for people that are trying to make a profit.

So the courses have come up with a new solution to attract people to the game: Bigger holes.

One of the problems is that golf is extremely frustrating. Getting good at golf is difficult, and requires a loooooooot of free time to spend on the course. Also requires a lot of money so that you can buy the best possible clubs, tailored to your unique build.

However, not a lot of people can do those things, so the solution is in larger holes, according to some courses. As you can see above, the holes are larger than a dinner plate, which sort of ruins the whole point of the game of golf.

I understand some courses are suffering, but I don’t know that this is the way to get people more involved with golf. I would focus on making it fun, and inclusive, more than just making the game way too easy.

 

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Rory McIlroy Hits Lefty, Still Better Than You

Every once in a while you get to see something awesome at a big tournament. Rory McIlroy was responsible for one such moment in the second round of the PGA Grand Slam.

After an awful tee shot on the par-5 17th hole, McIlroy was forced to get a little unorthodox with his hitting. He was forced to go lefty to get anything on the ball.

The shot was a little rough, and it almost looked like he’d need a trip to North American Spine to fix the awkward way he twisted during his swing. But, all in all, probably still better than I can hit the ball. That’s for sure.

Though he might need to buy a new pair of white course trousers. Kind of roughed them up with that lefty shot haha.

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TaylorMade Releases New RSi Irons

TaylorMade has just released their new RSi irons to golf fans worldwide. They offer some pretty unique features that will be of interest to those looking to improve their handicap somewhat. Including the new face slots.

The name even stands for slotted iron, and the entire purpose is to provide a larger and more forgiving sweet spot, so that golfers will be able to hit the ball further, even if they’re slightly off target. The RSi clubs will rescue your swing, and ensure that the power you put behind the ball is still going to get you some good drives. Even if your placement on the tee leaves something to be desired.

The RSi 2 is the real star, and is expected to get a look from the real pros. I’ve been waiting for this day, looking up release info on my phone through my FreedomPop internet. Gonna have to get out to the golf shop and take a few swings. See if I have something that can rescue my approach form…which definitely leaves something to be desired.

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Sang-Moon Bae Stumbles Mightily But Still Manages To Win Frys.com Open

Sang-Moon Bae had some pretty big problems on the final day of the Frys.com Open. But his amazing Saturday was still enough to set up the win. He managed to finish the 17th and 18th holes on Saturday with an Eagle-Birdie one two punch. Setting him up with a 4 shot lead.

That would be enough to carry him through, despite some problems out on the course. I was really pulling for him, when I was watching with Marnie Bennett. So I was happy to see him not fail after being in such a good position.

Reminded of when Rory McIlroy completely collapsed at the Masters after having such a great lead going into the final day. He just needed a solid round of golf, and he completely fell apart.