16-year-old golfing phenom Lydia Ko announced to the world via a New Zealand Golf YouTube promo that she’s ready for the bigs — and she’s officially given up her amateur status and now she’s competing as a professional. Ko made the announcement in a sponsored video alongside All Blacks rugby player Israel Dagg and he even helped her reach her “monumental decision,” according to her Twitter:
The PGA of America and NBC Sports revealed a massive deal on Thursday, with the most newsworthy component being the extension of Golf Channel/NBC receiving the TV rights of the Ryder Cup through 2030.
Naturally, PGA of America President Ted Bishop pointed out that they wanted to respect the PGA Tour and its big event, the Presidents Cup, so they waited until the following week to make their announcement (unlike the USGA during the PGA Championship in August when they unveiled the Fox deal). (continue reading…)
As my regular readers know, I’ve been home in Seattle for a high school event the past week, and I don’t get back there often, so it gets pretty busy between hanging out with my parents and friends (and playing golf, etc.), and this time, an induction ceremony. Sorry for the late notification on why I haven’t been on top of things recently.
I’m back, though! Almost! I’ll be back to my regular routine of Tweeting, Instagramming, Facebooking, writing posts here, so tune in this week. I’m currently waiting for delayed flight to Chicago en route to Columbus for the Presidents Cup. (continue reading…)
I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to start a “mailbag” column, a la Drew Magary’s Funbag on Deadspin or Bill Simmons’ Mailbag. I get tons of emails from readers and non-readers on everything from advice to golf courses to Tiger Woods, along with the occasional hate mail. Which are all appreciated.
I love hearing from you guys and I truly try to respond to as many emails as possible, but sometimes I don’t get to all of them and they get lost amidst the bottomless pit of my inbox. Consider this my public apology to everyone who has emailed me and never received a response.
Solution! Why not make it a weekly feature? — everybody wins!
Here’s how it’s going to work (and mind you, it’s in beta form, so it’s subject to change).
Sorry, I should have posted this note a few days ago, but please pardon the interruption in the regular WUP programming. I’ll do my best to catch up on any news and blogs this week (thankfully it’s a slow news week so far and a rare “bye” week for the PGA Tour — yes, I know the ladies are playing in a major across the pond), though it’ll be sporadic. (continue reading…)
I usually like to wait until after the spot is over before I tell people that I’ll be on TV (at least these days), but for some reason, I felt inclined to post. Maybe it’ll make me perform better for you all since as you know, I’ve been feeling extra feisty the past few days (and it’s almost drained, but I can muster up one last boost).
OK, here are the details: I’ll be on CNN International’s World Sport talking with Amanda Davies on…what else – yes, Augusta National opening its doors to its first women members. I’m told I’ll be on-air around noon (12:18 to be, exact).
Catch me if you can. Crap, what am I going to wear?! (continue reading…)
I should have posted this last Saturday and we are actually open now (well, sort of), but I just really wanted to post the picture above. I needed a few R&R days before returning to the grind with two big tourneys back-to-back — the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (which will now be referred to as “Firestone”) and the final major of the year, the PGA Championship.
I doubt anyone noticed with the Olympics kicking off last weekend. I’m pretty sure at least half of you guys have been busy being outraged with NBC’s tape-delayed coverage that has forced you to ponder the unthinkable: STAYING OFF THE INTER-WEBS!
My sincere apologies for the respite in regular posting. I should’ve put up a message that I’d be taking a few days off. My bad. Good news is I’m back now.
Even better news? So is Jason Dufner…on Twitter.
If you’re lonely, overexcited or just anxious that your opinions reach the largest possible audience, head over to the final round liveblog I’m running at my other website, TheScore.ie.
It lies at the other end of this here link.