August 19, 2016 |
MR. 58 TEES OFF at 8:10 a.m. Thursday. Eagles punter Donnie Jones, the oldest player on the team, will be in Pittsburgh on Thursday preparing for a preseason game. Still, he will be following what Jim Furyk does at the Wyndham Championships. So will the rest of the golf world. Because, the last time he played, Furyk shot the lowest score in the history of the PGA Tour. "Golll-eee, man!" said Jones, a Louisiana native. "I've never even shot even par! My best golf day was probably the day I shot 76. Jim Furyk, if you're listening: That was a hell of a round, man. " Among the four major American sports, kickers and punters tend to be the best golfers.
August 8, 2016 |
HAMILTON, Bermuda - This small island, only 21 square miles in size and 650 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., gave the world Bermuda shorts (still used as part of the island uniform), Bermuda onions (still used in island cuisine), and Bermuda grass (still used on the island's ubiquitous golf courses). Bermuda has earned literary cred, as well. An early chronicler of its infamous Triangle, William Shakespeare, used it as the shipwreck setting of The Tempest, making it the only New World location the Bard ever cited by name.
July 28, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Who won the Olympic gold medal in men's tennis singles in Seoul in 1988? How about Barcelona in 1992? If you remember then you're either a rabid tennis fan or an Olympics nut. Tennis was reintroduced as an official Olympic sport in 1988 after a 64-year absence. In the interim, the sport grew globally like wildfire. Wins from ninth-ranked Miloslav Mecir of Czechoslovakia in 1988, then 37th-ranked Marc Rosset of Switzerland in 1992, did not further fuel this fire.
July 15, 2016 |
Rory McIlroy said he expected to watch some of the Rio Olympics on television but didn't think golf would be among the sports he chose. "Track and field, swimming, diving . . . the stuff that matters," McIlroy said. McIlroy could be watching the Olympic tournament from tee to green if he wanted, but he, along with a number of top professionals, has elected to skip Rio, which offers neither prize money nor world ranking points. Like most of the other golfers who have declined spots on their country's Olympic roster - including Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Jordan Speith, the other three on golf's current Mount Rushmore - McIlroy cited health fears related to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
July 4, 2016 |
Vince Velasquez never played organized soccer, but it was hard to tell when seeing the righthanded pitcher adeptly juggling a ball the other day in the Phillies clubhouse. Velasquez prides himself on his athletic ability. He said he recently shot a 73 while playing golf. When asked whether he was the best athlete on the team, Velasquez replied: "Maybe. " The Phillies don't care about his touch on a soccer ball or whether he can shoot under par. Yet, for the 24-year-old Velasquez, the activities outside of baseball, especially soccer, are essential in helping him prepare to pitch.
June 28, 2016 |
In 1967, four black businessmen - real estate broker Al Letson, business owner Maxwell Stanford, motel owner Robert Salsbury, and banker James Blocker - came together to purchase Freeway Golf Course, a sprawling 150-acre property in Sicklerville. An investment of $250,000 made them the first African Americans in the country to own an 18-hole course. In the coming years, it became a model for other black-owned golf courses across the nation and a site for some of the sport's most important competitions, including the first Sammy Davis Jr. Open, now known as the Travelers Insurance Championship.
June 22, 2016 |
With the first day of summer came the dedication of Gloucester County's first state park. The Department of Environmental Protection on Monday formally opened the Tall Pines State Preserve, which used to be a golf course. The new park's 110 acres are in Deptford and Mantua Townships, with the Mantua Creek rolling through it. The preserve is New Jersey's 40th state park, said Bob Martin, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection. "As a conservationist, it is my job to preserve the treasures of the state of New Jersey," Martin said.
June 16, 2016 |
OAKMONT, Pa. - Jason Day loves being the No. 1 golfer in the world. He loves applying the focus and putting in the work that will keep him at No. 1, calling it "my priority as long as my family is happy and healthy. " While he admits it can be stressful holding on to the top spot, especially as he prepares for a test as rigorous as the U.S. Open beginning Thursday at unforgiving Oakmont Country Club, he wouldn't have it any other way. "I've never been more stressed in my life than right now," Day said Tuesday in a candid news conference.
June 16, 2016 |
OAKMONT, Pa. - Once upon a time, golf had a "Big Three. " And it was, well, historically significant. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Among them, they won 34 majors. And when "The King" got too old, Lee Trevino assumed the role of third musketeer. He would add six majors, one shy of Arnie. Later, Tom Watson came along and got eight more. Some haul, for an extended era. When Tiger Woods ruled the food chain, his only real rival was chasing the Nicklaus legacy.
June 14, 2016 |
WHEN YOU go to the circus you only want to see the bearded lady once. You could watch the daring young man on the flying trapeze over and over again, but nobody keeps going back to the freak show The senior tour has its bearded lady. John Daly last month joined the PGA Tour Champions. Now he travels from town to town in his superbus, playing powerful, indifferent golf and drawing his NASCAR crowd: fans who love his folksy manner but know that, at any moment, he might crash and burn.