May 15, 2015 |
STEVE STRICKER stood in the fairway on the second hole at Merion, one shot back on Sunday at the U.S. Open. He needed to nail this shot. Instead, Stricker shanked a 4-iron. His ball went screaming over Ardmore Avenue, out of bounds, and Stricker fell out of contention with a triple-bogey. An indicting red line cut an ugly scar across TV monitors worldwide. Tommy Roy, the man responsible for the red line, felt his heart sink. "Probably the most dramatic and most painful Protracer shot of all time," Roy said.
May 6, 2015 |
The Penn men's golf team had to wait until near the end of the Golf Channel's NCAA selection show Monday to find out where it would play its regional of the NCAA Division I championships, leading coach Bob Heintz to sweat a little bit. "I was getting nervous thinking they were figuring out a way to keep us out," Heintz joked. The Quakers, with an automatic bid for winning the Ivy League, were assigned to the regional at the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. Temple junior Brandon Matthews also had to wait, but he will make a return visit to the regionals as an individual competitor, heading to The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn.
April 21, 2015 |
South Jersey's second medical-marijuana dispensary, expected to open in a renovated 18,000-square-foot building in Bellmawr, Camden County, received its final construction approvals from the borough in late December. But the Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center still needs the green light from the state Department of Health before it can begin growing marijuana on the premises. The background check of the dispensary's principals and funding sources - which began in February 2013 - is continuing and is expected to be completed by the end of June, according to the department.
October 23, 2014
DOES YOUR TV-watching reflect your politics? Those who buy and place political ads think it does. And, as viewing habits continue to disperse among hundreds of cable choices, political parties and groups behind so-called independent expenditures are increasingly targeting ad buys to specific channels. This is the new TV campaign. Cable is cheaper and offers niche programming. When that's coupled with advances in technology, as in "we know what you're watching," guess what?
July 14, 2014 |
Many would argue that Philadelphia is America's best sports city. Our passion certainly supports that claim, even if the 76ers' attendance frequently doesn't. But apart from those considerations, I wonder if it's possible to be a great sports town without a PGA Tour stop. When it comes to a city's sporting calendar, a golf tournament is like the cherry on a sundae - a sweet, colorful, and eagerly consumed addition to an already tasty concoction. Yet for most of the last 35 years, Philadelphia inexplicably has been the only one of America's 10 largest metropolitan areas without a PGA event.
May 31, 2014 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - While Jessica Korda and Lexi Thompson enjoyed outstanding careers in junior golf, they thought they needed time to adjust to the grind of the LPGA Tour before they could break into the winner's circle. Still, the two women haven't taken all that long to make their mark on the circuit, and are part of the influx of young American players who have enjoyed much success on the tour this season. Players from the United States have won seven of the 12 tournaments played in 2014 entering Friday's start of the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.
December 27, 2013
I ONCE dated a fellow who fancied himself a die-hard Eagles fan. He had the epidermal, obvious things covered fairly well. His "man cave" sported a giant, theater-quality flat screen that made the weekly viewing of the game a lifelike experience. He knew the lingo, and would never say "make the first down" as opposed to "convert," or mistake a safety for a touchback. He even had the body mass of a defensive end, although toward the end of our relationship his girth became a bit more offensive, if you get my drift.
December 11, 2013 |
Tennis Channel and Comcast Corp. are still slapping baseline shots at each other - now in the nation's highest court. Tennis Channel has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the legal question of whether Comcast should make Tennis' 24-hour sports channel available to nearly all Comcast TV subscribers. At stake is millions of dollars in revenue for Tennis Channel and an interpretation of the 1992 Cable Act in how it relates to protecting independent programmers. Tennis Channel says Comcast is discriminating against it or treating it differently from the Comcast-owned Golf Channel by asking subscribers to pay $5 more a month for it. Comcast does not ask for a similar fee for Golf Channel.
June 17, 2013 |
Thanks, Merion. You've made golf fun to watch again. Can't tell you how much we hackers hate it when the pros make golf look as easy as bingo. Week after week, they destroy par, golf courses, and a lot of our interest in the game. It's monotonous - 300-yard drive, 8-iron to the green, a putt or two. Wham, bam, thank you, Sam (Snead). Pretty soon the leader board is filled with more red than Ashburn Alley. But during this 2013 U.S. Open, to paraphrase Bobby Jones, they are playing a game with which I am familiar.
June 16, 2013 |
The verdant driving range at the famed Merion Golf Club has been transformed into a muddy TV city, with tractor-trailer production units, gravel instead of grass, and hundreds of empty stacked spools of fiber-optic cable. "It used to be a driving range. It will be again," Ken Carpenter, NBC Sports technical manager, said ruefully Friday afternoon. It's from here that NBC, ESPN, the Golf Channel, Europe's Sky Sports, and other media outlets are beaming images of this year's - at least up to now - rain-wracked U.S. Open.