October 5, 2015 |
Industrial Valley Bank and the local PGA Tour event that bank once sponsored are both defunct now. But for a brief period, from 1969 through 1980, those two entities found themselves enmeshed in a war that ultimately transformed the face of . And as a rich and powerful vanguard of the future stormed the gates of tradition, the losing side's last defense was a delete button. Difficult as it now may be to imagine, with nearly the entire world corporately branded, there was a time not long ago when a wall separated sports and business.
July 16, 2015 |
WE INTERRUPT this particularly dead time in our collective sports calendar to bring you the latest adventures of Donald Trump - a man who, when he isn't hosting a reality show, is one. I know: It's like feeding Canada geese, writing about this guy. It just produces more . . . well . . . mess. Trump is testing the limits of free speech and his own financial tolerance of it with this latest grab for attention, running for the nomination of a party that is already clearly running from him. He's like a human minesweeper for the Republicans, publicly testing out polarizing views that popularize Facebook pages but - even among a consortium of loose-cannon candidates - seem self-defeating for any serious presidential bid. By Trump's own admission, his insulting and inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants - "bringing drugs . . . crime . . . they're rapists" - have already cost him millions.
July 3, 2015 |
DONALD TRUMP has become like a skunk at a picnic. Everyone's trying to get as far away as possible. Yesterday, Macy's cut the cord with Trump's menswear line, and said in a statement, "We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture . . . In light of statements made by Donald Trump, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship. " As the type of guy who when dumped by a woman, yelled back, "I dumped you first!"
June 19, 2015 |
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - There is no NBA rule to make LeBron James self-deprecating. The NFL cannot force Marshawn Lynch to be a good sport, and Major League Baseball could never convince Barry Bonds to be pleasant. The same is true with Tiger. Neither the PGA Tour nor the USGA nor the legions of fans who follow him can coerce the most important golfer in history to be genuine or forthcoming about anything but the mechanics of the game. As he resumes his quest to catch Jack Nicklaus today at the U.S. Open, Woods becomes further diminished by the play and the personalties of his peers.
May 29, 2015 |
SOMETIMES IT doesn't matter nearly as much where you came from as how far you believe your talent, will and dreams can take you. Even if you're from Scranton and determined at a young age that what you wanted most of all was to become a big-time golfer. Welcome to the journey according to Temple's Brandon Matthews. Usually, if the PGA Tour is the carrot you're chasing, the best route is to play for a program that's south of the Mason-Dixon Line, which at least allows you to work on your game year-round.
May 8, 2015 |
In undertaking an ambitious project to restore a classic golf course that opened in 1922, officials of the Philadelphia Cricket Club eventually wanted to share it with top players in national competitions. Now, about a year after the club's Wissahickon course reopened following more than six months of restoring greens, bunkers, and the bold features of designer A.W. Tillinghast's original layout, the Cricket Club has three championships on its calendar, including the 2016 Constellation Senior Players Championship, one of five Champions Tour majors, which was announced Wednesday.
April 8, 2015 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mark O'Meara purely struck a rescue club at the difficult par-3 fourth hole at Augusta National Golf Club to within nine feet of the hole. Then it was Tiger Woods' turn. With some in the gallery telling their friends, "Bet you Tiger doesn't get it inside O'Meara," Woods put a pristine swing on a 3-iron and the ball did indeed stop closer to the hole. Woods turned to the gallery, removed his cap and bowed deeply as he drank in the applause. And yes, he sank the birdie putt.
April 6, 2015 |
I worry about golf. Not about how poorly I play it, but about the state of the game that a par-seeking poet once wrote "fills our souls with feelings of life. " One of the many cruelties of aging is having to watch familiar institutions, particularly those that were so powerful we couldn't imagine their demise, shrivel up and sometimes disappear. The post office, newspapers, department stores - all are among the many civic pillars crumbling in an age when everything is available via cellphone apps.
March 13, 2015 |
JOHN DALY has taken a swing at the PGA Tour's drug-testing policy. Daly, on his radio show, "Hit It Hard With John Daly" on Sirius/XM, said the Tour notifies players before they will be tested, given them time to clean up their act. "It's not random; it's a big a joke," Daly said. "This whole drug testing is a joke. " Daly said he expects to be tested before this week's Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla. "I know when I'm getting drug tested," he said.
March 6, 2015 |
The 2018 BMW Championship, a playoff event on the PGA Tour, is on its way to Aronimink Golf Club after the club's membership voted unanimously Wednesday to approve hosting the tournament. While there are no dates set as yet for the tournament, it traditionally has been the penultimate event of the tour's FedEx Cup playoffs in mid-September. The top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings compete in the tournament. The contestants who are in the top 30 of the standings at the conclusion of the event move on to the season-ending Tour Championship, which will pay the Cup champion $10 million this year.