By Sam Weinman
By John Strege
Fox Sports continued to build its golf broadcast team with the addition of Brad Faxon as a studio analyst and hole announcer and former USGA executive director David Fay as its rules analyst.
“Long-known for his smooth putting stroke, Brad's transition to broadcasting has been just as easy,” Fox Sports’ coordinating golf producer Mark Loomis said in a news release. “He still has great relationships with, and knowledge of, today's tour players, and that insight will prove invaluable to our telecasts. David has been synonymous with the USGA, its championships and history for decades, so adding him to our team was a no-brainer."
Previously, Fox Sports announced that Joe Buck would anchor its telecasts of USGA championships, including the U.S. Open, beginning in 2015, while Greg Norman will be its lead analyst. Earlier this month, it added former Golf Channel Morning Drive host Holly Sonders as a golf reporter and host.
In 2010, Faxon was hired to work as a commentator on NBC’s golf telecasts and most recently has been an analyst with Golf Channel. Fay, who left the USGA in 2010, previously served as a rules expert for NBC on its Open telecasts.
Fox Sports’ 12-year contract to televise USGA championships begins in 2015.
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Thinking maybe you had a hoarder streak after keeping a few too many old clubs laying around the garage? Think again!
Placed in the Orange County section of Craigslist and updated since, the seller lists just about every conceivable brand as available from the, uh, collection. There is a catch: the buyer must take it all. That's 20,000 clubs for $7,500, which, as the seller notes, amounts to 38 cents a club. The 50 bags mentioned are thrown in as part of the package based on the seller remarks.
The reader who tipped us off to this sale had a friend stop in for a visit and reported that this club collector "had irons everywhere at two houses, two garages, inside a truck (with flat tires) and in a shed out back too. Very remarkable in all my years of collecting."
Click here if you're interested.
A reason David Feherty rooting for U.S. in Ryder Cup: 'When I say that, it pisses off Colin Montgomerie'
By John Strege
There are many reasons to appreciate professional golfer turned CBS golf analyst David Feherty, among them his inherent irreverence.
It surfaced again in an interview with Los Angeles Times’ columnist Bill Dwyre.
The background: Feherty, a native of Northern Ireland, played on the European Ryder Cup team in 1991, the War by the Shore. In 2010, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
So, who is he rooting for in the Ryder Cup this year?
“I'll root for the Americans," Feherty told Dwyre. "I pledged allegiance to the flag. Also, when I say that, it pisses off Colin Montgomerie."
The two have engaged in a feud of sorts, the basis of which apparently was Feherty having dubbed Montgomerie “Mrs. Doubtfire.”
“I christened him Mrs. Doubtfire,” Feherty told Jay Leno on the Tonight Show in February of 2013, “because he just looked like Mrs. Doubtfire.”
“Did he take umbrage with that?” Leno asked.
“Let’s just say he was a little miffed,” Feherty replied.
In 2012, Feherty also said he was rooting for the U.S., though without adding the Montgomerie jab.
Mizuno has combined carbon steel and titanium before, in its MP-59 irons. With the launch of its new MP-15 irons, the company builds off that foundation.
Whereas the MP-59 removed 20 grams of weight and replaced them with 11 grams of titanium, the MP-15 removes 38 grams and replaces them with 10 grams of titanium. The result provided designers with 19 grams of discretionary weight.
The club also took elements from the MP-64 iron to produce a compact look to appeal to better players. In fact, Luke Donald gave feedback on the MP-15 during the design stage. The clubs ($1,000 for a set of eight, steel shafts) were shown to tour staff at the British Open and will be available at retail in September.
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By John Strege
The Tiger Woods Nostalgia Tour opens today in Akron, Ohio, site of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament, we note wistfully, he has won eight times.
There was a time that Woods, in pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors, forced us to look ahead. These days, we are left looking back.
This brings us to the prestigious Western Amateur, now underway in Chicago. The Western Amateur has a gilded history, its winners including Francis Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Phil Mickelson and, yes, Tiger Woods.
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Tiger’s victory in the Western Amateur in 1994, when he was 18, included what has to rank among the best matches in the history of this tournament that began in 1899.
In a quarterfinal match with Chris Tidland, Woods opened a 4-up lead with six holes remaining. Tidland birdied each of the last six holes (including a chip-in from 60 feet at the 18th), which required that Woods birdie two of the last six just to take the match to extra holes.
On the second extra hole, Tidland made another birdie, his seventh in eight holes, while Woods faced a 20-foot downhill putt for eagle. Woods, as he was wont to do in those days, holed the eagle putt to win the match on the 38th hole.
An aside to that Western Amateur:
Woods and his father, Earl, caught in Chicago traffic, missed their flight home after the final match, requiring that they add their names to the standby list for a later flight. They were mistakenly given boarding passes to the later flight, only to be asked to surrender them to the passengers for whom they were intended. They were then moved to the top of the standby list and made the flight home.
Had they not made that flight, Woods would have missed the U.S. Amateur qualifier the next day. Instead, he was able to play, qualified and the following month won the U.S. Amateur at the TPC Sawgrass.
The rest, as they say, is history, back when Woods routinely was making it.
By Matthew Rudy
"Good swing, Tom, but we can make it better by eliminating some of the slack," says Manzella, who is based at English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans. "Try to have your arms and club swing away from the ball while you make a little shift to your right foot. Your torso or hips should only be turning from that arm swing away from the ball. When the club is around parallel to the ground, push up from the ground from the inside of your right foot, which will help you get your left shoulder down more as the right shoulder goes up from that push. Then, push off that right foot as the club nears the top, so you can shift over to your left leg by the time your left arm is parallel to the ground coming down, which is earlier than you're doing now. Through impact, you want your left shoulder as far away from the ball as you can get it, with your hips forward and around and your body back like you're trying to hit a high shot. Do some mirror work and use the Angel Cabrera swing sequence as a model."
--Light hands on fast putts.--If you can run the ball up to the green, run the ball up to the green. Keep it low.--Remember, the golf holes like to win, too.--You might as well be the person having the most fun in your foursome.
By John Strege
Dave Anderson, a Golf Digest Contributing Editor and long-time New York Times columnist, has been named the recipient of the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing.
“I put that right on the same level as the Pulitzer Prize,” Anderson said via telephone from his New Jersey home. Anderson, whose career has spanned more than 50 years, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1981.
The PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award is “given to one living American or U.S.-based writer each year to celebrate their body of work and long-time contributions to the field of literary sports writing.”
Anderson is the fourth winner of the award, joining Roger Angell, Golf Digest’s Dan Jenkins, and Frank Deford, “three of my great heroes in life,” Anderson said.
The judges — Kostya Kennedy, David Rosenthal and John Schulian — noted that “for more than half a century, Dave Anderson has waded into the hurly-burly of sportswriting with quiet dignity and a true craftsman’s regard for the language. You didn’t read him for bombast or half-cocked opinion. You read him because, quite simply, he knew whereof he wrote His integrity never wavered, his grace never disappeared on deadline, and his readers never got cheated. That’s the way pros operate, and Dave Anderson was the ultimate pro.”
Anderson has been a frequent contributor to Golf World, as well. His most recent column was on Babe Ruth’s golf obsession and can be read here.
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