The Local Knowlege

Celebrity

Tiger Woods gets some earthy advice from...Kid Rock?

Everyone, it seems, has advice for Tiger Woods, who has taken a hiatus while he attempts to resurrect his golf career.

Here’s some from an unlikely source, Kid Rock, who apparently has joined the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., and visited Woods at his Jupiter Island estate, even hitting balls in his backyard:

“Nice kid," Rock told Rolling Stone. “A little bit of an Eminem and Axl Rose syndrome. Very reclusive, literal, and sometimes you feel a little bad for them. Sometimes they think the world's against them. You gotta loosen up, man! People are gonna talk [bleep]. You just gotta enjoy it!”

KidRock.jpg
(Getty Images)

He did not elaborate, nor did he reconcile why one might conclude the world is against them when earning tens of millions of dollars from corporations asking that you represent them to large numbers of people.

Rock has become an avid golfer, who played in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2014, is a friend of John Daly’s. As for his membership in the Bear’s Club, he told Rolling Stone, “If you told me five years ago I'd have to take my hat off and tuck my shirt in, I'd have slapped the taste out of your mouth. Now I'm like, ‘Look at me, hair slicked back, shirt tucked in.’”

... Read
Celebrity

Jesper Parnevik says to expect "a lot of very weird things happening" on his new reality TV show

March is going to be a big month for Jesper Parnevik. On the 7th, the Swedish golfer turns 50 making him eligible for the Champions Tour, and on the 16th, a new reality TV show starring his family debuts.

But he's only nervous about one of those events.

"I said no to people who asked me for many years to do something like this," Parnevik told GolfDigest.com. "Ever since I've said yes, I've had anxiety for this. I hate bad TV."

Related: The top 25 viral videos of 2014

But Parnevik is cautiously optimistic he's avoided that with "Parneviks," a show that will air on TV3 in Sweden. The program will focus on Jesper, his wife, Mia, and their four teenage children, but there will be appearances by many others, including some of Sweden's biggest celebrities, from soccer players to movie stars to politicians.

The show will be broken up into eight hour-long episodes. Here's a brief trailer, although don't expect to understand much if you haven't brushed up on your Swedish lately:

Kolla gÿrna på vårt program💗#parneviks

A video posted by Mia parnevik (@miaparnevik) on

Confused? We got Jesper to give us more details.

"It was a hectic eight weeks, but it was one of the most fun things I've ever done," said Parnevik, who described the show as a reality cross between The Office and Modern Family. "I got to meet people I wouldn't have met otherwise and hear people's life stories, how hard they work, and their ups and downs."

Not that Parnevik isn't used to having hordes of people inside his 13,000-square-foot home in Jupiter, Fla. He said there were as many as 80 (yes, 80) visitors during Christmas and that a lot of the people who make appearances on the show would have been there anyway.

"The house is always in chaos, we always have people over because Sweden is very dark in the winter," Parnevik said. "It's a big house, but it's usually not big enough."

"Everything that's happening is very real. There's going to be a lot of very weird things happening that always do here. It's not scripted at all."

blog-parneviks-0227.jpg

Being in front of the camera wasn't a huge adjustment for Parnevik, who has long been used to his celebrity status in his home country -- both for being a star golfer and for being the son of popular entertainer/comedian Bo Parnevik. Jesper was amazed by how natural his children were during taping (we're not after seeing them perform in this "Gangnam Style" music video in 2012), and is happy they were part of the experience.

"It was cool to do as a family," he said. "It was kind of good therapy . . . we grew together."

Related: The Oscars shows its anti-golf bias once again

As for growing into playing golf's senior circuit, Parnevik hopes to play a pretty full schedule -- if his body allows it.

"I've had so many injuries from cutting my finger off to Segways to hips to backs to ribs, so I never promise too much," he said. "I usually get injured around Februrary."

Fingers crossed you stay healthy this year, Jesper. And break a leg on the new show! Eh, let's stick with wishing you good luck.

... Read
Trending

5 things to talk about on the course: "Parks and Rec," the world's unluckiest athlete, and llamas

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. "Parks and Recreation": Remember last year when the "How I Met Your Mother" series finale let us all down and left us depressed? Well, thankfully, the "Parks and Recreation" capper did the opposite. What a way to go out for brilliant/funny/sweet show. Here's the whole gang, including the brains behind the operation, Michael Schur, singing "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian" one last time:

Goodbye to Ron Swanson, Andy Dwyer, Tom Haverford, Perd Hapley, and the rest of the Pawnee gang. Well, until the reunion show sometime in the future. Hey, if Leslie Knope has taught us anything, it's that we should dream big.

2. Derrick Rose: We hope we're not saying bye bye for good to the Chicago Bulls superstar as well, but this is getting tough to watch. Rose, 26, tore his miniscus in his right knee for a second time in 16 months. He previously tore his ACL in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs. In other words, the man who became the youngest MVP in NBA history less than four years ago now might have more future uncertainty with his athletic career than Tiger Woods. Sad. Let's remember a better time. Here are three ridiculous dunks he had in one half of a playoff game against the Heat in 2011. What a freak.

Related: The Oscars shows its anti-golf bias once again

3. Cavaliers vs. Warriors: With the Bulls falling to the wayside, that makes the Cleveland's path to the NBA Finals a bit easier. And if they make it, there's a good chance they'll be playing Golden State, who owns the best record in the NBA. We got a potential preview of what we might see in June on Thursday night (we hope!) and did LeBron and his boys ever rise to the occasion in a 110-99 win that was never close in the second half. James finished with a season-high 42 points to go with 11 rebounds and five assists. Think he was extra motivated to go up against MVP frontrunner Steph Curry? Oh yeah, the Cavs are now 18-2 in their last 20 games. So much for their struggles.

PHOTOS: The year in golf WAGs

4. Llamas/dress: A pair of vastly different things went viral on Thursday and if you weren't talking about either, well, you probably don't talk to many people. First, a pair of llamas got on the loose in Sun City, Ariz., leading authorities on the most-watched road chase since OJ Simpson was in that white Bronco. Perhaps, they did it to honor the memory of mini-horse Li'l Sebastian. Then after that madness finally died down, a dress divided the nation over what color it was. For the record, I'm squarely on Team White & Gold.

5. "House of Cards": Speaking of our nation, this popular Netflix political drama returns today, which means if you know anyone who watches it, you probably won't be seeing them this weekend. A couple weeks ago, the show was "accidentally" leaked for about 30 minutes and people freaked out. If you hear your neighbors screaming, don't be alarmed. Either Kevin Spacey did something devious or their Internet went out.

... Read
Celebrity

Five things to talk about on the course: The Oscars, NBA trade deadline, and one pro athlete's unflattering photo

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. The Oscars: The biggest awards show of them all is here and it appears it's a two-movie race for best picture between "Boyhood" and "Birdman." I hate to be a downer, but I thought both were overrated. The concept behind using the same cast over a period of 12 years in "Boyhood" was cool, but the movie itself didn't blow me away. And "Birdman," despite tremendous performances by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, was just a little too out there for my taste. I guess I'm rooting for "The Imitation Game" or "American Sniper." Or maybe the Academy will surprise everyone by overlooking this year's underwhelming crop of films and retroactively give "The Shawshank Redemption" the award it deserved 20 years ago!

2. NBA trade deadline: In perhaps the wildest flurry of transactions ever, more than eight percent of the entire league was traded -- and it seemed like it all went down in about 10 minutes. Of course, my team, the Knicks didn't get the guy they were targeting, Goran Dragic. The Knicks offered a package of Jose Calderon and Tim Hardaway Jr. (because that's all the Knicks have to offer), while the Heat offered a few of their spare parts and two first-round picks. Guess which deal the Phoenix Suns took? I think the Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder were the big winners. Unless you only care about your team being good in another five years. Then the always unloading Philadelphia 76ers dominated as usual.

Related: The Oscars shows its anti-golf bias once again

3. "Pitchers and catchers": This might be the most overused phrase by old men in this country. The fact that some baseball players are starting to report to training camps for a regular season that's still more than six weeks away is supposed to get me excited and lift me out of the winter doldrums. Nope. Not when the Northeast is a frozen hellhole.

blog-boston-snow-golfer-0220.jpg

PHOTOS: The year in golf WAGs

4. Pablo Sandoval: Speaking of guys needing to get back into playing shape, the big (literally) free-agent signing by the Red Sox in the off-season had this unflattering photo of him taken on Tuesday:

Sandoval, known as the "Kung Fu Panda" during his successful stint with the San Francisco Giants, signed a five-year deal for $95 million. He responded to the criticism by claiming "that picture caught me at a bad angle." Don't you hate when that happens?

5. Ryder Cup captains: DL3 will get chance No. 2 to lead Team USA, which has drawn somewhat of a mixed reaction from fans as well as puzzlement over why a Ryder Cup Task Force was needed to come to such an unoriginal conclusion. Not surprisingly, Darren Clarke was named Europe's captain for 2016. Of course, none of it will matter when the Europeans win again, but let the over-analyzing begin!

... Read
Celebrity

Two of golf's greatest villains, Shooter McGavin and David Simms, talk about the Oscars

Two legendary actors in the world of cult golf movies -- Don Johnson (“Tin Cup”) and Christopher McDonald (“Happy Gilmore”) -- appeared at a TaylorMade party at the Northern Trust Open on Wednesday to talk about golf and the Oscars.

"I thought Michael Keaton was spectacular, and Eddie Redmayne was extraordinary," Johnson told Variety when asked how he voted in his Oscar ballot. McDonald seconded that opinion, saying he voted for the Keaton's movie "Birdman."

"I thought the writing, cinematography and direction were brilliant," said McDonald, who is starring in a new golf movie, "The Squeeze" that will be released in April.

Related: The Oscars shows its anti-golf bias once again

Johnson, whose daughter Dakota stars in the film "50 Shades of Grey," also talked about his golf game, saying he's nursing an injury but still manages to play about four times a month, and is holding steady at a 10 handicap.

And for those scarred by the lasting memory of his evil genius, you'll be alarmed to learn that Shooter McGavin is boasting a new mustache that makes him look particularly menacing.
   
Michael O'Keefe, who played Danny Noonan in "Caddyshack," and Sergio Garcia, also attended the event. It was all tied into the launch of TaylorMade's R15 driver which the four celebrity guests took turns testing.

Celeb Cart Movie_lores2-560.jpg
Celeb Cart Movie_lores-560.jpg
 

... Read
Celebrity

NBA All-Star Stephen Curry gets a cool custom putter from Bettinardi

Stephen Curry is on a nice little hot streak lately. He played in the All-Star game, hung out with Ludacris, won the 3-point contest, and locked down the most fan votes. That's a pretty big deal, and people in the golf universe noticed. 



The team at Bettinardi was kind enough to commemorate his achievement by making Curry a putter with his name, number, and '#1 Fan Votes' engraved on it. 


Curry is a pretty serious player, saying that there was a time when he was a scratch player. His handicap now is upwards of 5. Maybe putting the Bettinardi in his bag is just what he needs to get that handicap back down.  

... Read
Celebrity

Norm Macdonald dishes on SNL's 40th Anniversary Special and Bill Murray's golf obsession in epic Twitter rant

Norm Macdonald went on an epic Twitter rant last night, which, if you follow Norm Macdonald on Twitter, isn't that unusual. The comedian wanted to fill fans in about the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special and the crux of the 110-tweet spree centered around Eddie Murphy and whether or not he would play Bill Cosby in the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch Macdonald was co-writing.

Related: The top 25 viral golf videos of 2014

Murphy eventually opted against it (Kenan Thompson made the brief cameo instead), but the three-hour show was still a huge success -- thanks in part to another SNL legend, Bill Murray, overcoming a potential scheduling conflict. Here are Norm's tweets addressing everybody's favorite celebrity golfer:

blog-norm-tweets-murray-0219.jpg

Fortunately (for those watching the show), Murray and Points missed the Saturday cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and Murray was able to fly back in plenty of time to be a part of the special -- and sing the lost theme from "Jaws":

Related: Bill Murray keeps 'em laughing at Pebble Beach

Macdonald is a big fan of golf himself, sometimes tweeting long, dry blocks of play-by-play of tournaments. We're glad he spent last week writing that latest -- and hysterical -- installment of "Celebrity Jeopardy" instead.

... Read
Celebrity

5 things to talk about on the course: "50 Shades Of Grey," NBA All-Star Game, and Tiger Woods

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. Famous people dying: Billy Casper. Dean Smith. Jerry Tarkanian. Bob Simon. David Carr. All in the last week. Kindly stop, universe.

2. Tiger Woods: The 14-time major champ isn't dead, but many think his golf career is. After a brutal 47 holes to start 2015 that included a bunch of stunningly bad chips/pitches, his highest score as a pro (82), and a third WD in his last eight starts, Woods' future has never seemed so murky -- and never more likely to induce an hour-long conversation discussing all the possible things that are wrong with him.

Related: An unauthorized history of Tiger Woods' jeans

3. "Better Call Saul": On a more positive note, AMC's "Breaking Bad" spinoff got off to a record-breaking start in its debut. Bob Odenkirk is spectacular as lawyer James McGill (the show starts in the pre-Saul Goodman era) and is totally capable of carrying a show. Of course, I'm not expecting it to be as good as "Breaking Bad" -- I mean, other than "The Wire," what is? -- but there is some major potential here.

blog-50-shades-of-grey-0213.jpg

Tenuous golf connection: "50 Shades Of Grey" co-star Dakota Johnson is the daughter of Don Johnson, aka David Simms from "Tin Cup."

4. NBA All-Star Weekend: First off, there's no better All-Star game in sports than the NBA All-Star Game. It's like actually watching a video game. For 46 minutes, the best players in the world just pull off ridiculous dunks and shoot three-pointers before actually playing defense and running plays for the final two minutes. Speaking of dunking and shooting threes, there's also All-Star Saturday night, which features those two contests (Minnesota rookie Zach LaVine is getting a lot of hype in the dunk contest and the three-point contest is loaded). Unfortunately, those fun events always seem to coincide with Valentine's Day, but hey, that's why DVR was invented.

PHOTOS: The year in golf WAGs

5. "50 Shades Of Grey": Finally, this week in "things I'll be forced to watch by my fiancee," we turn to this movie, which has to be the most highly-anticipated film ever. People absolutely lost their minds when just the trailer was released. I don't get it. Haven't erotic novels been around long before Fabio started posing for their covers? Why has this one captivated everyone so much? Regardless, if you're not at least aware of this movie coming to theaters this weekend and can't name its two co-stars (Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, you're welcome), you run the risk of being ostracized by every female in your life.

... Read
Trending

Video: Charles Barkley is a lot better at Hallway Golf than he is at regular golf

Jimmy Fallon invited Charles Barkley and Hugh Grant to play a game of Hallway Golf on "The Tonight Show" on Wednesday night. It ended with the host winning, but more importantly, we may have found a form of golf at which Barkley can excel.

Related: Jimmy Fallon's Golf Digest interview

Barkley, the man with perhaps the worst swing hitch in the world, only needed to make one full swing to start the game. After the three participants drove a golf cart a matter of feet to get to their golf balls, it was all about speed in racing around the hallway of the show's studio.

Hallway-Golf-with-Hugh-Grant-and-Charles-Barkley.gif

Barkley quickly adapted a field hockey approach of tapping the ball in front of him while running -- well, sort of running -- as Fallon and Grant flailed away taking a few more swings. Barkley doesn't have the quickness he once exhibited on the basketball court, but the girth he used to grab so many rebounds came in handy in a tight hallway.

Related: The top 25 viral videos of 2014

Barkley seemed to win by getting his ball to the hole first, but Grant knocked it out, leading to Fallon's suspect victory. Next time, Chuck. Next time. Check out the funny clip:

Also, Barkley deserves a lot of credit for his poise. Before teeing off, Grant cracked, "This is funny. I have seen this swing." In his wilder days, Barkley might have responded by throwing the actor through a window.

... Read
Celebrity

The 7 most interesting pro-am pairings at Pebble Beach this week

You could argue that PGA Tour pros play third fiddle at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. First, you've got the courses, especially the iconic Pebble Beach. Then, there are the celebrities. And finally, those guys with the names on their bags playing with the celebrities. We looked through the draw to find the seven most interesting pro-am pairings to watch this week:

D.A. Points and Bill Murray: For more than two decades, Murray has been the real star of this event. And he and Points have proven to be quite the tandem in recent years, winning the team competition in 2011.

blog-bill-murray-pebble-0211.jpg

Related: 23 of our favorite photos of Pebble Beach

Richard S. Johnson and Peter Farrelly/Trevor Immelman and Bobby Farrelly: We can only hope the Farrelly brothers (Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Kingpin, etc.) will be inspired to make a comedy about golf after being put in the same foursome.

Dustin Johnson and Wayne Gretzky: DJ played with the hockey legend in this event for the first time last year and handled the pressure of playing with his future father-in-law just fine with a T-2.

Related: Will DJ get a hat trick at Pebble Beach?

Ian Poulter and Kenny G: Obviously, this group packs a lot of star power, but they're also a serious threat this year. Kenny G, a former plus-handicapper, is playing to a 2. The PGA Tour might have to investigate if they win.

Jason Bohn and Condoleezza Rice: Something tells us Jason will be on slightly better behavior around the former U.S. Secretary of State than he was a couple weeks ago at TPC Scottsdale.

The Grind: Kenny G's great invention and Caroline Wozniacki wows in a swimsuit

John Daly and Herm Edwards: Daly's partner from last year, Kid Rock, has been replaced by a former NFL coach famous for his "You play to win the game" mantra. Perhaps, he's the kick in the Loudmouth Pants that Daly needs to contend again at a PGA Tour event.

Fred Funk and Craig T. Nelson: Speaking of coaches, the former coach of the Maryland golf team and "Coach" himself? Clever!

UPDATE: Fred Funk withdrew before the first round and was replaced by Len Mattiace. As far as we know, Mattiace was never a coach, so there goes that.

... Read
Subscribe to Golf Digest
Subscribe today