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Ian Poulter's autobiography, "No Limits," will be released this week and based on this story by Derek Lawrenson it promises to be an interesting one. "Ian Poulter has slammed Sir Nick Faldo for calling Sergio Garcia useless' during the Ryder Cup and claimed he has lost the respect of Europe's top golfers," Lawrenson wrote in the Daily Mail. "Poulter revealed the home locker room was fuming about the remark and said Faldo had gone from being his hero to zero. He accused him of sour grapes and being embittered because he is the only losing European Ryder Cup captain this century."
Ian Poulter and Nick Faldo at 2008 Rydcer Cup (Getty Images photo)
The World Golf Hall of Fame largely got it right (finally), the PGA of America got it wrong (as usual), and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews got it right or wrong (not sure). John Huggan in the Scotsman has myriad opinions on a hectic few days in the golf world. Example: "They round up almost everyone involved in this almost-unbroken run of defeats and ask them what they think. You've got to laugh," he wrote about the PGA of America's new Ryder Cup task force.
Mike Keiser already has a place in golf lore with Bandon Dunes. But the Chicago-based developer wants more and has turned his attention to Town of Rome, Wisconsin. Keiser's vision is what Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Gary D'Amato called possibly "the most ambitious golf project ever undertaken in Wisconsin. If all goes according to…Keiser's plan, someday there will be five courses and lodging on 1,500 acres a few miles south of Wisconsin Rapids — a resort that would provide hundreds of jobs in depressed Adams County and further enhance Wisconsin's reputation as a world-class golf destination."
It was a special weekend for Jay Haas and his family. Haas' son Bill joined him in the Wake Forest Hall of Fame on Friday, and on Sunday Jay, 60, won the Greater Hickory Kia Classic to become the 22nd player in the history of the Champions Tour to win in his 60s. "It's just great for him that he can still do it," Bill Haas told John Dell of the Winston-Salem Journal. "I think what is really underrated about his game through the years is his ball-striking. I couldn't be happier for him."
Mikko Ilonen, the winner of the Volvo World Match Play Championship over the weekend, has had to overcome a malady that has driven some from the game: The yips. "I've had my problems with the putter and I never wish anyone to experience the problems I had," he said in this story by Reuters' Tony Jimenez. "I changed my grip a couple of years ago, it's a reverse interlock with the left hand going into the middle of the right hand…I'm trying to eliminate my left hand completely. My left hand is no good. I would cut it off if I could."