With Father’s Day quickly approaching we thought it was time to take a look at some of the best golf courses in the world. Here are 15 of the best golf courses from the U.S. and abroad…
1. The Pine Valley Golf Club, New Jersey
The Pine Valley Golf Club is considered by many to be the best in the world. It’s located in Southern New Jersey, and was founded by a ground of amateur golfers from Philadelphia in 1913. It’s a challenging course to play, but is well worth it, if you can get into it. It’s a private club, and nonmembers can only play if invited and accompanied by another club member.
If you are coming off of a major knee reconstruction, I’m not sure if messing around by putting puzzle cubes on the golf course is the best way to rehab. Perhaps he should be home resting his leg instead of fooling around with a Rubik’s Cube. Talk about foolish.
Apparently, the health of Tiger’s knee doesn’t mean as much to him as it does his fans. What else would explain such shenanigans like these?
So you opted for season-ending knee surgery so you can do this? Were you that bored with golf, Tiger?
Obviously, this is another promotion for the upcoming Tiger Woods 09 game and it’s done in the same style as the walking on water video. The real question is, is this video real or fake? Did Tiger actually putt a Rubik’s Cube or was that more camera tricks? Considering the first “viral” commercial, I’d say this is more camera tricks, but if you were to tell it’s 100% legitimate, I wouldn’t be surprised at all.
As for Tiger’s knee, there’s really not much to report except the T-Nike Terminator model isn’t sure if he’ll be back in time to defend his Dubai Classic championship next year, but it’s obvious he certainly wants to.
So, Tiger’s not the only golfer on the PGA Tour who is capable of repeating at the Major Championships. I’m glad Padraig Harrington helped clear that up now that he’s won back-to-back British Open trophies. The repeat, which took place at Royal Birkdale, solidified Harrington’s place as one of the best golfers on the tour and as the best European golfer in the PGA — a fact that’s hard to debate when you compare his resume to the other European golfers on tour.
If you are just counting 2008, Harrington is tops here as well. Besides his second consecutive Open trophy, he has four top-ten finishes and seven in the top-25. However, it was his four-stroke Open victory that puts his name among the golfing’s best. Because of his repeat victory, Harrington saw his name jump 31 spots as he entered the top-10 standings for the PGA’s FedEx cup.
While he hasn’t walked a full 18 since his knee surgery, Tiger Woods isn’t worried about being prepared for the US Open at Torrey Pines when it begins on Thursday. In fact, it’s just the opposite — Tiger says he’s ready.
He has made just five starts on the PGA Tour this year, but still leads the FedEx Cup standings with three wins, a second-place finish and a fifth. He also won a European Tour event in Dubai. His lead over Phil Mickelson in the official world golf ranking equals the gap between Mickelson and the No. 287-ranked player.
This makes Thursday’s pairing of Tiger and Phil the Thrill all the more enticing.
…”This is my Green Jacket, sucka.” Or something like that.
That’s right, someone not named Tiger Woods won The Masters yesterday, a South African named Trevor Immelman held off a fairly ineffective Woods to win his first PGA Major. Up until yesterday, Immelman was the definition of consistency after shooting in the 60s the first three days of the tournament.
On Sunday, he was 3-over but by then — and with Tiger or anyone else not being able to mount much of a charge — Immelman strolled to victory; winning The Masters by 3-strokes. Of course, most of the focus was on the person who finished behind him and why he wasn’t able to make a charge (his putting utterly failed him) and is this is a sign of a new challenger to Tiger’s kingdom (perhaps)? While all that makes for good conversation, let’s not belittle Immelman’s accomplishment:
Three days of shooting in the 60s when the course was playing a little tougher than tournaments past provided him with enough cushion where Sunday’s 3-over didn’t become a huge factor. There was no Van De Velde-ian moments for Immelman (even though I was calling for it), and for that, he should be congratulated.
There’s a golf tournament of note that’s underway in Georgia; one you may have heard of. Yes, I’m talking about The Masters. The hunt for the Green Jacket is already underway, although, they experienced a 40-minute fog delay; moving the start times of the rest of the field back. Currently, there are about 20 golfers on the course with Heath Slocum sitting atop the leader board at 2-under.
The center of this tournament’s attention, one Eldrick Woods, is scheduled to tee off at 10:45 EST and he’ll be joined by Angel Cabrera and Stuart Appleby. Of course, the main storyline for this year’s Masters is can Tiger Woods complete the first leg of the Majors Grand Slam, something he seems bound and determined to accomplish.
While doing so is entirely unheard of; I, for one, am not willing to bet against Woods.
If you’d like to keep up with the leaderboard, you can do so over at the PGA’s site (amongst a million other places). But if you’d like some first-class live blogging to go along with your Masters enjoyment, head on over to Sooze’s newest creation, In The Weeds.
The fine folks over there (I’m included) will be providing live updates for your reading pleasure so make sure you stop by. Unfortunately, I won’t be doing the live thing, but I will be commenting so make sure you drop in see what’s going on. Good times. We promise.
Just to get you in the mood, here’s the video of Tiger’s incredible chip from the 16th hole in 2005 — followed by the most awkward high-five in the history of sports.
Master Eldrick was on the Deuce this morning discussing his verbal antics at last week’s WGC-CA Championship. Tiger was upset with the gallery because of pictures being taken during his swing motion and informed the guilty party(ies) he would break their necks if they took anymore pictures. I believe the F word was used during Tiger’s warning.
During the interview, Dana “Belvedere” Jacobson tried to grill Tiger about his choice of adjectives and to his credit (or lack thereof, depending on your perspective towards swear words), Tiger didn’t back down. He informed Jacobson she had no idea what’s being said out on the course and that he’s tired of these types of things happening while he’s playing.
I’m probably one of the few that appreciates Tiger’s reaction here. At no time during the blurb-style interview did he show any indication he was sorry for chastising the gallery for their actions. He also shows no noticeable regret for using a couple of F-bombs to make his point either… and considering the fact his father was a Green Beret from the Vietnam era, I’d say swearing is the least of his family’s concern.
For some reason, a lot of military dependents have a bluer tongue than many “civilians” and you can tell Tiger thought he was absolutely in the right, language and all. One final thought, does anyone see the irony in Dana Jacobson asking Tiger Woods about some perhaps unfortunate vocabulary choices?
Apparently, you better not make a peep of a sound when Tripp Isenhour is at the golf tee. Because a red-shouldered hawk was making noise while Isenhour was filming a golf instruction segment, the mid-level PGA pro (ZERO dollars on the 2008 PGA money list) decided he’d play the roll of an SPCA representative and rid himself of nature’s irritant:
According to court documents, Isenhour got upset when a red-shouldered hawk began making noise, forcing another take. He began hitting balls at the bird, then 300 yards away, but gave up.
Isenhour started again when the hawk moved within about 75 yards, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Brian Baine indicated in a report.
Isenhour allegedly said “I’ll get him now,” and aimed for the hawk.
“About the sixth ball came very near the bird’s head, and [Isenhour] was very excited that it was so close,” Baine wrote.
A few shots later, witnesses said he hit the hawk. The bird, protected as a migratory species, fell to the ground bleeding from both nostrils.
What a guy. Maybe Isenhour is friends with David Motari? Naturally, the accused tried to deny the whole thing by saying there’s no way he could’ve hit it. A sound engineer who was there for the filming disagrees:
“He just kept saying how he didn’t think he could have hit it, which I think is a stupid thing for a PGA Tour golfer to say,” said Jethro Senger, a sound engineer at the shoot. “He can put a ball in a hole from hundreds of yards away, and here he is hitting line drives at something that’s, I don’t know, a couple hundred feet away?”
Again, what a guy. Don’t look now, but is that PETA knocking at the Isenhour door? One can only hope.