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To: KFE who wrote (23761)4/7/2012 11:31:27 PM
From: Sr K
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If JSB wins, he'll have a shot at the SI Majors Contest Slam* in August. And you can beat him to it with a win in July.

* a long explanation that it's not over one calandar year, but worth recognizing

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From: J.B.C.4/8/2012 10:09:19 AM
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I learned something new yesterday. After their round, Rory Mcilroy and Sergio Garcia were interviewed together. I always thought Rory to be around 6' high, he's 5' 9". Garcia is listed as 5' 10", but I've seen him in person and that's a generous measure.

In contrast, both Woods and Phil are over 6'.

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From: longnshort4/8/2012 10:26:17 AM
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Tiger may be disciplined for club kick

Updated Apr 7, 2012 7:22 PM ET

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Tiger Woods is subject to discipline by the PGA Tour for kicking his golf club after a poor shot at the Masters.

TIGER'S TANTRUM Tiger Woods' second round at Augusta was captured perfectly when he kicked his club in anger on the 16th hole.

Whether he is fined is not likely to be known. The PGA Tour doesn't comment on discipline.

Woods, after a bad miss with a 4-iron into the par-5 15th hole on Friday, hit a poor tee shot with a 9-iron on the par-3 16th. He let the club fall from his hands, then turned in anger and kicked it some 15 yards.

The tantrum received plenty of attention at Augusta National, and it prompted CBS Sports analyst Nick Faldo to say that Woods had ''lost his game ... and lost his mind.''

According to tour policy, players can be disciplined for conduct unbecoming a professional even at tournaments that are co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour, such as the major championships.

A person close to club operations said no one from the tournament had talked to Woods about his behavior in the second round. He spoke on condition of anonymity because club matters are private.

After finishing his round Saturday with an even-par 72, Woods said he was sorry when asked about the incident.

''I apologize if I offend anybody by that but I've hit some bad shots. It's certainly frustrating at times not to hit the ball where you need to hit it,'' he said. ''I certainly heard that people didn't like me kicking the club. But I didn't like it, either. I hit it right in the bunker. Didn't feel good on my toe, either.''

The PGA Tour has been criticized over the years for not saying when or if they discipline players.

John Daly told The Associated Press in December 2008 that he had been suspended for sixth months. Even then, the tour would not confirm it. Last year, the tour would not discuss whether Rory Sabbatini was suspended for his treatment of a teenage volunteer at Riviera and for getting into an argument on the golf course with Sean O'Hair.

A person close to Sabbatini later told the AP he had been suspended.

The tour has three categories of penalties - minor (fines not more than $10,000); intermediate (fines between $10,001 and $20,000); major (in excess of $20,000).

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From: LindyBill4/8/2012 10:41:06 AM
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Sorry, Enigma. Your boy has given up. :>)

Garcia out of contention at Masters with 75
April 7, 2012 - 10:52 pm

Sergio Garcia

By Garry Smits Morris News Service
At the age of 32, Sergio Garcia has apparently given up any hope of winning a major championship.

“I’m not good enough … I don’t have the thing I need to have,” Garcia lamented to Spanish reporters after shooting 75 at Augusta National to drop into a tie for 19th at 1-under-par 215, eight shots behind leader Peter Hanson. “In 13 years, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place.”

When Garcia was asked whether he meant in the Masters, he replied: “In any major.”

Garcia began the day 4-under and only one shot off the lead. It matched his best 36-hole score in 14 Masters appearances, and with Rory McIlroy playing with him, the twosome seemed promising as a major attraction on CBS and in front of the Augusta galleries.

But Garcia bogeyed three of his first four holes and didn’t make a birdie until the par-3 12th.

McIlroy was faring even worse, shooting 77 with a 42 on the first nine that dropped him into a tie for 27th at 1-over.

The two even engaged in a comic moment at the 12th hole, having a mock hug after McIlroy also made birdie. It would be the only birdie the two made on the same hole all day.

They even engaged in some banter on their post-round CBS interview. When appearing before print media, Garcia quipped that the hug he got from McIlroy at No. 12 “would have been better if it were my girlfriends.”

But later, when Garcia met with Spanish media, his mood had darkened.

“I’m not good enough,” he said. “ I had my chances and opportunities and I wasted them. I have no more options. I wasted my options.”

At one point, Garcia implored to reporters: “Tell me something I can do?”

While Garcia’s shortcomings in major championships are well-documented, he is the same age or younger than recent first-time major championship winners Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Stewart Cink – and four years younger than Tiger Woods, who outdueled Garcia in 1999 at Medinah to win the PGA Championship.

Garcia’s swashbuckling play that week at the age of 19 called to mind other Spanish stars such as Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal. But that tournament and the 2007 British Open that was won by Padraig Harrington, when Garcia missed a crucial putt on the final hole, are the best chances he’s had so far.

Garcia has been desperate to win at Augusta, where Ballesteros and Olazabal combined for four green jackets. He has finished among the top-10 only twice, and not since 2004.

McIlroy said Saturday was just one of those days.

“The good thing is that it wasn’t the last day,” said McIlroy, referring to his final-round 80 last year after he held the 54-hole lead. “I can go out there tomorrow, try and shoot a good score, try and finish well, get a top-10 or a top-five or whatever … and at least leave here in a positive frame of mind.”

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To: LindyBill who wrote (23765)4/8/2012 10:52:55 AM
From: Enigma
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Given up for now

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From: Sr K4/8/2012 11:20:28 AM
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From: upanddown4/8/2012 1:22:40 PM
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Some veteran player needs to tell Rickie Fowler "uhhh Rickie, you might want to skip the county-jail outfit on Sunday when you are hopelessly out of contention".... which is happening with increasing frequency.

The kid is now 0 for 73 in PGA tournaments and yet is treated like a big star or about to become one.

Amazing what bad taste in clothes can do for you.

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To: upanddown who wrote (23768)4/8/2012 1:39:53 PM
From: steve harris
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Oklahoma State school colors.....

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To: steve harris who wrote (23769)4/8/2012 1:50:55 PM
From: upanddown
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Yes, I'm aware of that but I guess I like to see golfers recognized for their golf and not their garish outfits.

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To: upanddown who wrote (23770)4/8/2012 1:52:08 PM
From: steve harris
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I find Curtis Strange and Tiger's red shirts on Sunday predictable...

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