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To: KFE who wrote (23786)4/10/2012 8:50:16 PM
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Bubba to be interviewed on Piers Morgan tonight in ten minutes.

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To: George8 who wrote (23815)4/10/2012 10:28:33 PM
From: LindyBill
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I am also fascinated by watching Tiger. We get hooked up on people and it takes a lot to get us off. We also have to realize the pressure he is under as one of the most famous people in the world. He can't go ANYWHERE! He must live a very lonely life, with "friends" that he can never really trust.

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From: LindyBill4/11/2012 12:33:02 AM
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Gary Player Adjusts Driver for Masters Tee Shot
from ARMCHAIR GOLF BLOG by The Armchair Golfer
Gary Player ( Allison)
THE GREATS ARE COMPETITIVE FOREVER, looking for any possible edge, more distance, more anything. Just ask Gary Player.

The Black Knight fiddled with his driver in anticipation of last Thursday’s ceremonial tee shot alongside fellow Masters winners and Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Gary wanted to put his best hit forward to open the 2012 Masters. Maybe he could rifle his drive on “Tea Olive” past the Golden Bear.

Jack, of course, used a Nicklaus driver. Arnie and Gary wielded Callaway Razr Fit drivers. The South African was looking for more distance, so he worked with the Callaway people early during Masters week to perfect his driver setup. The end result was a setup with more loft to hit the ball higher and also included tweaks to the clubhead that would allow him to turn it over a bit and get some extra roll down the lush 1st fairway.

Apparently, Gary was pleased.

“Player’s caddy came to the truck Wednesday to confirm that the Black Knight was getting longer distance and wanted to get a Razr Fit 3-wood to match the driver,” said a Callaway spokesperson.

On Thursday morning, with Masters Chairman Billy Payne serving as master of ceremonies, Palmer stepped up first and knocked one down the middle. Player was next, and cracked a drive that had a nice little draw. Then Jack belted one that also found the fairway, making it three for three.

The Big 3 had come through once more.

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To: KFE who wrote (23786)4/11/2012 5:55:58 AM
From: Road Walker
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FUBHO, congratulations on Great picks!

I'm on vacation so will update the header in a few days.

Bubba, seriously, couldn't be happier. As a "major winner" it'll be a lot of fun to have him in contention in the future. He'll get a lot more coverage. And he has magic shots the other guys only hit in their dreams.

I think golf needs a Bubba after a Tiger.

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To: Road Walker who wrote (23824)4/11/2012 9:21:56 AM
From: Sr K
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I don't know what Worldwide Pants refers to, but Letterman gave Bubba Watson a pair of green pants last night.

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From: TH4/11/2012 2:27:25 PM
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That first real practice of the year and you remember, "oh yea, this sport is really, really difficult".

Hit Em

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To: TH who wrote (23826)4/11/2012 5:40:26 PM
From: PlayItDown™
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Just good to hear of your return to the game.



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From: Sr K4/12/2012 4:00:10 PM
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Mostly OT

Zimmerman Sought Tiger Woods’s Lawyer

By Steve Eder

NeJame Law
Mark NeJame, the Florida attorney well-known for his representation of Tiger Woods, said in an interview on Thursday that he was asked to represent George Zimmerman about a month ago, but he declined to take the case because of time constraints.

On Wednesday, Zimmerman’s lawyers Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig announced they were stepping down, saying at a news conference that they haven’t heard from their client and that “has gone out on his own” without consulting them.

Afterward, NeJame said, he was again approached by a representative for Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. NeJame again declined, but he suggested five lawyers, including O’Mara, who was hired.

“On the top of my list was Mark O’Mara, who I like as a person, is a friend, and who I respect tremendously,” NeJeme said, noting that he had a waiver from Zimmerman to discuss the case.

NeJeme (pictured) said all of the lawyers involved in the case must recognize the enormity of it.

“This case is about the tragic death of a young man, and whether the law permitted or excused Zimmerman’s involvement,” NeJeme said. “Not only do we have to deal with the individual tragedy of the death, but there are important social issues involved in this.”

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From: LindyBill4/13/2012 6:05:31 AM
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Tom Watson On The Horse Race That Was The Masters, Learning From Bubba's Wedge Game And Crying
Tom Watson has gone from the Masters to the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am in Tampa, and had some interesting things to say about last week (thanks to reader Mark for this). Meeting with the press...first he worked as a telecast critic.

  • The shot he hit on the second playoff hole that he hooked the gap wedge 155 yards, there are very few people who can do that, hook it and hit it that far. The only two people that I have witnessed be able to hit a wedge like that are Trevino and Andy North. They can turn a wedge just right around a corner. I can't do that. I can't turn it that much.

    I wish they had set that shot up a little bit better before they hit the shot, before he hit the shot. I wish somebody was down there describing the shot because they didn't know from the tower what the shot really was about. They didn't know how far it was until afterwards. Afterwards they said 155 yards. I wish somebody had set the stage for the shot rather than it being an after-fact.

    When that shot hit the green and Faldo so correctly said, I've never seen a ball screw to the right like that on this green ever. We've never seen a shot like that. He had to play that shot and he did and won the tournament with it. That's what makes -- that's what makes certain tournaments legendary. You'll always remember that shot out of the trees on the playoff hole at Augusta.
A nice horse racing metaphor next...

  • Another great Masters, though. Just seems like every year it comes down -- you've got, you know, Saturday's round, you had 12 guys right there within a few shots. All of a sudden the race began and you've got the thoroughbreds running out to the front. The last day, all of a sudden you had a double eagle and it changed -- ballgame's changed now. It was just a wonderful tournament to watch. That's -- that's why people watch golf, for tournaments like that. They don't get lucky enough to get tournaments like that very often, but at Augusta it seems they get lucky a lot with tournaments like that.
Well said. Now, this just blows me away coming from one of the great wedge players of all time.

  • Q. Is Bubba's style a game changer? Here you have a guy hits it 350 and bends it like Beckham or Pavin or fill in the blank. Do we have a game changer to use a trendy term, his style?

  • TOM WATSON: Well, the main thing is he puts the club on the ball where he wants to. I practiced my chipping on Wednesday and he came up and I was practicing. We were 10 feet from each other, and I notice every chip shot he hit was absolutely dead solid perfect. I mean dead solid. In my ear, you can hear it. You know -- well, the way I chip it's clunky now. I look at his form there and I said to myself, my hands aren't quite far enough ahead when I chip, and I started doing that today and practicing the last couple days. Who would have thunk it, you know? I'm starting to hit the ball solid again with the chip just by watching Bubba chip, the way he was chipping. So I got some feedback that helped my game listening to his chip shots.
And on the emotional moment when Bubba was crying...

  • He's hitting the ball on the clubface. You really can't say it's a game changer, but he won a tournament. The emotions were just, you know, it reminded me of Crenshaw when he won and Harvey Penick died, went to the funeral, came back and then Ben wins the tournament. Those emotions are -- any golfer watching it, they can relate. I mean, I cried when he cried, and it was beautiful, yeah. A lot of things culminated with that win with him. He missed his dad, his mom was there hugging him. Different problems that he's had with -- you know, his loved ones have had. It was a beautiful sight.

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From: LindyBill4/14/2012 4:30:10 PM
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Watching the Harbor Town Tourney. Looks so great. I assume some of you have played it? What is with Colt Knost? Looks like a duffer.

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