Butch Harmon can't go anywhere these days without someone asking him
about Hank Haney's current best-selling book, "The Big Miss," about
Haney's six years working with Tiger Woods. Up until now, Harmon has
kept his thoughts to himself.
Haney's book contains some revelations about one of the world's most
celebrated athletes—like Woods's obsession with the military, even
training with the Navy SEALs.
Haney also sparked a debate about the confidentiality of the coaching
relationship. Haney was raked over the coals by some for breaching it.
Others shrugged: Coaches write books all the time, and absent a
nondisclosure agreement, it's called freedom of speech. READ MORE
On the grounds of The Olympic Club in 1981, wherever Nathaniel Crosby walked, he heard the whispers.
“That’s Crosby’s kid,” they said. “That’s Bing’s son.”
Indeed, Nathaniel, then 19, until August of that year was best known
as the son of the late Bing Crosby, one of America’s favorite
entertainers and a devoted golfer. Bing, who had died four years earlier
in 1977, is today fondly remembered as the crooner and movie star who
just happened to play a great game of golf.
Crosby seemingly had it all. His recording of Irving Berlin’s “White
Christmas,” remains the best-selling record of all time. He won the
Academy Award for “Going My Way.” And, boasting a handicap that ranged
from scratch to 2, he qualified for the 1940 U.S. Amateur over the West
Course of the Winged Foot Golf Club, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. READ MORE
A land dispute is threatening construction of the golf course for the
2016 Summer Games, when the sport is to be played at the Olympics for
the first time since 1904.
City officials might have to find a new
site, meaning the project would start from scratch and possibly not be
ready on time for test events in 2015.
The city said in response
to The Associated Press it just became aware of the situation Thursday
and is "evaluating the measures it will take."
It was the first
time the city officially recognized there could be an issue involving
the land. It had been dismissing the prospect a legal dispute and
downplaying problems affecting the course.
A final decision on who
owns the golf course land could take months or several years. There are
ownership disputes throughout the posh Barra da Tijuca neighborhood,
and few are resolved quickly.
American designer Gil Hanse, who
will build the course, told the AP on Thursday he had not yet been
notified by city officials about the dispute.
"If it was
important, they would probably bring it up," Hanse said by phone. "We've
been selected to do that particular job and we feel comfortable with
the time frame that we have." READ MORE
Indianapolis golf fans are going all in for this year's BMW Championship.
say ticket sales for the city's biggest men's golf tournament since the
1991 PGA Championship have already surpassed last year's total and that
attendance for the four-day September tournament could approach
150,000. That would make it one of the tour's most attended non-majors
"I think what it does is it shows
how supportive Indianapolis can be when you have special events coming
to town for our event or maybe another major somewhere down the road,"
said Vince Pellegrino, the Western Golf Association's vice president of
tournaments. "It's certainly been impressive." READ MORE