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Adam Scott replaces Steve Williams with caddie Mike Kerr

The Adam Scott-Steve Williams era is officially over, as the 2013 Masters champion has tapped Mike Kerr to be the permanent replacement for his erstwhile caddie.
“I’m delighted that Mike has accepted my offer and I am confident that he will be a valuable member of my team for 2015 and beyond,” Scott said in a statement on Monday announcing the new hire.
Scott tried out a couple of bagmen after a September separation from Williams, who was Tiger Woods’ long-time looper before their breakup in 2011. Kerr previously caddied for Scott at both the Australian PGA and Australian Open earlier this month and helped his new employer to fifth-place and T2 finishes, respectively.
Scott had an 11-week stint as the world’s top-ranked golfer and finished the 2014 season as No. 3. Kerr, from Zimbabwe, has worked for several PGA and European Tour players, including Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

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Nick Faldo’s an ‘a**hole,’ Ryder Cup stalwart Sam Torrance says

Already had some mouthfuls from the US Ryder Cup, now for the European team:

Nick Faldo “only opens his mouth to change feet,” Sam Torrance says of his “pathetic” eight-time Ryder Cup teammate’s describing Sergio Garcia as “useless.”
Sam Torrance
Sam Torrance

While it has been all Sturm und Drang in the American camp since Team Europe routed the U.S. squad in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, there has been nothing but a love fest for captain Paul McGinley and all things Euro since his team’s convincing victory in September.

Turns out, with 2014 Euro vice captain Sam Torrance lashing out at Nick Faldo for calling Sergio Garcia “useless” during the recent competition, the U.S. no longer holds exclusive rights to Ryder Cup disgruntlement.

“To say that right in the middle of the Ryder Cup, what was the a***hole thinking about?” Torrance said in the latest issue of Bunkered magazine. “The reaction in the team room was magnificent. The guys rallied round Garcia.”

Until now, Faldo had provided the only hint of a controversy not aimed at Tom Watson and his charges when he took a swipe at Sergio Garcia. In his role as TV analyst during the competition at Gleneagles, the 2008 European captain off-handedly threw Garcia under the golf cart when he criticized his performance as a member of his team.

Garcia refused to engage in a war of words with Faldo, who led Europe to its only loss since 1999, and the mini-firestorm burned itself out.

Until Torrance stirred the embers by torching his eight-time Ryder Cup teammate.

“Really, it was pathetic from Faldo,” Torrance, who was just warming up, continued. “He’s an a***hole … He just opens his mouth to change feet.”

Torrance termed Garcia one of Europe’s “best team players … an incredible kid, with the heart of a lion,” a terrific guy in the team room, and blasted Faldo for saying otherwise.

“Garcia’s not a team player?” Torrance asked rhetorically. “Have a look in the mirror, pal.”

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Fred Couples questions Mickelson’s Ryder Cup benching

Some two-and-a-half months after the Ryder Cup was decided, high-profile critics are still scratching their heads about some of U.S. captain Tom Watson‘s tactical blunders.
In particular, Fred Couples still doesn’t get why Watson sat Phil Mickelson for all of Day 2 at Gleneagles.
“I’m not bashing Tom Watson, but sitting Mickelson, your best team player? Are you kidding me?” Couples asked rhetorically on Thursday while attending the opening of a six-hole golf course in Maricopa, Ariz., according to Golf.com.
Watson benched Mickelson and his preferred partner Keegan Bradley in the Saturday morning fourballs session in Scotland, most thinking it was in an effort to give Mickelson some rest. Then when they weren’t sent out in the afternoon session of alternate-shot, Mickelson’s weakest Ryder Cup format, Watson was almost universally panned.
Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, is good friends with Watson, but has previously been effusive with praise of Mickelson, who was on all three of the victorious Presidents Cup teams Couples captained.
Of the five-time major winner, Couples said in November, “Phil Mickelson has been the best [team] guy on every team I’ve ever been on, by far.”

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Does Tiger Woods’ Latest Disgrace Mark a New Low for the Golf Business?

Just this week we ran a story about

Tiger Woods Blasts Satirical Golf Digest Article By Dan Jenkins

on the surface, it had nothing to do with golf — or even an authentic story, for that matter.

It was pretty nasty.

Why is this relevant to the investor? Well, this may mark the bottom for the golf business. Or it may show just how bad things are in the golf business, and how far they have to go to recover.

Tiger Woods is, basically, this generation’s only household golf name — sorry, Phil Mickelson. And he has slipped so far down the respect continuum that he is getting ridiculed in national publications by reputable writers.

And unfortunately, it’s not a bottom.

It’s only fitting that next week is the fifth anniversary of the night Tiger was chased out of his home as his seemingly ideal life crumbled. News was breaking about a string of extra-marital affairs, and his soon-to-be ex-wife wasn’t happy about it.

The bloom was off Woods’ Sunday rose-red Nike (NKE ) golf shirt.

The image of Tiger Woods would be damaged forever, and maybe his is game too — and maybe the entire game of golf as well. (Woods has not won a major tournament since that fateful Florida night.)

And the business of golf is in free fall. And participation is no longer growing.

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Traitor, Seduction and Other Nasty Terms

The picture at the top is Benedict Arnold. He is synonymous with TRAITOR. I hope you all remember him from high school. If not, I will have to write a blog on the demise of the education system.

The next guy is REPUBLICAN Congressman Doug Lamborn from Colorado who says he and like-minded House Republicans are trying to destabilize the American military in order to foil American foreign policy abroad. No really, he’s bragging about it. This GOP congressman says he’s urging American generals to resign rather than follow president’s orders.

Doug the Colorado Congressman
Doug the Colorado Congressman

That is exactly what Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) told a group of voters he wants to see happen, the Colorado Independent reported.

A lot of us are talking to the generals behind the scenes, saying, ‘Hey, if you disagree with the policy that the White House has given you, let’s have a resignation,’” Lamborn said Tuesday, adding that if generals resigned en masse in protest of President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, they would “go out in a blaze of glory.”

Lamborn, it should be noted, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Remember the Bush years, when we were being told that not supporting the president during a time of war was tantamount to hating America, and that we had to “watch what we say,” and American intelligence agencies were monitoring anti-war groups like the Quakers under the suspicion that they might damage the war effort.

If you’re meeting with American military generals and telling them to quit en masse to be able to undermine the president’s ability to conduct military operations, what the hell do you call that?

I’ll wait. I am dying to hear the explanation for this one.

Now the third picture is golfer Phil Mickelson.

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson

The Ryder Cup ended Sunday with the US team loosing, but the most entertaining part of the week for the USA side may have come off the course in the post-event press conference. All 12 members sat on a dais for a joint press conference, and thankfully Phil Mickelson was seated on the far left, well away from Captain Tom Watson’s position in the center.

In a horribly tense and awkward press conference for the USA team, but delightfully entertaining for the audience, Mickelson savaged Watson’s captaincy this week, and did so on several occasions. The most notable critique was the overall Team USA deviation from the 2008 “pod” strategy put in place by then-captain Paul Azinger.

My conclusion is PHIL IS NOT A TEAM PLAYER. Imagine him trying to survive in a REAL team sport. Even the baseball, football and basketball SUPER STARS respect their coach.

Yes, I know golf is not USUALLY a team sport.

Guess Phil should just compete as an individual and not ever again accept an invitation on a team. He would NOT if I was the Captain.

Guy’s head gets bigger as Tiger’s goes to normal. The rest of the team flew over TOGETHER on a chartered plane. But not Phil. REAL TEAM SPIRIT PHIL! Guess he did not want to sit for a while with a group of golfers he feels superior to and a Captain who he hates his guts.

 

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