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Less Than 72 Hours Later, Claret Jug Already Needs a Cleaning
As you might imagine, Rory McIlroy has been celebrating — quite hard, by the looks of things — since winning the Open Championship last week at Royal Liverpool. The 25-year-old has been in possession of golf’s oldest trophy for approximately 96 hours and already the thing needs a bath.
“I am sorry I don’t have the claret jug, it’s not going everywhere with me. It actually needs a bit of a clean after last night,” McIlroy said during a visit with the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Ireland on Tuesday.
After his win, McIlroy suggested that there’d be a lot of things consumed from the jug. He said he’d drink, “everything and anything” from the trophy following his win. According to reports, the claret jug was with him during a two-night celebration, including an all-nighter on Monday at a Belfast nightclub.
I have to say, I can’t blame the kid … er, guy. If I had won the Open Championship and got my hands on one of the game’s most storied prizes, you’d better bet I’d be drinking everything I could out of that thing. I’d do shots of Basil Hayden, every can of Coke during the day would go right in there — heck, I’d eat cereal out of the thing at breakfast. The idea that McIlroy wouldn’t engage in this sort of behavior is absurd.
Hopefully, though, McIlroy gets most of his heavy celebrating out of the way during his week off. The PGA Championship is just two weeks away and if McIlroy wants major No. 4, it’d help to not be hungover on Jager.
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Donald Trump Can’t Stop Talking About Pinehurst
It’s not like Donald Trump to stop talking when he feels there’s something wrong, so you can’t be surprised that he’s still talking about Pinehurst No. 2. Trump visited with Matt Adams on the “Fairways of Life” show and was asked what he thought was right and what was wrong with the state of golf. If you followed the U.S. Open at all this year, you know Trump was unhappy with the aesthetic of Pinehurst No. 2. As you might imagine, he’s still talking about it:
“When I watched the U.S. Open and I saw the horrendous looking spectacle of that course, I just thought it was horrendous looking,” Trump said of Pinehurst No. 2. “I think that has a negative impact on ratings and it has a negative impact on other things and it doesn’t look good.”
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You could make the argument that lush green and aesthetic beauty are less important than the way the course plays, but hey, what do I know, right?
“Golf is about aspiration and golf is about beauty, and a lot of people are taking those two aspects of golf out,” Trump said. “When you do that, it’s not going to be a pretty picture for golf at all.”
Love him or hate him, you’ve got to admit that Trump gives a great interview. There’s always something to talk about during the interview and to dissect afterwards. Clearly, Trump’s opinion is one rooted in experience, even if you don’t agree with it. The man does run some of the most successful courses on the planet and will be hosting the PGA Championship in 2022.
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New Golf Film, “The Squeeze,” Set For Release in 2014
It’s not too often that golf fans get to go see their favorite sport on the silver screen. Usually, the only taste we get is when two yahoos are at a driving range or messing around on the course in one poorly acted scene. “Seven Days in Utopia,” starring Robert Duvall and Lucas Black, was released three years ago and we’ve been without a golf movie since then. In the last couple weeks, the U.K. saw the release of “Seve, The Movie,” but the U.S. hasn’t seen anything since 2011.
Later this year, however, a new golf film is set to hit theaters. “The Squeeze,” starring Christopher McDonald and Jeremy Sumpter, is based on true events and follows uber-talented Augie (Sumpter) as he hustles his way across the country. If you’re not excited yet, this should put you over the top — it’s directed by Terry Jastrow.
Sure, that name may not sound familiar (yet) as “The Squeeze” will be Jastrow’s debut as a film director, but he has great golf chops and knows his stuff. Jastrow is a longtime member at Bel-Air Country Club and has directed 60 major championships, including 21 straight U.S. Opens on television. The last thing golf fans want to see is another cheesy, campy movie with actors who have no idea how to swing a golf club or who ruin the film by not having a clue about the game’s lingo or etiquette.
According to IMDb.com, “The Squeeze” is “Tin Cup meets The Sting with a dollop of Caddyshack.” If that’s true, I’ll be first in line.
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In Case You Missed It
Stephen Colbert’s Hilarious Take on Rory McIlroy, Caroline Wozniacki
Comedian Stephen Colbert is not much of a golf aficionado, but he is a fan of the power couple. So he was saddened to learn about the breakup of Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki.
Celebrity relationships – and especially their downfalls – are easy fodder for comedians. Thus, after seeing the big wins on Sunday by both McIlroy and Wozniacki, Colbert lined up a few jokes about the athletes for his show, “The Colbert Report,” Tuesday night. Read More
Rory McIlroy to Parade Claret Jug at Manchester United Game
Well, maybe sharing that he’s a Manchester United fan with the folks at Royal Liverpool wasn’t such a bad idea for Rory McIlroy. He was booed heavily following his victory at the Open Championship, not because the fans were unhappy he won, but because he’s a fan of the wrong soccer team. Read More
Out Of Bounds
It seems like forever since Jimmy Fallon made an appearance in this section, but he’s back this week with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Ever since that incredible picture of The Rock surfaced a couple weeks back, the Internet has been going crazy about it. Perhaps it was timed to coincide with his media tour promoting “Hercules,” set to hit theaters tomorrow.
Johnson dropped by “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and the two showed us a long-forgotten exercise video from a bygone era. As usual, it was very funny:
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