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David Feherty And Paula Creamer Star As Pirates In New Bridgestone Spot
Be still my beating heart, it's Paula Creamer dressed as a pirate!
David Feherty is dressed as a pirate, too, but (no offense to him) once I realized that "Slice" was the 2010 U.S. Women's Open champion, I didn't really pay too much attention to anything else. I immediately searched YouTube for the video once the ad on my TV was over.
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My lust for the "Pink Panther" aside, this is a pretty funny spot. Feherty is typical Feherty and Creamer continues to show the sense of humor she exhibited in previous commercials. I have to say, Bridgestone might be on to something pairing these two in its ads.
Graeme McDowell Took Notes On Sunday At Augusta
Just because they're professional golfers, that doesn't mean they know everything there is to know about the game and are unable to soak up new information about the swing or a course. The old adage, "You learn something new everyday," still holds true for even the best golfers in the world. Take 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell for example.
After missing the cut at Augusta, McDowell watched from home and took detailed notes about what he saw. Having already won a major, McDowell figures it's time he wins another and why not try and make it a Masters?
In an interview with Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press, McDowell said, "I watched the coverage on Sunday afternoon, taking notes about the way the balls react around the pin positions. Like the eighth, for example, Fred Couples leaving the putt 15 feet short down to the corner. Jordan Spieth did the same thing — slowed down in the corner. That's the little nuances you have to know about Augusta. I found myself taking notes on Sunday. Hopefully, I'll need them over the next few years."
McDowell's best finish at Augusta was a T-12 showing in 2012
R&A Says Tiger's Absence Won't Effect Open Championship Attendance
The word on the street is that Tiger Woods is aiming to make his return to golf at the Open Championship. With that speculation comes the speculation about the effect his absence would have on the tournament if he isn't able to return by then. One man who doesn't think it will affect the attendance at all is the spokesman for the R&A, Malcolm Booth.
"There’s no doubt that Tiger Woods’ impact on the game of golf is huge and he is still a massive draw, but we’ve had [British] Opens without him before, in 2008 and 2011," Booth said in a in an interview with the Daily Mail earlier this week. "The Open has always drawn a great crowd and we are sure we will again this year."
Some food for thought? Augusta National sang a similar song after Woods announced he'd miss his first Masters since 1994, but saw TV ratings and ticket prices plummet in the wake of his announcement.
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In Case You Missed It
9 Best 'That's So John Daly' Moments
Monday marked the 48th birthday for one of our favorites, the always-bizarre yet always-entertaining John Daly. And his 48th year walking this planet was certainly, well, bizarre. Here's a look back at the best of Daly's past 12 crazy/hilarious/odd months: Read More
Graham DeLaet Challenges Fans To Juggle Like Him
It’s one of those skills every golfer tries to polish while waiting on the tee box. Juggling a golf ball takes a lot of practice, but when mastered, you look like one of the coolest golfers on the course. You may even look like Tiger Woods.
One golfer who’s become skilled at this routine is Graham DeLaet. He teamed up with RBC for the "RBC Golf 4 Kids Challenge," where each week, fans have a chance to win prizes by participating in various challenges. The most recent one asked fans to juggle a golf ball like DeLaet, and submit their video via Twitter. Read More
Out Of Bounds
When you set up for a live TV shot, you never know what's going to happen. Sure, most of the time they go smoothly, but sometimes passersby like to throw their two cents in, mock the talent or just get their mugs on TV. In the NBA, this "video bombing" has become such a trend that NBA.com has put out videos each of the last two years showcasing a video bombing "best of" from the past season. It's pretty entertaining and includes a "who's who" of NBA stars dropping by:
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