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Phil Mickelson to Cut Back on High-Fiving Fans Due to Illness
One of the reasons fans love Phil Mickelson is because he's a man of the people -- playing shots no one else will try, giving those he hits with errant tee shots $100 bills and always high-fiving and fist bumping fans. Sadly, however, it sounds like the third and most endearing of those traditions will be coming to an end.
“I've got to be a little bit careful on some of the high fives and hand slappings and stuff, because it looks like that's kind of been the cause of me getting sick a little bit. I've got to cut some of that out.”
Mickelson noted that he wasn't able to prepare as much as he would've liked to for this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club due to a bout with strep throat. He believes that came from fan interaction during the Open Championship.
That being said -- in one of the most "Phil Mickelson" things he could say about the situation -- Lefty reminded us that he plays pretty well when he's sick.
“I played some of my best golf when I was sick too," Mickelson said. "It’s been a while now, but back in San Diego, like 2000 or 2001, I ended up being in the hospital with an IV on Tuesday and Wednesday and ended up winning.”
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Tom Glavine Gets Funny Golf Balls for Hall of Fame Induction
Tom Glavine spent last weekend becoming immortal. The 10-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young winner entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame after a 21-year big league career that saw him strike out more than 2,600 batters and win 305 games.
But, you know, "You can't win 'em all," as they say -- and Glavine certainly didn't. The former Braves and Mets ace was on the hook for 203 losses over those 21 seasons. And who better to remind you of that than your closest friends?
Shortly after receiving notification of his election to the hall of fame, Glavine received a gift -- six dozen Pro V1's with "Titleist 47" on one side; "Tom Glavine 203 Losses" on the other.
Glavine laughed at the gift and even conceded that he'll probably leave a few in the woods at his home club for the members to find. Perhaps that's what Barack Obama was doing at Congressional -- just leaving a few in the woods for his fellow Americans to find?
It's not likely that Glavine will lose many of these by accident. Along with a plaque in Cooperstown, he also owns a three handicap.
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iTunes Makes Golf Highlights Available
The Internet multi-media superstore, iTunes, and the PGA Tour have announced a partnership that will bring fans one-hour recaps of every event from the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as well as many of the games' most memorable tournaments from 1990 until now.
PGA Tour’s Executive Vice President of Global Media Rick Anderson said, "We have this wonderful collection of videos and wanted to unlock these archives and make them available directly to our fans.
“We’re excited to partner with Apple to launch this platform through the iTunes store and its vast audience. We are starting with selected players who have had at least 10 victories and are excited to roll out more recap shows over time, so fans can catch any action they may have missed as well as relive their favorite moments since 1990.”
Among the players whose highlights are currently available are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, David Duval, Fred Couples and Ernie Els. Prices start at $2.99/episode and are available now on iTunes.
In Case You Missed It
Next Up on Rickie Fowler's Bucket List: Skydiving
Because he works for himself, Fowler is free to do as much adrenaline junkie stuff as his adrenaline junkie heart desires. His sponsors may have a thing or two to say about such dicey endeavors, but then again, one of his partners, Red Bull, arranged to put him up in an acrobatic plane and go cliff diving.
The energy drink company may also be behind his next stunt: skydiving. Read More
Dustin Johnson Taking Leave of Absence for 'Personal Challenges'
Earlier this week, the PGA of America announced that the top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking would be taking part in the season's fourth major, the PGA Championship at Valhalla next week. "Barring any withdrawals before the opening round, this would be the first time any major championship would feature every one of the top 100 world-ranked players," the announcement read.
Well, the first – and hopefully only – withdrawal came Thursday. World No. 16 Dustin Johnson will be "taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately," according to a statement released by his management team. He will miss not only the PGA Championship, but also the Ryder Cup in September. Read More
Out Of Bounds
The guys at Dude Perfect set the bar pretty high for trick shot videos. With everyone trying their hand at doing the unbelievable, the Internet is now rife with lame fakes and cooked trick shot videos.
This video, is not one of those. This is as real as it gets and it's freakin' awesome! The guys at KDP Trick Shots have a slew of great shots on their YouTube page, but their latest might also be their greatest:
Unreal. I'm still shaking my head over here.
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