Jimmy Burch has covered professional golf for the Star-Telegram since 1991. He’s received state and national honors for his writing but fills his own scorecard with more bogeys than birdies when he hits the local links.
David Feherty, a CBS golf analyst known for his wit and Irish accent, has become a U.S. citizen. Feherty, 51, officially became a U.S. citizen during a ceremony Tuesday at the New Citizenship and Immigration Building in Irving. Friends and family members followed the ceremony with a surprise party that included Tom Watson, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, among the invited guests. Feherty, a Dallas resident and native of Northern Ireland, played for the European team in the 1991 Ryder Cup. _ Jimmy Burch
As of today, 53 golfers have competed to participate in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 24-30 in Fort Worth. Commitments are not official until May 21.
The full list, in alphabetical order: Byeong-Hun An*, Woody Austin, Briny Baird, Jason Bohn, Michael Bradley, Mark Brooks, Jonathan Byrd, Stewart Cink, Keith Clearwater, Ben Crane, Brian Davis, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, David Duval, Steve Flesch, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Brian Gay, Lucas Glover, Nathan Green, Charley Hoffman, Dustin Johnson, Jerry Kelly, Jeff Klauk, Marc Leishman, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Troy Matteson, George McNeill, Ryan Moore, Kevin Na, Sean O’Hair, Ryan Palmer, Rod Pampling, Kenny Perry, Tim Petrovic, D.A. Points, Ian Poulter, Brett Quigley, John Rollins, Rory Sabbatini, John Senden, Michael Sim, Jeev Milkha Singh, Heath Slocum, Brandt Snedeker, Kyle Stanley, Steve Stricker, Vaughn Taylor, David Toms, Bo Van Pelt, Charlie Wi, Mark Wilson. * _ denotes U.S. Amateur champion
Four tournament winners from the 2010 PGA Tour, including defending champion Steve Stricker, have committed to compete in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, tournament officials announced today.
In addition, two reigning major champions have joined the field for the May 24-30 event in Fort Worth: U.S. Open champ Lucas Glover and British Open winner Stewart Cink. Other 2010 winners on the commitment list include Tarrant County residents Ben Crane and Ryan Palmer, as well as Dustin Johnson.
Stricker, the No. 2 player in the world golf rankings, is the highest-rated player in the Colonial field and one of two top-10 golfers on the commitment list. Jim Furyk, ranked No. 5 in the world rankings, also has pledged to compete.
Other Tarrant County golfers in the field include Mark Brooks, Jason Day, Hunter Mahan, John Rollins and Rory Sabbatini, the 2007 Colonial champ who also won the 2009 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
A European bookmaker is urging golf fans to invest in their version of cliché bingo during Friday’s Tiger Woods televised statement that will end three months of silence from the world’s top-ranked golfer about his November car accident that led to admissions of marital infidelity.
Paddy Power, the largest bookmaker in Ireland, announced a series of odds today for wagers on key phrases Woods is likely to utter during Friday’s statement he will read from PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (10 a.m., ESPN and The Golf Channel).
The early favorite: “I regret the hurt I’ve caused,” which opened with 7-2 odds. The longest odds, at 500-1, are that Woods will channel his inner Bill Clinton and echo the former President’s famous phrase from the Monica Lewinksi scandal: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
Woods, a husband and father of two, has been linked romantically to more than a dozen women other than his wife since Nov. 27, when the initial reports surfaced about Woods’ car wreck outside his Florida home. Woods, the world’s top-ranked golfer, has taken an indefinite leave of absence from PGA Tour competition in order to attend to his personal life.
Woods reportedly underwent treatment for sexual addiction at a facility in Mississippi last month. Today’s appearance on ESPN, during which Woods will not answer questions, will mark the golfer’s first time to address the off-course issues in his life in a manner other than by issuing statements posted on his Web site.
Under terms dictated by Woods’ handlers, reporters from only three wire services _ The Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg _ will attend today’s media session. Woods’ media session falls during the week of competition at the PGA Tour’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, which concludes Sunday in Marana, Ariz.
Accenture was the first sponsor to drop Woods, 34, after initial reports of his sex scandal. In announcing today’s media session, agent Mark Steinberg said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that his client “wants to begin the process of making amends and that’s what he’s going to discuss.”
What will he say? Here’s a list of phrases the folks at Paddy Power anticipate hearing, with accompanying odds. The full list:
7/2 I regret the hurt I’ve caused 5/1 Thank my family 5/1 I'm sorry 6/1 Time to reflect 10/1 Return to golf 12/1 Appeal for privacy 12/1 Getting back on the course 12/1 Thank God 14/1 Thanks to my sponsors who have stuck by me 14/1 The Masters 16/1 Doing what I do best 16/1 Look to my family and God for forgiveness 20/1 Thank IMG for all their support 20/1 I am now just looking to the future 20/1 Time for change 25/1 We all need to move on 25/1 We've all made mistakes 33/1 I love Elin very much 66/1 Sex addiction 80/1 I just want to get back out on the course and concentrate on scoring birdies 80/1 Hate the sin, love the sinner 80/1 OK I admit it looks bad, but… 100/1 Jack Nicklaus 100/1 I've lost count how many 100/1 Get in the hole 100/1 I got a few too many birdies 100/1 Gentlemen do prefer blondes 100/1 They tried to make me go rehab 200/1 Thank God for John Terry 200/1 I'm not as bad as Ashley 200/1 I am retiring from professional golf 250/1 My tiger is back in it's cage 250/1 My tiger has been tamed 250/1 At least I didn't pay 500/1 I did not have sexual relations with that woman
How many times will Tiger say 'sorry'? 16/1 None 5/2 One 9/4 Two 7/2 Three 9/2 Four 5/1 Five 7/2 Six or more
Will Tiger cry during the press conference 5/2 Yes 1/4 No
Tiger to play a PGA Tour Event in 2010 1/12 Yes 6/1 No
Next Major Tiger Wins 5/2 2010 The Masters 9/2 2010 US Open 5/1 2010 Open Championship 9/1 2010 USPGA 12/1 2011 US Masters 18/1 2011 US Open 25/1 2011 Open Championship 50/1 2011 USPGA 2/1 None of the above
David Duval, runner-up in last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 24-30 in Fort Worth. Duval, the 2001 British Open champion, put together four consecutive rounds in the 60s at Pebble Beach, where he finished one stroke behind winner Dustin Johnson. In his last Colonial appearance, Duval tied for 25th in 2006.
Chris DiMarco, a three-event winner on the PGA Tour, has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the HP Byron Nelson Championship, May 17-23 in Irving, tournament officials announced today. DiMarco leads the 2010 PGA Tour in driving accuracy and finished 48th at the Bob Hope Classic in his most recent outing.
Tom Lehman, winner of the 1995 Colonial and 1996 British Open, will be the guest speaker at the 2010 Ben Hogan Award ceremony in Fort Worth. The Hogan Award, given annually to the nation's top college golfer, will be presented May 24 in a live ceremony as part of tournament week activites at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Earlier this week, 25 golfers were named to the Hogan Award watch list. The three finalists will head to Fort Worth for the live announcement of the winner on Monday, May 24. For more information about the award or Fort Worth's annual PGA Tour event, visit www.benhoganaward.org or www.CrownePlazaInvitational.com.
North Carolina State golfer Matt Hill, the defending NCAA champion, joins four players from Oklahoma State among 25 golfers on the watch list for the 2010 Ben Hogan Award.
The honor, presented annually in Fort Worth, is given to the nation’s top college golfer in conjunction with tournament week activities at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Award organizers released the watch list today, which includes six golfers from schools in Texas or within the Big 12.
Those six include Texas Tech’s Oscar Floren, SMU’s Kelly Kraft and the foursome from OSU: Morgan Hoffman, Kevin Tway, Peter Uihlein and Trent Whitekiller. Hoffman was a first-team All-American in 2009. Tway is the son of Champions Tour participant Bob Tway.
The list of semifinalists will be announced April 14, with the three finalists selected May 11. The winner will be announced in a live presentation on May 24 at Colonial.
Below is an alphabetical listing of the players on the 2010 Hogan Award watch list:
Knut Borsheim, Arizona State Bud Cauley, Alabama David Chung, Stanford Derek Ernst, UNLV Oscar Floren, Texas Tech Dustin Garza, Wichita State Brendan Gielow, Wake Forest John Hahn, Kent State Hunter Hamrick, Alabama Russell Henley, Georgia Matt Hill, NC State Morgan Hoffmann, Oklahoma State Sihwan Kim, Stanford Kelly Kraft, SMU Scott Langley, Illinois Seath Lauer, Florida State Corey Nagy, Charlotte John Peterson, LSU Jonathan Randolph, Mississippi Nick Taylor, Washington Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State Diego Velasquez, Oregon State Trent Whitekiller, Oklahoma State Steve Ziegler, Stanford
For the first time, fans watching weekend telecasts of the 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will be able to watch live action on front-nine holes, based on television schedules released today.
Colonial will be one of 12 stops on this year’s PGA Tour slated for 90 minutes of extended live coverage on the Golf Channel prior to the start of CBS’ weekend television windows (2-5 p.m.) for Saturday and Sunday rounds. The extended weekend windows are set for noon to 1:30 p.m. each day and remain subject to change, depending on weather-related complications during the May 24-30 event in Fort Worth.
But the bottom line, said Colonial tournament director Peter Ripa, is that Colonial’s signature stretch of holes _ the Horrible Horseshoe (Nos. 3-5) _ should soon draw live coverage as network cameras follow the leaders during weekend rounds. That has not been the case in past years, with live coverage joining the leaders’ rounds in progress because of the later TV windows.
“This will be the first time for viewers to see the leaders play the front nine holes … and tee off in front of the Wall of Champions (at No. 1),” Ripa said. “How cool is that?”