California proposing golf tax

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a tax on golf, among other things. A Web site opposing this plan A Web site opposing this plan was launched and you can read more here. Also, here’s a story on the proposed taxes from the Associated Press.

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Anthony Kim back…but might not play at Riviera

Anthony Kim is back from the shoulder injury that caused him to withdraw from the Bob Hope Classic. He’s not on the commitment list to play at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera next month, although he has until Feb. 13 to decide if he wants to play in it.
He’ll play at the FBR Open this week. Here’s the transcript of his news conference from Arizona:
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Berganio in the hunt

David Berganio Jr. of Sylmar is in third place in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, three shots behind leader Pat Perez. Berganio bogeyed the 18th hole but still shot 64. He shot 63 the previous day and is 17-under par for the tournament. It’s been quite a start for the 40-year-old Berganio, who has battled back problems the last few years but appears to be back on track.
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Not exactly a star-studded Bob Hope field

Just three of the world’s top-25 ranked players are here at the 50th Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Anthony Kim is ranked eighth and would’ve been the top player in the field, but he withdrew today because of a shoulder injury. Steve Stricker, ranked 16th, is the top player in the field, along with Justin Leonard (23rd) and Mike Weir (24th).

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Tiger Woods’ big stage at the inauguration

As you probably know, Tiger Woods was on a grand stage today speaking at Barack Obama’s inauguration. His appearance can’t hurt the PGA Tour, which surely will lose some sponsors in this economic downturn, either.
“I thought it was terrific,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said during a recent interview at the Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta. “I’m delighted they spent some time together afterward. It’s just another indication of the persona of Tiger Woods transcending the game of golf. He’s so much more than a golf. Before the inauguration, they used to say (Woods) was the most recognizable guy on the planet. I’m not so sure about that anymore with Obama being president. He’s certainly the most recognized athlete. To have the opportunity with that audience to reaffirm his focus – which was recognizing men and women in uniform – I was very pleased for the game and happy for him.”

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Goydos takes leave from PGA Tour

Paul Goydos has taken a leave of absence from the PGA Tour following the sudden death of his ex-wife, Wendy, early Saturday morning. Goydos was returning from Honolulu – where he missed the cut at the Sony Open – on Saturday when he learned of her death. He has balance life as a professional golfer in addition to being a single dad as he’s had full custody of his daughters, Courtney and Chelsea.
Here is the release from Goydos’ management team, Blue Giraffe Sports.
“We are deeply saddened to disclose that Wendy Goydos, ex-wife of PGA TOUR professional Paul Goydos and the mother to his children, Courtney and Chelsea, passed away suddenly early Saturday morning. The details of Ms. Goydos’s passing are not immediately available.
Paul, Courtney and Chelsea, are extremely thankful for the tremendous outpouring of condolences and support, and asked that people continue to allow them to deal with this tragedy in a private manner. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family would like donations be made to The National Headache Foundation at 1-888-NHF-5552 or www.headaches.org in Ms. Goydos’s name.
Because Paul’s number one priority has always been his daughters, he will be taking a temporary leave of absence from PGA Tour to appropriately deal with all family matters.”

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Anthony Kim withdraws from Bob Hope Classic

Anthony Kim, the former Studio City resident, withdrew from the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic this morning due to a sore left shoulder. He experienced discomfort in the shoulder while practicing Monday.
“I’m very disappointed to have to miss the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, especially considering it’s played in Palm Springs, where I live and had so many friends and family coming to watch,” Kim said. “We don’t consider my shoulder to be anything too serious, and I don’t expect to miss extended time, but it is important to be cautious with it at this early stage in the season.”

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