Ryo Ishikawa donates 2011 earnings to Japan

Ryo Ishikawa will donate all of his 2011 PGA Tour earnings to the Japan relief efforts. Ishikawa has many sponsors and is one of the most popular athletes in Japan. He’ll also donate extra money for every birdie he makes. Way to go Ryo (pronounced Ro)!

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Former MLB player ready for pro golf

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz will tee it up in a Nationwide Tour event April 28-May 1 at the South Georgia Classic on a sponsor’s exemption. The event is at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga.
“I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes,” Smoltz said on the Golf Channel. “I’m not looking to take anybody’s spot who is aspiring to be a TOUR professional. I have a lot of respect for everybody who does what they do on the Nationwide Tour.
“I’m not afraid to fail but failure is right there. I know it’s not easy. I just want to see what it’s like. I want to know what my body feels like. I want to know if that tension creeps up. I just want to see what that’s like.”

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More advice for Tiger Woods…

this comes from Tom Kite. And Woods’ swing coach Sean Foley won’t like it.
“If I was Tiger, I’d be pulling out swings from 2000, trying to figure out what I did there,” Kite said. “I don’t know what happened between he and Butch Harmon. Obviously, some bad water went under that bridge. When Tiger was with Butch, he was the best player in the game.
“He has not been quite as good since that time. I don’t know whether it’s personalities or an argument that needs to be rectified. I’d still try to do what Butch taught me if I was him.”

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