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)!
Jerry West has had four holes-in-one in his career, and this one came at the Lakers Celebrity Invitational. Here’s West on his ace and the prize that came with it.
The trio of Japanese golfers on the LPGA Tour, including the popular Ai Miyazato, are forming a team to create awareness and fundraise following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
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.”
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.”
Here’s a column on Tom Kite from the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach. He’s funny, humble and even has some interesting advice for Tiger Woods. Some advice Sean Foley won’t like.
Riviera Country Club hasn’t hosted a U.S. Open since 1948. It’s last major – and there have been only four – was the U.S. Senior Open in 1998. What are Riviera’s chances to host a major?