Professional Golf

Say It Ain’t So, Lefty!

Phil Mickelson

“Lefty” is my golfing hero. If I were to sit next to him when we were flying coach from Greensboro to Buffalo, I would tell him so. Hell, I would move from the aisle seat to the middle seat just to show him what a fan I am. Not likely he’d be sitting next to me; he owns a Gulfstream V that costs about $40 million exclusive of the peanuts. Most of us hear the name of “Phil Mickelson,” and we think about how lucky some guys can get. He […]

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The Price of Poor Ethics: Rory versus Tiger

Tiger Woods

Darren Rovell, the excellent Sports Business reporter for wrote an interesting article on the current marketability of golfer Rory McIlroy verses Tiger Woods. Rovell quotes a Sports Business Daily survey of 43 marketing firms. Tiger now ranks third in marketability behind McIlroy and Rickie Fowler. Justification and complication There are many possible arguments in place for why Tiger has slipped. He is older, that is true, so he doesn’t appeal as much to a younger generation. He was injured and had surgery. His skills have slipped, and it’s no […]

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Cameron Tringale: Chuck’s Sports Ethics Hero Award

“Realizing that there could be the slightest doubt that the swing over the ball should have been recorded as a stroke, I spoke with the PGA of America and shared with them my conclusion that the stroke should have been recorded.” It was with great interest that I read a Bleacher Report article by Tyler Conway (August 17, 2014) on golfer Cameron Tringale entitled, “Cameron Tringale Confesses to PGA Championship Error, Loses More Than $50, 000.” According to the article: “Tringale, 26, claims to have missed a stroke when attempting […]

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You’ve Got More Than a Golf Handicap, Lance

I was not at all surprised when I recently read in USA Today (January 17, 2014) that Lance Armstrong pushed his golf handicap down to a 9 and that he recently shot a 74 on some course, somewhere. I will take him at his word, which may or may not be a good thing, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a miniature golf course complete with windmills and a hole with a big clown who had a gaping mouth. The image forces me to loop back around to […]

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