Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to golfer Adam Scott who had a four-shot lead with four holes to play at the Open Championships. Scott’s dream of a first major dissolved with a flurry of bogeys down the stretch in one of golf’s biggest collapses. After hitting a 3-wood into a pot bunker on the final hole, Scott had one last chance when he stood over a 7-foot par putt to force a playoff. It stayed left of the cup, and Scott dropped into a crouch.
Scott was the fourth Australian since the 2007 Masters to lead going into the final round of a major, yet the proud land Down Under remains without a major since Geoff Ogilvy won the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in 2006.
Recent Masters winner Bubba Watson tweeted his son Caleb now has his own green jacket to match his daddy. During the Masters Bubba’s wife Angie watched from home with their newly adopted son Caleb.
40 year old Clayton Baker had his glorious day at the Masters capped off when he was arrested for disorderly conduct. Baker snuck onto the course after the tournament had ended and attempted to fill his cup with sand from a sand trap.
From there Baker leads Augusta National security on a foot race that he eventually loses which leads to his arrest. Baker was drunk out and as he lead security on pursuit lost all the sand he collected.
Louis Oosthuizen can say he has a spot in the Albatross Club with Gene Sarazez, not a bad consolation prize since the shot by “The Squire” in 1935 is widely credited with putting the Masters on the map.
He made double-eagle, otherwise known as an albatross as it was only the fourth double-eagle in the history of the Masters and the first ever on the par-5 second at Augusta National.
There have been only 17 double-eagles compared to 130 holes-in-1 on the PGA Tour since 2008, according to STATS LLC.
Russ Berkman of Seattle had his four tickets to Wednesday’s practice round at the Masters eaten by his Swiss mountain dog, Sierra. After a moment of panic, Berkman phoned his girlfriend and was given simple advice.
“She says, ‘You gotta make the dog puke,’ ” Berkman told KJR Sports Radio in Seattle.
Berkman’s reaction: “Great idea.”
So he gave Sierra a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide. “It bubbles in their stomach; it’s very safe, and they puke in about 10 minutes,” he said.
Voila. The four chewed tickets came up in pieces and, luckily, “She didn’t have much else in her stomach.”
Berkman had won the tickets in Augusta National’s annual lottery, and after Berkman explained his plight and assured he had pieced the tickets back together the folks at Augusta promised Berkman they would reprint his tickets.
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy has split with his management company. McIlroy, 22, has been with Chubby Chandler of International Sports Management since turning pro in 2007.
Chandler also manages Lee Westwood, British Open champion Darren Clarke, Masters winner Charl Schwartzel and three-time major winner Ernie Els.
“Onward and upwards. We have had a quite brilliant year,” Chandler said in a statement. “The company is growing and adapting to ensure it stays at the forefront of golf and the business of managing players. We wish Rory every success.”
It has been a year of changes for McIlroy who also split with his long-time girlfriend and is now dating Caroline Wozniacki, the No. 1 ranked women’s tennis player.
Every Tuesday Sports Grind Entertainment presents you with the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player of the Week. This week the recipient of this prestigious honor goes to Rory McIlroy for winning the U.S. Open at Congressional. McIlroy bounced back from his Masters Tournament meltdown to shatter U.S. Open records. He finished at 268 to break the U.S. Open record by four shots but won this tournament by eight shots over Jason Day. Without Tiger Woods in this tournament it was being called the U.S. Wide Open with no clear favorite in the game but instead McIlroy lead from wire to wire. McIlroy also joined Lee Janzen in 1993 and Lee Trevino in 1968 as the only players to post all four rounds in the 60s.
Congratulations Rory McIlroy you are this weeks Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player.
From collapse at the Masters Tournament to smashing the competition at the U.S. Open nothing has stopped Rory McIlroy’s drinking game. After winning the 2011 U.S. Open in dominating fashion there was one one thing left for McIlroy to do and that was drink out of the trophy like kings do.
I need to party with this guy.
Tiger Woods has fallen to 12th in the world rankings, dropping out of the top 10 for the first time since 1997. Woods has not won a tournament since the Australian Masters 18 months ago. He dropped four places in the new rankings for the first time out of the top 10 since April 1997, before he won the Masters for the first of his 14 majors.
Lee Westwood of England remains at No. 1 with Charl Schwartzel of South Africa taking Woods place in the top 10. Second-ranked Luke Donald missed his chance to overtake compatriot Westwood and become No. 1 after losing in the final of the World Match Play Championship to Ian Poulter on Sunday.
When I look at this picture of golfer Rory McIlroy, I can’t help but play the lyric from one of my all time favorite rap groups M.O.P. asking “how about some hardcore” out in my head. I don’t know if he was drinking away the pain of watching his buddy Graeme McDowell collapse at the The Players Championship over the weekend or flashbacks to his own at the Masters?
Like Kings do it, straight from the bottle.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to Rory McIlroy winner of the Masters black crepe jacket. The 21-year-old McIlroy began Sunday’s final round with a 4-stroke lead by the end he shot an 8-over-par 80 to fall to a tie for 15th and a full 10 strokes behind eventual winner Charl Scwhartzel. McIlroy made the wrong kind of Masters history when he tied for the worst final round by a 54-hole leader since Ken Venturi did so in 1956.
Rory McIlroy has lost something else besides that four-stroke lead he had going into the final round of the Masters, his clubs. They were lost during McIlroy’s flight from Georgia to Kuala Lumpur, for the Malaysian Open that starts tomorrow.
“Hopefully, they turn up tonight and I’ll be ready to go tomorrow,” McIlroy said at a press conference. “It’s one of these things you can’t help it. Going through so many time zones and so many connecting flights, your bags are going to get lost sometimes.”
McIlroy added that next time he’s in command at a major
“If I was giving advice I’d say don’t read newspapers, don’t look at the TV or anything like that . . . My advice would be almost put yourself in a bubble and don’t let outside factors influence anything, whether that be newspaper articles, TV or anything.”
Are you following Rory McIlroy on Twitter? If not then you might have missed him tweet out this picture of him with Master champion Charl Schwartzel. In his tweet he said “Flying to Malaysia with charl! Glad one of us has a green jacket on!”
Will that be the closest McIlroy ever gets to the green jacket?
Every Tuesday Sports Grind Entertainment presents you with the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player of the Week. This week the recipient of this prestigious honor goes to Charl Schwartzel for winning the Master Tournament at Augusta National.
Schwartzel became the first Masters champion in its 75-year history to finish with four straight birdies, giving him a 6-under 66 for the best final round by a winner in 22 years. He made par on 10 consecutive holes and finished at 14-under. He also moves to No. 11 in the world, making him the No. 1 player in South Africa after becoming the sixth South African to win a major.
Congratulations Charl Schwartzel you are this weeks Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player.
Controversy broke out at Augusta National Golf Club after The Bergen Record sports columnist Tara Sullivan was barred from the locker room because of her gender.
“Bad enough no women members at Augusta,” Sullivan tweeted. “But not allowing me to join writers in locker room interview is just wrong.”
Masters officials apologized to Sullivan and claimed that it was a security mistake. The club hires a number of people to work the tournament and the guard was apparently unaware of the equal-access policy that applies to reporters but not women looking to join.
Rory McIlroy endured one of the most painful lapses in Masters Tournament history on Sunday, when he shot an 80 in the final round, giving up a four-stroke lead to finish tied for 15th place. McIlroy had a stretch holes not even Greg Norman would want to watch however did end the meltdown moment with a handshake from former WWE executive and professional wrestler Shane McMahon at Augusta National.
McIlroy can always look back at this years Masters appearance and forget he tied Ken Venturi in 1956 as the worst final round by a 54-hole leader instead remembering that he shook hands with one time Hardcore Champion.
We posted the report back in February of Golf Channel’s Jim Gray being removed from their coverage of the Northern Trust Open after he got into a heated argument with golfer Dustin Johnson’s caddie. Gray it appears still hasn’t gotten in the good graces of the TV executives at the Golf Channels as he isn’t permitted to be part of their Master coverage at all this week.
“No, he is not part of our crew this week,” said Golf Channel spokesman Jeremy Friedman said.
ESPN also added that they would not be taking on Grays services during coverage of Golf’s biggest event.
There a panic going on at the Masters Tournament as a storm that went through the Augusta area this week knocked out the power and causing hundreds of pimento cheese sandwiches to go bad and fearful there won’t be enough to make it through Sunday. Shelves with one of the staples of the Masters experience, the pimento cheese sandwich, were empty as of this morning and the few that where able to salvage the pasty sandwich haven’t been able to keep up with demand.
“We were in disbelief when we walked in and heard there were no sandwiches,” said Reed Clevenger of Cary, N.C., who came to the tournament with a friend and both men’s sons. “We told (our sons) even if you don’t like it, you have to try the pimento cheese at least once.”
The Masters often is called the toughest ticket in all of sports. That will change slightly next year, when a limited number of entrance badges will be made available to the public. This will be the first time in 47 years that the public will have a chance to directly purchase tickets according to Augusta National’s website.
Deadline for applications is June 30, and all of the business is being handled online, at the tournament’s website. Selections will be made randomly, according to Augusta National, and the lucky winners will be notified sometime in July.
Golf Digest, with a circulation of 1.65 million, announced Thursday the end of a relationship with golfer Tiger Woods, one that began at the 1997 Masters. He made his debut in the magazine in June that year and the endorsement had been his second longest behind Nike.
“We appreciate the insights Tiger has provided to our readers,” Jerry Tarde, chairman and editor-in-chief of the publication, said in a statement.
Golf Digest never disclosed terms of the deal, although it was believed to be among the smallest financially for Woods – no more than $2 million a year. The announcement comes two weeks after Gillette said it would not renew its contract, which expired at the end of 2010. That brings to five the number of endorsements Woods has lost since he was caught in extramarital affairs. The other three are Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade.
Coming March 29 video game console owners will be able to play their Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Master with the brand new exclusive edition of Augusta National. You will now get to play at home on probably the most exclusive course in all of America as EA Sports and Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National announced that Augusta National and the Masters would be featured in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters.
To add to the authenticity of the game Jim Nantz will do the commenting on your crappy slice.
Every Tuesday Sports Grind Entertainment presents you with the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player of the Week. This week the recipient of this prestigious honor goes to three time Master champion Phil Mickelson who was simply BLAZIN.
Mickelson watched as his wife and mother battled cancer and the media frenzy surrounding the return of Tiger Woods to go out and win his third green jacket. He started the final round trailing the leader Lee Westwood by 1 stroke, but he would finish the day with a 3 stroke lead.
Mickelson hit some great shots down the stretch and his mid range game was as reliable as ever nut it was his phenomenal putting that help secure the Master win. With Anthony Kim and Woods teeing off right before him, and chomping at his heels, he stayed poised under pressure. On the 12th he nailed a 15 foot birdie putt and then hit a great shot off the pine straw and around a tree to set up a second straight birdie on the next hole. His final round 67 put him at -16 on the week.
Congratulations Phil Mickelson you are this weeks Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player.
Overnight ratings hit a 9-year high for the final round of The Masters, but remained well below record levels.
CBS drew a 12.0 overnight rating for final round coverage of The Masters on Sunday, up 36% from last year 8.8, up 35% from 2008 8.9. This marks the highest overnight for the final round of The Masters since Tiger Woods victory in 2001 of 12.9.
This is also the first time since 2005 that final round coverage has drawn at least a 10.0 overnight.
Third round coverage of The Masters on Saturday also drew big numbers on CBS, but remained off the pace of both 1997 and 2001.
CBS drew a 7.6 overnight rating for coverage of The Masters on Saturday, up 33% from last year 5.7, and up 25% from 2008 6.1.
The 7.6 overnight is the highest for third round coverage of The Masters since 2001 7.9, and the third-highest third round rating on record behind 2001 and 1997 8.6.
For perspective, Saturday’s third round coverage drew a higher overnight than every single golf telecast in 2009 with the lone exception of the final round of The Masters 8.8.
In comparison other sports that where matched up against the The Masters over the weekend where crushed. I know I didn’t watch any MLB on Saturday afternoon nor did Rudy J watch any NBA on Sunday.
MLB on Fox drew a 1.7 overnight rating on Saturday afternoon, down 29% from coverage featuring Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last year 2.4. The NBA on ABC drew a 2.0 overnight on Sunday afternoon, down 20% from Boston Celtics/Cleveland Cavaliers last year 2.5.
ESPN’s live coverage of the 2010 Masters Tournament on Thursday, April 12 generated an average of 4.9 million viewers to become the most-viewed golf telecast in cable history. The telecast surpassed the 2008 U.S. Open Championship playoff held Monday, June 16, 2008 4.7 million viewers, when Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate on ESPN.
The 4.9 million viewers represent a 47 percent increase over last year’s Thursday coverage of 3.3 million viewers. Compared to 2008, this year’s Thursday coverage was up 102 percent in viewers from 2.4 million viewers.
Tiger’s first tee shot on SportsCenter on Thursday from 1-2 p.m. averaged a 0.8 rating. The 0.8 rating more than doubled last year’s rating for the same one-hour window 0.3.
ESPN drew another near-record audience for coverage of The Masters on Friday, but the numbers were not quite as good as they were the day before.
Second round coverage of The Masters drew 3.9 million viewers on Friday afternoon. Friday’s telecast was up 12% in viewership from last years 3.5 million and up 10% from 2008 3.5 million. Compared to Thursday’s first round coverage, the telecast was down 21%.
Friday marked the third-most viewed golf telecast ever on cable, behind Thursday’s first round and the 2008 U.S. Open playoff between Woods and Mediate.
ESPN now owns five of the six most-viewed golf telecasts in cable history.