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- Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf11 hrs ago
Robert Allenby's former caddie, Mick Middlemo, is speaking like a man liberated.
Middlemo, who split with Allenby
“Do I think he got mugged and bashed and absolutely robbed? No, I don’t," Middlemo said to News Corp Australia. "That’s the story I told because that’s the story he told me to tell because I wasn’t there.
“Do I think he just fell over and cracked his head? Honestly I do … I think he fell over and someone picked up his wallet and had a great time with his credit card."
Middlemo accompanied Allenby for at least part of the night in question. Both player and caddie were at a Waikiki wine bar, where Allenby claims he was kidnapped after leaving, beaten, robbed and dropped off in a nearby park. Allenby said he only recalls waking up to being harassed by homeless people in the park and that he was without his credit cards.
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The Canadian drought in their national golf championship will extend to a 62nd year.
Canuck David Hearn, who carried a two-shot lead into the final round of the RBC Canadian Open, came up two shots shy of a maiden PGA Tour win and ending a winless Canadian streak dating back to Pat Fletcher in 1954.
Hearn's even-par 72 at Glen Abbey Golf Club paved the way for Jason Day to win for the second time in 2015, making birdies on the final three holes of the tournament to secure a one-stroke win over Bubba Watson, who himself birdied the final four holes. A 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 finisher at the Jack Nicklaus-designed track completed a 4-under 68 to win in 17-under 271.
The win is Day's fourth on the PGA Tour and marks the first multi-win season of his career, backing up a playoff win earlier in the season at the Farmers Insurance Open.
- Devil Ball Golf1 day ago
It was an up-and-down kind of weekend for 16-year-old Andrew Orischak.
The South Carolina teen blew a 5-up lead in the final of the U.S. Junior Amateur, losing in 37 holes to complete the largest collapse in the championship's history.
Then he locked up a prom date with Fox Sports host and former Golf Channel personality Holly Sonders.
Orischak, through his dad, made a deal with Sonders earlier in the tournament whereby she would agree to go to his Hilton Head-area high school prom if he won the championship on Saturday.
"I liked the kid’s confidence," Sonders wrote in a piece for Golf Digest.
When Orischak made the final match on Friday with a semifinal win, Sonders gave her phone number to his mom, as Sonders wrote, "show I was serious."
He obviously came up short, losing to Philip Barbaree. However, Sonders took to Twitter to tell Orischak that she would still escort him to prom next year.
- Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf1 day ago
Paula Creamer was boarding a plane headed for Scotland and this week's Ricoh Women's British Open when she got quite a surprise from the cockpit: her husband would be piloting her flight.
Creamer's husband, Derek Heath, is a former military pilot who now flies commercial jets for United Airlines. Knowing the date and location from where his wife would be flying toward Turnberry for the LPGA's fourth major of the year, Heath made arrangements to make the surprise plot a reality.
The 28-year-old, who turns 29 almost a week after the start of the British Open, is searching for a second major title to back up her 2010 U.S. Women's Open victory. It's a good event for Creamer; she has four career top-10 finishes.
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Lexi Thompson has been dealing with an injury from inside the ring, but it didn't stop her from winning inside the ropes.
With a final-round, 6-under 65, Thompson overcame a four-shot deficit to win the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan. Entering the day, Thompson trailed 54-hole leader Lizette Salas by four shots. Thompson made five birdies on the front nine against one bogey, going out in 4-under 32. A pair of birdies after the turn got her to 6 under on the day, and she hung on from there to sweat out a one-shot win over Salas and Gerina Piller.
Thompson has been dealing with a right wrist injury that she suffered while showing off her boxing moves for a February Golf Digest photo shoot (the same edition of the magazine where she appeared draped only with a workout towel on the cover).
The deep bone bruise happened when Conde Nast Entertainment associate producer Tony Hernandez asked the 20-year-old if he could film an interview with her while she was sparring with him, according to Golf Channel. Thompson played this week with a taped-up wrist.
- Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf3 days ago
The greatest Canadian hope to end a 61-year drought at their national championship has withdrawn from the RBC Canadian Open.
Graham DeLaet, ranked 84th in this week's Official World Golf Ranking, pulled out of the event on Friday morning after sustaining a thumb injury in Thursday's opening round. Despite the best efforts of training staff, DeLaet was unable to continue after an opening even-par 72.
“I just can’t play golf like that, release the club and kind of puffing it out there,” DeLaet said Friday. “If I was still able to hit it long and straight and kind of playing my game, I probably would have fought through it.”
Pat Fletcher was the last Canadian to win the national open back in 1954.
Mike Weir, who last week announced an indefinite leave of absence from the pro game, came close in 2004 at Glen Abbey Golf Club, which again hosts this week, losing in a sudden-death playoff to Vijay Singh. After Singh won the playoff, he apologized to the 2003 Masters winner for ruining what could have been a huge story in Canada..
- Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf4 days ago
Robert Allenby's strange 2015 took another odd twist on Thursday in Round 1 of the RBC Canadian Open.
Allenby was on the par-5 13th, his fourth hole of the day, at Glen Abbey Golf Club, and he had hit his tee shot some 250 yards and into a water hazard. He dropped and laid up, leaving about 135 yards to the hole for his fourth shot. Standing at the ball, Allenby's caddie, Mick Middlemo, suggested 8-iron. Allenby thought 7-iron. Middlemo insisted and Allenby swung the 8-iron. A gust of wind caught the shot and deposited the ball into another hazard. A confrontation ensued, according to ScoreGolf.
“I said to him, ‘You know this happens every week. This has happened for like the last three or four or five months. We keep making bad mistakes and you’re not helping me in these circumstances,’” Allenby explained.
- Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
Hockey players have a superstition about not touching the Stanley Cup unless they've won it. Jordan Spieth, however, wasn't spooked about getting his hands -- and lips -- on the British Open trophy he just missed out on winning.
Spieth and Open winner Zach Johnson flew home to the United States on the same private jet, and the two-time 2015 major winner got to take a drink from the Claret Jug. Johnson's caddie, Damon Green, posted the picture to Facebook.
Despite the sting from the end of his chase of the single-season Grand Slam, Spieth remained at the Old Course to give his buddy a hug and congratulate him after winning his second major title.
While the Grand Slam dream is over, Spieth still has a chance to get his hands on an even bigger -- at least in terms of literal size -- trophy. Spieth is the favorite to win the PGA Championship and its Wanamaker trophy at Whistling Straits, which would make him only the third player to win three of four modern Grand Slam events in a single year, joining Ben Hogan in 1953 and Tiger Woods in 2000.
- Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
The PGA Tour heads back to North America this week for the RBC Canadian Open. Glen Abbey Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus design, hosts one of the game's oldest championships.
With the late Monday finish to the British Open, several players could still pull out of the event. But with the current field, here's our top five for this week:
1. Jason Day — Day’s the class player in the field and has been in the thick of it in the last two majors. He obviously doesn’t close the deal as often as we hope, but he puts himself there as often as anyone.
2. Bubba Watson — Watson comes back here after not playing in 2014. He finished T-21 in 2013 on this course, so he has some OK vibes.
3. Luke Donald — In case you haven’t noticed, Luke Donald is back. Going back to Pat Goss from Chuck Cook was the right move, and it’s starting to pay dividends. He’s been in the top 12 in his last three starts.
4. Jim Furyk — Furyk had a nice finish at the Open, but it wasn’t anything special. Won at Heritage and had a T-5 at Memorial, another Nicklaus design like Glen Abbey. Has two wins in this event, but none here.
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf7 days ago
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - So you've just watched Zach Johnson win the British Open at the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, and you're thinking, "hey, I'd love to play that course!" Honestly, if you're a golf fan, you think this after every major, but St. Andrews is one of the few such courses where you might actually be able to take a few swings. (Don't even think about playing Augusta. Seriously. Don't.)
Now, it's easy to picture yourself walking across the Swilcan Bridge, and it's not all that difficult to actually do ... as long as you're willing to either pay up or be flexible. The deal is this: the St. Andrews Links Trust runs the course, and the Trust knows that you and everyone you have ever or will ever meet in your life wants to play this course. So here are the most common ways:
Book in advance: Visit this page to make your plans well in advance for a visit to St. Andrews. They're full through Halloween of this year, and starting in August they'll begin taking reservations for next year.