Johnny Miller

RIP Seve

by Derek on May 7, 2011

in International Golf

Seve Ballesteros passed away overnight at the age of 54.  He was a 5-time major winner who finished second place at the ’76 British Open to Johnny Miller at the age of 19.

Nick Faldo probably put it best when he said:

I think the Cirque du Soleil is the greatest show I’ve ever seen.  It’s passion, artistry, skill, it’s drama. That was Seve.

That man was in a different state. It was quite something. We talked about the swashbuckling way he played. He hit it and chased after it and hit it, but there never was two follow-throughs the same.

You had to stand back and admire it.

Seve had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008 and underwent several surgeries that year.  On Friday his family issued a statement that his conditioned had deteriorated.

RIP Seve, you will be missed.

Hank Haney speaks his mind

by Derek on March 2, 2011

in Random Golf Stuff

Haney Project Charles Barkley

SI’s Gary Van Sickle caught up with Hank Haney on Monday to ask him about last night’s season finale of The Haney Project.  Of course they talked about Rush and the significant improvements he’s made over the course of this season, but the great quote from Hank came when he was asked about Charles Barkley’s swing:

He is physically able to, he isn’t mentally able to. It’s bizarre when somebody shoots less than 50 percent from the foul line, it’s bizarre when Chuck Knobloch can’t throw it to first base, it’s bizarre when Rick Ankiel throws 18 pitches in a row to the backstop. But it happens.

So Barkley is in that club?

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Proving that Twitter really is the best place to keep up to date on the latest drama in professional golf (especially for the Europeans), Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood took some time to share their thoughts on Johnny Miller.

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Not content to let Johnny Miller’s on-air comments drop after Brad Faxon’s prank a couple of days ago, Ian Poulter thought that posting a link to his European tour leading GIR stats on Twitter would prove that he IS a good ballstriker.  In reality, it just makes him look thin-skinned.  Who cares what Johnny Miller thinks… You’re a top-caliber player on the best golf tour in the world.  You make more money with a single win than Miller ever did in an entire season.

Thankfully, Brad Faxon stepped back in with a little reality check for Poulter (along with a nice dig at Miller):

Brad Faxon is funny as hell

by Derek on September 13, 2010

in PGA Tour,Twitter

This past weekend Johnny Miller said on the air that Ian Poulter is not a good ballstriker.  Ian Poulter, being the relaxed laid back guy that he is, immediately responded on twitter, basically saying that Miller was full of it, and that he thinks he does pretty well for being a duffer.

Enter Brad Faxon.  He saw an opportunity for comedic gold and seized it with gusto.  He sent Poulter the hat shown above, pretending to be Miller.  Immediately the interwebz were buzzing with talk of Miller and Poulter and a simmering feud.

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