PGA Event Bars Masters Runner-Up Over Sponsor

Sky Sports reports this week that the 2010 Masters runner-up and golf’s current world’s #4, Lee Westwood, was not offered a spot in the PGA Tour’s St. Jude Classic (June 10-13) field in Memphis despite John Daly being invited to play in the tournament.

Lee Westwood Barred From PGA Tour Event Because Of UPS Sponsorship

Westwood will compete against Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson this weekend at the Quail Hollow Championship in North Carolina, but had “hoped to warm up for the season’s second major (U.S. Open) at Pebble Beach by competing at the St Jude Classic.

In the last five years, Daly’s best finish in Memphis is a tie for 59th in 2009. He missed the cut in ‘08, finished 79th in ‘07, withdrew in ‘06 and tied for 72nd in ‘05.

Westwood has finished second (in the Masters), and tied for third twice in golf’s last three major championships. He’s made the cut in 13 of 13 events since the beginning of ‘09.

So why was Westwood not invited? He said today that one of his sponsorship deals was the reason. Read more…

Europeans Bolloxed By American Crowds At Ryder

If Americans know how to do anything with our frontier roots, we know how to get rowdy. Such was the case all week at the Ryder Cup as frenzied *golf* crowds rallied the American duffers to victory after a string of embarrassing defeats. American captain Paul Azinger called the supporters the “13th man”, but at least one European player thinks otherwise.

Europe’s Lee Westwood called out several abuses. Reports the SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL: Westwood said there was some “shameful” fan participation, including a foul reference about his mother before he hit a tee shot, and a nuisance telephone call to his room in the wee hours before the final round. Read more…

Wooooooo! Golf! Wooooooo! Take That, Europe!

Day two of the Ryder Cup is well underway, after a Friday that featured the plucky underdog American team of multi-millionaires in matching polos taking a sizable early lead over Europe’s group of more stylish, but equally wealthy, ball-whackers.

Mickelson, Tiger, and Davis Love get excited about golf

And what an electric atmosphere it was. Middle aged white guys from all over the country have descended upon Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club to rock the house, going as far as nearly creating actual excitement. Which, of course, rankled the Euros, who apparently believe the sport should remain a solemn exercise in tedium. C’mon guys, politely and respectfully bomb those chaps back to the stone age! U-S-A! U-S-A!

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