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Golfing legend “Buffalo Bill” Billy Casper passes away at age 83

Billy Casper (2010 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Often overshadowed by the rising careers of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, who were considered to be the “Big Three” during that era,  Billy Casper was a star in his own right. He was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA TOUR from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.

The winner of 51 tournaments and one of the sport’s finest putters, suffered a heart attack and died Saturday at his home in Springville, Utah. He was 83.

Casper is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley, 11 children, six of whom are adopted, and 71 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Known by his colleagues as “Buffalo Bill” due to his diet of exotic meats such as caribou, elk, hippopotamus and buffalo.

Casper got started in golf at the age of seven with the urging of his father. He spent one semester at the University of Notre Dame before returning to his native San Diego. He married his wife, Shirley in 1952. Before turning professional in 1954, he played in several amateur tournament around the San Diego area against fellow native Gene Littler.

Speaking of Littler, Casper won the  1970 Masters Tournament in the event’s last 18-hole playoff over his childhood friend. He defeated Littler by five shots.

Between 1956 until 1975, Casper won 51 PGA TOUR titles — including three major championships — and led the money list in 1966 and 1968. His 51 career victories place him seventh on the TOUR’s all-time victories list.

Casper won at least one PGA TOUR title for 16 consecutive years and earned titles in three different decades. He also enjoyed 14 seasons where he won at least two tournaments, the high mark coming in 1968 when he earned six tournament titles. That streak is the third longest streak on tour, trailing only Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who each won on TOUR in 17 straight seasons.

In 1979, Casper captained the U.S. squad to victory over Europe.

On the Senior Tour, which is now the Champions Tour, earned nine wins including two senior majors.

In 1978, Casper became inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame along with Dorothy Campbell Hurd Howe, Bing Crosby, Harold Hilton and Clifford Roberts.







Wilson wins Sony Open by two-shots

Mark Wilson (file photo)

It was a marathon of 36 holes in one day, but golfer Mark Wilson made it through, to win the Sony Open in Honolulu without a bogey and held on for a two-stroke victory that earns him his first trip to the Masters Tournament.

Wilson shot a 5-under-par 65 in the morning to lead by one-shot. In the afternoon, he built a four-shot lead at the turn, then held off Tim Clark and Steve Marino, who finished two strokes back.

Wilson finished with a 67 to put him at 16-under-par 264 and earn his third career win.

Clark finished with a 64 and Marino finished with a 66.

compiled from staff & PGA Tour news

THE PRESS BOX: TIGER WOODS Press Conference Part 2

Tiger Woods’ return to the golf course has been much anticipated for months. On Monday, he sat through a no-holds barred post-scandal press conference before 217 reporters at the  Augusta National Golf Club interview room.

Some members of the media feels that everything Tiger does is rehearsed and that he only wanted to get sympathy from golf’s core fans as he tries to regain popularity. On Thursday, he returns to the course to play in the Masters tournament, reminding fans of why they admire him in the first place, his enormous golfing talent.

Tiger Woods (pga tour)

To the core fans, they’ll definitely support his return. Cheating on his wife doesn’t matter to them because all they care about is him playing golf.

The media also feels that Tiger owes them an explanation for his conduct. As far as I’m concerned, I personally like Tiger and I’ve never judged him because it’s not my job to do that. He has always been very professionally to me over the years when I needed an interview and I still like Tiger Woods the golfer. His personal life means nothing to me. I feel that he doesn’t owe the media an apology or an explanation for his conduct; that should be directed to:

A) His Mother.

B) His wife and children.

C) His management team.

D) The PGA Tour management.

E) His fellow golfers

F) His sponsors.

G) Last but not least, the children who have looked up to him and emulate him as their hero and idol.

SOUNDS FROM THE TIGER WOODS PRESS CONFERENCE (to listen to an audio file, just click the link.)

44 761 TIGER WOODS He felt entitled to having affairs. How did he rationalize that

44 762 TIGER WOODS When did he realize he wasn’t entitled to do those things

44 763 TIGER WOODS Eventhough he was winning while having affairs, could he have played any better on the golf course

44 764 TIGER WOODS Why didn’t he respond to drug allegations, when did he hurt achilles tendon

44 765 TIGER WOODS In February it seemed like you would not come back in 2010 what changed his mind

44 767 TIGER WOODS A 4 week lapse between accident and rehab when did he decide to go to rehab

44 770 TIGER WOODS Will he keep his same management team how much did they know about his affairs

44 772 TIGER WOODS How did you fool so many people for so long

44 773 TIGER WOODS What does this mean to his legacy

44 774 TIGER WOODS How important is it to have your caddie Steve Williams back with you

THE PRESS BOX: Tiger Woods Press Conference at Augusta Part 1

compiled by staff

In his first public appearances on Sunday and Monday at Augusta National Golf Club, Tiger Woods had a chance to play the course as a tuneup for this weeks Masters Tournament which begins on Thursday.

On Sunday, the course was closed to the public and reporters were only able to watch Woods work on the driving range, two putting greens and then tee off from the 10th hole. He was followed by 15 security personnel, including several officers from the Sheriff’s Department of Richmond County.

Tiger Woods (PGA)

On Monday, he practiced again and was greeted by fans very warmly and was actually surprised by the greeting from the crowds.

Tiger hasn’t played in a tournament since the Australian Masters last November. The fans of the PGA Tour have an interest in his game as he returns to pursue his 5th championship and green jacket at Augusta.

It has been reported throughout the media that Tiger wasn’t wearing a wedding ring when he put on his golf glove. His golf bag featured just the Tiger Woods golf logo.

Tiger Woods, who is unbelievably 34-years-old now, is trying to return from a scandal of lies, mistresses, two stints in rehabilitation clinics and infidelity that came to light that early November morning when he had the car accident with all of the speculation surrounding a golf club swinging from his wife Elin.

After his practice round, Tiger met with the media to answer  questions about everything in his life dating back when the affairs started to how his knee is doing. Below is part 1 of 10 questions from the press conference at Augusta National.

SOUNDS FROM THE TIGER WOODS PRESS CONFERENCE (to listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 743 TIGER WOODS Augusta National galleries were very receptive to him

44 748 TIGER WOODS What has been most difficult to deal with the last few months

44 749 TIGER WOODS How is going to show more respect for the game in what way

44 750 TIGER WOODS He won alot of tourneys while having affairs what kind of golfer will he be now without any affairs

44 751 TIGER WOODS On why he had Dr. Anthony Gallia come to his home 4 times why

44 752 TIGER WOODS What was he anticipating Monday at Augusta was he nervous

44 753 TIGER WOODS Will he be able to be fan friendly during tournaments

44 754 TIGER WOODS Was he surprised that the media criticized him so much some are his friends

44 756 TIGER WOODS How is his knee. Is it still giving him trouble

44 758 TIGER WOODS On his rehab situation is he still doing it

Part 2 of the Press Box featuring Tiger Woods will be up on the website on Wednesday.

Couples on a hot streak playing Champions Tour with 3rd straight win

compiled by the staff

Fred Couples was successful on the PGA Tour being a 15-time winner and a Masters champion. So when it was reported that he would be joining the Champions Tour, which is for players 50 years old and over, all the so-called golf experts, media and fans expected he would have no trouble winning events.

Well, he is off to a good start in his first four events which has proven everybody right.

Couples has now won three straight starts on the 50-years-and over tour, by shooting a course-record Sunday of 10-under-62 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Espada course in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic for a two-stroke win over Corey Pavin in the Cap Cana Championship. Couples made five birdies in a row from the second hole through the sixth. His reward for winning the tournament, $240,000.

Couples made 11 birdies in the final round and finished the tournament at 21-under-195.  Pavin finished with a 66.

Couples compares his first four tournaments in 2010 to a hot streak he had 18 years ago.  “I had a great stretch of golf back in 1992, but I must say that these past four weeks, I’m not missing many shots,”  he said.

Fred Couples Champions Tour (creative commons/wfe photo)

The 50-year-old Couples the ACE Group Classic and Toshiba Classic winner in 2010 after placing second in the season-opening event in Hawaii, hasn’t had a score higher than 68 and is 77 under in 12 senior tour rounds. He has earned $931,000 in four events on the Champions Tour.

Fred is the first player in Champions tour history to win three of his first four tournaments, and the eight player to win three straight starts, leaving him one behind the tour record set in 1987 by the legendary Chi Chi Rodriguez.

Couples started Sunday two strokes behind Pavin and one back of Nick Price.

Corey Pavin was the victim of bad luck when his second shot at the par 4  14th hole hit a sprinkler head on the side of the green and bounced 60 yards over the green.  He was unable to recover and made a bogey, losing the lead for the first time since the seventh hole.

Fred then ran off five more birdies in a row from the 11th hole through the 15th hole and maintained a one-shot lead over Pavin when both birdied the par-5 15th. Of Fred Couples’ birdies, only one came from outside 30 feet and eight came from inside 15 or less.

Russ Cochran finished third and there was a three-way tie for fourth place Nick Price, Tony Pernice Jr. and Bernhard Langer.

Fred Couples is making plans to play in the Masters Tournament at Augusta National golf course.

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