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Saucy Russian Yuliya Snigir is 29. 34-24-35. Model/actress.

A Good Day To Die Hard, The Inhabited Island. 

Was playing chess professionally and at the age of 15 was awarded the prestigious title of Candidate of Chess Master by International Chess Federation. She was teaching English in the nursery school, when a friend showed photos of her to a top-flight Moscow modeling agency. 

Looks like she made the right "move." 

Enjoy the weekend. 

Rory: It’s Probably A Lack Of Confidence



I'm starting to worry for Rory McIlroy. Sure he's rich and famous. But, he's also struggling mightly with full shots and on the carpet. Even when he changed from his Nike Method putter to his old binkie Scotty Cameron. 

Or is it merey a case of too much too soon?

Some believe McIlroy is distracted switching management companies. Or dotes on his girl friend too much. Or, could be the increased pressure of justifying the big $$$$$ from Nike. 

Golf could really use McIlroy returning to his once-excellent form. Just not sure if he--or anyone else--knows when that will occur.

"I’m pretty frustrated,” the Northern Irishman said. “I’m trying not to let it get to me. It is what it is. A few bad rounds of golf isn’t going to ruin anything. But I’d definitely like to start playing. . . . I’m working hard, and I’m trying to figure things out and hopefully they’ll come around soon.”

The culprit, as it has been lately, was putting. McIlroy missed seven putts from inside 11 feet, including from 3 and 4 1/2. Remarkably, he four-putted one green and three-putted another in taking 33 putts. That was reminiscent of the Wells Fargo third round, when he missed seven putts inside 5 1/2 feet on his 24th birthday.

“I’m still sort of struggling on the greens a bit,” understated McIlroy, who ranks 100th on Tour in putting (strokes gained), 126th in three-putt avoidance and 158th from 15-20 feet. “I’ve missed a lot of short putts. It’s probably a lack of confidence more than anything else.”

When he missed with his full swing, his ball again tended to sail right in a costly manner, as it did when finding water at the third hole. Little wonder then that he walked off with more questions than answers after coming here thinking his game was OK.

“I don’t really have many explanations for this,” said the man who has won two major championships by eight strokes, including the 2011 Open at Congressional.

Tomorrow On The Teebox




Here's the run sheet for tomorrow's Teebox Golf Show on the Ticket...

--Our take on TaylorMade admitting they will design illegal clubs (USGA be damned) and wonder if anyone will buy them.

--Check on the big names at Jack's Memorial Invitational. Tiger is defending his title. 

--Is Tim Clark the new Casey Martin?

--Deliver a big announcement at 9:10. 

And we'll do it all from Classic BMW in Plano for their awesome Cars and Coffee event this Saturday morning from 8-10. 

Tiger Is Nearly 2000-Under Par


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USA Today 
posts that Tiger Woods is nearly 2,000 strokes under-par for his pro career. 

In 2002, Woods finished every PGA Tour event he played in under par, a feat he has never replicated. 

The only major he's over-par is the U.S. Open (+80 and only bested par three times in 17 tries). 

His best under-par year was 2000 at -263. 

Slow Play Penalty Cost Aggies Playoff Spot


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Slow play is the pick to click for the most heinous of golf crimes. No one likes it. But, no one has a fool-proof answer to it either. 

Or do they?

Yesterday at the NCAA Golf Championships, Texas A&M was in a dogfight for a playoff spot. Lets just say our Aggie Publisher Robert Rodriguez was far from pleased...

Here's the rest of the sad story. 

Tyler Dunlap had just made a 50-foot putt for birdie on the eighth hole, his 17th of the day. After an errant drive forced him to play safe, the sophomore made a 40-foot par putt on his final hole that appeared to keep the Aggies one shot clear of the cutline.

However, Dunlap and the two other players in his group – UCF’s Greg Eason and Arizona State’s John Rahm - were notified that they would need to proceed to the clubhouse to discuss a possible pace-of-play violation.

According to Mike Carter, chairman of the NCAA Men’s Golf Committee, the group missed two checkpoints, which subjects them to a one-stroke penalty. A rules official spent 11 holes with the group, timing shots. There were multiple bad times against two of the players.

In the end, Dunlap and Eason were assessed one-stroke penalties for slow play. Rahm was not.

“Rules are rules, and I get it,” Higgins said. “I think it was pretty arbitrary. I really do. They made up their mind they were going to give a penalty, and they dug their heels in and there was no getting out of it.”

Some may think the two penalty shots handed out today had to be done after the rules committee had issued a slow-play penalty to UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick in the second round. 

Hey, slow is slow. If the penalties are severe enough, maybe everyone will finally wake up. 

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The feisty Michelle Rodriguez. 34-25-34. Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. Actress. 

Avatar, Fast and the Furious series, Resident Evil, Lost.

Born in Bexar County, Texas. Moved to Dominican Republic at age 8. Noted for playing tough gal roles. Didn't have a driver's license before filming The Fast and the Furious (2001) and had to obtain one during her training for the car chase sequences. 

"Whenever a female takes a strong stand for herself, the majority of the time they have to really, really narrow it down to being feminine and wearing dresses and just being lipstick chic."

Jack's Confusing Memorial Field Qualifications


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If you peruse the Memorial Invitational field, you might notice some head-scratching ways players entered via various qualification criteria. 

Like, did you know that winners of the WGC Match Play and any WGC event receive a 3-yr exemption?  

Member Last Named European Ryder Cup Team
Nicolas Colsaerts
Lee Westwood

Member of Last Named International Presidents Cup Team
Robert Allenby
Aaron Baddeley
Jason Day
Ryo Ishikawa
Geoff Ogilvy

Sponsors Exemption - Members not otherwise exempt
Fred Couples
Tom Gillis
Brandt Jobe
Davis Love III
Camilo Villegas
Mike Weir

Sponsors Exemption - Unrestricted
Ricky Barnes
Trevor Immelman
Jordan Spieth
Guan Tianlang
Peter Williamson
Gary Woodland

Top 70 on Prior Year's Money List

FedExCup Points List 

FedExCup Points List - Beyond 70


Golf's Controversial Year--Is Any Publicity Good For The Sport?


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Its hardly been a smooth year publicity-wise for the normally staid game of golf. Sergio vs. Tiger, anchoring, debatable rules violations and illegal substances. The players weigh in whether any pub is good pub for putting golf on the front page headlines.

''Nobody has ever sued the Tour for being cleared of getting a drug violation,'' Padraig Harrington said.

''Is it bad for golf?'' Nick Watney said Tuesday afternoon. ''It depends on your theory of publicity. If you had the Kardashian feeling that any publicity is good publicity, then it's good. If you're a purist in terms of golf, then it's bad. The lawsuits, the rule change, the little feud going on. My view is that it's bad. This is supposed to be a gentleman's game. We're different from a lot of other pro sports.''

There was the lawsuit involving Ping and the square grooves in the 1980s. There was Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, leading the breakaway from the PGA of America to start what is now the PGA Tour at the end of the 1960s. Imagine if Woods and Phil Mickelson did something like that today.

''It's not a perfect game,'' Curtis Strange said. ''Some people believe there's no such thing as bad press, but it seems like we're still having growing issues. We're learning how to handle doping issues, although nobody has learned to do that yet. I'm been reading about Lance Armstrong all day.''

And it's not anything Finchem can make go away with a wave of his hand. Considering that golf is a niche sport, maybe that's not the worst thing.

''Outside the ropes, golf is probably more interesting than it ever has been,'' Robert Garrigussaid. ''I don't think it's all that bad if it makes our sport more interesting. There might be a few more people come out to the U.S. Open.''


Tim Clark Could Be The Poster Boy For Anchoring Ban


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Good article on about how Tim Clark could be the next "Casey Martin" case study using a disability claim to fight the anchored club ban. 

Clark had just deplaned in Texas when he got word of the USGA's decision. "By no means is it a done deal. The Tour still needs to decide if it accepts the new rule," says Clark, who expects that it will ultimately be put to a vote of the players. If democracy doesn't save him, he concedes, he might have to consider a disability claim. "It's been no secret," he says, "that we've had legal counsel assisting us through all this."

"Silly little things are difficult for me," Clark says. "Like carrying plates. I could not be a waiter." To clarify his condition, he asks you to extend your arms with your palms facing. "Now turn your palms to the sky," he says, confident that you'll have no problem doing so. "If you think of holding a bowl of soup, that's supinating" -- Clark, known for his dry wit, misses the pun -- "but I can only go to here." He tilts his hands slightly outward to demonstrate the relative immobility of his forearms.

Clark asserts, jeopardize his career because he -- unlike Adam Scott, Ernie Els or Keegan Bradley -- can't simply dust off an old putter and "go short." "I can't grip the club properly if it's close to my body," Clark says, "because I don't have the means to tuck my elbows in." (Full swings are no problem because on those shots he extends his arms, palms facing each other.)

"We were all for him," says Robert Allenby. "Tim's used a long putter since he was a kid, so it's definitely a career-changing move for him." Robert Garrigus, who like Allenby uses a conventional-length putter, adds, "I'm fully on Tim Clark's side and the side of all the guys who use anchored putters. It's our livelihood, not the USGA's."

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Zulay Henao
is 34 today. 34-24-36. Columbian-American actress.

Fighting, Boy Wonder, Takers. 

Once reportedly engaged to actor Terrence Howard (she denies it). Served three years in the U.S. Army. 

On her first kiss: 

Boy, that was a long time ago. My sisters and I used to play house, and sometimes we’d invite boys over to play. One day we invited this boy Sergio. He was cute, and the kiss was all sweet and innocent. But then my mother found out, and I was done seeing Sergio.


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