Fictional Start - Los Angeles Dodgers' rookie Yasiel Puig has had quite a start to his major league career since making his debut on June 3.
Coming into this week, he had four home runs in seven games, hits in six of his seven games and 10 RBIs.
That easily earned him National League Player of the Week honors.
Maybe he's been reading John Grisham's book, ''Calico Joe.''
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Real All-Americans- The top 18 individual finishers at the NJCAA Division III National Golf Championship are named All-Americans. They were honored last Friday following the final round.
However, after Thursday's round was rained out and the rain continued into the night, there were concerns if the Lake Course at Chautauqua Golf Club would be playable for Friday's final round after the event was shortened to 54 holes. But the Friday round started at 9 a.m. as scheduled and went off without a hitch.
That's because the real All-Americans that day were CGC course superintendent Trevor Burlingame and his army of crew members who prepared the course for play.
In addition to Burlingame, they were Bill Peterson, Dan Kelsey, Everett Bensink, Karl Hanson, Rich Brostrom, Scott Gould, Gil Mattoon, Phil Erickson, Phil Johnson, Dan Burns, Art Asquith, Marty Young, Paul Holthouse, Paul Wohlhueter, Jim Hamilton, Bud Welker, Tim Wagner, Steve Holmberg, Jim Hayes, Ed Farnsworth, Tyler Marsh, George Rendell, Ben DeMarco, Amy Smith, Kody Klinginsmith, Ryan Songer and volunteer Mark Powers.
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Tough Conditions - While the NJCAA Division III National Golf Championships are held on the Lake Course at Chautauqua for a week each year in early June, play for the general public is held on the course after the college golfers are finished. So that means some regular golfers, particularly those in leagues, face some of the toughest pin placements used on those holes.
They also face some rather slippery greens. They are double cut and rolled for each day of the tournament. By the time the public gets on them late in the afternoon they are a bit slower, but still a lot faster than under regular conditions.
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Tough Start - I saw a painful situation during the opening round of the NJCAA Division III National Golf Championships. On the first hole of his opening round, I saw a golfer chip the wrong ball for a two-stroke penalty. Then after he got on the green, he four-putted.
A quadruple bogey 9 on the first hole of a 72-hole tournament,
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Welcome Back, Duffy - While watching the recent Senior PGA Championship, it was great to see Duffy Waldorf in action. For me, it was, ''Where have you been?''
Waldorf's PGA Tour career came to an end in 2008 because of knee damage, but now, after four surgeries, he is back after turning 50 and joining the Champions Tour last year.
Also back are his colorful golf balls, which used to be decorated by his wife and children with messages, reminders and artwork. Now he has extra help from his mother. She has been attending an art class weekly and takes along a dozen balls and let's the students mark them.
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Plenty Of Open Coverage - The U.S. Open is under way and, unlike The Masters, you can see plenty of it on TV.
Remember back when The Masters was held and we had to wait until 3 p.m. for TV coverage of the first two rounds?
Now we have the U.S. Open which has wall-to-wall coverage. It was scheduled to be on ESPN for the first two rounds from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. But because of Thursday's suspension due to rain delays, Friday's action started at 8:30 a.m.
Then on Thursday and Friday the coverage switched to NBC from 3 to 5 p.m. Then it was back to ESPN from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The final two rounds are on NBC today and Sunday from noon to 7:30 p.m. Even the coverage on those two days is longer than a day of Masters coverage.
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The Longest Days - The U.S. Open is one of the best golf events to attend because there is no lack of action. The first two rounds begin just after the sun comes up and continue until it has almost set.
This year the first tee time for the first rounds was at 6:45 a.m. and the last was at 2:57 p.m. Friday was a real marathon because the opening round had a rain delay and the completion of that round began at 7:15 a.m.
Paul Azinger recalled on ESPN on Thursday his first U.S. Open was in 1983 at Oakmont Country Club and it was plagued by rain throughout. Because of a rain delay in the opening round, he didn't tee off until 6:33 p.m.
He must have felt like he was playing in a golf league.
Rain also halted the final round of the 1983 U.S. Open, which had to be completed on Monday morning. Eventual champion Larry Nelson was left with a 62-foot putt at the 16th green when play was halted. Then he came out Monday morning and sunk the long putt to help nail down the victory.
I was standing below the elevated green and took photos of Nelson's 62-foot putt with my motordrive camera. The putt was so long in length and took to so long to reach the hole, I thought I was going to use up an entire roll of film (Remember film?).
In all, completion of the final round on that Monday morning took about 30 minutes.
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Hogan Denied Being Hero - With the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club this week, it has led to plenty of flashbacks of Ben Hogan's victory there in 1950 a little more than a year after almost being killed in an auto accident.
In the 1949 crash in which a bus passing a truck hit Hogan's car head on, Hogan suffered injuries to his head, eye, pelvis, shoulder, clavicle, ankle and ribs. The steering column of Hogan's car was driven through the driver's seat and in to the back seat. The only reason he survived is because he dove to his right to protect his wife, Valerie, in the passenger seat.
''Ben threw himself in front of me to protect me,'' she said in an interview hours after the accident.
But in an excellent article about the incident by Curt Sampson in the current issue of Golf World, that famous part of the story is refuted by Hogan himself.
All the media picked up the quote by Valerie and suddenly Hogan was viewed as a hero. Maybe it was Hogan downplaying his new hero status or simply the crusty Hogan being Hogan, but he supposedly said to a friend years later, ''That was a bunch of bull----, I was trying to get out of the way of the bus.''
I don't think I have ever seen that quote before, not even in Sampson's biography of Hogan published in 1996.