Could Golf Be Coming To 2016 Summer Olympics?

When the first occurrence of the modern Summer Olympics was held in Athens in 1896, the Games’ organizers intended the Olympics to bring the people of the world together and promote ethics and goodwill amongst mankind. The Olympic Games wasn’t put together by a marketing firm or television network. It didn’t answer to shareholders. Throughout its history (perhaps most notably in 1936 and 1968), it has helped raise awareness of social issues not by premade PSA TV spots, but by athletes taking hard stands against oppression.

Fat Golfers

(Every 4 years, the world’s elite athletes converge…)

Those days are of course long gone, if they ever truly existed. Between political protest (1980 and 1984), commercialism (the Games have been a majorly profitable enterprise since 1984), and the everpresent steroids issue, the Olympics have become nothing more than an overproduced commercial product designed to maximize TV ratings and profits. How else could you explain the International Olympic Committee’s decision to consider adding golf to the 2016 (Chicago!) Summer Olympics?

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Golf’s Sponsorship Issues Not Limited To Singh

Yesterday we told you about Vijay Singh’s boneheaded refusal to remove the logos of financial fraudster and former sponsor Allen Stanford from his clothing, but Singh is not the only person having trouble finding new sponsorships in these tough economic times.

sad, really

(This is for you, golf.)

The entire sport of golf is suffering, and nowhere is that more on display than this weekend’s U.S. Open. Between economic hardship and populist anger, companies are having a tough time justifying tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to sponsor a sport already suffering from image problems in this recession.

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Phil Mickelson Leaves PGA Tour To Attend To Wife

PGA golfing superstar Phil Mickelson takes a lot of grief from sports fans and bloggers, and deservedly so (FIGJAM!), but the announcement that Mickelson is taking a leave of absence from the PGA to attend to his breast cancer-stricken wife Amy is no laughing matter.

Phil Mickelson and wife

Mickelson, a three-time Major winner (and boy does that still feel weird to say) is not sure when he will return to the Tour, but we assume Phil was relieved to hear that he wasn’t the one afflicted.
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All U.S. Resources Drained, Daly Invades Europe

Now that poor play has overcome Americans’ penchant for beer-gutted “everymen” who make Joe Sixpack seem athletic and cultured, John Daly will be taking his act to the European Tour.  Having outlasted most of his PGA Tour performance exemptions and now relying on a dwindling few sponsor invitations in the States, Big John needs a continent where his novelty act still carries some weight.

John Daly

(Will this repair our international image, or should we have sent a gift basket?)

Europeans, long known for their tolerance of boorish American slobs, will surely be dazzled by their new import.  Seeing a man who can break his weight in kilograms on the links will no doubt delight Britons, Spaniards, Germans, and the like.  Some factoids about Daly’s current golf game after the jump. Read more…

Tiger Woods No Match for 14 Month-Old Daughter

Up until this point all we knew of Sam Woods was that she was the lucky recipient of Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren Woods’ DNA. Now we know that the daughter of the golf great might be able to do something Ernie Els can’t do. Beat Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods and Family

Her dad, Tiger has made a living of beating grown men on the golf course, but the injured golfer with a video game to promote tells NEWSWEEK, that right now he could not beat his 14 month-old daughter in a game of golf.

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Phil Mickelson’s San Diego Home Is On The Market

If you think now is the time to jump into the housing market, and you have an extra $10.75 to $12.25 million burning a hole in your pocket, Phil Mickelson has the place for you.

Phil Mickelson's Rancho Santa Fe Home

Lefty put the Rancho Santa Fe home on the market after moving his family to a bigger home in the same area. It’s a shame when four bedrooms, three baths, and two guest houses sitting on 4.55 acres isn’t big enough. Read more…