Stuart Appleby

Yesterday, in the final round of the Greenbrier Classic, Australia's Stuart Appleby shot just the fifth official round of 59 in PGA TOUR history (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Quickly now…what do Ubaldo Jiménez, Dallas Braden, Roy Halladay, Edwin Jackson and Matt Garza all have in common? You probably guessed that each has thrown no-hitters in the major leagues this season. This is incorrect. OK, try this. What do Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby have in common. Again, did you blurt out, “They’ve all shot 59 in a PGA TOUR event!” Wrongo. Oh, I’m sure these pitchers and golfers all think they did these things but, in my mind, they did not. That’s because the benchmarks we all cherish in every sport should be reserved for legends. (more…)

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Corey Pavin

United States Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin may have to choose whether or not to include Tiger Woods in the 2010 Ryder Cup Matches

In about three weeks, United States Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin may have a very tough decision to make regarding the world’s most well-known golfer, Tiger Woods. Eight American players, based on Ryder Cup points, will automatically be named to the U.S. team. Right now, Woods sits eighth on that list. But, if he can’t maintain a top-eight spot after next month’s PGA Championship, Pavin will have an agonizing choice to make. (more…)

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Mike Weir

Canadian Mike Weir won the 2003 Masters, but tendonitis in his right elbow might prevent him from going low this week

A message to my fellow Canadians – grow up – quit your yearly bellyaching and hand-wringing about whether or not CBS Sports will go out of its way this weekend to show how Canadian golfers are doing at the RBC Canadian Open at St. George’s GC in Toronto. Here’s a perfect example. http://bit.ly/9fQJkw The Canadian media are like a bunch of anxious stage mothers. Desperate to have their perfect baby out front and centre in the school musical. Never mind that their little precious couldn’t sing his way out of a paper bag. Give it a rest, Canada! (more…)

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Par-four 14th

The 480-yard, par-four 14th - St. George's signature hole - begins one of the best finishing stretches in golf

This week, at St. George’s Golf Club, is the true test of Golf Canada’s long-overdue decision to move the RBC Canadian Open away from Glen Abbey in order to conduct it at some of the most majestic courses around our vast country. In 2011, Shaughnessy GC in Vancouver will host. In 2012, it will be at Royal Montreal – the oldest continuously operating golf course in North America. It was founded in 1873. But with this shift away from tournament-designed Glen Abbey, there comes a host of problems. And those were right out front yesterday when I walked the fairways of St. George’s. (more…)

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Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy fired an opening-round 63 at this year's Open Championship - eagle, seven birdies

When you shoot 63, as Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, 21, did today in the opening round of The Open Championship at St. Andrews, experts trip over themselves waxing about your potential. Everyone was quite happy to point out that McIlroy shot three times his age. But, be forewarned Rory, golf is more fickle than any other sport. The stark reminder comes when looking at the first-round Open Championship leaderboard. Two-time major champion John Daly shot an opening-round 66. Great for John. And Ian Baker-Finch, the 1991 Open Champion, is nowhere to be found. That’s because he’s not in the field. And that’s one of the saddest stories in golf. (more…)

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