Tiger Woods will tee it up in The Players Championship on Thursday, but he spent Monday almost 1,000 miles away from TPC Sawgrass.
Woods and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn were in New York, where they attended the Met Gala – an extremely high profile fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The evening's theme was ''Punk: Chaos to Couture,'' but the couple played it straight with their wardrobe choices. Woods wore a skinny-tie tuxedo, while Vonn was attired in a long white dress. They attended the gala as guests of Vogue Magazine, which ''dressed them,'' according to Us Weekly.
Woods and Vonn confirmed that they were dating back in mid-March, and Vonn attended the Masters with Woods.
With the U.S. Open coming up fast, Cobra has unveiled plans to release a limited edition of its AMP Cell Pro driver decked out in red, white and blue.
The tri-colored drivers will be available on June 1, but only 600 will be made. Each will be marked with a '1 of 600' decal on the sole for authenticity.
''We love driving excitement around our brand with limited edition products,'' said Cobra Director of Product Marketing Jose Miraflor. ''The golfing community is so patriotic, especially around the U.S. Open. We felt it was the perfect time to introduce a limited edition color to our AMP Cell Pro Driver line.''
The patriotic powersticks will come complete with all the features found in the regular AMP Cell Pro drivers – most significantly Cobra's MyFly Technology, which allows golfers to optimize their distance and trajectory by selecting among several lofts with a simple wrench.
Cobra's E9 Face Technology with dual roll provides an elliptical face shape with a canted bulge and roll that improves both distance and accuracy on mis-hits from heel to toe and above and below the centerline. Advanced Material Placement and Cell technology work together to enable a 12 percent larger face for faster ball speeds and more stability, even on mis-hits.
The Cell band, which wraps around the crown, shows golfers where the bulk of the head's weight is distributed and helps position the Center of Gravity for the kind of ball flight low handicappers prefer.
The red, white and blue driver is available in Stiff and Regular flexes and features an Aldila RIP Phenom shaft. The grip, headcover and even the wrench match the head's patriotic color scheme. The driver carries a suggested retail price of $499.
Paramount Country Club in suburban New York City has reopened its A.W. Tillinghast-designed course after a two-year renovation at the hands of course architect Jim Urbina.
The club was created in 1920 by movie mogul Adolph Zukor on his private retreat 30 miles north of New York City. Zukor, the founder of Paramount Pictures, entertained the stars of both Broadway and Hollywood on the course, which rolls across heavily wooded terrain high above the Hudson River. For years, it was known as Dellwood Country Club, before recently taking on the Paramount name to more strongly link it to its glamorous past.
"The course is fantastic," said PGA head professional Steve Scott. "Jim has created a modern version of years past."
Tillinghast, one of golf’s greatest and most prolific course designers, created a number of other prominent courses in the metropolitan New York area roughly a century ago. They include Winged Foot, Bethpage, Quaker Ridge and Baltusrol.
"In his book 'The Course Beautiful' – which I used as my 'playbook' for Paramount – Tillie said that courses should offer people coming from the city the chance to get into nature, see the wonderful views, and enjoy the outdoors," said Urbina, who has restored a number of prominent older courses. "To do that, the course should be simple, not busy, a place to get away into the open air. Paramount delivers that."
Working off of Tillinghast's original plans and old photographs, Urbina renovated every hole at Paramount. He brought back the flashed-up, organically shaped bunkers for which Tillinghast was famous, and also enlarged greens that had shrunk over the years. He removed numerous trees and some stretches of cart paths to help restore the property’s wide vistas from a century ago.
"When I first came up two years ago, I knew it was all here," said Urbina. "But you had to peek around trees to see it. Now Paramount is back in the spirit of Tillinghast."
The course renovation was part of a multi-million-dollar effort to upgrade many aspects of the private club. Other improvements were made to the clubhouse, public areas, tennis courts, pool, member's cottage and other areas indoors and out.
"Early on, I asked if they understood the historic significance of this golf course," said Urbina. "They absolutely did and wanted to bring it back to Tillinghast's original concept. As a result, the course is more open, more playable, and more fun. That's the foundation, the artistry and the genius of Tillinghast."
For more information, visit www.paramountcountryclub.com.
Watch the sports highlights on TV for more than a few minutes, and you're likely to see a game-winning home run in baseball, and maybe even a buzzer-beater in basketball.
But I can pretty much guarantee you've never seen this – a walkoff hole-in-one. Not only that, it was the final stroke of the Texas 5-A high school tournament.
The super shot was struck a few days ago by Klein Klotz, a senior at Lake Travis High School in the Austin suburb of Lakeway, Texas. Lake Travis wrapped up its third straight state championship at Moris Williams Golf Course in Austin, but Klotz was tied for second in the individual standings – one shot behind the state medalist – with two other players.
So the three teed off in sudden death to decide the silver medal. The playoff hole was the 191-yard, par-3 12th. Klein took his cut, the ball soared toward the green, bounced softly – and rolled right into the cup.
The ace made Klotz the state runner-up for the second straight year, and was also the final swing of his high school career. Next fall, he'll join the golf team at Sam Houston State University.
And by the way, the Lake Travis girls also captured their state title.