Golf Buzz

Craig Stadler
Craig Stadler was in Chicago for a Champions Tour event that starts on Friday.

Craig Stadler, who won the 1982 Masters, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago Cubs played the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night. 

Stadler, who now plays on the Champions Tour, was in town for the Encompass Championship which starts Friday at at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. 

While Stadler didn't bring the same type of magic that Brittany Lincicome did when she threw the first pitch of the Giants' no-hitter against the Mets last month, he did sport some facial hair that would make Goose Gossage and Rollie Fingers proud. He was also wearing a Chicago Cubs jersey with an 82 on his back -- presumably in honor of his playoff win against Dan Pohl at the Masters.

Unfortunately, Stadler didn't lead the Wrigley faithful in the traditional singing of 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame' during the seventh-inning stretch. That honor went to long-time MLB reporter Peter Gammons.

July 9, 2015 - 10:45am
andrew.prezioso's picture
Yao Ming
Graeme McDowell | Twitter
Yao Ming is more than a foot taller than any of the golfers in this photo.

Former NBA player Yao Ming stands 7-feet, 6-inches tall -- a height that can be truly hard to appreciate. Thankfully, there are some golfers who are willing to give us perspective. 

As part of a social-media campaign to help raise money for charity by posting photos with celebrities, Graeme McDowell tweeted out this photo that shows how tiny he looks next to the former Houston Rockets center. 



Oh, and those other fellows in the photo are Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald. Johnson is the tallest of the quartet, checking in at 6-foot-4. McDowell and McIlroy are 5-foot-10, while Donald is 5-foot-9. 

Related: Yao Ming discovers that golf is hard

Ernie Els shared his own photo on Thursday of his and Ian Poulter's encounter with Ming -- an experience that left Els feeling like "The Little Easy." 




Felt like Little Easy next to Yao Ming. Anyone think @ianjamespoulter and I can take him in a game? #RBCGolf4Kids

A photo posted by Ernie Els (@ernieelsgolf) on



This isn't the first time we've seen Ming make golfers look rather small. Earlier this year, Tiger Woods was left looking up to Ming after sharing the stage with him in China. And last year, John Daly may have reconsidered his "Big John" nickname after meeting Ming.

July 8, 2015 - 11:58am
mark.aumann's picture
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy/Instagram
Rory McIlroy posted this picture Wednesday of his foot in a cast, while watching tennis from Wimbledon.

Rory McIlroy will not defend his Open Championship title.

RORY'S INJURY: McIlroy ruptures ligament in left ankle playing soccer

In an Instagram post Wednesday, the world's No. 1 player wrote this, along with posting a photo of his left foot in a cast:

After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. I’m taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100% healthy and 100% competitive. Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can.... In the mean time, come on Andy!!!



GETTING THE CALL: Russell Knox will replace Rory at St. Andrews

McIlroy is obviously cheering on Andy Murray, Scottish tennis pro. who was playing Vasek Pospisil in one quarterfinal match at Wimbledon. On the bright side, Murray won and will face Roger Federer in the semis.



July 7, 2015 - 8:52am
mark.aumann's picture
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Ian Poulter/Twitter
Was the Most Interesting Man in the World bored with tennis, or just catching a quick nap at Wimbledon?

Miguel Angel Jimenez is jokingly referred to as golf's Most Interesting Man in the World, mainly because ... he is.

WORKOUT ROUTINE: Jimenez shows how he gets in shape 

But even the Most Interesting Man in the World has to catch a nap where he can, as evidenced by this tweet from Ian Poulter on Monday:




UNIQUE WEDDING: The Most Interesting Man gets hitched

Both golfers and their wives were attending The Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club -- one of tennis' most prestigious tournaments -- just a couple of weeks before St. Andrews hosts the Open Championship, one of golf's most prestigious tournaments.

DANCE MOVES: Jimenez moonwalks after hole-in-one

Hopefully, Jimenez will have caught up on his sleep by then.