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Rory McIlroy Defends LeBron James from Media Criticism

While LeBron James is taking a public beating from fans and the media, he can take comfort in knowing he at least has one supporter. Golfer and fellow sports prodigy, Rory McIlroy, defended the star Heat player to reporters Tuesday.

Speaking at Congressional where the U.S. Open will be held this week, McIlroy said of LeBron “I think he’s been unfairly scrutinized. Everyone is going to have bad days, if it’s on a golf course or on a basketball court. And with sports these days everything is over-analyzed, stats here, stats there, how has your team combined points in the last quarter of the Finals or whatever. It’s just one of those things.”

McIlory continued to put things in perspective. “If people keep talking about having a bad last quarter all the time, it’s going to sort of get to you,” the young golfer said. “But he’s got plenty more chances to win Finals. And I’m sure the Heat will have a chance to win it again next year.”

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14-Year-Old Golfer Lydia Ko Already Being Tracked by IMG Agency

Ready for the next hot thing in women’s sports? It’s not Isabelle Beisegel who qualified for the Canadian men’s golf tour, but 14-year-old female golfer Lydia Ko.

Ko has already finished fourth in the New Zealand Open and she was runner-up (by one stroke) in the New South Wales Open. She is also the youngest player to make the cut in a Ladies European Tour event (she did it when she was 12). The New Zealander plans to play in the British Amateur Championship this week before attempting to qualify for the US Amateur Championship in July.

Ko is an amateur so she has been unable to pocked the $50,000 she would have earned in prize money based on her finishes in tournaments this year. Luckily her trips have been funded by the New Zealand Golf trust so far, helping her keep her amateur status. But when she does eventually turn pro, IMG, the sports agency that represents Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, and Michelle Wie, will have interest.

David Rollo, vice-president of IMG’s golf division, told Sunday News in New Zealand that Ko is “definitely on the radar.” Rollo added that he’s “had emails on her from our guys who look after our female athletes and LPGA players in the United States. She’s very young right now but obviously someone who has got a very, very bright future in front of her.”

IMG, nor any other agency, is allowed to formally speak with Ko until she turns professional. Last week in an interview with The New Zealand Herald, Ko’s coach Guy Wilson said he would like her to remain an amateur until 2014 or 2015.

Even though Ko’s game may be advanced and marketers may be eager to sign her up, they’ll have to be patient. And whether or not Ko is the next Michelle Wie remains to be seen. How Lydia does in her upcoming tournaments will let us know how close she is to being able to compete professionally. Until then IMG and the other business giants will have to sit tight and dream of the ways they’ll be able to exploit her.

Photo Credit: Paul Crock, AFP

Female Golfer Isabelle Beisiegel Qualifies for Men’s Canadian Tour

Isabelle Beisiegel became the first female golfer to qualify for a men’s tour when she earned the last non-exempt card for the Canadian Tour this week. Beisiegel shot a three-over 75 in the final round at Qualifying School Friday giving her a four-round score of eight-over 296. While other female golfers have played in men’s events in the past (see Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wie), Beisiegel is the first to qualify for a tour.

The way qualifying works for the Candian Tour is pretty simple. 12% of the field at Canadian Qualifying School earns exempt status and the next 12% earns non-exempt status. Exempt status means a player can enter and play in any field event. Non-exempt status means you qualify for certain events based on your ranking coming out of Q-School and your ranking on tour. Non-exempt members may have to qualify to earn a spot in events.

Even though Beisiegel hasn’t earned exempt status, what she’s done is nevertheless impressive. What’s extremely impressive is that she earned the spot despite knowing what was at stake. “I focused on thinking about where I was and not what could happen,” Beisiegel she said after qualifying. She also admitted the feeling was a little overwhelming. When you’ve made history, it’s hard for it not to be.

Golfer Lee Westwood May Close Twitter Account Because of Fan Abuse

In honor of “Twitter Issues Surrounding Englishmen Day”, I bring attention to Lee Westwood’s consideration to close his social media account. Apparently, the PGA Golfer doesn’t appreciate the written abuse from “idiots” on Twitter.

”It’s social media, not social slagging. It seems to have turned into that for some people,” Lee Westwood said. Westwood, and his Ryder Cup teammates who also tweet, have been upset with the negative thoughts fans have expressed towards the golfers.

Northern Ireland golfer Graeme McDowell believes some of the criticism from followers is evil. ”People open an account and all they want to do is abuse celebrities and sportsmen to try to get a response,” McDowell said. ”You try not to encourage them, and generally I just block them, but if you want to stay on it you’re going to have to accept some absolute trash that people talk.”

If Westwood does decide to close his account, it would mark the second time in less than a month we’ve seen an athlete succumb to the public abuse. There are many sports fans who envy the money and fame that professional athletes receive. The jealousy just leads to written, and sometimes verbal, abuse from supporters towards athletes in spite of their success. We don’t condone abuse by fans of players, however, it’s hard to have sympathy for these professional golfers who are complaining.

Cry me a freaking river, just ignore the haters, it’s not that hard. As a golfer, if you’d liked to give us insight on your daily grind, continue to tweet and wear a thick skin. You can’t let little things like these bother you as a professional. Besides, for every one jackass, there are ten people who truly care and appreciate what you have to share.

John Daly: Ex-Wife Sherrie Miller Wanted $2,500 to Have Sex, Wasn’t Worth a Cent

John Daly has been a notorious party animal on the PGA Tour, the Tiger Woods before Tiger Woods, only with infinitely less discretion. He’s been the voice of reason, suggesting that Tiger’s relationship problems were the result of wife Elin not giving her husband enough sex. Daly would know because he says that’s what happened with him.

In an interview with Playboy, Daly says he’s really close to being a nymphomaniac if he’s not one already. He also explained what went wrong with each of his four failed marriages. No explanation was as humorous as the one he provided for his breakup with Sherrie Miller, his latest wife.

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Jerry Kelly Dresses Up as TCU Mascot for Colonial ProAm After Losing Rose Bowl Bet

Golfers Jerry Kelly and J.J. Henry had a friendly bet over the Rose Bowl that the loser would have to wear the opposing school’s mascot costume during the Colonial ProAm. Kelly is from Madison, Wisconsin while Henry played golf at TCU. The Horned Frogs beat the Badgers in the Rose Bowl, and the result was Kelly having to wear the SuperFrog costume Thursday. Check out this video of him hitting the links with TCU coach Gary Patterson with the costume on:

Kelly showed off a good sense of humor with the costume, and we can thank our lucky stars the mascot didn’t look like this. I’m not sure the world would have been ready for Kelly’s exposed midriff.

Picture: Rory McIlroy Pounds Jagermeister, Continues to Own Golf World

Have I mentioned that I love Rory McIlroy?  Not lately?  Alright, well here’s a refresher.  In an era where we all got to see how much of a dirtbag Tiger Woods really is, this 22-year-old Irishman has done nothing shy of tear the golf world up.  He may have had a meltdown at the Masters last month, but that will happen to a young golfer and he seemed to take it in stride.  On top of that, his girlfriend Holly Sweeney is ridiculously hot and he has even called Tiger out before.  What more could you ask for?  Check out this picture of Rory McIlroy pounding Jagermeister:

Golf people will probably be up in arms about this, but the bottom line is he’s 22 years old (old enough to drink in the U.S.) and likes to have a good time.  Last time I checked that wasn’t a crime.  I love golf, but the stuffiness kills me sometimes.  Having guys like McIlroy around — who like to party without cheating on their wife a million times while they have kids at home — makes the game more entertaining.  It’s also a bonus that he does it without being a fat obnoxious slob like a certain John Daly.  Chest bump to Sports Crackle Pop via The Big Lead for the pic.