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Pictures of Tiger Woods’ Deserted Golf Course in Dubai

Tiger Woods’ name was supposed to back a golf course in Dubai that he was designing, but the project has been put on hold because of the global economic recession. Six holes were completed (as you can kind of tell in the pictures), and you can really get to see how incredible of an accomplishment it is to build a course in the middle of the desert.

The estate was to house a $1 billion golf course, surrounded by a complex of 100 villas, 75 mansions, 22 palaces, a boutique hotel, a golf academy and 30,000 full-grown imported trees.” Lofty aspirations, but I would also like a platinum coated toilet and a bidet that sprays Evian water. It just isn’t happening. Hopefully they’ve realized how absurd a billion dollar golf facility in Dubai is. Not even oil can back that.

Photos Courtesy Golf Digest

Dustin Johnson Denies He is Dating Natalie Gulbis, Says ‘I’m a Single Guy’

Call this the Dustin Johnson/Natalie Gulbis update part three. Last weekend Gulbis was following Johnson around for the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua and according to Golf.com, confirmed she and Dustin were dating. Here was the exact excerpt from the story: “Following Johnson’s 73, Gulbis confirmed they were dating but said with a laugh, ‘I’ll let Dustin handle our PR.’ Reached Saturday evening, he declined comment.”

In our story, we noted how Johnson pulled out of this week’s Sony Open to handle some things at home. The New York Post later said he was going home to settle matters with Amanda Caulder, his college girlfriend. We wondered if Gulbis’ announcement had killed Dustin’s game, and it appeared as if that was the case.

Well Johnson is tired of people talking about his business publicly, and he addressed the media to set things straight.

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Was Dustin Johnson Relationship with Amanda Caulder Burned by Natalie Gulbis?

Earlier this week we passed along the news of golf’s new super couple, Dustin Johnson and Natalie Gulbis, getting together. Gulbis was spotted following Johnson during his third round on Saturday and confirmed the two were dating. Gulbis deferred to Johnson for further public comments, but he declined to talk. Now we know why.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, Johnson still had yet to tie up a loose end with his current girlfriend Amanda Caulder when the news of the Gulbis relationship leaked. Gulp. What’s worse is that apparently Caulder’s relationship with Johnson began in the same fashion — he was still involved with a previous girl at the time supposedly — so this seems like Karma.

The info explains two things: one, why Johnson was so quiet about his relationship with Gulbis. Two, why he pulled out of this week’s Sony Open to take care of some stuff at home. It all makes sense now. This guy just needs to be more forthcoming. Good thing he’s stupid long, if you know what I mean.

Natalie Gulbis Confirms She and Dustin Johnson are Dating

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about celebrities, it’s that they react to dating news by making some of their own. With that in mind, perhaps it was the news last week that Ben Roethlisberger was getting engaged that inspired golfer Natalie Gulbis to go public about her relationship with fellow golfer Dustin Johnson. After all, the 28-year-old hottie once dated the sexual predator who dons a number seven jersey for the Steelers on Sundays.

The relationship between the two golfers was confirmed by Gulbis after she was seen following Johnson throughout the back nine of his third round Saturday at the Tournament of Champions. Johnson has declined comment about their relationship, but it’s worth noting he pulled out of next weekend’s Sony Open “to take care of some things at home.” Who knows what that means.

All I know is that these two will join the long line of infamous athlete-celebrity couples here at LBS, and when you think of the two of them together, remember that Tiger Woods once described Johnson’s game as “stupid long.” Take that to mean whatever you wish and bid the couple a wonderful future, though we’re not sure what odds you would get in a casino for them to stay together for the long haul.

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Jonathan Byrd Wins Shriners Open Playoff With Hole-in-One (Video)

Before Sunday, a sudden-death PGA playoff had never been decided by a hole in one.  The feat was accomplished Sunday afternoon at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open.  As darkness started to set in, the three players involved in the playoff — Jonathan Byrd, Martin Laird, and Cameron Percy — were given the option of continuing play or postponing the finish.  The golfers chose to go at least another hole and that turned out to be all they’d need.  Byrd buried a hole-in-one from the tee box of the par-3 fourth hole to win the tournament, proving that amazing plays happen on the golf course, too.  Check out the Jonathan Byrd hole-in-one video, courtesy of The Big Lead:

Video Credit: YouTube user pawilliams2008

Anthony Kim Seems Like Quite the Party Animal

Look, I’ve never met Anthony Kim so I can’t fairly comment on his off-course behavior, but I will say this about him: he seems like he would be a fun guy to party with. A day after it was reported that Kim went off on an f-bomb tirade while playing high-end craps at the Bellagio, the golfer pulled out of Justin Timberlake’s tournament. Kim was termed a “loose cannon” who was asked to tone it down at the Bellagio. We’re told the reason Kim withdrew from the tournament is his thumb has been bothering him.

While we know that Kim is recovering from thumb surgery that kept him out of action for a long period of time, it’s hard not to speculate that Kim leaving the tournament wasn’t related to the embarrassing press coverage he received. The real kicker came courtesy of Truth and Rumors which cited a tweet from a Palms hotel DJ saying: “Anthony Kim is an animal 115 bottles then to top it off a 25k bottle of Dom, which he showered the dance floor with…”

If Kim were targeting the Happy Gilmore fanbase, it looks like he’s accomplished his mission. In related news, this can’t be good for Las Vegas’ board of tourism. What happened to their infamous slogan?

Who Is Cigar Guy? Rupesh Shingadia

Shortly after one of the best sports photographs of all-time was snapped and shared worldwide, the picture became famous for another reason. The focus of Tiger Woods’ chip shot that hit a camera square in the lens shifted to a goofy looking man with a funny mustache and cigar, off to the side. The man quickly became known as “Cigar Guy,” and photoshops adding him to other historical events began to spring up across the web.

People were so fascinated by Cigar Guy a website was offering $1,000 for his identity. His identity was a mystery until this weekend, when The London Daily Mail uncovered Cigar Guy’s mask, revealing him as 30-year-old man Rupesh Shingadia. Shingadia is an investment analyst from the London-area who “loves golf and follows Arsenal.”

He says the outfit was a tribute to Miguel Angel Jimenez, and that he bought the wig, mustache, and cigar as part of a costume. Shingadia added that people kept looking at him on the course, but he had no idea things would take off like that. Neither did I. I never understood the Cigar Guy phenomenon to begin with and I only moderately understand it more now. Somethings with the internet are simply inexplicable, and this certainly heads the list.