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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Golf

Brooks Koepka got totally zinged while naked during ESPN the Magazine photoshoot

Brooks Koepka

Golfer Brooks Koepka famously posed nude for ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue last year and looked pretty shredded in the photos. The photoshoot became a topic of conversation after Koepka admitted he lost weight for vanity reasons so he would look good in the photos, leading to criticism that the weight drop would affect his play.

Spoiler alert: it didn’t.

Koepka won the PGA Championship and finished second in two other majors last year. And a year later, he’s shared a hilarious story from the shoot.

Koepka was a guest on Sunday’s edition of “Pardon My Take” and shared the story.

“It’s actually a funny story behind this. So we’re doing this shoot on a golf course. They didn’t close the golf course down. My coach is giving lessons, people are playing. What they don’t tell you is the makeup artist stands literally right in front of you. Like frontal, like 10 feet away, like the entire time the shoot is going on,” said Koepka.

“So it’s getting late in the day, it’s cooled down a little, and it’s like 60 degrees and starting to sprinkle, and it’s getting cold. I haven’t complained all day and I kind of mutter under my breath, ‘damn, it’s cold.’ The [makeup artist] hasn’t said anything all day, and she just blurts out, ‘I can tell.’

“I was like, ‘are you serious?’ And she was like, ‘No, no, the goosebumps, the goosebumps!'”

The obvious joke is that Koepka — and anyone listening — thought the makeup artist was zinging the golfer over his shrinking male package in the cold weather. The makeup artist tried to backtrack, but it’s hard to go backwards after a zinger like that. We’re guessing Koepka’s girlfriend Jena Sims probably didn’t enjoy that story too much.

PGA Tour planning to restart golf season in June without fans

The PGA Tour is planning to restart golf season in June, though there will not be fans present at the events.

Golf Digest reported on Tuesday that the PGA Tour plans to resume on June 11-14 at the Charles Schwab Challenge. The event will take place at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, but fans are not expected to attend.

The US Open was originally scheduled to take place the week after the Schwab event, but that has been postponed until September. The RBC Heritage, which originally would have taken place this week in Hilton Head, is set to fill that slot.

According to Golf Digest, the order of events following the RBC Heritage would be:

Travelers Championship
Rocket Mortgage Classic
John Deere Classic
Memorial Tournament
3M Open
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
Barracuda Championship

Read the entire story at Golf Digest for full details on the planned schedule.

Tiger Woods felt he was ‘starting to peak’ before postponed Masters

Sunday would have been the final day of the Masters, and Tiger Woods thinks he would have had a chance to be in the hunt had it been played as scheduled.

Woods relived his 2019 triumph with CBS’s Jim Nantz during a replay of the final round. Woods said he would have been ready to play the Masters as scheduled, and that his body was in “normal pre-major” mode based on the time of year.

“I was out practicing and subconsciously getting ready; I didn’t realize I was getting ready,” Woods said, via Bob Harig of ESPN. “I just wanted to go out there, have some fun, hit some balls and get out of the house. But it’s amazing. I’ve been doing it for so long that things were starting to come together; I was starting to peak. We try to peak four times a year; and I know that the tournament’s been postponed, not until November — but for some reason, I was still peaking anyway.”

Woods will instead have to wait until November, which definitely doesn’t fit with his normal major schedule. It will be interesting to see how his internal clock handles the delay.

Masters will be played in November as part of new PGA Tour schedule

Golf fans will be desperately missing the Masters this week, but they have at least been given something to look forward to once the coronavirus pandemic is under control.

The PGA Tour announced on Monday that play is tentatively scheduled to resume play on June 15, though no specific tournament was listed. The US Open has been moved to Sept. 14, and the Masters will begin Nov. 9. The Open Championship, which was originally scheduled for July 13, has been canceled.

Joel Beall of Golf Digest is reporting that the June 15 event will be played without fans.

It’s unclear how the changes this year will impact next year’s PGA schedule, if at all. Having the Masters in November and then again in April would certainly be strange, but a lot of sports leagues are going to be dealing with similar scheduling issues. While it does not sound promising for the NBA to resume this season, golf is a unique sport in that it can be played while following social distance protocols.

The Open Championship to be canceled for insurance purposes

Golf is about to see one of its major championships get canceled.

The Open Championship is expected to be canceled, and a decision could come on Thursday, Golf Digest reports. The major was set to be played beginning on July 16 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in England.

Unlike the Masters and PGA Championship, which have both been postponed, The Open Championship would be canceled for the same reason Wimbledon is being canceled: insurance.

If canceled by a certain date, The Open Championship can collect on an insurance premium that covers pandemics.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) apparently has excellent insurance coverage, which has led to this decision. This would be the first time since World War II in 1945 that the event has been canceled.

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning to be part of Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods match?

Tom Brady

Phil Mickelson hinted earlier in the week that he is in the process of trying to put together a rematch with Tiger Woods in order to give sports fans a temporary escape from the coronavirus pandemic, and it turns out the event could be even more star-studded than we initially thought.

According to CNBC’s Jabari Young, the match in the works is actually a two-on-two. The other two golfers expected to join Mickelson and Woods are Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. The event being discussed would pit Brady and Mickelson against Manning and Woods. News of Brady and Manning potentially being involved was first reported by Robert Lusetich.

Do we have your attention yet?

A person familiar with the negotiations told Young that the event will likely take place in May and benefit charity. While nothing is official, it is not expected to be a pay-per-view event and could take place live on TNT. AT&T’s WarnerMedia and the PGA Tour have been involved in the planning.

Other stars from across the sports landscape could also be involved, as organizers have been in touch with Charles Barkley for off-site commentary.

The match would be held at an undisclosed location, likely to prevent fans from showing up. While the sports world came to a screeching halt last month after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, golf is one of the only sports that can still be played while following social distancing guidelines.

Mickelson beat Tiger in “The Match” back in 2018 with $9 million at stake. The event was supposed to cost $19.99, but technical difficulties resulted in Turner Sports and Bleacher Report having to stream it for free. There were some awesome moments during the round, and it goes without saying that adding Brady and Manning to the event would make it that much more captivating.

Phil Mickelson hints at rematch with Tiger Woods during coronavirus pandemic

Phil Mickelson

Sports fans are desperate for any type of live event to watch as the coronavirus outbreak continues to impact the United States, and Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods may be exploring the possibility of giving them what they want.

On Sunday night, a fan on Twitter asked Mickelson if there is a possibility of him and Tiger playing another one-on-one match like they did back in 2018. Such an event could be structured in a way that people could still follow social distancing guidelines, and Mickelson said he is “working on it.”

Mickelson then responded to another follower who told him not to “tease” fans.

Obviously, Woods would need to be on-board with the idea as well. Mickelson beat Tiger in “The Match” back in 2018 with $9 million at stake. The event was supposed to cost $19.99, but technical difficulties resulted in Turner Sports and Bleacher Report having to stream it for free. There were some awesome moments during the round and the two legends made sure to entertain fans for as long as they could.

If Mickelson and Woods were both interested in a rematch, perhaps the event could raise money for those being impacted by the coronavirus.