The Social: Friends in high places

first_imgTiger Woods pops up with a couple of guys who are nearly on his level of worldwide fame, meanwhile, the rest of the golf world, it seemed, was gathered at Sergio Garcia’s wedding. Plus we’ve got odds on Stephen Curry’s pro golf debut and trick shots galore. All that and more in this week’s The Social. Garcia and Angela Akins were married this past weekend in Texas, and by all accounts, it looked like an incredible event. And by all accounts, we mean just those of some of the biggest names in the game. A regular who’s-who of golf superstars attended the celebration. Garcia’s wedding party alone included Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Rafa Cabrera Bello. Not to mention Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters and this little piece of golf history known as the green jacket. And the best part of all, besides there being photo documentation for our viewing pleasure (cough, cough, Rory, cough, cough), was the entertainment for the night being Kenny G. Hey, if you can’t get Sexy Sax Man, there’s worse options than Kenny G. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Tiger … well, anywhere since his arrest for suspicion of DUI in May … but he surfaced in Miami over the weekend, taking his kids to El Clasico, a friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Hard Rock Stadium. And because he’s Tiger Woods, he managed to snag some tickets that were pretty close to the field. Like in-the-locker-room-taking-pictures-with-the-players close. Woods, along with his daughter Sam, 10, and son Charlie, 8, posed with two of the biggest soccer stars on the planet, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. It may not be on the PGA Tour, but it is nice to see Tiger out and about, even if he’s just simply being a dad. Self-deprecating humor is the best humor. Luckily, all some professional golfers get that. A couple of guys stuck in recent slumps couldn’t help but laugh at themselves this week. It started with Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, who read the story about a text from Jordan Spieth inspiring Kramer Hickok to make his first PGA Tour cut at the RBC Canadian Open. That led to Castaño, the 36-year-old veteran who has not played a full weekend since the FedEx St. Jude Classic back in early June, to beg for a similar text from the three-time major winner on Twitter. Not to be outdone, Steven Bowditch, who is teeing it up in this week’s opposite field PGA Tour event, the Barracuda Championship, noticed that the winning score at last year’s tournament was +43. Of course, that’s Stableford scoring, where low scores equal high points, but don’t tell Bowditch that, he seems pretty confident with the information he has. Wait for it … Well, the week is finally here. Ellie Mae Classic week. NBA superstar Steph Curry is set to make his professional golf debut thanks to a sponsor’s invite to the event. And just in case you want to add a little more spice to your normal minor league golf wagers, offshore betting outlet is offering a series of prop bets on Curry: Will Curry make the cut? Yes +900 (bet $100 to win $900), No -2500 (bet $2500 to win $100) Highest score in any round: Over/under 79.5 (par 70) Lowest score in any round: Over/under 76.5 Highest score on any single hole: Over/under 7 Lowest score on any single hole: Over/under 3 Total number of birdies: Over/under 2.5 Total number of bogeys or worse: Over/under 8.5 And if you thought this was easy money and the two-time NBA MVP isn’t taking this seriously because he’s doing things like making fun of LeBron James and crashing random house parties, just know he recently lowered his handicap to +0.1 and was out scouting TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif., on Monday, according to his Instagram Story. Kind of makes you think … that maybe, just maybe, he won’t come in dead last. Some would say the Golden Age of golf trick shots have come and gone. Those people haven’t seen Tania Tare, who keeps upping the ante on her Instagram page. This week it was with a couple of poolside trick shots with the help of her friend Tisha Alyn Abrea. As far as afternoons by the pool go, that’s not a bad way to spend one. Here’s some of Tare’s other trick shots, which should be enough to convince you to join her growing legion of fans. Nearly 75,000 Instagram followers and counting. [In reference to Jordan Spieth] Someone call the fire department. That there is what we in the industry call a scorching hot take.last_img

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