After a week when many golf sites became gossip sites, it was easy to forget that there was some actual golf...actually being played... In various parts of the world.
Despite the fact that this is known as the "Silly Season," some of the past week's golf news was ... quite newsworthy. Unfortunately all the lascivious headlines and TMZ-quoting blog posts made it hard to notice anything beyond the Tiger turmoil.
So I decided to "sex-up" those other golf stories a bit. If that's what it takes... it's only fair, right?
Smoldering Adam Scott won the Australian Open, which is notable for a few reasons: A. It's his first professional victory in his home country. B. It comes on the heels of a lackluster season that saw him subjected to substantial ridicule by many, and culminated in a President's Cup disaster that had some suggesting he consider a career change, and... C. His girlfriend is an uber-sexy Serbian tennis star who has been known to pose topless.
Barely legal Japanese boy-toy, Ryo Ishikawa finished 19th in the season-ending JT Cup, but still landed on top of the Japan Tour's money list and at 18 is the youngest ever to do so. He actually broke Seve Ballesteros' record - won on the European Tour 1976, at age 19 - for youngest money list leader on any of the world's major tours. He also just won the Japan Golf Tour Organization's Most Valuable Player award.
Party Hole protester Robert Allenby won the Nedbank Challenge on Sunday, beating Sweden's Henrik Stenson, a former stripper, on the third hole of a playoff at the Gary Player Country Club course.
Sexy Marianna Skarpnord seized a one-shot lead Sunday at the rain-delayed LPGA Q School Tournament. The 23-year-old Norwegian... who tends to tweet about hotel rooms... will look to protect her lead the final round today.
Update: Marianne finished tied (with American Katie Kempter) for second at 7 under. Now she's on her way to Dubai for the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
And finally, the Chevron World Challenge was won by none other than Jim Furyk. It was his first win in over two years... and... um... Oh yes... BTW Mr. Furyk's on-course close encounter with a curvaceous, blonde, semi-nude beauty is what many remember most about his 2003 U.S. Open win.
So there they are: Some of the real golf news stories of the past week, adapted to current tastes.