Monday

Cyber Monday Golf, US World Cup Win & Rory's Spirited Ladies

With the holiday season in full swing, golf deals are everywhere
It's official: as of this morning, the requisite overindulgence of Thanksgiving has been replaced by an inevitable pre-Christmas consumerism blitz.  Early estimates indicate a record 226 million shoppers hit stores and cyber shops during the four-day holiday weekend,  and today... might I remind you... is "Cyber Monday".

A quick Google search for Cyber Monday Golf... or something to that effect... will yield tons of deals, not only on equipment, accessories and apparel, but also on golf travel, greens fees gift certificates and yearly golf passes. So... it's clearly time to do some shopping for yourself the golfers in your life.

While many of us here in the US were enjoying copious amounts of Turkey and the starchy side dishes that accompany it, Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland were on the other side of the world, hard at work on the fairways of Mission Hills' Blackstone Course in Southern China.  Huge congratulations to these two quintessential American golf guys for on their awesome and inspiring victory.

The one time I managed to tune in to a bit event's coverage over the ultra-busy weekend, Team Ireland was a two-stroke lead midway through the final round. In the end however, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell finished T4. "We didn't have it out there" McDowell said later,  "We had no mojo - we didn't make anything. We're disappointed but this is a high-quality tournament."

Exhibitionists Caroline Wozniacki and Henri Leconte
And speaking of young Rory, could he have been just a wee bit distracted by the recent... activities... of his current and former lady friends?

Mr. McIlroy's gregarious girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki was in Bratislava, Slovakia for an an exhibition match that turned out to be quite...um.... exhibitionistic.  Our good friend Bangkok Bobby has the story... and the photos/videos... of what's got to have been the most exuberantly entertaining tennis exhibition ever. Ms. Wozniacki, the world's number one woman tennis player, is clearly a force to be reckoned with off the course as well.   Meanwhile, former McIlroy flame Holly Sweeny is set to appear on Irish reality/cooking show Come Dine With Me where amateur chefs and sort-of celebrities compete to see who can host the most fabulous dinner party.  Here's the thing though, Holly's dinner has a rather caustic theme: "Golf Pros and Tennis Hoes"

Not surprisingly Rors is reported to be somewhat disturbed by Holly's choice of this particular theme/title, but he's undoubtedly attempting to put it behind him as he heads to the Hong Kong Open and the final full-field event of the European Tour season. He's still got a shot at the Race to Dubai money prize but basically needs a win to surpass Luke Donald.

Hopefully Rory's spirited ladies will just behave for the next couple of weeks.