Tuesday, November 4, 2014

News Grab-Bag: 11/4/2014

It's the incredibly rare Tuesday grab-bag, but so much happened yesterday that the iron should be struck while it's hot.

- Dustin Johnson has filed a lawsuit against former advisers, claiming that they embezzled $3 million from him. All of the details are sketchy and involve a lot of legal jargon. You can read it all here. Dustin Johnson has had the absolute worst year ever. First, he takes a leave of absence/is suspended for cocaine use, then he had to battle against previous accusations that he slept with the wives of PGA pros, and now he's being taken for his money and is in the middle of a lawsuit. DJ is engaged to Paulina Gretzky and has a child on the way, so I'm sure he would love nothing more than to turn the page on 2014 and start fresh.

- Adam Scott is doing something rather different to find his next caddie - he's accepting application. Scott said he received hundreds of applications for the position, and he is going to try out a few before making the move to a full time caddie. Unless there is one that really impressed Scott, expect a carousel of caddies for the 2014-2015 season.

- There is a huge election taking place within the PGA of America for secretary, which is the fast track to the presidency. Suzy Whaley is the favorite and is on track to become the first female PGA President, but now she has hit a bit of a road block. Independent director of the PGA and ESPN commentator Dottie Pepper threw her support behind Whaley's opponent Russ Libby. While Pepper's statement cites Libby's leadership and credentials, it's hard not to see this as a swipe at Whaley, who seems just as qualified as anyone to lead this organization. Pepper has always been a free thinker and someone who didn't necessarily conform to the norm, so Whaley should never have counted on Pepper's endorsement as an automatic. Still, it is hard to see Whaley not get the job because of this.

- The leading money winner on PGA Tour China, Xin-Jun Zhang, has been suspended six months for signing incorrect scorecards. That is cards, plural. There are very few details about this story right now, so everything is speculative. What I will say is that, while I always thought being disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard was nuts, if this is something that was persistent throughout the year, then it was more than just a slight mistake. The fact that this is coming from the leading money winner of that tour is an even bigger red flag. The top five on PGA Tour China's Order Of Merit will receive Web.com Tour cards, so Zhang was well on his way to a trip to the US, but that seems to be completely off the table now.

- If the players had a vote, Fred Couples would be the next Ryder Cup captain. Earlier on a radio show, Keegan Bradley begged Fred Couples to take the job. Couples responded, saying that every member of the 2014 Ryder Cup has asked him to be the next captain. Couples has already said he would take the job if asked. The only people that need to be convinced now are the PGA of America and that newly formed, completely unnecessary task force.

- South Korean president Park Geun-hye has accepted the role of honorary chairperson for the 2015 Presidents Cup. The United States presidents have had a history of accepting this role when the event is held in the US, but this is news as Park will be the first Asian head of state serving in this capacity. She is also the second woman to serve as honorary chairperson, after Julia Gillard of Australia did so in 2011. The honorary chairperson actually has no real duties - this is just a symbolic position.

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