TORONTO - The buzz in the golf world this past weekend was not on the golf course, actually it was a completely different kind of buzz people are talking about.
Saturdayís post-round interview of PGA newcomer Matt Every by the Golf Channelís Kelly Tilghman sparked a controversy after the discussion veered toward Everyís 2010 arrest for marijuana possession and his ensuing three-month PGA Tour suspension. A suspension that cost him a chance to retain his PGA card, sending him to the Nationwide Tour last season.
In a scene that was more awkward than combative, the 28-year-old Every sat across from Tilghman and said exactly what was on his mind.
Asked about the suspension, he answered: ďIt was all right. I just got three months off. It was just golf. I didnít think I did anything wrong. Iím the same person, I have the same friends. I donít think itís a big deal, what I got in trouble for.Ē
Doesnít Every know that he was being interviewed on the Golf Channel where there is NOTHING more important than golf. In fact, our imaginary PGA Tour player protocol handbook suggests had he said the exact opposite, he would have gotten at least two sponsorship offers.
It would have sounded like this: ďIt wasnít all right. I couldnít play golf for three months. Golf is so important. I did something wrong. Iím a different person now, I have different friends. It was a big deal, what I got in trouble for.Ē
How hard is that?
Everyís comments made him stand out off the course while his game and his massive putter made him standout on the course.
The putter he used to finish T6 at the Sony Open is called the Black Hawk and is made by Orion Golf. It weighs nearly a pound and has a 6-inch head. If there is any doubt about whether Every smokes pot, someone should ask him what was going on when he gave that putter a try. Something tells me there was a lot of giggling involved.
In the end, the charges against Every were dropped and regardless of how he spends his leisure time, his straight talk was a breath of fresh air.
CAN'T WE ALL GET ALONG?
Golf is a sport where players call penalties on themselves and always remove their hats and shake hands following a round.
That was not the case this week.
According to numerous tweets, reports and articles, Vijay Singh and Rory Sabbatini nearly got into a dustup on the golf course during the third round of the Sony Open.
Even stranger is that the argument occurred on the first hole. Either there is a bit of history here or somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
The brouhaha began when Singh was lining up a par putt and Sabbatiniís caddy, Mick Doran, made a movement that distracted Singh. After missing the putt, the big Fijian had some loud, colourful words for Sabbatiniís caddy, according to a story in the New York Times.
When Sabbatini stuck up for his caddy the two players got into it. Singh says the matter is over but Sabbatini told the Times he wants Singh to apologize to his caddy.
That wasnít the only unsportsmanlike event in the world of golf this past weekend.
Following the Johannesburg Open in South Africa, British golfer Scott Drummond tweeted that two of the players that finished in the top 5 are cheats.
Drummond wouldnít say who he was talking about after being asked by some of his Twitter followers, nor would he say what these two players did to cheat.
A look at the leaderboard sees that the tournament was won by Branden Grace and Jamie Elson finished second. Six players finished tied for third, so thatís eight possible players Drummond has implicated.
He later tweeted that the cheaters arenít Scottish, so that leaves six players.
If Drummond isnít willing to name names, he should just keep his yap shut, rather than casting doubt on a number of innocent players.
On a related note, Drummondís number of Twitter followers have increased from 800 to more than 900 since the accusation.
Also, he likes blueberries, they make him feel instantly detoxed.
Canít wait to see what this genius tweets next.
TEES AND BALLMARKERS
Rory McIlroy used Twitter in a more helpful way by releasing his early season schedule to his followers. The 22-year-old U.S. Open champ will kick his season off next week in Abu Dhabi at the HSBC, a tournament that will also feature Tiger Woods and World No. 1 Luke Donald.
After that, McIlroy will play the Dubai Desert Classic the second week of February before heading to the States for his first PGA start of the season at the WGC Accenture Match Play. After that, he will stick around in the U.S. playing the Honda Classic, Doral and The Masters ... Phil Mickelson surprised a few people when he announced he is starting his season this week at the Humana Challenge (formerly the Bob Hope Classic). It will be his first visit La Quinta in five years.