It’s not cute kangaroos, but we’ll take it: A family of ducks watches Tiger Woods walk up the seventh hole during the first round of the Honda Classic. Did anyone check their tickets?? Ugh, golf fans are so out of control. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The new owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort has erected a 26-foot mechanical T-Rex between the ninth green and 10th tee, which flips its tail and opens its mouth for a menacing roar when anyone approaches. The owner, billionaire Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer, has at least agreed to turn it off during the tournament.
But it’s one reason the Australian PGA will be leaving Coolum after 11 years. “I’ve heard it sounds like we are going to Jurassic Park, so this will be interesting,” Robert Allenby said.
Palmer wants to import more moulded dinosaurs and turn the ocean resort into a theme park, or maybe a casino. But his plans have clashed with a tournament that dates to 1905. The owner already has put up more than 60 signs around the golf course to promote his interests, which includes his plan to build a replica of the Titanic.
The T-Rex is nicknamed “Jeff” and it is activated by movement. Golfers playing social rounds recently have taken “dinosaur mulligans” when the roar occurs during a backswing on the 10th tee.
Palmer has agreed to turn off the robotic features of the dinosaur during the tournament, although it might be featured during Wednesday’s pro-am.
Europe’s Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a putt on the seventh hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup.
The U.S. team is poised to wrest the Ryder Cup back from Europe in a walk — leading 10-6 heading into Sunday’s 12 singles matches; a pair of 2-2 ties in the first and last team matches the closest the Euros have come to being competitive in any session — and he didn’t even have to play his best lineup Saturday afternoon.
Paired together, and in great position to take a run at the lead after 36 holes, they shot 42 and 40, respectively, on the front nine and basically blew themselves out of the Masters with rounds of 77 and 75.
So when they each birdied the par-3 12th, they bear-hugged each other, laughing, as if they’d just won the Ryder Cup. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Tiger’s Achilles heel seems to be his Achilles tendon. Woods pounded a 321-yard tee shot on the 12th hole Sunday in the Cadillac Championship when he winced, slumping over against his driver, and the hobble became an unmistakable limp. Moments later, he shook hands with Webb Simpson and told him, “I’ve got to go in.”
Luke Donald of England, the World’s No. 1 golfer, plays from amongst the 250ft high sand dunes in Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Desert at the entrance to Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) as a preview for the 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. The opening round started on Thursday. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)