Penn & Teller & Johnny Miller cash in on golf blogger's good idea
Ask anyone who knows me and they will agree with this one thing: I do not have a lot of good ideas.
I’m the guy who lost my nest-egg investing in a hemophiliac rugby league (not one team survived the first season). Then there was that restaurant/beauty salon, where you could get you hair cut during dinner (hairy mashed potatoes are even worse than they sound). Most recently, I sunk a lot of dough into a company that pioneered the mass cloning of mosquitoes. Turns out, we have enough mosquitoes as it is. Who knew?
So when I do get a good idea, I tend to give up on it too fast, steeped in doubt and self-loathing as I am. Then someone else takes that idea and runs and I get diddly – same as with my bad ideas.
Four years ago, while living in Amherst, Mass., I discovered that Penn Gillette, of Penn & Teller fame, was born and raised in nearby Deerfield, Mass. Based on this tenuous connection, I e-mailed the magical duo to propose writing a golf article on them. I didn’t know if they could play or not, but I figured that they could come up with a few clever golf bets, maybe even enough to turn into a book.
They never did write back (even after my second or third missive), so I gave up, reckoning that they hated golf, or golfers, or just me (most likely me).
Just imagine my shock when, while watching the Ford Doral Championship, I see a trio of commercials starring Penn & Teller and Johnny Miller. In them, Penn & Teller coax Miller into a series of – you guessed it – clever golf bets.
Gee. What a great idea. Wish I would have thought of it.
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And make some of their money disappear.
That would be a good magic trick.
Luke Donald is not content with winning again in America and finally making it into the world's top 10. He is targeting Tiger Woods. And the 28-year-old Ryder Cup star - now up to fourth in the race for places in Ian Woosnam's side - does not intend to fall into the same trap as he believes others have. "You see a lot of players when they get close to him seem to either give it to him or he doesn't have to do too much special," said Donald after his two-stroke victory at the Honda Classic in Florida. "He just knows that his golf is going to be good enough to get it done and sometimes he lets the other players feel like they have to do more. "I think if you can kind of get into the mentality that you don't have to do any more, you just do what you know you can do. Hopefully that will keep me going to get up to Tiger's level. "I don't think I need to practice that much harder. I think I've got to change my mentality. "I think you have to start believing that you're the best player in the world. That's the first step. "You see Tiger and he's a phenomenal player, but can I beat Tiger on any given round? Sure. So why can't I beat him during a tournament? "I feel like if I play my golf, just a satisfactory Luke Donald style, that should be good enough to compete no matter what tiger does.
This man is as old as tiger.. for god sake