Sixteen-year-old Lexi Thompson shattered the age record for the Navistar LPGA Classic, winning this year’s events by five shots over Tiffany Joh. Alan Shipnuck of Sports Illustrated and Golf.com joined Bill Littlefield this week to discuss Thompson’s achievement and the youngster’s future in golf.
With Tiger Woods having the worst opening round of his major tournament career and Steve Stricker tying the record for the lowest score with a 63, the 2011 PGA Championship is proving to be one of extremes. Bill Littlefield speaks to Golf.com’s David Dusek about the first two days of play.
From the 1930s through her death in 1956, Babe Didrikson was a female sports pioneer. In his new book, ‘Wonder Girl,’ Don Van Natta Jr. explores the many complexities of a woman who, when it came to sports, really could do it all. Bill Littlefield speaks with Van Natta about his new book.
The Boise State Broncos are in for a wardrobe change, as the NCAA has ruled that their blue uniforms are too close in color to their field. Charlie Pierce shares his thoughts on this story, and also tells Bill Littlefield of his expectations for the NFL season. Bill and Charlie discuss the interesting ways that NBA stars are planning to pass the time during their own lockout, and Charlie commends a pro golfer for his witty fashion sense.
Tiger Woods has been under tremendous scrutiny ever since his sexual indiscretions were exposed in 2009. In their book, The Swinger, authors Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck write of a fictional character that leads a life eerily similar to Tiger’s. Bill Littlefield talks to Bamberger and Shipnuck about the inspiration behind their novel, and their decision to riff on Tiger’s story.
Bill Littlefield updates on the British Open after two rounds.
Golf balls were ricocheting across the rugged mountains of New Mexico, as the Elfego Baca shootout—a one-hole, six-hour, three-mile-long golfing ordeal—teed off for the fifty-first straight year. Only A Game’s Ron Schachter reports on the adventurous golfers who play among rattlesnakes, rocky terrain and treacherous heat.
The evolution of replay technology and high-tech television graphics has made sports more accurate … and generated piles of new statistical information. And as Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports there’s even more to come.
American Presidents like golf. Whether they’re skilled golfers, like John F. Kennedy, or can barely hit the ball, like William Howard Taft, American Commanders in Chief love to swing the sticks. Bill Littlefield talks to Sports Illustrated’s Jack McCallum about the role that golf has played in the White House, and McCallum makes predictions about the upcoming “golf summit” between President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Severiano Ballesteros took the golfing world by storm in 1979 when he won the British Open at the age of 22. During his career he won five Majors, and he still holds the record for the most European Tour wins with 50. Last week, Ballesteros died at the age of 54. Bill talks with Sports Illustrated Senior writer [...]