February 17, 2005


This Won't Be a Yawner (Thomas Bonk, February 17, 2005, LA Times)

It wasn't a very long tournament for Retief Goosen, the fifth-ranked player in the world. In fact, the Nissan Open ended before it began when Goosen missed his pro-am tee time Wednesday and was disqualified.

Goosen was supposed to play at 6:40 a.m. but overslept and showed up late.

Goosen had been host of a party for Grey Goose vodka at Riviera Country Club on Tuesday evening. During the party, he told reporters, "I have never really drunk vodka, but I've had a few tonight. Somebody is going to have to drive me home."

The drinks being served at the party were Cosmopolitans and Lemon Drops, both made with vodka.

In a press release passed out at the party, Goosen was quoted as saying, "I have long enjoyed the smooth taste of Grey Goose vodka and am pleased to have the brand join my team of supporters as I play on tour. This will be a lot of fun."

Apparently not.

A few years ago there was a pro who got so drunk after winning a tournament that he lost the check.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 17, 2005 7:41 AM

Don't people at that level have assistants and caddies and other hangers-on whose job it is is to protect the "talent" from doing stupid things like this? Or is this another one of those cases where the sycophants where so paralyzed by the fear of incurring the aristocrat's wrath for a minor but necessary annoyance that they commit (by omission) a capital offense?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 17, 2005 12:45 PM

Goosen is so mellow that this story makes sense.

Many pros have teed off in street shoes when they have just made their times, and then changed before walking down the fairway.

Seve Ballesteros once missed his time at the 1980 US Open by 15 seconds (he was stuck in traffic) and was DQ'd.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 17, 2005 2:14 PM

Cosmo's and Lemondrops? What is he, a girl drink drunk?

Posted by: carter at February 17, 2005 3:12 PM

Raoul: Think. Did he drink those girly drinks by himself? Were they reluctant to wake him up because he was alone?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 17, 2005 10:23 PM

Golf is less of a sport than bowling and marginally more of one than chess. No wonder its top 'athletes' are such girlymen.

As the late great sportswriter Jimmy Cannon once said when asked why he didn't consider golf a sport, 'Even a mailman carries his own bag.'

Posted by: Bart at February 18, 2005 10:55 AM