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Jaime King is 35 today. 34-23-34. American actress/model/writer

Sin City, Pearl Harbor, White Chicks, Heart of Dixie

Was a top model at age 16. Recovering heroin addict who went sober after boyfriend died after overdosing. Ranked #23 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list. 

[on the huge wages models earn] "The hardest thing is when you go home and realize that you've grown 10 years in 2 days."

 

Tiger Woods Is The Most Popular Athlete In One State

 

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A new map from BestTickets.com shows which athletes are the most popular by state via Google searches

LeBron James owns the south and east coast. Tiger Woods captured just one state--Vermont--for some reason. Would have loved to see this map back in 2008 after Woods captured the U.S. Open...

However, Tiger is the only athlete who doesn't play for a major sports team to make the list.

 

A Golf Company Qualifies As A 'Great Growth Stock'

 

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We're big fans of the ClubCorp properties. Apparently, Wall Street is as well. Zachs Equity Research says the company is up 30% since its IPO in September  and has room to grow further. 

This firm, which is in the Leisure & Recreational Services industry, saw EPS growth of 45.2% last year, and is looking great for this year too.

In fact, the current growth estimate for this year calls for earnings-per-share growth of 290.6%. Furthermore, the long-term growth rate is currently an impressive 137.0% suggesting pretty good prospects for the long haul.

And if this wasn’t enough, the stock has actually seen estimates rise over the past month for the current fiscal year by about 7.3%. Thanks to this rise in earnings estimates, MYCC has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) which further underscores the potential for outperformance in this company.

Kudos. 

 

Elin Nordegren And Lindsey Vonn BFF?

 

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US Weekly reports that Tiger's ex Elin Nordegren and current squeeze Lindsey Vonn are now "best friends." 

One insider says that Nordegren, 34, originally wanted to get to know Vonn, 29, because she knew the Olympic gold medalist would be around her children a lot. (The Swedish model and her pro golfer ex-husband, 38, have two kids together, daughter Sam, 6, and son Charlie, 5.) 

"After meeting her, she found she actually liked her," the source says of Nordegren, who finalized her divorce from Woods in 2010, after it was famously revealed that he had cheated on her with over a dozen women.

"You'd think it would be weird, but Elin loves Lindsey and they talk all the time," the source tells Us. "Elin likes that Lindsey is a strong woman." 

The source adds that the whole group recently went on vacation together, and that the fellow blondes occasionally took off on their own to grab drinks together, while Woods stayed with the kids. "Lindsey is really good for Tiger. She's strong, opinionated, and keeps him in line," the source explains. "Elin found that they are very similar and have a lot in common. They laugh and talk like they have been girlfriends forever."

Hmmm. Not sure if that's a good thing for Woods. I can imagine him walking into the room and immediately the gals go silent. Awkward...


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Valerie Bertinelli
 turns 54 tomorrow. 36-24-36. Actress. 

One Day at a Time, Touched By An Angel. Only daughter of a General Motors executive. Married Eddie Van Halen in 1981--separated in 2001. She ranked #29 on Vh1's list of "100 Greatest Kid Stars". Spokesman for Jenny Craig weight loss programs. 

If you say you're fat, all of a sudden people like you!

 

Could Tiger's Absence Cost Golf Industry $15 Billion?!

 

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Maybe just a hint of Chicken Little "sky is falling" piece on golf.com fearing the golf industry could crater without Tiger Woods. While Woods is the biggest straw that stirs the golf drink, the sport has survived many a superstar fading into the sunset.

Will another upcoming star pick up the slack? Maybe not at a Woods-like magnitude, but string some major wins and be savvy with electronic media and who knows...

In the short-term, TV advertising rates for Tour events aren’t likely to change, since most of those deals are locked up in multi-year agreements. But over time, dwindling ratings have a domino effect, influencing more than advertising revenues. Spending tumbles across the industry. Tickets, merchandise, equipment, tee times, golf-related travel — no sector stands entirely immune.

According to Brad Adgate, senior vice president and director of research for Horizon Media, a New York-based media services company, the 25-30 percent ratings drop we’re accustomed to seeing at Tiger-free events threatens to translate into similar percentage losses across the board.

Adgate and other analysts say it’s impossible to a put a precise price tag on Tiger’s absence. But if we do the math and arrive at a ballpark number in a golf industry valued at around $68.8 billion, it pencils out at roughly $15 billion. Gulp!

But Rick Horrow, CEO of Horrow Sports Ventures and visiting expert on sports law and business at Harvard Law School, says the prospect of a golf world without him gives us cause to pay more attention. If a Tiger Crash is coming, maybe we should see it as a market correction.

“Life without Tiger can be effectively good for the industry,” Horrow says. “It gets promoters, sponsors and TV executives thinking more creatively, working to cultivate a greater understanding and appreciation for the inherent excitement, tradition and allure of golf.”

 

Bubba's Caddie Can Play Some Good Golf

 

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Bubba Watson's caddie Ted Scott can apparently play some worthy golf on his own

Fresh off helping to guide Bubba to a second Masters title, Scott shot one under in a Monday qualifier for this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where Watson is not in the field.

Scott's score wasn't quite good enough (he missed qualifying by four shots) to earn a spot, but it's still impressive considering his current day job is carrying clubs, not hitting them. 

Scott added on Twitter that Bubba "beats me by 7-10 shots every time we play." The former pro golfer told CNN in 2011: "Being a caddie wasn't my dream, but it's a dream now. To caddie for a great player, a guy that treats me well. If you have a nice player to work with it's a great job."

 

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Amber Heard is 28 today. 34-23-34. Actress. 

Zombieland, Drive Angry, Never Back Down, Pineapple Express. 

Born in Austin, TX. Voted #35 on Ask men's top 99 'most desirable' women of 2012. Father David is a successful commercial contractor. 

I don't take parts because they're for the sexy girl. I take the sexy girl parts and try to give them something else and make them a character. 

 

Kuuuuuuch!

 

Matt Kuchar has had a chance to win his last four events. But iffy play in all four final rounds derailed any victory dances. 

Until yesterday. He scorched the front nine at Hilton Head with a 6-under 30. And looked very good with a 3-footer for birdie on 17. But he 3-jacked the green and needed a tough birdie on 18. Would it be yet another opportunity lost?

Then this happened...
 

 

''I heard the crowd go crazy,'' Kuchar said. ''Then I went crazy.''

It gave him a stellar 64 to beat hard-luck runner-up Luke Donald who had a 2-stroke lead entering Sunday. It was Donald's 5th time finishing 3rd or better in the last six years at the RBC Heritage without a win. 

Donald: 'Finishing second isn't what I was hoping for,'' he said. ''Disappointed, obviously, not to have won. Usually a solid 69 on a windy day with a two-shot lead is enough to get it done on Sundays. It's tough to win out here and hats off to Matt for a superb round.''

Kuchar win gave him 11 top-10 finishes in 14 events this year. Pretty heady stuff. 

 

Ooooo Wie!

 

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Michelle Wie is only 24-years old, yet it seems like she's been a pro golfer forever. Her last Tour win was four-years ago. But Wie has played pretty well this year with a renewed confidence and outlook (even with a very strange putting stance). 

On Sunday, Wie was four strokes behind leader Angela Stanford at the LOTTE Championship in her home state of Hawaii. She shot a stellar 67 to win her first title on American soil

''I'm just having fun out there,'' said Wie, who grew up in Honolulu. ''I was out there and nervous. Every time I felt nervous out there, I was looking around, I felt there was no place I'd rather be.''

''Well, my caddy isn't one for pep talks, but he gave a good one today,'' Wie said. ''He said, `It's windy out there today, but play your game,' and that's really what I did. I didn't try to force anything. I had a number in my head that I thought I needed to shoot, and I got it.

''The highlight of this week was to come back home,'' Wie said. ''There wasn't just one moment. From the first tee shot that I made to the last putt, the aloha that I felt from everyone was unbelievable.''

Here's a good story by Tim Rosaforte on the changes for Wie that could be making a significant difference

Having moved to Palm Beach County two years ago, the Hawaii native and Stanford graduate says she feels at home. She has a dog beach for her beloved Pomeranian mix, Lola, a group of friends her age who don't judge her, and an overall sense of happiness in her still-young life.

"I feel the growing pains are kind of over," Wie said, sitting in front of an open fire in the club library wearing a bomber jacket. "I was out on tour when I was in high school and college, and that's when you're growing up and going through phases. I just feel settled. I'm grounded more."

Good for Michelle. And great for the LPGA. Wie still moves the needle and the Tour could sorely use her contending and winning moving forward. 

 

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