“It’s very unfortunate this day and age when you get a text like that and hear about Tiger,” Curry told ClutchPoints. “Obviously your mind goes, well for me, it went to a dark place. Thankfully, he didn’t have any life-threatening injuries, but it’s just unfortunate and sad knowing all that he’s been through these last couple of years. So, thankfully, he’s okay, from what I hear. I don’t know too many details.”
The news was broken late last month by the NBA’s preeminent news breaker. “The fan rights of lifelong Lakers fan Tony Finau have been acquired by the Utah Jazz,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported in a video he recorded for the golfer, “I’m told for a heavily protected first-round pick and a couple of Titleist balls they dug out of the lake.”
Ray Allen joined pro golfers Will Lowery and Doug Smith on the first episode of NBC’s new “Beyond the Fairway” podcast and talked about his passion for the game, as well as the shot, back around 1998, that changed how he perceived golf. “I was in Mexico, I was standing over — I don’t remember what course I was playing — but I was standing over, I was about 100 yards in, and there was nothing. It was a pretty forgivable fairway, so I couldn’t really hit it in the desert, it was just a matter of how close I was going to get it to the pin,” Allen said.
Ray Allen: “I stood over that shot [and thought], I don’t know where this ball is going to go. I had a flash, a moment of brilliance, where I said, ‘this is just like basketball — if I don’t practice, I don’t know where this is going to go.’… I said, ‘this is the shot I need to practice all the time.’ After that, I went to the range a lot on worked on every club, every two clubs, so I knew what that club was going to do.”
Finau, the PGA Tour golfer who is a Utah native, teamed up with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (known in league circles as just “Woj”) to announce that he is becoming a Jazz fan after a lifetime of being a Los Angeles Lakers fan, at least in large part because he is good friends with new Jazz owner Ryan Smith. From his home office that he’s regularly delivered news from during the pandemic, Woj said, “Hey, guys, breaking news into SportsCenter. The fan rights of lifelong Lakers fan Tony Finau have been acquired by the Utah Jazz I’m told for a heavily protected first-round pick and a couple of Titleist balls they dug out of the lake, but new Jazz owner Ryan Smith is bringing Finau back home to Utah.”
Not even Charles Barkley as a partner could stop Phil Mickelson from emerging victorious in the third iteration of The Match on Friday. Mickelson and the NBA Hall of Famer cruised to a 4-and-3 win over Peyton Manning and Stephen Curry at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Arizona, confirming that having a professional golfer on your side can make up for a lot of mistakes in a foursome.