Daily Buzz: Texas teen sparks PGA Tour

Since Tiger Woods stopped being

Tiger Woods, sometime around Thanksgiving 2009, the golf

world has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next, well,

Tiger Woods.

Jordan Spieth may or may not be that guy, but after earning his

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/jordan-spieth-wins-john-deere-classic-playoff-to-make-pga-history-071413"

target="_blank">first career PGA Tour victory in a playoff win

at the John Deere Classic, there’s reason to believe the

19-year-old could be golf’s brightest new star.

Spieth is a two-time Junior Amateur Champion — the only

other golfer to do that: Woods — and had his first top-20

finish at the 2010 Byron Nelson, when he was 16 years old. He tied

for 21st at the U.S. Open as an amateur last year, a feat that has

some talking about whether he can

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/jordan-spieth-wins-john-deere-classic-19-years-old-beats-zach-johnson-david-hearn-can-he-win-open-championship-071413"

target="_blank">win this week’s Open Championship.

And after five previous top 10 finishes in 2013, he won Sunday

(with the help of a

target="_blank">ridiculous hole-out from the bunker on 18) to

become the youngest golfer in more than 80 years to win on

tour.

Of course, the crown of “Next Tiger Woods” has

proven difficult to wear in the past — Rickie Fowler, Anthony

Kim, anyone? — and Spieth hasn’t exactly been lighting

up the scorecard with anything close to the regularity that Tiger

once did, even in Woods’ earliest days on tour.

Spieth has missed four cuts this year — including one at

the U.S. Open — whereas Tiger needed nearly 10 years to miss

four professional cuts. And, Spieth previously had little pressure

to succeed resting on his shoulders. Now that Spieth has won once,

there will be an expectation for him to win again, and again, and

again, and for some golfers, that’s too daunting a task.

Still, Spieth is fun to watch, and it’s good to have

someone new and young on tour to pull for, rather than relying on

Woods each week to keep things interesting. Last weekend’s

John Deere Classic may end up being Spieth’s crowning

achievement as a professional, but I don’t suspect that it

will be. And for the sake of the game of golf, let’s hope that it

isn’t.

Now for some links from the weekend that was:

• Mavs draft pick Shane Larkin

href="http://www.foxsportsflorida.com/collegebasketball/miami-hurricanes/story/Shane-Larkin-breaks-ankle-out-8-12-weeks?blockID=920049&feedID=3720"

target="_blank">broke his ankle during a summer league

practice.

• Could the Knicks and Rangers

href="http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/the_nassau_knicks_nhJE1KEiuWfanJKdnMIgXK"

target="_blank">move from Manhattan to Long Island?

• Alleged Aaron Hernandez accomplice Carlos Ortiz

href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/07/14/hernandez-accomplice-cant-go-home-again/2516547/"

target="_blank">is being labeled a “rat” in his old

neighborhood.

• JaVale McGee posterizes a defender at the Drew

League:

• Dwight Howard’s path to Houston

href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/07/14/hernandez-accomplice-cant-go-home-again/2516547/"

target="_blank">was a difficult one.

• Manny Ramirez still has it…

href="http://www.statesman.com/news/sports/mannys-homer-seals-win/nYpdR/"

target="_blank">at the triple-A level.

• A ‘surfer dude’ cooked up the

href="http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/basketball/nba-summer-league/surfer-dude-coaches-agent-relishes-role-nba-summer-league-host"

target="_blank">Vegas NBA summer league.

• A comment Mitch Williams made about Brandon McCarthy

href="http://thefullcount1544.blogspot.com/2013/07/mlb-friday-funnies-brandon-mccarthy-and.html"

target="_blank">ignited a Twitter furor/craze:

• Check out some

href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130712/NEWS02/307120138/Vintage-baseball-Civil-War-style-played-Corydon?gcheck=1"

target="_blank">baseball, Civil War-style.

• Rory McIlroy is

href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/sports/golf/mcilroy-a-native-son-divides-ireland.html?pagewanted=all"

target="_blank">a controversial figure back home in Northern

Ireland.

• Mets utility man Jordany Valdespin

href="http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/mets_jordany_valdespin_rips_manager_L9QTiHKOV7lDQvG69s5HfL?utm_medium=twitter&utm_content=++++++++Mets&utm_source=dlvr.it"

target="_blank">did not take kindly to being demoted to

Triple-A.

• Pro golfers try their hand at the “Happy

Gilmore” swing:

• Former Miami Hurricanes quarterback

href="http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2013/07/what-dolphins-people-are-saying-about-assorted-issues-um-marlins-heat.html"

target="_blank">is a practice squad QB for the Edmonton

Eskimos of the CFL.

• Auburn SID makes game notes for his wedding:

• Former Penn State recruit

href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/psu/former-psu-recruit-arrested-in-state-college-695317/"

target="_blank">busted in State College.

• Read

href="http://www.syracuse.com/orangefootball/index.ssf/2013/07/john_raymons_long_road_to_syra.html#incart_river"

target="_blank">the remarkable story of Syracuse girder John

Raymon.

• Driver gets dragged along track following road rage

confrontation at stock car race:

• There was a

href="http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23655362/roller-derby-bulls-invade-highlands-fundraising-event"

target="_blank">different running of the bulls in Denver this

weekend.

• Internet broadcasts vs. radio

href="http://blog.syracuse.com/sports/2013/07/syracuse_chiefs_broadcaster_ja.html#incart_river"

target="_blank">is a hot debate among Syracuse Chiefs

fans.

• Josh Hamilton hopes Chris Davis

href="http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/texas-rangers/headlines/20130714-josh-hamilton-hopes-ex-ranger-chris-davis-hits-80-home-runs.ece"

target="_blank">hits 80 home runs.

• Here’s a sweet behind-the-back catch from a

Japanese league game:

• Johnny Manziel’s dad says

href="http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/college-sports/texas-aggies/20130714-texas-am-star-quarterback-johnny-manziel-recovering-from-dehydration-according-to-father.ece"

target="_blank">dehydration led to his son’s exit from the

Manning Academy.

• O’Leary and O’Brien

href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/knights-notepad/os-ucf-penn-state-official-2014-ireland-aug-30-at-830-am-20130714,0,5735158.post"

target="_blank">will face off in Dublin next year as UCF and

Penn State meet at Croke Park.

• Ray Lewis challenges men

href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/religion/20130713-former-nfl-star-ray-lewis-challenges-men-to-be-active-in-families-communities.ece"

target="_blank">to be better fathers to their children.

• Bryce Harper got cranky Saturday night after disagreeing

with a strike three call, then got tossed:

• Prized TCU hoops recruit

href="http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/07/11/4997031/tcu-prized-basketball-player-ruled.html"

target="_blank">ruled ineligible because of academic issues in

high school.

• For Mark Stoops, football

href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130713/SPORTS03/307130124/For-new-Kentucky-coach-Mark-Stoops-football-has-always-been-way-life-death?nclick_check=1"

target="_blank">has always been a way of life — and

death.

href="http://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2013/7/11/4515014/wake-up-america-harvey-updyke-is-talking-chitt"

target="_blank">Via EDSBS, tree poisoner Harvey Updyke is

taking to Facebook to discuss his freedom:

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• Harness racing

href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/captaintreacherous-wins-meadowlands-pace"

target="_blank">has an absolute superstar in

Captaintreacherous.

• Nine-year-old Mia Towl won’t let dwarfism

href="http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_23656852/nine-year-old-girl-dwarfism-has-big-dreams"

target="_blank">derail her sports dreams.

• Joey Logano clipped a pit crew member this weekend:

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