Golf http://www.kunc.org en A Golf Prodigy Grows Up, And Goes All The Way To The Top http://www.kunc.org/post/golf-prodigy-grows-and-goes-all-way-top Child actors are invariably distinguished by being cute as a button, being naturals at acting and having an aggressive parent. Few of them can sustain their stardom as they grow up. Athletic prodigies, however, often continue succeeding smoothly into adulthood — look no further than LeBron James or Bryce Harper.<p>Since girls mature earlier than boys, many female athletes become very good very early and then stay the course. This goes right on back to Suzanne Lenglen and Sonja Henie, the first famous female athletes of almost a century ago — teenage champions who kept dominating their sports. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Frank Deford 58712 at http://www.kunc.org A Golf Prodigy Grows Up, And Goes All The Way To The Top Despite Everything, Tiger Will Always Be No. 1 http://www.kunc.org/post/despite-everything-tiger-will-always-be-no-1 Most famously, Babe Ruth has been credited with saving baseball after the Black Sox scandal. Riding on the wave of the women's movement, Billie Jean King more or less created women's professional tennis. And Muhammad Ali kept boxing alive for its last hurrah.<p>But really, especially over a sustained period of time, has any one athlete ever mattered so much to a sport as Tiger Woods does to men's golf?<p>Anyone? Ever?<p><em>Click on the audio link above to hear Deford's take on the issue. </em> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Frank Deford 55476 at http://www.kunc.org Despite Everything, Tiger Will Always Be No. 1 Bush Doesn't Fault Obama For Playing Golf http://www.kunc.org/post/bush-doesnt-fault-obama-playing-golf President Obama seems to enjoy playing golf, but he's been criticized for <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/06/18/155279361/obamas-played-100-rounds-of-golf-which-presidents-beat-that">spending too much time on the golf course</a>.<p>Obama has played more than 140 rounds of golf since he first took office, according to CBS News. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:50:00 +0000 49972 at http://www.kunc.org Bush Doesn't Fault Obama For Playing Golf Amateur Ko Wins LPGA Event Again; Says Goodbye To $300K Again http://www.kunc.org/post/amateur-ko-wins-lpga-event-again-says-goodbye-300k-again Lydia Ko, the New Zealand golfer who last year became the youngest person ever to win an LPGA event, has played her way into the record books again. By successfully defending her title at the Canadian Women's Open this past weekend, Ko, who's now 16, is the only amateur to win two LPGA events.<p>But as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/28/160169412/ko-wow-youngest-golfer-ever-wins-major-lpga-event">The Two-Way reported</a> last year, because of Ko's amateur status, she's unable to receive the winner's prize of $300,000. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:47:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 48834 at http://www.kunc.org Amateur Ko Wins LPGA Event Again; Says Goodbye To $300K Again What To Make Of Tiger Woods' Major-less Year http://www.kunc.org/post/what-make-tiger-woods-major-less-year By the standard of normal golfing mortals, Tiger Woods has had an incredible summer. He's won multiple tournaments and millions of dollars in prize money. What he didn't do was win any of golf's four major championships, and that has led some to write off Woods' 2013 as a failure.<p>He's had the most top 10 finishes on the PGA tour this year, but for him, that's not the measure of success. Woods has won more money on the tour than any of his peers, but for him, money isn't the measure. Woods has won five tournaments this year; the next closest competitor has only two wins. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:37:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 48743 at http://www.kunc.org What To Make Of Tiger Woods' Major-less Year