Jessica Korda Fires Caddie Mid-Round At U.S. Women’s Open

Jessica Korda Fires Caddie Mid-Round At U.S. Women's OpenAmerican Jessica Korda stunningly fired caddie Jason Gilroyed on the ninth hole Saturday, creating a reality television-like sideshow in the third round of the 2013 Women’s U.S. Open, which otherwise would have been headlined by World No. 1 Inbee Park.

‘Temporarily drafted her boyfriend’

The talented South Korean shot a 71, the only under-par round Saturday at the U.S. Open. Yet while Inbee Park rested four shots clear of I.K. Park heading into Sunday at Sebonack Park Golf Course in Long Island, N.Y., all the talk was about Korda’s bold move.

Spiraling out of contention at five-over on the front nine, Korda, the daughter of 1998 Australian Open (tennis) winner Petr Korda, decided things weren’t quite working out with Gilroyed, whom she could be seen having issues with on the front nine. The 20-year-old told ESPN that she had a couple of disagreements and wasn’t in the right state of mind. Rather than wait until the end of the round, Korda fired him on the spot and temporarily drafted her boyfriend, Johnny DelPrete, from the gallery a moment later.

‘Improved significantly’

Following the difficult decision, it appeared that Korda’s state of mind improved significantly. With Gilroyed gone and DelPrete put to work, Korda settled down, playing the back nine at the challenging Sebonack layout at one-under. The reversal left Korda at one-over for the tournament and in a tie for sixth, 11 shots back of Park.

While DelPrete couldn’t have expected to end his day between the ropes at Sebonack on Saturday, it’s certainly not unfamiliar territory for the professional golfer who competed on the Tour last year.

What can you say about golfers firing their caddies in the middle of a competition? Good or bad decision?

Source: James McMahon | Bleacher Report

Image: Golf Week

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Becomes First YouTube Video To Reach 1 Billion Views

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Becomes First YouTube Video To Reach 1 Billion ViewsGangnam Style has become the first video to clock up more than one billion views on YouTube. The South Korean dance track was posted online in July, propelling pop star Psy to worldwide fame. It has inspired hundreds of parody clips, from members of the British army, Thai navy and Minecraft gamers, among others.

‘The power of K-pop’

YouTube’s owner, Google, said the video had been watched seven million to 10 million times a day on average. It overtook the previous record holder – Justin Bieber’s music video Baby – on 24 November. One industry watcher said the fact so many people continued to post their own versions of Gangnam Style had played a huge part in the clip’s success.

Sir Martin Sorrell – chief executive of advertising giant WPP – paid tribute to the achievement by making a link between Psy and one of the west’s most influential economists.

“Another great example of Theodore Levitt’s ‘globalisation’ and the power of K-pop,” he told the BBC.

‘Most ‘liked’ YouTube video of all time’

Scott Mills, the BBC Radio 1 DJ who championed the song on his show, said he was amazed by the phenomenon that the song had become.

“The thing that interests you in the video is the fact that you don’t understand the lyrics… The first time I saw it was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in America and I just thought it was a bit of fun, but I didn’t expect it to be as big as it was… Psy came into my Radio 1 show and The Guinness World Records presented him with a plaque for the most ‘liked’ YouTube video of all time and the amazing thing is he is just a guy, he hasn’t tried to do any of this.”

Are you one of those one billion people who viewed Psy’s “Gangnam Style” on YouTube? Tell us what you find most interesting about this video!

Source: Rory Cellan Jones,  BBC News

Image: The Guardian