Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Golfers and Sinkholes Go Together Like Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia

Is Guatemala a magnet for sinkholes?

Answer: Yes.

Sinkholes in Guatemala

In February of 2007, a sinkhole killed 3 people and many homes in Guatemala City, Guatemala. It was thought to be caused by a ruptured sewer line.

In May of 2010, a three-story textile factory was sucked down a sinkhole in Guatemala City (a mile away from the 2007 sinkhole) measuring 30 meters deep and 20 meters across. One man was reported killed after this natural disaster. Picture below.

2010 Sinkhole in Guatemala City, Guatemala

It didn't help when Tropical Storm Agatha brought in a torrential rain in 2010, killing at least 113 people in its wake. This Tropical Storm in May 2010 is thought to have caused the 2010 sinkhole, this time 60 meters deep, killing one man and taking out a 3-story building.

What is the cause of these sinkholes?

Some blame the city's drainage system, as it interferes with limestone in the ground. Leaks in the drainage system have accelerated the pores in the ground, which causes the sinkholes when there are heavy rains.

National Geographic says, "...sinkholes form when water enlarges a natural fracture in a limestone bedrock layer. As the crack gets bigger, the topsoil gently slumps, eventually leaving behind a sinkhole."

According to Wikipedia, sinkholes have been used for centuries as a place for waste disposal. Just drop your trash down into the Earth, and let the molten core take care of your garbage.

On a much lighter note...

Sinkholes are Problem for Golfers

Sinkholes do cause a problem with golfers. While they are able to make a hole in one, it is almost impossible to retrieve their ball.

It is kind of like the feeling when you play the 18th hole at the Putt Putt course. You just aren't getting that ball back. Time to turn in that putter.

If Tiger Woods wants to make a comeback, he better start at the Guatemalan Open, as long as he brings some extra golf balls, because hole number one is quite a sinkhole.

Tiger Woods Beef with Sergio Garcia

Tiger Woods clearly does have beef with Sergio Garcia. At the AT&T National News Conference (May 2013), a press reporter asks Tiger Woods this question: "...the thing with Sergio a couple of weeks ago, a lot of people on the outside looking in...it appeared so petty...has there ever been any thought of contacting him and just saying 'Hey, let's chill, we don't need to be going back and forth like this anymore?'"

Tiger Responds with a "No." and the press all laugh as Tiger smiles. Tiger Woods is clearly not interested in forgiving Sergio Garcia. He is not a forgiving man. After all, you see what happened when he was caught having an affair with countless women.

You can watch him say no here.

Tiger Woods said at the Players Championship in early May 2013 that Sergio Garcia is: "...not the nicest guy on tour."

Sergio Garcia complained at the Players Championship that he was distracted during the second round when  the crowd got noisy out of excitement from Tiger Woods pulling a golf club out of his bag before Garcia was about to swing.

Garcia Sympathizers Lost After Racist Comment

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Sergio Garcia made a racist comment at an awards dinner for the European Tour. He said that he would have invited the the "World's Number One" around for dinner at the U.S. Open because "we will serve friend chicken."

After making the comment, Sergio immediate realized how his comment could be taken as racist, and immediately attempted to apologize, but by this time, the damage was already done.

Garcia said: "As soon as I left the dinner, I started getting a sick feeling in my body. I didn't really sleep at all. I felt like my heart was going to come out of my body. I've had this sick feeling all day. Difficult to hit a shot all day." 

Tiger Woods shush
Tiger "shushing" the crowd.

Golfer Falls in a Sinkhole

In Waterloo, Illinois, a golfer fell into a sinkhole at the 14th hole. He fell 18 feet down, suffering minor injuries, including bruises and a dislocated shoulder. Sinkholes are not good to have on a golf course.

That story can be read here.

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