Champions Tour Golfer Jim Thorpe Sentenced to Jail

In one of the most disturbing stories since Tiger Woods went off-roadin’ we now hear that Jim Thorpe has been sentenced to a year in jail.  The Champions Tour stalwart plead guilty to two counts of failure to pay income taxes.  Thorpe has three PGA Tour wins and thirteen wins on the Champions Tour and earned more than $13 million in PGA career winnings. He did not report over $5 million dollars in income over a three year period.  Thorpe, who is 60 years old, will start serving his sentence on April 1st.  I imagine his fellow professionals may be checking with their accountants some time soon.

Meanwhile in Hawaii Tom Watson sizzled with a nine under 63 to lead Tom Lehman and Fred Couples by two strokes at The Mitsubishi Electric Championship.  Couples is making his Champions Tour debut this week.

Another Watson, Bubba Watson shot a 10 under 62 to lead The Bob Hope Classic after the second round.  The pros got a little extra bonus as the tour kept all the celebrities and amateurs off the course due to a rain delay at the start of play.

At the Abu Dhabi Championship Rick Kulacz of Australia holds a one stroke lead over three golfers one of which is Sergio Garcia.  Some big names are in the hunt as the third round starts this morning: Martin Kaymer is two back, Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy sit three off the pace.


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