Columbus Dispatch sports columnist; gatekeeper of Scarlet & Gray Matter.

Rob Oller commentary | Update: Criticism of Faldo's comments misses the context — Nick Faldo is finding the line between golf entertainer and record-holding competitor more narrow than a U.S. Open fairway. The Hall of Fame golfer, who now works for CBS as a golf announcer, is taking heat for comments he made yesterday at the Ohio Union during the Legends Luncheon fundraiser benefiting Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Rob Oller commentary: Faldo's candid approach is refreshing — Nick Faldo of England opened his mouth on Wednesday in the presence of Jack Nicklaus and spewed syllables that showed us Yanks our concept of golf as a gentleman's game is somewhat daft. Or maybe we are simply confused about what it means to be a gentleman?

Golf | Memorial: Jack Nicklaus says Tiger Woods told him he will play — Jack Nicklaus takes Tiger Woods at his word that the former world's No. 1 golfer will play the Memorial Tournament on June 4-7 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Nicklaus said Woods told him two weeks ago at the Masters that he would compete in Dublin.

Rob Oller commentary: Significance of Sullivan Award not lost on Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott — Forgive Ohio State tailback Ezekiel Elliott if his mind went blank upon learning he was one of six finalists for the Sullivan Award, which will be handed out on Sunday. Like most of his millennial peers, Elliott had no clue about the 85-year-old award, given each year to the nation's most outstanding amateur athlete.

Golf | Memorial Tournament: Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson commit for 2015 — Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama joins two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and top-10 player Dustin Johnson in commiting to play the Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club, tournament officials announced today. Matsuyama, 23, defeated Kevin Na in a playoff to win the 2014 Memorial for his first PGA tour victory.

Rob Oller column: Golf ball can attest that Jordan Spieth is worthy Masters champ — My name is Titleist and I am tired of being told to "sit down" by some 21-year-old Texan named Jordan Spieth. Sit down? Ten minutes before telling me to stop short on Sunday during the Masters, Spieth ordered me to "Go hard, go hard, go hard. Go!" So which one is it?

Rob Oller commentary: We persist, but golf always has last laugh — I thought my high-handicap golf partner would go moist in the eyes as he gushed about how Tiger Woods seemed to have rediscovered his short game at the Masters. "It got to me," he said, unashamedly. This perplexed me, because my duffer buddy has never been a big fan of Woods.

Rob Oller commentary: Day helps Ohio State football players connect with student peers — Cardale Jones stood smiling for the cameras as college-age Ohio State fans formed a selfie city around the Ohio State quarterback yesterday during student appreciation day on the indoor practice field of the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. The event, another of coach Urban Meyer's well-executed public relations moves, allows OSU students to rub elbows with their peers.

Rob Oller commentary: Tiger Woods' plight is a major storyline at Masters — In preparation for Tiger Woods, the Masters has added iron and trestle to Augusta National, because you can't very well have a train wreck without the tracks. The possibility of twisted metal smoking amid the azaleas is what makes this Masters especially intriguing. Will Tiger channel Casey Jones and chug into a legendary derailment?

Rob Oller commentary: Final Four coaches are serious, successful — The four men seem more like movie tough guys than basketball coaches. Mike Krzyzewski. Tom Izzo. Bo Ryan. John Calipari. The Goodfellas of college hoops. None of the four suffers fools gladly. At least a few of them, if a player makes a wrong step, will unload a burst of unprintables.
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Apr 22, 2015

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Apr 22, 2015

Tiger Woods will play the Memorial Tournament, Jack Nicklaus says.…

Apr 21, 2015

RT @ConanOBrien: The set of “Sesame Street” is being updated to reflect the modern times. Now everyone is going to live in a trash can.

Apr 21, 2015

RT @ChrisVannini: Mike Leach on SiriusXM. Show host calls Harbaugh the Jesus of Ann Arbor. Leach: “Hopefully it doesn’t end the same way."

Apr 21, 2015

RT @Matt_HayesSN: Spectacular. RT @nswartsell: letters in company name had to reapply for their jobs, apparently only some made cut.…

Apr 20, 2015

How popular is Cardale Jones? Guessing he could have gotten away with arriving at White House by gyrocopter.

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