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The 1st tee at Old White. (Courtesy of Gene via Flickr)

ON SATURDAY THE GREENBRIER WILL CELEBRATE the 100th anniversary of The Old White golf Course. Designed by Charles Blair Macdonald and named for the Old White Hotel, the course opened in 1914. President Woodrow Wilson was among the first golfers to play Old White that long-ago April. Others who have graced its fairways include golf legends Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.
Commemorative festivities get under way tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. Those on hand will include The Greenbrier’s chairman Jim Justice, president Jeff Kmiec and historian Dr. Robert Conte, as well as Monte Ortel, executive director of The Greenbrier Classic.
After the presentation of the colors and the national anthem by the Greenbrier East High School Honor Guard and opening remarks, Jim Justice will hit a ceremonial ball from the first tee of […]

By golf Channel News
(The following edited content was supplied by golf Channel in a news release.)
golf Channel will feature the LPGA LOTTE boxing from Hawaii in primetime, with an impressive field headlined by Inbee Park. The PGA Tour shifts to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage. World golf Hall-of-Famers Tom Watson and Nick Faldo are in the field, which also includes Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk. The Champions Tour is in Georgia, where Miguel Angel Jimenez will make his first-career start on the over-50 circuit. Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood headline the European Tour’s Maybank Malaysian Open.

RBC HERITAGE(PGA Tour)Dates: April 17-20Venue: Harbour Town golf Links, Hilton Head, S.C.
Tournament Airtimes On golf Channel (Eastern):Thursday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)Friday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-1:30 […]

FRESH OFF HIS SECOND MASTERS VICTORY, Bubba Watson is a long, long way in front in the U.S. Ryder Cup points race. Bubba’s nearly 1,800-point lead on Jimmy Walker reminds me of his massive driving distance advantage, like the one he uncorked on Augusta’s par-5 13th during the final round of the Masters.
“Way to go Bubba!!! Enjoy your victory,” tweeted U.S. captain Tom Watson. “See you on the plane to Gleneagles.”
The top nine players will automatically qualify for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Captain Watson has three discretionary picks. Watson has already said that one pick is reserved for Tiger Woods if Tiger is healthy and ready to play in September.

U.S. Ryder Cup Points Standings(As of April 14)
1. Bubba WATSON - 6,258.9842. Jimmy WALKER - 4,459.0713. Dustin JOHNSON - 3,759.8124. Jordan SPIETH - 3,437.8645. Patrick REED - 3,023.0916. Matt KUCHAR - 2,881.3337. Jason DUFNER - 2,668.4488. Phil MICKELSON - 2,662.8629. […]

By John Christensen
Copyright © 2014 John Christensen. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Tiger Woods (Allison)

TIGER Woods MAY RECOVER FROM his back injury and play more Masters, and he might even win more majors. But another important story after his recent surgery—the back story, if you will—is that Tiger’s not the only one who’s hurting.
Golfers are getting injured in unprecedented numbers—amateur and pro alike—and the culprit is the modern golf swing. That’s the only possible conclusion based on information I found while researching my ebook about Mike Austin (Perfect Swing,Imperfect Lies: The Legacy of golf’s Longest Hitter).
Here’s an excerpt from the book:
In 2008, a report published by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine cited a two-year study which found that 60 percent of golf professionals and 40 percent of amateurs sustained “either a traumatic or overuse injury while golfing.” Low back pain was the most common injury by far, followed […]

Bubba Watson, wife Angie and friends celebrate at Waffle House. (Courtesy @judahsmith)

WE KNEW BUBBA HAD ALL THE SHOTS, but this time, this Sunday, the new Lefty was in total control of his game even when the kid (Jordan Spieth) threw a haymaker at him on Augusta’s front nine. Bubba took it, and countered with his own combination at holes 8 and 9, cruising to a 69 and a three-shot Masters victory, his second Green Jacket in three years.
None of the other closest challengers broke 70. Runners-up Spieth (72) and Jonas Blixt (71) were unable to mount a back-nine charge. Fifty-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez (71) finished solo fourth. Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler couldn’t make it happen on Sunday. Their sluggish 74s landed them in a tie for fifth. Meanwhile, two-time champion Bernard Langer, also on the other side of 50, and Rory McIlroy posted closing 69s to share the eighth […]

By golf Channel Communications
golf CHANNEL’S PRIMETIME TELEVISION EVENT, “Arnie,” begins with the questions: “How do you tell a story of a life that’s larger than life? How do you find a way to put together all the memories, all the accomplishments, all the impact? And do what a story is supposed to do? And ensure it lasts forever? Someday—even decades—maybe centuries from now, they’ll hear the name Arnold Palmer and they’ll want to know everything.”
“Arnie” showcases how the golfing legend revolutionized and transcended the game to become one of the most beloved figures in sports history. “Arnie,” a three-night television event, will air on consecutive nights at 10 p.m. ET from Sunday, April 13, following golf Channel’s Live From the Masters, through Tuesday, April 15.
golf Channel spent the last year traveling with Palmer, collecting interviews from more than 100 people, sifting through hundreds of hours of archived film—including hours of […]

ABSOLUTELY NO WORDS FOR THIS. Just watch the video.

IT’S THE MASTERS, PATRONS! Magnolias, azaleas, Amen Corner, pimento cheese sandwiches and Chuck Norris-style security.MASTERS NEED TO KNOWPurse: $8 millionWinner’s share: $1.44 millionDefending champion: Adam Scott2014 Masters LeaderboardMasters fieldAugusta National golf ClubFirst and second round groupings and tee timesMasters photo galleryMasters newsroomMasters tournament informationMasters winnersOfficial Masters siteMasters Talk“At my first Masters, I got the feeling that if I didn’t play well, I wouldn’t go to heaven.”–Dave Marr“If the Masters offered no money at all, I would be here trying just as hard.”–Ben Hogan“I miss, I miss, I miss, I make.”–Seve Ballesteros, explaining four-putt green at 16“I’ve never been to heaven, and thinking back on my life, I probably won’t get a chance to go. I guess winning the Masters is a close as I’m going to get.”–Fuzzy Zoeller“I told Hord Hardin I was getting too old to play in the Masters, but he kept saying, Gene, they don’t want to see […]

Apr
09

My 2014 Masters Preview

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Rory McIlroy seems destined to win a Green Jacket. (internetsense)

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S MASTERS EVE. I just got home from a trip to California and figured I better get up to speed fast when asked to go on the radio to preview the Masters.
Some things don’t change. Augusta, for one. Pristine fairways and greens. Big, undulating, screaming-fast greens. But no Eisenhower tree in the 17th fairway. It’s dead and gone. And no Tiger in the field. He’s recovering from surgery. Woods’s quest for a 15th major will have to wait.
So who can win on this slice of golf heaven? Who will win?
Throw a dart at the names. The Masters is wide open. That’s the way it looks to me. New players are winning week in and week out on the PGA Tour. It’s not that much different at Augusta. First-time Masters winners have won six of the last seven. Phil […]

By John Coyne
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Gene Sarazen

THE MASTERS IS THE ONE TOURNAMENT of the year that brings golf home to the masses. And much of it is because of Gene Sarazen, the second Masters held in 1935, and the “shot heard around the world.”
Gene Sarazen is, in many ways, the most unlikely of golf heroes. In fact, his real name wasn’t even Gene Sarazen. He was born Eugenio Saraceni, but changed it because, as he said, his real name sounded more like that of a violinist.
Gene Sarazen sounded like a golfer.
Sarazen came into golf, as did so many early professionals, from the caddie ranks. At the age of eight, the son of a struggling carpenter from Harrison, New York, he took a job caddying at Larchmont Country Club in Westchester. It was his way of helping the family make ends meet. He wasn’t thinking […]

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