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Aug 30, 2016 | 06:20 am

Ryder Cup Trophy Tour

With the Ryder Cup Matches starting precisely one month from today, on September 30, yesterday was the beginning of the Ryder Cup Trophy Tour, a 5,000-mile, 15-stop, 12-city excursion for the 4-pound, 17-inch-tall statue. Along with visits to noted golf facilities such as Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, the trophy also will appear at a number of college-football and major-league baseball games before arriving at the match venue, Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, on September 23. In kicking things off, Team USA captain Davis Love III appeared on the “Today Show” yesterday morning—putting with host Carson Daly, who is John Daly’s cousin—as well as unveiling the Ralph Lauren-designed Team USA uniforms and conducting a press conference at New York’s midtown Hilton Hotel (above). Fans who show up at Trophy Tour stops will be able to take their picture with the cup, putt on a replica of Hazeltine’s 7th hole, and take a Ryder Cup trivia test as well as play other games. And along with a website, there is a special Twitter hashtag, #WeAre13, so named because Team USA wants the fans to be their “13th man.”

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Aug 29, 2016 | 06:05 am

Play Bubba's Pink Driver

Who says real men don’t like pink? Don’t tell that to Bubba Watson, who has become almost as famous for his hot-pink driver as for his prodigious talent wielding it. Ping, Watson’s clubmaker, will sell 6,000 limited-edition pink G drivers and donate $60 from each sale to the Bubba Watson Foundation. The pink driver made its debut in 2012, the year Watson won his first Masters, and since then Ping has donated more than $1 million from their sale to various charities dedicated to children’s health. This year, the adjustable driver—available in a choice of lofts, shafts, and both right- and left-handed—also comes with a Bubba headcover for $650 through authorized Ping retailers around the world.

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Aug 26, 2016 | 08:59 am

Are you interested in the FedExCup Playoffs?

Play began yesterday at Bethpage Black for the Barclays. Fortunately, the heavy rains that have plagued the event in the past have given way to blue skies this week. However, something else starts this week. After 43 regular season events, yesterday marks the beginning of the FedExCup Playoffs. The top 125 players from this season are eligible to compete in the four-event series leading up to “golf’s biggest prize.” Those are the words of the PGA Tour and its sponsors, but we’ve heard phrases like that a lot this season. Majors, Olympics, and a Ryder Cup have all been heralded as “the biggest event,” and we wonder how you view the FedExCup. Do you plan to watch these next four events? Where do you rate the FedExCup within the overall professional golf season? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Aug 25, 2016 | 06:07 am

Ryder Cup Spirit

When the Ryder Cup is over, one of the teams surely will drink from it. If you are unable to join them, here’s an alternative: Drink the official Ryder Cup wine. One of the world’s great winemakers, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, partnered with golf-course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.—whose father designed this year’s Cup venue, Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota—to create the special Mouton Cadet Ryder Cup Cuvée that is available at the course as well as in select U.S. markets. The winemakers created the cuvée, a Bordeaux that sells for $14, while Jones designed the bottle, drawing a caddie as a tribute to his father: Young Jones started as a caddie, or “cadet,” to Jones Sr., just as the Baron Rothschild is the “cadet” of his family. (In the photo, above, that’s Jones, left, with Rothschild’s Managing Director, Hugues Lechanoine.) As Jones Jr. put it: “Wine, like golf, is about passion, respect for nature, etiquette, and sharing moments in life. A golf course architect and a winemaker share a similar approach to their work: cultivating the land they are given, being true to the environment, enhancing the most pleasing elements of a landscape or a wine, providing either course challenges or tasting pleasures. The Ryder Cup brings together great golfers for a competition where team spirit means more than individual performance, exactly as blending wine brings more than one single varietal to create a special cuvée.” We’ll drink to that.

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