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Feb 05, 2015 | 10:36 AM

Rub of the (Richard) Green

As any golfer knows, the game involves both good luck and bad luck, the proverbial "rub of the green." In this case, you might call it "rub of the Richard Green," as the Australian pro made a hole-in-one after a green-side bunker spit his ball out right into the hole. The albatross came on the 391-yard 15th durnig the Victoria Open pro-am at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links near Melbourne. It was Green's first albatross and he didn't even see it because he turned away since he was sure the ball was headed for the bunker. Almost as amazing is to see a pro using a pull cart insead of caddie.

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Feb 04, 2015 | 11:03 AM

Rookie of the Year

We know there is all kinds of news in the world of golf today, what with Rory McIlroy paying more than $20 million to settle his lawsuit with his former agency and caddies suing the PGA Tour for $50 million for logo compensation, but stop the presses! A rookie model in Sports Illustrated's upcoming swimsuit issue played golf at Georgetown in 2008! Okay, so Kelly Rohrbach didn't exactly stirke fear into her opponents, posting a stroke average of 86 and finishing T71 in her only tournament, but the 25 year old from Greenwich, Conn., sure knows how to strike a pose as you can see in her Twitter and Instagram pages.

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Feb 03, 2015 | 08:40 AM

Moneyball

Is golf a sport or a game? Neither—it's a business. Consider the latest headlines. 1) Gleneagles, host of the recent Ryder Cup, has been put up for sale—asking price: $300 million. 2) Rory McIlroy, in a lawsuit with his former management company, has reportedly offered to settle for $15 million—offer rejected. 3) The R&A has abandoned the BBC as its purveyor of the Open Championship in favor of satellite pay TV network Sky. Why? For the same multi-million reasons the USGA left NBC for FOX. 4) Golf Datatech reports combined US and Japan sales of golf equipment—in a rocky 2013 market--to be $8.7 billion. And 5) Tiger Woods owes his former wife Elin the second half of the divorce settlement—$54.5 million.

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Feb 02, 2015 | 10:54 AM

Want Some Free Golf?

Now that we have your attention… No, seriously, we are happy to tell you about two contests giving away free golf. GolfNow, the online tee-time booking service (part of Golf Channel), is awarding a foursome one free round a month for life. There are various restrictions, of course, with all the rules and ways to enter—including the chance to win instant prizes—spelled out on the GolfNow website. You have to enter by April 13. Still feeling lucky? Then go for the “Ultimate Buddies Trip” to Bandon Dunes, sponsored by KemperSports, which manages the award-winning resort in Oregon. (That’s one of the terrific courses, Tom Doak’s Pacific Dunes, above.) To enter, either visit a KemperSports-managed course or sign up on the buddies trip website by February 28. The winning foursome will get golf, with caddies, on all five Bandon courses plus three nights’ lodging. And remember, if you need to fill out your winning foursomes, give us a call.

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