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May 09, 2016 | 06:27 am

Olympic Golf TV Schedule

While a number of leading players have said they won’t be representing their countries when golf comes back to the Olympics this summer, we know some big names who will be there: Golf Channel and NBC Sports. The networks announced their programming plans for the first Olympic golf competition since 1904, which will be held from Thursday, August 11-Sunday, August 14 for the men, and from Wednesday, August 17-Saturday, August 20 for the women. Coverage will include more than 130 live hours—from the opening tee shot to the presentation of medals—plus another 170 or so of previews, reviews, and analysis, starting on Monday, August 8. “Golf Central Live” will be broadcast from Rio, and the networks will feature updates and other “look-ins” throughout the games. The golf, as well as other Olympic sports, also can be viewed on nbcolympics.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app (both of which require authentication). For the full golf schedule, check out the NBC Olympics website, where there’s already news about the games as well as history and other features.

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May 06, 2016 | 06:14 am

Pittsburgh’s Open Past

The U.S. Open comes to Oakmont Country Club June 16–19. But if you’re in the Pittsburgh area now through the end of our national championship, you can learn about golf history, the town’s golf traditions, even compare yourself to former Open champions at the Carnegie Science Center, which is located downtown about 15 miles from the club’s front door. A recently opened exhibit, on loan from the USGA, is titled “American Golf History: Coming to Life” and allows visitors to hit clubs and balls from the 1930s and ‘60s (as well as modern equipment) while seeing how their performance stacks up against the eight golfers who won previous Opens at Oakmont: Tommy Armour (1927), Sam Parks Jr. (1935), Ben Hogan (1953), Jack Nicklaus (1962), Johnny Miller (1973), Larry Nelson (1983), Ernie Els (1994), and Angel Cabrera (2007). And if you get to the Science Center tomorrow, Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can take your photo with the U.S. Open trophy: Then post that photo on social media for a chance to win two tickets to this year’s final round.

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May 05, 2016 | 09:43 am

How Hard is Oakmont?

Just how tough is Oakmont golf club? Jordan Spieth may say it best. "There's just so many other tough holes that par is going to be a fantastic score," the golfer told reporters after a recent round. "I'd sign for even par right now for 72 holes in June. Obviously given the history, but also having played it." Considering Angel Cabrera won the 2007 US Open at Oakmont with a total of +5, we would happily take even par as well. Spieth has a tall task ahead of him if he wants to retain the US Open trophy later this summer. However, he is making the correct moves. Spieth was on the course playing a practice round recently that seemed to go well if his chip-in on the 9th was any indication! Have a look at the video above. 

 

 

 

 

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May 04, 2016 | 09:24 am

Clubs for Sale

Adidas announced today that it is looking for a buyer (or buyers) of TaylorMade, Adams, and Ashworth to focus on its apparel and shoe business. Industry insiders had been speculating for months that adidas was looking to unload the lines because of poor sales, particularly after the company conducted a full review of its golf business last August. And while TaylorMade sales rose six percent in the first quarter of 2016, Adams and Ashworth had double-digit losses. "TaylorMade is a very viable business," adidas CEO Herbert Hainer said in a press release. "However, we decided that now is the time to focus even more on our core strength in the athletic footwear and apparel market. With its leadership position in the industry and the turnaround plan gaining traction, which is clearly reflected in the top- and bottom-line improvements recorded in Q1 as well as recent market share gains, I am convinced that TaylorMade offers attractive growth opportunities in the future." Don't expect TaylorMade's rival Callaway to step in with an offer, or any other top equipment company, for that matter, who might be wary about more exposure to the struggling golf-club market.

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