Feb 22, 2013 | 05:13 AM

A Culture Buzz

Believe it or not, man does not live by golf alone. Which is why we suggest, should you be near London between now and the end of May, you find your way to the Tate Modern, one of the world’s great museums of modern art, and catch “Lichtenstein: A Retrospective.” You’re probably familiar with the American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) and his paintings inspired by comic strips and advertising. The show is a major retrospective of his graphically exuberant work and includes an oil on canvas from 1962 called, simply, “Golf Ball.” There’s no proof that Lichtenstein played golf, but he obviously knew beauty when he saw it.

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Feb 21, 2013 | 08:37 AM

Blame It On Rio

Gil Hanse may have beat out a world-class field of golf architects for the honor of designing the host course for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but can he beat the clock? Officials at the International Golf Federation are reportedly “very concerned” about golf course construction delays related to property disputes. The 220-acre site, located southwest of downtown Rio near the proposed Olympic Village, will serve as a public-access legacy course once the Games are concluded. However, the city doesn’t own the land and has been forced to negotiate with a difficult landowner. While no one expects the best players in the world to compete on golf simulators in 2016, the clock is ticking. Construction will need to begin sooner than later on the 220-acre site if a mature layout can be expected for the first Olympic golf competition in more than a century.

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Feb 20, 2013 | 08:57 AM

Hot, Hot, Hot

It’s still early in the year, but here are three golfers whose exploits bear close scrutiny. On the PGA Tour, Brandt Snedeker has been on fire, entering five events, finishing in the top 25 in all five, with one win and two seconds—and nearly $3 million in winnings. (He’s not playing this week’s match-play event, giving his sore ribs a rest.) Among the Seniors, rookie Rocco Mediate won in his first appearance on the Champions Tour and finished tied 5th last week, so he’s already won more in two Senior events than in 23 regular Tour events last year. But the most compelling golfer is 15-year-old Lydia Ko, the world’s top female amateur. Last year she became the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA event and this year she’s already won a pro tournament in New Zealand, where she lives, and finished third at the Australian Open. (She won another pro event in Australia in 2012.) Even though it’s been reported that she won’t turn pro for at least 18 months, we’ll keep watching to see if she can continue to beat the pros—and then lift the fortunes of women’s golf.

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Feb 19, 2013 | 05:35 AM

What's Become Of The Neighborhood?

Gleneagles—site of next year’s Ryder Cup—has a new neighbor. Hard by the venerable Kings and Queens courses is the curiously named gWest, an ultra-swank golf development with 170 homesites starting at $2.5 million. Already in place, though not in play, is a big, rolling, David McLay Kidd course and plans call for a seven-star hotel and spa. It’s all being financed by the al-Talir family of Dubai, owners of the 24,000-acre Blackford Estate next door to Gleneagles and founders of the Highland Spring water company. Thus far the only construction has been a decidedly un-Scottish clubhouse resembling a mini Taj Mahal. If you’re willing to overlook that, however, and if you have $4 million or so you don’t know what to do with, you can probably have your new home ready in time for the Cup.

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