May 03, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Hands Across The Ocean

LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam, winner of 89 pro events during her Hall of Fame career, will serve as an ambassador for Pacific Links International, which owns and operates courses in Hawaii, California, Nevada, West Virginia, and China. The company, founded in 2009 by Canadian citizen and Chinese entrepreneur Du Sha, also has an affiliation with the PGA Tour, giving Pacific Links’ clubs access to the Tour’s 23 TPC network properties. In her new role, Sorenstam—who already has her own golf academy and course design businesses as well as the ANNIKA Foundation for aspiring junior golfers—will promote Pacific Links’ membership programs at a variety of global engagements. Her initial duties took her to China in April, where she headlined several events with fellow international ambassador Greg Norman in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

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May 02, 2013 | 09:10 AM

Justin Case… find yourself in Dubai over the next few days, apologies in advance: The golf course is closed—although we don't know which one. Justin Bieber, the 19-year-old singer who fancies gelled hair, tattoos, and pants that rest about six inches below his waist, wants to relax between concerts in the United Arab Emirates city by taking golf lessons and being alone. So his team booked an entire unnamed golf course allowing him some “much needed alone time,” according to The Sun newspaper. When he isn’t playing golf or singing, Bieber also might be at the local Wild Wadi and Aquaventure water parks, which he also was trying to keep to himself. Ignore all this information if 1) you’re not going to Dubai, or 2) you neither know nor care who Justin Bieber is. We promise to let you know when he tees it up in the AT&T National Pro-Am.

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May 01, 2013 | 06:11 AM

Youth Will Be Served

Just a few weeks ago, 14-year-old Guan Tianlang was being celebrated as the youngest golfer ever to play in the Masters. Pretty soon he could be the grand old man of Chinese golf. When the Volvo China Open tees off in a few days one of the competitors will be Ye Wocheng, who isn’t yet a teenager. According to The Independent, an English newspaper, Ye will be 12 years and 242 days old or about 10 months younger than Guan, during Thursday’s opening round at the Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin, about 100 miles southeast of Beijing. Also playing the China Open is Dou Zecheng, who is 16, Bai Zhengkai, 15, and Andy Zhang, 14, who played in last year’s U.S. Open. But watch out for Ye: Besides qualifying for this week’s tournament, he is a two-time winner of the US Kids World Junior Championship, where he broke Tiger Woods’ scoring record.

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Apr 30, 2013 | 06:10 AM

Muirfield 2.0

The world's oldest golf event is going high-tech. R&A officials have just announced that the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield (July 14-21) will be the first wi-fi ready major. Cell phones will be welcome and spectators in the grandstands and tented village will be able to check e-mail, surf the net, check stocks, shop online, post on Facebook, order pizza, and call home, all while watching the play. In addition, an Open Championship app will provide live scoring and up-to-the-minute audio/video webcasts. So for the first time, ironically, you'll be able to see and hear all the action as it happens, despite the fact that you're there.

Photograph by L.C. Lambrecht

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