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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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Apr 29, 2013 | 08:18 AM

Dog Star

Did you figure out what golf course is using this new logo? It’s Teeth of the Dog, the Pete Dye-designed masterpiece at Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic, currently number 47 in the LINKS100 world rankings. The new shield was unveiled a few weeks ago, just about the time that Michael Jordan had his bachelor party at the resort. And speaking of Jordan, the well-known golf nut got married this past weekend at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida. More than 2,000 guests were invited to the reception for the 50-year-old Jordan and 35-year-old model Yvette Prieto, held under a 40,000-square-foot tent on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course where Jordan has his 35,000-square-foot home. Guess they didn’t have to walk too far when the party was over…if it’s over.

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Apr 26, 2013 | 06:27 AM

Weekend Quiz

Here’s something for you to contemplate over the weekend. The logo shown above is just being rolled out at one of the world’s top courses. Can you figure out what it’s for? The answer will appear in “The Buzz” on Monday. No cheating.

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Apr 25, 2013 | 08:40 PM

The New In Golf News

This week, the “world’s fastest-growing television network”—known as Golf Channel—unveiled a slick new studio as part of an expansion that has seen its headquarters triple in size. By contrast, Time Inc. recently decided to “spin off” its magazine division, which includes Golf Magazine and Sports Illustrated, after talks with potential buyer Meredith broke down. The number of traditional, ink-on-paper golf books published annually has dwindled steadily in the past few years, but new golf apps seem to appear every week. Only a handful of newspapers continued to provide dedicated golf coverage, but there's no shortage of golf news websites and blogs. And while actual golf participation continues its two decades of doldrums, TV golf viewership is setting records and virtual golf is booming as evidenced by record sales of Tiger Woods’s latest video game. The times they are a changin'.

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