Nov 17, 2014 | 10:33 am

Tiger's Time Off

We haven’t heard much from or about Tiger Woods the last few months as he recovers from his most recent injury. But that’s not to say there isn’t Tiger-related news to report. (Isn’t there always?) We hear he is hitting balls again, getting ready for a return to competitive golf, although we don’t know when. We hear, according to Golf Digest, that about 10 years ago, Tiger blew off the autograph request of a 10-year-old boy who grew up to be NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel. We hear that if the teams for the 2016 Olympics were being chosen right now, Tiger would be nowhere near making the American golf team. We hear that after bowing out of playing in this year’s Americas Golf Cup in South America (it was held in October; what, you missed it?), he will team with Matt Kuchar to play in it next year, although no one is sure where or when it will be held. And we hear that Bluejack National near Houston, Texas, the first Tiger-designed golf course scheduled to open in the U.S. (expected completion: fall 2015) is “seeking advanced tier players to fill its ranks.” So, as usual, even a quiet Tiger has a lot going on.

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Nov 14, 2014 | 06:32 am

Coach Phil

Among the better known alumni of Arizona State University are singer Linda Ronstadt, comedians Steve Allen and David Spade, and actors Nick Nolte and Lynda Carter. But the most famous alum, at least in golf circles, is Phil Mickelson, who currently is giving back to his alma mater by serving as an interim assistant golf coach. According to Golfweek, the appointment is likely short term, until the team’s coach fills a spot left open when one of his assistants left in September. By the way, that coach is Phil’s younger brother, Tim. And the appointment isn’t merely ceremonial: Lefty has already made at least one recruiting call, phoning Australian Ryan Ruffels, who spent an hour on the phone with the PGA Tour superstar. “I thought one of my mates from school was giving me a prank call,” Ruffels said. Next time he calls, Ryan, ask him to teach you how to hit off pine straw.

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Nov 13, 2014 | 02:33 pm

Marking Time

Slow play is the issue that most frustrates golfers at every level of the game. Aside from three putts, of course. Even though it’s incumbent upon every golfer to play faster, the USGA is creating a tool to help courses identify where the bottlenecks are occurring. The prototype device, called a Flagstick Monitoring Tool, places a Processing and Communications Unit (photo) in the center of the flagstick to help courses keep track of the pace of play. It records the time between when the flagstick is first pulled out of the hole by a group and when it is placed back in the hole after that group is done putting. That information is then sent via a radio antenna to a computer, tablet or cell phone used by the course. When noticeable delays between group times occur, the course will know and should do something about it, thereby preventing delays that would surely follow. Will it help? Time will tell.

PHOTO: Courtesy USGA

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Nov 12, 2014 | 04:28 pm

Love Conquers All

Davis Love III has claimed another victory at Sea Pines. The five-time winner of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island, S.C., just landed the renovation work for the resort’s—and the island’s—first golf course, the Ocean Course, beating out fellow tour pros Tom Watson and Ernie Els. (George Cobb was responsible for the first layout, which opened in 1962, while Mark McCumber completed a remodel in 1995.) Davis’ brother Mark, who works closely with Davis in their design company, tells The Buzz that the footprint will remain generally the same, but that’s about it. “The plan is to reduce amount of water in play where possible and open things up where we can, much like our renovation of the Retreat course at Sea Island,” he says. “We will focus on interesting greens that are open in front for the most part and a little larger than what exists at Herron Point and Harbour Town, with large, closely mown green surrounds for variety of options around greens. We’re also going to mprove the drainage to try and promote more ground-game characteristics.” The new owner of the Sea Pines, Bill Goodwin, sure is investing a lot of money in the resort. In addition to a brand new clubhouse to serve the Herron Point and Ocean courses, Harbour Town is also getting a new clubhouse. The Ocean Course remodel is expected to take a year with the course shutting down next October.

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