Feb 25, 2013 | 09:48 AM

Anchoring Away? Not Yet

While the weekend action was outdoors in the wild weather affecting Tucson, the news was indoors, where PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced that his pros oppose the USGA/R&A’s proposed ban on anchored putting (e.g., long putters). With the Tour adding its two cents, it’s becoming clearer that the sides are splitting roughly between those who overtly make money from the game (players, club pros, equipment manufacturers) and those charged with “protecting” it. Is anyone surprised that it’s coming down to a different sort of bifurcation—Money vs. Power? Like the cable-TV mini-series it could easily become, this battle is far from over.

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Feb 22, 2013 | 03:24 PM

The Few And Not So Proud

A former Marine lied about his service in Iraq and injuries sustained there as a way of getting free golf, lessons, equipment, and money. According to the Associated Press, Michael Duye Campbell of Dallas defrauded charities, including Troops First Foundation, led by David Feherty, out of at least $40,000 by claiming he was wounded in Iraq in 2003 resulting in traumatic brain injury and broken bones. Feherty wrote about Campbell and the charity sent him back to Iraq as part of a rehab program that returns soldiers to where they were injured. He bilked other charities out of money for a car, living expenses, and tournament entry fees, and received free golf equipment from manufacturers. Campbell agreed to plead guilty to mail fraud—a judge has to approve the plea deal—and he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 as well as paying restitution.

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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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