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Mar 21, 2013 | 07:04 AM

All Tiger, All The Time

Anyone bemoaning the “good old days” in golf should be happy this week as it feels like old times—if your idea of “old times” is any moment before Thanksgiving 2009 and Tiger’s now-infamous car-meets-hydrant incident. Coming off his win at Doral two weeks ago and with the Arnold Palmer Invitational about to start at Bay Hill (where he’s won 7 of the last 13 tournaments), Tiger is golf's big news once again. Writers are foaming at the fingers about his chances of regaining the top spot in the world rankings. Other players are beginning to whisper his name in reverential tones again. Even Hank Haney had to admit that Tiger is playing better. And, of course, there’s much to say about Tiger's personal life—first the Facebook revelation that he and skier Lindsey Vonn are dating, then his admission that the happy couple let the cat out of the bag to thwart paparazzi hoping to make money off photos of them together. How crazy are things getting? A major news service titled its article about this week’s tournament “Vonn’s boyfriend Tiger tries to dethrone No. 1 McIlroy.” (Speaking of which, is anyone talking about Rory’s romance with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki anymore?) It’s true: Everything old is new again.

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Mar 20, 2013 | 04:22 PM

Calling All Earls

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As every fan of Downton Abbey knows, much of the action revolves around dinner: what to wear, what to say (or not to say), and what faces Carson will make. Now Sea Island Resort will let you feel like a true aristocrat with two dinners in the show’s honor April 13 and 14. At the first, “The Downstairs World,” a very limited number of guests will dine in The Lodge Wine Cellar with Sea Island’s Lead Butler as your host, along with Jessica Fellowes, niece of Downton creator Julian Fellowes and author of two books on the hit British series. The gilded Georgian Room at the posh Cloister will host “The Upstairs World” dinner the following night. You’ll start the evening with a champagne cocktail reception in the “Abbey Lounge and Library” before the Lead Butler will announce the three-course meal at 6:30, while Ms. Fellowes will give a post-prandial talk on "The World of Downton Abbey." So dust off your tie and tails and have your footman deliver a “telly” forthwith (or better yet, click here). Both evenings will be bloody brilliant!

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Mar 20, 2013 | 09:33 AM

Ryder Cup: Let Them “Earn” It

Tom Watson, who will captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team at the 2014 matches at Gleneagles, Scotland, wants his team to be hungry. So to get America’s best ready to wrest the cup back from the Euros, he’s turning up the pressure on those hoping to make the team by reducing the number of captain’s picks. Watson will make only three picks for the ’14 team, down from four the last three matches, and take the top nine on the points list. “Giving our players one more opportunity to earn a spot on merit, I believe, is the right thing to do,” he said through the PGA of America. Players begin amassing Ryder Cup points at this year's Masters, and receive double points for the four major championships in 2014.

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Mar 19, 2013 | 11:42 AM

Orange Crush

Somewhere, Jerry Pate is smiling. The orange golf ball is back. Last week at the LPGA’s RR Donnelly Founders Cup, 10 players teed up the four-piece Volvik Vista iV, with Jee Young Lee finishing T4 and Lindsey Wright T8. Volvik has been around since 1989 (if you’ve ever come across one of those shimmery Crystal balls, you've seen a Volvik) and last year the company became a marketing partner of the LPGA and official ball of the ladies’ development circuit, the Symetra Tour. Volvik, despite its Eastern European-sounding name, is a Korean company, but don’t expect to see K.J. Choi hitting one as all four models are aimed at golfers with swing speeds under 100 mph. That doesn't mean they might not catch on with mere-mortal males—remember the Precept Laddie? If Ricky-Fowler-orange isn’t your color, there’s also pink, yellow, and, if you insist, white. 

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