Jul 05, 2013 | 09:28 AM

Bagging Some Birdies

Admittedly it's a slow news week, a time for family celebrations and maybe getting the golf clubs out of the garage for the first time in weeks. If you're doing the latter, check carefully before tossing that old golf bag into your car. According to the BBC, a golfer in Scotland was rummaging around in an old bag in his garage and found a robin had deposited five eggs. A few weeks later, he had five wee robins. (That is how it works, we know.) So sing along—to the tune of that patriotic classic, "Stars and Stripes Forever"—"Be kind to your web-footed friends..." Happy holiday. Now get out there and bag some birdies of your own.

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Jul 04, 2013 | 09:41 AM

The Donald And The Promised Land?

What would a week of Buzz be without an item about Donald Trump? It seems that at the Jerusalem International Tourism Summit last month, Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau passed along a rumor he'd recently heard: That Trump would build a golf course in Israel, in Ashkelon. (The tiny country already has two courses, including an 18-holer in Caesarea that Pete Dye redesigned a few years ago.) “I’m holding my breath,” Landau said, his accent just strong enough to leave it ambiguous whether there was a hint of sarcasm in his voice. The Donald has planted his flag in some interesting places, including Scotland, and he has plans to manage the under-construction landfill course in Ferry Point Park beneath the Whitestone Bridge in the Bronx, New York. But Israel? If it does happen, it's unlikely he'll be able to name the course after an ancestor.

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Jul 03, 2013 | 09:14 AM

Jack is Back (at Wimbledon)

Jack Nicklaus has had a pretty good career playing on grass, so it’s only fitting that his favorite tennis tournament is Wimbledon, where he’s been spotted the last couple of days spectating at Centre Court. He’s visited the last couple of years, in fact, having first started coming in the early ‘70s prior to the Open Championship. Nicklaus is something of a grass-court aficionado with three lighted ones at his home in North Palm Beach (he used to have a clay court, as well, until Jack II built a home over it). A decent doubles player who likes to serve and volley, Nicklaus usually plays every weekend with a dozen people or more, including former pros like Cliff Drysdale and Butch Buchholz. Last December, Nicklaus got a surprise visit from the world’s No. 1 doubles team, Mike and Bob Bryan, and Jack and Bob preceded to steamroll the competition in the “Golden Bear Day Camp” tournament (photo above). Nicklaus’ stop in London is beginning of a 13-day, 7-country European trip—part business, part pleasure—that will also take him to Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, and Russia.

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Jul 02, 2013 | 10:39 AM

St. Andrews: Park's Place?

Suddenly, the upcoming British Open now looms as the biggest golf event of the year and arguably the biggest event in sports for 2013. No, not the men’s Open at Muirfield, the women’s at St. Andrews, where Inbee Park will try to do what no golfer—male or female—has ever done: win four consecutive professional major championships in the same calendar year. Park, for a variety of reasons, has stayed under the radar while winning the first three, but now her story commands the same sort of can-it-be-done attention as Tiger’s quest to break Nicklaus’s record, except that it’s all focused on one event. Should she pull it off, it will be the greatest achievement in the history of women’s golf. Sadly, however, its status as a grand slam will be debated, due to an unfortunately timed decision by the LPGA to accord major status (for the first time this year) to a fifth event, the Evian Masters. There are those who will argue that winning four straight majors is not enough, that Park would have to take all five to complete the circuit. Nonetheless, if she wins at St. Andrews, her accomplishment will stand alongside just two other feats in the game’s long history—Jones’s Grand Slam of 1930 and the Tiger Slam of 2000/01. And therein lies a good omen: Each of those slams included a victory on the Old Course.

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