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May 02, 2013 | 09:10 AM

Justin Case…

...you find yourself in Dubai over the next few days, apologies in advance: The golf course is closed—although we don't know which one. Justin Bieber, the 19-year-old singer who fancies gelled hair, tattoos, and pants that rest about six inches below his waist, wants to relax between concerts in the United Arab Emirates city by taking golf lessons and being alone. So his team booked an entire unnamed golf course allowing him some “much needed alone time,” according to The Sun newspaper. When he isn’t playing golf or singing, Bieber also might be at the local Wild Wadi and Aquaventure water parks, which he also was trying to keep to himself. Ignore all this information if 1) you’re not going to Dubai, or 2) you neither know nor care who Justin Bieber is. We promise to let you know when he tees it up in the AT&T National Pro-Am.

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May 01, 2013 | 06:11 AM

Youth Will Be Served

Just a few weeks ago, 14-year-old Guan Tianlang was being celebrated as the youngest golfer ever to play in the Masters. Pretty soon he could be the grand old man of Chinese golf. When the Volvo China Open tees off in a few days one of the competitors will be Ye Wocheng, who isn’t yet a teenager. According to The Independent, an English newspaper, Ye will be 12 years and 242 days old or about 10 months younger than Guan, during Thursday’s opening round at the Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin, about 100 miles southeast of Beijing. Also playing the China Open is Dou Zecheng, who is 16, Bai Zhengkai, 15, and Andy Zhang, 14, who played in last year’s U.S. Open. But watch out for Ye: Besides qualifying for this week’s tournament, he is a two-time winner of the US Kids World Junior Championship, where he broke Tiger Woods’ scoring record.

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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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