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Jul 02, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Turning the Page

Seems all is forgiven between Sergio Garcia and New York golf fans. Garcia, you might remember, flipped the gallery the bird at the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage after the alcohol-fueled fans kept heckling him for his gripping and re-gripping routine. Well, judging by TaylorMade's newest video, it seems as all is well with Sergio and Long Island golfers. A few weeks ago, Garcia nonchalantly bought a bucket of range balls and started hitting balls off one of the driving mats as curious onlookers gathered around him (his pre-shot routine took a lot less this time so there was no mocking). He then announced that they would all be fitted for a new SLDR driver as a TaylorMade van pulled up. He even did some of the adjustments himself and played 1st-tee commentator as everyone teed off with their new drivers.

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Jul 01, 2014 | 08:39 AM

St. Andrews On Sale

Your chance to own a golf course in St. Andrews—two of them, in fact—is here, assuming you have about $60 million you don’t know what to do with. The Fairmont St Andrews Hotel and its two championship courses, perched idyllically on a cliff just three miles from town, are on the block. The 520-acre property with stunning views of the town and St. Andrews Bay includes the Kittocks and Torrance golf courses, a 209-room luxury hotel, and a state-of-the-art spa where Prince William trained for his water polo matches while at the university. There’s also planning permission in place for the construction of 79 homes. Fairmont has even agreed to manage the hotel until 2031. For more info, check out the Fairmont website. Act now and you can host a few hundreds of your closest friends when the Open Championships returns to St. Andrews next year.

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Jun 30, 2014 | 10:48 AM

All Work And No Play?

If you’re hoping to climb to the top of the corporate ladder, a professor at the Wharton School of Business has a recommendation: Don’t play golf! You heard that right. Writing on the website of Psychology Today, Adam Grant, a Ph.D. in organizational psychology and a “leading expert on success, work motivation, and helping and giving behaviors,” lists six “perks of celebrity life” that he says are bad for new CEOs. Among them: using the corporate jet for personal use, buying a mansion, winning awards, writing books, and serving on other companies' boards. But his number-one admonition is “Don’t play golf.” After admitting that good golfers make more money as CEOs, he goes on “the time they spend on the golf course hurts their companies,” quoting a study that found that as chief executives, “golfers perform worse than non-golfers and [corporate] performance decreases with golfing ability.” He also recommends turning down invitations to tee it up with “important people.” And here we thought one of the main reasons for becoming a CEO was to play golf.

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Jun 27, 2014 | 12:02 PM

'Seve' Opens

Opening at a theater today not near you is the life story of Severiano Ballesteros (only those in the UK and Ireland will find it at their multiplex). The film combines reenactments of a young Seve with archive footage of the real, adult Seve, who passed away three years ago of a brain tumor. One of the investors in the film is defending Wimbledon champ Andy Murray. "I normally try to invest in something that interests me a little bit," Murray yesterday at Wimbledon. "I watched a lot of golf when I was younger and I know my dad was a massive Ballesteros fan. He loved watching him. He used to talk about him a lot when we were growing up. I get asked about a number of investment opportunities but this was something to me that made sense. I love sport, I used to play a lot of golf and he was a pretty amazing guy. We went to watch the tournament in Gleneagles quite a few times which was just down the road from our house."

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