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Jun 23, 2016 | 06:53 am

DJ, USGA, Oy Vey!

What is it with DJ, the U.S. Open, and putting? Last year at Chambers Bay, Dustin Johnson’s three-putt on the 72nd hole cost him the tournament; this year at Oakmont, his practice stroke at the 59th hole has cost the USGA credibility. Ever since a Rules official told Johnson on the 12th tee that his actions on the 5th green were being reviewed—with a penalty possibly being assessed, but not until after the round when Johnson would be able to view a video of the ball moving—the golf world has exploded in response. A significant number of players, most recently including Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods, have questioned the USGA’s handling of the situation. Then the USGA responded with a statement congratulating, thanking, and all but apologizing to Johnson, plus promising to review its policies regarding Rules incidents during a tournament. But that’s not the end of it, with the latest noise from the social-media world wondering where was USGA boss Mike Davis during all the brouhaha. It’s never good when the organization (or disorganization) of an event overshadows the event itself, and rest assured that changes are in the offing in how our national championship will be conducted, if not also some of the who, as well. Another note: While Fox Sports earned generally positive reviews of its second U.S. Open coverage—particularly for the unvarnished comments from Paul Azinger, Brad Faxon, and others regarding the Rules imbroglio—early ratings for the final round were none too good: Since 1988, only Martin Kaymer’s 2014 victory fared worse with viewers.

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Jun 22, 2016 | 08:15 am

History for Sale

In addition to golf, St. Andrews is famous for its great pubs. Combine the two and you've got the Dunvegan Hotel, just a pitching wedge away from the Old Course and the de facto 19th hole for anyone who plays the course. Now it can be yours for a little over $4 million. For the last 22 years, Texan Jack Willoughby and his Scottish wife, Sheena, have owned the landmark hotel, which has five rooms and memorabilia-filled pub, known as the "Golfer's Corner Lounge Bar," but have decided to retire. "We’ve had the time of our lives running the hotel and have loved meeting and hosting so many golfers, golfing celebrities and our true core customers, the not so famous golfing visitors, alike," Sheena told The Courier. “You just can’t describe the atmosphere at the height of the season, but the place just seems to have a magnetic pull of people from all four corners of the world.” Interested? Check out this great video of the hotel.

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Jun 21, 2016 | 08:50 am

At Last—The PDGA Tour!

This week marks the debut of the Disc Golf Pro Tour. On Thursday the world’s best frisbee flingers will converge in Leicester, Mass., for the Vibram Open, the first of seven events on the 2016 Professional Disc Golf Association Tour. The inaugural venue will be Maple Hill, billed as “one of the top ten [disc] courses in the world” where the pros will be competing for an eye-popping total purse of $50,000. If you can’t be there in person, follow all the action at vibramopen.com.

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Jun 20, 2016 | 06:55 am

World’s Largest Golf Outing

It’s not too early to sign up for the sixth annual World’s Largest Golf Outing, which will be held on August 1 at more than 150 courses across the U.S. Besides the chance to play at some great courses, participating in the outing—which last year welcomed 12,397 golfers to 132 sites in 28 states—means you’ll be helping Fisher House Foundation, the international non-profit that provides free, temporary lodging for families to be near loved ones receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Administration medical centers. More than $1 million was raised last year, when 567 wounded warriors also teed it up. “One team playing in the World’s Largest Golf Outing can provide one veteran’s family nearly one week’s refuge at a Fisher House,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman/CEO of the foundation. “Family is essential in a veteran’s recovery process, and many times their love is the best medicine.” All registered golfers are entered into a drawing for a grand prize, while other prizes can be won by teams with the highest contribution levels and the best scores. You don’t have to play to participate: Donations can be made at the outing’s website.

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