Aug 24, 2016 | 08:30 am

Lip Out

In New York for the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at Bethpage Black, Jordan Spieth paid a visit Monday night to late-night funny man Jimmy Fallon, who loves the game and played on his high school golf team. Among other topics, Spieth, who's the defending FedEx Cup champion, talked about how much he enjoys playing with Bill Murray. "He's one of the most fun people I've ever played golf with. The guy just works over a crowd, the ultimate entertainer. He's quirky, he's goofy, and you love every part of it. The guy can, for five and a half hours straight on every hole, find a way to make one-liners, make people laugh." He recalled during one pro-am a fan gave Murray a cigar, which the comedian then gave to the nine-year-old son of Spieth's manager's. "He looks at it for a second and is like, 'What the hell am I supposed to do with this?'" Spieth recalled. "Murray goes, 'What, are you trying to quit?'" Rimshot, please! In order to "give him some vibes for The Barclays," Fallon asked if he'd chip a marshmallow into his mouth as Spieth did for a crowd at a May outing, although he caught it with his own mouth then. You can see both in the video above.

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Aug 23, 2016 | 09:29 am

Keiser vs. The Kilts

Bandon Dunes developer Mike Keiser, whom we co-profiled with Donald Trump in the Spring Issue of LINKS, has just heightened his resemblance to The Donald—and not in a good way—with his latest venture, in the Scottish Highlands. The Sunday Glasgow Herald reports “a major row brewing” over Keiser’s plans for Coul Links, a Coore-Crenshaw course three miles north of Dornoch. The course, which is still in the planning stages, “will trash a highly protected network of sand dunes treasured for birds, insects, and plants,” said the Herald, citing one environmentalist who called it “the Trump [Aberdeen] fiasco all over again.” Another opponent declared,  “Like Trump, Keiser has a track record of getting his own way, whatever it takes, and like Trump, he seems to think protected-area laws can be torn up for his own private financial gain.” Public hearings on the project will be held this month. They may want to sell tickets.

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Aug 22, 2016 | 06:07 am

Bob Cupp, 1939-2016

Not every golf course architect achieves the notoriety of a Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, or Jack Nicklaus. One of those you might not have heard of but should, Bob Cupp, died this past Friday at age 76. Widely described as a “Renaissance man,” Cupp had a brief career as a professional golfer, wrote novels as well as books about course architecture, was an accomplished artist, as well as a blacksmith and musician. He was a senior designer for Nicklaus’s firm for 15 years before going out on his own. Among his more notable designs are Liberty National (N.J., with Tom Kite), Pumpkin Ridge (Ore.), Crosswater (Ore.), Old Waverly (Miss., with Jerry Pate), TPC Starr Pass (Ariz., with Craig Stadler), and both the Plantation (shown) and Landings courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee (Ga.). Cupp also served as the president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects in 2012-3.

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Aug 19, 2016 | 06:01 am

RTJ Golf Trail Supports Flood Relief

Southern Louisiana is currently in a state of emergency due to severe flooding. So far 40,000 homes have been destroyed, 8,000 people have been displaced, and 13 have died. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in neighboring Alabama is doing what it can to help. Ten dollars from every round of golf booked between Saturday, September 3 and Monday, September 5 at any of the trail’s 26 golf courses will go to the American Red Cross South Louisiana Flood Relief fund. "We hope this Labor Day Weekend charitable promotion will provide financial relief to Louisiana residents in need," says John Cannon, president of the RTJ Golf Trail. A complete list of Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses can be found here, and donations can be made directly to the Red Cross Relief Fund here.

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