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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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Jun 17, 2016 | 06:10 am

Oakmont Comes To Your iPhone

Even if you’re not at Oakmont this weekend watching the U.S. Open in person—and our sympathies if you’re not (we’re not, either)—you can still enhance the spectating experience with the updated mobile app created by the USGA and IBM, and available for iPhone and iPad from the iTunes store; for Android from Google; and from the USGA’s website. The app features an interactive map that allows fans to find specific players on the course as well as points of interest and amenities such as concession stands, restrooms, and WiFi zones. There’s also a new “PlayCaster,” which uses scoring data and pace-of-play information to estimate where a player will be on the course at any moment during the round. Fans not lucky enough to be at Oakmont will find the app best for detailed scoring as well as watching live action from inside the ropes. And if you think you could do better than Rory, Jordan, Jason, and the like, the USGA has partnered again with World Golf Tour to create a “Virtual” U.S. Open, allowing users to “play” Oakmont’s toughest holes. If you do, we suggest you bring along a digital flask, as well.

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Jun 16, 2016 | 09:28 am

The Damage Has Already Begun

After only a few holes on the front nine, the featured group Thursday morning at the US Open is already feeling Oakmont’s bite. Rory McIlroy took two irons off the tee on the first three holes and stands at +2 as a result. Danny Willet and Rickie Fowler are the other two members of that group, and they stand at even and +1 respectively.

The course is firm and fast as expected, but rain last night and in the forecast today means that conditions could change over the early days of the tournament. The greens may be softer as a result of the rain, but the rough will continue to grow and if wet, can be more like wet cement than green grass.

To watch the live coverage online, go to USOpen.com.   

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