Apr 22, 2016 | 06:11 am

May 4 Is “National Instruction Day”

This year, the PGA of America celebrates its Centennial, having been founded in a New York City hotel in April, 1916. The festivities began back in January at the PGA Merchandise Show, the industry’s largest forum, and culminates 100 days later on Wednesday, May 4, which has been renamed “National Instruction Day.” Working in partnership with the association, Golf Channel is dedicating an entire day of live programming to help golfers improve their games. Starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time, the network will broadcast from six golf courses around the country—Baltusrol Golf Club (Springfield, N.J., site of this summer’s PGA Championship); Ibis Golf & Country Club (West Palm Beach, Fla.); Keeton Park Golf Course (Dallas, Texas); Cog Hill Golf & Country Club (Lemont Township, Ill.); Fossil Trace Golf Club (Golden, Colo.); and TPC Harding Park (San Francisco, Calif.)—as well as Golf Channel’s Orlando studios, and feature some of the game’s top teachers, including David Leadbetter, Hank Haney, Craig Harmon, Jim McLean, Stan Utley, Michael Breed, Martin Hall, and others. For the full schedule of times, teachers, and locations, click here.

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Apr 21, 2016 | 09:22 am

Another One Bites the Dust

While the ink is still drying on the stories about Adam Scott passing on the Rio Olympics, Louis Oosthuizen has said he will not play in the games either. The Open Champion cited family and scheduling as his reasons for not joining the event. It is another blow to golf in the Olympics, which has struggled in numerous aspects since the event was resurrected for the 2016 games. 

Why don’t golfers want to play in the Olympics? Do you think the committee missed an opportunity by keeping the format a standard stroke play event? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Apr 20, 2016 | 08:36 am

Blame It On Rio

First Vijay Singh said last week he wasn't going to play in the Olympics because of a busy schedule and the Zika virus. Now Adam Scott tells Golf Australia that he's not playing either, but he cites scheduling conflicts not concerns about his health. "My decision has been taken as a result of an extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics and other commitments, both personal and professional," said the World No. 7 who's having one of his best seasons ever. "I have informed the Australian team captain (Ian Baker-Finch) and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic team the very best of luck in Rio." Marc Leishman is Scott's most likely replacement, joining World No. 1 Jason Day, assuming he plays, but it begs the question, which top player is next? Olympic qualifying ends July 11, one month before the start of the Games.

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Apr 19, 2016 | 08:44 am

French Fly

During the European PGA Tour event in Spain last week, three of teams of pros from France, Denmark, and Spain took part in a made-for-video competition playing a 500-yard par five relay style, in a attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest hole played by a team of four. The French were impressively fast and did indeed set a new record. How fast?  Their pace equates to 18 holes in about ten minutes, a playing speed of roughly 30 mph. Check it out. 

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