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Feb 09, 2016 | 08:45 am

He's Baaaaaaack!!!

With the 11th hour drama that has become his trademark, mercurial Bill Murray has announced his participation in this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He of the exploding golf balls, bunker dances with eldery ladies, and gallery sing alongs will give it a go despite recent hand surgery, adding to an already stellar field led on the pro side by Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and defender Brandt Snedeker. Irishman Paul Dunne, the 23-year-old who at one point led last year’s Open Championship at St. Andrews as an amateur, will make his U.S. professional debut, playing under a sponsor’s exemption, while the amateur contingent, in addition to Murray, includes Justin Timberlake, Mark Wahlberg, and Ray Romano, along with the usual smattering of high-profile athletes and business moguls. 

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Feb 08, 2016 | 06:03 am

Sly Fox

Now that Paul Azinger has been named the newest analyst on Fox’s golf team—replacing Greg Norman—you want to hear how he plans to fill the 18th-tower chair. “I'm very excited about it,” Azinger told Jason Dill of his hometown Bradenton (Fla.) Herald. “My philosophy in that booth, my wife says, ‘Now remember. Nobody is tuning in to hear you.’ I'm like, ‘OK, that's No. 1.’ And you want to try and let the picture be descriptive while you can be informative. You want to illuminate a little bit. I really believe the key element to those broadcasts are the guys on the ground or the girls on the ground. Dottie (Pepper), Judy Rankin, Andy North, Roger Maltbie. Those guys are the key to setting up the shot and the whole deal. They're truly the analyst... And then the actual 18th tower guy can begin to share what the guy on the ground can't see or doesn't know necessarily.” There’s more good stuff from Azinger—including the surprising reveal of his broadcasting role model—in the entire interview.

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Feb 05, 2016 | 06:01 am

Vote For Golf!

Presidents’ Day is coming up and the Presidential primaries are in full roar. So why not elect to take a chief-executive-like retreat? Omni Hotels & Resorts across the country are inaugurating a “Presidential Golf Tour” featuring stay-and-play packages throughout the year. For example, Omni Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas—which has hosted Presidents 41 and 43—offers a father-son promotion with rounds for $100, which was the cost of green fees in the 1990s. At Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in north Florida (where Gerald Ford played in a member-guest in the 1980s), the “Running Mates” package has a special two-round rate for two people. And at Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire, site of next week’s primary, when the golf season opens in a few months the “Presidential Peak Foursome” package will give complimentary rounds to any group of four golfers with the same surnames as any of the surrounding Presidential Range peaks—Jackson, Pierce, Eisenhower, Monroe, Franklin, Monroe, Jefferson, Adams, Webster, Madison, Reagan, and Washington. Other Omni properties from Arizona to Pennsylvania have also voted in deals, which you can check out at the special website, or by calling 1-800-843-6664.

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Feb 04, 2016 | 11:39 am

Aces at Golf’s Rowdiest Hole

Tiger Woods, Francesco Molinari, and now Eldrick, among others, have all made holes-in-one at TPC Scottsdale’s famous par 3 16th. Fans cheered and showered the green with beer in celebration as the golfer stood stoically on the tee. Who is Eldrick, you may ask? "He" is actually a golf robot, similar to the one featured in the famous video of Rory hitting balls into washing machines. The ace took place during yesterday’s practice round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Have a look at the video here.

To watch the action at the PGA Tour’s biggest party event this week, tune into the schedule below:

Thursday & Friday: Golf Channel 3-7PM
Saturday: Golf Channel 1-3PM, 3-6PM NBC
Sunday: Golf Channel 1-2:30PM, 3-6PM NBC 

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