Jun 10, 2016 | 06:20 am

Annika’s App

Let’s set this up. For some 15 years starting in the mid ‘90s, Annika Sorenstam was the best female golfer in the world, traveling all over that world playing, winning, and promoting the game. Along the way, she captured the LPGA Championship three times, and the newest incarnation of that event, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, is going on right now at Sahalee Country Club outside Seattle. Got the connection? It explains why Annika—who has turned her considerable energy to business—chose this week and that venue to announce her newest venture, Fundu. It’s a free app for iPhone and iPad that gives travelers to selected cities suggestions for local events, restaurants, activities, and attractions based on the user’s preferences. According to Annika, she and her team “designed a virtual ‘fun finder’ unique to the market that eliminates the time, work and frustration frequently accompanying manual internet searches,” and that tells users what’s going on in categories of interest to them when they’re home or on the road. So you can find out about restaurants or art exhibits, entertainment or shopping, and the more you use Fundu, the smarter it becomes about you like. And yes, we asked: If you want to know where to play golf, there’s a category called “Active Sports.” Find Fundu in the Apple store or on its website.

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Jun 09, 2016 | 09:10 am

Major in the Pacific Northwest

The 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship begins today Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. The Pacific Northwest course also hosted the 1998 PGA Championship, won by Vijay Singh. The course was originally opened in 1969, but Rees Jones redesigned the course in 1996 prior to the PGA, and many of those changes remain for the ladies today.

Defending champion Inbee Park hopes to claim her title again at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and cement her spot in the LPGA Hall of Fame, an honor she will receive at the end of this week. “I said the Hall of Fame would be my last goal, but it really came early, and I’ve achieved pretty much everything I set so far in my career,” said Park. “Going into the Hall of Fame is something I've been dreaming of all of my life.”

We wish Park and all of the players on the field luck going into this weekend. Coverage of the tournament will be on NBC and the Golf Channel live from Washington.

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Jun 08, 2016 | 09:53 am

Improper Drop

Want another sign that Olympic golf in Rio is in trouble? Take a look at what this Brazilian bird called a Siriema does with a golf ball. Clearly, he (or she, we're not sure) has no idea that you get relief from cart paths. What kind of bird brain drops it ON the cart path? Sheesh!

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Jun 07, 2016 | 08:58 am

Olympic Uncertainty

To date, four prominent players (Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzl, and Vijay Singh) have announced they will not be representing their home countries in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and now world number one Jason Day is hedging his bets. Not long ago, Rory McIlroy dithered before saying he would go, but who knows, he could change his mind and back out as could any number of others, the main reason being the uncertainty of the Zika virus. Should that happen, it will not only take some luster off the first gold medal in golf in over a century, it will imperil the future viability of golf as an Olympic sport. The American squad currently consists of Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson, all of whom say they're committed to playing, as do the three leading ladies from the U.S., Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, and Gerina Piller. But five weeks remain before the final qualifiers are announced--and those qualifiers announce whether they’ll be accepting their bids. Stay tuned. 

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