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Dec 11, 2015 | 01:37 pm

Dazed and Confused

David Feherty used to party like a rock star, so it's only fitting he really opens up about his past drug use to Rolling Stone. He's asked about winning the Scottish Open 30 years ago in Glasgow and then going on a binger, waking up two days later on a putting green 150 miles away in Gleneagles with the former road manager of Led Zepplin, losing the trophy in the process. He's also asked about how bad his drug use got and has this to say: "A typical day was 30-40 Vicodin and two and a half bottles of whiskey…real whiskey. Whiskey with an 'e.' There was cocaine, there was dope. When I think about it now I'm like, 'Why am I alive?'" The golf world is glad he survived.

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Dec 10, 2015 | 06:53 am

Small Wonders

If you’re getting tired of seeing a new internet video every week of some 4-year-old with a better swing than you have then do not check out the “Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing in the World” contest, which is back for its sixth year. However, if there’s a mini McIlroy or a little Lexi in your life, here’s what you need to know to get him, or her, entered. There are four age groups—under 3, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, and 7 to 8—with prizes to be won worth more than $1,000 in apparel, equipment, and training aids. (If they’re that good do they need training aids? At age 6?) The contest runs through January 11, 2016, and will be judged by Jordan Spieth, Lydia Ko, Keegan Bradley, and a handful of teaching pros. For more information, including rules and details on how to submit your abbreviated Annika’s or diminutive Day’s video, go to the website, where you also can view the swings of last year’s winners.

 

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Dec 09, 2015 | 10:44 am

Foxy Move

The USGA is putting its billion dollars from Fox to good use. The organization is teaming with the American Society of Golf Course Architects to provide pro bono consulation on agronomic and design issues facing public golf courses. The goal is to make the course more enoyable and cost less to maintain. "Course design and maintenance form the foundation of a golf facility’s operations," said Mike Davis, USGA executive director. "With the knowledge that the ASGCA and USGA can offer, more publicly accessible facilities will be able to strengthen this base, while promoting resource efficiency, a better golf experience and a stronger connection to the local community." The USGA produced this video on the initiative and the first course, Canal Shores north of Chicago, to receive the free evaluation, which other courses can apply for here. Now what would really be great is if the USGA used some of its $400 million in reserves to pay for the improvements at some of the munis with the most need.

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Dec 08, 2015 | 10:25 am

Courses of Therapy

If the advent of winter has you a bit golf-depressed, wishing you were strolling the warm fairways of a magnificent course, the game’s finest  photographers have the perfect antidote. LINKS Magazine’s L.C. Lambrecht has issued the 2016 edition of his "Emerald Gems" wall calendar with stunning photos of 12 of Ireland’s top links ($20.45 golfstock.net) and former LPGA Tour player turned photographer Joann Dost has published "Pebble Beach Golf Links: The Ultimate Round" ($40 joanndost.com). Meantime, for a free fix of what we like to call golf porn check out John and Jeannine Henebry’s “Dream 18” which ran recently in New Zealand’s World magazine (thehenebrys.com).

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