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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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Feb 03, 2016 | 10:26 am

Three of a Kind

Want to win the USGA's Herbert Warren Wind Book Award given to outstanding works of golf literature that broaden interest and knowlege of the game? You might try writing a book about Old Tom Morris. Roger McStravick is the latest author to win the prestigious prize for a book about the bearded icon of golf. McStravick spent three years reasearching and writing St. Andrews: In the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris, which examines Morris's role in turning the town into the "home of golf." He even created a Kickstarter campaign to collect early orders that raised about $6,500 to help complete the project. "The level of research undertaken to breathe new life into this subject is extraordinary," said Michael Trostel, director of the USGA Museum. "McStravick’s writing, along with the previously unseen photos of St. Andrews, Old Tom and others from that era, make this a magnificent, one-of-a-kind book." Or three-of-a-kind: Tommy’s Honor, by Kevin Cook, was recognized in 2007, and Tom Morris of St. Andrews: The Colossus of Golf 1821-1908, by David Malcolm and Peter Crabtree, was honored in 2008.

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Feb 02, 2016 | 09:19 am

It's Primary Season...

In the same way that the Iowa Caucuses have begun to winnow the field of presidential prospects, golf’s early 2016 events have started to identify the contenders for the Summer Olympics. With five months of qualifying left, only the U.S. seems likely to field more than two players. According to the rules, any player ranking among the top 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings will be invited to Rio, with a maximum of four players from any one country; otherwise, it’s the nation’s two highest-ranking players. Currently, eight of the top 15 are Americans. If the Games were held this week Jordan Spieth (1), Rickie Fowler (4), Bubba Watson (5), and Dustin Johnson (8) would comprise the U.S. contingent. Patrick Reed (9), Brandt Snedeker (12), Zach Johnson (14), Kevin Kisner (16), and Brooks Koepka (17) are all well positioned to play their way into the field, but Jim Furyk (10) with wrist surgery now taking him out of competition for at least three months, is all but out of it. The only other nation with an opportunity to field more than two players is Great Britain with Rory McIlroy (2) and Justin Rose (7) appearing to be locks and Danny Willet (20) and Paul Casey (26) with outside shots. The teams will be finalized in July…just before the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. 

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