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Oct 09, 2014 | 04:38 PM

Unqualified Success

The 2014-2015 PGA Tour season has just begun but we alreay know who the comeback player of the year is. Two-time cancer survivor Jarrod Lyle rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff—after shooting a 66 to get in it—to Monday qualify for the opening event of the 2014–2015 PGA Tour season, the Frys.com Open at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa this week. He managed to shoot even par in the first round today, good enough for a T65. This is the 33-year-old Aussie's first PGA Tour event since February 2012 when he had to take a leave after being diagnosed with leukemia for a second time, but Lyle defied very long odds by beating the bone-marrow cancer again. Lyle will also play next week on a sponsor's exemption at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, but will get to tee it up in 20 more events this year on a medical extension. He only has to make $283,825 to retain full playing priviieges. "My goals are simple: go out there, make cuts, make money, get my status, get my job back and play for as long as I can," Lyle said. "I'm a simple man with simple goals."

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Oct 08, 2014 | 01:40 PM

Droning Up Business

If you ever wanted to live in a tour pro's home, well here's your chance. Ian Poulter has put his four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home, located in the Lake Nona development near Orlando, on the market for $1.3 million. He even made a video of it with the use of a drone to entice buyers. The Buzz is a little surprised at how modest the 3,700-sq.-ft. house is for a pro who drives such fancy sports cars and has made more than $40 million on the European and U.S. tours. Tweeted the Ryder Cup stalwart: "Our old Family home has had a video tour done, Its [sic] been a great house & now time for it to home someone else." 

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Oct 07, 2014 | 08:42 AM

SKEEEETEKER

Let’s face it, 2014 was not exactly a vintage season for Brandt Snedeker, a former Fedex Cup Champion who this year finished 86th in the points race with just three Top 10 finishes in 25 starts. It’s also fair to say that the weakest part of his game was iron play, as he ranked 136th on the Tour in Greens in Regulation. Seems all he needed was a little time to chill in the backwoods of his native Tennessee. Not sure what take this was, but who cares, it was one helluva 4-iron shot.

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Oct 06, 2014 | 06:44 AM

Happy 18th Birthday

A happy belated 18th birthday to the Old Course at St. Andrews. Wait? Hasn’t golf been played over the fabled links for centuries? Yes, but on October 4, 1764, the Old Course was played at 18 holes for the first time. Before that, it had been a 22-hole layout. On that day—250 years and two days ago—a meeting was held of the Society of St. Andrews Golfers, at which the following was read into the minutes: “The Captain and Gentlemen Golfers present are of the opinion that it would be for the improvement of the Links that the four first holes should be converted into two.” Given that the course at the time was played out and back, taking out two of the opening holes meant a reduction of four in total. (In fact, at the time, the course consisted of 10 holes, 8 of which were played twice during a round, equaling 18.) The Old continued to change, with new greens and holes added over the years, but 18 remained the number, and the standard that the rest of the world soon adopted. And as a birthday present to golfers everywhere, the St. Andrews Links Trust, which runs the town’s courses, created a time-lapse video of the Old being prepared for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which was played over this past weekend and won by Oliver Wilson of England. It's a fitting tribute.

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