Apr 20, 2016 | 08:36 am

Blame It On Rio

First Vijay Singh said last week he wasn't going to play in the Olympics because of a busy schedule and the Zika virus. Now Adam Scott tells Golf Australia that he's not playing either, but he cites scheduling conflicts not concerns about his health. "My decision has been taken as a result of an extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics and other commitments, both personal and professional," said the World No. 7 who's having one of his best seasons ever. "I have informed the Australian team captain (Ian Baker-Finch) and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic team the very best of luck in Rio." Marc Leishman is Scott's most likely replacement, joining World No. 1 Jason Day, assuming he plays, but it begs the question, which top player is next? Olympic qualifying ends July 11, one month before the start of the Games.

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Apr 19, 2016 | 08:44 am

French Fly

During the European PGA Tour event in Spain last week, three of teams of pros from France, Denmark, and Spain took part in a made-for-video competition playing a 500-yard par five relay style, in a attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest hole played by a team of four. The French were impressively fast and did indeed set a new record. How fast?  Their pace equates to 18 holes in about ten minutes, a playing speed of roughly 30 mph. Check it out. 

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Apr 18, 2016 | 12:03 pm

A Very Special Membership

There’s a lot going on this year at Gleneagles, the iconic golf resort in the heart of Scotland that hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup and will be the site of the 2019 Solheim Cup. New owners are investing millions in refurbishing bars, other public spaces, and the bedrooms, giving a more modern feel to the property’s distinctive Scottish identity. There’s also a revised menu of treatments available in the 20,000-square-foot ESPA Life Spa, four new indoor tennis courts (former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray grew up nearby and has been known to come by when it’s too cold to play outside), while the famous James Braid-designed King’s Course, shown above, is having some work done to take it back to its original 1919 look and challenge. If all this strikes a chord, check out the resort’s International Golf Membership, which includes the use of all golf facilities, play on the three courses—King’s, Queen’s (also by Braid), and Jack Nicklaus’s PGA Centenary, where the Ryder Cup was staged—and five complimentary room nights at The Gleneagles Hotel. This year, the initiation fee is £500 (about $700), with an annual fee of £3,380 (about $4,800). For more details, go to the resort’s website.

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Apr 15, 2016 | 06:49 am

A Masters Class In Money Management

As the endless recaps, recriminations, and reproofs flow from the final round of the Masters, here comes another one, but with a slightly different twist: How the lessons learned can affect your investment strategy. Stay with us here. According to an article in Investor’s Business Daily—which follows Wall Street and offers investing advice—“stocks are like golf,” and the actions of three notable contestants for the green jacket this year “can teach you about both.” The players in question are Jordan Spieth (of course), Ernie Els, and Louis Oosthuizen, none of whom won, but all of whom proved that success on the greens and in making green requires 1) sweating the small stuff, 2) paying close attention to detail, and 3) luck. To quote IBD, “At Augusta, every green is slick and treacherous. The stock market can act just like that.” Now we’re no Warren Buffett, but we agree that is simple advice one can definitely take to the bank—unless it’s the bank in front of the 12th green.

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