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May 12, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Blasi's Dream: To Play The Open On The Course He Helped Create

We’re in the heart of local qualifying season for the U.S. Open as thousands of hopefuls—pros and amateurs with a USGA Handicap Index of 1.4 or less—tee it up at 111 sites around the country in quest of a spot in the 156-man field at Chambers Bay. Most of those who survive that hurdle and then make it through regional qualifying will be seeing Chambers for the first time (as will most of the already exempt Tour pros) but there’s one entrant—in the local qualifier tomorrow at the Stanford University course—who has more than a little course knowledge.  Jay Blasi was part of the architectural team (some say the main architect) on Chambers Bay. Back in 2003 Blasi was a junior associate in Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s firm when Jones got the contract to design Chambers Bay. He became involved in all aspects of the project from concept through construction, working many days on site with the shapers of the course. Should he somehow make it to the final field, Blasi should need no help setting a game plan or deciphering the greens. 

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May 11, 2015 | 09:57 AM

Feherty Unleashed

David Feherty’s career has taken him from Britain to the professional tour to the U.S. to our television screens and now to the stage. Arguably golf’s funniest man—and definitely one of its best TV analysts—the 56-year-old native of Bangor, Northern Ireland, will do a six-city stand-up comedy tour in June and July in Pennsylvania and Ontario. Called “David Feherty Off Tour,” it opens in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on June 4, then goes to Pittsburgh, followed by Ottawa, Kitchener, Sudbury, and Mississauga, Ontario. Describing the show to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he says, “It’s entirely different from anything I’ve done. It’s just me, a microphone, a spotlight, and desk, and a chicken. It’s a lot of stuff I can’t tell on TV or I’ll get fired.” For tour details, check out fehertyofftour.com. Each show also offers a VIP experience that includes a chance to meet and have your photo taken with Feherty, plus other extras.

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May 08, 2015 | 06:07 AM

A Real Hazard

We’ve all wanted to do it: either threaten the group ahead of us for playing too slowly or the group behind us for pushing. But a man in New Britain, Connecticut, took things a little too far while playing—too slowly, say some—the city’s Stanley Golf Course this past Tuesday. According to the New Britain Herald, someone in the group being pushed went to his cart and “placed a gun under his clothing and pulled back his shirt to reveal the weapon in front of the second group of golfers who were complaining about their slow pace.” The group behind called the police, and even though the man had a valid permit for the pistol, he was charged with second-degree threatening and breach of peace. And by next year, there may be a new entry in the USGA’s Decisions on the Rules of Golf.

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May 07, 2015 | 02:38 PM

Caddie Day

One of the great traditions at THE PLAYERS is the Championship Caddie Competition where the loopers try to carry the water instead of the bag at the par-three 17th. Each year during the Wednesday practice round, the caddies grab a club from their boss's bag and take a swing at the infamous island green in the name of charity—and a few prizes for the winning caddie. The players stuff bills in a donation box with all the proceeds going to the Bruce Edwards Foundation (Tom Watson's caddie who died of ALS in 2004), which the PGA Tour started matching last year. The players also make a contribution to a prize fund for the caddie who hits it closest to the pin. The winning caddie also get a nice money clip and a VIP parking spot right near the clubhouse for the rest of the week. Michael Hartford, who caddies for Pat Perez, took top honors with a shot to 3 feet, 7 inches, a video of which Perez posted on Twitter.

Caddie Proximity
1. Michael Hartford (Pat Perez) 3 feet, 7 inches
2. Ernie Rose (George McNeill) 5 feet, 1 inch
3. Mike Downey (Brian Stuard) 8 feet, 3 inches
4. Dermot Byrne (Shane Lowry) 8 feet, 4 inches
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