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Feb 17, 2016 | 12:45 pm

Walk of Fame

Los Angeles usually doesn't get all worked up over celebrities, but there's a lot of star buzz around storied Riviera this week as Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy tee it up at the Northern Trust Open. Spieth goes off the 1st tee at 12:12 local time tomorrow with good friend Jutin Thomas and ageless crowd favorite Fred Couples, while McIlroy is paired with Matt Kuchar and Hideki Matsuyama at 7:32 off the 10th tee. While this is McIlroy's first trip to "Hogan's Alley," Spieth and Riv have a history together. He led the Texas Longhorns to victory at the course in the 2012 NCAA Championship and last year he just missed getting into a playoff when he bogeyed the 72nd hole. Southern Cal also heavily recruited him, even offering him one of their four playing memberships at Riv. "It's one of the very few with the history that it has, past champions, not only just the champions, but just those who have walked these fairways," he said yesterday. "And then for me to win on a golf course that I consider one of the top few in the world, I mean, that's always a goal. Yeah, it would be amazing."

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Feb 16, 2016 | 10:19 am

Honourable Mixed Company?

It was inevitable—Scotland’s Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (Muirfield) has decided to take a postal vote on whether to admit female members. After years of debate, the matter has come to a head, in response to not so subtle pressure from the R&A which would like to continue bringing the Open Championship to Muirfield but in the 21st Century finds it increasingly indefensible to do so.

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Feb 15, 2016 | 06:09 am

Thanks, Pro

On April 10th of this year, the PGA of America celebrates its 100th birthday. The PGA—today one of the world’s largest sports organizations, representing 28,000 golf professionals—was founded in a New York City hotel as a way to help the first golf pros, most of whom had come over from Britain, elevate their status. In honor of the PGA’s Centennial, the organization recently began a 100-day celebration, which will include regular programming on Golf Channel highlighting the 41 PGA sections and many of its members. Also, May 4 has been named “PGA Instruction Day”: Six sites nationwide will host clinics featuring PGA pros, with Golf Channel turning each clinic into a live televised event. The PGA also wants anyone who wishes to pay tribute to a PGA pro who has helped improve their game and/or life to tell their story on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #thxpgapro. Find out how and check out others’ messages at the PGA’s website. If you love the game, there’s probably a PGA Pro who deserves your thanks. Here’s your chance.

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Feb 12, 2016 | 10:33 am

Baubles For Birdies

When she scored her first hole-in-one, Lynelle Wagner was given a necklace. That inspired her to create a line of golf-themed women’s jewelry aimed at a “more sophisticated palate.” Wagner—who also is president of the women’s golf organization at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles—teamed with Mario Jewelers of Beverly Hills and their first five collections are now available. Among the pieces are cocktail rings featuring colorful stones, 18-karat-gold bracelets with diamond-studded charms, intricately detailed earrings, as well as charms, rings, and earrings in club, ball, and other golf-relevant designs. For more dedicated players, there are pieces like the 80, 90, and 100 charms shown above, which commemorate key moments such as shooting low scores and making birdies. Prices range from $500 to $5,000, with more information and pieces on view at the website. Remember, it's almost Valentine's Day...

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