May 10, 2016 | 09:19 am

They're in the Papers

According to a report this morning in the Irish Times, three major champions—Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, and Ian Woosnam—are among the latest to be linked to the so-called Panama Papers which expose efforts by wealthy individuals to hide income through offshore bank accounts. All three players were named in documents obtained from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which says its records were hacked. At the request of the players’ agent, IMG, the firm had set up the offshore accounts which are not illegal but can be linked to tax evasion. No charges have been filed, but the exposure of the Panama Papers has prompted several investigations worldwide. 

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May 09, 2016 | 06:27 am

Olympic Golf TV Schedule

While a number of leading players have said they won’t be representing their countries when golf comes back to the Olympics this summer, we know some big names who will be there: Golf Channel and NBC Sports. The networks announced their programming plans for the first Olympic golf competition since 1904, which will be held from Thursday, August 11-Sunday, August 14 for the men, and from Wednesday, August 17-Saturday, August 20 for the women. Coverage will include more than 130 live hours—from the opening tee shot to the presentation of medals—plus another 170 or so of previews, reviews, and analysis, starting on Monday, August 8. “Golf Central Live” will be broadcast from Rio, and the networks will feature updates and other “look-ins” throughout the games. The golf, as well as other Olympic sports, also can be viewed on and the NBC Sports Live Extra app (both of which require authentication). For the full golf schedule, check out the NBC Olympics website, where there’s already news about the games as well as history and other features.

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May 06, 2016 | 06:14 am

Pittsburgh’s Open Past

The U.S. Open comes to Oakmont Country Club June 16–19. But if you’re in the Pittsburgh area now through the end of our national championship, you can learn about golf history, the town’s golf traditions, even compare yourself to former Open champions at the Carnegie Science Center, which is located downtown about 15 miles from the club’s front door. A recently opened exhibit, on loan from the USGA, is titled “American Golf History: Coming to Life” and allows visitors to hit clubs and balls from the 1930s and ‘60s (as well as modern equipment) while seeing how their performance stacks up against the eight golfers who won previous Opens at Oakmont: Tommy Armour (1927), Sam Parks Jr. (1935), Ben Hogan (1953), Jack Nicklaus (1962), Johnny Miller (1973), Larry Nelson (1983), Ernie Els (1994), and Angel Cabrera (2007). And if you get to the Science Center tomorrow, Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can take your photo with the U.S. Open trophy: Then post that photo on social media for a chance to win two tickets to this year’s final round.

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May 05, 2016 | 09:43 am

How Hard is Oakmont?

Just how tough is Oakmont golf club? Jordan Spieth may say it best. "There's just so many other tough holes that par is going to be a fantastic score," the golfer told reporters after a recent round. "I'd sign for even par right now for 72 holes in June. Obviously given the history, but also having played it." Considering Angel Cabrera won the 2007 US Open at Oakmont with a total of +5, we would happily take even par as well. Spieth has a tall task ahead of him if he wants to retain the US Open trophy later this summer. However, he is making the correct moves. Spieth was on the course playing a practice round recently that seemed to go well if his chip-in on the 9th was any indication! Have a look at the video above. 





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