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Mar 24, 2016 | 09:46 am

Tough Loss for Olesen

Typically when you hit a shank, you lower your head, casually check over both shoulders, and make sure that nobody else saw what happened. Unfortunately for Thorbjorn Olesen, people saw his shank yesterday... in fact, millions saw it.

The mishit happened yesterday at the WGC-Dell Match Play in a match against Rory McIlroy. Olesen played well through the 13th hole, where he was 2-up on McIlory. The match slid to the Northern Irishman's favor down the stretch and the fateful shank sealed the victory on the 18th hole. "You feel bad because he's up basically the whole match, and to finish like that, as well," McIlroy said. "If I hadn't birdied 18 and he parred it, I would feel like I won the match and he probably would feel the same way, whereas he's definitely going away like he lost it. It was his to lose."

They say that the hardest shot in golf is the shot after a shank. Thanks to Rory's birdie on the 18th, that hardest shot didn't matter much for Thorbjorn.

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Mar 23, 2016 | 07:23 am

Cinderella Story

As the second seed in the East region, Xavier was one of the favorites in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, but the Musketeers lost to seventh seed Wisconsin 66-63 on Sunday when Badger guard Bronson Koenig hit two three pointers in the last 12 seconds. What does this have to do with golf? Well, Xavier's biggest fan is none other than Bill Murray, whose son, Luke, is an assistant coach for the team. Murray was there at the game in Philadelphia, of course, and sat for a rare interview with his son for ESPN. Murray talked about how he likes to "back" Luke under the basket when they play hoops together and Luke revealed that he's never seen Caddyshack. His father's reaction at the very end of the video is quintessential Murray.

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Mar 22, 2016 | 08:49 am

Hot Property

It’s official—the golf course property market is back. For the third straight year, the average selling price of a golf course has gone up. In 2015, the increase was 7.5%, with the average price exceeding $5 million for the first time since 2009, according to leisurepropertiesgroup.com. What’s behind those numbers? A healthy U.S. economy, job growth, and a rising stock market combining to increase golf rounds played and revenue at courses across the country. 

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Mar 21, 2016 | 06:19 am

No More Grand Slam

Last year, the PGA of America canceled the Grand Slam of Golf because it was to be played on a course owned by Donald Trump. Last week, the PGA announced it was canceling the event altogether “after carefully evaluating …and studying how this event fits with today’s golf landscape and the PGA of America’s long term strategic plan,” according to the official statement. Thus ends a nearly 40-year run for the made-for-TV tournament that matched the winners of the year’s four major championships. The statement went on: “When the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was launched in 1979, the golf world was much different than it is today. The PGA Tour's wrap-around schedule, the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, plus other important international events, make the fall schedule very busy and hectic for the top players in the world. It had also become challenging to attract fans, television viewership and media interest. While we have enjoyed staging the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, given those many factors, the timing is right to discontinue the event.” Some quick history of the event: Tiger Woods has the record for most appearances (8) as well as the most victories (7) and the widest victory margin (14 strokes); Greg Norman is second in appearances (5) and victories (3). And for those with a really long memory, the first Grand Slam, played at Rochester’s Oak Hill Country Club, featured Gary Player and Andy North (who tied at 73; it was a one-round event until 1991) along with Jack Nicklaus and John Mahaffey.

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