Jun 30, 2016 | 06:33 am

For July 4th, Show Your True Colors

It’s not too late. July 4th is a few days away, which still gives you a chance to pick up some stars-and-stripes-themed golf apparel and accessories. Here are a few of our favorite ways to show your spirit.

  • Loudmouth Golf’s new “Flagadelic” shorts (97% cotton, 3% spandex) are $79.50 from the company’s website.
  • Kentwool is offering a new USA Collection with five different red, white, blue, and starred sock designs. Order quickly and each pair is $17.76 (regularly $19.95), with a mix-and-match pack for $35.
  • Walter Hagen produces a men’s Americana golf shirt with a flag motif that is now available for $48.99 (down 15% from the original $58 price) from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
  • Seamus Golf’s American Flag head cover is made from 100% wool milled in the Pacific Northwest. Each driver cover (hybrid also available) contains 50 stars and 13 individual stripes, costs $195, and comes with a free American flag bag tag.
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Jun 29, 2016 | 08:02 am

He's Doing What?!

The golf story of the year has to be Billy Hurley III winning the Quicken Loans National on Sunday. After getting in on a sponsor's exemption, the former Naval officer won for the first time on the PGA Tour in 104 attempts at a tournament dedicated to servicemen and women. In addition, the Tiger Woods-hosted event at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., is not far from his home in Annapolis, where he attended the Naval Academy. His win also comes 10 months after the disappearance and death of his father, a police officer. One of the perks of his win was earning a spot in the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon in two weeks, but Hurley, 34, unbelievably withdrew yesterday from the third major of the year. Why? His sister is getting married! So Hurley will be a groomsman at the wedding in Leesburg, Va., instead of playing in the game's oldest major. Clearly, Hurley knows something about loyality and commitment, having served in the Navy for five years, but talk about bad timing. Another unlikely winner this year, Jim Herman, will take his spot.

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Jun 28, 2016 | 09:19 am

Caveman Central?

With both Muirfield and Royal Troon now likely to vote to accept female members, the last bastion of golf Neanderthalia is no longer Scotland, it’s… Chicago. Yes, the City of Big Shoulders is home to a greater concentration of all-male golf clubs than any city (or state or nation, as far as we know) in the world.  There’s testosterone-heavy Bob-O-Link and blue-blood Old Elm, both in Highland Park; relative newcomer Black Sheep, set on farmland in the western suburb of Sugar Grove; and Oak Brook’s Butler National, a long-time pro tournament venue that lost the Western Open a quarter century ago due to its ban of women. Amazingly, none of them seems to be mulling a change of policy.

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Jun 27, 2016 | 06:49 am

Golf And The Olympics: In Or Out?

We don’t know who was the last straw—in the last few days, both Rory McIlroy and South Africa’s Branden Grace said they wouldn’t play in the 2016 Olympics—but officials are showing frustration with top golfers taking a pass on Rio. Said International Olympic Committee member Barry Maister, “I don’t like it, and I don’t think the sport should be allowed to continue in the Games under that scenario. Once they’ve got in, they have got to deliver. Just getting in with your name, and then putting up some second or third rate players, is so far from the Olympic ideal or the expectation of the Olympic movement. The Olympics is about the best, and they pledged the best. Quite frankly, any sport that cannot deliver its best athletes, in my view, should not be there.”

Which raises some interesting questions, and we’d like to hear your opinions:

*Do you care if golf is in the Olympics?

*Are players within their rights to skip the games for any reason?

*Should the game of golf be penalized, perhaps dropped from the Olympics, for the actions of some of its top players?

*Does golf need the Olympics more than the Olympics need golf?

Let us know what you think, commenting below.

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