Jul 15, 2015 | 01:57 pm

Final Announcements

Tom Watson and Nick Faldo aren't the only ones who chose the Old Course and St. Andrews to end a long and illustrious career at the Open Championship. After 41 consecutive starts, 1st tee announcer Ivor Robson, known for his distinctive singsong delivery, is calling it quits, too. Hard to believe, but he never missed a championship or starting time, dating back to 1975 at Carnoustie. "I feel you can’t go on forever and if you’re going to step off there’s no better place to do it than here,” said the Scot, who will spend about 10 hours tomorrow sending off 156 players without a bathroom break, causing David Feherty to once quip that he must have a bladder the size of Wyoming. “It’s time to go.” Robson has other duties on the 1st tee, as well, checking the circumference of each ball and the number of clubs in each bag. (During the 1998 Open at Royal Birkdale, he saved Ignacio Garrido a two-shot penalty when he discovered the Spaniard had an extra club in his bag.) He considers all the players his friends and they him. It's doubtful the next announcer will get tour players to imitate him (or her) like they do of Robson in the amusing ESPN video above.

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Jul 14, 2015 | 09:42 am


The R&A, generally not known for its madcap sense of humor, clearly had some fun with the pairings at St. Andrews this week. 

Consider the following:
Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, and Hideki Matsuyama (4:33 a.m. EST Thursday) It’s unlikely DJ likely will see the humor in this one. 
Jason Dufner, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and John Daly (7:50) Just watching these three characters amble the fairways will be entertaining. 
Stewart Cink, Ben Curtis, and David Duval (5:17) Three Open Champions who are forgotten but not gone. 
Harris English, Ashley Chesters, and Andy Sillivan (10:07) An English and two Englishmen. 
Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer, and Jimmy Walker (9:12)  The under-the-radar gang. 
Jason Day, Tiger Woods, and Louis Oosthuizen (4:55)  If Day’s vertigo returns, he’ll have the winners of the last three St. Andrews Opens to guide him around.

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Jul 13, 2015 | 10:26 am

Hello To The Hall

The World Golf Hall of Fame inducted four new members today: Golfers Laura Davies (above, from England), David Graham (Australia), and Mark O’Meara (U.S.), along with architect A.W. Tillinghast (U.S.). The enshrinement ceremony took place this morning at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, as part of the festivities leading up to this week’s Open Championship. The international ceremony is part of a new beginning for the Hall, which now will induct every two years: In 2017, the ceremony will be at the Hall of Fame and Museum at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida; in 2019, it’s at Pebble Beach on the Monday of U.S. Open week; future ceremonies will move around the world. This year’s four also were the first chosen under a new process that calls for each inductee needing at least 75 percent of the vote of a Selection Commission; the 16-person Commission is currently co-chaired by Hall of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Annika Sorenstam. They just got some very good company.


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Jul 10, 2015 | 10:31 am

Honoring History

You don’t have to be a history major to know that D-Day was June 6, 1944. But you may not be aware that World War II ended 15 months later, on September 21, 1945, making this the 70th anniversary. In commemoration, the Omni Homestead Resort, in Hot Springs, Virginia, will host the inaugural National D-Day Memorial Golf Classic on Monday, September 21, 2015. Proceeds from the event—to be played on the award-winning Cascades Course (shown above) and open to all—will benefit the National D-Day Memorial, which honors the country’s veterans and fallen heroes and is located in Bedford, Virginia, the town that suffered the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation. Individual entry fee is $150 for golf, lunch, and awards; a practice round the day before is $100. To sign up or for more information, go to the memorial’s website or call 800-351-DDAY.

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