Feb 24, 2016 | 10:15 am

No Starch

With the PGA Tour headed to Trump National Doral next week, golf fans are wondering if Donald Trump and his presidential bid will overshadow the WGC-Cadillac Championship. But perhaps he won't appear at all since there are 11 GOP caucuses and primaries next week on "Super Tuesday" and another four on Friday. Plus, golf is now "small potatoes" to him, as he said at a campaign rally in Kiawah Island, S.C.—at one of the premier golf resorts in the U.S., no less! "I don’t care about that stuff anymore," he said. "It is like small potatoes, right? I’ll let my kids run it, have fun with it, let my executives have a good time, but I don’t care about it. I care about making America great again.” That's probably welcome news to the governing bodies, who are uneasy holding events at Trump courses given his controversial statements and exclusionary views. In addition to the Tour stop at Doral, his course in Bedminster, N.J., is scheduled to hold the U.S. Women's Open in 2017 and the PGA Championship in 2022, while his Virginia club is scheduled to host the Senior PGA in 2017. The R&A also just said that they haven't ruled out Trump Turnberry for 2022.

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Feb 23, 2016 | 09:05 am

Where’s Tiger?

Twitter reports this week claim that Tiger Woods has suffered a setback in his recuperation from back surgery. Golf writer Robert Lusetich  says "He can’t move well; painful to sit. Sits in car with seat fully reclined. No forseeable return,” while according to Secret Tour Pro (a prominent PGA Tour player who tweets anonymously to a following of more than 32,000) “He was aiming to play the Players in May but now that is completely off.” Woods’s agent Mark Steinberg dismissed the reports as “ridiculous and absolutely false,” but neither tweeter has backed off. Tiger’s caddie Joe La Cava believes his man will be back sooner rather than later and has declined job offers from other players. And Tiger himself? Mysteriously mute for the past two months. 

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Feb 22, 2016 | 11:54 am

Scalia On Golf

Those of you of a certain age will remember a famous court case a few years back, in which Casey Martin sued the PGA Tour to be able to ride a cart, rather than walk, during a tournament. In the end, the 2001 case—which went to the Supreme Court—was settled in Martin’s favor. One of the two dissenting votes was from Judge Antonin Scalia, who died last week, and his written dissent shows some of the wit and scorn he was famous for. To wit: “I am sure that the Framers of the Constitution, aware of the 1457 edict of King James II of Scotland prohibiting golf because it interfered with the practice of archery, fully expected that sooner of later the paths of golf and government, the law and the links, would once again cross, and that the judges of this august Court would some day have to wrestle with that age-old jurisprudential question, for which their years of study in the law have so well prepared them: Is someone riding around a golf course from shot to shot really a golfer? The answer, we learn, is yes. The Court ultimately concludes, and it will henceforth be the Law of the Land, that walking is not a ‘fundamental’ aspect of golf. Either out of humility or out of self-respect (one or the other) the Court should decline to answer this incredibly difficult and incredibly silly question.”

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Feb 19, 2016 | 06:52 am

Irish (Golf) Sweepstakes

St. Patrick’s Day might not be for another month, but here’s a good reason to dig out your “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” button now., which arranges and books golf trips around the world, is offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a golf getaway for your favorite foursome to Southwest Ireland. The prize is a seven-night/five-round trip for four with accommodations at the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa, a rental car for the entire trip, and tee times at Waterville (shown above), Ballybunion, Tralee, Dooks, and the Killeen course at Killarney. No purchase is necessary, but you will have to answer a relevant golf trivia question on the Golfbreaks website to enter. Entries close on April 18, 2016. May the luck of the Irish be with you!

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