Nov 13, 2015 | 06:39 am

Rolling Your Rockwell

We certainly wouldn’t call it shocking today, but this painting of an angry golfer—done by famed artist Norman Rockwell and intended for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in the early 1920s—was deemed too impolite and never appeared. Now the original oil on canvas, titled simply “The Golfer,” is for sale. The price: $5.85 million. According to M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans, which is handling the sale (ask for item number 30-4357), “this humorous scene is quintessentially Rockwellian, perfectly conveying an all-too-human emotion of frustration on the green.” Obviously, the art dealers are more familiar with paintings than putting, as this player is far from “on the green,” or if he isn't, he has bigger troubles than spewing language too salty for the ears of his young caddie.

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Nov 12, 2015 | 10:41 am

Strokes Gained Passing

One of the best golf tips is to swing your driver like you swing your wedge, and at 38, Tom Brady is having one of the best years of his career because of it. His 113.5 passer rating through eight games is second to only the 2007 season when he also threw 50 TDs; he's tossed 22 so far this season. His completion percentage is second best, too, to 2007 with 68.6 compared to 68.9. How's he doing it? By thinking about golf. When asked about his good play, particularly his increased accuracy on deep passes, he said, "As far as the mechanics, I've really tried to work on those. A lot of them are probably pretty much the same whether it's a five-yard pass or it's a 50-yard pass. The mechanics of the throw are very similar. It would be like hitting a wedge or a driver. It's the same swing. There's just a little nuance to it that may be a little different. So I haven't hit the driver as well as I probably hit the wedges, but if I can hit the driver a little better, it would make things a little bit easier on our team."

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Nov 11, 2015 | 11:21 am


With this being Veterans Day, here's a video made by the World Golf Hall of Fame that honors the 20+ inductees who served in the armed forces, including Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Patty Berg, and Tommy Armour, who lost an eye as a tank core commander in the British forces during World War I. The most decorated player was Lloyd Mangrum, who earned two Purple Hearts fighting on D-Day and in the Battle of the Bulge. His locker at the hall includes half of a $1 bill that he and his best friend, Sgt. Robert Green, tore in half in the landing craft going ashore on D-Day with the idea that they would join them back together when it was all over. Green didn't make it and Mangrum carried the torn bill the rest of his life. Another pro who saw a lot of action was Larry Nelson, who served in the army in Vietnam. Asked if he was nervous over a final putt to win, he said, "After being in combat and through the pressures of life and death situations, standing over a putt is nothing."

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Nov 10, 2015 | 11:43 am

Programming Note

If you missed the latest golf movie, 'The Squeeze' (and most of us did, since its box-office life was rather brief) know that it will have its television premiere tonight at 8 pm ET on Golf Channel. Written and directed by Terry Jastrow (known equally for his multiple Emmy-winning stint as producer/director of ABC TV’s golf coverage and for the fact that he’s married to actress Anne Archer), The Squeeze is the story of a talented young golfer (played by actor/scratch golfer Jeremy Sumpter) who makes a Faustian deal with a notorious gambler (Christopher McDonald who played Shooter McGavin in 'Happy Gilmore'). The golf swings are more credible than in most golf movies, but not much else is, and critics panned the movie when it opened in April. Its Rotten Tomatoes rating was just 17% with the worst review coming from the L.A. Times: “Between plot and character there are definitely 18 holes in ‘The Squeeze’.” If it’s larger-than-life characters, searing dialog, and cutthroat conflict you want this evening, tune into the Fox Business Network for The Republican Presidential Debate. Otherwise, for mindless entertainment golf-style there are worse ways to spend 95 minutes than with 'The Squeeze'. If you miss it tonight, fear not. Golf Channel, having aired 'Tin Cup' hundreds of times, will surely do the same with 'The Squeeze'.

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