Sep 17, 2015 | 01:02 pm

A Little Something For The Effort

Let’s start with the obvious question: Who knew there was a Caddie Hall of Fame? Lots of people will now, after Bill Murray and his five brothers were inducted into it last night. The informal (judging by their attire, at any rate) ceremony was held after the pro-am for this week’s BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. The five Murray boys—Bill, Andy, Brian, Ed, Joel, and John—caddied as kids at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Illinois, and their exploits became the basis for the movie “Caddyshack,” which was written by Brian and starred Bill and Brian. The Caddie Hall of Fame was created in 1999 and has been administered by the Western Golf Association since 2011. The Murrays join such illustrious company as former caddies Jack Nicklaus (who carried for his dad), Bandon Dunes creator Mike Keiser, instructor Harvey Penick, Francis Ouimet, Old Tom Morris, and Tour caddies Steve Williams, Greg Rita, and Mike “Fluff” Cowan. Asked about the event, Bill said, “I’m just afraid they’re going to make me caddie again.” Now that would be a Cinderella story.

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Sep 16, 2015 | 06:46 am

He’s Back…

Well that didn’t take very long. Just two weeks after David Feherty left CBS, he’s found a new home at NBC while continuing to appear on its sister network, Golf Channel. Beginning in January, Feherty will be an analyst both on the ground and in the tower for NBC and Golf Channel coverage of the PGA Tour, as well as select PGA of America and European Tour events—including the Open Championship when it comes to the peacock network in 2017—plus the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, and Olympic golf. “Every 20 years it seems I do something different,” the 57-year-old Feherty said yesterday. “I played for 20 years, I had 20 years at CBS, and hopefully I’ll have 20 here.” He will continue his Golf Channel talk show and appearing on “Morning Drive” and “Golf Central,” will create digital content, and under a first-look development deal with NBCUniversal, the networks’ parent company, may have other opportunities in and out of golf. As his new bosses welcomed him to the team, Feherty responded, “I'm hoping that they don't drug test announcers because I would fail on several counts with the psych meds that I have to take, especially at the Olympics. I think I'm probably doomed if they do that there.”

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Sep 15, 2015 | 09:10 am

Lots of Money

With her victory last week in the Evian Championship, 18-year-old Lydia Ko raised her 2015 LPGA earnings to $2.2 million—and she would need every penny of that to buy a home on her nation’s newest golf course. Tara Iti, the Tom Doak design set along a sandy stretch 75 minutes north of Auckland, New Zealand, will be flanked by 47 homesites with prices averaging $2 million. The course, due to open October 1, offers views of the Pacific from every hole and is expected to rank among the top 100 in the world. It will be strictly private, but if you’d care to purchase one of the lots, you’ll surely have a nice head start with the membership committee. 

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Sep 14, 2015 | 09:24 am

Coming Up Aces

The odds of an amateur making a hole-in-one is 12,500 to 1. For tour pros it's 2,500 to 1, although this year it seems like a lot less than that. Both tours, coicindentally, have registered 41 hole-in-ones so far this year, after Magnus Carlsson and Wade Ormsby made one each this weekend at the KLM Open in The Netherlands. That's a record this year on the European Tour, overtaking the 39 made in 2006, and the second most ever on the PGA Tour after the 44 made in 1994. Miguel Angel Jimenez has been responsible for three of them on the European Tour, while Morten Orum Madsen and Byeong Hun An have made two each. No one has made three on the PGA Tour this year, but Billy Hurely III, Andres Romero, and Brian Harmon have two each, with Harman making his two in the same round two weeks ago in the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club. He became the third player in PGA Tour history to make two in one round (the others being Yusaku Miyazato in the 2006 Reno Tahoe Open and amateur Bill Whedon at the 1955 Insurance City Open). The odds of that? About 7 million to 1 using the odds above. For amateurs, it's 67 million to 1, according to the National Hole-In-One Registry.

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