May 13, 2016 | 06:02 am

Finding Olympic Gold

More from the “golf returns to the Olympics” file. The two medals won by American H. Chandler Egan in 1904, which were lost for many years, have been found in an old bookcase in a house in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, that used to be owned by Egan’s daughter, Eleanor. Egan won a gold medal in the team event and a silver in the individual (losing to George Lyon of Canada) the last time golf was an Olympic sport, September 17-24, 1904, at Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis. U.S. teams took all three medals in the team competition—Egan was playing with a group representing the Western Golf Association—plus two bronzes in the individual. A few months before the Olympics, Egan won the U.S. Amateur, and he won it again in 1905. He became a golf course architect, best known for working on the restoration of Pebble Beach in 1929. His medals—on loan from his grandson, Morris Everett Jr., who found them—will be on display at the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum in St. Augustine, Florida, through the end of the year.

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May 12, 2016 | 08:00 am

Better than Berckmans?!

“PGA Tour events are better seen from the couch.” It is a common refrain, especially among those who have been to larger events. Crowds, expensive drinks, overpriced mediocre food, and frankly poor golf viewing plague large events.

With that in mind, two prestigious events have created offerings at the other end of the spectrum. Augusta National created Berckmans Place for the Masters, and most recently, the PGA Tour created a similar experience at TPC Sawgrass. Both of those exclusive passes offer gourmet food, drink, comfort, and experiences that tip the 5-star scale. It is largely believed that nothing could top Augusta’s Berckmans Place, but at least one person disagrees. Adam Schupak reports for Golfweek that Matt Rapp, the Tour’s vice president of business development said, “We’re Berkmans, only better. You can actually see golf from our venues.” Fighting words from the PGA Tour brass.

What does TPC Sawgrass’s premium clubhouse pass get you? A shopping consultant, a $500 gift card, a concierge, the best food and drink, a makeover for ladies, haircuts and shaves for men, the chance to rub shoulders with the famous, and more. What will it run you? $5,000 for the week.

Is it worth it? Would you spend that much to see the tournament at TPC Sawgrass? Let us know in the comments. In my case you will find me watching from home, with some snacks and a beer, for about $4,991 less.

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May 11, 2016 | 08:30 am

Covering All the Angles

NBC will have nine high-definition cameras at the island-green 17th at The Players, including a microscopic lens embedded in the lip of the small bunker fronting the green. The “Supra Cam,” a cable-suspended camera system that flies over the lake between the 16th and 17th greens, will make a return engagement. One camera will be 150 feet in the air above the tree line showing unique shots of the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes. There will also be some dude with a camera marooned on the island in the middle of the lake for approximately eight hours during live coverage, capturing player reactions from this unique angle. If that's not enough, ProTracer will track the reverse flight of the tee shots from a unique angle behind the green (above) and a wind monitor will track the wind speeds on the tee box and high above hole. Imagine if CBS could do this at Augusta's 12th hole? Hopefully, CBS and Billy Payne are taking note.

TV Times: Thursday and Friday 1–7 pm on Golf Channel, Saturday and Sunday 2–7 pm on NBC. Golf Central Live will also air from The Players starting at 9 am each day (all times Eastern).

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May 10, 2016 | 09:19 am

They're in the Papers

According to a report this morning in the Irish Times, three major champions—Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, and Ian Woosnam—are among the latest to be linked to the so-called Panama Papers which expose efforts by wealthy individuals to hide income through offshore bank accounts. All three players were named in documents obtained from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which says its records were hacked. At the request of the players’ agent, IMG, the firm had set up the offshore accounts which are not illegal but can be linked to tax evasion. No charges have been filed, but the exposure of the Panama Papers has prompted several investigations worldwide. 

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