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Oct 15, 2015 | 10:51 am

Put Me Down For a Five

Playing in blustery conditions in the Fiji International at the Natadola Bay Resort, Matt Kuchar shot a 2-over 74 to tie for second place after the first round. But it should have been a 75. The wind on the par-four 2nd blew his ball into the hole for a bogey instead of a double bogey. Decision 18-1/12 and 20-3d/1 in the Decisions on the Rules of Golf states that wind is not an outside agency and if it causes the ball to move, the player should play the ball from its new position. If it happens to blow it in the hole, then the player would be deemed to have holed out with his previous stroke.

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Oct 14, 2015 | 10:48 am

Pepper Mill

The TV golf landscape continues to change with the news that NBC will televise the Open Championship at Royal Troon next year, a year earlier than expected, but the network will be without one of their best on-course reporters, Dottie Pepper. The 17-time LPGA winner is joining CBS Sports, no doubt to fill the Footjoys of David Feherty who is gong to NBC. While she won't get to work the Open Championship, she will get to work the Masters and PGA Championship, both of which CBS broadcasts, along with about 20 other PGA Tour events. "I am excited to join CBS Sports and return to covering live golf full time," said Pepper, who will also continue to work for ESPN. "As an analyst you want to cover your sport at the highest level and being a part of the CBS Sports golf team with the strongest and best schedule in golf, including two majors, affords me the opportunity to do just that."

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Oct 13, 2015 | 09:16 am

Sister Act

Although Presidents Cup Captain Jay Haas and his son Bill had a big weekend together in Korea, Bill scoring the point that gave the U.S. a victory over the Internationals, an even more impressive family performance came from the Korda sisters. On Sunday, 22-year-old big sister Jessica (right) won her fourth career title at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, an 18-under-par performance that gave her a four-stroke win over Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng, and Stacy Lewis, all ranked among the top six on the LPGA Tour. Then came an equally impressive victory yesterday in the AJGA circuit by her 16-year-old sister Nelly who eagled the final hole to win the 54-hole Ping Invitational in Stillwater, Oklahoma by a whopping 11 strokes. 

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Oct 12, 2015 | 06:40 am

Dye-ification

Pete Dye turns 90 in a few months (December 29) and shows no signs of slowing down. As his wife and design partner Alice reported in the May issue of HotLinks, our digital magazine, they have “something like 13 projects including four brand-new 18-hole courses…plus a lot of remodeling and fixing up of our older courses.” There’s likely to be a number of well-deserved celebrations of the Dyes and their work over the coming months. One of the first was held last week at Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island, S.C., where they were “honored for the impact they have had on golf and golf course architecture” as well as their creation of the highly regarded Long Cove course, which opened in 1980. Following remarks by Steve Smyers, president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and fellow architect Bobby Weed—who was the original crew chief for the building of Long Cove—the club dedicated the Pete Dye Clock and unveiled the Dyes’ Plaque (both shown above with, from left, club general manager Trip Shine, Alice, and Pete). Only another 300-something more plaques to go.

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