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Aug 04, 2014 | 06:57 AM

Play Golf, Do Good

One week from today, on Monday, August 11, the “World’s Largest Golf Outing” will be held at 120 golf courses around the country. It will be the fourth annual outing, and as in years past, funds go mostly to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), which has been helping injured veterans for 10 years. This year’s goal is to raise $1 million for WWP; last year, 10,000 golfers participated and raised $735,000. The main sponsor of the tournament is Billy Casper Golf, the largest owner-operator of courses, clubs, and resorts in the U.S. with more than 150 properties in 28 states. Other sponsors include Nike Golf, which will be giving away a trip for four to company headquarters in Oregon for custom-fitting and other merchandise, and the top fundraising team will win a trip to Pinehurst Resort. But the big winners, of course, are the more than 50,000 veterans and 7,000 family members being helped by WWP’s programs. There are still tee times available, and spots are open to all golfers regardless of skill; a USGA handicap is not required. All the important information is on the outing website.

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Aug 01, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Fox’s New Voices

Fox Sports, which will begin broadcasting the US Open and a host of other national championships next year, has added to its golf-broadcast team. Joining Joe Buck and Greg Norman, whose anchor positions were announced last year, will be PGA Tour player Brad Faxon (above left, as lead studio analyst and hole announcer), former USGA Executive Director David Fay (above right, Rules analyst), and Holly Sonders (reporter/host), who left Golf Channel to come to Fox, where she’ll also cover the NFL and more. When Fox won the USGA contract last year, the network’s co-president/COO Eric Shanks (we hope his name isn’t a bad omen) promised “a new energy and innovation that will make every championship the best golf event on television.” Give Fox credit for bringing excitement and technological magic to its coverage of NASCAR and other sports. The pressure will be on its announcers to be similarly new, energetic, and innovative.

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Jul 31, 2014 | 03:56 PM

Publishing Dream

Roger McStravick has just over two weeks left to make a golf-related dream a reality. Naturally it involves St Andrews. In his case it’s getting financial backing to publish his new 240-page book entitled, St Andrews In the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris. It covers the golf history of the town and McStravick claims to have unearthed new information about the man in the title plus numerous rare photos. One problem: his funding campaign on Kickstarter appears to have landed in the publishing equivalent of the Road Hole bunker, having raised just more than $13,000 toward his goal of $38,000 for an initial printing of 2,000 copies. But if you’re willing to kick in $8,500 (or more), you get use of a two-bedroom house for seven days during next year’s 2015 Open Championship in St Andrews, plus a personal tour of the town and lunch in The St. Andrews Golf Club, overlooking the 18th green of the Old Course. And you will likely get an autographed copy of the book. Or two.

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Jul 30, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Pin Seekers

For the second straight year, golf fans will get to pick a hole location during the final round of the PGA Championship, but this time they'll have a little bit of help from the course's designer—and five-time PGA Champion—Jack Nicklaus. Fans have until Aug. 9 to pick one of four hole locations on the scenic but tough 16th at picktheholechallenge.pga.com. A slight dogleg right with a creek running down the right, the 510-yard 16th is the longest par four on the course and has a new green complex that now has two greenside bunkers (there were none previously). Also new this year is that you can even play the different hole locations first thanks to World Golf Tour. Last year's PGA champ, Jason Dufner, wasn't entirely happy with the fans' choice on the par-three 15th at Oak Hill, where he had to get up-and-down to save par. "I did not particularly care of the fans' hole selection today," he joked, later adding that "the fans like to see us struggle a little bit."

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