Jul 09, 2015 | 10:57 am

Drive for Dough

How cool would it be to have one of Bubba Watson's pink Ping G30 drivers signed by the two-time Masters champ? Well, here's your chance. Ping and GolfTEC have teamed up to benefit Folds of Honor to provide educational scholarships to the families of military service members who have been killed or disabled. All you have to do is click here and donate $10 through July 24th. In addition to two drivers up for grabs, there are two GolfTEC Game Plans (10 lessons, three months of video practice, and club fitting) and five GolfTEC Swing Evaluations (an hour-long session with a teacher that includes video analysis and motion measurement).

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Jul 08, 2015 | 11:10 am

Scottish Treat

Moving the Scottish Open to links courses four years ago from Loch Lomond has really helped players better prepare for The Open Championship (the last four champions played in the Scottish Open the week prior). It's also been a lot more fun for viewers here in the U.S. who get to vicariously visit these great links that we otherwise wouldnt't get to see during the telecasts. This year's tournament at Gullane Golf Club should be another winner because it's such a quintessential Scottish links course with the 1st tee of the No. 1 course starting right in town next to the Heritage of Golf Museum. (A composite course will use 16 holes from No. 1 and two from No. 2.) Golf Channel will broadcast the tournament from 5:30 am–1:30 pm Eastern Thursday and Friday and from 9:30 am–noon Saturday and Sundary with NBC taking over noon–2:30 on the weekend. So set your alarm, sit back, and savor true links golf.

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Jul 07, 2015 | 09:25 am

Odd Open Odds

Incredibly, despite a ruptured ankle that has him on crutches, Rory McIlroy remains an 8-1 shot to win the Open Championship at St. Andrews next week, according to British bookie Ladbrokes. (The smart money says he’ll soon announce his withdrawal from the championship in which case anyone who has bet on him will get a refund.) Meanwhile, McIlroy has been displaced as the favorite by his closest pursuer in the world rankings, Jordan Spieth off at 5-1 odds. Spieth has played in only two previous Opens, finishing 36th and 44th, has played just one round on the Old Course, and has opted not to scout the course this week, instead playing the John Deere Classic where he notched his first pro victory. Should he finish in the top six there and go on to take the third leg of the Grand Slam at St. Andrews, he’ll take over McIlroy’s perch as world number one. Meanwhile, and also somewhat surprisingly, one of the top touts for victory next week is Tiger Woods at 25-1 alongside Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. Woods, now ranked 226th in the world, has not had a top-10 finish in a tournament since 2013. But he showed signs of life last week at the Greenbrier Classic, and does have some major kharma going for him—two Open Championships won at the Old Course.

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Jul 06, 2015 | 09:50 am

Scotland For Sale

First Turnberry, now Gleneagles. The iconic Scottish resort—which hosted last year’s Ryder Cup and has been welcoming guests since 1924—has been sold. Owned for the last 31 years by Diageo, the worldwide conglomerate best known for liquor brands such as Tanqueray gin, Captain Morgan rum, and Guinness, the resort was reportedly sold for £150 million (about $230 million) to a private investment company called Ennismore, which already runs a small group of boutique hotels. Plans are for a “significant” investment in “one of the world’s most prestigious and recognisable venues.” The 2014 Ryder Cup was played on the PGA Centenary Course, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus; Gleneagles also features two James Braid designs, the King’s (above) and Queen’s, which opened in 1919. Other activities include shooting, fishing, and falconry, as well as a spa and lessons in dog training.

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