Jun 25, 2014 | 04:05 PM

Home Hunter

We know tour pros have it good, what with all the travel to the best courses and resorts in the world, the beautiful wives, and free range balls, but we didn't know they had it this good! Check out Hunter Mahan's Dallas mansion, which just came on the market for $9.5 million. The 16,655-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-full-bath home comes with a 12-car subterranean garage with a mural of Augusta National, a man cave with a gym and golf simulator, and a basketball court. There's also a mosaic-tiled pool with a spa and fire pit, as well as a guest casita, wine cellar, and full outdoor kitchen. Hunter, who made more than $7 million on and off the course last year, is married to a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Some guys have all the luck.

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Jun 24, 2014 | 09:59 AM

Match 22

We all know this year’s Ryder Cup is at Gleneagles. Some of us know the 2016 edition will be at Hazeltine. And true RC junkies can recite the sites for 2018 (Le Golf National, Paris), 2020 (Whistling Straits) and 2024 (Bethpage Black). But no one knows where the great match will be played in 2022. That’s because the European Tour has just this week opened the bidding process. Bids will be welcomed from all nations whose players are eligible for selection to the European Team. For the 2018 matches, Germany, Holland, Portugal, and Spain all entered before France won out—expect all four of them to bid again. Turkey has expressed interest, and there are also rumblings that The Belfry (England)—site of the 1985, 1989, 1993, and 2002 matches—wants a fifth Cup. But money talks when it comes to RC site selection, so expect Donald Trump to be in there for Ireland with a bid from Doonbeg, and maybe one from Scotland, too, although there he’ll have a quandary. With his recent acquisition of Turnberry (pictured above), he now has two high-profile Scottish links courses—and no nation (or mogul) is allowed to submit more than one bid. The winner will be announced in the fall of 2015.

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Jun 23, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Tiger Time

While the past weekend was mostly about the ladies—notably Michelle Wie, Lucy Li, and Stacy Lewis, all of whom put on a great show—there was big news from the men, too: the return of Tiger Woods. Last Friday, Woods used his Facebook page to announce that he’ll be playing this weekend at the Quicken Loans National event, held at Congressional CC outside Washington, D.C., and benefitting the Tiger Woods Foundation. As you might expect, there was great joy over the news, from “Tiger is back” ads on TV (the tournament will be broadcast Thursday and Friday on Golf Channel, on CBS over the weekend) to the reaction of other pros. “He is the face of golf for the last 15, 20 years and golf is a better sport and better place with Tiger Woods in it,” said Rory McIlroy, no doubt echoing the sentiments of many players (as well as their accountants and agents). But Tiger’s return also begs many questions: How will he do, how will he feel (his three-month absence was due to back pain and resulting disc surgery), when will he play again, and will he be ready for the British Open (in three weeks), PGA Championship (three weeks later), and the Ryder Cup? Speaking of the Ryder Cup, as of today, Tiger sits at 67th on the points list to automatically qualify for the U.S. team. But assuming he is healthy, does anyone think Tom Watson wouldn’t make him a captain’s pick? Would you leave him off the team? Discuss.

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Jun 20, 2014 | 06:21 AM

Lucy In The Sky

Somebody other than 11-year-old Lucy Li is going to win the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 this weekend. That was a foregone conclusion before she teed it up yesterday. But it doesn’t matter because Ms. Li, a California sixth grader and the youngest to ever qualify for the tournament, will still be a big winner thanks to a winning smile, winning giggle, some great lines to the media, and an easy-going attitude that many of her fellow pros—and all weekend warriors—should consider adopting. She shot a 78 yesterday in the first round yet still beat more than 40 players (including Jessica Korda, Natalie Gulbis, and Birdie Kim). And after it was over she said, “It was a lot of fun. I kind of struggled today, but it was great.” She also said such things as, “I got Donald Rossed,” “I learned that you’ve got to be patient,” and “I’m happy I broke 80.” Plus, she conducted her interview while eating an ice cream pop, ending it by saying that her plan for the rest of the day was to have more. So who cares what she shoots today and, if she’s lucky, over the weekend. At least for now, she gets what golf is all about: more ice cream.

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