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Dec 16, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Pillow Talk

Don’t be surprised if the next big instruction book is called “Sleep Better for Better Golf.” Because it seems that a good night’s sleep—more specifically, successfully treating sleep apnea—leads to lower scores. Sleep apnea is a condition manifest by pauses in breathing while sleeping, which disrupts a person’s sleep patterns and causes fatigue during the day. A small study—24 men, average age 55, all with modern to severe obstructive sleep apnea, all with USGA handicaps—treated half the participants with a therapy called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) while the other half went untreated. According to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, after six months those who received CPAP therapy slept better at night, weren’t as sleepy during the day, and lowered their handicap index by 11 percent. No word if the next study will determine the correlation between falling asleep during a round and slow play.

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Dec 13, 2013 | 10:18 AM

Big Doings in Little Montenegro

Known as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean,” Montenegro is a small country south of Croatia with a lovely stretch of coast on the Adriatic Sea. Despite its rapidly growing economy, the nation has no golf course, though two projects are in a race to plant the first flag in the new sovereign state. Lustica Bay (above), a large-scale resort development slowed by the 2008 economic meltdown, will feature several hotels, a marina, extensive real estate, and a Gary Player-designed course with views of the sea. The smaller Royal Montenegro Golf & Country Club—located outside Tivat, a thriving coastal town—plans to open its course by Englishman Steve Marnoch by 2016. The market for residences at both developments is mainly English and Russian, though expect this rugged little country, with its rich architectural and cultural heritage, to compete for top tier international golf business once these two courses and others in the planning stages make their debut.

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Dec 12, 2013 | 11:26 AM

Cook’s Tour

Have you ever wondered how PGA Tour pros spend their free time on the road? They visit some pretty amazing places, especially at this time of year when they’re in Asia and Africa and Australia picking up some pocket money and keeping their games sharp. But there’s a lot of downtime and only so many movies to see. At this week’s Thailand Golf Championship (going on despite political demonstrations in that country), Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan—shown with Asian Tour star Thongchai Jaidee, far left, and South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, third from left—engaged in a cook-off before they teed off, competing to prepare local specialties such as Pad Thai (stir-fried noodles with shrimp and peanuts) and Som Tum (green papaya salad) at The St. Regis Bangkok hotel. And the winner is? 2012 Masters champ Watson, who admitted afterward, “I have never cooked in my life.” Maybe so, but The Buzz is coming over for dinner as soon as you get back home!

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Dec 11, 2013 | 01:13 PM

No Kidding Around

If you didn’t get to see the excellent documentary, The Short Game, when it had a brief theatrical run in September, you’re in luck. Starting tomorrow, you'll be able to stream it on Netflix. Executive produced by Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel, the film follows eight precocious seven and eight year olds as they train and compete in the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst. The great thing about The Short Game is that you don’t have to be a golf fan to enjoy it because the kids, like Anna Kournikova’s half brother, Allan, are so endearing. What also makes it a worthy documentary is that it doesn’t sugarcoat anything. The camera catches parents in all their stage-mother ugliness. This is one Short Game video you won’t want to miss.

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