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Sep 17, 2013 | 09:24 AM

Town vs. Crown

In a couple of weeks, the Presidents Cup—involving teams of 12 competitors on each side—will be played for the 10th time. Now consider that last weekend there was a team match that involved 684 players in a match that was celebrating its 100th birthday. The event—surely the largest annual team competition in the world—is the Town Match of St. Andrews, in which members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club take on players from local clubs in a dawn-to-dusk marathon of foursomes (alternate shot) competition that spreads across the Old, New, Jubilee, and Strathtyrum courses. It all started in 1913 and, except for a hiatus during the two world wars, has been played each September since. This year saw a tight contest that resulted in 87 points for the Town, 84 for the R&A. The overall results, however, are a bit lopsided: Counting its recent back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010, the R&A has won only five times, the homeys 84.

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Sep 16, 2013 | 10:25 AM

Teed Off In Cuba

If you were thinking of using golf as an excuse to visit Cuba—or were simply looking forward to checking out some exciting-sounding new courses planned for the island—you can put away the suitcases, at least for now. According to the Miami Herald, none of the highly touted golf projects in Cuba has begun construction. And one of the companies vying to build is suing—and this will take a little explaining—the PGA of America. According to the newspaper, 360 Vox Corp., a Canadian firm, is claiming it lost more than $25 million because the PGA of America persuaded PGA Ltd., based in Britain, to cancel the deal that would have given the developer the British group’s endorsement. 360 Vox says the PGA of America caved to criticism from political groups in Washington, which view the deal as a way of getting around American trade sanctions. It’s more than a little complicated, but one thing is clear: Golf’s return to Cuba, and foreign golfers with it, is off to a slow start.

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Sep 13, 2013 | 06:59 AM

Long-Ball Paul

It’s been a long, busy week filled with somber memories and worries around the world, so The Buzz wanted to end it on a lighter note. We recently stumbled across this video of tour pro Paul Casey at the 2011 Telus Skins Game in Alberta, Canada, where he tried to throw a golf ball onto the green of a par-three hole from 132 yards away. Easy, you say? Think about it. An NFL quarterback can toss a football 50 or 60 yards and this is more than twice that, granted with a much smaller object. But still: 132 yards? That’s deeper than the left-centerfield wall in most major-league ballparks. It’s also worth noting that Casey was sidelined for most of 2012 by a shoulder injury that he said he sustained while snowboarding. Perhaps this hefty heave was a contributing factor because he certainly doesn’t leave anything in the bag.

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Sep 12, 2013 | 11:11 AM

The Dyes (Still) Have It

Pete and Alice Dye are both well into their 80s, but do you think they put their feet up to relax this summer? Not a chance. The peripatetic couple, who spend their summers in Carmel, Ind. outside Indianapolis, have nearly completed a renovation of Gulf Stream Golf Club near their winter home in Delray Beach, Fla. With advances in equipment, the bunkers on the club’s 1923 Donald Ross-designed layout were out of position and were penalizing higher handicappers. “We have high respect for Mr. Ross’s work, and try to do what he would do were he alive today,” says Alice. Pete is also updating The Golf Club in New Albany, Ohio, a course virtually untouched since he built it in the mid-1960’s; and is revising The Keswick Club in Charlottesville, Va. (above). When they’re not busy with course design work, both Dyes routinely shoot well below their ages. If golf is a prescription for long life, the Dyes are living proof.

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