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Jan 02, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Great Scott!

Adam Scott edged Tiger Woods by five votes of the 220 cast in the Golf Writers Association of America Male Player of the Year award. While Woods won the PGA Tour POY, the GWAA goes global and Scott's year-end kick in his homeland Down Under apparently influenced a lot of writers to vote for him over Woods. Scott, who will take six weeks off after the opening two tournments in Hawaii, played 20 tournaments in 2013, won four, including the Masters, and was top three eight times, including in the Open Championship. He also finished T5 at the PGA. “It is an honor to be recognized as the most consistent male golfer of 2013 and it is appreciated to have the respect of the Golf Writers of America. Thank you,” said Scott from Maui where he’s preparing to kick off his 2013-14 PGA Tour season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The GWAA named Inbee Park the Female POY and Kenny Perry the Senior POY. The winners will be honored at the GWAA Awards Dinner in Augusta on Aug. 9.

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Dec 30, 2013 | 06:20 AM

Our First Masters Story of the Year

Is it too soon to start talking about the Masters? We don’t think so, either. Because the way things are shaping up, the field for the 78th Masters, which tees off on Thursday, April 10, 2014, could be the largest ever. Thanks to the wrap-around schedule the PGA Tour adopted this year, plus a spate of first-time winners on the PGA and European Tours, there are already 90 players in the field, which jumped by 14 when the final World Rankings for 2013 were settled a few weeks back. (They are Hideki Matsuyama, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, above, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Francesco Molinari, Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero, David Lynn, Thongchai Jaidee, Peter Hanson, Joost Luiten, and Branden Grace.) Masters officials want about 100 players; the largest field was 103 in 1966. But as it isn’t even January yet, don’t be surprised if the 2014 Masters sets a new record.

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Dec 23, 2013 | 04:08 PM

Happy Holidays From The Buzz

The Buzz is off for the holidays and hopes you are, too. Have a great week and we'll see you soon. Keep checking in at linksmagazine.com for more new content soon. In the meantime, hit 'em straight!

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Dec 20, 2013 | 11:02 AM

War Games

The U.S. Marines are using golf carts to simulate tanks when practicing maneuvers and tactics—with a golf course filling in as hostile territory. On December 10, the Marines’ 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C., tooled around in carts to conduct tank maneuvers at the camp’s Paradise Point Golf Complex. According to Charlie Company’s Executive Officer, 1st Lieutenant Graham Johnson, using real tanks would have needed eight square kilometers of space and 4,000 gallons of gas. “By conducting the training using golf carts, we were able to train on doctrinal formations and the fundamentals of fire and maneuver in less than one percent of the space needed for tanks,” said Johnson. “As for fuel, we did not need any logistical support, since the golf course provided everything at no cost. Ultimately, we were able to take what would have been a major muscle movement for the company and trim it down into the bare essentials.” According to the Defense Department’s report on the maneuvers, “Tanks require a lot of space and resources to conduct training. Although not a traditional training method, utilizing golf carts to employ tactical training allowed the battalion to save money, resources and allowed for easier mobility.” There was no word if the carts stopped halfway through the training to buy hot dogs and beers from the snack tank.

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