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Oct 17, 2013 | 12:29 PM

In the Pink in Bermuda

By shooting 64 (a new course record) at Port Royal Golf Course yesterday in the second round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Adam Scott won $600,000 (a nice paycheck for 36 holes), honorary membership at the course, and a pink jacket to go with the green one he earned at Augusta last April. Despite inclement weather, TV viewers were treated to an eyeful of this gorgeous public-access facility. While not long at 6,842 yards, the rolling, windswept design gave this year’s major champions (with Padraig Harrington subbing for Phil Mickelson) plenty of tussle, notably at the par-three 16th, Port Royal’s postcard hole (above). Recently stretched to 235 yards from the tips in the wake of a recent $14.5 million refurbishment, the target here is a narrow, well-bunkered peninsular green that clings to a shelf above the turquoise-blue sea. Scott parred 16 and eagled the par-five 17th to close the door on runner-up Justin Rose. The smart money says that Scott, if he keeps draining putts with his broomstick, will be back to defend his title in 2014.

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Oct 16, 2013 | 01:51 PM

King Jordan

It’s good to be Jordan Spieth. After turning pro last fall and starting the 2013 season with no PGA Tour status, he became the youngest player ever to win on tour, went from No. 810 in the Official World Golf Ranking to 21st, and finished 10th on the money list with almost $4 million. He also was a Captain’s Pick for Freddie Couples’ Presidents Cup Team and earned the Tour’s Rookie of the Year award. And yesterday he pulled off a bucket-list doubleheader, getting to play Pine Valley AND Augusta National IN THE SAME DAY! Spieth shot 67 at Pine Valley in the morning, tweeting, “Golf day to remember today. Pine Valley is incredible! The 18th is just one of the many amazing views...,” posting the photo above on Instagram. He then presumably flew by private jet to Augusta, where he and his playing partners were the only group on the course. “Heaven on earth,” he tweeted in the gloaming.

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Oct 15, 2013 | 06:22 AM

Quick Thoughts

Alabama’s number-one-ranked public golf course, Farm Links, will soon try to do something that hasn’t been done in decades—get everyone around the course in 3.5 hours or less. On November 2, they will welcome the public for a day of ready golf, minimal ball marking on the greens, and minimal ball searching off the fairway. About an hour from Birmingham, Farm Links already has a reputation as America’s first R&D golf course, having hosted more than 1,000 industry professionals for hands-on seminars in eco-friendly, cost-cutting, and technological innovations in greenkeeping and course management, but this will be their first experiment involving actual play of golfers. Data will be recorded in the hope of identifying the practices that best encourage a swifter pace of play. Godspeed!

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Oct 14, 2013 | 06:07 AM

Moneyball

If you marvel at how much the pros make playing golf, it might help to put those ridiculous sums into a broader context. While Henrik Stenson pocketed more than $11 million by winning the Tour Championship a few weeks ago, that’s small change compared to what golf is worth to the U.S. According to “Golf 20/20,” an annual report from the World Golf Foundation, the industry generated $68.8 billion in goods and services in 2011, with a total economic impact of nearly $177 billion. WGF chief executive Steve Mona told CNN that the industry “is larger than the spectator sports and performing arts industries combined.” Furthermore, nearly two million Americans work in the golf business, earning annual wages of $55.6 billion. But The Buzz still strongly recommends that you tip the locker room attendant and the kid who cleans your clubs after a round.

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