Jun 02, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Slow Go—Or No Go?—In Rio

The Rio Olympics can’t catch a break. Construction delays, police shootings, and public protests are among the problems putting the 2016 Summer Games in peril. There have even been rumors that Olympic officials are talking to other cities—like 2012 host London—about a last-minute save. And the prospects for golf at the Rio games are no brighter. According to the Associated Press, the Gil Hanse-designed course—where grass is finally starting to grow—is not only behind schedule but may be violating Brazilian environmental laws and have to be shut down. A spokesman for the games confirmed that a state prosecutor has asked to see documentation that proper rules and regulations are being followed. All this on top of what the AP calls “an on-going legal dispute over land ownership, protests by environmentalists centered on the loss of a wetland area, and teething problems for a sport new to Brazil.” One advantage of the Olympics making an 11th-hour shift to the UK: There will be golf courses aplenty—and fully grown in.

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May 30, 2014 | 12:16 PM

If Gallagher Played Golf, It Would Look Like This

It’s been an interesting week for melons. And The Buzz isn’t referring to Rory McIlroy and his ability to clear his melon after breaking off a wedding engagement and win last weekend, although that was pretty impressive. No, it’s this video—ominously entitled “Man vs. Fruit”—of British long-drive champion Joe Miller hitting a golf ball through a watermelon. Not just once, but a number of times, shown from a variety of angles, in slow motion, and with very dramatic background music. We choose to look at it this way: It’s almost summer, watermelon is the official fruit of the season, and we like anything that means good weather and more golf. And watermelon is good for you, although what Mr. Miller does certainly isn’t good for watermelon.

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May 29, 2014 | 05:00 PM

Love Match

What does it say about male-female relationships when right after Rory McIlroy called off his wedding to Caroline Wozniacki, reportedly in a three-minute phone call, he went out and won his first tournament of the year—the European Tour’s flagship event, BMW PGA Championship—and she lost in the first round of the French Open? To get to the bottom of this burning issue, The Buzz consulted two relationship experts.

“Some people do better when they have a secure base in their personal life,” says Dr. Wendy Walsh, author of The 30-Day Love Detox. “Don't always assume the gender. Some men only do well professionally when they are in a relationship. (Case in point, Tiger Woods.) Caroline may have felt deregulated without an anchored attachment, or her competition could have just been tougher that day. And some men's testosterone levels swing up when they enter the dating market—and that can clearly be linked to athleticism.”

Rachel DeAlto, the author of Flirt Fearlessly, thinks their opposite performances are due to two factors. “Men are able to compartmentalize far better than most women,” she says. “They avoid drama and tend to fight or flight. Rory was likely able to pretend as if the situation didn’t exist during his tournament. But I think it had more to do with the fact that he broke up with her. Rory was in control of the situation, and made the decision to end the relationship. He was prepared, even if it wasn’t a long preparation, for the dissolution. Caroline was apparently blindsided, and had no time to process her emotions fully. Regardless of the pain he feels now, or six months from now, at that moment he likely felt free.”

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May 29, 2014 | 09:00 AM

Arnie & You

Maybe he winked you at while walking down a fairway or signed a flag now framed in your office. Perhaps it was a quick handshake as he made his way through a crowd. Or maybe that round you played with him in a pro-am. No matter your memory of Arnold Palmer, you now have a chance to share it with the world — or at least with Golf Channel viewers. The network has announced a sequel of sorts to Arnie, the three-part documentary that ran last month and became the most-watched original production in the network’s history. The new installment, to air in 2015, will be entitled Dear Arnie, and consist of video content sent in by members of Arnie’s Army. For information about how to submit your own memory, click here. Entry deadline is December 31st.

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