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Dec 15, 2015 | 10:39 am

Rory vs. The Robot

Over the past few years the European PGA Tour has produced a series of creative and entertaining videos promoting its stars, and now it has re-issued the most popular one ever made, a shotmaking competition featuring Rory McIlroy, a swing robot, and a number of, uh, washing machines. (The shots are fun to watch but the best part may be the nimble banter from the robot.)

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Dec 14, 2015 | 06:04 am

R&A to Turnberry: “You’re Fired!”

Donald Trump’s pronouncements as a presidential candidate are beginning to hurt his golf business. According to The Independent, the Royal & Ancient will not hold the Open Championship at Scotland’s famed Turnberry resort, which Trump bought last year. The British newspaper reported that rather than getting the 2020 Open, as was widely believed, Trump’s “reputation is so toxic that the newly renamed Trump Turnberry can no longer host the game’s most prestigious tournament.” The R&A has been watching the Trump campaign from across the ocean with increasing displeasure, with his call to close the U.S. border to Muslims the last straw. A member of the R&A told the paper that in the club’s private discussions, “One word was thrown around: Enough.” The newspaper explained that the decision isn’t only moral, but also business, as “Middle East sovereign wealth is a key element of European Tour sponsorship.” Trump's troubles aren't only in Britain. It’s been reported that the PGA Tour is considering moving the WGC-Cadillac Championship away from Trump National Doral in Miami after 2016. Earlier this year, the PGA of America pulled its Grand Slam of Golf from Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles after the candidate’s comments on Mexican immigrants, but the association said at the time that it was still planning to hold the 2017 Senior PGA Championship at Trump’s course near Washington, D.C., and the 2022 PGA Championship at his course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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Dec 11, 2015 | 01:37 pm

Dazed and Confused

David Feherty used to party like a rock star, so it's only fitting he really opens up about his past drug use to Rolling Stone. He's asked about winning the Scottish Open 30 years ago in Glasgow and then going on a binger, waking up two days later on a putting green 150 miles away in Gleneagles with the former road manager of Led Zepplin, losing the trophy in the process. He's also asked about how bad his drug use got and has this to say: "A typical day was 30-40 Vicodin and two and a half bottles of whiskey…real whiskey. Whiskey with an 'e.' There was cocaine, there was dope. When I think about it now I'm like, 'Why am I alive?'" The golf world is glad he survived.

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Dec 10, 2015 | 06:53 am

Small Wonders

If you’re getting tired of seeing a new internet video every week of some 4-year-old with a better swing than you have then do not check out the “Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing in the World” contest, which is back for its sixth year. However, if there’s a mini McIlroy or a little Lexi in your life, here’s what you need to know to get him, or her, entered. There are four age groups—under 3, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, and 7 to 8—with prizes to be won worth more than $1,000 in apparel, equipment, and training aids. (If they’re that good do they need training aids? At age 6?) The contest runs through January 11, 2016, and will be judged by Jordan Spieth, Lydia Ko, Keegan Bradley, and a handful of teaching pros. For more information, including rules and details on how to submit your abbreviated Annika’s or diminutive Day’s video, go to the website, where you also can view the swings of last year’s winners.

 

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