Jul 23, 2013 | 06:17 AM

Soldiering On

While we’re in the heart of the season of majors, there are other majors—as well as lieutenants, privates, sergeants, captains, and corporals—golfers should be thinking about, America’s soldiers and veterans. One way to help them is by playing in the third annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing,” to be held around the county on Monday, August 12, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The outing is hosted by course owner-operator Billy Casper Golf on 110 of their facilities in 28 states and is open to golfers of all abilities, no handicap required. Entry fees vary and along with golf, cart, range balls, lunch, awards, contests, and prizes include a donation to WWP, a non-partisan organization that honors and empowers injured servicemen and women, some of whom will play in the event. Last year more than 7,800 golfers participated. This year, participants will be encouraged to post photos and updates during the day. For more information, locations of participating courses, and registration, go to

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Jul 22, 2013 | 08:24 AM

The Road To Redemption

If there has been a common theme to the first three majors of the season, it is one word: redemption. Adam Scott put last year’s British Open collapse behind him with a steely win at Augusta; Justin Rose, the teen prodigy who all but vanished in his 20s (once missing 21 cuts in a row), capped his return to the top with a victory at Merion; and now Phil Mickelson has followed an excruciating loss at Merion with an emphatic win at Muirfield. So the question begs, who will surface at Oak Hill? Can Rory conquer his demons and silence his critics? Can Tiger end his Sunday slumps and get number 15? Or can Lee Westwood do as Phil did, follow his most painful loss with the triumph of his life? We’ll know in a couple of weeks.

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Jul 21, 2013 | 10:27 AM

Ribbons in the Sky

One of the best things about ESPN’s coverage of The Open Championship is its enhanced use of “Flight Tracker,” the blue line that follows the live flight of the ball. It’s so cool to see how much the ball curves at Muirfield, whether due to the wind or the player’s swing. It's also very practical since the ball seems especially hard to follow in flight at The Open against the treeless Scottish sky. The graphic is possible through the technology of German firm Trackman and its briefcase-size Doppler radar unit that many of the best teachers and club fitters use these days. (It doesn’t come cheap, with units costing about $30,000.) ESPN only had it set up on a few holes at this year’s Open, but hopefully it will be able to use more and more in years to come as the graphic really improves the telecast. Just imagine how cool it would have been in the era of balata balls when golfers could really curve it?

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Jul 20, 2013 | 08:51 AM

He's Smokin'!

Seems some golf purists are worried what a British Open win by 49-year-old Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez would do for the game. Why? Because he isn’t a flat belly, he smokes cigars, drinks good amounts of red wine (Spanish, of course), his warm-up routine is little more than some funky looking stretching, and even when he has the lead, he has no routine at night, choosing to go to bed when he wants to—after another cigar and more wine. But at least when round three started today, he had the lead, and that’s seven months after breaking his leg skiing plus presently dealing with tennis elbow. His take? “I feel relaxed. I love what I’m doing. I play golf.” Whether or not his training regimen catches on (personally, we like it), his attitude is worth adopting.

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