Aug 27, 2015 | 05:00 pm

Shooting 100

The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club in northern New Jersey isn't the only big golf tournament going on in the New York Metropolitan area. On the other side of the Hudson, the Metropolitan Open is celebrating a milestone this week at Winged Foot, as Bill Field writes about in The New York Times. First played in 1905, the Met Open was one of the few tournaments open to both professionals and amateur. In the 1920s and '30s, it was one of the country's premier tournaments, with some of the most prominent golfers of the day winning it. The $750 Bryon Nelson won at the 1936 Met Open was huge boost to his playing career, propelling him to capture his first Masters the following year. But unable to keep up with the growing purses to attract top stars, the event took an eight-year hiatus from 1941–'48. But ever since it resumed, it's been one of the country's best regional competitions, played on classic courses. For scores of the 100th edition of the tournament, click here.

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Aug 26, 2015 | 04:39 pm

Potus Gets Fleeced

Derek Jeter always showed a lot of hustle on the baseball field in his long, distinguished career with the Yankees. He also knows how to hustle on the golf course, too. According to a story in Politico, Jeter pulled a pretty good sandbagging stunt on President Obama last November in Las Vegas, Obama told a gathering at a big fundraiser Monday night at the home of Las Vegas Sun newspaper owner Brian Greenspun. "[Greenspun] and Derek Jeter stole money from me at Shadow Creek,” POTUS said. "It was clearly a set up, because when we got to the practice range, [Jeter] was shanking balls everywhere. I said, 'You play golf Derek?' And he said, 'I just started two weeks ago.'" So he gave Jeter 30 strokes, but soon realized that was a mistake as they were on the 1st hole. Jeter beat him pretty badly. "We had to take a picture of me handing Derek Jeter money at the end of the game," Obama added. Just call him Derek "Cheater."

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Aug 25, 2015 | 08:37 am

Rooms With A Mega-View

One of the game’s most famous hotels is about to get a major facelift. The 128-year-old MacDonald Rusacks which overlooks the 18th fairway of the Old Course at St. Andrews has been granted approval for a $10-million upgrade that will markedly change its facade while adding 44 luxury glass-fronted suites with direct views over the hallowed links and the North Sea. The renovation, which had been opposed strongly by locals who felt it would materially alter the iconic look of the town’s most famous street, will also include a rooftop terrace, restaurant, and bar. Want one of those suites for the next Open at St. Andrews? Book now. 

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Aug 24, 2015 | 09:48 am

Award Season

Not all of the news in pro golf occurs inside the ropes. Former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman was announced as the recipient of the 2015 PGA Distinguished Service Award—the highest honor given by the PGA of America—which recognizes outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities. The 77-year-old Beman was commissioner for 20 years beginning in 1974 and was instrumental in the PGA Tour’s fantastic growth. And the PGA Tour gave out a big honor of its own, the 2015 Payne Stewart Award, to Ernie Els (above) for his philanthropic work, notably the establishment of the Els For Autism Foundation, which he and wife Liezl formed after their son Ben was diagnosed with autism. The award comes with $500,000 in grant money to various foundations supported by the Stewart Family Foundation and Els’s charity.

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