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Jun 24, 2013 | 05:37 AM

Make Way For Monty

Yesterday was Colin Montgomerie’s birthday. He turned 50, which means we’ll be seeing him on the Champions Tour soon. Very soon. As in this coming weekend, when he debuts at the Constellation Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh. The member of golf’s Hall of Fame—with 31 Euro Tour victories, eight Euro Tour Order of Merit (money list) titles, and an outstanding 16-7-5 record in six Ryder Cups—said he’s excited to be “competing on more of a level playing field.” Searching for his first tournament win since 2007, Monty will bounce back and forth between the US and Europe this year, including trying to qualify for the British Open at Muirfield, followed by the British Senior Open. By the way, playing the old guys’ tour gives the man generally acknowledged as the best player to never win a major a whole new set of chances to win a big one.

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Jun 20, 2013 | 08:32 AM

It’s All in the Ball

It’s official: OnCore Golf’s hollow metal core EVO golf ball is the official ball of the 2013 Hamptons Golf Classic, scheduled for July 24. The perimeter-weighted sphere is designed to mitigate offline shots and fly straight. The concept, according to the firm, is simple: the proprietary metal used in the hollow metal core, combined with high performance polymer composite blends in the mantle layer, shift the ball’s weight to the perimeter on impact, increasing the moment of inertia and reducing sidespin. The result: Straighter drives, more accurate iron shots, and “laser-straight putts.” OnCore Golf’s tagline for its non-conforming EVO ball? “You just became a better golfer.” Just don’t expect to see one of these pellets in play at next week’s U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. 

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Jun 19, 2013 | 05:34 AM

What’s With Wales?

In the field at last week’s U.S. Open were nine Englishmen (including winner Justin Rose), four Scots, three players from Northern Ireland, one from Ireland, but only one—Jamie Donaldson—from Wales. Numbers like those have Welshman Ian Woosnam worried about the game’s health in his homeland, especially at the pro level. Woosie says golf is “fading away” in Wales, which has only two players on the European Tour (Donaldson and Phil Price). “We need to get some sort of infrastructure in place to get the players playing,” Woosnam said, calling for golf instruction in schools and help from the government as happens in countries like Sweden. Welsh golf authorities disagree with Woosie’s assessment, saying the game has grown nicely since the Ryder Cup was played at Celtic Manor in 2010. “It’s very expensive to play at a professional level,” says the 1991 Masters champion. “If the youngsters haven’t got the backing, they’re going to fall and then lose interest in the game.”

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Jun 18, 2013 | 09:17 AM

Scotland The Brave

While golf course development in the U.S. remains stagnant at best—just 13 courses opened last year while more than 10 times that many closed—golf in the Kingdom of Fife seems to be humming along. A few weeks ago came the report that Tom Weiskopf’s Feddinch project, just a few miles from St. Andrews, was under way, and now we have news of Dumbarnie Links, a $15 million course proposed for a stretch of coastline in the Lower Largo area, 20 minutes southwest of the Auld Grey Toon. The course, if approved, will be designed by former European Tour player and BBC commentator Clive Clark, and one of the principals behind the project is veteran golf writer Malcolm Campbell who, as co-author of the book True Links, knows a thing or two about links golf courses. They envision a Kingsbarns-like operation—no members, high-quality daily-fee golf, and another reason to plan a Scottish golf vacation.

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