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Aug 06, 2013 | 08:34 AM

Winsome Threesomes

In keeping with tradition, rounds one and two of the PGA Championship will pair the winners of the year’s three previous majors—Adam Scott, Justin Rose, and Phil Mickelson—at 1:45 off the first tee Thursday. On Friday, that prime-time TV slot belongs to Tiger Woods and fellow long-hitting PGA champions Keegan Bradley and Davis Love III. Although the PGA isn’t as creative with its pairings as is the USGA for the U.S. Open, there are a couple of interesting (albeit PGA-centric) groups: Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem, and Mark Brooks (former champions who haven’t won since); David Toms (above), Padraig Harrington, and Y.E. Yang (former PGA champions struggling to regain form); and Darren Clarke, Tom Watson, and Paul McGinley (Ryder Cup Captains).

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Aug 05, 2013 | 09:00 AM

PGA Championship TV Times

Live from Rochester, New York, it’s the PGA Championship. “Glory’s Last Shot” will receive 28 hours of coverage this weekend on TNT and CBS.

Thursday, Aug. 8: 1-7pm TNT

Friday, Aug. 9: 1-7pm TNT

Saturday, Aug. 10: 11am-2pm TNT

Saturday, Aug. 10: 2-7pm CBS

Sunday, Aug. 11: 11am-2pm TNT

Sunday, Aug. 11: 2-7pm CBS

All times Eastern

And speaking of CBS, there’s a very good chance that golf fans in New York City, Los Angeles, and other markets won’t be able to watch that network’s broadcasts from Oak Hill because of an ongoing fight between CBS and Time-Warner Cable. The cable provider has pulled the plug on CBS and its subsidiaries, meaning local viewers missed seeing the final round of Tiger’s win at Firestone. For a listing of the opening-round tee times, check out the PGA’s official website.

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Aug 02, 2013 | 10:01 AM

Golf's Economic Impact

Golf is an economic indicator. Housing sales, equipment sales, rounds played—put them together and they give a mini-snapshot of how America is doing. And how is it? Pretty good, according to Bloomberg.com, which says most of the strength is from sales of golf homes and courses, both on the rise. Debt-ridden courses are either cleaning out their books or being sold and prices are up. Rounds played rose in 2012 over 2011 (by nearly 500 million rounds, a 5.7% jump), but this year isn’t faring as well due to the crazy weather nationwide. But all is not lost: Revenue per round is up this year. The bad weather also slowed golf equipment sales, according to LINKS editors’ own chats with industry types. As for golf’s total financial impact, Bloomberg pegged it in 2011 at $69 billion for the “core business” (more than twice baseball or football); add in the “spillover effect” golf has on other industries and we’re talking $177 billion in economic activity. So give yourself a round of applause, golfers: We’re keeping America moving!

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Aug 01, 2013 | 10:02 AM

New 19th Hole in St. Andrews

If contestants in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at St. Andrews are stuck for a place to refresh themselves after their rounds this week, they can walk a few yards to Hamilton Grand, the impressive red stone building behind the 18th green on the Old Course. The 1895 landmark property, now a collection of private residences, recently opened the Home of Golf’s newest 19th Hole, called “Hams Hame.” (The name was selected from more than 100 entries). “The one chosen tips a nod of respect to Thomas Hamilton, the Victorian entrepreneur who built the original Grand Hotel,” said Daniel Pereira, the resort’s general manager. “And ‘Hame’ is the perfect summing up of exactly what we hope the new bar and grill will become: a home for golfers, caddies and visitors to St. Andrews to enjoy the very best of Scottish hospitality.” Based on the low first round scores already recorded, the mood in Hams Hame could be quite celebratory, though with wind and lower temperatures in the weekend forecast, it could become more of a welcome refuge from the elements.

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