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Sep 21, 2015 | 06:23 am

Keeping Up With Jones

No matter who you think the best golfer is today, the list of best all time must include Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones, who won 13 major championships—including the "Grand Slam"—between 1923 and 1930 (when the majors were the U.S. and British Open and Amateurs), created Augusta National and The Masters, and was one of the most popular sports figures of his day. Through the end of November, an exhibit of Jones artifacts is on display at Emory University in Atlanta, where, according to PGA.com, Dr. Robert Tyre Jones IV recently attributed his grandfather’s greatness to three key factors. First, Bobby “believed a golf tournament was won or lost before the first ball had even been struck,” Dr. Jones said. Second, he stayed in the moment, something Jones was so good at, his grandson said, that sometimes Bobby had no memory of a shot after he’d hit it. And third, he played the course, not the competitors. Other facts about Jones, according to his descendant: He didn’t eat solid food until he was five, he played his first tournament at age 6 and won a small silver cup that he kept the rest of his life, and from 1916 until 1930 he never lost in match play to the same opponent twice.

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Sep 18, 2015 | 01:08 pm

Sehr Gut!

The club hosting the Solheim Cup this weekend is the Golf Club St. Leon-Rot and it's located in Germany between Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Never heard of it? Well, the club was founded by Dietmar Hopp, the CEO, as well as one of the founders, of software giant SAP (think of the logo on the front of Ernie Els's hat), which has its corporate HQ nearby. Hopp, a single-digit handicapper, wanted to create a great club that was commited to developing junior golf. The Hannes Schreiner-designed Rot course opened in 1997 and hosted the Deutsche Bank/SAP Open in 1999 and 2001, both of which Tiger Woods won. Woods also won the event in 2002 on the club's newer St. Leon course, which English architect Dave Thomas designed and is the one the ladies are playing this week. Apparently Hopp wasn't too fond of the tight, hilly courses in the area, so the both courses are relatively flat and wide open with generous fairways. Both courses are always in immaculate condition, while length and lots of water in play will be the biggest factors during the Solheim Cup. The coolest thing at the club is the indoor practice green, which you can see in the video above. Clearly, it's a popular spot in the wintertime.

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Sep 17, 2015 | 01:02 pm

A Little Something For The Effort

Let’s start with the obvious question: Who knew there was a Caddie Hall of Fame? Lots of people will now, after Bill Murray and his five brothers were inducted into it last night. The informal (judging by their attire, at any rate) ceremony was held after the pro-am for this week’s BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. The five Murray boys—Bill, Andy, Brian, Ed, Joel, and John—caddied as kids at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Illinois, and their exploits became the basis for the movie “Caddyshack,” which was written by Brian and starred Bill and Brian. The Caddie Hall of Fame was created in 1999 and has been administered by the Western Golf Association since 2011. The Murrays join such illustrious company as former caddies Jack Nicklaus (who carried for his dad), Bandon Dunes creator Mike Keiser, instructor Harvey Penick, Francis Ouimet, Old Tom Morris, and Tour caddies Steve Williams, Greg Rita, and Mike “Fluff” Cowan. Asked about the event, Bill said, “I’m just afraid they’re going to make me caddie again.” Now that would be a Cinderella story.

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Sep 16, 2015 | 06:46 am

He’s Back…

Well that didn’t take very long. Just two weeks after David Feherty left CBS, he’s found a new home at NBC while continuing to appear on its sister network, Golf Channel. Beginning in January, Feherty will be an analyst both on the ground and in the tower for NBC and Golf Channel coverage of the PGA Tour, as well as select PGA of America and European Tour events—including the Open Championship when it comes to the peacock network in 2017—plus the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, and Olympic golf. “Every 20 years it seems I do something different,” the 57-year-old Feherty said yesterday. “I played for 20 years, I had 20 years at CBS, and hopefully I’ll have 20 here.” He will continue his Golf Channel talk show and appearing on “Morning Drive” and “Golf Central,” will create digital content, and under a first-look development deal with NBCUniversal, the networks’ parent company, may have other opportunities in and out of golf. As his new bosses welcomed him to the team, Feherty responded, “I'm hoping that they don't drug test announcers because I would fail on several counts with the psych meds that I have to take, especially at the Olympics. I think I'm probably doomed if they do that there.”

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