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Sep 20, 2013 | 10:18 AM

A Passage From India

Much has been made of golf’s growth in emerging countries. We hear about courses and resorts being built in far-off corners of the world, and a look at the leaderboards of professional events reveals flags of more and more nations every year. What we don’t see or hear much of are the different stories of those suddenly exposed to the game, some of whom are coming from surprising places. ESPN’s documentary series E:30 ran an amazing story about a caddy at Bombay Presidency Golf Club in Mumbai, who came out of that city’s slums—where an unusual form of urban golf is played—to qualify for India’s developmental tour. Watch this video and you may never look at your own game the same way again.

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Sep 19, 2013 | 06:16 AM

Where’s the Beef?

How do those touring pros hit it so far? They chow down on Kingmade Jerky, a snack prepared from a homemade recipe by PGA Tour caddie Jeff King, a native Texan who tinkered for weeks with cooking methods to arrive at a premium-grade beef jerky, one he says would “satisfy the health-conscious tastes of the players out on tour.” Today, more than 100 tour players eat Kingmade, including Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Ricky Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Yani Tseng, and Azahara Munoz. “It’s hands down the best I’ve ever had,” says Kuchar, a jerky enthusiast. King, who uses 100% flank steak with spices, said his jerky has five times less sodium and sugar than any of its competitors and no MSG or nitrites. “We are a premium protein for a different kind of carnivore,” says King, who has farmed out production to C&C Processing, a family-owned meat processing plant in the Midwest, enabling him to get out of the kitchen and back on tour. Kingmade Jerky comes in three flavors: Sweet Chili Pepper, Classic, and Buffalo Style. The product sells for $8.00 for 2.25 ounces and is also available in one-pound bags.

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Sep 18, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Great Scott!

Adam Scott’s year just got a little bit better with a course-record 63 at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island. He played the legendary layout during a casual round on his way to Chicago last week for the BMW Championship. The 2013 Masters champ, who also won The Barclays a few weeks ago, made a 12-foot birdie putt on 18 to beat the 64 shot by Ray Floyd in 1996 also during a non-competitive round—ten years after Floyd won the U.S. Open there. The next Open at Shinnecok is in 2018, so perhaps Scott's record is a good omen for him to pick up another major. “It’s pretty cool,” Scott told the AP. “The members got pretty excited when I came off the course.” Want a good laugh? Then read this bizarre interpretation of the AP story by what we imagine to be a Chinese news service website.

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Sep 17, 2013 | 09:24 AM

Town vs. Crown

In a couple of weeks, the Presidents Cup—involving teams of 12 competitors on each side—will be played for the 10th time. Now consider that last weekend there was a team match that involved 684 players in a match that was celebrating its 100th birthday. The event—surely the largest annual team competition in the world—is the Town Match of St. Andrews, in which members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club take on players from local clubs in a dawn-to-dusk marathon of foursomes (alternate shot) competition that spreads across the Old, New, Jubilee, and Strathtyrum courses. It all started in 1913 and, except for a hiatus during the two world wars, has been played each September since. This year saw a tight contest that resulted in 87 points for the Town, 84 for the R&A. The overall results, however, are a bit lopsided: Counting its recent back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010, the R&A has won only five times, the homeys 84.

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