Aug 19, 2014 | 08:46 am

Christian Values

Add another chapter to pro golf’s oddest biography, The Enigma That Is Bubba. Two weeks after losing a few thousand more fans with his petulant behavior at the PGA—where his antics included f-bombing, club throwing, and heaping some more abuse on his caddie Ted Scott—Bubba, as part of his penitence and promise to “be a better person,” has bestowed his long-suffering looper, Ted Scott, with a brand new car and truck. The professed devout Christian may not always act in accordance with his faith but he does seem to know something about Christian history, as the caddie car payoff harkens back to the medieval practice of buying indulgences.

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Aug 18, 2014 | 06:48 am

Waving Goodbye

There were two significant goodbyes at the Wyndham Championship this past weekend. On Friday, Padraig Harrington (above) missed the cut and, as a result, lost his exempt status on the PGA Tour (he entered the tournament ranked 188th on the money list). According to Yahoo Sport, his options for next year are relying on invitations from tournaments, taking a one-season exemption as one of the Tour’s all-time top-50 money winners (he said he’s saving that option for another time), and using his status as a former champion to get into a few events. The other farewell is to 41-year-old American Joe Ogilvie, who played his last Tour event—his 399th—at Wyndham: The graduate of Duke University is starting a full-time job as an investment banker. In 19 years on Tour, Ogilvie had one win (fittingly, it was the U.S. Bank Championship, in 2007) and four titles. More than 300 people waited at the final hole to wish him well. Speaking afterward about playing his last tournament, Ogilvie’s comment was, “Man, that was hard.”

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Aug 15, 2014 | 09:06 am

Tired Of Waiting For A Tee Time?

The real-estate market is showing healthy signs of life, so we’re curious to see how long it takes this property to get snapped up by some savvy bargain-hunter. “Three Ponds Farm” is a 60-acre estate in the tony Hamptons area of New York's Long Island (not far from such well-known courses as Shinnecock Hills, The National Golf Links of America, Sebonack, and Friar’s Head). Along with the 8 bedrooms, 10 full baths (and 3 partials), 20,000 square feet of interior space, and both a guest wing and staff quarters, the home features an “18-hole course” designed by Rees Jones: It plays as 18 holes but actually is 5 fairways with 4 huge greens (with two and three pins), and 10 sets of tees. We described the course two years ago in an article about ultra-private (as in one person owns them) courses. Now the whole kit-and-kaboodle is for sale for a reported $60 million. Check out the exclusive Sotheby’s listing (which features photo and video tours), make your bid, then invite us over for a quick round.

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Aug 14, 2014 | 01:15 pm

The Turkish 8

Ever hear of the Turkish 8? It’s not a law firm or a bad action movie title. It’s actually a group of well-known Tour pros — Woods, McIlroy, Kuchar, Rose, Mahan, Westwood, Schwartzel and Webb Simpson — who played for big bucks in 2012 at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. That just happened to be the same week as the Open. A special waiver was granted to them along with a mandate to play in at least one Open in 2103, 2014 or 2015. The most recently successful of the 8 – Rory McIlroy – announced he will not be fulfilling his previous commitment to play in this year’s Open at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, Calif., October 9-12. Maybe because he will be playing in the Grand Slam of Golf event in Bermuda on October 13th. Or more likely because two consecutive major wins have changed his schedule dramatically. The event actually kicks off the new season but that’s another story. It’s too bad the bright lights won’t follow Rory there now —the PGA Tour is returning to Napa for the first time in 34 years, and they will be playing a bomber’s course redesigned in 2011 by Johnny Miller, who is part of the resort’s ownership group. Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan are now the marquee names in this year's field. That means the remaining six are very likely to make their way to Wine Country next year. 

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