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Jul 03, 2013 | 09:14 AM

Jack is Back (at Wimbledon)

Jack Nicklaus has had a pretty good career playing on grass, so it’s only fitting that his favorite tennis tournament is Wimbledon, where he’s been spotted the last couple of days spectating at Centre Court. He’s visited the last couple of years, in fact, having first started coming in the early ‘70s prior to the Open Championship. Nicklaus is something of a grass-court aficionado with three lighted ones at his home in North Palm Beach (he used to have a clay court, as well, until Jack II built a home over it). A decent doubles player who likes to serve and volley, Nicklaus usually plays every weekend with a dozen people or more, including former pros like Cliff Drysdale and Butch Buchholz. Last December, Nicklaus got a surprise visit from the world’s No. 1 doubles team, Mike and Bob Bryan, and Jack and Bob preceded to steamroll the competition in the “Golden Bear Day Camp” tournament (photo above). Nicklaus’ stop in London is beginning of a 13-day, 7-country European trip—part business, part pleasure—that will also take him to Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, and Russia.

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Jul 02, 2013 | 10:39 AM

St. Andrews: Park's Place?

Suddenly, the upcoming British Open now looms as the biggest golf event of the year and arguably the biggest event in sports for 2013. No, not the men’s Open at Muirfield, the women’s at St. Andrews, where Inbee Park will try to do what no golfer—male or female—has ever done: win four consecutive professional major championships in the same calendar year. Park, for a variety of reasons, has stayed under the radar while winning the first three, but now her story commands the same sort of can-it-be-done attention as Tiger’s quest to break Nicklaus’s record, except that it’s all focused on one event. Should she pull it off, it will be the greatest achievement in the history of women’s golf. Sadly, however, its status as a grand slam will be debated, due to an unfortunately timed decision by the LPGA to accord major status (for the first time this year) to a fifth event, the Evian Masters. There are those who will argue that winning four straight majors is not enough, that Park would have to take all five to complete the circuit. Nonetheless, if she wins at St. Andrews, her accomplishment will stand alongside just two other feats in the game’s long history—Jones’s Grand Slam of 1930 and the Tiger Slam of 2000/01. And therein lies a good omen: Each of those slams included a victory on the Old Course.

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Jul 01, 2013 | 09:28 AM

Rory Vs The Robot

 

Rory McIlroy may be having trouble with his game--he missed the cut at last week's Irish Open and hasn't had many rounds to brag about this year--but he's kept his sense of humor. It's evident in a video he made for the European Tour that pits the two-time major champion against a golf-ball-hitting robot. The Euros went to some trouble and expense to make this video, which is much funnier than is much cleverer than most YouTube golf fare. And it even makes you confident that McIlroy will find his way out of his current clump, even if just by laughing through it.

 

 

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Jun 28, 2013 | 05:52 AM

Rappin’ In The Rough

Wondering where the next generation of golfers is coming from? At least one of them is already here. Five-year-old Caleb Corsa, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, is the star of a YouTube video that professes his love for golf.  In “I Love Golf,” made with the help of his dad, little rapper “Caleb C” sports the turned-around hat and staccato-singing style common to other music videos as he rhymes his way from tee to green and beyond. In little more than a week, the video has nearly 25,000 views—and a growing fan club. Watch out, Justin Bieber!

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