May 29, 2013 | 03:59 PM

Tailor Made Victories

Colonial When Boo Weekley won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Ft. Worth on Sunday, he completed a plaid hat trick. It’s doubtful he’s worn the jackets from his back-to-back wins at the RBC Heritage in 2007–08 outside his own living room (although you never know with Boo), so it’s safe to say he didn’t need a third, but there are subtle differences between the two as you can in the photos. Although both are tartans from the royal House of Stewart (Queen Elizabeth II’s personal pattern) and produced by Kinloch Anderson of Scotland, there are subtle striping and color variations between the two. Heritage organizers removed one yellow bar from the cloth (right) to make it unique to the Hilton Head Island, S.C., tournament. The Colonial is the longest-running PGA Tour event at the same course and its sartorial trophy tradition began in 1952, predating the Heritage by 17 years. Heritage
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May 29, 2013 | 09:38 AM

When Tiger Was Just a Cub

For today's Buzz item, we go to the LINKS vault for some early Tiger Woods' commercials that our guess is you haven't seen in some time. Called "Golf's Not Hard," the late-'90s Nike spots show a carefree Woods who seemed more at ease with himself. They also show what a darn good pitchman he is as he illustrates how to "hit a 300-yard bunker shot," "how to simplify your swing," and "how to use the gallery as a swing aid." Maybe Nike should revive the series with new ones.

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May 28, 2013 | 08:52 AM

Best Feet Forward

Golf architect Tom Doak has walked a few courses in his life, but on July 4 he’ll attempt to walk—and play—six of them in one day. Doak is the latest to sign up for the 100 Hole Hike, a global network of golf marathons organized to raise money for a variety of good causes. He’s made a wise choice for his debut—St. Andrews—both because it will bring him back to the place where he nurtured his love of golf architecture and because there are few flatter, easier-to-walk courses than those of the Auld Grey Toon. Doak's trek will begin at the Old Course at dawn, proceed through the New, Jubilee, Eden, Strathtyrum, and nine-hole Balgove courses, and conclude with a return to the first tee of the Old for hole number 100. Similar hikes are scheduled this summer at two dozen sites around the U.S. including Pinehurst and Medinah. Think you do it? Contact founder Jim Colton (who once walked 155 miles in one day) at

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May 24, 2013 | 08:08 AM

Havana Good Round?

Golf is coming (back) to Cuba. More than 50 years after the Castro Revolution and the labeling of the game as “bourgeois,” a $350 million resort, The Carbonera Club, is planned for Varadero on the island’s north coast. To be built by the British firm Esencia Hotels and Resorts—and featuring a course designed by Tony Jacklin—it’s just the first of as many as 15 or so new courses to expected open in Cuba over the next decade. Why the change of heart? The need for tourism dollars. Which also explains why, according to The Economist, Varadero will build the largest marina in the Caribbean and the country’s airports will be upgraded, as well. When those airports begin accepting flights from the U.S. is a whole different issue.

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