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Mar 10, 2014 | 11:41 AM

It Must Be True, It's On The Internet!

How did we live, and laugh, before the internet. And especially before we all had still and video cameras in our pockets and on our phones, little peepers that seem to catch every silly pratfall and amazing stunt done by our friends. If the only “televised golf” you’re used to seeing is on the weekend Tour telecasts or Golf Channel recaps, just take a look at the two YouTube videos linked here. The first is truly incredible trick shot that makes you wonder just how many takes it took to catch it. The second (which you also can click on above) is not for the faint of heart, or head, as it captures dozens of dumb cart-turnovers and golfer mess-ups, and can be painful to watch. If you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry, well, The Buzz feels your pain.

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Mar 07, 2014 | 10:53 AM

All About Arnie

If you can’t get enough of Arnold Palmer—and really, who can?—you’ll be glued to Golf Channel as soon as this year’s Masters is done. A three-part series called “Arnie” kicks off Sunday, April 13, at 10 p.m. with an installment titled “Arnie and his Army.” That’s followed Monday, April 14, at 10 p.m. by “Arnie and His Majors,” and finishes Tuesday, April 15, at 10 p.m. with “Arnie and His Legacy.” Cameras followed Arnie for a year and interviewed more than 100 people from Jack Nicklaus to Bill Clinton, Peyton Manning to Kurt Russell, while researchers combed through hours of old footage to produce what the network calls the “definitive story of the most influential man to ever pick up a club.” Check out this preview, then clear your calendar.

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Mar 06, 2014 | 12:00 PM

The Perfect Round

It moved one man to tears. It stunned the others in attendance that day in April of 2011. That’s when an IT manager named Rick Baird shot a perfect round—of putt-putt golf. That’s right: 18 strokes on 18 holes. A new documentary details the round, which took place during a Professional Putters Association event in Richmond, Virginia. There were no windmills or clown’s mouths on the layout, just slight uphills, downhills, forced angles and a number of back rail shots. But Baird one-putted them all, with his final putt was captured on video. Baird has been playing putt-putt since he was 10 years old. “I found the one thing I was good at it and just kept sticking with it,” he said. Not impressed by this very rare moment in putt-putt history? As one of Baird’s fellow competitors says in the documentary, “It’s a skill. It’s an art. Try it sometime if you don’t believe it.”

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Mar 05, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Another Trump En-Hanse-ment

Lost in all the hullabaloo over the redesigned Blue Monster and this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship is the fact that Gil Hanse is working on another project for Donald Trump in Dubai—the first new course there in five years. Though Trump won’t actually own the club—he’ll brand and manage the course for a 25-year lease—Trump International, Dubai, will be the 21st course in his growing portfolio, following his recent purchase of Doonbeg. The layout, set to open officially next spring, will anchor a high-end masterplanned community, Akoya Park, being developed by Damac Properties, which took over a mothballed development where the land had been cleared. Damac already had hired an architect to build the course, but when Trump got involved, he insisted on Hanse, who just returned from the site where grassing is already underway. Unlike so many other Augusta-like designs there, the design will appear more natural with the area’s rolling sand dunes a focal point of the design. Trump Dubai is not far from Tiger Woods’ defunct design, which Hanse toured out of curiosity.

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