Sep 10, 2015 | 01:00 pm

Royal Birthday

Happy Birthday to the King! Arnold Palmer turns 86 today. According to his longtime publicist, Doc Giffin, Arnie won't be playing golf today like most of us like to do on our birthday because of his troublesome shoulder. He occasionally hits balls on the range, but hasn't played a round since he dislocated his shoulder last December. He plans on taking it easy before a quiet dinner his wife Kit is planning for him at a restaurant in Latrobe. But now is as good a time as any to ask, What is Arnie's legacy? No, it's not his eponymous drink, though people will be ordering it long after he's gone. (How many others have a drink named after them, after all?) For many, it's how he popularized the sport and brought it out of its stuffy country club confines into the mainstream. No doubt that's part of it, but what we love about Arnie here at LINKS is how much appreciation he has for the game. He never tired of it, whether it was playing tournanments, traveling the world, beating balls, or signing autographs. He has always showed gratitude for his incredibly good fortune and rarely, if ever, has taken it for granted. He's always seen the bigger picture. He might not have been the game's greatest player, but he is the game's most loved player. And in the end, that's what matters most.

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Sep 09, 2015 | 10:06 am

Moving Forward

Ever since die-hard golfer Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner, golfers have wanted to know: does she play from the red tees? Well, Today show cohost Matt Lauer finally revealed the answer this morning on the show when the two of them played a round at Woodland Hills Country Club in LA's San Fernando Valley. "When I told my friends we were coming to play golf, every one of them..." Lauer says before Jenner interrupts him. "I know what you're going to say... Of course I am."

"No, you're not," Lauer good-naturedly retorts. "It's either the whites or the blues for you."

"C'mon, Matt. You can't take it?"

"No, no, I can't. It's just not fair."

"I'll tell you what. I'll play from the tips. I really don't care," Jenner adds, before ripping one from what looks like the white tees.

For the complete interview, click here.

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Sep 08, 2015 | 11:20 am

FedEX Winners/Losers

After round two of the playoffs, things have shaken up a bit with Deutsche Bank champion Rickie Fowler jumping from outside the top 10 into third place behind Jason Day and Jordan Spieth. Filling out the top five are yesterday’s runner-up Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson. Among the other big jumpers last week were Charley Hoffman whose strong showing  took him from 17th to 6th place, Jerry Kelly who leaped 29 places into 65th, and William McGirt who, with the help of a hole-out from the fairway for eagle on the 71st hole, vaulted 20 spots into 68th, two inside the Fedex points cut.  On the downside, several players shot themselves out of the race including Jason Dufner, Kevin Streelman, Marc Leishman, and Charles Howell. When the playoffs resume in two weeks with the BMW Championship at Conway Farms, the cut will go down to 30, and a new race for survival will be on, with the current bubble boy Louis Oosthuizen. 

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Cabot Cliffs

Sep 07, 2015 | 09:15 am

Canadian Club

Without doubt, one of the hottest courses of the year is the newly opened Cabot Cliffs, located on the western side of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. This Coore/Crenshaw design that covers Ireland-like dunes and spectacular rocky cliffs joins the highly regarded Cabot Links to make this a must-visit destination. Here’s a great way to see and play them both, October 14-15, and benefit the Golf Canada Foundation, the country’s leading source for golf philanthropy, providing grassroots development programs for kids, collegiate golfers, and Olympic golf, among other worthy goals. The two-day event includes one round on each course, meals, cocktails, prizes, and accommodations at the Cabot Links Lodge, for $10,000 for a foursome (only about $7,500 US). For details, email the Golf Canada Foundation at

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