Aug 05, 2015 | 12:24 pm

Team U.S.A.

The opening ceremonies at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, take place one year from today. The only countries that could field more than two players right now are the U.S. on the men's side and the U.S. and Korea on the women's since the top 15 in the world get automatic entries with a limit of four players for a given country. After that, there can only be two players per country not already represented unil the field of 60 is complete (some countries will have only one player), so players ranked as far down as the 334 on the men's side and 605 on the women's will get to play. Right now, the Team U.S.A men would consist of Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, and Jim Furyk, while Chillean Mark Tullo, ranked 334th in the world, would also qualify. U.S. women would be Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, and Cristie Kerr, while Victoria Lovelady from the host country, ranked 605th in the world, would also qualify. That end result would be about 35 countries represented on both the men's and women's side. "Inbee Park said she thinks that if you’re in the top 50 in the world you should be able to play in the Olympics, but if that were the case, you’d only have about 12 countries represented," Ty Votaw, vice-president of the International Golf Federation, tells The Buzz. "I would submit to you that the fourth best sprinter from Jamaica is probably faster than every other athlete in the world except his other teammates but he doesn’t make the Olympics. The Olympics aren’t about all the top players. It’s about having the most amount of countries participate."

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Aug 04, 2015 | 08:43 am

Major Contributions

The 27 Club is a 27-hole layout with each hole designed by a different major championship winner. Architects Tom McBroom and Beau Welling co-honchoed the project, consulting with each of the pros—sending plans, discussing ideas over the phone, then making changes based on their feedback. The course is the latest addition to the portfolio of Pacific Links International, a club which offers access to more than 100 high-profile courses in a dozen countries.  Their hope with 27 Club is to create “a six star international golf resort and high-end residential community.” The 27 “co-designers” were Angel Cabrera, Annika Sorenstam, Ben Curtis, Mark Calcavecchia, Mark O’Meara, Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Paul Azinger, Bernhard Langer, Curtis Strange, David Duval, Fred Couples, Scott Simpson, Johnny Miller, Steve Jones, Tom Lehman, Todd Hamilton, Ian Baker-Finch, Jeff Sluman, John Daly, Larry Mize, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Y.E. Yang, Vijay Singh, Tom Weiskopf, and Tom Watson. 

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Aug 03, 2015 | 10:06 am

Best Laid Plans

If you’re making plans for next year and need to work around key golf events, get out your calendar and a pencil with an eraser. Seems there have been some changes. Since 2016 is the year of both the Ryder Cup and the Olympics—where golf will be played for the first time since 1904—the rest of the PGA Tour schedule had to bend a bit. Here’s when, and where, you’ll find the key events:

Masters, April 7-10 (Augusta National)

The Players Championship, May 12-15 (TPC Sawgrass)

U.S. Open, June 16-19 (Oakmont)

Open Championship, July 14-17 (Royal Troon)

PGA Championship, July 28-31 (Baltusrol)

Olympics, August 11-14 (Rio de Janeiro)

Tour Championship, September 22-25 (East Lake)

Ryder Cup, September 30-October 2 (Hazeltine National)

The PGA Championship to July is the most notable shift, thanks to the Olympics. Other events affected are the Travelers (now August 4-7) and John Deere (August 11-14, same as the Olympics). Also, the Quicken Loans National will be June 23-26 and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is June 30-July 3. A few other moves. The World Golf Championships Match Play, now sponsored by Dell, moves from May to March 21-27 in Austin, Texas, and the McGladrey Classic moves to November 19-22, 2015. FYI, some of these changes will change again in 2017.

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Jul 31, 2015 | 11:11 am

Thanks, Zach

Zach Johnson’s victory at the Open Championship was good news not only for those smart enough to bet on him, but for anyone who wants to enjoy the golf and good life at the Inn at Sea Island on St. Simons Island, Georgia. What’s the connection? Johnson—along with Davis Love III, Matt Kuchar, Harris English, and Brian Harman—live and train at Sea Island, and play on its three courses, including Seaside, home of the Tour’s McGladrey Classic. In honor of this fivesome, the Inn is offering a special preferred rate of 15% off when any one of them finishes in the top 10 of a PGA Tour event for the rest of the season. You have to be quick: The “Top 10 Rate” is available only for 48 hours after the tournament ends and you have to ask for it when making a reservation. But how nice to be able to share in their success.

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