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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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Jun 27, 2013 | 09:44 AM

June Gloom in the Hamptons

Is the USGA jinxed? After the biblical rains at Merion, thunderstorms are expected through Sunday at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., where the U.S. Women’s Open gets underway today. The air is sticky—humidity is 99%—but there is virtually no wind. That may change. “We’re only one mile from the Atlantic, and right on the water at Peconic Bay,” said superintendent Garret Bodington in a Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) interview. “If it blows 10 to 15 miles per hour, you’ll probably see about even par win it. If it doesn’t blow like that, 2- to 4-under could be the winning score. But if it really blows, which will make it even harder, 4- to 6-over might be what we’ll get.” Brisk winds coupled with Sebonack’s slick, undulating greens will make for great theater in the Hamptons for the duration of this keenly anticipated championship. 
                   

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