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May 06, 2013 | 09:18 AM

Class of 2013

The World Golf Hall of Fame inducts its new class today. Joining the hall, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, are: Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Ken Schofield, the late Willie Park Jr., and Ken Venturi. Unfortunately, Venturi—who turns 82 next week and lives in California—can’t make the ceremony due to complications from surgery for infections in his back. Originally, Jim Nantz of CBS Sports was going to present Venturi, but Nantz turned over the duties to Ken’s two sons, Matt and Tim. Besides his playing career, that included 14 Tour wins and the ’64 US Open, Venturi is known for 35 years on CBS and inexhaustible work for charity. His long-time golf broadcast partner, Pat Summerall, passed away three weeks ago. The Hall of Fame ceremony will be broadcast on Golf Channel.

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May 03, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Hands Across The Ocean

LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam, winner of 89 pro events during her Hall of Fame career, will serve as an ambassador for Pacific Links International, which owns and operates courses in Hawaii, California, Nevada, West Virginia, and China. The company, founded in 2009 by Canadian citizen and Chinese entrepreneur Du Sha, also has an affiliation with the PGA Tour, giving Pacific Links’ clubs access to the Tour’s 23 TPC network properties. In her new role, Sorenstam—who already has her own golf academy and course design businesses as well as the ANNIKA Foundation for aspiring junior golfers—will promote Pacific Links’ membership programs at a variety of global engagements. Her initial duties took her to China in April, where she headlined several events with fellow international ambassador Greg Norman in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

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May 02, 2013 | 09:10 AM

Justin Case…

...you find yourself in Dubai over the next few days, apologies in advance: The golf course is closed—although we don't know which one. Justin Bieber, the 19-year-old singer who fancies gelled hair, tattoos, and pants that rest about six inches below his waist, wants to relax between concerts in the United Arab Emirates city by taking golf lessons and being alone. So his team booked an entire unnamed golf course allowing him some “much needed alone time,” according to The Sun newspaper. When he isn’t playing golf or singing, Bieber also might be at the local Wild Wadi and Aquaventure water parks, which he also was trying to keep to himself. Ignore all this information if 1) you’re not going to Dubai, or 2) you neither know nor care who Justin Bieber is. We promise to let you know when he tees it up in the AT&T National Pro-Am.

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May 01, 2013 | 06:11 AM

Youth Will Be Served

Just a few weeks ago, 14-year-old Guan Tianlang was being celebrated as the youngest golfer ever to play in the Masters. Pretty soon he could be the grand old man of Chinese golf. When the Volvo China Open tees off in a few days one of the competitors will be Ye Wocheng, who isn’t yet a teenager. According to The Independent, an English newspaper, Ye will be 12 years and 242 days old or about 10 months younger than Guan, during Thursday’s opening round at the Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin, about 100 miles southeast of Beijing. Also playing the China Open is Dou Zecheng, who is 16, Bai Zhengkai, 15, and Andy Zhang, 14, who played in last year’s U.S. Open. But watch out for Ye: Besides qualifying for this week’s tournament, he is a two-time winner of the US Kids World Junior Championship, where he broke Tiger Woods’ scoring record.

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