Sep 11, 2013 | 10:17 AM

A Really Green Jacket

Horton Smith's green jacket that The Buzz told you about last week sold this past weekend for $682,229—the highest price ever for a piece of golf memorabilia. (The final bid was actually $593,243 with the rest, almost $90,000, going to Green Jacket Auctions as a commission.) There were about seven serious bidders who really drove up the price in the final few hours on Saturday. Company co-owner Bob Zafian was on the phone with the two elderly brothers, who inherited the jacket from their mother who was married to Smith's brother, giving them regular updates on the enormous bids that jumped almost $400,000 on Saturday. "One of the brothers said he had to double his heart medicine," says Zafian with a chuckle. "They were very surprised. I was, too. We were hoping for perhaps $300,000." And to think that the brothers reportedly tried to give it to Augusta National 15 years ago in exchange for some badges to the Masters.

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Sep 10, 2013 | 11:55 AM

Happy Birthday, Arnie!

Today is Arnold Palmer's 84th birthday and everyone in golf should take a minute and think about how this great man has contributed to the game. Where to begin? Excitement, victories, charity, history, ambassador, humanitarian, tournament host, salesman, architect, visionary, friend. The game would not be what it is today without him. Arnold's website has a great gallery of photographs over the years, plus much more. And if you have a story, memory, or comment about Arnie that you'd like to share, please do so by commenting below. We'd love to hear it. Happy birthday, Mr. Palmer. And many more!

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Sep 10, 2013 | 08:39 AM

Tour Rewrites The Calendar

Odd as it may seem, the 2014 PGA Tour season starts exactly one month from today. The lidlifter will be the Open, October 10-13, followed by six other fall events—three of them overseas (in Malaysia, China, and Mexico, as well as the World Cup of Golf, being held in Australia)—then a six-week break before things resume in January with the traditional trek through Hawaii, California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas. The fall start puts the Masters in week 23, halfway through the 46-week schedule. The other major change involves the four Fedex playoff events, which next year will be played on consecutive weeks rather than including a break midway as this year. The change, made at the request of the PGA of America, will allow for a week of rest between the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup in Scotland two weeks later. In their defense, the Tour has rechristened their schedule "2013-2014." But they also need a better proof-reader: On the Tour's website, the site of the Franklin Templeton Shootout in December is spelled "Tiburn" rather than "Tiburon." Check fast: Once they read this, it will be fixed.

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Sep 09, 2013 | 06:00 AM

The Donald Does Doral

It’s been a while since The Buzz has mentioned our good friend Donald Trump. And while it’s not as if you’ve been writing in asking “Where’s he been?” we still figured it was time for an update. You might recall that The Donald bought The Doral resort in Miami (shown above) last year, saying he would redo it from top to bottom. Seems he wasn’t kidding. We’ve heard he may spend $250 million or more on the renovation, which sounds crazy until you see the photographs of what’s going on, which appear on a website called MiamiCurbed. And that’s just to the buildings. Architect Gil Hanse is hard at worked redoing The Blue Monster course. And while it doesn’t cost that much—except for new stationery—the property already has a new name: Trump National Doral Miami. Now that’s The Donald we know and love.

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