Feb 24, 2015 | 09:33 am

Early Masters Odds

We’re 14 weeks into the PGA Tour season—seven weeks from the end of last year and seven in 2015—with 14 different winners. But now it gets serious—the Florida swing begins this week at the Honda Classic with the strongest field of the year. The next seven weeks—leading up to the Masters—should sort things out a bit. Meantime the prohibitive favorite at Augusta is Rory McIlroy. British bookie Ladbrokes lists him at 7-2 odds to win his third major championship in a row and complete the career grand slam. He’s followed by a trio of players at 14-1—Jason Day and the past two Masters winners, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson. After that it’s a jump to 20-1 odds on Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and yes, Tiger Woods. Prefer a long shot? Paul Casey is at 100-1, Geoff Ogilvy’s 200-1, Darren Clarke’s 500-1, and seven players are listed at 1000-1 including former champions Sandy Lyle, Mark O’Meara, and Tom Watson. 

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Feb 23, 2015 | 11:19 am

On Tap For High Pointe

A beer after golf is one of the game’s great traditions, but this might be carrying things a bit too far. High Pointe Golf Club in northern Michigan—the first course built by noted architect Tom Doak, opened in 1989—is being turned into a hops farm. According to the Traverse Ticker of Traverse City, the course, which closed in 2008, is part of a 545-acre tract sold to a local venture called MI Local Hops. The land is supposedly “pretty much perfect” for growing hops and has attracted the attention of local brewers, part of the big growth in craft beers. Once upon a time, High Pointe was regarded as one of the top public courses in the country. We were sorry to see it go, but now are happy to raise a glass to its future.

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Feb 20, 2015 | 12:11 pm

Hooray For Hollywood

The eyes of the world are on Los Angeles, and not just because the Northern Trust Open is being contested this weekend. The Oscars will be handed out Sunday night, and one golf manufacturer used the occasion to celebrate the connection between flicks and sticks. TaylorMade held a party Wednesday night at Riviera Country Club, where stars of the PGA Tour mingled with stars of a few notable golf movies. According to Variety, an hour-long montage of golf clips played on a giant screen while Sergio Garcia and others talked to Don Johnson (“Tin Cup”), Christopher McDonald (“Happy Gilmore”), and, of course, Michael O’Keefe (Noonan in “Caddyshack,” shown above 35 years ago with Chevy Chase). Alas, there are no golf-themed films up for Oscar glory this year, but given the early good play and even better weather in Tinseltown, it will probably take a “birdman” to win at Riviera Sunday afternoon.

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Feb 19, 2015 | 06:11 pm

Book Her, Danno!

Attention Michelle Wie fans! The 2014 U.S. Women's Open champ plays herself tonight on an episode of Hawaii Five-0 (9–10, ET/PT on CBS). Wie advises McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) on how to best beat Grover (Chi McBride) in a charity golf tournament. The guest appearance came about after co-star Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Chin Ho Kelly, played in Wie's charity Ping-Pong event last year in Hawaii. Kim has become a good friend, paying a visit to Pinehurst to watch Wie win her first major while he was filming a movie in Atlanta. He even Instagrammed a couple videos and photos while he was there. The golf scenes come at the beginning and the end of the episdoe.

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