Apr 14, 2015 | 08:46 am

Squeeze Play

There has never been a great golf movie, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying. The latest entry is The Squeeze. Neither a drama in the nature of Follow the Sun nor a comedy like Caddyshack, it’s a dramedy in the mold of Tin Cup, based on the true story of a promising young player who falls in with professional gamblers and finds himself in a no-win million-dollar golf match. Kudos go to writer/director Terry Jastrow for choosing a lead actor with credible golf chops. Jeremy Sumpter has a Jordan Spieth-like fresh face and a swing to match. Hollywood veterans Christopher Mcdonald and Michael Nouri gamely play opposing hustlers. Much of the movie has an over-the-top tone and the ending is about as believable as Roy McAvoy’s 12 on the last hole of the U.S. Open. But if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief and settle back for 90 minutes of mindless entertainment, you could do worse than The Squeeze which hits theaters on Friday. 

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Apr 13, 2015 | 12:01 pm

Is Golf Enough?

If the question above relates to your health, the answer is no. According to a study conducted in Australia, “gentle” activities like swimming, housework, and golf are helpful, but if you’re serious about wanting to live longer, you need to engage in more breath-taking exercise, as well. The study followed more than 200,000 middle-aged men and women for six years and found that those who worked up a sweat for 45 minutes a week lowered their chance of dying during that time by 13 percent. “The results indicate that whether or not you are obese, and whether or not you have heart disease and diabetes, if you can manage some vigorous activity it could offer significant benefits for longevity,” said Dr. Klaus Gebel of James Cook University’s Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, and reported in Britain’s Telegraph. So get out of the cart, throw that bag over your shoulder, and walk—vigorously—on your next round.

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Apr 10, 2015 | 08:01 am

More Masters Memories

The Masters is already proving to be compelling theater, with a number of exciting story lines involving players young and old, at the top of their games and struggling to return. But the great stories aren’t only being told on the course: Both CBS Sports and Golf Channel will air special Masters-related programming over the next few days. On CBS, three shows immediately before Saturday's round take deeper looks at the tournament and the players. “The Masters: Substance of Style” (1-1:30 pm, Eastern Time) examines Masters style, from fashion to the course. “Keys to The Masters” (1:30-2 pm, ET) analyzes what it takes to win the year’s first major. “The Masters: When They Were Young” (2-3 pm, ET) focuses on the legends of the game—Hogan, Nicklaus, Nelson, Woods, etc.—in their younger days as well as today’s youth movement. On Monday, April 13, after the tournament is over, Golf Channel will run “Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta” at 10 pm (ET), an hour-long retrospective on the career of “Gentle Ben” and his relationship with The Masters. Get comfortable and settle in.

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Apr 09, 2015 | 11:50 am

Jordan Rules

In a survey of 90 media members by The Augusta Chronicle, Jordan Spieth was the overwhelming favorite with 26 of them picking the world No. 4 to win. That's pretty astounding when you consider that this is only Spieth's second Masters, but then the 21-year-old Texan did tie for 2nd last year and has been on a tear on the PGA Tour this year with one win and six top 10s. Twelve media members chose Rory McIlroy, while 11 chose Aussie Jason Day, who has two top-three finishes in just four appearances in 2011 and 2013 (he finished T20 last year). Interestingly, only 13 writers picked a former champion to win, with Bubba Watson receiving six votes, Adam Scott four, and Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods just one vote each. Who do you think will win and why?

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