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Mar 26, 2013 | 12:16 PM

High Flyers

While the TSA might think allowing two golf clubs inside an airplane is a big deal, Southwest Airlines is going a step further. Branding itself the “Official Airline of Golf Lovers,” Southwest has created a website dedicated to traveling golfers—featuring golf-themed fare sales—and formed a partnership with Adams Golf that mixes the airline’s frequent-flyer program with Adams’s “Easy Million Yards” promotion, while Adams’s pro staff also will carry the airline’s colors and logo. Southwest flies throughout the U.S., with many routes in golf-heavy locales like the Southeast and West, and boasts that “Golf Bags Fly Free” as long as they are under 50 pounds and one of two checked bags. Its website also features deals on hotels and golf packages.

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Mar 25, 2013 | 03:49 PM

Tiger And Arnie: More Than A Handshake

Talk about terrific timing. The very day that Tiger wins Arnold's tournament (for the eighth time!), EA Sports unveils a very funny commercial for Tiger's new video game. Whether you've ever played a golf video game or not, take a look and enjoy. And we have to agree: The King and Tiger make a formidable twosome in any contest.

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Mar 25, 2013 | 07:00 AM

18 Does Not Equal 1/5th

Seems that old canard about golf courses having 18 holes because that’s how many drinks are in a bottle of whisky is circulating on the internet. Again. If it hasn’t shown up in your in-box yet, be thankful. For while charming, it’s pure hokum. The correct explanation—which has to do with the Old Course at St. Andrews being shortened in 1764—can be found at this leading golf-history website. Astute observers will note that the clarification seems to have been adapted from one of the game’s most highly regarded books, A History of Golf, written by Robert Browning, originally published in 1955, and worth finding in a library or on eBay. This truth may not set you free, but it can win you some bar bets. Insist on a good single malt as your reward.

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Mar 22, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Early Bloomers

Azaleas

Could we see another azalea-less Masters? It looks that way. Although Augusta National says the signature flower isn’t blooming yet on the course, with the later than normal start date for the tournament, it seems pretty certain that Amen Corner will be lacking its normal colorful backdrop just as it did last year. “We’re holding our national convention in mid-April in Athens and I’m scared to death we’re going to be bloomed out by then,” says Jim Thornton, founder of the Oconee (Ga.) Chapter of the Azalea Society of America. The man in charge of the city of Augusta’s grounds and parks, Sam Smith, also confirms an early bloom, something that seems to be occurring more in recent years. Which begs the question: should the Masters start earlier to ensure that the bright blossoms of spring remain a part of the event? “No way,” says Smith. “As [Augusta National] superintendent Brad Owen likes to say, ‘This is a golf tournament, not a flower show.’”

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