Jun 24, 2015 | 10:58 am

Dry Humor

Jimmy Fallon is a golf fan and loves to play the game, so it's not a big surprise he worked in a few U.S. Open jokes during his monologue Monday night. He even got in a little nod to Johnny Carson with a golf swing. He congratulated Jordan Spieth on winning the tournament, but added about the 21 year old, "You can tell he's young because he's never heard of any of the products they advertise during golf tournaments. He's like, 'What the hell is Levitra?'" He also congratulated Tiger Woods on finding a locket when he was retrieving his ball from the lake. Ouch! But the funniest bit was a video gag about the dried-out greens where the hole coughs out the ball. "Dry greens," he joked. "That's not good."

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Jun 23, 2015 | 01:22 pm

Auld Grey Tomes

With the U.S. Open now behind us, attention focuses on the British Open, St. Andrews, and Jordan Spieth’s continued pursuit of the Grand Slam. Just in time, a pair of sumptuous new books have appeared. St Andrews—in the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris by Roger McStravick sheds new light on the history of the town, its most famous citizen, and several others who contributed mightily to the Home of Golf. Numerous previously unpublished photos, unveiled with the help of the R&A and the University of St. Andrews, paint a vivid portrait of 19th Century life in the town. A consumer edition (about $125) and two limited editions are available through Links to St. Andrews is a collection of love letters to the Auld Grey Toon, assembled by Joshua Evenson who fell in love with St. Andrews when he attended the university. Among the 100 diverse contributors are Arnold Palmer, Jim Nantz, Tom Doak, James Dodson, and Sir Michael Bonallack. The book is lavishly illustrated, beautifully designed, and available for $150 as of July 1, 2015.

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Jun 22, 2015 | 06:42 am

Is Golf Good For You?

When walked, the average round of golf is about five miles. At Chambers Bay last week, participants in the U.S. Open walked about 10 miles due to the layout and elevation of that course. So is golf exercise? National Public Radio, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, recently asked that question of 2,500 adult golfers in the U.S. Most said they thought the game was good for them, as it got them out into the fresh air, relieved stress, and stretched the muscles with swings. But the experts aren’t quite as kind to golf, which the same survey says is the most played sport in the country by adults. Stanford University found that golf offers less exercise than juggling, while others say that unless the course is walked a round of golf offers almost no health benefits at all. And as for that stress-relief claim, we have only one question: Really?

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Jun 19, 2015 | 09:55 am

Bumpy Ride

Perhaps the biggest story to come out of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay yesterday is the condition of the greens. The blotchy, dried-out surfaces look horrible on TV, but that wouldn't matter if they rolled true. According to a number of players, they don't. Darren Clarke called them the worst major champioinship greens he had ever seen and another player said it was like putting through cauliflower when the poa flowers in the afternoon. Masters champ Jordan Spieth complained that the practice green was a lot faster than the ones on the course, while Sergio Garcia tweeted that "the greens are as bad as they look on TV" and that the U.S. Open "deserves better deserves better quality green surfaces that we have this week but maybe I'm wrong!" Welcome to muni golf, gentlemen!

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