Aug 14, 2014 | 01:15 pm

The Turkish 8

Ever hear of the Turkish 8? It’s not a law firm or a bad action movie title. It’s actually a group of well-known Tour pros — Woods, McIlroy, Kuchar, Rose, Mahan, Westwood, Schwartzel and Webb Simpson — who played for big bucks in 2012 at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. That just happened to be the same week as the Open. A special waiver was granted to them along with a mandate to play in at least one Open in 2103, 2014 or 2015. The most recently successful of the 8 – Rory McIlroy – announced he will not be fulfilling his previous commitment to play in this year’s Open at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, Calif., October 9-12. Maybe because he will be playing in the Grand Slam of Golf event in Bermuda on October 13th. Or more likely because two consecutive major wins have changed his schedule dramatically. The event actually kicks off the new season but that’s another story. It’s too bad the bright lights won’t follow Rory there now —the PGA Tour is returning to Napa for the first time in 34 years, and they will be playing a bomber’s course redesigned in 2011 by Johnny Miller, who is part of the resort’s ownership group. Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan are now the marquee names in this year's field. That means the remaining six are very likely to make their way to Wine Country next year. 

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Aug 13, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Photo Barbs

After late-night host Jimmy Fallon poked fun, some of it harsh, at PGA Tour players' head shots in "Tonight Show Superlatives" on Monday night's show, including PGA Champ Rory McIlory ("Most Likely To Be In A Boy Band Called 'Hole-In-One Direction'"), the Tour responded with an equally funny Tweet. With what appeared to be a high school-yearbook photo of Fallon sporting a weak, Boris Badenov-like mustache (see Rocky and Bullwinkle), the Tour voted him "Most likely to be turned down by the cart girl." Ouch!

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Aug 12, 2014 | 11:14 am

Robin Williams, RIP

The world lost a genius with the death of Robin Williams. Many golfers might not appreciate his take on how the game was invented—and if you’re offended by salty language, don’t listen—but this video shows better than any obituaries or appreciations can why we loved him and will miss his incredible talent.

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Aug 11, 2014 | 06:38 am

Backing Up The British

If you watch the British Open, you may have noticed that while the PGA Tour is well represented, not every player from the Tour makes the trip. In years past, they’ve had another event to play in that same week, but that tournament wasn’t held in 2014. Now, according to Golf Channel and WSFA, a TV station in Montgomery, Alabama, that slot will be filled again. Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail will be the site of the new event, probably the Grand National course in Opelika (above). The title sponsor has not yet been named, but may be announced today. From 2011-13, the Sanderson Farms Championship was held the same week at the British, but this year it moves to November opposite the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. The new event will be the first time the PGA Tour has been in Alabama since 1990, when the PGA Championship was held at Shoal Creek.

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