Oct 22, 2013 | 10:58 AM


He was the most theatrical golfer of his generation, a marquee attraction wherever he played, so it makes sense that the late, great Seve Ballesteros will now be the subject of a major motion picture. The film’s writer and director are Brits, but all 34 actors and 350 extras will be Spaniards, starting with Jose Luis Gutierrez, a talented 15-year-old golfer with a swing similar to Seve’s. Shooting began recently in Santander and Pedrena, where Ballesteros grew up, and the film (in Spanish with English subtitles) is scheduled for release next year. 

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Oct 21, 2013 | 10:57 AM

Golf Crime Blotter

Golf etiquette has been in the news lately, with everyone from Hunter Mahan to Tim McCarver (yes, the baseball announcer) weighing in on how the game should be played, and Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee opining that Tiger Woods might have played a little fast and loose with the Rules this year. Tiger’s agent is threatening legal action, but it could be worse: A Reno man pleaded guilty to wounding a golfer with a shotgun. Seems the golfer broke a window in the man’s house with an errant shot, and then, while taking a drop on the 16th hole of Lakeridge Golf Course, he was shot at, sustaining minor injuries. The shooter could get up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. And in Vietnam, a government official beat a caddie unconscious after being told that his shot missed the 13th hole at Tam Dao Golf Course near Hanoi. The official was banned from golf for a year. Sounds like The Rules of Golf might need some updating.

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Oct 18, 2013 | 08:27 AM

An Olympics With Bite?

While The Buzz, and others, wonder if the 2016 Olympics in Rio will be held at all—including whether the Gil Hanse-designed golf course will be finished in time—another potential problem is rearing its ugly head. Alligators. Well, not alligators actually, but caimans, which are alligator-like creatures that, according to BloombergBusinessweek, “live in sewage-infested lagoons around western Rio, and some have moved into water features built as part of the… course.” The International Golf Federation says “the risk is minimal,” and that they’ll have a plan to keep golfers and spectators safe from as many as 6,000 caimans. Plus, “if they do arrive, they arrive at night.” Feel better? But wait, that’s not all. Brazil is also home to a giant rodent called the capybara, which could “dig up the grass.” Let the games begin…we hope.

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Oct 17, 2013 | 12:29 PM

In the Pink in Bermuda

By shooting 64 (a new course record) at Port Royal Golf Course yesterday in the second round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Adam Scott won $600,000 (a nice paycheck for 36 holes), honorary membership at the course, and a pink jacket to go with the green one he earned at Augusta last April. Despite inclement weather, TV viewers were treated to an eyeful of this gorgeous public-access facility. While not long at 6,842 yards, the rolling, windswept design gave this year’s major champions (with Padraig Harrington subbing for Phil Mickelson) plenty of tussle, notably at the par-three 16th, Port Royal’s postcard hole (above). Recently stretched to 235 yards from the tips in the wake of a recent $14.5 million refurbishment, the target here is a narrow, well-bunkered peninsular green that clings to a shelf above the turquoise-blue sea. Scott parred 16 and eagled the par-five 17th to close the door on runner-up Justin Rose. The smart money says that Scott, if he keeps draining putts with his broomstick, will be back to defend his title in 2014.

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