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Jun 29, 2015 | 06:59 AM

Donald Ross—The Movie

While most golf movies aren’t very good at capturing the essence of the game, here’s one that understands its subject well. “Donald Ross: Discovering the Legend” is a documentary about the great Scottish-born architect who came to the U.S. in 1898 and designed more than 400 courses including such classics as Pinehurst No. 2, Inverness, and Oakland Hills. The film was a two-year labor of love for Cob Carlson, an award-winning film editor and producer from Boston who interviewed golf luminaries such as Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, and Peggy Kirk Bell, and got the cooperation of architecture experts as well as Ross’s descendants, who provided rarely seen photographs. “At the heart of this film is the simple idea that Donald Ross’ lasting and unique contribution to the game should be more widely recognized and appreciated,” says the website, donaldrossfilm.com, where you can view a trailer, see bonus scenes, and order the two-hour-long DVD for $20, plus shipping.

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Jun 26, 2015 | 07:06 AM

Now This Is A Foursome!

Call it the Grand Slam of course architecture: Four of golf’s greatest players—Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Gary Player—will work together to design a course for the Greenbrier Sporting Club, the private real-estate community that’s part of the famous West Virginia resort. Behind the grand plan is Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, who had to do more than a little arm-twisting to get the four legends to collaborate. Among his selling points, he envisions the mountaintop course eventually hosting a U.S. Open, which would be a first for the Mountain State. “We’re getting history made in West Virginia with these four doing something that they’ve never done before,” Justice, who is also running for governor, told a local radio show. He explained that Nicklaus will be the lead dog with the others chiming in, but “it’s been difficult to get them to all play in the sandbox.” Groundbreaking should happen within the month; the opening is slated for next fall.

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Jun 25, 2015 | 10:14 AM

Costly Miss

Dustin Johnson wasn't the only one disappointment when he missed the ealge putt on the 72nd hole to win the U.S. Open (not to mention the come-back three-footer). So were a lot of PGA Tour Superstore customers who had bought a new TaylorMade driver between May 18–June 17. No doubt you saw the commerical where Johnson said, "If I win, you win," where anyone who bought an R15 or AeroBurner driver would get the price ($430 and $350, respectively) refunded if Johnson won the U.S. Open. Usually, those kinds of promotions are more hype than hope, but with Johnson considered one of the favorites headed into the national championship at Chambers Bay (he went off 25-1), there was a real possibility of getting a free driver. In fact, PGA Superstore, which is owned by Golf and Tennis Proshop out of Atlanta, was on the hook for more than $500,000 to roughly 1,500 customers. Actually, their insurance company was the one who would have paid up, so the company was really pulling for Johnson to win. "We were on the edge of our seats," says Chief Marketing Officer Matt Corey. A few hundred bucks is nothing, though, compared to the guy, Headchopper, who lost $900,000 on Draftkings.com because of Johnson's missed eagle, although he did get $100,000 for coming in second in the fantasy league.

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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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