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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

In a week when most of the golf news was bad—Dick’s Sporting Goods laid off 500 golf pros, HBO’s Real Sports aired a report on golf’s decline in the U.S., and the TV ratings for this year’s three majors are way down (the Masters had its lowest weekend ratings in almost 60 years; the final round of the U.S. Open had its smallest rating on record; and Sunday’s British Open round ratings were down 28 percent from last year)—there were a few less ominous developments. First, hundreds of golf balls washed up on the north coast of Tasmania, near the new courses Barnbougle and Lost Farm, when a dune collapsed. Second, the two beautiful Robert Trent Jones-designed courses at Kananaskis in Alberta, Canada, are receiving an $18 million cash infusion to restore them after last year’s horrendous flooding. Third, here’s a charming video of Padraig Harrington hitting shots blindfolded. And finally, in the ultimate cultural mash-up, a group of Australians made a golf parody, on video, of the Queen song, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Hey, you might as well laugh, right? Have a good weekend. Hit ‘em straight!

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