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June 25, 2013 - 8:23pm
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John Kim
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Ashton Eaton talks golf
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Olympic gold medalist visits with the Golf Channel to talk of his new love of golf.
What makes golf so attractive to so many? It's the simplicity and the challenge - it's a sport that anyone can enjoy but even the finest athletes in the world can never conquer.  
 
So how about THE world's finest athlete?
 
Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder in both the decathlon and the heptathlon, Ashton Eaton, paid a visit to the 46th PGA Professional National Championship to watch some of the country's top players compete and to discuss his new found love of golf.  
 
Eaton, who grew up in nearby Bend, Ore., discovered golf recently through a local Get Golf Ready program.  From his first swings, he was hooked - and though having very limited time to devote to anything other than the vast array of track & field events he competes in - Eaton is making time to work on his new found passion.
 
"I was never interested in golf until someone brought up the Get Golf Ready program to me," Eaton said. "They suggested that I just try it - and so I did. And now, yes, I'm very interested."
 
Eaton took up the game at the beginning of June and in three months, has become an ambassador for golf in many ways. During his visit to Sunriver and the PGA PNC, Eaton spent time live with many media outlets, including a live interview on the Golf Channel, to discuss his affinity for the game.
 
"Track and field is tougher physically," Eaton says, "but golf is tougher mentally." 
 
Traditionally, the winner of the Olympic decathlon is referred to as the "World's Greatest Athlete" but Eaton understands that golf is a game that can never be fully mastered.
 
"The thing that attracted me to it was the challenge - and it's still a great distraction from me from the very serious business of my training. I haven't played a full round of golf yet, but I did make two pars my first time out on a golf course. So now that bar has been set and next time, I want to make four pars."
 
There is perhaps no better arbiter of a great challenge and fun time than a world-class athlete like Ashton Eaton. Get Golf Ready inspired him to take up golf - and he has. What can it do for you? Find out at GetGolfReady.com  or PGA.com/playgolf
June 25, 2013 - 5:48pm
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John Holmes
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Folds of Honor
The Play with a Patriot Sweepstakes will benefit the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.

The Folds of Honor Foundation is doing a great job of raising awareness and funds for scholarships and other assistance for the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country. In its latest effort, the foundation has teamed up with Titleist to create the Play with a Patriot Sweepstakes.

The winner and two guests will get a one-of-a-kind golf prize – an all-expense-paid trip this Labor Day weekend to play a round of golf with Major Dan Rooney at The Patriot Golf Club in Owasso, Okla. Rooney, of course, is the founder of the Folds of Honor as well as a veteran of the Iraq War and a PGA Professional.

But wait, as they say on TV, there's more. The winner also will receive an insider's tour of a fighter jet, a custom A2 leather flight jacket and a supply of limited-edition Titleist Velocity golf balls.

Ten additional winners will each receive a Titleist Vokey Design/Folds of Honor Limited Edition wedge and a dozen Titleist Velocity golf balls. And 25 other winners will each receive six dozen Titleist Velocity golf balls.

Entries close on July 7, so don't wait. To read all the rules and sign up, click here. And to find out more about the Folds of Honor Foundation, click here.

 

June 24, 2013 - 6:44pm
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John Holmes
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Ted Bishop
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PGA of America President Ted Bishop said Monday that The PGA will continue to confer with the PGA Tour on the status of the anchor ban.

PGA of America President Ted Bishop released the following statement on Monday:

"The PGA of America Board of Directors met on June 24 at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort, where we discussed Rule 14-1b, which the USGA and R&A recently announced would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, as well as the entire rules-making process in detail.

"As we have seen over the past few months, the Rules of Golf can affect recreational golf in addition to play at the elite level. The PGA of America will continue to confer with the PGA Tour on the subject of Rule 14-1b, and The PGA of America will reserve any public comments on this matter until after the PGA Tour Policy Board meets on July 1."

 

 

 

 

 

June 24, 2013 - 2:38am
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John Holmes
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1973 Great Britain Ryder Cup team
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Bernard Hunt, far right, captained the 1973 Great Britain Ryder Cup, which played the United States tight before finally succumbing.

Bernard Hunt, who made history as both a player and a captain for Great Britain and Ireland in the Ryder Cup, died over the weekend at age 83.

Hunt served as either a player or captain in every Ryder Cup but one between 1953 and 1969, including the 1957 match in which Britain famously upset the United States at Lindrick. He managed only a 6-16-6 overall record as a player, but was an impressive 4-3-3 in singles. 

Hunt didn't play a foursomes match in the 1957 Ryder Cup, but his 6&5 thumping of Doug Ford in singles helped propel Britain to a 7 1/2 - 4 1/2 victory – giving Britain the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1933. In 1963 Hunt and his brother Geoff became the first brothers to play on the same Ryder Cup team.

Hunt went on to serve as captain in the 1973 and 1975 Ryder Cups. The United States won in 1973, but for the first time the British squad was officially referred to as Great Britain-Ireland (even though Northern Irish players had played as far back as 1947 and Irish players had participated since 1953). Hunt's 1975 team was the last before the inclusion of players from continental Europe.

Hunt turned professional in 1946, and assembled a prominent career on the European circuit in the 1950s and 1960s. He won the Order of Merit in 1958, 1960 and 1965, compiling 30 victories. He was a founding member of the European Senior Tour in the early 1990s, even though he was in his early 60s at the time.

Hunt played out of Hartsbourne Country Club in southeast England, eventually following in his father John's footsteps as head professional there, and its 9-hole course is known as "the Hunt Course." He later became the first head professional at Foxhills Golf Club near London, where he served for 25 years. One of the courses there is named "the Bernard Hunt Course."

"Bernard Hunt was one of Britain's truly great champions and has been a steadfast ally to all of us involved in the growth of the European Tour," said European Tour Chief Executive George O'Grady. "He was enormously respected by all of his fellow players, as was evidenced when he was appointed Ryder Cup captain in 1973 and 1975 and captain of the PGA in 1966 and again from 1995 to 1997."

Hunt was born in Atherstone, Warwickshire, England, on Feb. 2, 1930. He is survived by his wife, Meg Hunt, and three children.

 

June 21, 2013 - 6:46pm
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Hank Haney and Tiger Woods
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Hank Haney believes that winning majors will get even more difficult as Tiger Woods gets to Jack Nicklaus' all-time record.

In the wake of the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods' former coach Hank Haney believes Woods' persistent focus on breaking Jack Nicklaus' major record is wearing on him.

''Pressure affects everyone, even Tiger Woods, and the pressure at majors that Tiger puts on himself is a factor and always has been,'' Haney told Robert Lusetich over at FoxSports.com. ''Being the favorite in every major is a pressure that only Tiger faces. Trying to catch someone's record like Tiger is trying to do with Jack is a much different dynamic than when Jack was adding to his major win total.

''Tiger is having a real hard time winning the easiest major he is going to win – No. 15. No. 18 to tie Jack and 19 to beat Jack, those are going to be the hard ones,” Haney said. ''If he gets that far.''

Haney, who coached Woods for six years until they split in 2010, also believes that Woods is slacking off when it comes to getting ready for majors.

''For whatever reason, Tiger doesn't prepare for majors as hard as he could,'' he told Lusetich. ''He plays the course in a rushed way maybe once or twice before the tournament week, then in the tournament week Tiger has gotten into a routine of playing nine-hole practice rounds on some days.''

Haney also was critical of the evolution of Woods' game under current swing coach Sean Foley.

''Tiger's ball striking statistically isn't as good as it was,'' he said. ''His greens-in-regulation statistic was always No. 1 or near that with both Butch (Harmon) and I; now he is 35th or something like that.'' Woods' current GIR ranking is 39th.

''Always hitting to the center of the green and working the ball to the pins on the edges gives any player a clear statistical advantage to an appropriate pin,'' Haney said. ''Tiger used to do this better than anyone, but now it is almost like he is playing the same game as everyone else and just trying to execute it better.''

Neither Woods nor Foley has responded to Haney's comments. Woods' next chance to win a major is the British Open at Muirfield in mid-July.

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June 21, 2013 - 9:15am
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T.J. Auclair
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Justin Rose, Tiger Woods, Mark Steinberg, golf
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Mark Steinberg, longtime agent of Tiger Woods, will now represent Justin Rose as well.
Tim Rosaforte, a Senior Writer at Golf World and Golf Digest, as well as an insider for Golf Channel and NBC, is reporting that U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose is headed to Excel Sports Management -- specifically Mark Steinberg, who represents Tiger Woods.
 
Rosaforte tweeted the news on Thursday:
 
"@McIlroyRory isn't only top European star making management change. Sources confirm @JustinRose99 moving to TW's agent, Mark Steinberg."