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April 18, 2015 - 12:15pm
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Stephen Curry and Ahmad Rashad
Stephen Curry chats about his dream golf foursome with NBA TV's Ahmad Rashad.

NBA MVP candidate Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors sat down recently with NBA TV's Ahmad Rashad to discuss, among other things, his golf game.

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During a segment on NBA TV's One-On-One with MVP candidates, Curry -- who doesn't get to play much during the basketball season -- admitted he's a scratch golfer when he plays frequently. And when asked to choose his "dream foursome," here were Curry's three picks:

  • Tiger Woods
  • President Barack Obama
  • Michael Jordan

"I've been on the same course with MJ," Curry said during the interview. "But never actually played with him. Those other two guys, they obviously could probably tell some great stories about their journeys.

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"I probably wouldn't be able to focus on my game with all the storytelling going on in that group."

Rashad -- who worked at the Golf Channel and Back 9 Network -- was suitably impressed with Curry's choices.

"That may be the best group I've ever heard," Rashad said.

Watch the entire interview here, beginning at the 27-second mark.

Tom Watson
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Tom Watson stood on the 18th tee Friday knowing he needed a birdie to make the cut - so he did.
 
Tom Watson added to his exceedingly lengthy list of accomplishments on the PGA Tour Friday, making the cut at the RBC Heritage at the age of 65 years, 7 months and 13 days. 
 
Even cooler, in my book, is the fact that Watson stood on the 18th tee at Harbour Town knowing that he needed a birdie on the final hole to make the cut – and he did it by hitting the green on the daunting last hole and draining the clutch 4-foot birdie putt. That gave him a 1-under 70 to go with his opening 72, and he made the cut on the number.
 
"First of all, I hit the best drive I've hit all week," he said afterward. "Put it just short of the water, and then I had 156 yards to the hole, and I hit a solid 8-iron that did exactly what I wanted it to do. … Didn't hit the greatest putt but the ball went in the hole, and made 3 to make the cut."
 
 
Watson calls himself an "old guy," but mostly he continues to be an amazing guy. He also made two PGA Tour cuts last year, tying for 35th at the Greenbrier Classic and tying for 51st at the Open Championship. He opened with a 71 last week at the Masters, but followed it up with an 81.
 
Watson won the RBC Heritage twice, in 1979 and 1982, and has finished in the top 10 there seven times. This is his 25th start at Harbour Town, a course he likes because of the challenge it offers.
 
"I love the narrowness of it," he said. "And from the standpoint of left to right, you really have to be accurate with your iron play. And when they get really firm, it's really a great test of golf." 
 
If you're wondering if Watson is the oldest player to make a PGA Tour cut, the answer is not quite – or, maybe we should say, not yet. He's still chasing Sam Snead, who made his last cut at 67 years, 2 months and 21 days.
 
April 17, 2015 - 12:28pm
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April 16, 2015 - 7:07pm
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Bubba Watson plays night golf
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Bubba Watson didn't get enough golf in the daylight, so he took in a round of night golf, too.
 
Immediately after his reign as Masters champion came to an end on Sunday, Bubba Watson jetted halfway around the globe to China, where he's playing in the European Tour's inaugural Shenzhen International this week.
 
Bubba got off to a solid start at Genzon Golf Club, carding a five-birdie, three-bogey 70 he attributed in large part to his lack of familiarity with the greens. And instead of resting up after his first round, he headed out for a round of night golf.
 
 
Yes, Genzon Golf Club's "Course B" is lit, and Watson and caddie J. Ted Scott gave it a try.
 
Bubba didn't report his score, but he did share a couple of quick videos on social media. Looks like he was having fun. Check 'em out:
 
 
 
 
April 16, 2015 - 11:40am
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WE ARE GOLF
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Golf's leading associations and industry partners gathered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to celebrate National Golf Day.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- WE ARE GOLF -- a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners -- visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday for the eighth annual National Golf Day to discuss golf’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact, environmental value to local communities and fitness benefits.

Golf’s leaders met with Members of Congress throughout the day to share stories about the game’s 15,350 diverse, small businesses, which employ more than two million Americans and provide $55.6 billion in annual wage income. In addition, industry executives discussed golf courses’ positive influences on ecology, local tax revenues and tourism. They even explained how walking 18 holes can burn 2,000 calories.

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This year’s event also featured participation from The Presidents Cup 2015 Captains Nick Price (International) and Jay Haas (U.S.). South Korea will play host to The Presidents Cup later this year in October, the first time the tournament will be played in Asia.

“Golf is a vital part of our country’s economy and today was a great reminder of that,” says Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY). “What better way to discuss the game’s economic, charitable and environmental findings than here in our nation’s capital.”

Organizations participating included the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America (PGA), PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.

National Golf Day featured a day-long exhibit in the Rayburn Foyer with live lessons for Congressional Members and staff from 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel and LPGA Teaching Professional Karen Palacios-Jansen. Special exhibits and activities included a “Closest to the Pin” contest on an aboutGolf simulator; state-of-the-art swing analysis from GolfTEC; National Arboretum’s “Grassroots Initiative” overview; a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge;” and a turfgrass exhibit from the GCSAA.

“Today marked a unique opportunity to share golf’s significant impact with political leaders,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation and administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “Our broad scope is reflected in the two million jobs supported by the game and its diverse benefits to our economy and society.” 

Rory McIlroy and Jamie Dornan
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Rory McIlroy (right) used his athleticism to edge "50 Shades of Grey" star Jamie Dornan (far left) in Circular Soccer.
 
Rory McIlroy might not have won the Masters on Sunday, but he appears to be a champion at Circular Soccer.
 
Never heard of Circular Soccer? Well, me neither until today. Individuals or small teams can play, and the object is to shoot a soccer ball into a three-sided "Tri-Goal" set up in the middle of the field. FIFA, soccer's worldwide governing body, is said to be exploring it as a way to get kids into the game, and I can see how it would be a good training aid as well.
 
 
Anyway, two of its early adopters are Rory McIlroy and his fellow Norther Irishman Jamie Dornan, who is most famous for his recent role as Christan Grey in "50 Shades of Grey." The two squared off for a quick game, and McIlroy – an avid fan of both soccer and rugby – displayed some fancy footwork in defeating his countryman in their light-hearted match.
 
Check out the highlights: