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June 25, 2013 - 5:48pm
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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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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 ''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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Justin Rose, Tiger Woods, Mark Steinberg, golf
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."
June 20, 2013 - 11:29pm
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Tee It Forward
The PGA of America
Golfers will enjoy better scores, have more fun and play faster with TEE IT FORWARD
As many of you may know, this weekend (June 22-23) has been designated TEE IT FORWARD Weekend. Several of golf's leading voices are encouraging all golfers to take part by moving up one set of tees during their weekend round. 
TEE IT FORWARD is an initiative backed by the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association to make the game easier, more enjoyable and to speed up play.  Everything you need to know about TEE IT FORWARD, you can learn at its official page here or on our special TEE IT FORWARD page.
So why would anyone argue with more accurate approach shots, faster rounds and most importantly, more fun?
The obvious answer - ego. Hey, we're golfers. We love a challenge. We love to compete. We want to beat our playing partners, beat this course, beat this particular hole. We want to test ourselves at the highest level - do it like the pros. Somehow, this is diminished if you play from a set up?
No way. The world's best are hitting short irons into greens - why aren't you?
In truth, most golfers would probably continue to play golf if they did not TEE IT FORWARD. But the numbers and the testimonials are definitive that most golfers would play more and enjoy golf more if gave this option a try. And really, that's all the golf world is asking - just give it a try.
TEE IT FORWARD is not an indictment of your golf skills. (It may be an indictment of the skills in the group ahead of you, but they need to speed up anyways.) No, for you, it's about giving you the best chance to enjoy the shots and the situations you relish the most. 
The 8-iron approach hit to a gimme distance. The curling birdie putt that drops in on the last rotation. The chance to go for the par-5 in two. These are the shots that make golf fun. These are the shots you brag about at the 19th hole. These are the shots you remember for a lifetime. Think about your favorite moments in golf. Very few of them involve hitting from out of the woods or laying four in a bunker.
There is no reason for a golfer to heed my plea. What do I know, right?  Actually, I'm following the advice from a couple of golfers that probably know a little something about good shots, good scores and enjoying the game.
"Golf is a game that should be fun to play, but many golfers make it far too hard by playing from distances that don't match up to their abilities." - Jack Nicklaus
"I've played with enough amateur golfers to know one thing - most play from a set of tees that just makes the game too hard." - Tom Watson
Both golf icons have signed on to be ambassadors of TEE IT FORWARD.  If two legends, with 26 major championships between them, are advocating it as good for MY game...I'm going to listen. Here's hoping you give it a try this weekend as well.