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April 25, 2013 - 10:29am
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T.J. Auclair
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Jumbo Ozaki, Japan Tour
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Jumbo Ozaki, 66, fired a remarkable 9-under-par 62 on the Japan Tour on Thursday.


An article by Reuters has the unbelievable story of Japan's Jumbo Ozaki, who carded a score that significantly bettered his age on Thursday.
Ozaki, 66, shot an incredible 9-under 62 in the first round of the Tsuruya Open at the Yamanohara Golf Club near Osaka.
Ozaki hasn't won a tournament in 11 years, but is a regular on the Japan Tour. He's also the Tour's most prolific winner with 94 overall victories.
"Shooting my age is not something I try to do," he told the Kyodo news agency after charging three strokes clear of the field.
"But if you can't shoot six-under or seven-under when you play good golf you don't belong on the tour."
Ozaki was one stroke away from equalling the best round of his career as he returned nine birdies, one eagle and two bogeys.
He performed a little jig of delight after carding a three at the par-five 17th before signing off with a dropped stroke at the last hole.
"That eagle came from a good tee shot, a good second shot and a good putt," Ozaki said.
"Putting all three together is something to be happy about and I am. The dance I did just sort of happened."
Ozaki, who is in his 44th year as a professional, has not made the cut since the Bridgestone Open in October 2011.
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April 25, 2013 - 10:19am
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Adam Scott, Masters
In case you missed Adam Scott's historic win at the Masters, you can watch it all here in less than two minutes.


If you're at work looking for a couple of minutes to procrastinate, you could do worse than checking out the YouTube video by Michael David Murphy.
In the video, Murphy captures every televised shot that Adam Scott hit on his way to becoming the first Australian-born player to win the Masters.
Here's the description Murphy provides on the video:
This supercut includes every stroke made (and aired) by Adam Scott, during the fourth and final round at Augusta in 2013.
* Each swing is one second long and begins at the top of the backswing.
* Missed putts are one second long.
* Made putts end when the ball drops in the hole.
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April 24, 2013 - 5:19pm
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John Holmes
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Callaway and LinkedIn team on Hit the Links
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In "Hit the Links," you and a foursome of your connections from LinkedIn could win a trip to Callaway headquarters for a round of golf and a custom club fitting.

We all know how integral to our lives social media has become, and if you've been paying attention in the golf space, you know that the big equipment companies have mastered social media about as well as anybody in any industry.

But here's a first: Callaway is teaming with LinkedIn for ''Hit the Links,'' a social networking contest in which golfers and a foursome of their LinkedIn contacts can win a trip to Callaway headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., for a round of golf and a custom clubfitting.

Here's how it works: You log into the LinkedIn Connect API. It then looks through your contacts and recommends a foursome for you.

The three connection types that the API looks for to fill out your foursome are:

--The Company Insider: Someone within your company. The API seeks out a golfer first, but if one isn't available, then it selects the person with the most appropriate title.

--The Business Contact: Someone in your network and industry that you have the most connections in common with.

--The Golfer: To find the passionate golfer in your network, the API references attributes such as interests and group membership. The person with the highest number of connections in common will be selected.

And if you don't like the API’s recommendations, Callaway says, you can ''mulligan'' them out and pick your own foursome.

''We are disrupting the traditional influence models in golf because golfers' expectations about how they experience brands has changed dramatically,'' said Callaway Senior Vice President Harry Arnett. ''This partnership and concept are exciting because no other company has used LinkedIn's API in this way before, and we're using it to connect passionate golfers.''

For Callaway, the ''Hit the Links'' campaign follows the ''Tweet to Unleash'' introduction of its RAZR Fit Xtreme driver earlier this year. In that Twitter-based campaign, Callaway used real-time social conversation to unlock information about the driver, breaking ranks with traditional product announcements and marking a first for the golf industry. And before that, Callaway's ''Holiday Hit the Pin'' sweepstakes on Pinterest was the first time a golf manufacturer had meaningfully connected with golfers on that space, by encouraging them to create a board with their dream bag of Callaway clubs.

''Hit the Links'' launched yesterday and runs through May 24. For more information and complete rules, visit


April 24, 2013 - 3:38pm
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John Holmes
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Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Just a reminder, the entry deadline for the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is April 30.

The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is free to enter, and open to boys and girls ages 7-15, who will compete in four age categories.

The event is supported by the Masters Tournament Foundation, The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association. The finalists in the various age groups will compete in the national finals next April at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters.

To read more about Drive, Chip and Putt, click here.

And for more information and to register, please visit


April 24, 2013 - 1:19pm
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John Holmes
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Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and the Duck Dynasty crew at the Zurich Classic
Charlie Rymer via Twitter
Bubba Watson (right), Charlie Rymer (center, in dark sweater) and Rickie Fowler (far left) hung out with some of the 'Duck Dynasty' clan at the Zurich Classic on Wednesday.

If you've been keeping up with Bubba Watson on social media over the last month or two, you know he's become fast friends with the gentlemen from ''Duck Dynasty.'' 

Mostly, Bubba's been on their turf (or in their blinds). But today, the duck-calling crew is returning the favor – they're at TPC Louisiana for pro-am day for the Zurich Classic.

Charlie Rymer of the Golf Channel has posted a few funny shots of the gang on Twitter, and I only wish he would pass along what everybody was laughing at. The photo above is my favorite so far – because of the duck dudes, and also because of Rickie Fowler hanging out on the far left. 

If one thing is not like the others in this image, it's him. Rickie looks like one of those people you see at sporting events who get on camera and then have to call their buddies to at home to make sure they're watching!

Ironically, the pro-am was delayed shortly after noon by rain – or, as we used to call it, duck weather.

While Bubba was hanging out with the Robertson clan in New Orleans over the last few days, by the way, Rickier was in Austin, Texas, for the big Moto GP motorcycle race at the Formula 1 track. 


April 23, 2013 - 6:43pm
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John Holmes
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Links Golf Club at Sandestin
Courtesy of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
The Links GC at Sandestin is one of three courses at the resort that will remain in top shape for golfers and NCAA Division III Golfers.

May is typically the month when the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort typically punches its greens and performs routine maintenance on its golf courses. Not this year, though – the resort is hosting the NCAA men’s and women’s Division III national championships, and the courses will remain in top shape throughout the month.

The college kids aren't the only ones who can take advantage of the extra-long prime season at Sandestin. The resort is offering a Spring Swing package to lure golfers – no matter their collegiate loyalty.

The package includes three nights and three rounds of golf, along with unlimited use of the practice facility and practice balls. Also included are golf car and greens fees, a $20 beverage cart credit and a Nike wedge.

The golf portion of the package includes one round each at the Raven Golf Club, Links Golf Club and Baytowne Golf Club. And in between rounds, vacationers can visit The Village of Baytowne Wharf, an assortment of casual and fine-dining restaurants, bars and nightlife, and boutique shopping. Beach access, a marina, fitness facilities and numerous organized activities are also available on-site.

The Spring Swing starts at $172 per player per night based on quad occupancy in the Bayside complex, and at $253 per person per night based on double occupancy in the Village units. The price includes all taxes and fees.

The package runs through May 22. The Division III finals are set for May 14-17, as 21 women's teams will compete at Baytowne and 40 men's teams will play at the Raven and the Links. 

For more information, visit