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March 20, 2013 - 12:38am
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John Holmes
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HoverFly aerial camera
Ping Golf
Ping Golf tweeted this photo of the HoverFly occupying the airspace over the range at Bay Hill.

You couldn't blame the golfers on the range Tuesday at Bay Hill for not keeping their eyes on the ball. That's because a huge, somewhat scary-looking remote-controlled flying camera was zipping around over their heads.

The aerial camera is made by a company called HoverFly, and the Golf Channel is giving one a pretty good workout at the PGA Tour event closest to the Channel's headquarters in Orlando. This model is called the Erista, and it's designed for professional aerial cinematography and live streaming from the air. 

I didn't get a chance to flip over to the Golf Channel to see if they were talking about, or showing, the camera. Hey, sometimes when you work in golf, you don't have time to actually watch golf. But the photos posted on Twitter look pretty cool, and Chad Coleman of Callaway Golf even posted a short video clip of the thing scooting around.

The drone looks fairly menacing, but it's only outfitted with video gear and not nuclear-tipped cruise missiles or anything. Such things are fairly costly, so I presume its on-the-ground controller will work to keep the thing mostly over the heads of the players on the range.

After all, if they station it downrange at all, you just know know some players will take dead aim.

And you know what they say: These guys are good.

March 19, 2013 - 8:08pm
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Steve Eubanks
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St. Andrew
Greek Orthodox Church
St. Andrew, one of the 12 original Apostles of Christ and brother of St. Peter, probably never pondered the legal implications of trademarking his name.

Imagine if Augusta National Golf Club tried to trademark the name of the town, Augusta, or if the Yankees tried to trademark New York.

That is what the St. Andrews Links Trust is attempting to do with its request before the European Union. The Trust seeks to trademark the name St. Andrews for certain projects and services. According to reporting in Fife Today, the application covers 11 types of goods and services related to golf, including books and magazines that use the name.

A spokesman for the Links Trust told Fife Today, “The Links Trust courses are the oldest and most renowned in the world and often referred to simply as St Andrews. The Trustees view it as their duty to reduce the danger of misrepresentation and to nurture what the name symbolizes around the world.”

What the name symbolizing around the world could be subject to wide interpretation. St. Andrew was, after all, an Apostle of Christ and brother of St. Peter. The town got its name when Roman Christians reportedly came ashore at the Firth of Fife with boxes housing the finger bones of first-century disciple. There is no word from the church on the Links Trust’s trademark application.

Of more pressing and immediate concern is how the application will affect local businesses, many of whom use the name St. Andrews because that's where they are located.

This isn’t the first time such trademarks have been debated. In the wake of Dale Earnhardt’s death, his widow looked into trademarking the number 3. That attempt didn’t go far as no one could figure out how to license an integer.

The spokesman for the Links Trust said, “St Andrews Links Trust believes it is not appropriate for (outside) parties to use the renown of St Andrews for their financial gain by wrongfully suggesting they have a relationship with St Andrews Links.”

No date has been set yet for review of the trademark application.

March 19, 2013 - 7:27pm
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Steve Eubanks
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Stacy Lewis
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Just two days after becoming the No. 1 player in the world, Stacy Lewis finalized an endorsement deal with OMEGA.

Being the No. 1 player in the world has its perks. Stacy Lewis has been bombarded with interview requests in the days following her win at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, a victory that propelled her into the top spot in the World Rankings. She also has more partnership opportunities.

Omega announced on Tuesday that Lewis is now one of their athletes.
 
Timepiece companies have branched into lifestyle companies, and in so doing most have added golfers as celebrity-endorsers. Rolex once owned the market with the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and a host of others. They still maintain a strong presense in the game as well as a wealthy of video rights as part of their deal to sponsor the World Golf Rankings.
 
Tag Heuer had Tiger Woods and Suzann Pettersen, both of whom have great appeal in Europe and Asia. 
 
Omega has had deals with a number of golfers including Sergio Garcia and Davis Love III, who signed on with the company last summer. They also have James Bond (fictional super spy) and Michael Phelps (real swimmer). Now they have the No.1 female golfer in the world and only the second American ever to grace the top spot.
 
“I am honored to join the Omega family,” Lewis said. “This is such an exciting time in my career and I am proud to represent a brand that showcases determination, elegance and power – all things that I value both on and off the course.”
 
Omega President Stephen Urquhart said, “We are thrilled to welcome Stacy Lewis to the Omega family, where she joins a great group of some of the top players from the world of golf. Her recent surge to the top of the women’s ranking makes her an outstanding role model for professional golfers worldwide.”

March 19, 2013 - 11:40am
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Steve Eubanks
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Tom-Watson
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Tom Watson will hang around Georgia after the Masters. The Ryder Cup captain just announced that he will play in the Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf the week of April 15-21.

 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson will be spending two weeks in a row in Georgia.

Watson just confirmed that he will be participating in the Greater Gwinnett Championship presented by Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, a Champion’s Tour event at TPC Sugarloaf held April 15-21, the week immediately following the Masters.

As a Hall of Famer and eight-time major champion, Watson is accustomed to media attention, but 13 years of Champions Tour golf has softened his exposure a bit. Now, with the historic nature of his Ryder Cup captaincy and the announcements he will be making in the coming days, Watson is the Man of the Hour every time he tees it up.  

Sugarloaf will be no exception. 

 

 

March 18, 2013 - 11:42pm
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John Holmes
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Bubba Watson's wardrobe for 2013 Masters
Courtesy of Oakley
Bubba Watson will wear red shirts on Thursday and Saturday, and white shirts on Friday and Sunday at the Masters.

In recent years, we've enjoyed seeing Nike Golf's ''apparel scripts'' – the outfits the Swoosh staff players wear in the majors. This year, Oakley is jumping into the preview game, showing us what reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson will don during his return to Augusta National.

The photo above shows Watson's wardrobe for Thursday through Sunday, running from left to right.

Watson, of course, made a very high-profile jump from Travis Mathew over to Oakley last winter, and the Masters will mark his first major in Oakley garb.

Here's a summary of his shirts from Oakley:

Thursday: Oakley Fade Polo. Sublimated stripes give big rippers like Bubba a look that sets them apart from the common crowd. Our O Hydrolix yarns keep him dry, and engineered flat seams free movement, eliminate abrasion and max out comfort.

Friday: Cross Cut Polo. Soft on the skin and built to breathe, this performance polo is optimized with Oakley O Hydrolix yarns to manage moisture. Angle stripes play off each other for original style while engineered flat seams let Bubba play hard by making sure every swing, pitch and putt is friction-free.

Saturday: Must Have Polo. This Oakley original takes Bubba beyond the links when the look and feel of a favorite lifestyle polo, and when he's swinging his signature pink driver, the fully treated O Hydrolix yarns keep him cool, dry and comfortable.

Sunday: Side Door Polo. One of the quickest drying yarns in the industry, Oakley O Hydrolix optimizes comfort to keep Bubba cool and focused when he's up against tough putts. Engineered burn-out side panels maximize ventilation, and the look salutes Bubba's pure originality.

March 18, 2013 - 1:29pm
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Steve Eubanks
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Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods announced via Facebook and Twitter that he is, in fact, dating Lindsey Vonn, confirming months of speculation.

 

Well, that answers that.  
 
After months of speculation and coy non-denial denials, Tiger Woods announced on his Twitter and Facebook pages that he and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn are, indeed, dating. 
 
Rumors of a relationship have been swirling for some time. They met at a charity outing in April and reportedly began dating in the fall. The stories intensified when Woods took an extra day to travel to Abu Dhabi so he could layover in Salzburg where Vonn was skiing. And when Vonn tore the ligaments in her knee in an accident in Austria, Tiger’s private jet picked her up.  
 
Now, it’s official. Tiger wrote on his Facebook page, “Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.”  
 
Vonn, 28, was one of Tiger’s more vocal critics during his scandal-plagued year. She finalized her divorce from skier Thomas Vonn earlier this year. The couple had been married for four years.