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October 8, 2013 - 11:53am
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Tom Watson
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Tom Watson, 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, is designing a nine-hole course in his home state of Missouri for children and those learning the game.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson is helping design a nine-hole golf course being tailored to children and others just learning the game.

The course, which will be alongside the 18-hole Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, Mo., is described as, "challenging, but not discouraging."

The newspaper reports that Watson paid a recent visit to the cleared land with a rangefinder in hand and began sketching out holes on paper.

READ: Exclusive Ryder Cup 2014 Captain's Blog with Tom Watson

"This golf course is short by normal standards," said Watson in the report. "This course is designed for beginners, for kids or anybody, really, to play the game where you aren't forced to play 400-yard par 4's or 500-yard par 5's or 180-yard par 3's.

"That's the whole idea for this, to make it fun for them and not too long, where they can hit a shot and get rewarded for it."

The course is expected to cost $550,000 to build and donations and commitments of $125,000 have already been raised.

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October 8, 2013 - 11:33am
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Brandt Snedeker
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Brandt Snedeker, a member of the winning U.S. Presidents Cup team on Sunday, was hoping to see older brother Haymes play in this week's U.S. Mid-Am. Those plans were foiled when Haymes lost his first-round match.

Haymes Snedeker -- older brother of PGA Tour star Brandt Snedeker -- was hoping to have his little brother in his gallery for a change.

Haymes, 37 years old and winner of the Golf Channel's Big Break X five years ago, was competing in this week's U.S. Mid-Amateur at the Country Club of Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala.

Brandt, four years younger than Haymes, was hoping to catch first-round action in the Mid-Am on Monday. After Sunday's victory in the Presidents Cup, however, Brandt was too tired to get to Birmingham. So, he sent Haymes a text message saying he would head to Birmingham if Haymes won his first-round match.

RELATED: What we learned from the Presidents Cup

It didn't pan out, as Rhode Islander Brad Valois handed the older Snedeker a 2-and-1 defeat.

"I know he was excited to come down here," Haymes, who works in real estate and is a part-time municipal judge in Fairhope, Ala., about 3 1/2 hours south of Birmingham, said in the USGA report. "It’s a shame I couldn't win one match."

One of the perks of winning Big Break in 2008 for Haymes, was a sponsor's exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2009 Children’s Miracle Classic at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. That remains the only time since Brandt turned professional that the brothers were able to compete in the same event.

For the record, Brandt finished tied for 60th that week, while Haymes missed the cut.

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October 8, 2013 - 10:47am
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PURE grips
PURE Grips
Personalization options are endless with PURE Grips.
Did you know that you should change out your golf grips once every 40 rounds, or -- if you don't play that often -- once every season?
 
Next time you're getting your grips changed, you might want to consider PURE Grips.
 
Based out of Scottsdale, Ariz., PURE Grips touts itself as featuring, "a unique combination of performance, feel, durability and value unmatched in the golf industry."
 
 
These are high-quality grips that come with a couple of big perks. First, installing a grip has never been easier, as PURE Grips require no adhesive tapes or solvents. And for those looking to separate themselves from others, PURE offers a wide variety of personalization options.
 
Pick a color and chances are PURE Grips has that color. Do you have a logo or name you want emblazoned on your grip (great for our friends who might be a little forgetful and leave clubs behind)? PURE Grips can do that too.
 
Golf is all about feel, which makes a proper grip essential. PURE Grips are guaranteed to remain supple and tacky and to perform in all conditions for 12 months.
 
New to the PURE Grips line this year is the PURE DTX -- a grip created with the help of acclaimed instructor Hank Haney. This particular grip offers all the benefits one would expect from a cord grip without the drawbacks -- like ripping your hands apart.
 
 
"I'm excited to work with PURE grips because of the high quality of the grips, as well as the ability to custom fit my students through their unique application of tapeless installation," Haney said. "As a teacher, I believe that custom fitting the club to the golfer is imperative. Until now, it was hard to get dialed in on the grip, but PURE's options and the ability to grip, remove and regrip with ease really helps us get a player in the right grip for their game."
 
The PURE DTX features two opposing textures -- one smooth and tacky with the other providing a rougher, more gritty surface. The repetitive and alternating pattern provides the feeling of secure traction and pleasant tack. The grips retail for $8.99 apiece.
 
To learn more about PURE and all the grip options available to you, visit www.puregrips.com.
 
You can also find PURE Grips on Facebook, or Twitter, @puregrips.
 
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Fred Couples in the World Golf Hall of Fame
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Fred Couples, a World Golf Hall of Fame inductee in 2013, won't see any new inductees until 2015.

The World Golf Hall of Fame announced Monday that it will not conduct an election for a class of 2014 while it undertakes what it calls ''a comprehensive review of several of its processes.''

This ''strategic review,'' the Hall of Fame said in a statement, is ''focused on an evaluation of the criteria and process for electing/selecting all five avenues of induction and a review of the production of the annual Induction Ceremony, including date, location and presentation.''

The review is ongoing, the statement said, adding that the ''process of electing and selecting inductees and planning the Induction Ceremony takes several months and includes the coordination of the game’s professional tours, governing bodies and allied organizations.''

As a result, it said, the Hall of Fame will forego the 2014 Induction Ceremony. The 2015 Induction Ceremony is still scheduled for May 4, 2015, the Monday of The Players Championship.

CLASS OF 2013: Couples leads five into World Golf Hall of Fame

Currently, there are five ways for potential inductees to get into the World Golf Hall of Fame:

--On the PGA Tour ballot, players must be at least 40 years old, a PGA Tour member for 10 years or more and have at least 10 PGA Tour wins, two majors or two Players Championship titles. For Champions Tour players, potential inductees must have been on that tour for at least five years and have 20 or more wins on the PGA and Champions tours combined, or five majors or Players Championship wins. 

The PGA Tour Voting Body, comprised of golf journalists, historians and golf dignitaries, determines who is elected through this category each year. Election requires 65 percent of returned ballots. If no candidate hits that threshold, the nominee receiving the most votes (with at least 50 percent) is elected.

--On the International ballot, men and women candidates must be at least 40 years old, and have accumulated 50 points or more from major wins, international tour wins and participation in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Solheim Cup. The International Voting Body follows the same rules as the PGA Tour voters.

--The LPGA ballot is completely different, as it is based on a point system in which a player must have been an active LPGA Tour member for 10 years and accumulated 27 points based on LPGA Tour wins. Candidates also must have won a major championship, the Vare Trophy or Rolex Player of the Year honor.

--The Lifetime Achievement category is for people whose primary contributions have come from outside the competitive arena. The World Golf Foundation Board of Directors' Selection Committee determines each year's recipient.

--The Veterans category selects players, amateur or professional, whose careers are comparable to others who are already in the Hall of Fame. The Selection Committee also decides each year's recipient in this category.

 

October 7, 2013 - 6:29pm
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Ridgewood Country Club
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The microburst that hit Ridgewood Country Club on Monday knocked down more than 50 trees and sheared the tops off more than 100 others, according to the greenskeeping staff.

If you thought the weather was bad at the Presidents Cup, it was just warming up – a microburst hit Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., on Monday, knocking down dozens of trees and damaging many more.

The photo above was tweeted out by the Ridgewood greenskeeping staff about 7:00 p.m. ET on Monday. ''Microburst hit club today 50+ trees down, another 100+ tops sheared off. Course closed tomorrow. More later,'' the club said in its tweet. It gave no indication as to whether anyone was injured or whether the clubhouse or any other structures were damaged.

The mirobust was created in a zone of severe weather as a cold front sliced into what has been an unseasonably warm and humid early-October air mass in the northeastern part of the country, according to The Weather Channel. 

''As the cold front marches toward the Eastern seaboard, a band of rain and thunderstorms along the front is expected to intensify Monday afternoon as strong low-level winds overspread the region and the storms move into an environment with high dewpoints (atmospheric moisture),'' it said. ''This combination will be favorable for damaging wind gusts to develop with some of these storms. An embedded spin-up tornado cannot be ruled out in this situation.''

Fortunately, there didn't appear to be any tornadic activity at or around Ridgewood, but the microburst clearly did plenty of damage all by itself.

A LESSON LEARNED: How to play in the rain

Ridgewood is well-known as for its A.W. Tillinghast-designed golf course, which opened in 1929 and is often ranked among the best 100 courses in the United States. Byron Nelson served as as assistant professional there in the 1930s, and earned many of his early victories as a touring professional while representing the club.

In recent years, Ridgewood had invested as much as $8 million to upgrade the tees at the 27-hole complex, as well as updating its irrigation system and rebuilding the bunkers back to Tillinghast's original design. Among the events it has hosted are the 1935 Ryder Cup, the 1974 U.S. Amateur, the 2001 Senior PGA Championship and The Barclays in both 2008 and 2010.

 

October 7, 2013 - 12:45pm
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Our friends at Yahoo! have a great video today of 3-year-old Michael Patton from Dublin, Ireland. By the looks of things, Michael is on his way to big things in golf.

In the video, Michael is in his living room chipping golf ball after golf ball into a hole in a playhouse. Check it out:

 

 

In the middle of the video, Michael's father asks: Who's your favorite golfer?

Michael's enthusiastic response? "Rory McIlroy!"

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