Sunday was a busy day in golf, with Kevin Streelman getting his long-awaited breakthrough win on the PGA Tour, Stacy Lewis taking over as the top-ranked player in the women's game, David Frost going wire-to-wire at the Toshiba Classic – and, hopefully, a whole lot of you getting out on the course for some spring golf fun of your own.
Sunday was also St. Patrick's Day, and several of golf's most prominent players were definitely feeling green. We've rounded up some of their tweets and have listed them below. We've also put together a quick photo gallery of some of their St. Patrick's Day-themed images, and we hope you'll give it a look. I don't think it'll shock you, though, if I tell you that none of the photos can top the one of Rory McIlroy I've posted above.
So click here to see the gallery, and Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody.
@RyannOToole Happy saint Patrick's day! I need 2 green beers
@McIlroyRory Got dressed up for today! Haha pic.twitter.com/CPtLHxdQJc
@natalie_gulbis Happy St Patricks Day Everyone!!
@natalie_gulbis putting green outfit today of course pic.twitter.com/2cBJ1eMlOt
@natalie_gulbis St Patrick's day at the golf club!! love all the green outfits today !! pic.twitter.com/yb1N2YJgPg
@SydneeMichaels Happy St Paddys Day from me and my Irish caddy! pic.twitter.com/7lPEAZ2k18
@NatSheary kiss me I'm Irish... #butreallytho pic.twitter.com/hMNHjn3DRE
@bjohnston_golf Hope everyone is having a great St. Patty's Day! Spending my afternoon on the course getting ready for this weeks @THECACTUSTOUR event!
@JessicaYadlo Kiss me I'm Irish - isnt everyone? ☺ http://instagr.am/p/W-EKfeFgNp/
@BriVega Happy St. Patrick's Day! (Also known as Bri Vega's birthday eve) born 3 hours late, so I have my own day
@TheIreneCho Oh yea! It's happening! Happy St. Patty's day! @ProCompression pic.twitter.com/nmMeoLDD15
@TRACYstanford Wearing my green! #irish pic.twitter.com/08OkNc9iYy
Sara 'No H' Brown
@SaraBrownGolf Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! I'm off to FL for the next @ROAD2LPGA tourney 1st stop DFW to see @TheRealMamaB Hope you have green on #Ipinch :)
@ANNIKA59 Happy St Patrick's Day everyone. I am getting the real deal with my Irish descendant hubby @JMikeMcGee
@TheSueKim Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
@DaveHorsey Happy St Patricks Day to all from the Emerald Isle #potato
@IamSAveryhardt Happy St. Patrick's Day!
@Graeme_McDowell RT @McTierArt "Happy St. Patrick's Day! #golf #irish @Graeme_McDowell @McIlroyRory @DarrenClarke60 pic.twitter.com/J3kpjnSOBp" >>nice piece
@BLAIRONEAL Happy St. PAtricks Day! Don't forget to wear your green
@CindyLaCrosse Happy St Patrick's Day!
@Walsheyyy Happy St. Patrick's Day :)
@DaveLynndawg Happy potato day everyone
@MegMallonUSA Who will win today? McMiyazato or O'Lewis! Good Irish Luck to two of my fav people. Erin Go Bragh everyone. #margaretmaryelizabethmallon
The International Olympic Committee tweeted out a peek at the course that'll be used when golf returns to the Summer Games in 2016.
The course is being built at Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca, the district of Rio de Janeiro that will contain the largest number of Olympic Games venues. It will be "a unique Olympic Games venue," says the IOC, located approximately three miles from the Athletes' Village and about five miles from the Main Press Center and the International Broadcast Center.
After the Olympics, the IOC says, "the course will be used as a public facility with the chief purpose of promoting golf in Brazil and the globe, representing one of the most important Olympic Games legacies for sport development in the country."
The course, which was designed by American course architect Gil Hanse – who was chosen for the job almost exactly a year ago – boasts a number of sand and water features, including a large lake surrounded by several holes on the left side of the layout. Several holes border the northern shore of Lake Marapendi, sort of, but none seems to really dramatically interact with the large lake.
If you know Rio, the course is south of the Avenue of the Americas, and a few miles west of the famed Copacabana neighborhood.
Tom Watson has only been the U.S. Ryder Cup captain for three months, and the 2014 Ryder Cup is still a good year and a half away. But Watson has been thinking hard about what he wants his team to look like when it arrives at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland in late September of next year.
The key to making Watson's team as a captain's pick, he said this week at the Toshiba Classic, is to be playing as well as possible in August of 2014.
''You know, it will be easy for you to determine who I'm going to pick on September 9th, 2014, or whenever it is. You'll say Watson is going to pick this guy because he just told me back 17 months ago how he's going to make his decision,'' he said. ''Well, I'm telling you how I'm going to make the decision right now.
''And the way I look at it, I want somebody on the upswing when they're going to the Ryder Cup,'' he explained. ''They're playing well, they've got some momentum going into the Ryder Cup.''
Watson is pleased that he won't have to make his picks until just a few weeks before the Ryder Cup.
Back when he previously served as captain in 1993, Watson said, ''you picked those picks in the second week of August and then you played at the end of September, so you had maybe six weeks of time for … their games to fall off. Now we do it the Monday after Labor Day, pick the picks, and now I have a better chance of seeing how these guys are playing.
''Are they on the upswing or downswing? That's how I assess who I'm going to be playing, putting in there,'' he said. ''If I have some players that are playing on the upswing, showing that they can play in the heat of competition and bad conditions, which we're going to have over there, those are the qualities I'm looking for in players.''
When you hear the name Barber Pole Golf, it'd be natural to think it's a red-blooded American clubmaker. Truth is, Barber Pole is based in Dublin, Ireland.
The boutique putter company makes its flatsticks in the United States, though, and is bringing them to the American market this spring.
Barber Pole specializes in solid brass putters with Radius Face Technology, which the company says helps each putter produce topspin immediately upon impact to get the ball quickly rolling on line. In essence, Radius Face Technology removes the loft found on many modern putters and, the company says, makes Barber Pole putters a good choice for putting out of the fringe as well.
"Radius Face Technology is designed to stroke the golf ball above the equator," says Barber Pole Putting Technologist (yes, that’s his title!) A.J. Crinion. "The connection produces immediate topspin and a true, forward roll for improved control and accuracy."
Each putter face is carved from a block of solid brass, which the company says eliminates dead spots or air pockets, which can happen with cast putters. By using CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling technology, Barber Pole guarantees the quality and integrity of each putters.
Barber Pole is bringing the four models in its Irish Links series, all of which conform to USGA and R&A standards, to the United States:
--The Ballybunion mallet features a double-bend shaft to help align the shaft with the center of the face, making the putter face-balanced. The crown contains a single alignment dot, and the putter retails for $369.
--The Portrush blade has a classic plumbers neck design. It features a single alignment dot on the crown and an alignment line on the flange to help square the face up. It retails for $349.
--The Waterville mallet has a thicker crown between the face and the rounded-off back cavity for a solid feel. It also contains both an alignment dot and line, and retails for $369.
--And the Lahinch blade has a flow-neck design for a clean view of the ball at address. The overall design has a touch of the old ''Bullseye'' in it and the crown also contains a single alignment dot. It retails for $349.
All four putters come in 33-, 34-, 35- and 36-inch lengths, and can be bought with either a standard tour grip or a red and white striped Barber Pole grip.
For more information, visit BarberPoleGolf.com.