Golf Buzz

February 21, 2013 - 10:22am
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T.J. Auclair
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Golf will be a part of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. However, there have been serious snags with the construction of the Olympic Course.

 

Things haven't exactly been what you'd call smooth sailing for the IOC and golf in the Olympics. 
 
Golf, which has been added to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, hit another snag this week with a dispute over the land being used for the Olympic course.
 
A website called SuperSport.com reported on Wednesday:
 
The IOC officials were reportedly surprised at their hotel to be met by a court member seeking the president of the coordination commission for the 2016 Games, Nawal El Moutawakel, to sign the order notifying her and the IOC of the dispute.
 
The International Olympic Committee and 2016 Rio committee have downplayed issues related to the course as golf prepares to make its return to the games for the first time in 110 years.
 
According to Sergio Antunes Lima Jr., the lawyer of the company which is claiming ownership of the area where the 2016 Rio committee says the golf course will be built, El Moutawakel and the other IOC members seemed confused when they were approached by the court official and there was a lot of discussion until lawyers from the 2016 Rio organising committee finally arrived.
 
Lima Jr., who said he was accompanying the court official, said Rio 2016 Organising Committee President Carlos Nuzman also arrived later.
 
The Rio committee, which last year went through the embarrassment of having to fire several employees who illegally downloaded files from British organisers during the London Games, said it was not involved in the court order and gave support to the IOC officials only because the document presented to them was in Portuguese and dealt with Brazilian law.
 
El Moutawakel said she complied with the court official but could do nothing more than relay the document to the IOC's legal departments in Switzerland.
 
"This morning I received documents in my hotel which I was unable to understand, I was unable to read because they were in Portuguese," El Moutawakel said. "We have passed on all of these documents to our lawyers in Lausanne for translation and that's all I can tell you at the moment regarding this question."
 
To read the complete story, click here.
 
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February 19, 2013 - 7:51pm
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John Holmes
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John Kasich, John Boehner, Joe Biden and Barack Obama
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (left) was the fourth member of the famous 2011 golf match that included President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner.

In this difficult economy, governments everywhere are scrambling after every dollar of revenue they can find.

In Ohio, Republican Gov. John Kasich recently proposed expanding the state sales tax to include 81 previously untaxed products and services ranging from haircuts to funerals. ''Essentially,'' said The Columbus Dispatch, the state sales tax ''would be assessed on all but about 40 of types of economic activity.''

On the list to be taxed under Kasich's plan is a wide variety of sports and entertainment activities and institutions including bowling alleys and billiard parlors, hunting and fishing guides, pari-mutuel racing events, and admission to museums, amusement parks, circuses, fairs, concerts and sporting events that don't involve an educational institution.

Items on the exempt list, according to the Dispatch, are generally related to health care, education and housing, such as utilities, rent and remodeling. But also remaining exempt are day care, local bus fares, veterinary services for livestock, repairs to commercial fishing vessels, and various industrial and mining services.

Now, here comes the point of this piece. Also on list of activities to remain exempt from the sales tax are ''personal instruction'' in golf, as well as dance and similar activities.

Kasich, it should be known, is an avid golfer. In fact, when President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner played their famous round of golf in June of 2011, the other members of their foursome were Vice President Joe Biden – and Kasich, who is said to have about an 8 handicap.

At the Republican Convention last summer in Tampa, Kasich noted that his afternoon of golf with Obama, Boehner and Biden led to a session in which the four opened secret talks on a major budget deal. They didn't reach agreement, obviously, but Kasich said that more social outings like golf would help political leaders work with each on tougher issues.

Kasich is pushing so hard to expand the sales tax because he wants to lower personal income and business taxes in Ohio and transform the Ohio state tax system into one based more on consumption taxes. His plan has received a mixed reception so far, and it'll be very interesting to see if it goes anywhere.

February 19, 2013 - 2:50pm
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John Kim, Coordinating Producer
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The putting conga line
Nine golfers from Campbell University set a record by sinking 9 putts into the same hole at the same time.

Apologies if you've seen this before - this happened in January but it was featured on HLN this morning.  

Nine putters lined up - all sinking it into the same hole. Pretty cool.  Apparently, it took them 28 tries? 

 

Watch the video here.

February 19, 2013 - 11:11am
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Hunter Mahan will attempt to defend his title in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship beginning on Wednesday.

 

Tim Daniels, a featured columnsist for BleacherReport.com, put together a nice primer to get you prepared for the start of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, which starts Wednesday in Marana, Ariz.
 
Hunter Mahan is the defending champion after topping Rory McIlroy, 2&1 in 2012.
 
Daniels highlights some notable Round 1 match ups, predicts the semifinal and championship matches and gives his pick to win.
 
Daniels writes:
 
The Accenture Match Play Championship is one of the most entertaining tournaments of the golf season. Instead of stroke play, it's a bracket-style event similar to March Madness in college basketball with 64 of the world's top players going head to head for the title.
 
Hunter Mahan is back to defend his title after beating Rory McIlroy, this year's top overall seed, in the finals. The field also features Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose and countless other big names. The most notable absences are Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.
 
The tournament forces players to use more strategy. Normally, it's just them against the course in an attempt to post a low score. Match play comes down to which player can best adapt his game to each opponent and take chances at the right times.
 
Action gets under way on Wednesday with the Round of 64. Here's a look at the key information for the event, followed by a television schedule, list of opening-round matchups and predictions for which players will reach the final four and who will take home the trophy.
 
 
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February 19, 2013 - 10:04am
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Vijay Singh probably won't be laughing when he hears what winners on the NGA Pro Golf Tour are being asked to sign.

 

Deer antler spray is no laughing matter on the PGA Tour. Just ask Vijay Singh who admitted taking the banned substance (which, Singh insists, he didn't know was a banned substance at the time). Will he be suspended? Won't he? Will the PGA Tour ever tell us either way because of how high-profile this situation is?
 
Not likely.
 
But, for other golf tours, it apparently is quite the knee-slapper.
 
GolfChannel.com's Jason Sobel had a nice catch on Monday when he reported that the NGA Pro Golf Tour (formerly the NGA Hooters Tour -- the longest-running developmental tour in the U.S.) has an interesting use of deer antlers as the result of Singh's recent/ongoing ordeal.
 
Sobel wrote:
 
On the PGA Tour, deer antler spray is no laughing matter. Other tours, though, are having a little fun with the notion of an unusual performance enhancer.
 
Every champion on the minor-league NGA Pro Golf Tour this year will be asked to sign a set of deer antlers that will remain on the circuit’s operations truck and travel week to week to each tournament. In past years, winners have been asked to sign flags or coolers, but officials said the deer antlers seemed timely, appropriate and humorous in the wake of an ongoing PGA Tour scandal.
 
Read Sobel's report here, where he also explains the NGA Pro Golf Tour's drug policy and tells us about a recent winner you've probably heard of before who put his John Hancock on the antlers.
 
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February 19, 2013 - 9:11am
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In 2011, Luke Donald was the WGC-Accenture Match Play champion.

 

The lone match-play event on the PGA Tour schedule takes place this week in Marana, Ariz. -- the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain.
 
Hunter Mahan is the defending champion after taking down Rory McIlroy one year ago, 2&1 in the final.
 
Before the tournament gets under way on Wednesday, BleacherReport.com featured columnist Richard Langford highlighted the players he believes to be the top 2 contenders to win the 2013 title.
 
Langford wrote:
 
Hunter Mahan will try to defend his Accenture Match Play Championship title following a late Sunday collapse from the lead of the Northern Trust Open. 
 
He is definitely among the favorites, but this field is so deep, he doesn't even crack our top three. 
 
Of course, there is no guarantee anyone will be in contention. As if the PGA Tour was not already hard enough to predict, we have to deal with this unpredictable format, where just one string of bad holes is enough to send even the world's top golfers packing. 
 
So, while the following three golfers should be considered heavy favorites when this tournament begins on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain Marana, Ariz., they certainly aren't locks. 
 
 
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