Golf Buzz

February 21, 2013 - 3:40pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Pebble Beach
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Sure, it'll cost you a pretty penny, but you actually can play a round of golf at Pebble Beach.

 

Contrary to what you might think, not all of the best golf courses in the U.S. are private. In fact, there are many that are open to the public -- Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Pinehurst No. 2, Whistling Straits... the list goes on.
 
While you don't necessarily need to, "know someone," to set foot with golf bag in tow on the gems listed above, you will need a thick wallet.
 
Golf.com has put together a photo gallery of the, "Top 10 Most Expensive Tee Times."
 
 
While these prices certainly seem astronomical for the weekend hacker, a golf junkie might argue it's worth every penny. Think of the experience and the photos!
 
The courses in that gallery are bucket-listers.
 
Of course, those double bogeys on your scorecard will probably feel a lot worse than the ones you make for a $30 round of golf, right?
 
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February 21, 2013 - 11:54am
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Ian Poulter
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Ian Poulter tweeted this picture of a golf ball on a green. Or, more appropriately in this case, a frosty green.

 

As you know by now, the first round of the PGA Tour's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship was interrupted Wednesday by, of all things, snow.
 
Once play was suspended for the day, we quickly learned that if this golf thing doesn't work out (not likely, since the field is comprised of the world's best players), then Weather Channel's Jim Cantore had better watch out!
 
Players took to Twitter once play was called for the day, posting great photos of the snow. 
 
We kept track of them and compiled a photo gallery of all the best pictures we saw.
 
Now granted, people in the Northeast -- this writer included -- aren't going to have any sympathy for a dinky little snowstorm that halts play. But, you've got to admit -- a snowstorm on the PGA Tour, especially at a tournament in the Arizona desert, just doesn't make any sense.
 
 
Enjoy. We sure did.
 
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February 21, 2013 - 11:05am
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John Kim, Coordinating Producer
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Tiger Woods
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President Barack Obama complimented Tiger Woods' golf game in a creative way.

The most famous non-covered, non-photographed golf pairing in recent memory grew in legend even more as both Tiger Woods and President Barack Obama have started to share their thoughts on their round together.

Woods mentioned the President's game showed great promise and that he enjoyed the Commander-in-Chief's company.  For his part, President Obama used a more innovative way to describe Woods' golf game - calling it "on another planet."

You can watch the President make his remarks courtesy of our friends at Yahoo! Golf here.

Incidentally, with 75 official PGA Tour victories and 14 major championships - the game Tiger shows here on earth is pretty good too! 

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.