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April 17, 2013 - 6:40pm
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Adam Scott at the Masters
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Now that Adam Scotthas a Masters green jacket, 'The Bachelor' wants him to hand roses.

Adam Scott is cooling down this week in the wake of his Masters victory. But if answers his phone, he might just find the folks from ''The Bachelor'' on the other end of the line.

Yup, ''The Bachelor'' is ''definitely going to pursue'' the 32-year-old Australian with the brand-new green jacket, according to a report on EOnline.com.

No meetings have yet been set up, a ''Bachelor'' source told EOnline, ''but we're trying. He could be a perfect fit.''

Other potential bachelors also are being considered, the report said. ABC, which airs the show, said it doesn't comment on casting rumors.

Would Scott take ''The Bachelor'' up on its offer? That's up to him. But, given the fact that almost every woman we know already has a crush on him, we don't think he needs any help in the dating department.

 

April 17, 2013 - 7:46am
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T.J. Auclair
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PGA of America CEO Peter Bevacqua has issued the following statement about the tragic events that took place at Monday's Boston Marathon:
 
"The PGA of America is saddened by the tragic events that occurred during the Boston Marathon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the City of Boston, all of those affected by the bombings and our friends and colleagues at the New England Section PGA."
April 16, 2013 - 10:11pm
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Guan Tianlang at Atlanta Hawks game
Guan Tianlang via Twitter
"Go Hawks... this is my first time watching live NBA game," said Guan Tianlang on Twitter Tuesday night.

Spending last week at Augusta National was apparently just the start of the fun for Chinese teenager Guan Tianlang.

Guan's father celebrated his birthday on Sunday, and the youngster gave him the silver cup he received as low amateur at the Masters. Happy birthday, Pops – you'll always remember this one!

On Monday, Guan accepted a sponsor invitation to play in next week's Zurich Classic in New Orleans. Guan, it turns out, actually spent a month in the New Orleans area last year and has practiced at Lakewood Golf Club, not far from TPC Louisiana, the host venue for the Zurich Classic.

And on Tuesday, he attended his first NBA game in Atlanta, where he saw the Hawks take on the Toronto Raptors.

After he finished his final round at the Masters on Sunday, Guan said he planned to hit the books and catch up on a little schoolwork. I haven't seen any indication as to when he might be headed back to the public school he attends in China.

And while we're talking about ''the Kid,'' the nickname by which he became known at the Masters, did you know that he had no three-putts at Augusta and nothing worse than a bogey on his scorecard?  

 

 

April 16, 2013 - 6:11pm
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John Holmes
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Adam Scott's Scotty Cameron Futura X prototype putter
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In this close-up shot from Masters Saturday, you can see the semi-circular head of Adam Scott's new Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter with weights on the far corners of the head.

With Adam Scott earning his first green jacket, Titleist certainly had a Masters to remember.

For starters, Scott played with a brand-new Titleist 913D3 driver – in fact, he put it in his competition bag for the first time at Augusta National, though he had been testing it for a month or so. He also was using a new Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X long putter (and both Scott and Angel Cabrera played Titleist balls, Scott the Pro V1 and Cabrera the Pro V1x).

Scott switched to his new driver from a Titleist 910D3 – the model that preceded the 913D3. His new 913D3 9.5-degree driver has an A-1 (neutral) SureFit Tour Hosel setting with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8, X flex graphite shaft at 44.75 inches, according to Titleist. 

Scott was custom fit for the new driver on the Wednesday before the Tampa Bay Championship, according to Titleist, then continued to play his old driver while working with the new one in practice leading up to the Masters. 

"Adam came to Augusta ready to put it in play and was extremely confident in his performance with it following several practice rounds,'' said Titleist. ''Scott cited that he was getting a higher ball flight without increased spin for longer carry distance with the new driver – which would be beneficial to him at Augusta National and going forward.''

Scott had been famously playing a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi long putter, but switched to the Futura X prototype for the Masters. Switching flatsticks for those daunting greens at Augusta National seems like a risky proposition, but Scott had been working with Cameron on the new model since December and the Futura is, generally speaking, quite similar to the Kombi.

The big difference, according to Titleist, is that the new one adds stability through the stroke thanks to the design of its head, and the fact that the head is perimeter weighted. The semi-circular head is made of aluminum and includes a balance bar running perpendicular to the face. In addition, four tungsten weights are positioned under four adjustable stainless steel weights in the far four corners of the head. The one Scott is using is 49 inches tall, and has a 79-degree lie angle and 3 degrees of loft.

In an interesting bit of trivia, Scott's victory completed the career Grand Slam for long putters – Scott at the Masters, Webb Simpson at the 2012 U.S. Open, Ernie Els at the 2012 British Open and Keegan Bradley at the 2011 PGA Championship – and four of the last six majors now have been won by long putters.

Scott was asked whether he thought yet another major won by a long putter might have an impact on the USGA and R&A's decision to ban the anchored putting stroke.

"I don't know that this is going to impact any decisions at all. You know my feeling on it all; that it was inevitable that big tournaments would be won with this equipment, because you know, these are the best players in the world and they practice thousands of hours,'' he said. ''They are going to get good with whatever they are using.  It's inevitable. I don't know that is going to have any impact on any decisions upcoming.''

To see this week's edition of What's in the Winners' Bags, click here. And to see a photo gallery of Scott's Masters-winning clubs, click here.

April 16, 2013 - 11:09am
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Bubba Watson and Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal via Twitter
Somehow I feel like this photo ought to be in one of those "write your own caption" contests.

 

Today is National Golf Day, and many of the golf industry's leaders are up in Washington, D.C., meeting with some of our elected officials to spread the gospel of golf.
 
Shaquille O'Neal is getting in the spirit, too. A little while ago, he posted the photo shown above on Twitter, with the caption, "Chillin wit my main man."
 
Not exactly sure of the context here, though judging by the golf carts on the right, it was taken at Grand Cypress in Florida. All I can say is, one day Bubba Watson is cruising around in a hovercraft and the next he's getting a pick-me-up from Shaq. That man knows how to get around a golf course!
 
P.S.: I especially love the giant-size kilties on Shaq's shoes. I didn't know they made those anymore.
April 16, 2013 - 10:13am
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Adam Scott, Masters
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Here's one of the many great shots Augusta Chronicle columnist Scott Michaux included in a fantastic slideshow of Adam Scott's Masters victory.

 

Scott Michaux, a sports columnist for the Augusta Chronicle, has put together a spectacular tribute to Adam Scott's Masters victory on YouTube.
 
Michaux compiled some of the best photos taken by the Augusta Chronicle staff, made a slideshow out of them and set it to the background music, "C'mon Aussie C'mon," perfored by Let the Music Play.
 
Of course, "C'mon Aussie," will always have significance with the 77th Masters for two reasons:
 
1. Adam Scott became the first Aussie to win at Augusta National.
 
2. Those are the words Scott emphatically screamed after holing his long birdie putt on the 72nd hole to temporarily take the lead (Angel Cabrera tied him with a birdie moments later and then Scott won on the second hole of a playoff).
 
 
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