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March 19, 2013 - 11:40am
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Tom Watson will hang around Georgia after the Masters. The Ryder Cup captain just announced that he will play in the Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf the week of April 15-21.

 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson will be spending two weeks in a row in Georgia.

Watson just confirmed that he will be participating in the Greater Gwinnett Championship presented by Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, a Champion’s Tour event at TPC Sugarloaf held April 15-21, the week immediately following the Masters.

As a Hall of Famer and eight-time major champion, Watson is accustomed to media attention, but 13 years of Champions Tour golf has softened his exposure a bit. Now, with the historic nature of his Ryder Cup captaincy and the announcements he will be making in the coming days, Watson is the Man of the Hour every time he tees it up.  

Sugarloaf will be no exception. 



March 18, 2013 - 11:42pm
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John Holmes
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Bubba Watson's wardrobe for 2013 Masters
Courtesy of Oakley
Bubba Watson will wear red shirts on Thursday and Saturday, and white shirts on Friday and Sunday at the Masters.

In recent years, we've enjoyed seeing Nike Golf's ''apparel scripts'' – the outfits the Swoosh staff players wear in the majors. This year, Oakley is jumping into the preview game, showing us what reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson will don during his return to Augusta National.

The photo above shows Watson's wardrobe for Thursday through Sunday, running from left to right.

Watson, of course, made a very high-profile jump from Travis Mathew over to Oakley last winter, and the Masters will mark his first major in Oakley garb.

Here's a summary of his shirts from Oakley:

Thursday: Oakley Fade Polo. Sublimated stripes give big rippers like Bubba a look that sets them apart from the common crowd. Our O Hydrolix yarns keep him dry, and engineered flat seams free movement, eliminate abrasion and max out comfort.

Friday: Cross Cut Polo. Soft on the skin and built to breathe, this performance polo is optimized with Oakley O Hydrolix yarns to manage moisture. Angle stripes play off each other for original style while engineered flat seams let Bubba play hard by making sure every swing, pitch and putt is friction-free.

Saturday: Must Have Polo. This Oakley original takes Bubba beyond the links when the look and feel of a favorite lifestyle polo, and when he's swinging his signature pink driver, the fully treated O Hydrolix yarns keep him cool, dry and comfortable.

Sunday: Side Door Polo. One of the quickest drying yarns in the industry, Oakley O Hydrolix optimizes comfort to keep Bubba cool and focused when he's up against tough putts. Engineered burn-out side panels maximize ventilation, and the look salutes Bubba's pure originality.

March 18, 2013 - 1:29pm
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Steve Eubanks
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Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods announced via Facebook and Twitter that he is, in fact, dating Lindsey Vonn, confirming months of speculation.


Well, that answers that.  
After months of speculation and coy non-denial denials, Tiger Woods announced on his Twitter and Facebook pages that he and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn are, indeed, dating. 
Rumors of a relationship have been swirling for some time. They met at a charity outing in April and reportedly began dating in the fall. The stories intensified when Woods took an extra day to travel to Abu Dhabi so he could layover in Salzburg where Vonn was skiing. And when Vonn tore the ligaments in her knee in an accident in Austria, Tiger’s private jet picked her up.  
Now, it’s official. Tiger wrote on his Facebook page, “Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.”  
Vonn, 28, was one of Tiger’s more vocal critics during his scandal-plagued year. She finalized her divorce from skier Thomas Vonn earlier this year. The couple had been married for four years. 
March 18, 2013 - 12:10am
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John Holmes
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Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy via Tiwtter

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.

Ryann O'Toole
‏@RyannOToole  Happy saint Patrick's day! I need 2 green beers

Rory Mcilroy
@McIlroyRory  Got dressed up for today! Haha

Natalie Gulbis
@natalie_gulbis  Happy St Patricks Day Everyone!!

@natalie_gulbis  putting green outfit today of course

@natalie_gulbis  St Patrick's day at the golf club!! love all the green outfits today !!

Sydnee Michaels
@SydneeMichaels  Happy St Paddys Day from me and my Irish caddy!

Natalie Sheary
@NatSheary  kiss me I'm Irish... #butreallytho

Brittany Johnston
‏@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!

Jessica Yadloczky
@JessicaYadlo  Kiss me I'm Irish - isnt everyone? ☺

Briana Vega
@BriVega  Happy St. Patrick's Day! (Also known as Bri Vega's birthday eve) born 3 hours late, so I have my own day

Irene Cho
@TheIreneCho  Oh yea! It's happening! Happy St. Patty's day! @ProCompression

Tracy Stanford
@TRACYstanford  Wearing my green! #irish

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 :)

Annika Sorenstam
@ANNIKA59  Happy St Patrick's Day everyone. I am getting the real deal with my Irish descendant hubby @JMikeMcGee

Sue Kim
@TheSueKim  Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Dave Horsey
@DaveHorsey  Happy St Patricks Day to all from the Emerald Isle #potato

Shasta Averyhardt
‏@IamSAveryhardt  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Graeme McDowell
@Graeme_McDowell  RT @McTierArt "Happy St. Patrick's Day! #golf #irish @Graeme_McDowell @McIlroyRory @DarrenClarke60" >>nice piece

Blair O'Neal
@BLAIRONEAL  Happy St. PAtricks Day! Don't forget to wear your green

Cindy LaCrosse
@CindyLaCrosse  Happy St Patrick's Day!

Alison Walshe
@Walsheyyy    Happy St. Patrick's Day :)

Kim Kouwabunpat
‏@kimk04  Happy St. Patty's Day!! #yoga #lulu #tipoftheday @blondeblogshell @

David Lynn
‏@DaveLynndawg  Happy potato day everyone

Meg Mallon
@MegMallonUSA  Who will win today? McMiyazato or O'Lewis! Good Irish Luck to two of my fav people. Erin Go Bragh everyone. #margaretmaryelizabethmallon


March 17, 2013 - 5:49pm
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John Holmes
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2016 Olympic golf course
International Olympic Committee
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.

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.

March 16, 2013 - 7:18pm
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John Holmes
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Tom Watson
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Tom Watson wants his Ryder Cup team to be full of players whose games are on the upswing heading to Gleneagles.

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.''