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April 15, 2013 - 2:07pm
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Tiger Woods at the Masters
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Tiger Woods is off to a good start in his quest to qualify for the U.S. Ryder Cup squad that'll head to Scotland in 2014.

The conclusion of the first major of 2013 is also the start of the points race for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team. The only events in which points are awarded this season, in fact, are the majors; weekly points will begin accumulating next season.

One point is awarded for every $1,000 a player won in the 2013 majors. Every eligible American who made the cut at the Masters, a total of 27, earned some points, and you can see the complete list and qualification rules here. And remember, the top nine points-getters automatically make the team, then Captain Tom Watson will make three captain’s picks.

Here is the inaugural top 10, based on their finish at the Masters:

1. Tiger Woods 352.000 
2. Brandt Snedeker 278.000 
3. Matt Kuchar 232.000 
4. John Huh 192.000 
5. Fred Couples 145.600 
6. Dustin Johnson 145.600 
7. David Toms 145.600 
8. Nick Watney 145.600 
9. Jason Dufner 89.920 
10. Bill Haas 89.920

For complete coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup, click here.

April 15, 2013 - 8:28am
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T.J. Auclair
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Adam Scott, Masters, PGA Grand Slam of Golf
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With his historic win at the Masters, Adam Scott became the first player to qualify for the 2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.


First, it was a remarkable 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to take the clubhouse lead at 8-under par. Then, it was a scintillating two-hole, sudden-death playoff with Argentina's Angel Cabrera.
But, when it was all said and done, Adam Scott claimed his first major championship at Augusta National, becoming the first Australian to win the Masters.
With the victory, Scott became the first player to qualify for golf's most exclusive foursome, earning a spot in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to be played Oct. 14-16, 2013, at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda.
Scott began the final round of the 77th Masters trailing Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker by one shot. 
In what will go down as one of the biggest putts in Masters history, Scott nailed a 20-footer for birdie on the 72nd to post a 3-under 69 for the final round and an 9-under 279 total for a short-lived clubhouse lead.
Cabrera answered by sticking his second shot on No. 18 to within four feet of the hole and calmly made a birdie putt of his own to force sudden death.
Both players matched pars on No. 18 -- the first hole of the playoff -- before Scott holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole, the second of the playoff, for the biggest victory of his impressive career.
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000, second place $300,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000.
TNT's prime-time broadcast of the event reaches a worldwide audience of 88.9 million U.S. homes and international viewers in more than 100 countries.The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.
Established in 1979, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has grown from an 18-hole, single-day charity event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf's best against each other. 
The remainder of the foursome for the 2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf features the winners of the U.S. Open, June 13-16, at Merion; the Open Championship, July 18-21 at Muirfield; and finally, the 95th PGA Championship, August 8-11, at Oak Hill.
April 15, 2013 - 8:19am
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Adam Scott, Masters
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Australia is a proud sporting nation that was delighted to see Adam Scott win the Masters.


You've got to admit, it's going to be nice in the years ahead to not be reminded by commentators during Masters week that, "no Australian has ever won the green jacket."
And with Adam Scott's victory on Sunday, a nicer guy couldn't have won. Scott is respected and admired by his peers. If any modern-day Aussie were going to end the drought at Augusta National, it just feels right that Scott was that man.
Clearly this accomplishment -- a long time coming for the folks Down Under -- is a monumental deal. I wanted to see exactly how it was playing out in Australia, so I went to various newspaper websites in the country to give you some samplings. 
Click on the name of the newspaper at the end of each excerpt to go to the entire story:
"But this was a great day for Australian golf. Mostly, it was a great day for Adam Scott. A day when a nice guy finished first." -- The Sydney Morning Herald
"Showing nerves of steel, Scott became an instant national hero when he nailed the winning birdie putt from 4m in near darkness, to beat 43-year-old Cabrera at the second extra hole on a rain-soaked Augusta National. Earlier, Scott had screamed 'c'mon Aussie' when he holed a 7m birdie putt on the last hole of regulation play to shoot a closing three-under-par 69 and grab the clubhouse lead at nine-under 279." -- The Australian
Scott, 32, beat Angel Cabrera of Argentina at the second playoff hole to become the first Australian to win the Masters at Georgia's Augusta National.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said "by any measure it is an historical day for Australian sport".
"Adam Scott's triumph at Augusta immediately joins the ranks of the truly great Australian sporting moments," she said in a statement.
"Since its inception in 1934, no Australian has had the honour of putting on the Green Jacket - that changes today.
"With this outstanding achievement, Adam Scott has done his country proud."
Opposition leader Tony Abbot said Adam Scott can be proud of what he achieved today. 
"By becoming our nation’s first Masters champion he has ended decades of Aussie heartbreak on America’s most prestigious course.
"It is a testament to the strength of the sport in this country that three Australians were in contention for the Green Jacket right until the final holes. I congratulate Jason Day and Mark Leishman for their fantastic
efforts at this year’s tournament." -- The Herald Sunday
In a classy performance from start to finish, the much-admired Scott fitted neatly into the green jacket and then paid tribute to Australia's past golfing greats, including Thomson.
But he saved his biggest salute for childhood idol and close friend Greg Norman, whose own storied, but ultimately failed attempts to master Augusta National only served to make Scott's triumph even more significant.
Norman was no less complimentary, or bold, in lauding Scott's clutch performance in the tense play-off with 2009 champion Angel Cabrera, and predicting what the 32-year-old star is capable of in the future.
"I think he'll go on and win more majors than any other Australian golfer," said Norman, a two-time major champion. -- The Age
Speaking from the Sanctuary Cove Golf Club, Scott's mother Pam said the family was beside themselves after the history-making win.
"It's something Adam has wanted so long, it was just a delight to watch," Pam Scott said.
"My daughter Casie and I watched it all morning and we just leapt in the air when he made that putt.
"It was a hard putt too, but he has worked so hard and deserves this." -- The Courier Mail
THE whole of Australia was celebrating Adam Scott's Masters victory today, however the Sunshine Coast had cause to cheer among the loudest.
Scott broke through for the country's first win at Augusta when he outlasted Argentina's Angel Cabrera in a thrilling play-off.
The 32-year-old spent a year on the Sunshine Coast as a teenager, attending Matthew Flinders Anglican College and playing out of Headland and Twin Waters golf clubs.
Adam was a foundation student at Flinders in 1990, from Year 5 through to 7 before the family moved to the Gold Coast.
The college's Acting Principal, Gerry Price taught Adam physical education.
Matthew Flinders is no stranger to golfing talent, with it having an amazing player, Jack Trent, in Year 9. -- The Queensland Times
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April 14, 2013 - 4:24pm
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Kikkor Masterer
Here's a peak at the Kikkor Masterer limited edition shoe.


We've touched on it quite a bit these last few weeks -- it seems every golf company out there has done something special specifically for the Masters.
Well, this late entry by Kikkor Golf is by far the coolest. These special, limited-edition Kikkor Masterer shoes are so sweet I can't stop looking at them. And, unfortunately, you can't buy them. Otherwise, I'd get a pair to put on my desk and just stare at them all day.
Here's the description of the shoe sent out by Kikkor:
Perhaps the most epic shoe we have ever made, maybe even the most epic golf shoe ever made, the Limited Edition Kikkor Masterer is truly one of a kind (only one pair made!). Hand painted by Social Statement, it features two of golf’s most notable Masterers, Jack and Arnie, along with the unmistakable Masters Leaderboard, and unique Kikkor-Masterer branding.
Purchasing Info
100% of the proceeds will go to the charity of your choice. You can bid on the item on eBay, or buy it outright now for the listed $5,000 USD.
Sizing Note
Pair is US men's size 9, but really, are you going to play in these shoes? We suggest you keep them to the trophy case.
The shoes are primarily green and yellow, but they feature Jack Nicklaus on the right foot and Arnold Palmer on the left, as well as the famous Masters leaderboard (both inside and out).
The starting bid on these bad boys is a whooping $5,000. The auction/sale ends Wednesday, April 17th, at 6 p.m. PDT.
UPDATE: Our friends at Kikkor tweeted to let us know that the buy price is $5,000 -- the bidding started at $200.
Still interested?
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April 14, 2013 - 10:57am
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T.J. Auclair
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Bushnell Tour V3
The Bushnell Tour V3 and Tour V3 Slope Rangefinders provide the most accurate yardages you can get on a golf course.


Bushnell has long been known to be the makers of the No. 1 Rangefinder on Tour -- so much so, that's actually its slogan.
Go figure!
If you've never used a rangefinder or golf GPS, you might want to try one out. It doesn't matter what exactly your level of ability is. The fact is, using a rangefinder will speed up the pace of play. 
Instead of walking off yardages, or searching the fairway for the nearest sprinkler-head, right at the tip of your fingers you can almost instantly get the precise yardage for your shot.
With Bushnell's latest models -- the Tour V3 and Tour V3 Slope -- it's never been easier to nail down the exact yardage for every shot you face.
Here are the details on the Tour V3, along with its features:
With its new ergonomic design and its award-winning PinSeeker with JOLT Technology, the Tour V3 sets the standard for being the complete laser rangefinder package - design, performance and feel.
JOLT Technology eliminates all doubt by delivering short vibrating bursts to reinforce the laser has locked onto the flag. Use what the Pros use, feel the exact distance.
- PinSeeker Technology with JOLT Technology to zero-in on the flag
- Accuracy within 1-yard
- 5 yards - 1,000 yards ranging performance. 300+ yards to a flag
- 5x Magnification
- Ergonomic design provides a stable grip
- Posi-Thread™ Battery Door
- 3-Volt Battery and Premium Carry Case included
- Rainproof Construction
- 2-Year Warranty
The Tour V3 retails for right around $299.
The Tour V3 Slope, meanwhile, retails for about $399. This version consists of all the great features you get on the Tour V3, but also includes Bushnell's patented Slope Technology, providing the golfer with compensated swing yardage depending on the degree of incline or decline.
To learn more about Bushnell's golf offerings, click here.
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April 12, 2013 - 1:52pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Brad Marchand
Above is a screen-shot of a tweet sent out by @NorthlandsGC -- the Twitter handle of Northlands Golf Course in Vancouver, Canada -- after an elbow that resulted in a concussion for Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand.


Have you ever made a tasteless joke and instantly regretted it (or, if you didn't regret it, you at least realized shortly thereafter how stupid it was)?
That seems to have been the case for the people who run the Twitter handle @NorthlandsGC for Northlands Golf Course in Vancouver, Canada.
This is how it all went down:
On Tuesday evening, the NHL's New Jersey Devils were playing host to the Boston Bruins.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand, the team's top point-getter this season (and known around the league as an agitator), was on the receiving end of an elbow to the head by New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov.
Marchand immediately crumpled into a heap on the ice and reached for his head. After an examination, it was determined that Marchand suffered a concussion as a result of the blow. Volchenkov has since been suspended four games for the illegal hit.
Shortly after, Northlands Golf Course sent out a tweet that read:
“Anton Volchenkov received free golf for the rest of the year [at Northlands Golf Course] because of this.” 
Northlands Golf Course provided a link to the video of the hit, which you can see here.
Not long after the negative reaction to the tweet, Northlands removed it from its Twitter page and offered this apology:
“Apologies to those offended by our previous Tweet. It was meant to be tongue in cheek however we recognize it was done in poor taste... We wish Brad a speedy recovery.”
The Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Marchand had five goals and two assists in the seven-game series.
Obviously, some fans -- and golf courses -- in Vancouver haven't gotten over the defeat just yet.
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