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Fred Couples in the World Golf Hall of Fame
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Fred Couples, a World Golf Hall of Fame inductee in 2013, won't see any new inductees until 2015.

The World Golf Hall of Fame announced Monday that it will not conduct an election for a class of 2014 while it undertakes what it calls ''a comprehensive review of several of its processes.''

This ''strategic review,'' the Hall of Fame said in a statement, is ''focused on an evaluation of the criteria and process for electing/selecting all five avenues of induction and a review of the production of the annual Induction Ceremony, including date, location and presentation.''

The review is ongoing, the statement said, adding that the ''process of electing and selecting inductees and planning the Induction Ceremony takes several months and includes the coordination of the game’s professional tours, governing bodies and allied organizations.''

As a result, it said, the Hall of Fame will forego the 2014 Induction Ceremony. The 2015 Induction Ceremony is still scheduled for May 4, 2015, the Monday of The Players Championship.

CLASS OF 2013: Couples leads five into World Golf Hall of Fame

Currently, there are five ways for potential inductees to get into the World Golf Hall of Fame:

--On the PGA Tour ballot, players must be at least 40 years old, a PGA Tour member for 10 years or more and have at least 10 PGA Tour wins, two majors or two Players Championship titles. For Champions Tour players, potential inductees must have been on that tour for at least five years and have 20 or more wins on the PGA and Champions tours combined, or five majors or Players Championship wins. 

The PGA Tour Voting Body, comprised of golf journalists, historians and golf dignitaries, determines who is elected through this category each year. Election requires 65 percent of returned ballots. If no candidate hits that threshold, the nominee receiving the most votes (with at least 50 percent) is elected.

--On the International ballot, men and women candidates must be at least 40 years old, and have accumulated 50 points or more from major wins, international tour wins and participation in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Solheim Cup. The International Voting Body follows the same rules as the PGA Tour voters.

--The LPGA ballot is completely different, as it is based on a point system in which a player must have been an active LPGA Tour member for 10 years and accumulated 27 points based on LPGA Tour wins. Candidates also must have won a major championship, the Vare Trophy or Rolex Player of the Year honor.

--The Lifetime Achievement category is for people whose primary contributions have come from outside the competitive arena. The World Golf Foundation Board of Directors' Selection Committee determines each year's recipient.

--The Veterans category selects players, amateur or professional, whose careers are comparable to others who are already in the Hall of Fame. The Selection Committee also decides each year's recipient in this category.


October 7, 2013 - 7:29pm
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Ridgewood Country Club
Ridgewood Country Club Greens and Grounds Department via Twitter
The microburst that hit Ridgewood Country Club on Monday knocked down more than 50 trees and sheared the tops off more than 100 others, according to the greenskeeping staff.

If you thought the weather was bad at the Presidents Cup, it was just warming up – a microburst hit Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., on Monday, knocking down dozens of trees and damaging many more.

The photo above was tweeted out by the Ridgewood greenskeeping staff about 7:00 p.m. ET on Monday. ''Microburst hit club today 50+ trees down, another 100+ tops sheared off. Course closed tomorrow. More later,'' the club said in its tweet. It gave no indication as to whether anyone was injured or whether the clubhouse or any other structures were damaged.

The mirobust was created in a zone of severe weather as a cold front sliced into what has been an unseasonably warm and humid early-October air mass in the northeastern part of the country, according to The Weather Channel. 

''As the cold front marches toward the Eastern seaboard, a band of rain and thunderstorms along the front is expected to intensify Monday afternoon as strong low-level winds overspread the region and the storms move into an environment with high dewpoints (atmospheric moisture),'' it said. ''This combination will be favorable for damaging wind gusts to develop with some of these storms. An embedded spin-up tornado cannot be ruled out in this situation.''

Fortunately, there didn't appear to be any tornadic activity at or around Ridgewood, but the microburst clearly did plenty of damage all by itself.

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Ridgewood is well-known as for its A.W. Tillinghast-designed golf course, which opened in 1929 and is often ranked among the best 100 courses in the United States. Byron Nelson served as as assistant professional there in the 1930s, and earned many of his early victories as a touring professional while representing the club.

In recent years, Ridgewood had invested as much as $8 million to upgrade the tees at the 27-hole complex, as well as updating its irrigation system and rebuilding the bunkers back to Tillinghast's original design. Among the events it has hosted are the 1935 Ryder Cup, the 1974 U.S. Amateur, the 2001 Senior PGA Championship and The Barclays in both 2008 and 2010.


October 7, 2013 - 1:45pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Our friends at Yahoo! have a great video today of 3-year-old Michael Patton from Dublin, Ireland. By the looks of things, Michael is on his way to big things in golf.

In the video, Michael is in his living room chipping golf ball after golf ball into a hole in a playhouse. Check it out:



In the middle of the video, Michael's father asks: Who's your favorite golfer?

Michael's enthusiastic response? "Rory McIlroy!"

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October 7, 2013 - 12:33pm
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Webb Simpson
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With the team victory already in the back pocket for the U.S., Webb Simpson showed serious class at the end of his singles match with Louis Oosthuizen.
Perhaps lost in the shuffle from the post-Presidents Cup news was this little tidbit about a great gesture from 2012 U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson.
In Sunday's singles action, Simpson squared off against South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen. Simpson never trailed in the match and had a 1-up lead when the pair reached the final hole.
Just moments before the pair reached the 18th hole, Tiger Woods had won his match against Richard Sterne to clinch the overall victory for the U.S.
With that in mind, Simpson made a decision on the 18th green that is sure to win him a lot of fans.
"He had a 15-footer for birdie and I had a 15-footer for par," Simpson later explained. "I just gave him the hole to halve the match. He’s a great dude."
Classy move, Webb.
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October 7, 2013 - 12:01pm
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Presidents Cup photos
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Amanda Dufner sent out some photos that captured the team atmosphere during and after the Presidents Cup.
Jason Dufner won the PGA Championship and has represented his country twice in the last two years on both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams.
He's got quite a bit going for him right now - but no matter what he accomplishes inside the ropes, his greatest win was getting married to his wife, Amanda Dufner. 
Amanda Dufner has become a golf celebrity in her own right, not only because she's instantly recognizable as one of the most attractive women seen out on Tour, but as a genuinely fun, smart and polite southern belle.
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Though she's not on Twitter, her Instagram account is a great way for folks to get some insight about her and Jason's life at home, on Tour, and everywhere in between. And that social account, with over 10,000 followers and growing fast, has made her one of the best 'follows' to see what life is like for golf's newest power couple. (Follow on Instagram)

Amanda sent out a few photos from the Presidents Cup (one of which was not taken by her but a Tour photographer) that became viral hits. Her photo of the celebration (with Tiger's arm draped around Captain Fred Couples and the actual trophy sitting on Keegan Bradley's head) had over 2000 likes and is being picked up by several media outlets. 
The photos show a different, more candid look at what the team went through on its way to a seventh straight Presidents Cup victory. They also show that as important and intense as these team competitions are, there is still time for some fun and ceremony during the week - as well as a bond that develops that shows when the event is over.
Great job by Amanda and all of Team USA for a tremendous week full of great stories, tremendous images and of course, one additional trophy for the mantle.
October 7, 2013 - 10:29am
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Stacy Lewis
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You've got to be kidding me. That's how Stacy Lewis felt after the shot her opponent Shanshan Feng hit to set up a win in China.

To call the finish at the LPGA's Reignwood Classic -- the tour's first tournament in Bejing -- dramatic would be the understatement of the year.

In case you missed it on Sunday, China's Shanshan Feng was battling with American Stacy Lewis for the title. On the final hole, Feng took an incredibly aggressive line with her second shot into the par 5. All indications were that the ball sailed too far right and drowned into the water hazard. But, in a split second, the ball shot out of the hazard, onto the green and hit the flag stick. Amazing stuff. See it for yourself:



That shot -- arguably the luckiest you'll ever see in golf considering the circumstances -- set up a tournament-winning eagle for Feng. It seemed everyone in China was over the moon with the home victory... everyone, that is, except -- understandably -- Lewis.

Lewis, the No. 3-ranked player in the world, was none too pleased with the way the tournament went and Feng's miracle result on 18 was just the icing on the cake.

"I feel like it was just taken from me," Lewis said later. "You’d like to win on a good shot, but, obviously, it wasn’t a good shot. It’s very frustrating. It was a frustrating day just with the crowds and dealing with all that. It was hard to play today."

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Lewis wasn't done there. Later she took to Twitter to voice her frustrations on the Reignwood Classic, where players had to deal with heavy smog and eager fans snapping photos all week.

Here were the tweets Lewis send out before she decided hours later to take a break from Twitter:

Congrats to Shan Shan on the win, crazy shot at 18. Very disappointed in the fans in China this week. -- @Stacy_Lewis

Between all the cameras and cheering when I missed putts. It was just really hard to have fun out there. On to the next... -- @Stacy_Lewis

Btw what till you see the shot on 18 that won it! Lets just say it involved a rock and the flag stick... -- @Stacy_Lewis

And, one final tweet after receiving a lashing from folks on Twitter:

For those whose were actually supportive on twitter, sorry to say I will be signing off of here. I'm sorry I say what I believe. -- @Stacy_Lewis

Some will look at it as sour grapes from Lewis. But put yourself in her position -- you're about to win a tournament when what was clearly a bad shot from your fellow competitor suddenly turns into the shot of the tournament.

It's too bad Lewis has decided to take a break from Twitter for stating the facts.

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