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March 18, 2013 - 12:29pm
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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 17, 2013 - 11:10pm
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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 - 4:49pm
Posted by:
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 - 6:18pm
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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.''

March 16, 2013 - 5:31pm
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John Holmes
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Barber Pole Golf putters
Courtesy of Barber Pole Golf
The Portrush blade (left) has a classic plumbers neck design, while the Waterville mallet has a thicker crown between the face and the rounded-off back cavity.

When you hear the name Barber Pole Golf, it'd be natural to think it's a red-blooded American clubmaker. Truth is, Barber Pole is based in Dublin, Ireland.

The boutique putter company makes its flatsticks in the United States, though, and is bringing them to the American market this spring.

Barber Pole specializes in solid brass putters with Radius Face Technology, which the company says helps each putter produce topspin immediately upon impact to get the ball quickly rolling on line. In essence, Radius Face Technology removes the loft found on many modern putters and, the company says, makes Barber Pole putters a good choice for putting out of the fringe as well.

"Radius Face Technology is designed to stroke the golf ball above the equator," says Barber Pole Putting Technologist (yes, that’s his title!) A.J. Crinion. "The connection produces immediate topspin and a true, forward roll for improved control and accuracy."

Each putter face is carved from a block of solid brass, which the company says eliminates dead spots or air pockets, which can happen with cast putters. By using CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling technology, Barber Pole guarantees the quality and integrity of each putters.

Barber Pole is bringing the four models in its Irish Links series, all of which conform to USGA and R&A standards, to the United States:

--The Ballybunion mallet features a double-bend shaft to help align the shaft with the center of the face, making the putter face-balanced. The crown contains a single alignment dot, and the putter retails for $369.

--The Portrush blade has a classic plumbers neck design. It features a single alignment dot on the crown and an alignment line on the flange to help square the face up. It retails for $349. 

--The Waterville mallet has a thicker crown between the face and the rounded-off back cavity for a solid feel. It also contains both an alignment dot and line, and retails for $369.

--And the Lahinch blade has a flow-neck design for a clean view of the ball at address. The overall design has a touch of the old ''Bullseye'' in it and the crown also contains a single alignment dot. It retails for $349.

All four putters come in 33-, 34-, 35- and 36-inch lengths, and can be bought with either a standard tour grip or a red and white striped Barber Pole grip.

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March 15, 2013 - 10:27am
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
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Ogio golf bag
The Ogio Straight Jacket, Recoil Stand Bag and Shoester (all in the Madrid color style above) make up the perfect combination for the traveling golfer.


Ogio, known for its collection of innovative bags and apparel, is making a splash in 2013 with its Recoil Stand Bag, Straight Jacket golf travel bag and Shoester shoe bag.
Have you ever owned any kind of Ogio bag? I've had several Ogio backpacks, which are fantastic for a number of reasons -- for me, it was travel. There were so many pockets for so many different things. Rather than have all your stuff scattered over one or two compartments in a backpack, Ogio made finding things easy. There was a place for sunglasses; a dedicated pocket for valuables; a pocket for your iPod; a pocket for your laptop; etc. Easy access is what it's all about when you're traveling.
Well, we've come to learn, that's pretty much the mantra for all things Ogio. 
Here are the particulars on the Recoil Stand Bag bag:
- 14-way Diamond Performance stand top with full length club dividers
- ZBP™ (Zipperless Ball Pocket)
- TORQ™ Strap
- Load equalizing SHOXX™ X4 full suspension system for extreme comfort
- Advanced molded XX shoulder pads
- Low-profile OGIO Ball Silo™
- Cart strap channel
- 6 pockets (5 zippered)
- Weather-resistant fleece lined valuables pocket with cell phone sleeve
- Walking accessible insulated water bottle holster
- Weight: 7.8 Lbs.
For those of you who love to walk, this is a fantastic golf bag. The straps are incredibly comfortable and you have easy access to everything you could possibly need. The Recoil retails for $259.99 and comes in three colors: Madrid, Charcoal and Acid.
The Straight Jacket is Ogio's smaller, sleeker, more compact golf travel bag. It features the following:
- Large main compartment
- Smooth rolling urethane wheels
- Easy entry opening with internal cinch-down straps
- Twin outer pockets for accessories
- Fully padded top
- Fits tour bags and stand bags
- Tip-resistant
- Dimensions: 50" H x 15" W x 15" D
- Weight: 5.8 Lbs.
The Straight Jacket retails for $159.99 -- a steal for a quality golf, travel bag -- and comes in three colors: Madrid, Chrome/Acid and Black.
The best thing about the Straight Jacket is this -- if you're like me and able to travel to some great golf destinations with your clubs in tow, you've probably nocticed once you get to baggage claim, a lot of the golf travel bags look the same. That's not the case with the Straight Jacket. It's easily recognizable, easy to maneuver and it's not bulky like other golf travel bags.
Finally, there's the Shoester shoe bag, which retails for $39.99 and comes in the colors Madrid, Acid and Black. 
The Shoester features a carbon-based, anti-microbial interior and can easily be cleaned with a quick wipe down, or thanks to the material inside, a hose even.
Much like the Recoil and Straight Jacket, the Shoester has a sleek look. 
All three items are highly recommended for any traveling golfer. 
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