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Ian Poulter's car collection
Ian Poulter via Twitter
Ian Poulter is considering shaking up his collection of supercars.

Anyone who follows pro golf a little bit knows that Ian Poulter is one serious gearhead. As he has shown us in numerous photos over the years, the Orlando-based Englishman owns multiple eye-popping supercars, many of them Ferraris.

On Thursday, though, he topped even himself by sharing a photo of his entire – at least I think it's his entire – car collection, which is posted above and in the tweet below. It shows seven cars – five of them Ferraris, with a Rolls Royce Ghost in the back left and a Ford GT-40 in the back right.

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As you can see in the tweet, Poulter is considering shaking up his collection by parting ways with the Rolls – and he says, possibly replacing it with a Bentley later this year. He's got his eye on a Mulsanne, but if it were me, I'd have to go with the Continental GT. 

Poulter catches a lot of flak on Twitter from people who seem to be jealous of his collection or who disapprove of his spending so much money on cars that he admittedly seldom drives. In his defense, few assets appreciate more consistently than top-of-the-line supercars. As much as he's spent amassing his collection, he very likely could sell any or all of these babies for more – and probably much more – than he paid for them.

Meantime, there's no reason that my old buddy Poults couldn't lend me that Enzo sitting front and center in the photo for a little while. I'll take real good care of it, I promise!

 

 

Cobra BiO Cell Pro drivers
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The 440cc titanium head of the new Cobra BiO Cell Pro driver comes in Black, Blue Aster and Vibrant Orange.

Last month, Cobra Golf added a special limited-edition green driver to its family of BiO Cell clubs. Now, the company is at it again, this time rolling out another special edition – this one a Pro version of its flagship big stick.

The titanium head of the BiO Cell Pro driver measures 440cc – making it slightly smaller than the 460cc head of the standard model – and is engineered to deliver more distance and workability, the company says. The key to that increased distance, they explain, is the extremely low center of gravity that promotes faster ball speeds, lower spin and a higher launch. 

"This Pro Driver was designed for golfers with a strong swing that yields high launch and high spin," said Director of Product Marketing Jose Miraflor. "To help these golfers play at their best, we created the BiO Cell Pro driver, our lowest CG ever to deliver unmatched distance and performance."

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Like the other members of the BiO Cell family, the Pro utilizes Cobra's MyFly8 adjustable loft technology, which allows golfers to choose from eight loft/trajectory settings, while its SmartPad delivers a square face at address regardless of the loft/trajectory setting. It also uses Cobra's E9 Face technology to remove weight from the face and reposition it low and back to deliver increased distance.

The BiO Cell Pro Driver carries a suggested retail price of $399, and is available in a right-handed version. It features a Lamkin ACE 3Gen 360 Grip along with a Matrix Red-Tie 6Q3 shaft in regular, stiff and x-stiff. Golfers also can choose from the Diamana D+ 72 or the PXV Tour 52 custom shaft options at no extra charge. And because it's from Cobra, you know it comes in several bold color choices – Black, Blue Aster and Vibrant Orange.

 

April 30, 2014 - 2:47pm
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Ashton Eaton
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The passion golf provides for Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton while guided by PGA Professional Todd O'Neal of Creswell, Ore., is one of the may segments of "Beyond the Green."

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- "Beyond the Green," a look at how golf and PGA Professionals have nurtured future leaders and transformed lives, will be presented in a series of documentary-style profiles by CBS Sports, Saturday, May 3, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.

The hour-long special highlights the healing powers of golf in helping people overcome life's challenges as well as featuring PGA Professionals who are committed to growing the game.

"Beyond the Green," produced by the PGA of America and narrated by CBS Sports commentator Bill Macatee, precedes coverage of the Wells Fargo Championship. The opening 30 minutes chronicles "Building Future Leaders," including an in-depth look at a PGA Junior League Golf team through the eyes of PGA Professional Jim Poole of Avon, Ind., and his twin sons Mark and Luke. Other stories include the mentoring by PGA Professional Joe Simpson of Flint (Mich.) Boys & Girls Club member Journei Daniels; the bonding between Lester Bell of Dallas, Texas and the family of PGA Professional Ira McGraw; and overcoming a disability by John Paul George of Juno Beach, Fla., the son of professional Tour caddie Derek George.

The final 30 minutes of "Beyond the Green" presents four compelling segments that include the career transformation of PGA Professional Will Robins of Citrus Heights, Calif., following surviving an unprecedented natural disaster. Also featured are two mothers returning to golf through the Get Golf Ready program while coached by PGA Professional Del Ratcliffe of Charlotte, N.C.

"Beyond the Green" also focuses on the healing powers of the game experienced by Turner Fordham of Dalton, Ga.; finding a new mission as golf ambassador by former Marine Lance Cpl. Tim Lang of Ann Arbor, Mich.; coached by PGA Professional Jim Estes of Olney, Md., co-founder of the Salute Military Golf Association; and the passion golf provides for Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton while guided by PGA Professional Todd O'Neal of Creswell, Ore.
 

Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods, who is currently recuperating from back surgery, will design his second course in the United States.

To date, Tiger Woods has won 79 PGA Tour events, but only two of them have come in the state of Texas. The folks who hired him -- no doubt at a hefty fee -- to design their new course outside Houston hope he produces another win.

As has been announced on his web site, Tiger Woods will design Bluejack National, an 18-hole private course near Houston that will be set among "755 acres of rolling hills and beautifully wooded countryside, Bluejack National provides the perfect setting for a truly unique golf experience in the Texas market."

Bluejack National will be Woods' second course design project in the United States. The Cliffs at High Carolina in Asheville was his first.

Woods' web site goes on to describe the project thusly: "Bluejack National's gentle topography is covered with mixed forests of mature pines and stately hardwoods. Tiger is using this spectacular setting to create a classic golf course with limitless variety and shot-making opportunities. With no rough, Bluejack National will present players with very wide fairways, but the course design and fast-playing conditions will put a premium on ball position and strategic angles to the greens. The green surrounds are designed to be mowed tight, promoting creativity and playability. A number of natural lakes and streams that dot the property will be utilized in the design, contributing to the memorable golf experience."

No rough? Wide fairways? Fast-playing conditions? Tight areas around greens? Hmm, call us crazy but that sounds an awful lot like one famous course in Georgia where Woods has experienced storied success.
 

Donald Trump -- Turnberry
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Turnberry Resort, which has played host to four Open Championships, is now a part of the expanding Donald Trump golf portfolio.

Donald Trump, who has long stated his desire to play host to a men's major championship at one of his many golf courses, has completed his purchase of Turnberry Resort in Scotland. The Ailsa Course at Turnberry, located on Scotland's west coast, has been the site of four Open Championships and will likely do so again.

“It was an opportunity, as far as I was concerned,” Trump told GOLF.com, which first reported the purchase as final. “Turnberry is considered one of the greatest courses in the world. It’s a special place. It’s an important place.”

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And a memorable one, especially for Hall of Famer, 2014 Team USA Ryder Cup captain and five-time Open Champion Tom Watson.

It was at Turnberry in 1977 that Watson defeated Jack Nicklaus in the famous "Duel in the Sun." And it was also at Turnberry where he suffered perhaps his most stinging loss, a playoff defeat to Stewart Cink in 2009 when the then-59-year-old Watson needed only a par on the 72nd hole to become the oldest major champion in history. Of course, a weary Watson made bogey and lost the playoff by six shots.

Trump's purchase, which brings to 17 the number of course he owns throughout the world, also includes the Turnberry Hotel. Terms of the Turnberry deal were not disclosed, although The Independent in London reported that Trump paid Dubai-based Leisurecorp just over $63 million -- 37.5 pounds.

“This is a fabulous property in a great location,” Trump said. "We’re going to bring a new level of luxury to the hotel. Our aim is to make it the finest golf hotel in the world.”

There was no word on if Turnberry would soon carry the standard Trump stamp that is included in the names of all of his courses, as well as virtually everything else he owns.

“’Trump Turnberry’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?” said Trump.

April 30, 2014 - 9:07am
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy claimed his first PGA Tour win at Quail Hollow in 2010 and has had five more since, including two majors.

The PGA Tour is in Charlotte, N.C., this week for the Wells Fargo Championship at breathtaking Quail Hollow, a course that will play host to the 2017 PGA Championship.

Since it's a major championship course, it's no surprise that the list of winners at Quail Hollow since the tournament began in 2003 includes major winners David Toms, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods (twice), Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy and Lucas Glover.

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Little-known Derek Ernst -- the fourth alternate in 2013 -- was the surprise winner a year ago.

Will we have another surprise winner this week? Maybe. But, it will more than likely be another established player hoisting the hardware come Sunday.

Here are five players to keep an eye on.

5. Sean O'Hair
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
T10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational
Reason to watch: For a time, it seemed O'Hair was going to be the next superstar on the PGA Tour. In the last few years, however, he's gone through a significant slump. I like him at Quail Hollow this week not because of how he's played lately -- just one top 10 in 14 starts this season to go along with six missed cuts -- but because he returns to a course where he won in 2009 (he's missed the cut twice at Wells Fargo since then and tied for 15th in 2012. He's going to turn a corner eventually, so why not this week?

4. Webb Simpson
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Reason to watch: Simpson got off to a white hot start this season, finishing in the top 10 at six of his first eight events, highlighted by a win in his first start -- the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The last four starts, however, have been tough -- T47 at Doral, a missed cut in Tampa, T61 in Houston and a missed cut at the Masters. This week though, Simpson will enjoy some home cooking (he lives in Charlotte) and some local knowledge (he's a member at Quail Hollow). Simpson desperately wants to win this tournament, his home game. His best finish was alone in fourth in 2012.

3. Rickie Fowler
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Third at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
Reason to watch: Hard to believe, but the Wells Fargo Championship remains Fowler's lone PGA Tour victory. He did that in 2012. After making some swing changes this season, everything looked to be coming together for Fowler. Following that third-place showing at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, he also finished sixth in Houston and tied for fifth at the Masters. This week, we find out if last week's missed cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was an aberration. I think it was.

2. Phil Mickelson
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
T12 at the Shell Houston Open
Reason to watch: You might not believe this, but Mickelson is still without a top-10 finish in 2014. That's insane. He's withdrawn due to injury twice this season and has missed the cut twice, most recently in his last start -- the Masters. When you're as talented as Mickelson, slumps can't last as long as this one has. He finished third at Quail Hollow a year ago, second in 2010, tied for fifth in 2009, tied for third in 2007, tied for seventh in 2005 and tied for fifth in 2004. In other words, this course fits his eye.

1. Rory McIlroy
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Playoff loss at the Honda Classic
Reason to watch: In case you missed it, McIlroy dropped out of the top-10 in the Official World Golf Ranking recently. That, of course, was based largely on his poor play in 2013. In 2014, with limited starts, he's been pretty good. He's finished in the top 10 four times in six starts. In 2010, McIlroy picked up his first PGA Tour win at Quail Hollow. Since then, he's won five times, including two majors. The only thing left for McIlroy to do in order to forget the disaster that was 2013 is to win on the PGA Tour. He's been knocking on the door a lot lately. This might be the week he kicks that door in.

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