Jennifer Lopez
New York Daily News
Jennifer Lopez is set to close on a $22 million luxury Manhattan penthouse that features, among other things, a private putting green.

Sold: A $22 million four-bedroom, six-bathroom luxury Manhattan penthouse with 3,000 square feet of exterior space, including a private putting green -- because everybody knows it's hard to find practice facilities close by.

The buyer? According to a story this week in the New York Daily News, none other than Jennifer Lopez, who will now count among her close neighbors Chelsea Clinton and NASCAR's Jeff Gordon.

DREAM FOURSOMES: Celebrity golfers pick their playing partners

J. Lo has agreed to purchase one of four apartments in the Whitman Building on East 26th Street, north of Madison Square Garden.

From the story:

The building has a private gym and key-locked elevators with private landings.

All the apartments have custom kitchen cabinetry, wide plank rift oak floors, Italian marble slab bathrooms and smart home systems that allow residents to control lights, music and heating from their iPhones or iPads.

Hopefully, J.Lo will invite Beyonce over to practice, since she doesn't mind getting out on the course herself.

 

J. Lo's new Manhattan digs feature putting green
October 25, 2014 - 10:05am
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Payne Stewart
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Payne Stewart at the 1999 Ryder Cup, one month before his death.

It's hard to believe, but Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic passing of one of golf's most charismatic figures, Payne Stewart.

Stewart, an 11-time PGA Tour winner and three-time major champion, perished in a LearJet plane accident on Oct. 25, 1999, when the cabin lost pressure. All on board died of hypoxia -- a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply.

The plane, still on auto-pilot, crashed in a field in Mina, S.D., when it eventually ran out of fuel. Stewart's agents Robert Fraley and Van Ardan, and pilots Michael Kling and Stephanie Bellegarrigue, along with Bruce Borland, a highly regarded golf course architect with the Jack Nicklaus design company, also perished.

Stewart was 42 at the time of his death. He was just four months removed from what would prove to be his final major championship victory, the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, an incredible tournament where Stewart outlasted a then-majorless Phil Mickelson.

Watch highlights from that '99 U.S. Open here:

The plane incident happened just one month -- nearly to the day -- after Stewart was part of the U.S. Ryder Cup team that mounted a then record-setting, final day, come from behind victory in the 1999 matches at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

That was Stewart's last public appearance and, if ever there was an everlasting way to remember someone, that was it.

Stewart had always been known for two things -- his distinctive clothing (plus-fours and tam-o-shanter hat) and his intensity. Before those 1999 Ryder Cup matches, Stewart mixed things up a bit when he suggested that based on the strength of the European team -- or perceived lack thereof -- they should be caddying for the U.S. team not playing against them.

Harsh, no doubt, but that was Stewart's personality. He loved dishing it out, but also had a heart the size of the Wanamaker Trophy that he won in the 1989 PGA Championship.

In his Sunday singles match, Stewart displayed the type of sportsmanship he'll forever be remembered for. His opponent Colin Montgomerie was having a horrible week with the Boston galleries heckling his every move. With the Ryder Cup already secured late that afternoon for the Americans, Stewart picked up Montgomerie's golf ball on the 18th hole and conceded the match out of courtesy.

It was mature, it was classy, it was the right thing to do. It exemplified the person Payne Stewart had come to be.

During the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Rickie Fowler paid homage to Stewart with his clothing for the first round:

The rememberance by Fowler proved to be good karma. He tied for second at the U.S. Open.

 

Justin Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champ, also paid tribute to Stewart to Pinehurst back in June. After holing his final putt, Rose gave the famous fist in the air reaction Stewart gave when his winning putt dropped in 1999. You can see video of it here:

To understand just how long Stewart has been gone, here are a few things that have happened since he left us far too early:

 

- Tiger Woods had just two major championships on his resume before Stewart's passing. Woods has had 12 since.

- Phil Mickelson, major-less before Stewart's passing, has won five of them since.

- Woods (2000, 2002 and 2008) and Retief Goosen (2001, 2004) joined Stewart, Willie Anderson, Alex Smith, John McDermott, Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Ralph Guldahl, Ben Hogan, Cary Middlecoff, Julius Boros, Billy Casper, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Andy North, Hale Irwin, Curtis Strange, Ernie Els and Lee Janzen as the only winners of multiple U.S. Opens.

- Seven Ryder Cups have been played. The U.S. has gone 1-6 over that time, with the lone victory coming in 2008 at Valhalla, when Stewart's dear friend, Paul Azinger, was the U.S. captain.

- And, for the younger crowd, Twitter, Facebook, iPhones, iPods and blogs didn't even exist until well after 1999.

Stewart has been missed and will continue to be missed. Unfortunately, we'll never have the chance to see him captain a U.S. Ryder Cup team -- something that surely would have come to fruition.

Though he passed so young, Stewart left us with so many great on-course memories.

Even still, it's hard to believe it's been 15 years.

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Remembering Payne Stewart 15 years after his tragic death
Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson shared a YouTube video of himself and 3-year-old golf prodigy Tommy.

In September, we shared with you the story of 3-year-old Tommy Morrissey, who is a burgeoning golf prodigy despite being born with only one arm.

FATHER AND SON OUTING: Bubba Watson takes Caleb to the course

Tommy's favorite golfer is Bubba Watson, who is now suitably impressed by Tommy's golfing abilities. On Friday, Watson posted this YouTube video of him watching Tommy hit one from the tee. 

 

 

Watson then tweeted this:

 

 

 

That's got to be pretty special -- not only meeting a two-time Masters winner, but earning his praise and respect in the process. Let's hope Tommy Morrissey goes a long way in this game.

 

Bubba has a new golfing buddy, 3-year-old Tommy Morrissey
Thorbjorn Olesen
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Thorbjorn Olesen's light schedule this season can be traced to an unfortunate encounter with a camel.
Thorbjorn Olesen made a bit of a splash in 2013 when he signed with Nike Golf and was featured in some advertisements with swoosh wearers like Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. He's been a bit quiet lately – he's ranked No. 130 in the world – and now we know why.
 
He fell off a camel.
 
Yes, seriously. 
 
"I was in Dubai with a few friends; we were riding on motorbikes and did all sorts of other stuff," Olesen explained in a story published today in The Melbourne Age newspaper in Australia. "Then I actually fell off a camel in the desert and pulled my [groin] muscle, so it took a couple months before I was ready to play again.
 
"Sometimes it bounces back and I need to get some treatment, but it's all good now."
 
The 24-year-old from Denmark shared the lead after Thursday's first round of the Perth International in western Australia before slipping one shot off the pace today.
 
He tied for fifth in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and tied for third in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic early in the year, but played only sparingly through the spring and early summer. He began ramping it back up at the PGA Championship, and is making his 13th start of 2014 this week in Perth, where he is looking for his first win since 2012.
 
"Its been a dry period," he said. 
 
Not surprisingly, we note, camels like the dry.
 
Thorbjorn Olesen recovers from camel fall that caused groin injury
Bill Murray and Ellen DeGeneres
The "Ellen" Show via YouTube
If Bill Murray forgets who gave him these golf pants, all he has to do is look at them.
Bill Murray has been making the TV talk show rounds in recent weeks to promote his new movie, "St. Vincent." And while the movie doesn't have a golf theme, golf is always on Murray's mind.
 
So it wasn't a surprise that, when Murray dropped by the "Ellen" show, host Ellen DeGeneres wanted to talk a little golf. Well, make that golf fashion.
 
"One of the things I love about the game is they have the greatest clothes," DeGeneres said. "And you have some really interesting pants."
 
So, Ellen continued, she got Murray some pants to wear the next time he teed it up. And when she pulled them out of a shopping bag, they were – standard-looking gray slacks, with pictures of Ellen's smiling face stuck all over them.
 
 
Murray got up and tried on the pants – pulling them over the typically tacky pair he wore on the show.
 
"Normally I wouldn't have a pair of pants on underneath these pants," he explained. "But I don't trust myself with this crowd."
 
So when might we see Murray sporting these slacks out on the links? The first round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am next spring might be a good bet.
 
Here's a clip of Murray and DeGeneres. The golf portion begins about 1:30 in:
 
 
Bill Murray gets golf pants from Ellen DeGeneres
October 23, 2014 - 9:40am
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Lewis Black
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Comedian Lewis Black is known for being the king of rants. On a recent visit to Pinehurst No. 2, Black had a lot to say about golf.

Lewis Black, a Grammy-winning comedian, loves his golf like the rest of it.

Black, however, is realistic about his abilities and doesn't take his game too seriously.

Our friend, Alex Podlogar, Media Relations Manager for Pinehurst Resort, passed along an email this morning with a few videos of Black during a recent Pinehurst visit.

Black was at Pinehurst as part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Ultimate Golf Experience.

Here, Lewis talks about the worst kinds of golfers:

In this clip, Lewis talks about his own on-course meltdowns:

Finally, Lewis hilariously rants about Pinehurst No. 2's incredibly difficult greens:

Comedian Lewis Black talks Pinehurst No. 2