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February 9, 2013 - 5:10pm
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T.J. Auclair
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On Thursday, it was practically golf weather in New England (left). From the same spot on Saturday (right), not so much.


For folks in the Northeast -- this writer among them -- a rather mild
winter took a major turn with the arrival of Winter Storm Nemo on Friday
and into Saturday.
Honestly, just last week we had a near-60-degree day that had us golf junkies dusting off the clubs for what looked to be an early start to the new season. Heck, I even found the time to chip some golf balls in my back yard!
Now though, that's nothing more than a distant memory.
With Blizzard conditions throughout my home state of Rhode Island on
Friday night and into the wee hours on Saturday, as much as 3-4 inches
of snow was falling per hour. 
When all was finally said and done, about 28-30 inches of snow had fallen. Much of the state lost power (my wife and I were among the lucky ones, who never lost power) and a massive clean up is ongoing. 
My in-laws, unfortunately, lost their power at around 8 p.m. on Friday. Without electricity, their toasty, pellet stove was useless. With temperatures in the upper teens and low 20s outside overnight, it dipped as low as 54 degrees in their house. It wasn't exactly the way my mother-in-law envisioned celebrating her birthday today... then again, it was 35 years ago today that she missed out on another birthday due to the Blizzard of 1978. 
Thankfully, we received a call about 30 minutes ago. My mother-in-law reports that power has been restored. Now they can use those candles for the birthday cake!
The roads were so treacherous from the snow in nearby Massachusetts on Friday that there was a driving ban that when into effect at 4 p.m. People caught violating the ban risked facing up to one year in prison! Imagine that.
In Rhode Island this morning, we had a driving ban of our own. There's such a mess out there that the roads needed to be left empty in order for plow crews to clean.
Personally, I'm sore from head to toe after spending nearly three hours in the cold this morning. My snow-blower, shovel and I -- despite a valiant effort -- lost a battle we could never truly win to the snow and wind. Now, I sit cozy in the house, by the wood-burning stove, watching the golf from Pebble Beach while I wait for my friend to stop by with his plow.
So, what you ask, does this blog entry have to do with golf?
Well, not much, other than to say based on the conditions outside at the moment Spring can't get here soon enough!
And, for all my fellow Northeasterners -- particularly the golfers -- who weren't as lucky as us, here's to hoping you'll have power restored very soon. 
Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tj_auclair. There are more storm pictures there too.
February 9, 2013 - 2:44pm
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John Holmes
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Lindsey Vonn boarding Tiger Woods' plane
In this photo, the website says, Lindsey Vonn is boarding Tiger Woods' private plane in Salzburg, Austria on Friday.

After being seriously injured in a crash during the Alpine World Championships, skier Lindsey Vonn flew home to the United States on Friday in a private jet provided by Tiger Woods, according to

The gossip website ran a photo it said was of Vonn on crutches boarding the plane. There was no indication of where the plane was headed, though speculation was its destination was Colorado, where Vonn lives.

Vonn, by far America's most prominent and successful ski racer these days, was airlifted to a hospital last Tuesday after she crashed during a Super G event, tearing two ligaments in her right knee and fracturing her shin.

Woods and Vonn have been rumored to be dating for several months, though neither has said anything about a possible romantic relationship between the two recently divorced superstars. Last December, Vonn told The Denver Post that she met Woods after her brother taught Woods' children how to ski in Vail, Colo., and they are ''just friends.''

In January, the Salzburg Times newspaper reported that Woods and Vonn are dating, and said that Woods stopped in Salzburg on his way to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in mid-January at the same time Vonn was in Salzburg. The paper also showed photos of Woods, wearing a Nike sweatshirt and New York Yankees baseball cap, on what it called a ''short visit'' to Salzburg.

Meanwhile, Vonn soon will have surgery on her right knee, and says she hopes to return to competition in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. Woods is next scheduled to play at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships in Marana, Ariz., the week after next.

February 8, 2013 - 5:55pm
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John Holmes
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Davis Love III
Davis Love III via Twitter
"Coolest Shower Cap Ever?!," Davis Love III asked on Twitter, as he underwent surgery for neck problems.

As we reported here in the ol' Golf Buzz on Wednesday, Davis Love III underwent surgery on his neck earlier today. Everything went well, and he's doing fine, according to his Twitter account.

He's even cheerfully modeling the latest in hospital haberdashery, as you can see in the photo above that he tweeted out about 3:30 p.m. ET.

"Coolest Shower Cap Ever?!," Love asked on Twitter, then added: "I may regret this when the pain meds wear off."

Maybe so, but there's little doubt he'll regret having the surgery. You can read all about the problems that led up to his operation here, and it sounds like he absolutely made the right decision to get his neck issues taken care of.

Next up is a few days of rest, followed by some putting in four or five days, then some chipping in 10 days or so. He hopes to return to the PGA Tour in six to eight weeks.

February 8, 2013 - 1:34pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Tiger Woods
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Which rounds do you think are the best of Tiger Woods' amazing career?


Ranking the best rounds of golf that Tiger Woods has ever played is no easy task -- there are just so many of them to choose from.
However, that didn't deter featured columnist Mike Dudurich from taking a crack at it. 
Here's how Dudurich opened the piece:
Tiger Woods has put together a lengthy list of spectacular performances in his PGA Tour, which is what might be expected considering how he dominated the game for a dozen years.
Some have been in majors, some in regular Tour events.
The common thread in his best performances has always been his ability to muster his best on the biggest stages in the game.
Here’s a list of, what I believe to be, his best rounds ever.
You may agree or disagree, but it’s a list of unbelievable rounds.
The fact is, there are a bunch of others that could have made this list too. Woods has had that incredible a career.
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February 8, 2013 - 12:10pm
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Ben Crane
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It's not easy being Ben Crane, as he eloquently shows us in his latest video, "Fame."


By now you've seen the Ben Crane videos -- slow play, the Golf Boys (with Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler) and more.
Crane's latest effort debuted this morning on Golf Channel's, "Morning Drive."
It's called, "Fame."
In the video, Crane shows us what it's like to deal with being someone famous -- being recognized wherever you go; being asked to take pictures; being asked for autographs; making restaurant reservations; etc.
The only problem -- and the thing that makes this video so funny -- is that none of the above actually happens to Crane. 
February 8, 2013 - 9:48am
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John Deere will donate $1 million over five years to The First Tee.


John Deere announced on Thursday that it will donate $1 million to The First Tee Program.
The First Tee was established late in 1997 as a not-for-profit organization with an initial focus on creating more affordable access for those not previously exposed to the game. 
The PGA of America, along with the PGA Tour, LPGA, USGA and the Masters Tournament were the founding partners.
Here is a look at the full release that went out on Thursday:
SAN DIEGO, California (February 7, 2013) -- John Deere is now a Trustee of The First Tee®, a non-profit youth organization that provides life skills and character education programs to young people using golf as a platform.
The official announcement was made this morning at the Golf Industry Show by James M. Field, president of John Deere's Worldwide Agriculture and Turf Division, and Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee.
John Deere will donate $1 million over five years to The First Tee, further emphasizing Deere's active commitment to the game of golf and the career development of professionals in the golf maintenance industry. The donation is consistent with the Deere & Company's various citizenship initiatives which target education, training, and community enrichment.
"We have a long history of providing unique learning and networking opportunities for turf care professionals, and we are deeply engaged in the golf industry as the official equipment supplier of the PGA TOUR® and title sponsor of a PGA TOUR event," said Field. "Our donation to The First Tee allows us to demonstrate this fierce commitment to golf through support of an outstanding and proven program for youth development. We are thrilled to provide our support of this initiative at many levels of our enterprise, including volunteer programs at John Deere units around the U.S."
Within the golf industry, John Deere already supports an array of initiatives, including unique educational experiences to fill vital needs such as the Green Start Academy for Assistant Superintendents, and the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America's Collegiate Turf Bowl competition. The company also supports the Association itself at the highest level, as a Platinum Partner.
The $1 million donation will be used to enhance the experience of The First Tee participants in a variety of ways. Besides supporting The First Tee network, funds will be used to create and launch a golf maintenance career-oriented youth development program, in conjunction with the PGA TOUR. Local chapters of The First Tee will partner with the TOUR's Tournament Player Courses (TPC) to provide the opportunity for high school-aged participants to learn about topics in agronomy and golf course maintenance careers. As a planned extension, participants will also have the chance to experience what it's like to maintain a TPC golf course during a tournament week.
"At The First Tee, we rely on strong partners like John Deere Golf to help us carry out our ambitious efforts to reach 10 million additional young people between 2011 and 2017," said Joe Louis Barrow, chief executive, The First Tee. "We're thankful that in addition to their substantial donation, John Deere will help us develop a program to teach our participants about turf care and what it means to be a leader in the golf industry."
In addition, a portion of the donation will be dedicated to funding development programs connected to the John Deere Classic – a PGA TOUR event held each year near the company's World Headquarters in Moline, Illinois.
"A donation of this magnitude is incredibly meaningful to John Deere," said Mara Sovey, director, Corporate Citizenship. "Our participation will provide The First Tee with resources to help reach so many more young people, to volunteer with local chapters, and to fuel the curiosity and development of young minds eager to explore careers in the turf care industry."
About Deere & Company
John Deere (Deere & Company — NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services for agriculture, forestry, construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation around the globe.
The First Tee (, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools, at other youth-serving locations and on military installations.
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 7.6 million young people in all 50 United States and four international locations. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and its Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee's Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.