August 24, 2012 - 1:16pm
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Patriot Golf Day
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Patriot Golf Day is a way for the nation's golfers to celebrate our nation's military heroes.

You'll often hear/read me say (whine?) that I wished I played more golf. I have a ton of excuses, very few legitimate reasons. I can and should play more. But that's a different post altogether.

This post revolves around the one weekend each year that I always commit to golf. I hope you will too.

You probably already know of Patriot Golf Day.  But for those that don't (or those that want more information including what courses in your area support it): Click Here.  

The bottom line is: Almost everyone says they love our nation's heroes, those willing to go and fight to defend our nation and national interest. Far fewer do something to support them. So when an opportunity comes up to help those who've either been injured or help the families of those that have been killed, we should all step up to the plate. And if you can do it by playing golf - cmon, that's a no-brainer. 

Patriot Golf Day has now grown into four days. (Labor Day Weekend - Friday thru Monday).  We'll post more stories about Patriot Golf Day in the week ahead.  I just wanted to post a promise and a plea that I'll be playing next week - I hope you will too. 

August 24, 2012 - 12:08pm
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John Holmes
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Junior Ryder Cup

GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- The 2014 Junior Ryder Cup will be played at Blairgowrie Golf Club just days before the main event takes place 40 minutes away at Gleneagles, European Ryder Cup officials announced Friday. It will be held Sept. 22-23 of that year, with the Ryder Cup played Sept. 26-28.

The Junior Ryder Cup was created in 1997, and since then, players such as Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan have played it in and then gone on to the Ryder Cup. The United States and European teams consist of six high-school-aged boys and six girls each.

A few days ago, the U.S. team for the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup was announced. It includes reigning Junior PGA Champion Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., along with Cameron Champ of Sacramento, Calif., and Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla., the respective runners-up in the boys' and girls' divisions of the 2012 Junior PGA Championship.

The 2012 Junior Ryder Cup is set for Sept. 24-25 at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, just down the road from Medinah, which will host the Ryder Cup Sept. 28-30.

August 23, 2012 - 8:56am
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T.J. Auclair
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Bethpage Black
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Bethpage Black made our list of world's most beautiful courses (open to the public, of course).


Beauty is subjective and in the eye of the beholder, but when the beholders are the Advisory Board, beauty is pretty definitive. Back in 2010, we asked officials at each course selected to tell us in their words why their course is an appropriate representative for The World's Most Beautiful Courses.
With The Barclays being played at Bethpage Black (which hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens) this week, we look back at this piece by Bethpage Black PGA Head Professional Joe Rehor, making his case for why his course is one of the world's most beautiful.
August 22, 2012 - 12:51pm
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John Holmes
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David Lynn at the PGA Championship
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David Lynn was a final-round star at Kiawah Island, but he might not get to show his stuff at Medinah.

Ever made a snap decision that turned out to have a major impact on your life? David Lynn did, and it might cost him a potentially once-in-a-lifetime spot on the European Ryder Cup team

Lynn, you might remember, is the unheralded Englishman who shocked the world by finishing second to Rory McIlroy in the PGA Championship 10 days ago despite playing in only the second major of his life and his first in America. As he walked off the final green, a PGA Tour official told him that his top-10 finish had earned him a spot in last week’s Wyndham Championship in North Carolina if he wanted it. But Lynn – who owns only one European Tour victory at age 38 – had planned all along to return to England, declined and didn’t give it much thought at the time.

As it turns out, a finish of 46th or better at the Wyndham, combined with the bounty of Ryder Cup points he earned at Kiawah Island, would have kept him solidly in the running for a spot on the European team. The last chance to make the team is this week’s Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland and, by skipping the Wyndham, it turns out, Lynn would have had to win in Scotland to eke onto the squad.

But then came the next plot twist. On Monday, Peter Hanson of Sweden – who has already earned a spot on the team – withdrew from the Johnnie Walker.

The strength of the field of every tournament – and therefore the world ranking points available – is based on the ranking of the players in the field. When Hanson dropped out and was replaced by a lower-ranked alternate, that recduced the points on offer by just enough so that if Lynn wins, he will come up 0.68 points short of earning that final automatic spot.

Less than one measly, miserable little world ranking point could mean the difference between making his Ryder Cup debut and watching on TV like the rest of the world.

Now, obviously, Lynn would still be eligible for one of Captain Jose Maria Olazabal’s two captain’s picks, but even Lynn admits that seems unlikely. The widespread speculation is that Ian Poulter already has one of those picks locked up, and that big-hitting Nicolas Colsaerts is the leading candidate for the other.

The best-case scenario for Lynn right now, it seems, is for him to play extremely well this week and have Colsaerts finish either first or second – that would boost Colsaerts into the 10th spot, bumping out the current No. 10, Martin Kaymer. Kaymer hasn’t been playing well this year as he adapts to a swing change, and Olazabal could pick Lynn based on his current good form.

"In hindsight I made a mistake -- I should have played last week," Lynn said at the Johnnie Walker. "I said I was going home. I was prepared for being out there for one week, not two, and I'm a bit like that when I get something in my head."

For complete coverage of the 2012 Ryder Cup, click here.


August 22, 2012 - 9:55am
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T.J. Auclair
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En-Joie Golf Course in Endicott, N.Y., played host to last week's Dick's Sporting Goods Open on the Champions Tour.


The PGA Tour is in New York this week for the first leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup -- The Barclays at Bethpage Black. As you know, Bethpage Black is one of the most well-known public golf courses in the world and has played host to the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens. 
Since we love courses that are open to everyone, we asked Facebook Nation this week to tell us: What are the best public courses to play in the New York City area?
Check out the answers you submitted and don't forget to click on the course's name so you can leave a review for others to see.
August 21, 2012 - 1:16am
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John Holmes
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods is one property lighter after selling a condo in California.

Tiger Woods might still be the world’s best-paid golfer, but even he isn’t immune to the pain that the real estate market can dish out.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Woods landed in the rough with his recent sale of a condo in Corona del Mar, Calif., he bought before the housing downturn. Woods bought the place in 2004 for $3 million, but unloaded it for $2,213,875.

The townhouse-style unit contains about 2,000 square feet and boasts an open living room on its second story to take advantage of views of Santa Catalina Island, the paper said. The condo had three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a loft and a balcony.

There was no indication of how much time Woods spent in the unit. His primary residence these days is a mansion on Jupiter Island, Fla., that he bought with a $54.5 million mortgage in 2010.