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GOLFChicago March 2018

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Wild Dunes

12 Oaks Foundation

Gary Player at the Western Golf Associiation

Oak Meadows Golf Club Renovation


From Motown to Golftown


Oahu's Turtle Bay Resort


In The News

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:30:00 GMT
Dustin Johnson is the defending champion, but a pair of other past winners battle for the top spot in our performance ranking.
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:48:09 GMT
Autographs can be a divisive issue for athletes. In the golf world, Phil Mickelson leans towards the former end of the spectrum. Speaking in Austin on Tuesday before the WGC-Match Play, Jordan Spieth was asked if he ever got stiffed for an autograph as a kid.
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:49:34 GMT
Memories are strong in match play, which might explain why Ian Poulter picked up a new nickname. Golf held its version of a selection show Monday night at a downtown hotel when the 16 four-man groups were drawn for the Dell Technologies Match Play. Poulter is the No. 58 seed in the 64-man field, and when his number popped up, he was referred to as a "ninja" in match play. Not just once. Three times. "I've never really gone up against a ninja before in my life, so it will be a new experience," said Tommy Fleetwood, who faces Poulter in the opening session. "I don't know what's in Austin, but if there is like 'Karate for Dummies' that I can start up on just before Wednesday, I'll give it a visit."
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:52:22 GMT
Two-time US Women's Open champion Karrie Webb has been given a special exemption into this year's tournament, the US Golf Association confirmed on Monday. The 43-year-old Australian will be making her 23rd straight appearance at the event, which takes place at Shoal Creek, Alabama from May 31 to June 3. "As a past champion, I'm very grateful and excited to accept the USGA's special exemption into this year's U.S. Women's Open," Webb said in a statement.
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:13:51 GMT
There's no doubt Davis Love III still has game. As recently as 2015, the 21-time PGA Tour winner and World Golf Hall of Famer earned the title at the Wyndham Championship, becoming the third-oldest golfer ever to win a PGA Tour event. Love, who has returned to action since a November hip-replacement surgery, will make his debut at a senior major, the USGA announced on Monday, with Love accepting a spot into the 2018 U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. Love turns 54 on the Friday after this year's Masters—but has remained a mainstay on the regular tour—playing 61 PGA Tour events since turning 50, compared to just nine PGA Tour Champions tournaments.
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:38:51 GMT
Just as surely as Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones built Augusta National as an homage to the Old Course, so too have modern architects been influenced by the home of the Masters. No course, with the possible exception of Pine Valley or Cypress Point, has had a greater influence on the country’s golf landscape. We put the question to some of the game’s most prominent architects: How has Augusta National influenced your work? Here’s what they told us. “While the aesthetic of Augusta National might not be exactly what we’re after, the principles behind it are 100 percent what we’re trying to create. … It’s a wonderfully playable golf course, but the level of precision required to score at Augusta
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:42:00 GMT
Brooks Koepka has been a dynamo at the majors the last few years, posting finishes of T-13 or better in eight of his last nine appearances. Unfortunately for the reigning U.S. Open champion, it doesn't appear he'll bring that firepower to Augusta National in two weeks. Craig Dolch of Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that Koepka will miss the 2018 Masters due to a nagging wrist injury.
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:06:12 GMT
Mar 19 (OPTA) - The PGA Fedex Cup Rankings on Mar 18 Rnk Prv Total 1. (1) Justin Thomas (US) $4,491,800 2. (2) Philip Alfred Mickelson (US) 3,159,197 3. (3) Patton Kizzire
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:45:00 GMT
AUSTIN, Texas – During a charity event a few years ago Brad Faxon was asked what he’s thinking about when he putts. A hush fell across the green as everyone within earshot eagerly awaited the answer. Imagine having the chance to quiz Leonardo da Vinci about the creative process, or Ben Hogan on the finer points of ball-striking. Arguably the best putter of his generation, if anyone could crack the complicated code of speed, line and pace, it would be Faxon. Faxon mulled the question for a moment, shrugged and finally said, “Rhythm and tempo.” If Faxon’s take seems a tad underwhelming, and it did that day to everyone in his group, the genius of his simplicity was on display last week at the Arnold
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:50:00 GMT
AUSTIN, Texas – Phil Mickelson is widely recognized as one of the PGA Tour’s most accommodating players when it comes to the fans and signing autographs. Lefty will famously spend hours after rounds signing autographs, but sometimes perception can deviate from reality, as evidenced by Jordan Spieth’s encounter with Mickelson years ago when he was a junior golfer. “I think I was at the [AT&T] Byron Nelson with my dad and Phil Mickelson and Davis Love were on the putting green. I was yelling at them, as I now get annoyed while I'm practicing when I'm getting yelled at, and they were talking,” Spieth recalled. “When they finished, Phil was pulled off in a different direction and Davis came and signed


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