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Tiger Woods, Robert Allenby and Lee Westwood all contribute to golf’s farce without the laughs

Next week Woods is making his first appearance in 12 years at the infelicitously named Waste Management Phoenix Open, more commonly known as ‘The Wasted’, given that half a million Arizona residents use the four days as an excuse to get royally drunk. It is instructive to compare footage of his debut there in 1996 […]

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Masters 2014: Golf’s dilemma over future as it struggles on short walk from exclusivity and stuffiness to obscurity

But none of this hides the growing sense that golf in the old heartlands of America and Britain needs to change if it is not to end up as a country for old men. Who says so? Well, Rory McIlroy, actually. You could hear the plates drop at Augusta when the new Tiger Woods pointed […]

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Kevin Stadler, John Daly, Ed ‘Porky’ Oliver: all hail golf’s heavyweight champions

For 17-stone Stadler, rotundity runs in the family. Father Craig employed to trade under his nickname, acquired by way of the mixture of his kindly face, lovingly-crafted moustache and waddling gait, as ‘The Walrus’. And but he still won the 1982 Masters, with his occasionally slovenly-searching son also proving no slouch, winning far more than […]

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In golf’s answer to Moneyball, a new breed of numbers-crunchers are changing the game

When Brandt Snedeker showed up to play the 2012 British Open, getting missed the cut in all three of his preceding Open starts, his record suggested he had tiny result in for optimism. His stats, nevertheless, mentioned otherwise. In the weeks top up to Royal Lytham &amp St. Annes, Snedeker had powwowed with a tiny-recognized […]

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Planet No 1 Inbee Park assured sporting immortality if she completes golf’s grand slam

Tiger Woods nobly sought to scale the ramparts but his personal run of 4 straight majors, from a 15-shot win at Pebble Beach in 2000 to a second Masters green jacket the following spring, was spread across two separate seasons. Strictly, the grand slam have to be contained inside one to be accorded a lasting, […]

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The Van Cynical Mailbag: Sergio vs. Tiger is the most recent in golf’s tradition of lame excuses

AP Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia in happier occasions at the 1999 Masters. Welcome to Lame Excuses Week. You will just have to guess who inspired this new holiday with their actions at The Players. Let’s get started: Hey, I went ahead and wrote the very first paragraph just before you got here. A marshal […]

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Globe-trotting Rory McIlroy is speedily mastering what life’s like as golf’s most marketable player

The bright lights of Shanghai are particularly impressive from a few thousand feet in the air, even for a weary world traveler like Rory McIlroy. On Sunday night he peered out an airplane window and said softly, “Well, there it is.” Wearing black jeans, a V-neck T-shirt and a hoodie, McIlroy was slouched in the […]

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Playing for group and nation tends to make the Ryder Cup golf’s most compelling rivalry

TANNEN MAURY / EPA The 2012 Ryder Cup begins Friday at Medinah. The following is the introduction to the new Sports Illustrated E-book, Golf’s Greatest Rivalry: The Five Most Memorable Ryder Cups. Far more details on the book and how to download it is right here. For years now the Ponte Vedra deskmen in their […]

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Luke Donald eight shots behind at the Zurich Classic as he attempts to take golf’s top spot from Rory McIlroy

The American had birdies on the second, sixth and seventh holes but bogeys on the eighth, 10th and 16th meant he required a birdie on the 18th to finish the very first round below par. Duke had seven birdies in a bogey-free of charge round, even though Tringale – who is also searching for his […]

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Sergio Garcia sinks a hole-in-a single at golf’s Abu Dhabi Championship

Spanish pair Sergio Garcia and Jose Manuel Lara recorded holes-in-1 at the 186-yard 12th in the course of the Abu Dhabi Championship initial round on Thursday. World quantity 17 Garcia, wearing a bright yellow shirt, made a colourful celebration after his seven-iron effort at the 12th took two bounces and rolled gently into the cup. […]

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