National: What's New

Royal Portrush to Host British Open in 2019

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 08:46 Tuesday, 20 October 2015 08:35

Royal PortrushCanadian Press

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The British Open is heading across the Irish Sea for the first time in nearly 70 years, with Royal Portrush announced as the 2019 venue for golf’s oldest major championship.

Royal Portrush staged the British Open in 1951, when Max Faulkner of England lifted the claret jug. That is the only time the event has been held outside England or Scotland.

The push to bring the Open back to Northern Ireland gained momentum after three players from country — Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy — won majors since 2010. McIlroy is now a four-time major champion and one of the world’s best players.



Barra Olympic Park, Heart of the Rio 2016 Games, More Than 90 Per Cent Complete

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 08:26 Tuesday, 20 October 2015 07:56

Barra Olympic ParkRio de Janeiro’s city government has provided its monthly update on the construction of new venues for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, showing that work at Barra Olympic Park, the main competition cluster, is now 92 per cent complete (up from 89 per cent last month). The city government’s figures showed that 12 venues across the two Olympic Parks are at least 90 per cent complete, compared with six last month.

In Barra, good progress was recorded at the Olympic Aquatics Centre (94 per cent complete, up from 89 per cent last month), Future Arena (96 per cent, up from 87 per cent), Olympic Tennis Centre (80 per cent, up from 74 per cent) and Rio Olympic Velodrome (70 per cent, up from 65 per cent). Meanwhile, work on the athletes’ village is now 97 per cent complete, up from 91 per cent last month.



Ted Stonehouse Named Director of Golf Operations at Cabot Links

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 07:49 Tuesday, 20 October 2015 07:43

Ted StonehouseINVERNESS, Nova Scotia (Golf Canada) — Cabot Links announced that PGA of Canada member Ted Stonehouse will be joining their team in early November in the role of Director, Golf Operations. Ted will join Cabot’s existing management team with a focus on the golf services and golf retail operations.

“I am very excited to join Cabot’s dynamic management team.” Stonehouse says. “I am looking forward to reuniting with Ben Cowan-Dewar, Joe Robinson and Ryan Hawley, and to working closely with Adam Calver. This golf operation does so many things right; I hope to add to the already great experience.”

Joe Robinson will take on the new title of Golf Professional Emeritus and will continue in his current work capacity.



From the Fringe: Professional Players in Awe of Gary Player Country Club

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 06:12 Tuesday, 20 October 2015 06:05

Gary Player Country ClubSUN CITY, South Africa — It has thrilled some of the best golfers in the world, from Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros to Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. And South Africa’s professional sportsmen are just as in awe of the Gary Player Country Club.

When they teed it up in Monday’s first round of the Sanlam Cancer Challenge here, both Herschelle Gibbs and Breyton Paulse agreed that as an iconic sporting arena the Gary Player Country Club is right up there alongside Lord’s, the MCG and the cricket and rugby grounds at Newlands.

Gibbs and Paulse are part of the VIPs and sporting celebrities who annually support South Africa’s biggest charity golf tournament.



Bridgestone’s New Extra Soft Brings Superior Control and Distance-Performance to the Golf Ball Category

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 05:44 Tuesday, 20 October 2015 05:41

Bridgestone Extra SoftCOVINGTON, Georgia — Bridgestone Golf announced the launch of its new Extra Soft golf ball. The Extra Soft builds off of the superb distance and feel golfers came to enjoy in the xFIXx model with an infusion of straighter ball flight and improved short-game control that can benefit all players.

The Extra Soft’s 2-piece construction features a soft ionomer cover and soft compression core for maximum distance and control. The Extra Soft core is designed to be compressed more fully at moderate clubhead speeds and leads to a reduction in spin producing straighter shots off the tee and from the fairway.



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