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From The Fairway: Olympic Effort By Volunteer Greenkeepers In Rio

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 August 2016 21:42 Sunday, 21 August 2016 21:25

altRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — R&A Scholar Damien Coleman has been working as a greenkeeper at The Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro during golf’s historic return to the games.

Damien, who studied at Myerscough College, works at Galway Bay Golf Club, and is the Vice President of Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland.

Here he gives an insight into preparing the Gil Hanse designed course at the Reserva de Marapendi – and the experience of a lifetime working at The Olympics.



From The Fairway: Precarious No More, PGA To Build Clubhouse in Connecticut

Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2016 02:27 Monday, 15 August 2016 02:14

Jim FurykCanadian Press

CROMWELL, Connecticut (Pat Eaton-Robb/AP) — The PGA Tour, which almost pulled out of Connecticut a decade ago, is making another major investment in its TPC River Highland’s golf course, which last week was the site of the best score in tour history.

The announcement was made in Hartford during the Travelers Championship tournament by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who said the PGA would build a 32,000-square foot facility at the Cromwell course that will open before the pros tee off at the course in 2019.

It’s the latest in a series of boosts to the course, which golfers say have been turning the Travelers from an afterthought into a tournament that can attract the sport’s biggest names. The course made international headlines Sunday when Jim Furyk shot a 58 during final round of the Travelers, the lowest score in tour history.



5 Golf Courses That Produce the Greatest Major Champions

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2016 21:56 Thursday, 16 June 2016 21:44

Fuzzy ZoellerCanadian Press

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Doug Ferguson/AP) — One measure of a great golf course is the quality of its champions.

In the 11 professional majors that Oakmont hosted, the only one who stood out was Sam Parks Jr. at the 1935 U.S. Open. He was a club pro from nearby South Hills and never really did much else.



From the Fairway: Adding Distractions at No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 May 2016 19:32 Wednesday, 11 May 2016 19:10

altThe 17th hole at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is always scary, yet entertaining for fans. Adding more hazards to make it that much more entertaining would be even more fun to watch.

Some players are getting used to get by now, as this is the 35th year THE PLAYERS Championship has been at TPC Sawgrass. Rickie Fowler sure made it look easy during Round 4 last year, making birdie three times in three tries.



Nicklaus Talks the 6 Toughest Shots at Augusta National

Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2016 19:49 Friday, 08 April 2016 19:27

Rory McIlroyCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Augusta National has a mystique as the only major championship played on the same golf course every year.

That doesn’t mean there are any mysteries to playing well.

Just ask six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus.



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