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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.



From the Fairway: The Word “Green” in Golf

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 March 2016 22:19 Sunday, 20 March 2016 19:59

altFAR HILLS, New Jersey (USGA Green Section Staff) — A good deal of confusion surrounds the use of the word green in golf terminology. Should one use “green fee” or “greens fee?” Is it “greenkeeper” or “greenskeeper?” Exactly what area does the word “green” pertain to on a golf course? And is it the “USGA Green Section” or the “USGA Greens Section?”



PGA TOUR Brings Its First-Ever Virtual Reality Videos to Oculus

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 February 2016 00:19 Saturday, 13 February 2016 00:10

Waste Management Phoenix Open 16th HolePONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — The PGA TOUR announced the release of its first-ever virtual reality (VR) videos on Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus. The videos and app were produced with the assistance of IM360, a leader in immersive and interactive content solutions.

The video was captured over two days at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale and is packaged in four separate VR videos. Two of the videos will take viewers to the practice area where they’ll be immersed in one-on-one instruction with PGA TOUR players Patrick Rodgers (@PRodgersGolf) and Peter Malnati (@PeterMalnati). A third video focuses on what it’s like to be on TPC Scottsdale’s famous 16th hole with Rickie Fowler. The fourth feature goes behind-the-scenes of a PGA TOUR LIVE broadcast.



From the Fairway: European Tour Contemplating Change in Golf Membership Policy

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:56 Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:54

European Tour FlagCanadian Press

SHANGHAI, China (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The European Tour is contemplating what amounts to a level playing field for those who want to be considered global players.

Typically, being a member of the two largest tours in golf requires a top 50 world ranking. That effectively assures the player of getting into the four majors and four World Golf Championships, which would be more than half of the minimum starts required on the PGA Tour (15) and European Tour (13).

That’s a significant issue facing new European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley.



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