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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.



Golf Star Jordan Spieth Gets Mosaic Tribute of Balls, Tees

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2015 07:52 Thursday, 29 October 2015 07:45

Jordan Spieth MosaicCanadian Press

DALLAS, Texas (AP) — Downtown Dallas is the site of an unusual diamond in the rough: 24,152 golf balls on tees, arranged to show the likeness of hometown star golfer Jordan Spieth.

Dallas-based AT&T Inc. showed off the tribute mosaic of the 22-year-old Spieth. The image in a downtown park shows Spieth wearing a cap and appearing to watch his shot off his backswing.

Why all the fuss?



Jim Justice Brings Together Four Golf Legends to Break Ground on New Course at The Greenbrier

Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015 08:15 Monday, 19 October 2015 08:01

The Greenbrier Sporting ClubWHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia — Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier, one of the foremost destination golf resorts in the country and the home to the annual PGA Tour FedExCup event, The Greenbrier Classic, has brought together four Hall of Fame golf icons, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino, to collaborate on a first-of-its-kind championship golf course, which breaks ground today at The Greenbrier Sporting Club.



Highland Country Club Takes Centre Stage

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:34 Thursday, 17 September 2015 07:54

Highland Country ClubLONDON, Ontario (Robert Thompson/Golf Canada) — Highland Country Club isn’t your obvious venue to contest a modern championship among a group of golf’s rising stars.

Hidden off one of the main roads in the heart of London, Highland is an old school country club that this week plays host to the Mackenzie Tour/PGA Tour Canada’s Freedom 55 Financial Championship, which will see the tour’s top 59 golfers compete for a spot on the Tour. The tour’s best players—JJ Spaun, Cheng Tsung Pan, and the likes of Canadian bomber Taylor Pendrith and breakthrough rookie Adam Svensson—will battle it out on a golf course that is nearing its century mark.



It’s a Sand Trap! Watch Out for Whistling’s Bunkers at PGA

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 02:12 Tuesday, 11 August 2015 02:01

Dustin JohnsonCanadian Press

SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin (Genaro Armas/AP) — Perhaps the shiftiest sand trap in recent major history is now covered up by a hospitality area.

The “Dustin Johnson bunker” will be a memory when the PGA Championship returns this week to Whistling Straits in Wisconsin for the first time in five years.

But countless other sandy areas at the links-style course overlooking Lake Michigan remain hazards — or are they?



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