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THE PLAYERS Unveils Memorabilia from Fallen Oak

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:30 Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:14

altPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (PGATOUR.COM) — As the world’s best players descend upon Ponte Vedra Beach in a quest for the coveted THE PLAYERS Championship title, they’ll have one less obstacle to navigate on the Stadium Course. In the fall, the overhanging Live Oak to the right of the No. 6 tee box, which impacted tee shots over the years, was removed due to decay and safety concerns. Instead of avoiding the tree, players and TPC Sawgrass visitors can now enjoy it, as the oak was handcrafted into two benches, an “artifact” display and 180 commemorative pieces.

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From the Fairway: Tiger to Design His First Course in China with Pacific Links International

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 03:13 Wednesday, 29 April 2015 03:07

Pacific Links National Golf ClubBEIJING, China — Pacific Links International announced its flagship course in China: Pacific Links National Golf Club in Beijing. This prestigious club will be designer Tiger Woods’ first course in China and the start of Pacific Links’ rapid growth, as the company works to bring luxury, western-style golf to the area.

“We are building an exclusive program that will allow people to experience high-end golf clubs across the globe,” said Mr. Du, owner and chairman of Pacific Links International. “There is no other membership like this in China, and Pacific Links National Golf Club, design by Tiger Woods, is an exciting step in this next phase of progress.”

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TPC Dorado Beach Opens This Month

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:21 Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:13

TPC Dorado BeachPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (PGA TOUR) — The PGA TOUR’s TPC Network announced the continued expansion of its international portfolio with the launching of TPC Dorado Beach, located at Dorado Beach Resort, a luxury integrated beachfront resort and residential community in Puerto Rico. Debuting in April 2015 under the TPC banner, TPC Dorado Beach will eventually be home to three world-class Caribbean golf courses: the East Course, West Course and Sugarcane Course.

The property’s recently updated East Course will play host to PGA TOUR Latinoamérica's 2015 Tour Championship on December 3-6, where five players will be awarded Web.com Tour status for 2016.

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From the Fairway: Piece of Eisenhower Tree Heading to Presidential Library

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:42 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:39

Eisenhower TreeCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Jim Litke/AP) — Men in green Masters jackets gave a warm round of applause to a large wood chip.

It wasn’t just a scrap from any old tree. To be exact, it was a 6-inch-thick, 4 1/2-foot-in-diameter cross-section of timber cut from the Eisenhower Tree, a soaring loblolly pine that stood like a sentinel guarding the left side of the 17th fairway at Augusta National for some 80 years.

Tributes rolled in when the tree was felled by an ice storm in February 2014, in no small part because of its connection to former president and Augusta member Dwight Eisenhower. Masters officials eulogized the tree at the start of last year’s tournament as if it was a deceased family member.

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From the Fairway: Unique Sand Lines Augusta’s Bunkers

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 23:50 Monday, 06 April 2015 23:43

Adam ScottAUGUSTA, Georgia (Tom Spousta/Augusta National) — There are 44 bunkers at Augusta National, each majestic and hazardous in its own right. The glistening sands look impossibly white, radiating in such a way that only nature could produce something so pristine.

Which is exactly what happened.

It’s called “Spruce Pine sand,” named for the mining district in Western North Carolina in which it’s found. It’s actually quartz, and it’s so pure that it prevents golf balls from burrowing into devious lies and has played a major role in computer technology.

The sand has filled these bunkers for the past 40 Masters, ever since Augusta National co-Founder Clifford Roberts was moved by its texture and how it contrasted beautifully with the emerald fairways and shimmering ponds of Augusta National.

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