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Golf Industry Enters New Era of Collaboration

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:39 Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:35

Tim FinchemPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — The leaders of five major golf organizations in the United States shared a refocused, collaborative approach to grow, protect and perpetuate the health of the game during a press conference today at THE PLAYERS Championship.

The LPGA, Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, and the United States Golf Association, as well as the World Golf Foundation and their allied golf industry leaders, are working together on a number of initiatives aimed at bringing the game to young people and new golfers, as well as to tell the story of the positive impact of the sport.

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Black Knight’s Annual South African Braai Now a Staple of Masters Week

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 May 2015 08:09 Sunday, 03 May 2015 08:00

South African BraaiBlack Knight International’s annual South African Braai has become legendary in its own right during Masters Week in Augusta.

What started out as a small gathering of family and friends has transformed into a lively event that brings together people from all walks of life. Family, friends and assorted guests – from Corporate partners like SAP, Rolex, Callaway and Berenberg to critically acclaimed trick-shot golfers to military veterans – meet in celebration of golf’s greatest international player, Gary Player. This year’s braai was particularly special as The Player Group is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Black Knight’s career Grand Slam and his 80th birthday in November.

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Paula Creamer Calls for Women’s Masters at Augusta National

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:40 Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:32

Paula CreamerCanadian Press

DALY CITY, California (Janie McCauley/AP) — Paula Creamer is calling for a women’s Masters at Augusta National.

Creamer would love for organizers to at least listen to the idea of women playing a Masters in consecutive weeks with the men’s tournament. She reiterated her thoughts Tuesday at Lake Merced Golf Club, where the Bay Area native is preparing for this week’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

On April 14, Creamer posted on Twitter: “I hope The Masters will consider a Women’s Masters soon. They do so much to grow the game. Fastest area of golf growth is women! #6Majors?”

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Tom Watson: Next Masters Might Be His Last

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:28 Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:25

Tom WatsonCanadian Press

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, South Carolina (AP) — Two-time Masters champion Tom Watson says his next visit to play Augusta National might be his last.

A fatigued Watson says at the RBC Heritage that it’s getting more difficult for him to compete on the PGA Tour and he didn’t know how much longer he wanted to take away a spot in events from younger players.

He says the 2016 Masters “may be my last.”

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Jordan Spieth and the Record that Got Away

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 04:45 Wednesday, 15 April 2015 23:55

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jordan Spieth became the first player to reach 19-under par at any point during the Masters.

He just didn’t stay there.

On the final hole, he chipped too strong and missed a 5-foot par putt that would have put him alone in the Masters record book at 19-under 269. Instead, he shares the spot at 270 with Tiger Woods, who made a 4-foot par putt in 1997 to break the record held by Raymond Floyd (1976) and Jack Nicklaus (1965).

Asked if he was bothered by not making par, Spieth said, “A little bit.”

“I knew he had shot that,” Spieth said. “I didn’t know where I was at. I was so focused on this match I was playing with Justin (Rose).”

Not that he wasn’t trying.

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