Friday, September 4

Flashback Friday: Sam Snead vs. Bob Goalby in 'All Star Golf'

I STUMBLED ACROSS THIS YESTERDAY. It's a made-for-television match at the Philadelphia Country Club between golf legend Sam Snead and a youthful Bob Goalby. The host is the colorful three-time Masters champion Jimmy Demaret. The show is called "All Star Golf," which aired from 1957 to 1963.


Thursday, September 3

Golf on TV: Deutsche Bank Championship and M2M Russian Open

The following edited content was supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.

NBC Sports Group will begin its coverage of the final three FedEx Cup Playoff events on Friday with the Deutsche Bank Championship outside of Boston, where the top-three ranked players in the world – Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – headline the field. The tournament is scheduled to finish on Monday (Labor Day), and will feature the top-100 eligible players in the FedEx Cup standings, with the top70 moving on to the BMW Championship outside of Chicago in two weeks.


Deutsche Bank Championship       
Dates: Sept. 4-7
Venue: TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-3 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Monday           11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live)
Monday           1:30-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes

Final opportunity to earn points to qualify for the Presidents Cup: This is the final event for players to earn points toward qualifying for the U.S. and International Presidents Cup teams. Jay Haas (U.S. captain) and Nick Price (International captain) will announce their respective captain’s picks on Tuesday, Sept. 8 in a live 60-minute Golf Central show, beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

Kirk defends: Chris Kirk won by two strokes over Russell Henley, Billy Horschel and Geoff Ogilvy for his third career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler.

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M2M Russian Open
Dates: Sept. 3-6
Venue: Skolkovo Golf Club, Moscow, Russia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         9 a.m.-Noon (Tape delay)
Friday              10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape delay)
Saturday          7-10 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            7-10 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes

Horsey defends: David Horsey defeated Damien McGrane with a par on the first playoff hole to earn his third career European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: David Horsey, Soren Hansen, Edoardo Molinari, Bradley Dredge, Dylan Frittelli, Johan Edfors, S.S.P. Chawrasia and Michael Hoey.

Wednesday, September 2

Golf's Long and Rich Literary Tradition

By John Coyne

Copyright © John Coyne. Used with permission.

METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING, WE MIGHT SAY golf literature is like one of Bubba Watson's famous drives: long and high and very deep. Great golf prose has been with us since the days when Mary, Queen of Scots, first played the game as a school girl in France.

The earliest recorded golf prose was the verse Glotta, written in 1721 by another Scotsman, James Arbuckle. Two decades later came Thomas Mathison's The Goff, "a Heroic-comical Poem in Three Cantos."

The late George Plimpton, who wrote about golf in his best selling 1968 book The Bogey Man, said that while baseball has produced some interesting books, golf books were better written because of golf’s "popularity among the educated classes."

Another reason for golf book literary supremacy might be, as golf historian Daniel Wexler points out in The Golfer's Library, "because golf enjoys a much greater variety of subjects about which to write, as history, biography, instruction, architecture and championship play."

Daniel Wexler cites Bernard Darwin (1876-1961), Charles Darwin's grandson and longtime correspondent for The Times of London as the greatest golf writer. Also he names Henry Longhurst, a Sunday Times columnist who wrote about golf before, during and after the Second World War, and from America, the masterful Herbert Warren Wind who produced three editions of his magnum opus, The Story of American Golf that "has been, is and always will be," according to Wexler, "the story of American golf."

One reason there has been so much great writing about golf is simply because writers seek to understand the game they play: Michael Bamberger, James Dodson, John Feinstein, John Paul Newport, David Owen, Curt Sampson, Bud Shrake and Don Wade all have written ebooks ranging from how they play to biographies of greater golfers and legendary challenging golf courses.

Other writers, famous in different genres, have also been drawn to golf in search of peace, mystery, humor and self-awareness. These include A.A. Milne, Arthur Conan Doyle, P.G. Wodehouse, Ring Lardner and his son, John Lardner, Ward Just, Ethen Canin, James Bond's Ian Fleming, John Updike's Rabbit and Michael Murphy's legendary mysterious Scottish golf pro Shivas Irons and the mystical Kingdom of Fife.

That said, what is missing is fiction.

The book shelf is slight and slim when it comes to golf novels. F. Scott Fitzgerald, John O'Hara, John P. Marquand, J. D. Powers, Richard Ford and John Updike all used golf as a way to comment on their contemporary society. Michael Murphy's Golf in the Kingdom is an exercise in self-help, not literature. And Dan Jenkins' very funny books are easily shelved with collections of tall tales around the 19th hole.

To find the pathos, the great characters, imposing themes and compelling narratives look for the caddie not the player. Seek out the Sancho Panzas of golfing Don Ouixotes.

The first of these more recent "caddie novels" was the commercially successful The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield published in 1995. While the novel drew on golf history, it is about the mysterious powers of an African American caddie who guides a troubled, rich white war hero through a match against Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen. Tom Coyne (no relation) followed in 2002 with A Gentleman's Game, fiction involving poor caddies and rich members outside of Philadelphia. In 2003 Peter Dexter published Train about a gifted black caddie player who looped at an exclusive Los Angeles golf course. Novelist/lawyer, J. Michael Veron completed his popular Bobby Jones trilogy (The Greatest Player Who Never Lived and The Greatest Course That Never Was) with The Caddie. Published in 2004, this novel has caddie Steward "Jones" guiding a young pro to victory and wisdom.

Anyone who plays the game knows caddies function as coaches, psychologists, cheerleaders and increasingly as storytellers. That golfing Monarch, Mary Queen of Scots, who first called the kid carrying her clubs a caddie, after the French word "cadet" (pronounced cad-day). So, now we have arrived at the caddie as novelist.

Remember that the next time you tee it up. You might find yourself the protagonist in that kid's book.

John Coyne is a bestselling author of three golf novels and more than 20 other books. Pay him a visit at John Coyne Books.

Tuesday, September 1

A 'Miracle' Recovery for John Daly

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, according to reports, John Daly collapsed at Deerfield Golf Club in Canton, Mississippi, over the weekend. Daly's manager said Daly had a collapsed lung, resulting from a rib injury. He was rushed to Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.

Will Dottley, a pro in Daly's group, said Daly's only problem during the round was a hand issue until they reached the 18th tee. It was extremely hot. The temperature was in the upper 90s.

When they reached the last hole, Daly fell to the ground and stopped breathing. A nurse stepped out of the gallery and administered CPR.

"I had my arm around him when he went down," Dottley told Golf Channel. "He had no pulse and wasn't breathing for close to three minutes."

Daly pulled through.

Dottley added: "It was kind of a miracle."

Daly was released from the hospital and back on the course on Sunday afternoon to finish the tournament.

"He had no pain in his ribs, everything was good," a friend of Daly's told Golf Channel.

Monday, August 31

Jason Day Sizzles in New Jersey, Eyes No. 1 Ranking

By Brian Keogh

Brian Keogh is a golf correspondent for The Irish Sun and a contributor to The Irish Times, Golf Digest Ireland and other golf publications. The following excerpt from Brian’s Irish Golf Desk is used with permission.

News from Brian Keogh's
Irish Golf Desk.
JASON DAY CONTINUED HIS RED-HOT streak of form by making eight birdies in an immaculate 62 to win The Barclays by six shots from Henrik Stenson on 19 under par and move to No 1 in the FedEx Cup standings ahead of Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut.

It was Day's fourth win of the season and his third in four events following his RBC Canadian Open victory and breakthrough major win at the US PGA. And he now has a chance to become world No 1 and take over from McIlroy, who relieves Spieth of top spot today despite skipping the first Playoff event.

McIlroy will begin the Playoffs in 15th place and both he, Spieth and Day are expected to tee it up in Boston in an event that will now have the added spice of the world No 1 race.

"I am just excited about the competition and I think it is going to be a lot of fun," said Day, who finished tied ninth in the US Open, tied fourth in the Open before winning the RBC Canadian Open and then followed a share of 12th in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with back to back wins in the US PGA and The Barclays.

"I love being in contention. And I love playing against guys that are on fire. You kind of live for those moments ....

"I think I have the opportunity to get to No 1 if I play some good golf over the next three or four weeks. It's been a goal of mine but it's going to be tough to catch. Right now I am just going to focus on getting some rest and trying to play that golf course, which I absolutely love."

Brian Keogh covers golf for The Irish Sun and contributes to a variety of golf publications. Pay him a visit at Irish Golf Desk.

Friday, August 28

Snoopy Is Top Dog at Highland National Golf Course

From a Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) news release.

[CHARLES] SCHULZ DIED IN 2000, but his most famous cartoon character, Snoopy, lives on with a specially designed bunker on the 15th hole at Highland National Golf Course, the public course where Schulz caddied as a young boy and played golf throughout much of his life.

The character design was incorporated into the major course renovations that were completed in 2005.

"Charles Schulz was a huge figure in the St. Paul area and he loved golf," said Paul Miller, who collaborated on the course work with Garrett Gill.

"We wanted a way to honor his contributions to golf in the area, and Mrs. Schulz liked the idea. At first, we thought of doing a Snoopy-shaped pond, but the plans evolved into a Snoopy bunker. And it works to define the landing area of the hole."

The 15th hole is a 424-yard straightaway par-4, and the Snoopy bunker is clearly visible to traffic driving by on the neighborhood street.

Thursday, August 27

Golf on TV: The Barclays, Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, Dick's Sporting Goods Open, D+D Real Czech Masters

The following edited content was supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.


The Barclays                  
Dates: Aug. 27-30
Venue: Plainfield Country Club, Edison, N.J.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         2-6 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Friday              2-6 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

On CBS (Eastern):
Saturday: 3-6 p.m.
Sunday: 2-6 p.m.

Broadcast Notes

Kicking off the FedExCup Playoffs: The PGA TOUR 2014-15 regular season concluded last week after 43 events and the top-125 in the FedExCup standings earned their 2015-16 PGA TOUR cards and became eligible to compete in the Playoffs. 121 players are currently in the field this week, and the top-100 in the standings following Sunday’s final round will be eligible to compete in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston.

Mahan defends: Hunter Mahan won by two shots for his sixth career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed and Robert Streb.

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Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic
Dates: Aug. 27-30
Venue: RTJ Golf Trail at Capitol Hill (Senator Course), Prattville, Ala.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          5-7 p.m. (Live) / 5-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            5-7 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes

Hur defends: Mi Jung Hur finished four shots ahead of Stacy Lewis for his second career LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Brittany Lang, Angela Stanford, Charley Hull and Cheyenne Woods.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
Dates: Aug. 28-30
Venue: En-Joie Golf Course, Endicott, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              6-8 p.m. / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            2-5 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes

Langer defends: Bernhard Langer finished one stroke ahead of Woody Austin and Mark O’Meara for his 23rd career Champions Tour win.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Jeff Maggert, Kenny Perry, Mark O’Meara, Jay Haas, Marco Dawson, Kevin Sutherland, Joe Durant, Woody Austin and Lee Janzen.

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D+D Real Czech Masters
Dates: Aug. 27-30
Venue: Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5-7 a.m. / 9-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday              5-7 a.m. / 9-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          7-11 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes

Headlining the field: Victor Dubuisson, Eddie Pepperell, Thorbjorn Olesen, Peter Uihlein, David Horsey, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bradley Dredge, Gregory Bourdy and James Morrison.

Wednesday, August 26

European Tour: Make a Birdie, Propose to Girlfriend

BIRDIES WILL MAKE YOU FEEL INVINCIBLE. They will give you amazing courage and resolve.

Take Andreas Harto. The Danish player made a birdie on the 16th hole during the second round of the Made in Denmark tournament, last week's European Tour event. You can watch what happened next. He walked over and proposed to his girlfriend, Louise. She accepted.

Two gutsy plays, back to back. And a viral tweet for the European Tour.

OK, so Harto had it all planned.

"I was almost crying when I hit the putt," he said, "because I knew what was about to happen."

Harto added: "I couldn't say any words and I didn't hear her say yes, so I had to ask her afterwards and luckily she did want to marry me so I'm a lucky man."