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Tom Watson Makes History at Masters Par-Three Contest

The par-three contest at the Masters gives the players an opportunity to let their hair down. It has a unique feel to it and caters to the family and friends of the players. Often there will be wives, children, grandchildren, and friends caddying. Caddies are encouraged to hit shots during the contest, which makes for fantastic viewing. It does, however, rule out a player’s eligibility to win the event should their caddie hit a shot.

This isn’t a problem for most of the players, as winning the par-three contest is believed to be bad luck. No one who has ever won the par-three shootout has gone on to claim a Green Jacket – so making themselves ineligible to win is often one of the goals. There are some who don’t buy into the superstition and give winning a good go, however.

Tom Watson was one and it is to be expected, at 68 years of age, Watson’s chances of taming Augusta are virtually nil. The eight-time major winner could afford to tempt fate by trying to win the par-three contest as he no longer competes in the main event. Watson bowed out of the Masters in 2016 when he made his final appearance.

Tom Watson and caddy, Turnberry
Tom Watson and caddy, Turnberry“(CC BY-ND 2.0)by StartAgain

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golf swing in Lavaux golf club

You may not realise it, but as far back as 2008, Scientists reckoned that they had found the ‘secret’ to achieving the perfect golf swing.

In a report from the Department of Mechanical, Medical and Aerospace Engineering based at the University of Surrey, Professor Robin Sharp and his team announced to the world that they felt that had unlocked the secrets of this key element of the game of golf.

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Modern Art and Golf: A load of balls

The different worlds of art and golf tend not to clash too often, but when they do the results can be spectacular. When Columbus, Ohio photographer James Friedman, a self-confessed non-golfer, got his hands on a batch of different golf balls, his first instinct wasn’t to pick up a club.

Mr Friedman instead decided to take a different approach to the art of golf and instead of wielding a club, he used a different tool; a saw. With it, he bisected his collection of golf balls and took some striking photographs of the results.

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A Golf Challenge Really Worth Supporting

When we challenge ourselves at golf, we often think about improving our scores, hitting the ball further and more accurately, sinking more putts. Well now there’s a different challenge available and it is one you could be a part of and in doing so, help the lives of millions of cancer sufferers that much easier.

It is called the Longest Day Golf Challenge and in 2014, golfers who participated in the challenge raised £740,000 for the MacMillan Cancer Support charity who run the event.

MacMillan Longest Day Golf Challenge Pic 1

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2016 Olympic Games Golf Tournament in Rio

Golf will once again take its place in the Olympics in Rio 2016 after several years of lobbying to have the sport put back on the Olympic roster, but with IOC Olympic Vice President John Coates stating last April that preparations for the Rio Olympics were the ‘worst’ he had ever seen, how are things looking now?

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Why EA Sports Announcement Merely Confirms The Obvious: Tiger’s Days Are Numbered

For 15 years, for many console enthusiasts, there has only been one golf game worth its salt to play and that has been EA Sports Tiger Woods golf in all its various formats and incarnations.

Over the past 15 years, through sales alone, the game series has raised an estimated $771 million in revenue for EA Sports and has proven an equally lucrative deal for Woods, who lent his name and image to secure the deal and who, at conservative estimates, has earned tens of millions of dollars through this one endorsement alone.

Tiger Woods EA Sports Games

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The Masters A Historical Perspective

With just a short time before the first Major of the season, let’s take a historic look at The Masters tournament, the traditional first major of the season.

Foundation

The Masters owes its existence to one of the biggest names in golf in the early 20th century. When Bobby Jones retired from the playing golf as an amateur, he sought out Clifford Roberts (who later became the chairman of the club) to help him find a suitable piece of land upon which to build Jones vision of a top quality golf course.

The land they found was on a former indigo plantation situated between Atlanta to the west and Myrtle Beach to the east.

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