Golf returns to the Olympics this summer after a 112-year absence. And naturally, golf fans have a bunch of questions about the event in Rio. We give our best to answer them here.
- When is it? The men’s competition runs from Aug. 11-14. The women’s event is the following week, Aug. 17-20. That was easy.
2. How do you qualify? OK, here’s where it gets a little trickier. The International Golf Federation has an Olympic Ranking that gets updated every Monday and players have to be in the top 60 to qualify. The ranking is based off the Official World Golf Rankings for the men and the Rolex Ranking for the women. However, this does not simply mean that the top 60 players on each ranking get to go.
3. Oh, no? No. Each country is allowed a maximum of four players (Sorry, U.S. men and South Korean women), provided all four are in the top 15 of their respective rankings. After the top 15, a maximum of two players can qualify per country. Past the four spots in the top 15 or two after that, a golfer from the same country will not show up on the Olympic ranking. Finally, one of the 60 spots is reserved for a player from the host country, Brazil.
4. Doesn’t this mean a lot of good players won’t qualify? Yes! But isn’t including athletes from all around the world what the Olympics is all about? Besides, it’s like this in other Olympic sports. For instance, there’s a maximum of three figure skaters allowed per country, which has caused plenty of cutthroat competition in the U.S. Remember Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan?
5. OK. . . Well, when do you have until to qualify? July 11, the week before the British Open.
6. Wait, the winner of the British Open might not qualify for the Olympics? Correct! This could be awkward, but they had to cut off qualifying somewhere. And more likely, whoever wins the claret jug will have already qualified for Rio — or will have already dropped out. . .
7. Wait, golfers are dropping out? Unfortunately, yes. Adam Scott is the biggest name, but he’s been joined by Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Vijay Singh and Marc Leishman. Others like Rory McIlroy have hinted they could follow suit. The reasons given center around two things: a packed summer schedule and the Zika virus.
8. What’s the Zika virus? We’ll let this governmental site provide the details, but just know that it’s spread by mosquitos — and it’s something you don’t want to mess with.
Luke Donald2011 LDC Red – Napa Valley, Calif. A serious wine driven by the complexity of the grape mixture and 20 months in French oak. Donald likes to call this Claret, an English term for a Bordeaux-style red wine. Dark red and black fruits are wrapped with floral notes of violets and red roses. 2013 Chardonnay – Carneros, Calif. Ripe yellow pears wrapped by butterscotch and crème brulée highlight this tasty chardonnay from a cool region of California. Toasty on the finish, this wine still has refreshing acidity to finish long.
Ernie ElsBig Easy 2014 Red – Western Cape, South AfricaBig Easy 2015 Chenin Blanc – Western Cape, South Africa When I visited South Africa, chenin blanc was one of the wines that most impressed me. Outside of the Loire Valley in France no one really grows much of it, and South Africa has specialized in making it the most widely planted grape in their country. Ernie’s Big Easy Chenin offers a very good expression of just what the grape has to offer. Very bright red apple fruit (think unoaked chardonnay) with mouth-watering acidity and a clean finish. This is a perfect alternate to lighter chardonnay or sauvignon blanc without the herbal edge. There’s a lot going on with this wine. Spice and flesh from the syrah, structure from the cab and variety from the other grape contributors. Dark fruited with exotic spices and a savory flavor.
Nick Faldo2014 Chablis – France Clean, flinty, with crisp acidity typical of what chardonnay delivers from this small region in Burgundy. Pair it with shellfish or lightly prepared fish and chicken. 2010 Rioja Crianza – Spain Tempranillo always reminds me of something between merlot and cabernet, with a raisinated quality. This wine speaks of that and more. Firmly structured, with solid fruit and finish.
David Frost2014 Shiraz – Western Cape, South Africa Juicy red fruit (think red raspberries and plums) with a good kiss of oak make this charming wine very user-friendly. Medium bodied, so you can enjoy it on its own or with a variety of food, such as roasted chicken, pork and lamb. 2015 Sauvignon Blanc – Western Cape, South Africa Like New Zealand sauvignon blanc but think there’s too much grass? If so, you’ll love this wine. It has that zesty, citrusy character and a distinctive herbal edge, though much more subtle. Crisp and lively on the palate, this wine offers the brightness of a New Zealand sauvignon blanc and the elegance of a sancerre.
Retief Goosen2012 Shiraz The Goose – Upper Langkloof, South Africa A good example of what South African shiraz can be. Clocking in at just 13 percent alcohol, this wine proves you don’t have to be overripe to be tasty. Red and dark plums, smooth texture and ripe but not pruney. 2015 Chardonnay The Goose – Western Cape, South Africa Seductive floral aromas mix with tropical fruit and a soft touch of vanilla. Chardonnay from South Africa is very distinctive – unlike any other country, in my opinion – and that’s what makes them so interesting. Think south coast California mixed with New Zealand’s North Island. To see the other Top 5 in the Top 10 Wines from Professional Golfers, go here! Source : Golf Week Pictures : Tracy Wilcox
SI interviewed more than 150 players from the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and LPGA Tour. Here are some of the most interesting responses. Will Tiger Woods win another PGA Tour event? PGA TOUR Yes 42% No 27% Don’t know 31% Loose Lips: “I’m optimistic, but running out of reasons.” CHAMPIONS Yes 72% No 23% Don’t know 5% Loose Lips: “I don’t even know if he’ll play again.” LPGA Yes 36% No 64% If you were to be in a bar fight, who would you want to have your back? PGA TOUR Ernie Els 15% Keegan Bradley 9% Ángel Cabrera 7% Pat Perez 5% Brooks Koepka 4% No one out here 18% Others 42% Loose Lips: “I’ve heard some bar stories about Ernie.”To read the rest of the Sports Illustrated Poll, go here! Source : Golf Step by Step Sports Illustrated Pictures : Twitter/@orlandosports Dan Perry
There’s no way the R&A can ever truly replace Ivor Robson, the legendary first-tee starter at the British Open for the last 41 years. But Robson announced his retirement at the end of 2015, and the tradition of the opening-tee starter at golf’s oldest championship has to go on. The future of the first-tee starter was announced on Tuesday, as the R&A has tabbed David Lancaster to replace Robson in the role of official Open starter. Lancaster is not alone, though, as Matt Corker will also help out on the first-tee duties. “It is an honor and a privilege to be given the opportunity to become the official starter,” Lancaster said in a statement. “The Open is one of the most prestigious events in world sport and I have long been inspired by its heritage and the tremendous performances of the golfing greats over the years. Matt and I are very much looking forward to playing a part in history by introducing the players on the first tee.”To read the rest of this interesting article, go here! Source : Kevin Casey Golf Week Pictures : Hugh Grew KFCSpike
Tiger Woods was Thompson’s latest muse. In a piece entitled “The Secret History of Tiger Woods,” Thompson pulls back the curtain on a generation’s greatest golfer and explains how his relationship with his father, Earl, and Tiger’s yearning for a deeper connection following Earl’s death, brought him to exactly where he is now. For being the most popular and recognizable athlete on the planet for the better part of a decade and the subsequent media throng that constantly followed him, Woods somehow seemed to stay shrouded in mystery. Part of that was by design and part of it was because of his inherent personality. Here are some of the best snippets from the story… Introverted Superstar THEY’RE NOT WRONG, not exactly, but the SEALs are also viewing Tiger through their own pre-existing idea of how a superstar should act, so his behavior processes as arrogant and selfish. That reaction has colored Tiger’s relationships his entire life: People who meet him for 30 seconds love him, and people who spend several hours with him think he’s aloof and weird while people who hang around long enough to know him end up both loving him and being oddly protective. His truest self is shy, awkward and basically well-intentioned, as unsuited for life in public as he is suited for hitting a ball. Then there’s the story of the lunch, which spread throughout the Naval Special Warfare community. Guys still tell it, almost a decade later. Tiger and a group of five or six went to a diner in La Posta. The waitress brought the check and the table went silent, according to two people there that day. Nobody said anything and neither did Tiger, and the other guys sort of looked at one another. Finally one of the SEALs said, “Separate checks, please.” The waitress walked away. “We are all baffled,” says one SEAL, a veteran of numerous combat deployments. “We are sitting there with Tiger f—ing Woods, who probably makes more than all of us combined in a day. He’s shooting our ammo, taking our time. He’s a weird f—ing guy. That’s weird s—. Something’s wrong with you.”To read the rest of this interesting story on Tigers quirks, go here! Source : Golf Swing by Swing Pictures: Twitter/@heraldsunsport Keith Allison
All golfers who live in the Northern parts of the USA are in high anticipation of the new season! “This is going to be my best year ever!” said one of my female students recently. She had come to South Carolina to take a 3 day school and get a jump start on the 2016 season. She now has some positive things to work on as soon as her driving range opens in early April!
For most of the country, March is the time when golfers end their hibernation. Returning to the course is reason alone for celebration, but other influences — such as nice weather or the prospect of trying out new equipment — make this round one of the more anticipated of the year.
Count us among the elated ready to hit the links. However, this is far from your average outing. Before you tee it up, here are nine things to keep in mind before your first round of golf in 2016:
Let’s call this the “Weather Relativity” rule. In September, coming off a sun-scorched summer, a cloudy, 50 degree day feels like you’re visiting the ice planet Hoth. But after three months of winter, those same conditions translate to a trip to the beach.
Don’t be the knucklehead who shows up to the first tee in shorts and a golf shirt. While your body may tell you it’s warm, trust the forecast and dress appropriately.
Stretch out on the driving range
The golf swing uses a unique muscle combination and memory, one that’s hard to replicate in the workout room. Making your first swing of the year on the tee box is a recipe for a disaster. Golf Digest fitness editor Ron Kaspriske says it’s important to “prime your muscles before athletic activity,” so prior to heading to the first hole, make sure to swing and stretch on the range.
Slow and simple, stupid
Not only at the range, but throughout your inaugural round, tempo should be your primary focus. Chances are your swing is going to be rusty. Trying to smash your new driver or taking a hard whack from the rough will only aggravate any kinks. According to teachers Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson, establishing tempo means giving 70 percent of full effort on a swing. This will help you keep your swing under control.
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump moves the needle! He always expresses an opinion which is refreshing, compared to the humming and hawing of most politicians. He certainly has been successful in his business enterprises and with golf being in the forefront, how will his position (if he is elected President) affect his courses? Jaime Diaz, of Golf Digest, sits down with the Donald to get some answers.
This interview was conducted in Donald Trump’s office on the 26th floor of the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The day before, the PGA of America had cancelled this year’s Grand Slam of Golf, which had been scheduled to be played at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in October, but was moved from that venue after Trump’s controversial comments about Mexican immigrants in July, which caused several corporations to disassociate from him. Trump, 69, seemed unbothered by the news, he and his spokesman pointing out that he still has three years on his contract to host the event, and that the decision to move the venue had allowed time to remove a waterfall on the course.
You’ve become a major player in golf. How would you compare the way you’ve reached that station to how you’ve become a major political player in your run for President?
I think very different in one way, and very similar in another. My golf is very high end. Great locations, great courses, highly acclaimed. And the word quality is important. I get things done, but I like to say I get it done with superb quality. I have locations that are good for many other things. So I’m not necessarily stuck in the world of golf. But I choose to be. But I have land that is so valuable, that if I ever wanted to do housing on it, as an example, but I just don’t choose to do that.
For government, you have to do it differently, but I think the quality of what we would do would be much better. Our infrastructure has to be rebuilt. Our bridges are literally crumbling. They need work and nobody is doing anything. Our roads, our schools, our airports. So I think I’d start a process where we would have a much higher quality at a much lesser cost. I think there would be far better management. You look at the vets, how badly they’ve been treated. Reports have come out that 300,000 vets have died waiting to get into the Veteran’s administration.
It’s probably at the worst point it’s ever been. So I think the management of the country would be much better. And I think I get great credit for management, not only for my golf courses but the way I manage the company.
I respect lean and mean, but I don’t think my style is lean and mean. I spend more money than I would have to. But I like to see it perfect. And I see a lot of people who spend a lot of money and don’t make it perfect, and that’s the worst of all combinations.
There is tremendous fat in government. A lot can be cut. We have to, because look at the budget deficits that we have. Look at the money that we owe. We owe $19 trillion. That’s hard to believe. That’s a big job when you think of it.
But one thing about government, you have to manage, but you also have to manage with a heart. You need heart. In golf you don’t have to manage with heart. Or in business you don’t necessarily have to manage with heart. But in government you do have to manage with heart. And I understand that.
What have you learned from the presidential experience?
Well, I had no idea it would be this big, number one. Because when you look at what’s happened in terms of the level of popularity and the polls, I didn’t think it would be that fast. And once I announced it was like a rocket ship. Nobody thought I was going to run, and once I announced, it’s gone very fast.
Number two, it’s a nasty business. It’s nasty. I find great dishonesty. Sort of the opposite of golf, I find great dishonesty in the world of politics.
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It already has been a busy year in golf real estate, and Greg Norman joined the party by putting his estate on the market for a whopping $55 million. You read that right. Norman bought the 8-acre estate in Jupiter Island, Fla., in 1991 for $4.9 million, according to the property appraisal records, and its most recent appraisal notes the total value has increased to slightly less than $22 million. The estate contains seven buildings that add up to about 26,000 total square feet and comes with a putting green, a gym, a game room, a tennis pavilion and court, and even a two-bedroom, two-bath guest cottage that is right on the water. The main residence is a four-bedroom, 7 1/2-half bath that was built in 1902 with a large kitchen, wet bar, game room, wine storage and home theater. You know, everything you would expect a $55 million house to have. Here are some photos of the property:
One of the pleasures of playing golf is walking the golf course. Almost as pleasurable is walking the course during its construction. It is a harder walk for sure because the terrain is not smooth, it’s dusty, and there are interruptions and detours. The best part is that it is a creative endeavor that is enhanced when you have a day or two to roam and absorb what is happening or what has been tentatively finished. It is not a time for discussions, questions or directives; it is not a time for a gathering of several people. It is a time to be alone to contemplate the work. By continually walking the course, over time, mysteries become less mysterious, the picture becomes clearer, the direction becomes more evident. Creativity explodes. The same is true for the golfer walking the finished course. “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” The philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche.There are many viewpoints about traveling the golf course on foot or in a cart while playing. There are financial considerations as well, mostly from the viewpoint of the course owner. For three summers, I made a point of observing as many groups as I could during the course of each round I played at two local, public courses. Only once in three years did I see another group walking while playing. People playing golf is good no matter how they choose to transport themselves around the course. It is good for them to play. Motorized golf carts have allowed more people to overcome physical limitations and play golf. It seems, though, that this tool for helping more people play has overtaken the culture of the sport and become as important as the golf ball. You can not play golf without a golf ball and it seems most people believe you can not play golf without a golf cart. It has caused a fundamental change in the way people see the game. For many people, there is an alternative: walking. There are many poor reasons why you shouldn’t walk. You are not in shape, you will slow down play, the bag is too heavy, the green fee is the same for a cart, and so on. Some reasons seem insurmountable: the course will not allow you to walk, and you can’t walk and balance all your tools you think you need to enjoy the game like your phone, music speaker, beverage cooler, cigars, and so on. Well, I will go out on a limb and say that you are probably in good enough shape to walk 18 holes, it is not that big an effort, walking can be faster than riding, you can find a small carry bag and you don’t have to bring 14 clubs, and, you can go four hours without your music and cigars. If the course doesn’t allow walking or doesn’t discount green fees for walkers, or if the operation puts a premium on capacity and speed then I would find another course; they don’t deserve your business. Here are some good reasons to revolutionize the way people see golf and make walking the choice for getting around the course while playing: It is good for the multitasking generation because you can accomplish several tasks in a short time period. You can improve your health, interact with your favorite people, and enhance your brain so you achieve more at work. Walking while playing golf gives you the time and the place to think. There is evidence that the pace involved in thinking and walking are compatible which can improve your brain function making you more creative. Rather than sit at a desk, many people walk to help them think and solve problems.To read the rest of this story, including a Stanford study which determined that walking improves important forms of thinking like ideation, go here! Source : Kelly Moran Pictures : LinkedIn Pulse