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103-Year-Old Golfer Nabs Hole-in-One—His 8th

Gus Andreone is likely the oldest golfer to have done it

(Newser) - There's no small amount of luck that goes in scoring a hole-in-one in golf, but if you've managed the feat eight times you might want to start picking Lottery picks for your nearest and dearest—though it probably doesn't hurt if you've been hitting the links... More »

Tiger Pukes on Course, Toughs It Out

But he's still in last place in first tournament in 4 months

(Newser) - Yesterday's numbers were pretty dismal for Tiger Woods: At the close of the third round of the Hero World Challenge, he sat in last place, 20 strokes off the lead. Perhaps worse, notes USA Today , he was playing sick, twice vomiting and sweating hard. "It wasn't easy,... More »

Sorry, US: Europe Keeps Ryder Cup

Europeans have won 8 of last 10 meetings

(Newser) - The Ryder Cup is staying in Europe. Jamie Donaldson assured Europe the 14 points it needed to keep the precious gold trophy today when he went 4 up with four holes to play against Keegan Bradley. The worst he could do was a half-point. Rory McIlroy showed off his class... More »

260-Year-Old 'Home of Golf' to Finally Allow Women

Royal and Ancient Golf Club's members vote in favor of move

(Newser) - There were two big issues being resolved in Scotland yesterday. The 2,400 members of a very old boys' club, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, had been asked to weigh in by postal ballot on whether to allow women to become members, and it was yesterday... More »

McIlroy Wins British Open, Scores Cash ... for Dad?

Who had bet 10 years ago that son would have 3 majors by age 26

(Newser) - Rory McIlroy held off Sergio Garcia to win the British Open today, making him only the third golfer in history—after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods—to have won three different majors by the age of 25, reports the AP . "It feels incredible," he tells the BBC . "... More »

Phil Mickelson, Carl Icahn Face Trading Probe

Sports bettor Billy Walters also caught up in investigation

(Newser) - An unusual trio of public figures is raising federal eyebrows in an insider-trading investigation. The FBI and SEC are looking into whether billionaire investor Carl Icahn might have passed information to Billy Walters, an expert bettor on sports, the Wall Street Journal reports. Officials wonder if, in turn, Walters may... More »

Culprit in Fires at Golf Courses? Titanium Clubs

Clubs spark when they hit rocks

(Newser) - Before you break out your titanium golf clubs for the warmer weather, you might want to grab a fire extinguisher as well. A new study finds that titanium golf clubs spark if they strike rocks while swinging in the rough—and those sparks remain hot for a long time, meaning... More »

Ice Storm Fells Augusta National's 'Eisenhower Tree'

Augusta National landmark couldn't be saved

(Newser) - One of golf's most famous trees has been felled by an ice storm—nearly 60 years after then-President Dwight Eisenhower tried and failed to have it removed from Augusta National Golf Club. The tree, a loblolly pine believed to have been up to 125 years old, was located 210... More »

Dufner Beats Furyk at PGA for 1st Major

'It was a perfect ending'

(Newser) - Equipped with a two-shot lead at the turn, and still carrying a few scars from his PGA Championship collapse two years ago, American Jason Dufner never showed signs of cracking. No one expected anything else from a player whose popularity comes from his flat-line personality. He merely waved to the... More »

Mickelson Dazzles in British Open Win

Comes from 5 strokes behind in fantastic final round

(Newser) - Phil Mickelson has won the British Open with a spectacular finish. Mickelson shot a 5-under 66 today to match the best round of the tournament and win his first claret jug. The celebration began while there were still four groups on the course. Lefty birdied four of the last six... More »

Golfer Cans Her Caddie Mid-Round

Jessica Korda unceremoniously dumps Jason Gilroyed at US Open

(Newser) - Jessica Korda isn't exactly clinging to the old adage about dancing with the one who brought you: The golfer started yesterday's US Women's Open with caddie Jason Gilroyed, but right after the ninth hole it was boyfriend Johnny DelPreti who was schlepping her clubs, reports Yahoo's... More »

Dispute Over Golf Score Goes Horribly Wrong

Results in stabbing via golf club ... and a golf-cart chase

(Newser) - Today's lesson in anger management, from a Detroit golf course: When one member of a foursome announced his score after a particular hole, one of his golfing buddies thought he was lying. The 56-year-old broke his 5-iron over the alleged fibber's arm, then used the broken shaft to... More »

Sergio Sorry for 'Not Racist' Fried Chicken Jab at Tiger

Remark was 'silly,' Spaniard says

(Newser) - The Sergio Garcia-Tiger Woods feud sank to a new low last night when the Spaniard dropped an ill-advised racial stereotype to dig at his rival. When asked at a European Tour awards dinner if he would have Woods 'round for dinner during the US Open, Garcia said, "We... More »

Obama Takes GOP Senators on Golf Date

'He's willing to try anything' says White House

(Newser) - Obama continued his campaign to woo Congresspeople to his second-term agenda today, inviting Republican Senators Saxby Chambliss and Bob Corker, and Democrat Senator Mark Udall, out for a round of golf at St Andrews Air Force Base, the New York Times reports. The White House acknowledged Obama's dates weren'... More »

Adam Scott First Aussie to Win Masters

He beats Angel Cabrera in a playoff

(Newser) - Adam Scott has become the first Australian to win the Masters, beating Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a playoff on a rainy day at Augusta National. The Masters went to a sudden-death playoff for the second year in a row when Scott and Cabrera made matching birdies on... More »

Tiger Woods Loses 2 Strokes Before Golf Even Begins

He gets penalized for a bad drop yesterday

(Newser) - The Masters' rules-keepers aren't letting much slide this year, no matter how big the name. Tiger Woods got penalized two strokes before the start of the third round this morning after officials reviewed a drop he took on the 15th hole yesterday, reports ESPN . It's a huge penalty,... More »

Kid, 14, Makes Cut Despite Penalty; Tiger Near Lead

Guan Tianlang survives after 1-stroke penalty for slow play

(Newser) - The two big story lines from the Masters continue to deliver:
  • Guan Tianlang: The 14-year-old from China, already the youngest player ever to tee off at the event, made the cut at 4-over. This despite the fact that he got penalized one stroke on the 17th for slow play. (It
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Tiger in the Mix; 14-Year-Old Makes History

Woods is 4 shots back, as China's Guan Tianlang becomes youngest at Masters

(Newser) - The first round of the Masters is in the books, with Australia's Marc Leishman and Spain's Sergio Garcia tied for the lead at 6-under, reports AP . But the big story line of Tiger Woods is very much alive—he's just four shots off the lead. Meanwhile, 14-year-old... More »

Sergio Garcia Takes Crazy Shot —From a Tree

Because just taking a drop is entirely unexciting

(Newser) - Faced with a ball that landed in a tree, Sergio Garcia today did what pretty much no golfer would do, ever: As Business Insider reports, he climbed about eight feet up, found his balance, then hit the ball behind him with a one-handed shot that earned him a roar from... More »

No. 1 Golfer McIlroy Walks Off Course

He cities wisdom tooth, but skepticism abounds

(Newser) - The world's top-ranked golfer pulled a rare stunt today, calling it quits in the middle of his round and walking off the course. Rory McIlroy withdrew from the Honda Classic, where he's the defending champ, after going 7-over par on his first eight holes, reports USA Today . "... More »

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