Truth & Rumors: Augusta National adds some more green

Don't expect a new tee box here (at least this century), but Augusta National Golf Club is improving a plot of land across the street from the club's entrance on Washington Road, according to The Augusta Chronicle.

The land is directly across from the club's main entrance on Washington Road. The beautification project has involved planting several mature pine trees and adding other landscaping to the site.
The plot formerly was home to the Green Jacket Restaurant, which closed in the 1990s.
McDowell passes Stricker in World RankingsThe final Official World Golf Rankings of 2010 are in, and the only change is that Graeme McDowell has moved into sixth place, dropping Steve Stricker to seventh. Here is the top 10:
1. Lee Westwood
2. Tiger Woods
3. Martin Kaymer
4. Phil Mickelson
5. Jim Furyk
6. Graeme McDowell
7. Steve Stricker
8. Paul Casey
9. Luke Donald
10. Rory McIlroy
If you're keeping score at home, that's four Americans out of 10 (and only one American under 40). Mickelson, Dustin Johnson commit to AT&T Pebble BeachNo surprise here, but defending champion Dustin Johnson and event regular Phil Mickelson committed to playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am on Feb. 10-13, according to The Monterey County Herald.
Of course, the real speculation centers around Tiger Woods, who has not played this event in recent years. Earlier this month Woods acknowledged that PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has asked him to play more events in 2011 and he has had success at the Pebble Beach Pro Am in the past. However, Woods is famously close-lipped about his playing schedule, usually committing to events on the latest possible date. Stay tuned. Stray Shots: Things we saw while wondering if ESPN announcers get paid extra every time the say “ESPN.”
A severed arm was found near the 11th hole at a South African country club. Police believe the arm washed down a river that runs through the course. (Via IOL News)
Nicolls State (La.) golf coach was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $6,000 from the pro shop where he worked. (Via Tweet of the Day:
Kelly_Photo @KellyTilghman: You know you want to play with them. Go ahead.
We're speechless.

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by Kevin Cunningham