Friday, February 24, 2012

They're not just PGA Tour players -- they're Tiger Woods fans, too.
As Woods's second-round match against Nick Watney at the Accenture Match Play Championship made its way to the 18th hole, some PGA Tour players joined the crowd around the 18th green. Karen Crouse of the New York Times has the details:

As Woods examined his last putt, all activity on the practice green between the 18th hole and the clubhouse ceased. Steve Stricker, who gave Woods a couple of tips on the greens when they played a practice round Tuesday, gingerly made his way into a patch of cactus so he could get a better look at Woods’s putt.
Dustin Johnson, who had joined Stricker in the Round of 16, is 6 feet 4 inches but was not tall enough to see above the crowd ringing the back of the green, so he stood on the seat of a golf cart.
Jupiter, Fla., replaces Orlando as center of the golf universe From's Steve Elling
World No. 2 Rory McIlroy, 22, has rented a home in the Jupiter area, through the Players Championship in May, and said he will be spending his time in the States working out of the Bear's Club, the place Nicklaus designed a few years back which serves as his Florida home base.
McIlroy said he will play three straight events starting this week at the Accenture Match play, followed by the Honda Classic and Doral, two events within a few miles of his new South Florida abode. He will take the next three weeks off before playing the Masters.
Northern Ireland getting first new links course in 100 years
The first golf links course to be built in Northern Ireland for almost one hundred years has been given the green light by Minister Alex Attwood.
Plans for the £100 million ($159 milllion) Bushmills Dunes Golf Resort & Spa which will create approximately 360 direct jobs and an estimated further 300 ancillary jobs through suppliers and construction were approved today. It will be located just outside the village of Bushmills.
An 18-hole championship golf course designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd will be supported by environmentally sensitive accommodation provision including a 120 bedroom world-class hotel and 75 garden residences. A golf academy and a unique eco sensitive clubhouse with full restaurant and bar will also be provided, together with conference facilities catering for up to 400 delegates.
David McLay Kidd is famed for his designs which include The Castle Course at St Andrew’s, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, the TPC in San Francisco Bay and Macrihanish Dunes across the Irish Sea in Scotland.
according to the BBC
"I'm always excited when a new project, a new course of quality, is about to happen," Mr Alliss said. "Because of various regulations over the years, opportunities to make a golf course in that kind of spectacular area are very few and far between."
SI Golf Group's Damon Hack wins Golf Writer's Award "The Legend of Two Gloves"

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