Nov
26
2014
Sifford

Sifford was one of 18 recipients

Charlie Sifford was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, at a White House reception on Monday. The 92-year-old is only the third golfer to receive the illustrious distinction, following Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

Sifford is often referred to as the Jackie Robinson of golf, fighting hard to desegregate the color barrier in golf. He finally prevailed in 1961 when he became the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour, after the Caucasian-only clause was struck from PGA of America’s constitution.

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Nov
26
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

It’s been a busy fall for Patrick Reed — and it just got a little more so. Reed will replace Jim Furyk, who withdrew due to a back injury, at next week’s Hero World Challenge at Isleworth Country Club in Orlando, Florida.

Reed received the 18th and final spot in the field because he was the next highest ranked player in the OWGR as of September 14th who was not already qualified for the event.

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Nov
23
2014
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour
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For the second year in a row, Henrik Stenson finished the European Tour’s Race to Dubai in style. The Swede posted a final round 70 to defend his title in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, by two shots, holding off a trio of Ryder Cup teammates.

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Nov
23
2014
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Although Stacy Lewis didn’t win the Race to the CME Globe, she came in second (to Lydia Ko) and walked away with $150,000 bonus. More important, she beat Inbee Park in the tight contest for the coveted end of the year awards. Lewis wrapped up an impressive 2014 season by sweeping the three most prestigious honors in women’s golf — Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy and LPGA Official Money List title.

Lewis becomes the first American to take home all three awards since Betsy King in 1993 and the first player since Yani Tseng in 2011.

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Nov
23
2014

Heading into the final round at the CME Group Tour Championship, Lydia Ko trailed by three strokes, but she came from behind, shooting a final-round, bogey-free 68 to force a playoff. The 17-year-old from New Zealand and the youngest player in the star-studded field collected the largest payday in women’s golf history Sunday, winning the $1 million Race to the CME Globe and $500,000 tournament purse. Ko, who doesn’t even have her driver’s license yet, locked up the inaugural Race to the CME Globe in regulation, posting a tournament total of 10-under.

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Nov
22
2014
Whaley

Whaley a winner

It’s about time. Following the PGA of America’s 98th Annual Meeting, Connecticut golf instructor Suzy Whaley was elected as secretary, becoming the first female officer in the organization’s history.

Whaley’s victory was not only historic, but it was also decisive, according to GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard

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Nov
22
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Nothing like news related to Tiger Woods to kick off your Saturday. (I mean, some of us actually have plans on the weekend and can’t post such important news right away!) So, as you already probably know by now, Woods tweeted that he is now working and consulting on his swing with Dallas-based instructor, Chris Como. He did not name Como, a biomechanics specialist of the golf swing, as his official swing coach. (Semantics?)

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Nov
20
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Equipment

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Last Tuesday I met up with Arccos Golf CEO and co-founder Sal Syed to play a round at the Course at Yale and test his product. I’ll admit that prior to using Arccos, “the first ever, fully automatic, real-time GPS golf stat tracking system,” I was a bit wary, but I was also anxiously excited, which sounds extremely geeky — I’ll explain in a bit. Bottom line: I’m now obsessed with Arccos.

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Nov
19
2014
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

The clever folks at European Tour Productions have done it again, making another entertaining video with some of the biggest names in the game. This time, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose return to the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates to challenge each other to the famous shots they once pulled off there.  #braggingrights

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