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Golf in New York City? You have to see “Tiger Hood”

Love golf?

Feel free to love it even more after watching ESPN’s latest 30 For 30 short. (NOTE: If you can’t view the film on this page, please go here.)

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Three Rare Best in Show Cars Returning to 2016 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST – Some of the rarest collector cars in the United States – the first three Best in Show winners of the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance – will return for the fourth annual vintage car showcase on April 30 for a unique and historic automobile display.

“We’re humbled to have our first three champions coming back to this event, which has become very special to them, in order to find out who will join their exclusive club,” said Pinehurst Concours President Jay Howard. “By Saturday afternoon, we will have a very special Concours Foursome.”

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It will be an extraordinary opportunity to get up close to a 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer (2015 winner), a 1931 Cadillac 452A (2014 winner), and a 1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Roadster (2013 winner) all in the same location on the fairways of Pinehurst Resort — and then watch as the next champion is crowned.

All three stunning former Pinehurst Concours champions will make a grand entrance onto the showfield on Saturday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m., and then be displayed for show attendees to observe and learn about their history with the cars’ proud owners.

“What a sight it will be,” added Pinehurst Concours chief judge Nigel Matthews, who has judged concours all over the world. “I can’t think of another event that has managed to bring all of the winners together since its inception.” … Continue Reading

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A surprise guest on “American Idol”

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If you’ve been watching “American Idol” this week, you’ve probably already seen this clip of Scotty McCreery, winner of the 10th season of the show. (If not, click the photo above to WATCH!) 

We have to admit we were pretty thrilled to see the musician rocking a Pinehurst jacket featuring our Putter Boy logo, but we weren’t exactly surprised.

You see, Scotty is a big Pinehurst fan. He played Pinehurst No. 2 for the first time on U.S. Open Media Day back in 2014 and has been back several times. If you missed him singing the hook to “Carolina Moon,” you can catch it here. 

He even celebrated his 21st birthday here with a few of his best buds.

Thanks for everything, Scotty.

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Poor Ernie


Ernie Els made the wrong type of history Thursday when he carded a 9 on the first hole — the highest score to start a Masters.

And yes, that’s six putts.

Sadly, we’ve seen it before.

UPDATE: And then we saw it again on the first hole of Friday’s round:

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When the shot didn’t fall for North Carolina – in golf

North Carolina came agonizingly close to winning a national championship in basketball this season, only to see its hopes ripped away by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins at the buzzer.

As gut-wrenching a moment as it was for the Tar Heels’ faithful, the finish calls to mind another heartbreaking Heels finish, but one that comes from the world of golf.

And it includes none other than Arnold Palmer.

Perhaps no player has had a greater impact on golf than Arnold Palmer. But his lone win at Pinehurst is a difficult one to find. It’s not the North & South Amateur, which he laments, and where he lost twice in the semifinals. Palmer turned professional in 1954, so he missed the North & South Open, and he was past his prime for the PGA Tour events at Pinehurst in the 1970s and the U.S. Senior Open in 1994.

“It was a great shot that scared me to death, let’s just say that.” -Arnold Palmer

But there is a win at Pinehurst in the Palmer ledger, and he recalls it fondly. But it was a crushing near-miss for the Tar Heels and their star, Harvie Ward.

In 1948, Palmer was a freshman sensation at Wake Forest, competing in the Southern Conference, a precursor to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Near the close of the second round on Pinehurst No. 2, Palmer found himself ahead of his friend and rival Ward. But Ward still had the famed 18th to play, and was comfortably in the fairway.

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Arnold Palmer and Harvie Ward at Pinehurst in the late 1940s.

Palmer should’ve been confident. Ward would need to hole his approach shot just to tie.

But with the ball in the air, Palmer’s heart sank.

“Harvie needed to hole his second shot to tie me,” Palmer said in 2014 before the U.S. Open. “He left it about 3 inches from the hole. I didn’t think it had a chance, but he damn near made it.”

Palmer won the conference championship by a stroke. It’s his only documented Pinehurst win.

“It would’ve dismayed me quite a bit,” Palmer says now of Ward’s shot. “It was a great shot that scared me to death, let’s just say that.”

Neither Wake Forest nor North Carolina won the Southern Conference team championship, though.

Who did?

Duke.

Of course.

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