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Gary Player to Jack Nicklaus: “Don’t chicken out”

Can you see Jack Nicklaus doing this?

Because he might have to.

“Before we do this, I want to nominate Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Martin Kaymer to do the same,” says Gary Player.

But he doesn’t stop there.

“No mulligans. No small bucket…And Don’t. Chicken. Out.”

Gary Player has won the internet.


If you don’t know anything about the Ice Bucket Challenge, go here.

Now all we need is a player to nominate the Putter Boy…

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Video: Will Ferrell is Talking Golf Again

A month ago, Will Ferrell gave us his, uh, thoughts about the U.S. Open.

Now he’s back with some more, uh, thoughts about The Open Championship. (NOTE: If you can’t view these at this site, go here.)

First up are some little-known facts about The Open:


Next, Will says he loves getting lost in golf on the links. Or, rather, just getting lost.


And finally, Will has Open Championship predictions:

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The 112th North & South Women’s Amateur – The Contenders

Eight of the last 11.

Think about that a second.

Eight of the last 11.

73 percent.

Eight of the last 11 North & South Women’s Amateur champions have drawn paychecks from the LPGA Tour. The equation is near perfect. Win the North & South Am, go on to professional success at the highest level.

The number would’ve likely gone to 9 of 11, but defending champion Ally McDonald is still a college golfer and elite amateur player. And since winning the championship a year ago, she’s had a huge year. A HUGE year.

Not only that, last year’s runner-up, Cindy Feng, who turned pro after also finishing as the runner-up in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur, was tied for 13th in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Her highest round was 73.

So yes, the North & South Women’s Amateur field is always deep and talented.

Let’s take a look at some of the top contenders in the 112th North & South Women’s Amateur. (Note: By no means do we think the champion will only come from this list. An example? We didn’t even have Ally McDonald listed as one of our contenders last year.)



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Kocher, Dunne win North & South Junior Championships

David Kocher is the 2014 Junior Boys North & South Champion.




VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – David Kocher is a closer.

Kocher came into the final round of the 36th Junior Boys North & South Championship one stroke back of the lead, but made three birdies in his first seven holes on his way to firing 4-under 68 and win the championship by four shots over Pinehurst’s Josh Martin on Thursday.

Kocher, who shared the first-round lead after a 3-under 69 on the 6,740-yard Pinehurst No. 8, entered the final round a stroke back of Martin, who won the 2011 and 2012 Donald Ross Junior Championship at Pinehurst.

But Kocher, of Charlotte, was too much on Thursday. After he stumbled with a 74 in Wednesday’s round, Kocher started hot by making birdie on the 2nd, 4th and 7th holes to make the turn in 33. A pair of birdies around a bogey on the back side allowed to keep a comfortable lead.

Martin was unable to keep up with the streaking Kocher, shooting a 1-over 73 despite making six birdies on the day.

Daniel Wetterich shot 69 on Thursday to share third with 2013 Donald Ross Junior Champion Nick Stafford, who closed with a 72. Both players finished the championship at even par.


North & South Junior Girls Champion Brigitte Dunne.

North & South Junior Girls Champion Brigitte Dunne.

In the 36th Junior Girls North & South Championship, Brigitte Dunne entered the final round with what looked to be a comfortable 5-shot lead.

When she stepped to the 17th tee, she seemed to have a comfortable 3-shot lead.

But then she triple-bogeyed 17.

Dunne, of Camarillo, Calif., remained composed, however, making a gutsy par on the par-4 18th at Pinehurst No. 6 before clipping Sarah Spicer with a birdie on the second playoff hole to hold onto the championship despite a final round 76.

Spicer, of Bahama, N.C., shot a sparkling 2-under 70, parring the final eight holes to finish the tournament at 1-under 215 and force the playoff after Dunne’s triple.

Dunne shot an opening-round 67 on Tuesday and followed it with a 72 to lead a pair of golfers by five. Spicer began the day six shots back.

Sera Tadokoro, a member of Hilton Head, S.C.’s International Junior Golf Academy, was third at 2-over 218, three shots back of the leaders.

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Kid 59 – A Look Back One Year Later


On a hot and humid July Wednesday, still 11 months before the golf world would descend on Pinehurst, Will Grimmer made Pinehurst the center of the golf universe for a day.

On July 10, 2013, the word began to buzz through the hallways of the Pinehurst clubhouse, and  soon, into the Village of Pinehurst. (This is no joke; I first heard about Grimmer while at lunch at The Tavern at The Holly). At the North & South Junior Amateur, a tall, lanky kid from Cincinnati, Ohio, had just posted a 59.

A 59. At Pinehurst.

In competition.

Phones started ringing. Cell phones began chirping and buzzing. Audrey Moriarty at The Tufts Archives got a call. So did former Pinehurst Directors of Golf. Tournament Directors. Lee Pace, the man who has written about every blade of grass – and wiregrass – at Pinehurst, his counsel was sought.

Has there ever been a recorded 59 in the century-plus history at The Cradle of American Golf?

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