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Follow young golfers en route to the world championship in Pinehurst

What does it take to make it to the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst?

Find out by watching the new reality television series “The Short Game.”

The 10-episode series airs at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on Esquire Network.

The reality show based on, but not affiliated with, the 2013 documentary of the same name, follows eight 7 and 8-year-old golfers as they compete for a spot in the 2014 tournament.

During the most recent episode, we spotted 7-year-old Avery Zweig wearing a 2014 U.S. Open visor.

Watch to see how Avery and the rest of the young golfers fared during the tournament. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Pinehurst sightings!

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Who makes the most money in pro golf? Here are the game’s top earners

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Tiger Woods surveys the green during the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

If your kid is complaining about having to hit range balls this winter, show this list to him or her.

The latest Golf Digest Top 50 is out. These are golf’s top earners.

A few notables:
47. Paula Creamer On-Course: $764,270 Off-Course: $4,500,000 Total: 5,264,270
42. Michelle Wie On-Course: $2,024,796 Off-Course: $4,350,000 Total: 6,374,796
41. Stacy Lewis On-Course: $2,720,750 Off-Course: $3,900,000 Total: $6,620,750
25. Graeme McDowell On-Course: $4,194,228 Off-Course: $5,200,000 Total: $9,469,991
20. Bernhard Langer On-Course $4,520,314 Off-Course: $5,600,000 Total: $10,120,314
19. Martin Kaymer On-Course: $6,114,169 Off-Course: $5,000,000 Total: $11,114,169
17. Greg Norman On-Course: $80,000 Off-Course: $12,000,000 Total: $12,080,000
16. Jordan Speith On-Course: $6,311,404 Off-Course: $5,950,000 Total: $12,261,404
12. Rickie Fowler On-Course: $5,880,284 Off-Course: $8,750,000 Total: $14,630,284
11. Gary Player On-Course: $0 Off-Course: 15,000,000 Total: $15,000,000
10. Bubba Watson On-Course: $9,361,978 Off-Course: $5,750,000 Total: $15,111,978

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Willie McRae Remembers Charlie Sifford at Pinehurst

Today, the golf world – more than that, actually – is mourning the passing of Charlie Sifford, who courageously broke golf’s color barrier. The World Golf Hall-of-Famer was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in November.

Willie McRae appears in the January 2015 issue of Our State magazine. Legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae (at left), who has caddied at Pinehurst for more than seven decades, remembers a moment from one of the Colgate Hall of Fame Classic PGA Tour events, which Pinehurst hosted through the 1970s and early 1980s – a story that includes Arnold Palmer and Sifford.

As McRae tells it:

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Celebrating Groundhog Day with Bill Murray and golf

If you’ve ever seen the 1993 film “Groundhog Day,” you likely can’t get through Feb. 2 without thinking of Bill Murray.

Of course, before “Groundhog Day,” Murray chased a gopher in “Caddyshack.”

The film made the comedian synonymous with the game of golf, yet some may be surprised to learn Murray actually worked as a caddie before he got into show business.

Last year, Murray talked to broadcaster Ahmad Rashad about his days as a caddie. 

Our favorite line: “We didn’t have cows to milk, so you had to go caddie.” 

Fans of Murray (and golf) will also enjoy this short clip of his take on the game.

Murray frequently plays golf, so it was no surprise when Golf Magazine celebrated his birthday with the “50 Greatest Bill Murray Golf Photos.

This photo is one of our favorite. You can browse the entire gallery by clicking the image.

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9 Lives – Pinehurst’s oldest new course


With its acquisition of Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst Resort and Jack Nicklaus are brought together again

By Lee Pace

My golf writing career and the single Pinehurst-area Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course have something in common: Both sprouted out of the mid-1980s golf boom.

I had covered quite a bit of golf at the Durham Morning Herald in the early 1980s before repairing to the staid world of corporate public relations. But the itch to have a front-row seat as the sport expanded—riding flush economic times, a squeaky-clean image and the Baby Boomers’ trade of their tie-dies from the Sixties to their Pickering golf shirts—kept my eyes peeled for good stories throughout the Carolinas to peddle to the rapidly expanding universe of golf publications.

So when developers Mike Sanders, Allen Jordan and Claude Smith announced in early 1987 that they had signed Nicklaus to design a course just southeast of the Pinehurst roundabout, I rode the story for all it was worth. I even took a day of comp time from my job in Charlotte in the spring of 1987 to attend a sales-and-social gathering on the job site when Nicklaus was in town to inspect the early earth work for what was originally called Pinehurst National Golf Club.

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