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"You lose a lot more in golf than you win. So when you do win, you have to enjoy it. I'm going to go back home and enjoy it with my friends and enjoy it with my family and, yeah, I love being from Northern Ireland. I tell everyone how great it is. For me, it's the best place on earth. I'm obviously biased, but I love it back there and I love the people."

 

 

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The PGA TOUR is testing a direct to consumer business model with the introduction this week of PGA TOUR LIVE. Fans can have access to two different groups each day on Thursday and Friday tournament rounds. PGA TOUR LIVE debuts Thursday at 7:30 a.m. EDT and will provide exclusive shot-by-shot coverage of Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane and James Hahn or K.J. Choi, Danny Lee and John Senden. Friday’s groups are Tiger Woods, Bill Haas and Nick Watney or Justin Rose with Jimmy Walker and David Lingmerth.

This week’s Quicken Loans event is the first of seven tournaments through the remainder of the 2014-15 season where consumers can choose the service. According to the PGA TOUR, it will have it will have more than 30 events per season there after. It is initially available on the seven-day free trial on iPhone, iPad and desktop/laptop platforms. PGA TOUR LIVE is being priced at $4.99 per month from pgatourlive.com or the Apple App Store and will become available on Android and other platforms at a later date.

“PGA TOUR LIVE is a groundbreaking service for golf fans, enabling them to watch live Thursday and Friday early morning action as soon as competition begins,” said Rick Anderson, the PGA TOUR’s Executive Vice President for Global Media. “We’re confident that this exclusive coverage of marquee groups, alongside our Thursday and Friday Golf Channel telecasts, has strong potential to build fan interest and viewership for our traditional television coverage.”

Following the conclusion of the featured groups on Thursday and Friday this week, PGA TOUR LIVE will shift its live broadcast coverage to the Featured Holes at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club – a pair of par-3s, the 11th and 16th. In total the new service will deliver access to more than 11 hours of live coverage to fans each day. PGA TOUR LIVE initially will be available in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia and the United Kingdom. Other markets will follow. 

 

Eun Jeong Seong, of the Republic of Korea, led for all but two holes in a decisive 3-and-2 victory over Angel Yin, of Arcadia, Calif., in the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship’s final on Saturday at Tulsa Country Club.

In what would be her only lead of the day, Yin, 16, sank her 10-foot birdie putt on the par-4 first hole after the two long-hitters each cut the corner of the dogleg-right opening hole. This was the first time Seong, 15, had lost the first hole since Wednesday’s Round of 64.

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Philip Barbaree, 17, of Shreveport, La., matched the largest comeback in U.S. Junior Amateur Championship history in defeating Andrew Orischak, 16, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., in Saturday’s final match.

Trailing 5 down with eight holes remaining, Barbaree, No. 59 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, managed to rally for a 37-hole win on the 7,366-yard, par-72 Colleton River Plantation Club’s Dye Course. It was the most holes played in championship history since the USGA went to a 36-hole final 10 years ago.

In becoming the first Louisiana resident to win the U.S. Junior Amateur since Willie Wood (Lake Charles) in 1977, Barbaree matched Andy Hyeon Bo Shim’s comeback three years ago at the Golf Club of New Hampshire for the largest comeback in the event’s 68-year history. Shim trailed 2010 champion Jim Liu, 5 down, at the lunch break before winning eight of the next 10 holes for a 4-and-3 victory.

Barbaree chose a much later stage for his epic rally.

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Florida’s oldest operating nine-hole municipal golf course, Granada Golf Course near downtown Coral Gables, Florida, is getting a new look. Signature Feature Construction of Jupiter, Florida is restoring the par 36, executive course originally designed by Donald Ross in 1923.

Owned and operated by the City of Coral Gables, the course features four sets of tees playing from 2,400 to 3,100 yards. The restoration is part of the City of Coral Gables’ Capital Improvement Program budget. The City Commission last year approved funding for the Granada Golf Course. 

The project is being led by Harry Bowers, principal of Signature Golf Design Services  (http://www.signaturedesignservices.com/), the exclusive golf course design firm of World Golf Hall of Fame member Raymond Floyd. Bowers has worked on the designs of Old Palm in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Turnberry Isle Resort in Miami and the Palm Beach Par 3 in Palm Beach, Florida, which is recognized as one of the nation’s best par three courses.

“Granada is an iconic golf course that is at the center of an old historic community,’’ Bowers said. “When we are done, it will look like a new ‘old’ course; an enjoyable test of play for golfers of all ages and all abilities.’’

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