With the PGA Tour stopping in Pebble Beach the same week as Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards, I got to thinking about how the world’s best golfers compare to today’s best contemporary musicians. Disappointingly, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Ben Crane are not expected to perform as the Golf Boys at this year’s ceremony; however I am of the opinion that “Oh Oh Oh” should have been nominated for best single by an athlete in 2012.
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The 60th PGA Merchandise Show began on Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., with Demo Day held at Orange County National. Host to several PGA Tour Q-School finals, Orange County National (OCN) hosts thousands of golfers and exhibitors on its massive driving range and practice facilities to kick off the PGA Show.
The stage-managed press conference; the impromptu post-round scrum (of the sort that sees athletes swarmed by a gaggle of print journalists, besieged by a tangle of limbs and digital recording devices); the sober and sedate television interview: these are the mechanisms by which professional golfers connect with the masses. Without them, they’d would be left to compete in a vacuum. Narratives would go unwritten, rivalries unspoken and million-dollar deals unsigned. No press means no tension, no intrigue and the empty spectacle of 100 sensible looking men zig-zagging across a manicured field. An intuitive grasp of this dynamic has helped earn Phil Mickelson hundreds of millions of dollars over the two decades since his PGA Tour debut.
Aviara Golf Club is much like a supermodel with a Mensa membership — there’s a lot more there than meets the eye. The 7,007-yard, par-72 beauty, located in Carlsbad, Calif., gives you the feeling you’re playing golf in a gorgeous nature preserve. In fact, you essentially are. The tough Arnold Palmer-designed layout (75.0/144 course rating/slope) — which will host the LPGA’s 2013 Kia Classic March 21-24, as well as in 2014 and ’15 — overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon ecological reserve, which serves as a lovely backdrop.
The 60th PGA Merchandise Show begins on Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., with the Demo Day held at Orange County National. Host to several PGA Tour Q-School finals, Orange County National (OCN) hosts thousands of golfers and exhibitors on its massive driving range and practice facilities to kick off the PGA Show. Back9Network will be covering the day in full force, with pictures, video and articles detailing the day, including interviews with newsmakers and those creating the groundbreaking products that will soon be in your pro shop.
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Like anything, growing the game of golf begins at the roots, and the roots of golf in America are the PGA teaching professionals all over the country. Each day, these professionals are striving to improve and …