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March 7, 2011 | 1:48 p.m.

Q&A: Buff designer Vaughn Cochrane

Ashley Crain
Martin Kaymer of Germany pulls his buff over his face as snow falls while playing Luke Donald of England in the finals of the Match Play Championship golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in Marana, Ariz.
Martin Kaymer of Germany pulls his buff over his face as snow falls while playing Luke Donald of England in the finals of the Match Play Championship golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in Marana, Ariz.

We’re most likely to comment on the typical items of golf wear on this blog – pants, polos, skirts, gloves. But Martin Kaymer caught our eye during the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tuscon, Ariz., with something different – neckwear.

No, not a tie. Kaymer played wearing a Buff around his neck.

The man behind the Buff is artist and avid fly fisherman Vaughn Cochran. We flooded him with emails, phone calls and Facebook messages – and finally got a chance to chat with the man who could be behind the next big trend in golf – the Buff.

Tell us about yourself ...

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March 6, 2011 | 6:19 p.m.

Commentary: A plea to speed up the game

Alistair Tait
Louis Oosthuizen after winning the 2010 Open Championship at the Old Course at St. Andrews.
Louis Oosthuizen after winning the 2010 Open Championship at the Old Course at St. Andrews.

In October, the game’s leaders will be gathering at the St. Andrews World Golf Forum to discuss the sport’s future. The powers that be should leave the home of golf with one common aim – to speed up the game.

Speed is the key to the survival of this great game. Without it we will continue to see players leave the game and courses close.

Pace of play is the most important issue affecting the game right now. It is the proverbial elephant in the room, the one issue the governing bodies have failed to address.

I never thought ...

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February 28, 2011 | 11:47 a.m.

Fashion Q&A: The Girls Golf Collection

Ashley Crain
Spring options from the Girls Golf Collection.
Spring options from the Girls Golf Collection.

If you are looking to follow this year’s no-rules-on-the-fairway-fashion motto then we have the goods for you.

Or at least Annie Margulis does.

The founder and designer of Girls Golf clothing line debuted a more flamboyant and comfortable Spring line that is creating plenty of buzz.

Unfortunately, Margulis was unable to guarantee lower scores but the brand in known for their positive affirmations in scripted on the apparel – so who knows?

We sat down with Margulis to talk about the Girls Golf Collection.

Please fill us in on this years spring/fall collections and what Girls Golf has in ...

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February 19, 2011 | 6 a.m.

His second love

Martin Kaufmann
NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya at a recent LPGA International golf outing. Montoya was playing in the 38th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR/Celebrity Charity Golf Classic.
NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya at a recent LPGA International golf outing. Montoya was playing in the 38th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR/Celebrity Charity Golf Classic.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It’s 8:15 on an unusually chilly Florida morning, and Juan Pablo Montoya arrives at LPGA International looking less like the baddest dude in NASCAR (which he is) than a father of three (which he also is) who could use a few more hours of sleep.

He’s the headliner at the 38th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Celebrity Golf Classic, one of a continuous stream of events leading up to the sport’s biggest race on Feb. 20.

There’s trepidation when you first meet Montoya. You know his reputation, you’ve seen the videos of ...

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February 15, 2011 | 12:48 p.m.

Fashion Q&A: Cutter & Buck’s part in ...

Ashley Crain
Stuart Appleby, the PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year in 2010, sports Cutter & Buck apparel.
Stuart Appleby, the PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year in 2010, sports Cutter & Buck apparel.

If you are looking to wow your sporty sweetheart this coming spring, I think Cutter & Buck has the perfect recipe (our apologies for not getting the secret ingredients to you before Valentines Day.)

This past weekend we caught up with Anne Broholm, Cutter & Buck’s head of design and apparel, to get an exciting run through the brand’s post-PGA Merchandise Show preview:

Tell us about this year’s collections and what we can expect to see from the Cutter & Buck brand?

Cutter & Buck has just launched Summer/Fall 2011, which features a broad lineup of our CBDrytec luxe assortment ...

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Categories: Fashion Blog, Features
February 7, 2011 | 6:56 p.m.

Pinehurst launches No. 2 renovations website

Martin Kaufmann
Michael Campbell hits a tee shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2.
Michael Campbell hits a tee shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2.

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Golfers won’t be able to play Pinehurst No. 2 until March 4, but they can keep tabs on the year-long restoration through a new website: www.pinehurstnumber2.com.

The site has photo galleries of some of the work that has been done by architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. There also is a video gallery in which the architects discuss some of the changes they’re making to specific holes. 

Coore and Crenshaw have widened fairways and stripped away 35 acres of turf, which has been replaced with natural sand, pine straw and native ...

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February 7, 2011 | 6:48 p.m.

Lost and ultimately profound

Every sport has its code of conduct. High on golf’s list, north of “winner buys” and south of “no foot wedges,” is this: Help your playing partner try to find his lost ball. Whether it’s your opponent, boss, buddy, enemy or some old codger with whom you got paired on the first tee, you look. You make an honest effort, even if the guy’s been talking politics, taking three practice swings and offering unsolicited putting tips. Rule 35: Do unto others.

Ours is a high-minded culture that prides itself on moral and ethical purity, which may explain ...

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Categories: Features
February 7, 2011 | 6:06 p.m.

Perry Golf, Azamara team up on cruises

Martin Kaufmann

Perry Golf has expanded its golf-cruise operations through a partnership with Azamara Golf Cruises.

Azamara, an upscale division of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., bills itself as a brand that delivers smaller, amenity-rich trips, often to destinations that are out of the ordinary. It operates two ships, the Journey and the Quest, each of which can accommodate 694 guests. Perry Golf president Gordon Dalgleish said his company plans to fill about 100 to 130 of those beds, and will have an employee onboard to run the golf itinerary for each trip.

Azamara and Perry are running seven golf cruises this year ...

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January 31, 2011 | 7:25 p.m.

Straight shooter

Martin Kaufmann
Brandel Chamblee shows his strength in the studio, where his commentary is backed by meticulous research.
Brandel Chamblee shows his strength in the studio, where his commentary is backed by meticulous research.

Brandel Chamblee opened a Twitter account in December and immediately searched for mentions of his name.

“The first thing I see is Geoff Ogilvy’s wife saying I’m (a jerk),” he says, laughing at the memory.

That October 2009 tweet from Juli Ogilvy, whom Chamblee says he has never met, coincided with the Presidents Cup. That week, Chamblee predicted on Golf Channel that the U.S. would drub the International team, which included Geoff Ogilvy.

“I thoroughly believed the Presidents Cup was going to be over on Saturday,” he says now. “I did the math. They couldn’t putt ...

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Categories: Martin Kaufmann, Features
January 25, 2011 | 11:31 a.m.

Yes, they can

Julie Williams
Fred Brattain (right) gives a golf lesson.
Fred Brattain (right) gives a golf lesson.

Before he found Fred Brattain, Barry Frost approached a round of golf cautiously, knowing he’d pay a hefty penalty the following day.

Years of wear and tear from skiing and motorcycling in his youth had taken a toll on Frost – causing him to undergo surgery on the back of his neck – and as a result he would be couch-bound for days after a round. The pain caused him to quit a game he had taken up 20 years ago – one that, as a retired database administrator and software architect, served as a healthy hobby.

Enter Brattain, a work acquaintance ...

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Categories: Julie Williams, Features
January 17, 2011 | 4:44 p.m.

Hogan and Merion together again – briefly

Martin Kaufmann
Merion during the 2009 Walker Cup.
Merion during the 2009 Walker Cup.

Near the top of the list of trigger words that prompt Pavlovian slobbering among serious golfers are these: Hogan and Merion. So from a marketing standpoint, author David Barrett hit upon the mother lode when he decided to chronicle Ben Hogan’s improbable 1950 U.S. Open title at Merion. It doesn’t hurt that the Ardmore, Pa., club remains relevant, having been rescued from championship exile, with the 2013 U.S. Open on the way.

“Miracle at Merion” represents an earnest effort to thoroughly chronicle Hogan’s triumph, though at times there’s the sense that Barrett dumped the ...

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Categories: Martin Kaufmann, Features
December 18, 2010 | 9:25 a.m.

Best of the rest

Oregon's Pacific Dunes is the state's No. 1 public access course as ranked by Golfweek.
Oregon's Pacific Dunes is the state's No. 1 public access course as ranked by Golfweek.

You don’t go to London for the beaches, New York for the calm, Paris for the hamburgers, or Rome for the efficiency. Likewise, you’re visiting Golfweek’s Best Resorts Courses for the golf, the golf, the golf. Yet you miss out on so much fun if all you do is make a beeline from your room to the first tee to the 18th (or 19th) hole and back again. Leave that stuff to the Tour pros – and, remember, even they like to go hunting and fishing every so often.

Great golf is a prerequisite to making Golfweek’s ...

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Categories: Top Stories, Features
December 14, 2010 | 9:51 a.m.

A worthy gamble

Martin Kaufmann
Circling Raven
Circling Raven

Click here for the 2010 Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses list

Midway through December, you typically can count on at least two things happening: You’ll face the prospect of frantic, last-minute Christmas shopping, and you’ll find Shadow Creek Golf Club at the top of the annual Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses list.

The North Las Vegas, Nev., layout, now 20 years old, remains the perfect golf course for Sin City. Like the mammoth, themed casinos that line The Strip, Shadow Creek is a thorough re-imagining of the otherwise nondescript land on which it sits.

Shadow Creek’s grip ...

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Categories: Top Stories, Features
December 6, 2010 | 6:01 p.m.

Kerr, winery team produce label for charity

Beth Ann Nichols
Cristie Kerr
Cristie Kerr

Cristie Kerr’s initial meeting with Suzanne Pride Bryan, co-owner of Pride Mountain Vineyards, didn’t last long. The idea of making a wine that helped fight breast cancer went down as smooth as a Cabernet.

Bryan had undergone cancer treatments alongside her father, Jim, founder of Pride Mountain Vineyards. Father and daughter held hands during chemotherapy; Jim lost his battle with bladder cancer in 2004.

Suzanne related instantly to Kerr’s passion. Their partnership came naturally as Kerr’s mother, like Suzanne, is a breast-cancer survivor.

In summer 2009, Kerr worked with Pride Mountain Vineyards winemaker Sally Johnson to ...

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December 6, 2010 | 5:03 p.m.

Book review: The real Tiger Woods?

Bradley S. Klein
Tiger Woods during the third round of the 2010 Chevron World Challenge.
Tiger Woods during the third round of the 2010 Chevron World Challenge.

It was an ordinary shot, like so many others he made that year. But it was the kind of moment that etched forever in my mind what made Tiger Woods so special.

I had watched him play before, up close, but there was something special about this shot on the

second hole of the Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course during the first round of the 2001 PGA Championship. Woods’ drive had drifted right, into light Bermuda rough, and I was able (with my inside-the-ropes media access) to position myself right next to him as he stood over the approach ...

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Categories: Bradley S. Klein, Features