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Feb 08, 2016 | 06:03 am

Sly Fox

Now that Paul Azinger has been named the newest analyst on Fox’s golf team—replacing Greg Norman—you want to hear how he plans to fill the 18th-tower chair. “I'm very excited about it,” Azinger told Jason Dill of his hometown Bradenton (Fla.) Herald. “My philosophy in that booth, my wife says, ‘Now remember. Nobody is tuning in to hear you.’ I'm like, ‘OK, that's No. 1.’ And you want to try and let the picture be descriptive while you can be informative. You want to illuminate a little bit. I really believe the key element to those broadcasts are the guys on the ground or the girls on the ground. Dottie (Pepper), Judy Rankin, Andy North, Roger Maltbie. Those guys are the key to setting up the shot and the whole deal. They're truly the analyst... And then the actual 18th tower guy can begin to share what the guy on the ground can't see or doesn't know necessarily.” There’s more good stuff from Azinger—including the surprising reveal of his broadcasting role model—in the entire interview.

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Feb 05, 2016 | 06:01 am

Vote For Golf!

Presidents’ Day is coming up and the Presidential primaries are in full roar. So why not elect to take a chief-executive-like retreat? Omni Hotels & Resorts across the country are inaugurating a “Presidential Golf Tour” featuring stay-and-play packages throughout the year. For example, Omni Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas—which has hosted Presidents 41 and 43—offers a father-son promotion with rounds for $100, which was the cost of green fees in the 1990s. At Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in north Florida (where Gerald Ford played in a member-guest in the 1980s), the “Running Mates” package has a special two-round rate for two people. And at Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire, site of next week’s primary, when the golf season opens in a few months the “Presidential Peak Foursome” package will give complimentary rounds to any group of four golfers with the same surnames as any of the surrounding Presidential Range peaks—Jackson, Pierce, Eisenhower, Monroe, Franklin, Monroe, Jefferson, Adams, Webster, Madison, Reagan, and Washington. Other Omni properties from Arizona to Pennsylvania have also voted in deals, which you can check out at the special website, or by calling 1-800-843-6664.

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Feb 04, 2016 | 11:39 am

Aces at Golf’s Rowdiest Hole

Tiger Woods, Francesco Molinari, and now Eldrick, among others, have all made holes-in-one at TPC Scottsdale’s famous par 3 16th. Fans cheered and showered the green with beer in celebration as the golfer stood stoically on the tee. Who is Eldrick, you may ask? "He" is actually a golf robot, similar to the one featured in the famous video of Rory hitting balls into washing machines. The ace took place during yesterday’s practice round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Have a look at the video here.

To watch the action at the PGA Tour’s biggest party event this week, tune into the schedule below:

Thursday & Friday: Golf Channel 3-7PM
Saturday: Golf Channel 1-3PM, 3-6PM NBC
Sunday: Golf Channel 1-2:30PM, 3-6PM NBC 

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Feb 03, 2016 | 10:26 am

Three of a Kind

Want to win the USGA's Herbert Warren Wind Book Award given to outstanding works of golf literature that broaden interest and knowlege of the game? You might try writing a book about Old Tom Morris. Roger McStravick is the latest author to win the prestigious prize for a book about the bearded icon of golf. McStravick spent three years reasearching and writing St. Andrews: In the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris, which examines Morris's role in turning the town into the "home of golf." He even created a Kickstarter campaign to collect early orders that raised about $6,500 to help complete the project. "The level of research undertaken to breathe new life into this subject is extraordinary," said Michael Trostel, director of the USGA Museum. "McStravick’s writing, along with the previously unseen photos of St. Andrews, Old Tom and others from that era, make this a magnificent, one-of-a-kind book." Or three-of-a-kind: Tommy’s Honor, by Kevin Cook, was recognized in 2007, and Tom Morris of St. Andrews: The Colossus of Golf 1821-1908, by David Malcolm and Peter Crabtree, was honored in 2008.

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