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May 15, 2015 | 06:59 AM

Caught In The Draft

The PGA Tour doesn’t have a draft like other sports leagues—there are no teams, after all—but there was some golf interest on display during the NFL’s annual selection show a few weeks ago. In the sixth round, the AFC’s Buffalo Bills picked a tight end out of Florida State named Nick O’Leary who knows his way around a golf course: His grandfather is Jack Nicklaus. The 22-year-old, 6-foot-3, 247-pound O’Leary, son of Jack’s daughter Nan and her husband Bill O’Leary, was a consensus All-American in 2014 when he also won the John Mackey Award as college football’s top tight end. A four-year starter, he set a record at FSU for receptions at that position. Perhaps more important than the golf in his background, his father played tight end for University of Georgia; his mother played volleyball there. Wanna bet that the Golden Bear now will be rooting for the Bills?

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May 14, 2015 | 04:35 PM

Desert Golf

The turf-reduction rebates by water companies in Southern California, which The Buzz first told you about in December, have become so popular that the Metropolitan Water District is talking about creating a lifetime rebate cap and taking other measures to avoid maxing out its funds, according to the AP. But the good new is, players don't seem to mind the new desert landscapes at all. In fact, they actually make the course look better, as you can see in this AP video, and will save millions of gallons of water year, not to mention tens of thousands of dollars with rising meter rates.

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May 13, 2015 | 04:43 PM

Fried-Egg Challenge

Our favorite gangsta golfer, Matty "18undapar," is at it again and he's really stepped up his video game. This time he's taking Twitter challenges, adding sound effects, and using embedded images. He even managed to add a gorgeous woman to the mix by calling on Blair O'Neal to help him recover from a fried egg in a bunker. Talk about sizzle!

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May 12, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Blasi's Dream: To Play The Open On The Course He Helped Create

We’re in the heart of local qualifying season for the U.S. Open as thousands of hopefuls—pros and amateurs with a USGA Handicap Index of 1.4 or less—tee it up at 111 sites around the country in quest of a spot in the 156-man field at Chambers Bay. Most of those who survive that hurdle and then make it through regional qualifying will be seeing Chambers for the first time (as will most of the already exempt Tour pros) but there’s one entrant—in the local qualifier tomorrow at the Stanford University course—who has more than a little course knowledge.  Jay Blasi was part of the architectural team (some say the main architect) on Chambers Bay. Back in 2003 Blasi was a junior associate in Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s firm when Jones got the contract to design Chambers Bay. He became involved in all aspects of the project from concept through construction, working many days on site with the shapers of the course. Should he somehow make it to the final field, Blasi should need no help setting a game plan or deciphering the greens. 

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