Wednesday, August 24

Arnold Palmer's New Book and Free Golf Balls Offer

I JUST LEARNED ABOUT A SPECIAL OFFER associated with Arnold Palmer's new book, A Life Well Played: My Stories, set to publish from St. Martin's Press on October 25.

When you pre-order The King's book, you'll receive a sleeve of custom Callaway golf balls. (While supplies last and/or up until October 24.)

Pre-order book and enter information for free Callaway golf balls from Arnold Palmer.

Publisher's Book Description

No one has won more fans around the world and no player has had a bigger impact on the sport of golf than Arnold Palmer. In fact, Palmer is considered by many to be the most important golfer in history.

As a follow-up to his 1999 autobiography, Palmer takes stock of the many experiences of his life in A Life Well Played, bringing new details and insights to some familiar stories and sharing new ones. Palmer has had tremendous success but is most notable for going about it the right way and always giving back to the fans who made it all possible. Gracious, fair, and a true gentleman, Arnold Palmer is the gold standard of how to conduct yourself. He offers advice and guidance, sharing stories of his career on the course, success in business and the great relationships that give meaning to his life. This book is Palmer’s gift to the world―a treasure trove of entertaining anecdotes and timeless wisdom that readers will celebrate and cherish.

Tuesday, August 23

VIDEO: PGA Tour Players Talking to Their Golf Balls


If so, you have a lot of company, including on the PGA Tour. Two incessant golf-ball talkers are Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth.

From the PGA Tour's YouTube channel, watch "the best of what we've seen from players on the PGA Tour."

Monday, August 22

A Gold for Park and Record Viewership for Women's Golf

THE RESULTS OF THE WOMEN'S Olympic Golf competition in Rio de Janeiro was yet another reminder of the dominant players (and nations) on the LPGA Tour.

Gold: Inbee Park, Korea, -16
Silver: Lydia Ko, New Zealand, -11
Bronze: Shanshan Feng, China, -10

"It definitely feels unreal," Inbee Park told Golf Channel's Steve Sands. "This is something I've really been dreaming of doing this week. To represent your country in the Olympic Games and to be able to win a gold medal is such a special feeling. There were so many Korean people out here supporting me and I almost felt like we were in Korea. That's how much support I've had this week… I've gone through some tough times, but this is definitely a big relief."

Silver medalist Ko said: "Today not many putts were falling. But for a crucial putt like that on the 18th [hole] to fall, I think I celebrated like the gold medalist… This means so much more to me. Since 2009 I've just dreamt and imagined myself to be here in Rio alongside the world's best athletes. Having this silver medal is just a dream come true. The Olympics isn't about [whether] somebody lost to another player. It celebrates each and every athlete and we've all won."

American Stacy Lewis, finishing T-4 (-9), fell short in her bid for a bronze medal after rallying with a 63 in the third round.

"To bounce back the way I did [Friday]," Lewis said, "and to have a chance to hopefully get a medal today was all I could have asked for… You're not so much looking at who's in first and second [place]. You're kind of looking at that third place [bronze] number a little bit more. I'm always trying to move up the leaderboard on Sunday no matter what position I'm in."

In addition, Golf Channel reported, "Golf's return to the Olympics posts record viewership for women's golf."

As I mentioned last week, especially with such low expectations, golf's return to the Olympics was successful. The sport will get another chance at the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Geoff Shackelford ( offered "six ways to make Olympic golf better." A team format and suspending tour play during the Olympics are two of my favorites, although convincing the all-powerful PGA Tour to allow a gap in its schedule might be wishful thinking.

Friday, August 19

RTJ Golf to Benefit Louisiana Flood Victims

News from the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Birmingham, Ala - While area golfers will soon enjoy a long Labor Day weekend on Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf (RTJ) Trail, they will be helping flood victims in Louisiana.

From Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5, the RTJ Golf Trail will donate $10 to the American Red Cross South Louisiana Flood Relief from every round of golf with a green and cart fees paid.

"Louisiana golfers have played the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail since it opened nearly 25 years ago and now Louisiana needs our help," said John Cannon, president of the RTJ Golf Trail. "We hope this Labor Day Weekend charitable promotion will provide financial relief to Louisiana residents in need."

All 11 RTJ sites across Alabama will participate in the Labor Day Weekend donations. Tee times should be made with the local sites and a complete list can be found at  

The money collected will go to American Red Cross: South Louisiana Flood Relief, to benefit flood victims in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas.

Thursday, August 18

Olympic Golf Course Design Signed by Architect Gil Hanse

This item comes from ARMCHAIR GOLF reader and friend Howie Karasick.

The 2016 Summer Olympics continue in Rio de Janeiro. As you know, golf is back for the first time in more than 100 years. The women's Olympic golf competition is underway.

The architect of the Olympic golf course, Gil Hanse, has been kind enough to donate a signed copy of his original course design to help raise money for children with autism. All proceeds go to various child autism charities.

The above image is a low-resolution scan of the actual document. The colors are much more luminous than this low-resolution jpeg.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The actual document does NOT have "SAMPLE" on it.

This is a one-of-a-kind image (24 x 28 inches) that a golf enthusiast would prize and love to display in his or her home or office.

Learn more and bid on this collector's item.

Wednesday, August 17

An Enigmatic Player Who 'Lives Down to Expectations'

FOLLOWING IS A GOLF ANECDOTE. As you read it, consider the identity of the player on the range.
"Do you ever play out here?" [I said to a player who was hitting balls on the back of the range].
He looked at me like that was the dumbest thing he'd ever heard. 
Then he said, "Why would I do that when I can stay here and hit balls all day?" 
Sure enough ... seven hours later, he's still there hitting balls. 
From what I've witnessed though, he's great with the young guys, particularly with the ones who're struggling. He's always made time for them, helped them out. He's very generous.
Maybe, like me, a certain golf legend came to mind as you read the anecdote. It sounds a lot like Ben Hogan, doesn't it?

But it's not.

The player on the range is the "enigmatic" Vijay Singh. The person telling the anecdote is former PGA Tour player turned broadcaster Brad Faxon. It comes from a Global Golf Post story by Steve Eubanks. Read it here.

Reporting from the U.S. Senior Open in Columbus, Ohio (won by Gene Sauers), Eubanks wrote about Singh's troubled history with the media and the PGA Tour, which is nearly all we know about the three-time major champion from Fiji. Of course, as is often the case, there's more to Singh beneath the harsh veneer.

"According to many of his peers, he's a witty and interesting man with a lot of insight and an incredible life story."

But Vijay is reluctant to share it, or much of anything, at least publicly. Eubank's piece on Singh is an interesting read if you have a few minutes.

Tuesday, August 16

Women's Olympic Golf TV Schedule and Broadcast Notes

By Golf Channel Communications

This week the Olympic stage in Rio will belong to 60 of the most prominent female golfers in the world who will take part in the Women's Olympic Golf competition, Wednesday-Saturday, August 17-20. Lydia Ko (New Zealand), Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand), Brooke Henderson (Canada) and Lexi Thompson (United States) headline the field taking on the same Olympic Golf Course on which the men's competition was contested last week.


Women's Olympic Golf Competition
Dates: August 17-20
Venue: Olympic Golf Course, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday     6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-5 a.m. (Replay)
Thursday         6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Replay)
Friday              6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          6 a.m.-3 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes

Format: The Women's Olympic Golf competition will consist of 60 players, competing in a 72-hole stroke play competition based on the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings. The top-15 players in the official world golf rankings are eligible, with a maximum of four players allowed from a given nation. Outside of the top 15, each nation is allowed a maximum of two players (based on world ranking). If a country has already qualified two or more players within the top 15, additional athletes are not eligible.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko (New Zealand), Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand), Brooke Henderson (Canada), Lexi Thompson (United States), Inbee Park (Korea), Sei Young Kim, (Korea), Stacy Lewis (United States), Anna Nordqvist (Sweden) and Gerina Piller (United States).

NBC Olympics Broadcast Team
Play by Play:   Terry Gannon / Steve Sands
Analyst:           Annika Sorenstam / Karen Stupples
Tower:             Tom Abbott / Curt Byrum
On Course:      Jerry Foltz / Kay Cockerill
Interviews:      Todd Lewis

Sunday, August 14

Rose Is Golden in Rio

In July Justin Rose expressed disappointment about Olympic no-shows.

MAKING A CLUTCH BIRDIE on the last hole, England's Justin Rose edged Sweden's Henrik Stenson to win the gold medal in Rio on Sunday. Joining Rose and silver-winner Stenson on the podium was American Matt Kuchar, who captured the bronze by firing a brilliant 63 on the final 18.

"It's a dream come true," Rose was quoted as saying in The Guardian.

"I've been thinking about Rio for a long, long time. I've been dreaming about coming here for a few years now. I was hoping my ranking would allow me to compete in the Olympic Games.

"I came here in good form and I felt excited about competing, excited about giving it 100%. Then when I actually got down to Rio and experienced the whole vibe of the Olympics, to come out of it with a medal is incredible. To come out of it with gold, unbelievable."

Kuchar and others were also ecstatic about their Olympic experience.

"My heart started pounding out of my chest," Kuchar said about his Sunday charge.

With expectations low, especially after stars such as Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson dropped out of the competiton, golf's first appearance in the Olympics since 1904 was a success.

On to Tokyo in 2020.