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We’re Moving the Blog to Our Website!

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Hello all!

It’s never been easier to access information about the Ole Miss Golf Course!

As you know, we’ve been working hard to get our blog moved over to our website. We’ll be making the move next week, and all our future content will be posted at http://www.theolemissgolfcourse.com/blog. As always, we’ll have new tips and information available each Wednesday and Friday. Bookmark the page and add us to your e-reader so you never miss a post!

Not only will you be able to catch up on our blog by visiting our website, you can schedule tee times, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, read the latest golf course news, find tournament information and much more!

We hope you’ll all come to visit us at our new location, and we look forward to seeing in the pro shop soon.

Hotty toddy!

Ole Miss Golf Course Staff

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2012 Open Championship Preview

Photo by Kriss Szkulratowski @ 12frames.eu

Where: Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancashire, circa 1886

Course stats: par 70,  7,086 yards, 205 bunkers

This will be the 11th Open Championship to be played at Royal Lytham. The first was played in 1926 was won by an amateur–Bobby Jones.

2011 Defending Champion: Darren Clarke

Weather: Crazy. As usual.

Winner? Tiger seems to be the favorite to win right now.  Vegas has him at 8:1 odds to win.  (Kind of hoping for a Bubba Watson killer dogleg victory repeat, though.)

TV Schedule:

All four rounds of the Open Championship will air on ESPN.

Streaming coverage is available online via watchESPN and, for the first time, via mobile apps.

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Preview: FedEx St. Jude Classic 2012

When: June 7-10

Where: TPC Southwind

Defending champion: Harrison Frazar

Purse: $5.6 million (with $1,008,000 to the winner)

Players of note: #1 Rory McIlroy, #17 Zach Johnson, Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love, John Daly, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington

Stories to follow:

Scott Verplank: Verplank has battled wrist issues that have forced him to withdraw from 2 tournaments last month and has only made 2 of 6 cuts this year.

Rory McIlroy: Rory is participating in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, just a week before he defends his Open title and has missed cuts in the last two starts.

John Daly: Daly, a native of nearby Arkansas, is always a player to watch.  This party guy will probably not be playing at 100% with all the nightlife surrounding the Classic, but he’s guaranteed to produce some sort of drama whether it be on or off the course.

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Phil Mickelson Withdraws from Memorial Because of Fatigue

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DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Phil Mickelson hit the wall and then headed for the exit,  withdrawing from the Memorial after a 79 on Thursday because of mental  fatigue.
Mickelson said it was more important for him to be rested for  the U.S. Open in two weeks than to finish Jack Nicklaus’ tournament. He  attributed the fatigue to playing three straight weeks, and then going to Europe  to celebrate his wife’s 40th birthday. He returned home to play a corporate  outing Tuesday in New York, flew to Ohio for the pro-am and found his head  wasn’t in the game.
“The course here is in such great shape. It’s a  beautiful way to get ready for the U.S. Open,” he said. “But I’m hitting it so  poorly that … I have to look at what’s best for me to play in the U.S. Open,  and I’m going to take the next few days to kind of rest up.”
It’s not  unusual for players to withdraw after a high score – it was Mickelson’s worst in  the 13 trips to the Memorial – and three other players withdrew Thursday. But  it’s rare when the player is of Mickelson’s stature, a four-time major champion  inducted this month into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Mickelson could not  think of another time he withdrew without physical injury.
“I feel like  it’s the responsibility of a player to see through your commitment and finish  the tournament and so forth,” Mickelson said. “And I’m kind of overruling that  just a touch, because I’m trying to think big picture on what’s the best way for  me to get ready for the Open.”
The last time Mickelson withdrew was also  at the Memorial in 2007, only then he had injured his wrist while practicing out  of the rough at Oakmont for the U.S. Open, and he stopped after 11 holes.  Mickelson wound up missing the cut at Oakmont.

Read more: http://www.golf.com/ap-news/phil-mickelson-withdraws-memorial-because-fatigue#ixzz1wYjDg22w

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Top Stories in Golf

Like the weather, golf is heating up.  And today, we’re discussing some of the hottest golf stories on the internet!  What’s your favorite golf related story from the past week?

Dufner Beats Els, Wins Zurich Classic

Jason Dufner took on Ernie Els in a two-hole playoff at TPC Louisianna to win his first tournament in 164 starts on the PGA Tour.  Dufner and Els both missed birdie putts in the first playoff hole, sending them to the 18th tee for a second extra hole.  Dufner won with a birdie shot after Els’ missed his attempt for birdie from the fringe.

“It’s always really tough playing on Sundays whether you’re in the lead or middle of the pack, and today I was fighting, trying to win an event, and I think I showed myself a good bit out there,” Dufner said. “It was tough. Ernie made a great run at me and it felt like with five or six holes (to go) we were probably going to be battling for the win.”

Stacy Lewis Beats Lexi Thompson by a Single Stroke at Mobile Bay LPGA Classic

Stacy Lewis avoided a charge from 17-year old Lexi Thompson at the LPGA Classic on Sunday to capture her second LPGA Tour victory.  Lewis shot a 69 in the final round to beat Thompson, who made an amazing run, scoring a 7-under 65 at the Crossings Course, which matched her best ever round.

Lewis’ victory Sunday is her fifth top-10 finish of 2012, including a runner-up finish at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open where she lost in a six-way playoff.

USGA set to Release Film on Nicklaus’ first U.S. Open win (from Golf.com)

Jack Nicklaus was a 22-year-old rookie, golf’s next big star still without a win as a pro. Arnold Palmer, the Masters champion and first golfer to transcend his sport, was at the peak of his popularity and playing before a home crowd at Oakmont for the U.S. Open.

“You can’t write that script,” award-winning producer Ross Greenburg said.

That epic 1962 U.S. Open, a pivotal moment in one of golf’s most celebrated rivalries, is what the USGA delivered Greenburg to create a one-hour documentary. This is the 50-year anniversary of Nicklaus’ playoff win over Palmer for the first of his record 18 major championships.

“Jack’s First Major” will be the first USGA film shown on network television, broadcast by NBC Sports on June 17 before its final-round coverage of the U.S. Open.

>>Read the full article >>

Tiger Woods Answers Fans Questions, Ignores Media

Tiger normally answers media questions before each tournament, but this week at  the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, he answered questions for the fans instead, posting a video answering questions from Facebook and Twitter.   Woods’s agent Mark Steinberg told ESPN.com that they were behind on social media and this was an attempt to make up for that and connect with the fans who have been so good to him over the years.  See the full video here.

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OMGC Fan of the Week Contest

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Preview: Valero Texas Open

The PGA Tour travels to San Antonio, Texas this week for the Valero Texas Open.  The tournament, which dates back to 1922, is one of the oldest tournaments on the Tour, and past winners include Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Lee Trevino. The course, the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, was designed by Greg Norman and Pete Dye, and opened in 2010.  The course feautres large bunkers and sprawling greens.  Most of the fairways are framed by towering oak trees and is one of the toughest courses on the circuit.

Course stats: par 72, 7,435 yards

Purse: $6,200,000

Winner: $1,116,000

Defending Champion: Brendan Steele (-8)

TV Coverage:

  • Thursday, April 19: Golf Channel 3-6 p.m.
  • Friday, April 20: Golf Channel 3-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21: CBS 3-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22: CBS 3-6 p.m.

Other golf tournaments appearing on television this week:

EUROPEAN TOUR Volvo China Open Binhai Lake GC Tianjin, China
Thursday, April 19: Golf Channel 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Friday, April 20: Golf Channel 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21: Golf Channel 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 22: Golf Channel 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

CHAMPIONS TOUR Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Savannah Harbor Golf Resort Savannah, Ga.
Friday, April 20: Golf Channel 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21: CBS 1-3 p.m.

Sunday, April 22: CBS 1-3 p.m.

LPGA TOUR LPGA LOTTE Championship Ko Olina Golf Club Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii
Wednesday, April 18: Golf Channel 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 19: Golf Channel  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, April 20: Golf Channel  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21: Golf Channel  6:30-9:30 p.m.

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