College golf facilities: Stetson Hatters

Stetson head men’s golf coach Larry Watson called the Edinger Golf Complex “a monumental step” for the golf teams at the school.
“The teams will now have a facility they can call home, with the availability to practice all facets of the game,” added Watson. “This is a new state-of-the-art facility that has room for expansion in the future.”
The facility includes a large putting green that can accommodate both teams and two large chipping and pitching greens. For more short-game practice, there are also five target greens at 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 yards.

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PGA Tour sends memo encouraging vaccination

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The PGA Tour is strongly encouraging its players and caddies to get COVID-19 vaccines, sending a memo Monday that outlined how it will eventually stop on-site testing while also attempting to debunk some of the myths associated with the shots.
In the memo obtained by ESPN, the tour said while it will not mandate vaccination, it will require those who do not get the shots to still be tested each week for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival on-site and at their own expense.

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Limited fans will be allowed to attend U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open this summer

The U.S. Golf Association announced on Monday that a limited number of fans will be on hand for both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in California this summer.
While the PGA Tour has had limited fans at events for some time now, the LPGA has yet to offer general-admission tickets since that tour restarted last July.
The 76th U.S. Women’s Open will be held at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), in San Francisco from June 3-6, and the 121st U.S. Open will be held at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), in San Diego from June 17-20.

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PGA Tour ‘strongly encourages’ players, caddies to get COVID-19 vaccine

The PGA Tour is doubling down on its support of the COVID-19 vaccines.
A week after the Tour sent an email to its players indicating that those who are fully vaccinated will not have to take a COVID-19 test before entering an event, they followed up with a memo on Monday morning that strongly encouraged players and caddies to get the vaccine “as soon as eligible.”
From the memo, obtained by Golfweek: “While we encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible, the Tour endeavors to make vaccine as accessible as possible once supply becomes available for private allocation.

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This is how 47-year-old Stewart Cink gained 20 yards with his driver

By: Luke Kerr-Dineen April 19, 2021

Cink gained 20 yards as a 47 year old without reinventing the wheel.
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Welcome to Play Smart, a game-improvement column that drops every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Director of Game Improvement content Luke Kerr-Dineen to help you play smarter, better golf.

Twenty-one years, almost to the day, after his first victory at Harbour Town, Stewart Cink captured his third PGA Tour title at the course last weekend.

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Limited fans brought the spark back to Hilton Head for RBC Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing annually signifies that spring has sprung in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
But this year, the 53rd annual tournament played at Harbour Town Golf Links — the classic Pete Dye-designed layout — took on even more significance.
The 2020 tournament was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was first canceled, but then brought back and played in the third week in June, but with no fans in attendance due to coronavirus concerns.

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Spotted on Tour: The new-age shoes behind Stewart Cink’s throwback win

By: James Colgan April 19, 2021

Stewart Cink’s Footjoy shoes helped pave the way for his victory at the RBC Heritage.
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Welcome to Spotted on Tour, where we’ll highlight buzzy apparel, gear, gadgets and more that caught our eye over the weekend. Better yet, we’ll help you get your hands on your own.
Stewart Cink — yes, that Stewart Cink — nabbed his eighth PGA Tour win this weekend at the RBC Heritage; a four-stroke victory that was perhaps most notable for how casual it appeared.

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans odds, predictions and PGA Tour picks

The 2020-21 PGA Tour super season takes a brief interlude this week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. TPC Louisiana hosts the partner event once again. Below, we look at the 2021 Zurich Classic odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions to win.
This event was skipped last season due to COVID-19 but will be played in teams of two for its fourth consecutive running. The format has teams play fourball for the first and third rounds and switching to alternate shot for the second and fourth rounds. The top 35 teams and ties make the cut.

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Inside Stewart (and Reagan) Cink’s secret winning formula

By: Zephyr Melton April 19, 2021

Stewart Cink has win twice this season with his son Reagan on the bag.
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Welcome to Teachable Moments, GOLF’s weekly instruction column that will help you improve your game through the excellence and expertise of the Tour stars of the week. Class is now in session.
Stewart Cink’s winning formula
With his son Reagan on the bag, Stewart Cink won his second tournament of the season as he lapped the field at the RBC Heritage last week. Winning at the age of 47 on Tour is a rare thing. Winning twice is almost unheard of.

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How Hideki Matsuyama became Japan’s new national hero

Like Naomi Osaka before him, the 29-year-old’s victory at the 2021 Masters propelled him into a Japanese superstar and a potential Olympic poster boy.
By claiming a dramatic one-shot victory, Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win a golf major. One Japanese newspaper even printed a 72-hole graphic detailing every single shot played by the golfer as Japan went Matsuyama made.
But it isn’t just Matsuyama’s golfing prowess that has endeared him to the Japanese nation.

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Stewart Cink back on the U.S. Ryder Cup radar after second win of season

Stewart Cink has played on five U.S. Ryder Cup teams, though his last appearance was in 2010.
Suddenly, though, the 47-year-old Cink is back on the American team radar. Fresh off his second victory of the PGA Tour season, at the RBC Heritage, Cink jumped 13 spots in the U.S. standings. While he’s still No. 24 and has plenty more work to do, he’s also ahead of notable names such as Matt Kuchar (25), Bubba Watson (30) and Rickie Fowler (46).
The top six players after the BMW Championship will earn automatic spots on captain Steve Stricker’s U.S. squad for the Sept.

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Stewart Cink returns to world top 50 after RBC Heritage win

Stewart Cink made a huge jump in the Official World Golf Ranking on Sunday evening after winning the RBC Heritage.
Cink, who won by four shots in a wire-to-wire victory at Harbour Town, rose 71 spots, from No. 115 to No. 44, cracking the top 50 for the first time since January 2011. He’s improved more than 100 places since missing the cut at The Players last month. He followed with finishes of T-19 at Honda, T-12 at the Masters and his triumph at the Heritage.
Sunday’s win was the eighth of Cink’s PGA Tour career and second this season for the 47-year-old Cink.

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Betting bullets: Early NFL win total action, Jake Paul exceeds books’ expectations

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Last week provided a glimpse of the sports betting future in the U.S.
NFL season win totals were released before the draft and before the final schedule was released. The PGA Tour and Phoenix Suns announced plans to put retail sportsbooks at their venues in Arizona.

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Wall-to-Wall Equipment: Dustin Johnson makes surprising gear change at RBC Heritage

By: Jonathan Wall April 19, 2021

Dustin Johnson recorded a gear first in Hilton Head.
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Welcome to Wall-to-Wall Equipment, the Monday morning gear wrap-up in which GOLF equipment editor Jonathan Wall takes you through the latest trends, rumors and breaking news.
A first for DJ
The putter has been a bugaboo for much of Dustin Johnson’s career. Blades and mallets have been rotated in and out over the years with varying degrees of success.

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RBC Heritage: Stewart Cink wins at Harbour Town from Grillo and Varner III

-19 S Cink (US); -15 E Grillo (Arg), H Varner III (US); -13 C Conners (Can), M Fitzpatrick (Eng), M McNealy (US); -12 C Kirk (US), C Morikawa (US)

Selected others:-11 S Lowry (Ire); -9 M Wallace (Eng), D Willett (Eng); -8 T Lewis (Eng); -6 T Hatton (Eng); -4 I Poulter (Eng); +1 R MacIntyre (Sco); +3 L Westwood (Eng)Full leaderboard

PGA Tour veteran Stewart Cink claimed his third RBC Heritage title on Sunday, 21 years and two days after his first.

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Tour Confidential: Lydia Ko’s breakthrough, the arm-lock putting grip and putting penalties

By: GOLF Editors April 18, 2021

Lydia Ko hits her tee shot on Saturday on the 14th hole at Kapolei Golf Club.
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Check in every week for the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors as they break down the hottest topics in the sport, and join the conversation by tweeting us @golf_com. This week, we discuss Lydia Ko’s breakthrough victory, Stewart Cink’s renaissance, arm-lock putting grips, putting penalties and more.
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Stewart Cink played one of the most bizarre putting rounds you’ll ever see

By: Nick Piastowski April 18, 2021

Stewart Cink on Sunday after his 7-foot, 8-inch putt on the 17th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links.
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Stewart Cink pumped his right fist, then smiled. His son and wife cheered from just off the 17th green at Harbour Town Golf Links. He had just done something Sunday he hadn’t done over the last 3 hours and 30 minutes or so. 
Make a putt longer than a yard stick. 
His 7-foot, 8-inch bomb for birdie was, surprisingly, his longest made putt to that point during the final round of the RBC Heritage — by a whopping 5 feet, 5 inches.

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