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On Monday, The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach announced that former tennis great Jay Berger will be the club's new Director of Athletics. 

Berger has had quite the resume over his professional career. In addition to being a top-10 player in the world during his time playing on the pro tennis tour, he has also served as the coach of the Davis Cup team and the U.S. Olympic team. Most recently, Berger served as the U.S. Tennis Association Player Development's head of men's tennis. He is also the father of PGA Tour pro and Jupiter resident Daniel Berger.

“I could not be happier with the decision I made to come here, and the decision Ibis made to bring me here,” Berger said. “I truly enjoy working with our members as much as I did working with all

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On Tuesday, a report came out from Eamon Lynch at GolfWeek that the PGA Tour is creating a new program designed at rewarding those players that constantly "move the needle" with an additional bonus payout at the end of the season. The Player Impact Program, as it's being called, is designed to pay out an end-of-the-year bonus to the players finishing in the top 10 based on a variety of requirements. The pool that those 10 golfers will be splitting is $40 million.

The 10 golfers will be determined based on their “Impact Score,” which will be determined based on an algorithm the Tour has created that comprises of 5 categories. The 5 categories are:

  • Popularity on Google search
  • Nielsen Brand Exposure rating, which measures the value a player
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Hideki Matsuyama made history Sunday, becoming the first Japanese golfer to win a men's golf major championship by winning the 2021 Masters.

Matsuyama, who also won his first major, survived a shaky start, followed by a shaky back nine to hold off the competitions and earn the victory. Coming into the final round with a four-shot lead, Hideki immediately bogeyed the opening hole. Combined with tournament runner-up Will Zalatoris getting off to a birdie-birdie start, Matsuyama headed to the second tee with his four-shot lead having dropped all the way down to a single shot. From there, he settled in and built the lead back up before making the turn.

You know what they always say though, the Masters doesn't start until the back nine on Sunday,

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The PGA Tour Champions and AZEK Company brand TimberTech announced on Wednesday the extension of the company's title sponsorship agreement with the Boca Raton event, meaning it will remain the TimberTech Championship through at least 2023.

After stepping in at the last minute in 2020, the company announced that it is extending its partnership with the long-standing event, held every year at the Old Course at Broken Sound.

“After the success of last year’s TimberTech Championship, we’re excited to be back and extend our partnership with PGA TOUR Champions,” said Jesse Singh, CEO of The AZEK Company, the parent company of TimberTech. “With a shared commitment to high-performance, environmental sustainability, and creating amazing outdoor

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While much of the talk heading into the week and during the week was about Jordan Spieth and if he was back, Daniel Berger quickly changed the narrative on Sunday. 

Starting the day 2 shots back, the former Dwyer standout only needed two holes to eliminate Spieth's lead and tie him at the top. From there, Berger played lights out golf to earn the win Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Missing the Am portion of the event due to Covid restrictions, Berger sank a 30-foot walk-off eagle to win by two shots, beating Maverick McNealy who himself nearly made an eagle putt just a few minutes earlier, settling for a birdie to tie Berger for the time being. 

"Yeah, I just, one of the best finishing holes I've ever played," Berger said when talking

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Tiger Woods and back problems are as synonymous and Tiger Woods and major championships, especially over the past few years.

With four back surgeries already to his name, Tiger announced on Tuesday that he recently underwent a fifth back procedure, another microdiscectomy. That's right, Woods now has as many back operations to his name as Green Jackets in his closet.

Tiger, who won the 2019 Masters, completing one of the most compelling and improbable comebacks in sports history announced in his statement that due to the procedure he will miss the West Coast Swing, including the Farmers Insurance Open and the Genesis Invitational, and event he hosts through his charity.

While no official announcement has been made, the procedure will likely

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There was very little about this year's Masters that felt "traditional".

Normally held in April, the event was pushed back to mid-November due to the Covid pandemic. There were also no patrons and the par 3 contest, normally held on the eve of the first round, was also cancelled this year due to the pandemic. The only things that were "traditional" about the 2020 Masters were the pimento cheese sandwiches and the loaded leaderboard come Sunday.

When the dust settled, it was Dustin Johnson slipping on the Green Jacket, winning the second major of his career.

DJ came into Sunday holding on to a 4 shot lead but was also 0-for-4 when it came to converting 54 hole leads in major championships. Early on it appeared that dubious record might extend

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Photo courtesy of Scott Halleran 

It might have taken him 40 starts, but Darren Clarke is finally a winner on the PGA Tour Champions.

Needing a birdie on the 18th hole on Sunday at the TimberTech Championship, Darren Clarke safely two-putted from 40 feet to get his first professional win since the 2011 Open Championship and prevent Bernhard Langer from successfully defending his 2019 title. 

“I’ve had a lot of opportunities the last few years, so it’s great to finally win one,” Clarke said. “I wouldn’t be working this hard if I didn’t think I could still win.”

It had appeared that Langer, a Boca Raton resident, was well on his way to back-to-back victories at the Old Course at Broken Sound and three in the last 10 years. He held a 1 shot lead

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In a move that is largely considered unprecedented, the owners of the Boca Country Club have announced their plans to donate the exclusive country club to the city. 

The club, which features an 18-hole Joe Lee designed championship golf course, tennis courts, a clubhouse, and a pool will now become a public club, with the goal of it going 100% public within the next year. 

The club is currently owned by MSD Partners and Northview Hotel Group who purchased the property in June of 2019 along with the Boca Raton Resort and Club. They are donating Boca Country Club to the city in order to focus more on the Boca Resort and Club and also to help give back to the city and its residents. 

While the club will become public moving forward, those who are

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Already one of the premier events on the PGA Tour Champions, this year's TimberTech Championship might have one of its best fields in a long time.

The event, annually held at the Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, released some of the names of those who have committed to the event early this week and the list is a who's who on the over 50 circuit. The list is headlined by defending champion Bernhard Langer who also won the event in 2020. Some of the other names on the early commitment list include:

  • Colin Montgomerie
  • Sandy Lyle
  • Vijay Singh
  • John Daly
  • Mark Calcavecchia
  • Tom Lehman
  • Angel Cabrera
  • Rich Beem
  • Darren Clarke
  • Retief Goosen
  • Lee Janzen
  • Larry Mize
  • Corey Pavin
  • Jeff Sluman
  • David Toms
  • Mike
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