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Finn, son of Scott Stallings of the U.S., plays during the Par 3 Contest prior the start of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Check out National Post Sports for more on the Masters. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Finn, son of Scott Stallings of the U.S., plays during the Par 3 Contest prior the start of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Check out National Post Sports for more on the Masters. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

The rain let up at soggy Oak Hill.Adam Scott kept right on rolling.The co-leader from the opening round shot a 2-under 68 Friday at the PGA Championship, taking advantage of a course softened up even more by morning showers. (Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The rain let up at soggy Oak Hill.

Adam Scott kept right on rolling.

The co-leader from the opening round shot a 2-under 68 Friday at the PGA Championship, taking advantage of a course softened up even more by morning showers. (Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

They say par is a good score in a major.

If that’s true next week at the PGA Championship, then Tiger Woods has already done his share of preparation.

Woods played safe and smart with a big lead, parring 16 holes in an even-par 70 Sunday to coast to a seven-shot victory at the Bridgestone Invitational for his eighth win at the event — matching the PGA Tour record he already shared for victories in a single tournament. (Photo: Phil Long/The Associated Press, Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The to-and-fro between Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods had more than a few twists and turns in the third round of the British Open on Saturday. But the two-stroke swing that finally gave Westwood the upper hand came at the 17th, where both men drove it in the fairway, but Woods’ second caught a cross-bunker 100 yards short of the green. He had to come out sideways and couldn’t get up and down from there for par. Westwood stayed on the short grass and holed a birdie putt.As important as the lead it gave Westwood — although it’s arguable whether Woods is anything like the intimidating force he once was — the bogey by Tiger dropped him into a tie for second with Hunter Mahan, who finished before him with a stout 68 and therefore gets a place in the final pairing.Woods, meanwhile, will play alongside 2012 runner-up, Adam Scott, who gift-wrapped the Claret Jug for Ernie Els at Royal Lytham but gets his shot at Open redemption the very next year. (Photo: Peter Morrison/The Associated Press)

The to-and-fro between Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods had more than a few twists and turns in the third round of the British Open on Saturday. But the two-stroke swing that finally gave Westwood the upper hand came at the 17th, where both men drove it in the fairway, but Woods’ second caught a cross-bunker 100 yards short of the green. He had to come out sideways and couldn’t get up and down from there for par. Westwood stayed on the short grass and holed a birdie putt.

As important as the lead it gave Westwood — although it’s arguable whether Woods is anything like the intimidating force he once was — the bogey by Tiger dropped him into a tie for second with Hunter Mahan, who finished before him with a stout 68 and therefore gets a place in the final pairing.

Woods, meanwhile, will play alongside 2012 runner-up, Adam Scott, who gift-wrapped the Claret Jug for Ernie Els at Royal Lytham but gets his shot at Open redemption the very next year. (Photo: Peter Morrison/The Associated Press)

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It’s not cute kangaroos, but we’ll take it: A family of ducks watches Tiger Woods walk up the seventh hole during the first round of the Honda Classic. Did anyone check their tickets?? Ugh, golf fans are so out of control. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

It’s not cute kangaroos, but we’ll take it: A family of ducks watches Tiger Woods walk up the seventh hole during the first round of the Honda Classic. Did anyone check their tickets?? Ugh, golf fans are so out of control. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


Golfers at the Australian PGA Championship might feel as if they are going back in time.Way back in time.The new owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort has erected a 26-foot mechanical T-Rex between the ninth green and 10th tee, which flips its tail and opens its mouth for a menacing roar when anyone approaches. The owner, billionaire Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer, has at least agreed to turn it off during the tournament.But it’s one reason the Australian PGA will be leaving Coolum after 11 years.“I’ve heard it sounds like we are going to Jurassic Park, so this will be interesting,” Robert Allenby said.Palmer wants to import more moulded dinosaurs and turn the ocean resort into a theme park, or maybe a casino. But his plans have clashed with a tournament that dates to 1905. The owner already has put up more than 60 signs around the golf course to promote his interests, which includes his plan to build a replica of the Titanic.The T-Rex is nicknamed “Jeff” and it is activated by movement. Golfers playing social rounds recently have taken “dinosaur mulligans” when the roar occurs during a backswing on the 10th tee.Palmer has agreed to turn off the robotic features of the dinosaur during the tournament, although it might be featured during Wednesday’s pro-am.

Golfers at the Australian PGA Championship might feel as if they are going back in time.

Way back in time.

The new owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort has erected a 26-foot mechanical T-Rex between the ninth green and 10th tee, which flips its tail and opens its mouth for a menacing roar when anyone approaches. The owner, billionaire Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer, has at least agreed to turn it off during the tournament.

But it’s one reason the Australian PGA will be leaving Coolum after 11 years.
“I’ve heard it sounds like we are going to Jurassic Park, so this will be interesting,” Robert Allenby said.

Palmer wants to import more moulded dinosaurs and turn the ocean resort into a theme park, or maybe a casino. But his plans have clashed with a tournament that dates to 1905. The owner already has put up more than 60 signs around the golf course to promote his interests, which includes his plan to build a replica of the Titanic.

The T-Rex is nicknamed “Jeff” and it is activated by movement. Golfers playing social rounds recently have taken “dinosaur mulligans” when the roar occurs during a backswing on the 10th tee.

Palmer has agreed to turn off the robotic features of the dinosaur during the tournament, although it might be featured during Wednesday’s pro-am.

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Europe’s Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a putt on the seventh hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup.
The U.S. team is poised to wrest the Ryder Cup back from Europe in a walk — leading 10-6 heading into Sunday’s 12 singles matches; a pair of 2-2 ties in the first and last team matches the closest the Euros have come to being competitive in any session — and he didn’t even have to play his best lineup Saturday afternoon.

Europe’s Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a putt on the seventh hole during a foursomes match at the Ryder Cup.

The U.S. team is poised to wrest the Ryder Cup back from Europe in a walk — leading 10-6 heading into Sunday’s 12 singles matches; a pair of 2-2 ties in the first and last team matches the closest the Euros have come to being competitive in any session — and he didn’t even have to play his best lineup Saturday afternoon.

Maybe they can teach Tiger Woods anger management skillsIt was a dreadful day on the golf course for the new Young Lion, Rory McIlroy, and his predecessor, Sergio Garcia.Paired together, and in great position to take a run at the lead after 36 holes, they shot 42 and 40, respectively, on the front nine and basically blew themselves out of the Masters with rounds of 77 and 75.So when they each birdied the par-3 12th, they bear-hugged each other, laughing, as if they’d just won the Ryder Cup.Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Maybe they can teach Tiger Woods anger management skills
It was a dreadful day on the golf course for the new Young Lion, Rory McIlroy, and his predecessor, Sergio Garcia.

Paired together, and in great position to take a run at the lead after 36 holes, they shot 42 and 40, respectively, on the front nine and basically blew themselves out of the Masters with rounds of 77 and 75.

So when they each birdied the par-3 12th, they bear-hugged each other, laughing, as if they’d just won the Ryder Cup.
Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Zac Efron Rickie Fowler jumps a rope around the putting green to get to the tee at the Masters. The second round is underway. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

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