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Lifestyle Looper: 3 simple ways to look thinner without losing weight

In a perfect world we would all eat healthier and exercise more. But the world isn't exactly perfect, and the stresses of daily life mixed with the ebb and flow of your social schedule can make getting down to your fighting physique challenging to say the least. (Plus, how many of us are actually built like Adam Scott anyway?) Whether you're trying to drop a few LBs or just look your best with what you've got, how you dress can have a major impact on the guy you see in the mirror no matter what the scale says.

Angel Cabrera looks a lot more like most of the guys I see on the weekend-warrior tours than Adam Scott. During the 2014 season, Cabrera's weight fluctuated five to 10 pounds, but he looked better than in years past thanks to some simple style choices.


Angel Cabrera Summer 2013

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Throughout his summer swing in 2013, Cabrera rocked some typical tour pro looks: a solid polo, white belt and a pleated trouser.


Angel Cabrera Summer 2014

By 2014 a few minor fit and fabric adjustments made for quite the dapper Duck …

1. Shorten The Sleeves -- A slightly slimmer and shorter sleeve on even the most classic cuts makes for a more modern look and adds shape to the torso.

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2. Ditch The White Belt -- A white belt with a dark shirt and trouser bisects your body and attracts attention to your midsection. No matter what color your strap is, make sure to match it to your shirt and/or your trousers to smooth out a longer, leaner look.

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3. Pass on the Pleats -- Here's an area where Cabrera can still improve. Those pleats just add fabric around his waist and legs that make him look bigger than he is. 

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Celebrity

Not even Peyton Manning is allowed to play from the tips at St. Andrews

NFL superstar Peyton Manning's umpteenth interview with NFL reporter Peter King actually produced a brand new nugget of information -- even if it had nothing to do with football. King asked Manning "What's the best round of golf in your life?" and got this response:

Related: NFL stars who love playing football

"I shot even par, 72, at St. Andrews. Me, Cooper and Eli, and my dad went three summers ago. But, we were playing from the 'up' tees -- because they made you. They get so much play. Everybody wants to go and play where the pros play. They'd be six-hour rounds. So they say, 'Hey, this is where you're playing.' It's probably 6,400 yards. Not a long course at all. I like to say that even if I was all the way back there, I had it dialed in that day. So it was fun. Obviously, that's my favorite golf foursome of all time."

Perhaps the greatest quarterback in history playing golf's most historic course? Pretty cool. And pretty crazy that even Manning, whose golf resume also includes a 77 at Augusta National and two holes-in-one, wasn't allowed to play from the set of tees he wanted. Although, we're not sure if the leader of the Denver Broncos put up much of a fight at a place that's known for running a pretty tight ship.

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Among the "10 things you need to know if you are playing the Old Course" listed on the course's website are the requirement that golfers bring their official handicap certificate and that fairway mats -- mats that you bring with you to hit balls off of in the fairway and rough -- are to be used from November to March. Even the use of pull carts is limited to help maintain the course's condition.

Related: How Peyton Manning and Tom Brady stack up on the golf course

So, sorry, Peyton. Apparently, not even football's first family is above the law at the "Home of Golf."

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News & Tours

What to take away from the Royal and Ancient vote allowing women members

The Sept. 18 announcement that the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews had approved a bylaw change allowing women to become members for the first time in the organization’s 260-year history seemed inevitable ever since news that a vote would be held surfaced six months ago.

Peter Dawson, the retiring chief executive of the R&A, had helped make possible a postal vote of the roughly 2,500 members rather than require them to be present at the annual Autumn Meeting. And instead of a two-third vote in favor of a bylaw change, all that was needed was a simple majority. As it turned out, this latter measure wasn't necessary, as the R&A revealed the bylaw passed with an 85.5-percent approval (1,581 voting yes, 268 voting no).

While certainly historic, exactly what does the Royal and Ancient's decision mean for the organization -- and golf -- moving forward? Here's are some takeaways:


Why now?
For several years external pressure on the golf's governing body outside the United States and Mexico to allow women members had grown more vocal. In turn it moved beyond merely disappointment over the unseemliness of not allowing women into the Royal and Ancient clubhouse to larger, financial implications. In January, Gil Morgan, global head of sponsorship and events for HSBC, one of the biggest corporate sponsors of the Open Championship, stated that his company was "very uneasy" with the Royal and Ancient's all-male membership policy. 

"We would like to see it solved so we don't keep talking about it," Morgan said at the time. "When you are showcasing one of the world's greatest tournaments it would be much more palatable if it were played where there was not a sense of segregation."

Meanwhile, with Augusta National G.C. having admitted its first female members in 2012, the Royal and Ancient's position seemed to lose even more credibility.

How big a factor was Dawson in this?
The timing of the membership vote and Dawson's retirement, which he announced last April and goes into effect in September 2015, are hardly coincidental. Having overseen the R&A for 16 years, Dawson had guided the organization toward becoming a more progressive operation, helping with the creation in 2004 of "the R&A" as a separate entity from the Royal & Ancient Golf Club to oversee the administrative operation of the Open Championship. Dawson (below) had seen the membership issue as the final significant hurdle in his tenure, hoping to have it be a part of his legacy as well as to have the matter put to rest when his successor takes over. 

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What does this mean practically?
While women work for the R&A and are involved in the day-to-day operation of the governing body, committee and board roles are filled by Royal and Ancient Golf Club members. Opening up the membership to females allows women to begin to take leadership roles in the organization, which previously had not been the case.

What's next?
In addition to voting on adding female members at all, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club also agreed to allow the club to let in as many as 15 to join as Ordinary Members. The timing for when specifically first female members would join is expected to be within the next few months.

Who might be among the first female members?
loop-Louise-Richardson-.jpgVarious names have been speculated, including Condoleezza Rice, Annika Sorenstam, Carol Semple Thompson and Lady Angela Bonallack (wife of former R&A secretary Sir Michael Bonallack). Louise Richardson, the principal of the University of St. Andrews, also would seem a logical choice to be among the first to join. THe last two principals (or presidents) at the school has been extended honorary membership into the Royal and Ancient, and Richardson (shown) has publicly criticized the club for not having female members

"The first women members," Dawson previously said, "are likely to have made a significant contribution to the development of our sport." 

So all clubs that host the Open Championship will now allow female members?
No. The Sept. 18 vote applied only to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. All-male memberships remain at Royal Troon, which hosts the 2016 Open, Muirfield and Royal St. George's.

Dawson has said previously that the membership practices at these clubs would not impact their status on the Open rota. However, with the Royal and Ancient having changed its stance and presumably sponsors such as HSBC still looking unfavorably toward being associated with clubs that don't have female members, this stance might potentially change. 

Isn't there some other vote going on in Scotland?
On the same day of the Royal and Ancient vote, all Scots go to the polls to decide whether Scotland should leave United Kingdom and become an independent nation. Suffice it to say, the outcome of that measure is far more unclear.

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Gear & Equipment

Mizuno touts thin faces for faster ballspeed in its JPX-850 irons

Forged irons have long been what Mizuno is known for, but its greatest sales success recently has been with flexible-face cast irons.

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Other upgrades include thinner pockets inside the topline and sole for better off-center hits.

Like all its new irons, Mizuno offers any custom steel shaft at no extra charge. The JPX-850 retails for $800.

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Health & Fitness

5 pictures of Lee Westwood before and after he lost 23 pounds

Lee Westwood has an interesting way of preparing for the Ryder Cup. He decided to hit the gym, hard. So hard that he shed 23 pounds from his physique in six weeks. 

"I've been doing double gym sessions," he said at the Wales Open, "so I've been doing a cardio session in the morning and weight session in the morning and watching my diet."

That's not wholly unprecedented for Westwood -- he did something similar before the 2008 Ryder Cup -- but to celebrate his new figure, we thought we'd celebrate with some before and after pictures. The befores are on the left; the afters are on the right.

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News & Tours

Brian Stuard went 395 straight holes without a 3-putt and 7 other eye-popping stats from the PGA Tour season

Thanks to Bill Cooney at the PGA Tour for putting together a roundup of some of the 2013-14 season's most interesting stats. Here are a handful that caught our eye:

-- Brian Stuard went 395 holes without a three-putt. That's more than five full tournaments without a three-jack. Perhaps, just as incredible is the fact that the PGA Tour average is 80 holes or more than one full tournament. These guys are ridiculous.

Related: The winners and losers from the FedEx Cup

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Odds are, Brian Stuard didn't three-putt this green.


-- Speaking of incredible putting streaks, Gary Woodland made it through a second straight season without missing a putt from inside of three feet. He made all 770 of his short putts and has converted 1,641 out of 1,641 the past two years. Maybe to speed up play, the tour should allow him to pick it up when he's inside the leather.

-- Not everybody on tour putted great, though. There were four recorded six-putts at tournaments this year. We won't mention those players' names because we don't want to embarrass them. Eh, they're big boys. Graham DeLaet, David Gossett, Mark Wilson, and Jeff Maggert.

-- Speaking of embarrassing, John Daly wins first place in the "obvious leader in a stat category." There was one score of 12 recorded during the season. It was by Daly at the Valspar Championship. You may remember that as the time John Daly shot 90 on the PGA Tour.

-- Runner-up in the "obvious leader in a stat category" is David Toms. The accurate driver hit 36 consecutive fairways at one point during the season. As predictable as it was for Toms to have the tour's longest such streak, it's still pretty impressive.

-- The best streak of hitting greens in regulation goes to another short hitter, Tim Clark, who gave himself a birdie putt on 28 straight holes. You may be surprised to know that Chad Campbell led the tour in GIR for the season at 72.4 percent.

Related: 8 wacky stats about how the majors were covered on TV

-- What about the bombers? Bubba Watson led the way in driving distance in 314.8 yards per poke and had the longest drive of the season with a 424-yard blast at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Rory McIlroy's 334.8-yard average at that event, though, was the best average by anyone in a single tournament.

-- Back to the more distance challenged, Jim Furyk proved yet again that you don't need to be long to be a success on tour. Furyk's scrambling average of 69.33 percent led all players and was the fourth-best mark in tour history. Furyk also wound up earning the most money ever in a PGA Tour season by a non-winner ($5,987,395). Not a distinction he was hoping for, but not the worst thing to happen to a tour pro, either.

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News & Tours

Tom Brady worked at two golf courses growing up. Here's the rest of his college rèsumè

Tom Brady is a pretty good golfer -- he's about an 8 handicap -- and he's a good quarterback, too.

We presume he knows that by now, but that wasn't always the case. That's why, when his NFL prospects were looking bleak heading into the 2000 NFL Draft, he put together a resume for potential new employers. Turns out, he was a sales representative at two different golf courses growing up.

Here's the picture he posted on Facebook.


 

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News & Tours

Coming to a PGA Tour event near you: Swimming pools?

Headed to a golf tournament? Did you bring sunscreen? Check. Sunglasses? Check. A bathing suit? Say what?

Fans attending this year's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas will need to adjust their pre-tournament checklist. On Wednesday, the PGA Tour announced the addition of six swimming pools to viewing areas on the grounds at TPC Summerlin during the event.

This will be the first time the PGA Tour will feature public pools at an event. Here's a sketch of what it will look like:

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Two of the pools will be part of Zappos.com Fan Experience between the 17th and 18th holes and will have free admission. The other four will be part of the tournament's hospitality area and promise to offer more of a Las Vegas pool-party feel.

Related: Lexi Thompson turns heads in bikini-clad photo shoot

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Perhaps not, if the experiment runs smoothly. Who knows, maybe the winner will even want to take a dip.

(h/t Las Vegas Sun)

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Courses & Travel

Deal of the Week: Play your own Open Championship

Scoring a tee time at the Old Course in St. Andrews leading up to next year's Open Championship will be a lesson in futility, but for about $170 and a few mouse clicks, you can play a different leg of the rota in the offseason. 

Turnberry's Ailsa Course -- where Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus in the Duel in the Sun (and barely missed another chance in 2009) -- is offering a weekday morning "Gulfstream" tee time package that includes a breakfast sandwich, 18 holes and a three-course lunch afterward for about $170. The package is available Oct. 13 until March 31 on tee times from 9 to 11 a.m. and costs 105 pounds, or about $170. You can pick the same package on the Kintyre Course for just 75 pounds and even choose from some weekend times.

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Turnberry sits on a point on Scotland's southwest coast, a scenic 100-mile drive from Edinburgh, and has dramatic water views on three sides. Donald Trump bought the property this summer and has plans to spend $200 million upgrading the hotel, but he says he's going to leave the golf course alone. October and November offer the best weather bet, with temperatures consistently in the mid-50s -- which isn't that different than what you might get in the middle of the summer.

If you go, take an extra minute after you hit your tee shot in 15 to find the remains of the airstrip built across the course during World War II. The entire property was turned into a Royal Air Force training station and paved flat to accommodate hangars and planes. The Ailsa reopened in 1951 after a redesign from Philip MacKenzie Ross and joined the Open Championship rota in 1977, when Nicklaus and Watson had their famous battle. 

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News & Tours

Report: Anthony Kim might not play golf again in order to secure hefty disability settlement

Remember Anthony Kim? The 23-year-old kid who stole the show at the 2008 Ryder Cup by leading the U.S. to an upset win? You've probably asked yourself "What ever happened to him?" on more than one occasion. And now, we finally know -- well, maybe.

Alan Shipnuck has a fantastic story on the vanishing Kim in this week's Sports Illustrated. While reading the piece in its entirety is well worth your time, one part of Shipnuck's reporting really jumps out.

Related: Kim and other "next great American golfers"

Apparently, Kim is sitting on a potential payout that could be bigger than the FedEx Cup bonus. And to collect it, Kim doesn't have to do anything -- which just might explain his prolonged absence from the game.

Shipnuck writes:

The answer very well may lie in an insurance policy Kim has against a career-ending injury. An IMG source pegged its value at $10 million, tax-free. Kim's friend, who has had financial discussions with him, says, "It's significantly north of that. Not quite 20, but close. That is weighing on him, very much so. He's trying to weigh the risk of coming back. The way he's phrased it to me is, 'If I take one swing on Tour, the policy is voided.'"

Assuming the friend's figure is accurate, Kim would have to earn some $35 million on and off the course to match the amount he would collect by never playing golf again. (That's factoring in taxes; agent's commissions; private jets; diamond-encrusted belt buckles; salaries for a caddie, swing coach, short-game specialist, trainer, nutritionist and osteopath; and other expenses of the modern Tour pro.) For context, his career Tour earnings are $12.2 million, $9.2 million of which was accumulated between 2008 and '10. Kim signed a blockbuster deal with Nike following the '08 season, and his annual endorsement income peaked the following year at $6 million. If he can again be the player he was, he could make his $35 million nut with four or five good years. But that's a very big if. "To say that he won't come back because of money, that doesn't ring true to me because he's the most competitive kid I know," says Knost. "I can't imagine that's what he's thinking, unless something's changed and he doesn't want to play anymore."

Competitive or not, that's a lot of easy money to turn down -- assuming, of course, Kim could prove injuries ended his career. Not that he doesn't have a history of being hurt. 

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After contending at the 2011 Masters, Kim injured his thumb and had surgery a month later. Then came wrist tendinitis and a ruptured achilles tendon in 2012. Phil Mickelson told Shipnuck that Kim was still recovering when he randomly bumped into him practicing at the Madison Club in California early in 2013. 

"He was still getting over the Achilles injury," Mickelson says. "He wasn't walking much, so he was playing only nine holes at a time in a cart. But he was hitting it great -- long and straight. He looked ready for the Tour. I expected to see him out there in a couple of months."

But despite rumors of Kim returning to the PGA Tour -- where he still has status on a medical exemption --  he hasn't played since withdrawing from the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship. Kim had more WDs than made cuts in the 10 events he entered that year.

Earlier this year, Kim's agent, Clarke Jones, told Golf Channel's John Hawkins that Kim wasn't even playing golf recreationally. According to an anonymous friend Shipnuck spoke to, though, that isn't the case. 

"AK's not injured," says the friend. "He can play, he can walk. His swing looks good, the strike sounds solid, his ball flight is good. His physical health is not the issue."

Related: Golf's all-time biggest phenoms

Hmm. If Kim is hoping to collect on that disability settlement, that's probably not information he wants spread around.

So what else is he doing during his extended break from being a tour pro? Shipnuck investigated some of Kim's noted hangout spots and discovered the 29-year-old Dallas resident hasn't been frequenting those of late either. 

In other words, Anthony Kim is still a mystery. But at least we have one, well, millions of possible reasons for why he's remained out of the spotlight. 

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