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Missing links: Quail Hollow's new greens, Turnberry's new owner, bicycling the new golf

By John Strege

Stories of interest you might have missed

“We’re so much better off than last year, it’s unbelievable,” Quail Hollow superintendent Chris Deariso said, while the Wells Fargo Championship emits a huge sigh of relief. A year ago, the course’s bentgrass greens were on life support (see photo below), Jeff Shain writes at PGATour.com. Quail Hollow has replaced the bentgrass with MiniVerde Ultradwarf grass.

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(Getty Images photo)

The sale of storied Turnberry on the west coast of Scotland has been completed. Ewan Murray has the story in the Guardian. Iain Carter of the BBC, meanwhile, speaks with Royal & Ancient Chief Executive Peter Dawson, who does not see Trump’s ownership having any impact on Turnberry’s place in the British Open rota.

Is cycling replacing golf as a business networking vehicle? CNNMoney says it is. "Unlike golf, cycling is also a great equalizer," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "You're the same as the person riding next to you. So it makes people more approachable."

Joe Queenan, who has contributed to Golf Digest, writes in the Wall Street Journal that "tennis should get rid of the net. Just ditch the damn thing." In response to the quest to grow golf with 15-inch diameter holes, Queenan is offering ways to improve other games.

Why did Jason Dufner grab his wife’s posterior in the wake of his victory in the PGA Championship last year? “Natural instinct,” he said in Milwaukee on Tuesday. “Everybody wants to grab their wives' butts. Actually, everybody wants to grab my wife's butt.” Dufner was there to promote the 2015 PGA Championship going to Whistling Straits and Gary D’Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the story.