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A wiser, more mature Bubba? "Bubba I've got issues' Watson isn't the first father to have his world re-ordered when the baby comes home. By the time the second arrives, what remains of the boy within is all but totalled, replaced by a well-adjusted, mature human being. Well almost," Kevin Garside writes in the Independent, while noting fatherhood has been good for Watson and his game.
England's Paul Casey, an American resident and now a full-time PGA Tour member, lost in a playoff at the Northern Trust Open and finished third in the Honda Classic and suddenly is thinking about a European Ryder Cup spot. "Three months ago he resigned his European Tour membership and woke to headlines proclaiming he had spurned the chance to play in the Ryder Cup, since you have to be a member to make the team," Derek Lawrenson writes in the Daily Mail. "I understood the stories and if it hadn't involved me, it's what I would have thought,' he said. 'But I haven't given up on the Ryder Cup.'"
When the Royal & Ancient Golf Club began admitting women members, it seemed to have a domino effect. Royal Troon and Muirfield are reviewing their membership policies and now Royal St. George's has announced it is opening its doors to women. "Royal St George's Golf Club is pleased to announce that…a resolution to alter the club's rules to make ladies eligible for membership has been duly passed," it said in a statement.
The WGC-Cadillac Championship is a showcase event for Donald Trump at Trump Doral. "Epitomizing the Trump doctrine of go big or go home, the week is a festival that includes a model search, fashion show, Carlos Santana concert and showcase for 70 of the game's best players, including world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler. This will not be just another tournament week on the PGA Tour, and that's precisely Trump's intention," Steve DiMeglio of USA Today writes.
"It's as the father of a 17-year-old girl that I, along with many others no doubt, find it quite astonishing to watch what Lydia Ko is achieving in the Royal & Ancient game," Martin Dempster writes in the Scotsman, "making her appearance on Scottish soil later this year in the Ricoh Women's British Open at Turnberry every bit as exciting as the prospect of Rory McIlroy defending the Open Championship at St Andrews."