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Golf in Iran? Yes, though not a lot of it. It has one course, the Engelhab ("Revolution" in Farsi) Club, that has only 13 holes, requiring golfers to play five holes twice to reach 18. AFP's Arthur Macmillan reports: "It's pretty terrible, but it's all we have,' said Mehrdad, a 40-year-old businessman who splits his time between Iran, Canada and Germany. He tries to play at least fortnightly with his friends, but other than on the Persian weekend (Thursday and Friday) the club is deserted, he says, remarking that few Iranians know what golf is."
"The world watched with bated breath as Darren Clarke took to the first tee at The K Club in the 2006 Ryder Cup, just six weeks after the death of his first wife, Heather, to cancer," Ali Gordon of the Belfast Telegraph writes in this story on Clarke and that painful period in his life. "Thankfully it went straight down the middle,'" Clarke said.
Sean Jacklin was born in Scotland to an English father, was named for a Scot and grew up in the U.S. So how will he identify himself? He registered for the European Tour's Joburg Open this week as a Scot. "I think it's a connection between Sean being born in Scotland and named after Sean Connery, Tony's good friend," Lloyd Bailey, Tony Jacklin's agent, told the Scotsman. "It's also so he can play for Europe in the Ryder Cup ahead of the States."
Lydia Ko, only 17 and already No. 1 in the Rolex Ranking, was in the news again for flirting with a 59 and settling for a 61 in the New Zealand Open. "At times watching Lydia Ko's group you had to be reminded this was a championship golf course set up for top professionals, not a nine-hole pitch-and-putt course down at the local driving range," Fred Woodcock of Stuff writes. "Such was the disdain Ko had for the Clearwater Golf Club layout, as she meticulously ripped it apart hole-by-hole, smashing the course record and putting herself in pole position for a second New Zealand Women's Open title in three years."