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Missing Links: Sean Foley's reaction ('not a sad day'), and Los Angeles Country Club's change of heart (maybe)

August 30, 2014

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How did Sean Foley handle the news that Tiger Woods had fired him? Better than most, probably. "I know the world won't want to believe that two people can go in different directions without being upset with each other," he told ESPN's Bob Harig. "It was a wonderful opportunity. I'm very grateful. This is not a sad day."


Sean Foley working with another of his charges, Hunter Mahan (Getty Images photo)

"All you see at the entrance on Wilshire Boulevard is a simple numerical address: 10101. Nothing to advertise the expansive clubhouse and championship golf courses behind the trees on either side of the driveway. The 1,500 members can speak of the facility in great detail; not many others can. That is about to change." The Los Angeles Times' Mike James has the story of the likelihood that the U.S. Open will finally be going to the ultra-private Los Angeles Country Club.

"To listen to [Justin Leonard] talk about his week at Camp Mati is to suspect that Leonard's week in Colorado brought the same measure of satisfaction as being an NCAA champion at Texas, a U.S. Amateur champion, a British Open champion at Royal Troon, a Ryder Cup hero at Brookline or anything else he has done on the golf course." The Associated Press' Doug Ferguson writes about Leonard's experience spending a week at Colorado's Camp Mati, where kids with cancer and their families for for a respite.

Knowing history sometimes is more problematic than making history, as U.S. Amateur champion Gunn Yang demonstrated last week. Yang, from San Diego State, played a round of golf wilt another Aztec with a U.S. Amateur championship on his resume, Gene Littler. Yang had to Google him to learn that Littler is in the World Golf Hall of Fame, Tod Leonard writes in this story in U-T San Diego.

The headline to this story in the Vancouver Sun was sure to get golfers' attention: "World's best golf courses virtually packed into Vancouver's downtown." The story is about a restaurant/bar — the One Under, Urban Golf Club — that will feature six golf simulators featuring 22 golf courses (so far), including Pebble Beach and the Old Course at St. Andrews.