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"By having a dinosaur here, we've created more interest in golf."

It's hard to argue with Mr. Palmer, owner of the Coolum resort and feuding with the Australian PGA over an event we probably wouldn't have paid much attention to since the course is a monstrous letdown after fellow Australian triple crown sites Kingston Heath and The Lakes.

Phil Lutton writes:

However, Palmer is confident the impasse is over and the event, which has been held at the former Hyatt resort (now owned by Palmer) for 11 years, will not be moving, contrary to earlier statements by the PGA's chief executive, Brian Thorburn.

''We have Jeff the dinosaur. He's been all around the world. And isn't that good for golf? Maybe golf has been a little bit mundane. By having a dinosaur here, we've created more interest in golf. That's not a bad thing.

He has a name! Thank God he's not a fellow Ge-off.

By the way, look who is lurking heading into the final round. That's right, geezer Peter Senior who won last week's Australian Open and trails leader Daniel Popovic by three. Pamplin, Allenby and Ogilvy lurk as well. Golf Channel's coverage starts at 9 p.m. PT.

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Reader Comments (9)

Haven't seen the dino on TV yet, maybe I missed it.
Senior is amazing..especially since he looks like an 18 Hcp with that follow through...incredible guy.
12.15.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
@jjshaka, no dinosaurs. We've been ripped off, badly. The excitement was so high even an 11-year-old girl tuned in Weds @ 9p. At 9:10p golf's latest effort to grow the game was declared extinct.
12.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark B
Mark B- T-Rex, no First Tee...a tragedy.
12.15.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
The broadcaster has been instructed not to show the dinosaur.

Best to follow Jeff on twitter
12.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterUnderTheChin
The cameras have certainly avoided the T Rex.

However, they have had difficulty avoiding the ads and other random stuff painted on the fairways including a giant American flag with "John Fitzgerald Kennedy" written below it and the words "Freedom of Speech" on another fairway.
12.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob
@Rob... Thought I read earlier this week that 50-60 spots on the course were painted and that players could take a drop if needed from them.
12.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
12.15.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Get it on
12.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
It looks like Australia has a competitor for the Donald, who at least plays golf and doesn't paste slogans and dinosaurs on his course(s). And Palmer is a good name to preface any golf course on the planet with.

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