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Tom Brady's resume
Tom Brady via Facebook
Tom Brady got his career in the golf industry off to a solid start before football got in the way.
You can't blame young Thomas E. Brady Jr. for working up his resume. After all, he wasn't exactly a superstar quarterback at the University of Michigan. Then he was only drafted in the fifth round.
 
But, as we all know, he went on to become one of the most successful signal-callers in National Football League history, married a supermodel and is financially set for this life and several others.
 
Before the whole three Super Bowl victory thing happened, though, Brady wasn't sure what his future held. So he prepared his resume – and, for "Throwback Thursday," he posted it on Facebook today. 
 
"Found my old resume!," Brady wrote. "Really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round."
 
And what do you know – Tom Terrific has a couple of golf jobs under his belt.
 
 
Back in the summer of 1998 (before his junior year), Brady worked as a sales rep, course ranger and starter at Polo Fields Golf and Country Club in Jackson, Michigan. Among his accomplishments, he wrote, he "developed interpersonal skills and exemplified flexibility in order to better serve club members." He also "gained valuable experience working under club professionals regarding day to day facility operation and course management."
 
Brady obviously enjoyed his summer at Polo Fields, because he soon returned to the golf industry, working the summer of 1999 at the University of Michigan Golf Course there in Ann Arbor. There, he served as a sales rep and assistant clubhouse manager.
 
At that course, Brady wrote, he "worked with course superintendent while overseeing daily operations" and "monitored clubhouse activity and the sale of golf shop merchandise."
 
That, alas, was the end of his career in golf industry, but he still loves the game – and plays to about an 8 handicap.  
 
 
September 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods wrote a wide-ranging blog that was published on www.TigerWoods.com on Thursday, where he opened up about his coaching situation (there isn't one) and Tom Watson's three U.S. Ryder Cup Captain's Picks -- Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson.

Tiger Woods wrote a wide-ranging blog that was published on www.TigerWoods.com on Thursday, where he opened up about his coaching situation (there isn't one) and Tom Watson's three U.S. Ryder Cup Captain's Picks -- Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson.

"As for my coaching situation, there is no hard-and-set rule on this," Woods wrote. "I may just do it on my own. I'm keeping my options very, very open. I need to get healthy first before I start back and see how I feel. That's the No. 1 concern. And from there, then I can start deciding where I want to go with it."

Woods said he has consulted with close friend and former Stanford teammate Notah Begay III.

"He's like an older brother," said Woods of Begay. "We've discussed my options and what direction he thinks I should go. He's just trying to help out any way he can."

Woods wrote that he hasn't watched much golf, but he'll be tuning in to next week's Ryder Cup.

"I think Tom Watson made three great captain's picks," he said. "Hunter Mahan hits the ball on a string and is one of the best ball-strikers out here. And when he putts well, he wins, hands down. Webb Simpson is a great grinder. He's a great person to have in these team events because he can get up and down and make putts. And Keegan Bradley is just a ball of energy. He's the guy you want on the team because he's fired up, anxious to play and wants to do anything he can to help out his teammates. He's just fun to be around."

The only other time in his professional career in which Woods has missed out on the Ryder Cup was 2008 (he was recovering from knee surgery)... the last time the U.S. won. 

September 18, 2014 - 9:43am
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Cigar Guy
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This is a fascinating picture of Tiger Woods at the 2010 Ryder Cup, but the man with the mustache and the cigar stole the show.

In just eight days, the 40th Ryder Cup gets underway from Gleneagles in Scotland. We cannot wait.

With today being Thursday (#throwbackthursday), we figured we'd throw it back to the 2010 matches at Celtic Manor in Wales and one of the most fantastic and comical photos ever taken.

Mark Pain from the Dail Mail produced the snap you see above that was a viral sensation.

First of all, the photo is spectacular, as it looks like the golf ball struck by Tiger Woods is about to smash into the camera's lens. That alone makes it awesome.

However, talk about stealing the thunder! Check out the guy to the right with the mustache, wig and cigar. How funny is that?

The Daily Mail tracked down the man behind the costume shortly after those matches.

You can click here to read the story.

As it turns out, the man -- Rupesh Shingadia -- was merely trying to show his support for the European Team and this was his spin on dressing like Miguel Angel Jimenez.

We're not sure he pulled that off... but the photo is unforgettable nonetheless. 

September 18, 2014 - 8:16am
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Justin Leonard
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Justin Leonard celebrates after making a crucial putt on the 17th green at the Country Club in the Sunday singles matches at the 1999 Ryder Cup.

Things looked grim in the last Ryder Cup of the 20th century for a U.S. team that trailed 10-6 heading into Sunday's singles matches at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., in 1999.

It was at this very golf course where amateur and local boy Francis Ouimet, at age 20, was the surprise winner of the 1913 U.S. Open, outlasting legends Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff. So, if ever there were a course where the unlikely could happen, The Country Club was it.

On the eve of that final day, U.S. Captain Ben Crenshaw -- ever the optimist -- said this before exiting the media center: "I'm going to leave y'all with one thought, and then I'm going to leave. I'm a big believer in fate. I have a good feeling about this. That's all I'm going to tell you."

Crenshaw clearly knew something the rest of the world didn't. On that Sunday, his U.S. team overcame the largest final-day deficit to win back the Ryder Cup (Europe matched the comeback in 2012), 14 1/2-13 1/2.

It marked the first U.S. Ryder Cup win since 1993 and is one of only two U.S. victories in the last nine played.

Relive that magical Ryder Cup with this day-by-day breakdown:

Lion's Den Golf Club
Lion's Den Golf Club
John Daly has owned Lion's Den Golf Club since 1995.
It's no secret that times are tough at some golf courses around the country. On Wednesday, John Daly broke the news that his Lion's Den Golf Club in Dardenelle, Arkansas – the course he owns and where he lives – is in financial trouble.
 
"Have to shut doors and sell my golf course Lions Den really sad day," he tweeted, adding the hashtag: #notenoughmembers
 
Daly didn't provide any details, and my call to the club Wednesday night went unanswered, so I don't know any more than what Daly said in his tweet. The link from Daly's website to the club is already down.
 
 
Lion's Den is an 18-hole semi-private course northwest of Little Rock that stretches about 6,400 yards form the back tees. Designed by Jerry O'Neill, it opened in 1969. Golfers who rated the course on GolfLink.com gave it an average of 3.9 out of 5 stars.
 
Over at GolfNow.com, the course is described as "fun," and lists tee times as $40 on weekends.
 
Daly's decision must have been one of the toughest he's ever made – after all, he learned to play golf as a kid at Lion's Den, which back then was a nine-hole course known as Bay Ridge Golf Club. Daly bought it in 2005 – granting his mother's wish that he would one day own it.
 
The Golf Channel paid a visit to Lion's Den a few years ago while filming the show, "Being John Daly." You can see the three-minute clip below.
 
 
Greg Norman
Greg Norman via Instagram
Greg Norman was out and about soon after his chainsaw accident, but his left hand remains bandaged after surgery to repair nerve damage.
The scariest story of the week in golf has to be Greg Norman's near-disaster with a chainsaw last Saturday while trimming trees at his Jupiter Island, Florda, compound.
 
After his trip to the hospital, the Shark was up and around almost immediately, thankful that his injury wasn't worse than it as.
 
And, he has admitted, he had a weird feeling before he went out to work.
 
"I had a premonition, to tell you the truth, as I was getting my chainsaw ready that something bad was going to happen," Norman told Frank Keogh of the BBC. "I had this premonition and almost pulled out of it, but I thought it's not a big tree, not a real difficult task to do.
 
"We all have premonitions. That one was just unusually prophetic, I guess," he added. "I nearly didn't go down and chainsaw. The moral of the story is to trust your internal mechanism." 
 
Norman explained that he was almost finished with his chainsawing chores for the day when the accident occurred. 
 
 
"I was about four branches from being done, and there was one branch about chest high and I cut through and took my finger off the trigger," he said. "The branch was just about ready, was falling straight down, and I went to grab it with my left hand, but it was a little heavier than I anticipated. 
 
"The weight took my arm, right above where you wear your watch on your left wrist, and took it right into the chains as it was spooling down," he added. 
 
"I was very lucky in a lot of ways," he admitted. "If the chainsaw was going at full speed, my hand would have been cut off, and it missed my ulna nerve and muscles, so I was extremely, extremely lucky in that regard, by fractions of millimeters." 
 
After the accident, Norman and his family rushed to the hospital, where a hand surgeon performed a one-hour procedure to repair some nerve damage. He hopes to be healed enough to play in a celebrity tournament in China at the end of October.
 
"I've already started doing my own rehabbing exercises by putting the index finger of my right hand into my left hand and gripping it like a golf club, squeezing my top three fingers," he said. "If my recovery allows me to getting back to hitting balls in three weeks, I think I'll be back with a putter in my hand, maybe a chipper just to see how I feel. 
 
"That's Greg Norman's word for it, though," he admitted, "not the doctor's."