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Greg Maddux has competed in every American Century Championship since 2009.

When former Atlanta Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this Sunday, there more than likely won't be any mention of their exploits on the golf course on their plaques. But there very well could be.

Glavine and Maddux, who helped pitch the Braves to the World Series title in 1995, are both regulars out on the course and both maintain pretty impressive handicaps.

Maddux, who plays most often in the Las Vegas area, carries a 3.9 handicap out onto the course, according to the USGA's Golf Handicap and Information Network. Glavine has his former teammate beat with his 3.4 on a pair of Georgia courses, according to GHIN.

How does Maddux look out there? Take a look at his swing, compared to former Braves teammate John Smoltz's swing.

Not bad for guys who made their living on a baseball diamond. Then again, golf is not something these two picked up after retirement from baseball. Both played regularly on days they didn't pitch, and Maddux now runs a charity outing every year in Las Vegas.

Maddux even competed in the American Century Championship last weekend, finishing 45th. "Mad Dog" has become a staple at the celebrity event, having played in every one since his first year following his baseball career (2009), and finishing a career-best 33rd in 2011.

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Glavine hasn't competed in any big events but he still carries the reputation as a golfer. When the announcement was made in January that he and Maddux had been elected into the Hall of Fame (along with former Chicago White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas), the duo appeared on MLB Network to participate in a chipping contest. 

(Skip ahead to 1:50 to see Maddux hit first)

The crazy part about this is Maddux and Glavine may not have even been the best golfers on the Braves in the mid 1990s. Smoltz was another avid golfer and has on multiple occasions tried to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Smoltz, who could be inducted into the Hall of Fame as soon as next year, has also competed in every American Century Championship since 2010, and has ended each championship in the top 10.

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While not as good as any of the three pitchers, former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was another golfer on those Braves teams. He participated in the past two ACC events following his retirement after the 2012 season. At the PGA Championship last year, Jones talked with PGA.com about his golf career.

If that wasn't enough of a Braves conection for you, there is more. The manager of those teams, Bobby Cox, will also enter the Hall of Fame as a manager this weekend and now sponsors a charity golf outing to benefit the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Georgia.

The Braves were a dominant team in the 1990s with five National League pennants, and probably could have fielded one of the best golf teams during that time if that had been a contest. Instead, those teams will have to settle for one World Series title and a couple Hall of Famers. Not a bad consolation prize.

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The final print edition of Golf World magazine recounts Rory McIlroy's victory at the Open Championship.
The transition from print to digital took another big stride today, at least in the world of golf, when Golf World magazine announced that this week's issue would be its last on paper.
 
Golf World – the oldest surviving golf magazine in America, published since 1947 – had been publishing 31 weeks a year, and will switch immediately to an all-digital format. Golf World is the sister publication of Golf Digest, which will continue to print its monthly editions.
 
"These are the right decisions, but they're tough ones," said Jerry Tarde, the chairman of both magazines. "This brand has been around a long time, and we want it be around for a long time. The only way to do it is by meeting the expectation of our readers.
 
"It's a response to the times and people's reading habits, and the changing nature of the 24-hour news cycle," he added. "The notion of a print magazine that lands a week after the action ... the perspective is really good, but it's much better if it can be delivered immediately. That's what our readers' expectations are." 
 
The all-digital product will combine the magazine's trademark tournament coverage and opinion pieces with other features including, eventually, video reporting. 
 
The change was described as part of a "new strategic vision" for Golf World, whic will now produce 50 digital editions per year. Starting next week, the magazine will be available for free on the Golf Digest website. Current subscribers can get a refund for the remainder of their subscription or switch over to a Golf Digest subscription, the company said.
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 
 
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Charles Barkley received some last-minute tips from Hank Haney, but it really didn't help him at the American Century Championship.

Well, golf was never Charles Barkley's sport.

Playing at the American Century Championship this past weekend, Barkley finished the three-round tournament with a 98-over par, five shots worse than Hilary Knight for last place.

Just how ugly was it for Sir Charles? Take a look at his scorecard.

 

 

There are a lot of double bogeys. But maybe it was all intentional because he liked that shade of orange since it does look similar to the orange in Auburn's logo.

That theory was almost believable until this video came out.


We can't be positive, but we're pretty sure that is not the way Hank Haney taught Barkley how to swing.

Do not fear, there could still be hope for Barkley's golf game. Former PGA Tour pro and 1993 PGA Championship winner Paul Azinger has offered Barkley the chance to fix his game.

 

There's been no word on if Barkley will accept the offer. But we know one thing for sure: it couldn't hurt.

Angela Stanford at Target Field
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Angela Stanford, a regular at Texas Rangers games, now has seen a game in every Major League Baseball stadium.
Angela Stanford is a good Texas girl and a die-hard Texas Rangers fan. Her love of sports and her LPGA Tour schedule over the last decade and a half have taken her all over the country, and on Monday night she put the finishing touches on a quest of which I am extremely envious.
 
By attending the Twins-Indians game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Stanford checked her final destination off her list – she's now seen a game at every Major League Baseball park.
 
To commemorate the occasion, she tweeted a photo from Target Field. She also was wearing a Twins cap, but hopefully the Rangers will understand. After all, she was trying to help them out – she tweeted a photo of Ranger-turned-Indian David Murphy with the caption, "I'm trying to talk him into coming back."
 
Catching a game in every ballpark is one of those bucket list things that many fans aspire to but very few actually accomplish. So congrats to Stanford, and maybe her achievement will inspire the Rangers – maybe not to make the playoffs but to at least pass the Astros in the standings.
 
 
 
Lydia Ko at the Marathon Classic
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Lydia Ko earned her fourth career LPGA Tour title on Sunday with a clutch birdie on the final hole.
She got lost a little bit in the all the hoopla over Rory McIlroy's victory in the Open Championship, but Lydia Ko enjoyed quite a memorable day on Sunday as well.
 
The 17-year-old earned her fourth LPGA Tour victory, winning the Marathon Classic – long known as the Jamie Farr – by making a birdie on the last hole to win by a shot. And I have to say, my favorite part of her victory was the tweet below showing her plopping down in the grass to sketch out her victory speech. 
 
Here are some facts and figures from her big day, as assembled by the LPGA Tour:
 
--She becomes the youngest player in LPGA Tour history to cross the $1 million mark in career earnings at 17 years, 2 months, 26 days. The previous record holder was Lexi Thompson, who got to $1 million last year at 18 years, 7 months, 5 days.
 
--She now has earned $1,061,019 this season, and is now third on the money list. She's already 194th on the LPGA career money list – remember, she only turned pro last fall, and this is her first season playing for money.
 
--She's also No. 2 in the women's world rankings behind No. 1 Stacy Lewis, and is No. 3 in the Race to the CME Globe standings behind only Lewis and No. 2 Michelle Wie.
 
--So far this season, she has made the cut in all 15 events she's played, with two victories, five additional top-5 finishes and six additional top-10 finishes. And that's on top of her 2013 LPGA Tour season when, as an amateur, she was 12-for-12 in cuts made with a win and five additional top-10 finishes.
 
Not bad for a high-school-age kid who swears she gets nervous over every shot.
 
 
 
 
Rory McIlroy with the claret jug
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Rory McIlroy enjoyed one quiet moment alone with the claret jug after winning the Open Championship.
As if Rory McIlroy's life wasn't hectic enough as it is, he'll no doubt be busier than ever after winning the Open Championship on Sunday. 
 
Soon after his victory was final, he took a selfie with, it seems, as many people as he could find in the clubhouse at Royal Liverpool. The photo of that scene that I posted a few hours ago was by prominent Getty Images photographer David Cannon, and he shared another one a little later of a completely different moment.
 
 
This one captured McIlroy alone in the locker room, with just his golf bag and the claret jug. It's pretty special, too.
 
After that brief respite, McIlroy went out to celebrate with, among others, 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose. He said he's planning to take this week to revel in his accomplishment and then start focusing on what's next – specifically the PGA Championship.