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Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth now owns two majors and two Major League Baseball first-pitch honors.
 
Jordan Spieth won two majors this year, and now he's thrown out the first pitch in two Major League Baseball games as well.
 
Spieth fired a strike for his hometown Texas Rangers on Aug. 18. He took to the mound again tonight for the ceremonial toss ahead of the Boston Red Sox's game with the New York Yankees – and this curveball was a little high and outside.
 
 
Spieth is in Boston for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event in the PGA Tour's FedExCup playoffs, which begins on Friday and ends on Labor Day Monday. We're not sure how he feels about the Sox, but there's no doubt he's rooting (politely, of course) against the Yankees, who are battling his beloved Rangers for a wild card spot.
 
Here's his toss: 
 
 
Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell via Instagram
Graeme McDowell, who played a key role in the 2014 Ryder Cup, is out on the range with an eye on 2016.
 
A lot's going on in Graeme McDowell's life these days. He got married a few years ago, and now has a young daughter and a popular restaurant to look after. With all that, though, one thing's still very much on his mind: Making the European team for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.
 
"My #RoadtotheRyderCup started today," McDowell said in an Instagram post from a practice session he put up earlier today, which you can see at the bottom of this post. "Time to get this ship back on course. #grindtime"
 
McDowell, of course, played a huge role in Europe's 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 victory at Gleneagles last fall. He mentored French rookie Victor Dubuisson throughout the event, and teamed with him to defeat Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in the Friday foursomes and top Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in Saturday foursomes.   
 
McDowell then went out first in the Sunday singles and beat Jordan Spieth to blunt the hot start that the Americans had hoped to mount.
 
McDowell's video is a perfect reminder that the Europeans officially begin accumulating points for their 2016 team this week at the M2M Russian Open. It's unlikely that many players in the field in Moscow will wind up on the visiting team at Hazeltine next fall, but the point is that the race is on.
 
 
The Europeans will retain the points system they used in 2013-14. That means the first four players will come from the Ryder Cup European Points List, based on points gained in official European Tour events. The next five will come from the Ryder Cup World Points List, based on Official World Golf Ranking points gained globally.
 
After those nine players are determined, Captain Darren Clarke will select three wild cards to round out his team. The Europeans haven't yet announced which event will mark the end of their points-gathering process, but it'll no doubt be about this time next year.
 
The United States, by contrast, has been awarding points on a partial basis this year. Players vied for points at the four majors, as well as the five World Golf Championship events worldwide and the Players Championship. 
 
Starting with the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions next January, points will be up for grabs on the PGA Tour every week, including the majors and WGC events. The point-gathering process concludes at the 2016 Barclays, which ends on August 28, 2016, with the top eight points-getters earning automatic spots on the team.
 
U.S. Captain Davis Love III will make three of his four captain's picks on Sept. 11, 2016, at the conclusion of the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship. He'll then make his final pick on Sept. 25, 2016, at the conclusion of the Tour Championship.
 
 
 

My #RoadtotheRyderCup started today. Time to get this ship back on course. #grindtime

A video posted by Graeme McDowell (@graeme_mcdowell) on

 
Jason Day's putter
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Welding the hosel into the proper position is a key part of the construction of Jason Day's TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Spider putter.
 
Jason Day could probably sink putts with a monkey wrench these days, but the fact is that he's won three of his last four starts – the RBC Canadian Open, the PGA Championship and the Barclays – with a prototype model of TaylorMade's Ghost Itsy Bitsy Spider mallet.
 
Earlier today, TaylorMade posted a video that shows how its technicians build Day's putter from scratch. It is definitely worth the 152 seconds it'll cost you to watch it.
 
TaylorMade describes the putter as an Itsy Bitsy Japan model whose hosel is cut off and then hand-welded with a #3 short slant neck. Day prefers no sightline, TaylorMade says, so the technicians hand-weld in the existing line and buff the top until it's smooth. The head is then coated with a custom acrylic to give it its grey finish. 
 
 
The face insert is the 80/20 insert from the Ghost Tour line, TaylorMade explains. However, the insert must be hand ground to fit into the head, which is slightly smaller than other similar models.
 
The most interesting thing to me is how many individual parts and pieces TaylorMade uses to create this one putter. More specifically, I should say, I'm impressed with how well all these individual components fit together and work together. I don't yet have the details on Day's Itsy Bitsy Spider prototype, but the Daddy Long Legs  – also a large, high-MOI mallet– includes 16 different pieces made out of eight different materials ranging from carbon steel to Surlyn.    
 
The video is also a welcome reminder of the creativity and craftsmanship it takes to produce not only these putters but all of today's best golf clubs. And I'm glad to see that the TaylorMade technicians who assemble these putters get to take a bow at the end of the video – they, and their counterparts who make high-quality equipment at companies large and small around the world, deserve some recognition.
 
By the way, TaylorMade hasn't yet announced any plans to bring Day's putter to market. The company did create 20 exact replicas (since Day set the PGA Championship scoring mark of 20 under par) for sale at $750 apiece, but as you might guess they sold out awfully fast.  
 
Here's the video:
 
 
September 1, 2015 - 10:43am
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Tiger Woods
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A bronze statue of Tiger Woods (at least that's what the description says) is for sale on Craigslist. We don't really see the resemblance.

It's absolutely amazing the stuff you can find on Craigslist. There really is something out there for everyone.

And, as it turns out, there's someone in Japan who's hopeful there's someone out there looking for a "Tiger Woods bronze statue."

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Click here to see the actual ad for the, "Tiger Woods statue, bronze, 5 feet 3 inches tall. Removable driver."

I certainly don't possess a keen eye when it comes to art, but this statue looks like Tiger Woods about as much as this pumpkin carver's rendering of Rory McIlroy from last year:

 

In other words, with all due respect, not even close.

The Woods statue is going for ¥1200. Our friends at Golf.com ran the conversion for us: "We're not sure if it's Japanese Yen or Chinese Yuan. We’ll assume it's the Japanese Yen, which would convert to approximately $9.90 American currency. If that sounds too cheap, 1200 Chinese Yuan converts to approximately $188.13."

At $9.90, it might not be a bad investment.

September 1, 2015 - 8:51am
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Jase Robertson
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Jase Robertson, one of the stars of Duck Dynasty, went where few golfers would go recently in an effort to save a stroke or two -- knee deep in a pond.

How far would you go to save a stroke on the golf course?

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Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson would go knee-deep in a swamp... and there's video to prove it:

 

That's some dedication to your score, but it looks like poor Jase will be taking a penalty for hitting the wrong ball.

August 31, 2015 - 10:25pm
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Dash Day
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Dash Day takes some enthusiastic cuts at the driving range.
 
Thanks to Jason Day's amazing run of success this summer, we've all gotten to meet his young son, Dash. Not surprisingly, Dash seems to have the same love of the game that has propelled Jason to the top of the golf world.
 
Ellie Day – Jason's wife and Dash's mom – posted a little video of father and son out on the range, with Jason serving as caddie to Dash, who was working on his iron game. We're not sure he goes through the same pre-swing visualization routine that Jason has perfected, but it doesn't matter – he makes good, solid contact, and his enthusiasm is undeniable.
 
 
Given the stories we've all heard about Jason's difficult childhood and adolescence back in Australia, seeing him out on the range with Dash just feels extra special. It's great to know that the Day family will enjoy our great game together for decades to come.
 
Here's Dash taking some cuts, with some parental commentary in the background: