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February 16, 2017 - 10:38am
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T.J. Auclair
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It's nesting season for hawks in Florida. For golfers, that can lead to a dangerous situation.

Birdie. Eagle. Albatross. The elusive Condor. Those are the kinds of birds you want on a golf course.

But when it comes to hawks, look out.

A story on www.clickorlando.com focuses on Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, which is warning its players about aggressive hawks infiltrating the property that have been known to attack members.

From www.clickorlando.com:

"Spring is nesting season for hawks, so birds are coming together to build nests and families," said Rehabiliation Supervisor for Audubon Center for Birds of Prey Dianna Flynt. "Nesting season is the only time of year that hawks are aggressive, because they are trying to protect their nest and see humans as predators."

According to the story, 3-4 members were attacked last year with one woman requiring staples in her head.

Hawks and their nests are protected under law, so the golf course cannot legally remove the nest. Instead, they are encouraging people to take proper precaution when coming into the hawk's nesting area.

Flynt said the best way to protect yourself from nesting hawk attacks are by avoiding the area, carrying an umbrella or wearing a hat. The Orange Tree Golf Club sign warns members to do exactly that when they are around the area.

Here's the official warning from Orange Tree Golf Club:

 

February 16, 2017 - 10:21am
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Today, February 16, 2017, marks the 21-year anniversary of the release of golf-themed "Happy Gilmore" starring Adam Sandler.

Today, February 16, 2017, marks the 21-year anniversary of the golf-themed movie "Happy Gilmore" starring Adam Sandler.

The flick, which rolled in $41.2 million at the box office (and was shot with a $12 million budget) portrays Happy Gilmore (Sandler's character) as a failed hockey enforcer who turns to golf to make enough money in hopes of keeping his beloved grandmother out of a nursing home.

You already knew that, though. "Happy Gilmore" is most well-known for its laugh-out-loud moments -- like Gilmore's fist fight in a pro-am with Bob Barker; any scene with the evil Shooter McGavin; Chubbs Peterson, the pro who was forced to retire early when his hand was bitten off by an alligator, and has the great mini-golf scene teaching Gilmore to putt; and Ben Stiller, the mean orderly at Gilmore's grandmother's nursing home, who forces the elderly to knit sweaters and blankets.

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For the 20th anniversary of the movie in 2016, www.vh1.com compiled some fun facts you may not have known. Among our favorites:

- Kevin Costner was the producers’ first choice to play Happy Gilmore antagonist Shooter McGavin. He passed in order to make his own well-regarded (and very different) 1996 golf comedy, Tin Cup.

- Christopher McDonald almost turned down Shooter McGavin as well, because he’d become tired of playing villains. After meeting Adam Sandler and realizing how funny the film would be, he came on board. McDonald has since said it was one of the very best moves of his career.

- Francis Bay, who plays Happy's beloved Grandma, is familiar to Seinfeld fans as the bakery customer who Jerry mugs for a marble rye while snarling, "Ah, shut up, ya old bag!"

Here are a few of our favorite scenes from "Happy Gilmore" including the famous driver swing, which you're lying if you say you haven't attempted:

February 15, 2017 - 9:22am
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Still struggling through back spasms that forced his withdrawal from the Dubai Desert Classic after one round two weeks ago and the announcement of his withdrawal last Friday from the Genesis Open and Honda Classic, Tiger Woods -- at the advice of doctors -- also canceled a scheduled press conference for Wednesday.

Tiger Woods -- out once again indefinitely due to back spasms -- was scheduled to meet with the media at the Genesis Open at Riviera on Tuesday.

Woods had been scheduled to play in the event until withdrawing last week, but we still expected to be on site with his charitable foundation being the tournament's primary beneficiary.

On Monday, the presser was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Then, late Tuesday night, it was announced that the Woods presser would be scrapped all together. The 14-time major champion, who did travel to California, was "advised by doctors to limit all activities."

ESPN.com's Bob Harig spoke with Woods' agent Mark Steinberg early Wednesday.

"He is just having a hard time getting these spasms to calm down," Steinberg told Harig. "And he's working on that on an hourly basis. He's got personnel working with him to help pacify that."

Woods made his return to the PGA Tour after a 16-month layoff three weeks ago at Torrey Pines. He missed the cut there and then traveled to Dubai for what was meant to be the second of four tournaments in a five-week stretch.

Woods lasted one round in Dubai before withdrawing due to back spasms, but left the door open for a possible return this week at the Genesis Open and again next week at the Honda Classic.

Last Friday, he canceled those plans, withdrawing from both tournaments. He released this statement:

"My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down. This is not what I was hoping for or expecting. I am extremely disappointed to miss the Genesis Open, a tournament that benefits my foundation, and The Honda Classic, my hometown event. I would like to thank Genesis for their support, and I know we will have an outstanding week."

The chances that Woods will be able to compete in the 2017 Masters seem to be getting smaller by the day.