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December 2, 2014 - 12:34pm
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Tiger Woods will make his first appearance since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

By The Associated Press

US PGA TOUR

HERO WORLD CHALLENGE

Site: Windermere, Florida.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Isleworth Golf & Country Club (7,544 yards, 6,898 metres, par 72).

Purse: $3.5 million. Winner's share: $1 million.

Field: Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Zach Johnson, Chris Kirk, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Hideki Matsuyama, Graeme McDowell, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Steve Stricker, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods.

Last year: Johnson won at Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, California. He holed out from 58 yards from a drop area for par on the last hole to force a playoff with tournament host Woods and won with a par on the first extra hole.

Notes: Woods is making his first start since missing the cut in the US PGA Championship in August. He missed most of the year because of back issues and recently started working with Chris Como, a specialist in biomechanics of the golf swing. Woods won the event in 2001, `04, `06, `07 and `11. ... Spieth won the Australian Open on Sunday, closing with a 63 for a six-stroke victory. ... Stenson is coming off a successful title defense two weeks ago in the European Tour's season-ending event in Dubai. ... Watson also won in his last start, taking the HSBC Champions in China on Nov. 9. ... The Franklin Templeton Shootout is next week in Naples, Florida.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

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EUROPEAN TOUR/SUNSHINE TOUR

NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE

Site: Sun City, South Africa.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Gary Player Country Club (7,831 yards, 7,161 metres, par 72).

Purse: $6.5 million. Winner's share: $1.25 million.

Last year: Denmark's Thomas Bjorn had two back-nine eagles in a closing 65 for a two-stroke victory over Sergio Garcia and Jamie Donaldson.

Notes: The tournament opens the European Tour's 2014-15 season. ... Bjorn is in the 30-man field along with European Ryder Cup teammates Donaldson, Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher. Kaymer won the 2012 event. ... Luke Donald, Miguel Angel Jimenez and South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and Tim Clark also are playing along with Americans Brooks Koepka and Kevin Na. Koepka won his first European Tour title last month in Turkey. ... The Alfred Dunhill Championship is next week at Leopard Creek.

Online: http://www.europeantour.com

Sunshine Tour site: http://www.pgatour.co.za

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OTHER TOURNAMENTS

MEN

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Golf Nippon Series JT Cup, Thursday-Sunday, Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club, Tokyo. Online: http://www.jgto.org

ASIAN TOUR: Indonesia Open, Thursday-Sunday, Damai Indah Golf, PIK Course, Jakarta, Indonesia. Online: http://www.asiantour.com

PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: Argentina Open, Thursday-Sunday, Martindale Country Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Online: http://www.pgatourla.com

PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: NSW PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Riverside Oaks Golf Resort, Cattai, Australia. Online: http://www.pgatour.com.au

ONEASIA TOUR: Dongfeng Nissan Cup, Friday-Sunday, Foison Golf Club, Guangzhou, China. Online: http://www.oneasia.asia

WOMEN

LPGA TOUR: LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Wednesday-Sunday, LPGA International, Rees Jones Course and Arthur Hills Course, Daytona Beach, Florida. Online: http://www.lpga.com

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Women's Indian Open, Thursday-Saturday, Delhi Golf Club, New Delhi. Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com

December 2, 2014 - 8:08am
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T.J. Auclair
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The Frenchman -- who would go on to be a force for Europe in the Ryder Cup -- channeled his inner Seve Ballesteros in the Match Play Championship to pull off two of the most impressive up and downs you'll ever see.

Over the course of the year, there are so many great golf shots hit in the professional ranks that it's almost impossible to narrow them down to the 10 best... but, we tried.

A team at PGA.com huddled up to debate the best shots of 2014 in professional men's and women's golf. Surely you'll think of a shot that didn't make our list and we understand that... and we want you tell us about it over on our PGA.com Facebook page.

YEAR END: PGA's favorite photos of 2014 | 2013's top shot

We're pretty confident, however, that these 10 shots will stand out in your mind as among the most memorable.

10. Rory McIlroy's 245-yard approach to the 72nd hole at PGA National in the Honda Classic. McIlroy needed a birdie to force a playoff, which forced the issue on the par-5 closing hole. He went for the green in two with an amazing cut 5-wood that nestled to within 8 feet of the hole to set up what would have been a tournament-winning eagle. McIlroy missed the eagle putt, but made birdie. He eventually lost in a playoff, but this shot was one of his best of the year -- and that's saying something.

 

9. Mo Martin's 240-yard approach on the final hole at Royal Birkdale in the Women's British Open. An underdog in every sense of the word, Martin hit this laser-like shot of a lifetime to within a couple feet of the hole to set up a short eagle putt to claim her first ever LPGA win... which also happened to be a major.

 

8. Billy Horschel's 30-foot par putt on No. 16 at East Lake in the final round of the Tour Championship. Put it this way -- not all 30-foot putts are created equal. That's the case here. Just when it looked as though the Tour Championship -- and a $10 million bonus for winning the FedExCup -- might be slipping away from Horschel, he nailed this bomb to pretty much guarantee the Brinks truck would be waiting behind the 18th green.

 

7. Michelle Wie's 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Pinehurst in the final round of the U.S. Women's Open. It's important to note here that Wie had a three-shot lead in the tournament when she stepped to the 16th tee. She then made a double-bogey that cut her lead to one. However, this fantastic birdie putt on No. 17 gave Wie a comfortable (well, as "comfortable" as can be in a major) two-shot lead with one hole to play, setting up the biggest win and moment of her career. (The putt is at the 43-second mark).

 

6. Tiger Woods holes a 91-foot birdie putt in Cadillac Championship at Doral. There weren't many highlights in 2014 for the oft-injured Woods, but this was one of them.

 

5. Paula Creamer holes 75-foot eagle putt to win HSBC Women's Champions playoff. Who doesn't love a risk-reward hole to close out a tournament? On this par 5 hole, Creamer elected to go for the green in two, while her opponent chose to lay up. Creamer found the green with her approach, but it was no guaranteed two-putt... It was actually a center-cut one putt for eagle that sent Creamer off on an understandable fist-pumping rampage.

 

4. Matt Jones holes out a pitch shot to win the Shell Houston Open. Talk about coming through in the clutch. Not only did Jones hole this shot to win for the first time on the PGA Tour... but it also allowed him to lock up the final spot in the Masters the following week. Pretty special.

 

3. Jamie Donaldson's approach to the 15th hole at Gleneagles to set up Europe's Ryder Cup-clinching point. Donaldson may have been a European Ryder Cup rookie, but he sure didn't look the part in Sunday's singles matches where he took down U.S. bulldog Keegan Bradley. Donaldson's wedge approach to kick-in range on No. 15 secured the win for Europe -- its third straight.

 

2. Rory McIlroy makes two eagles in three holes to close out third round of Open Championship. Remember when McIlroy was in that big slump? Yeah... we almost don't remember either. With these two eagles in three holes, McIlroy took a six-shot lead into the final round of the Open at Royal Liverpool, where he would claim his third major title.

 

1. Victor Dubuisson makes two incredible par saves from the desert at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. This little-known Frenchman -- who would go on to be a force for Europe in the Ryder Cup -- channeled his inner Seve Ballesteros in the Match Play Championship to pull off two of the most impressive up and downs you'll ever see.

Honorable mentions:
- Tom Watson chips one-armed & backwards at the Toshiba Classic
- Charl Schwartzel hits an incredible golf shot off the road at the Volvo Golf Champions
- Matt Kuchar's final hole greenside bunker hole out to win the Heritage 

 

December 1, 2014 - 8:13pm
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If Monday was a practice swing
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Here's a practice swing you might not want to practice.
Monday is almost over as I sit typing this, but I thought I'd share this funny Vine video with you. I've seen many goofy moments on the golf course – and perpetrated plenty of my own – but this is a new one for me.
 
It was posted on Twitter by golf writer Pete Pappas, who's previously posted several other similarly funny videos. I don't know who this golfer is or when or where the video was shot, but it made me laugh. Hopefully, you'll get a chuckle out of it, too.
 
And by the way, if your ball moves when you hit it with a divot from your practice swing, it counts as a stroke.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lydia Ko will study psychology while she continues her career on the LPGA Tour.
Lydia Ko missed her high school graduation the other day, but she had a good excuse: Her school is in New Zealand, and she was busy wrapping up her first full season on the LPGA Tour by winning the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.
 
Ko, 17, who also ran away with the LPGA Tour's rookie of the year award, made it back to the Pinehurst School in Albany, New Zealand, last week, though, and took part in an awards ceremony for the school's youngest students. And, she said, she's planning to continue her education as well.
 
Starting next year, Ko will study psychology at South Korea's prestigious Korea University in Seoul. She was born in South Korea before moving to New Zealand at age 6.
 
 
"I'll have to listen to what the university says to decide how I will do my studies," she told the Yonhap news agency. "I'll have to make sure I submit the required papers and projects as the majority of my classes will be done online."
 
Even as she began building her golf career, Ko has spoken of pursuing her education. She once said she hoped to study at Stanford University, where Michelle Wie recently graduated.
 
Ranked No. 3 in the world after her CME Group Tour Championship victory gave her five LPGA Tour titles, Ko is planning to visit family members in Korea over the holidays and then return to Florida to prepare for the 2015 LPGA Tour season.
 
December 1, 2014 - 10:33am
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Country Club of Greenfield employee Adis Jarovic took two photos of the same scene, 19 hours apart.

If you need a visual representation of what happens when weather ends the golfing season, this is it.

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Adis Jarovic, a native of Montenegro and employee at the Country Club of Greenfield in Massachusetts, snapped a photo of the sunset just as he finished one of the last rounds of golf at the course Tuesday afternoon. When it began snowing the following morning, Jarovic recreated the same shot -- and this is what PGA head golf professional Kevin Piecuch tweeted to us.

 

"I think we got about six inches," Piecuch said. "It was a quick storm, but it was our first big storm of the season and it basically shut us down for the season. It was kind of neat that he took it."

Piecuch said Jarovic just started playing golf about a year ago and has become passionate about it, so Jarovic wanted to make sure he got on the course before the weather changed. And he did a wonderful job of illustrating how quickly golf course conditions can change, particularly in late November.

November 30, 2014 - 5:04pm
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Greg Norman
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Greg Norman poses for a selfie Sunday with his golfing partner.

Greg Norman is one tough Aussie, as evidenced by this selfie he posted Sunday on Twitter:

 

 

Why is a photo of Norman on a golf course newsworthy? Because a little over two months ago, Norman almost lost his left hand at the wrist.

Norman was pruning trees at his South Florida home on Sept. 13 when he accidentally sliced into his left wrist with the chainsaw, nearly severing the limb. Amazingly, Norman missed the main artery by a fraction of an inch, and doctors were able to successfully perform surgery.

In less than 24 hours, the Shark was back at the scene of his accident, wearing a large protective cast on his left arm but giving the thumbs up signal with his right.

Here's his quote from the Associated Press story on Sept. 14:

"Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off," Norman said. "I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am."