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Tom Glavine's Hall of Fame golf balls
Photo by Michael Abramowitz
"Nobody laughed harder than Tom Glavine" when he received a box of golf balls emblazoned with the number of his losses he recorded in his Major League career.
By Michael R. Abramowitz, The PGA of America
 
When former Atlanta Braves and New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine plays a round of golf, he doesn't have to look too far for a not-so-gentle reminder to remain humble.
 
Glavine, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, won 305 games during his Major League career. What isn't as well known is that he also lost 203 games during his 20-year stint in the big leagues.
 
After Glavine received the phone call from the Hall of Fame that he would be a first-ballot inductee, his friend, Jack Kennedy, decided to mark the occasion with some good-natured ribbing, courtesy of a gift of six dozen customized golf balls. So, on one side of Glavine's Titleist Pro V1s is his old uniform No. "47," and on the other is "Tom Glavine 203 losses." 
 
 
"When I opened up the package, I saw 47 on one side, and I thought, 'That's cool.' And when I turned the ball, and it had my 203 career losses on it. I thought that was pretty funny," said Glavine, who carries a 3 handicap and used to play "all the time" during Spring Training at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., when he was with the Mets. 
 
"I knew him before he was good," said Kennedy. "With all this talk about Tom having 305 wins and [former teammate and fellow Hall of Fame inductee] Greg Maddux having 355, nobody ever mentions that they also had 430 losses between them. So, I figured I'd have these made for Tom through a golf professional friend in Chicago. Nobody laughed harder about it than Tom Glavine."
 
"When I play at Country Club of the South [near Atlanta] with my normal group of buddies, I might leave a few that I hit in the woods for some of the members to find," said Glavine, who takes lessons from PGA Professional David Potts. 
 
Yet, when Glavine played at Leatherstocking Golf Club in Cooperstown, N.Y.,  during Hall of Fame Weekend, he sported another set of balls that merely displayed the date of his induction. "I think," he said, "Jack softened up a little bit for the induction ceremony."
 
 
In a number of ways, golf has served as a grounding experience for Glavine.
 
"During my career, [Braves Manager] Bobby Cox recognized that we needed an outlet, and golf was the perfect way to get away from baseball," he explained. "Still, we'd have a lot of conversations on the course centered around baseball, individual things, who we were facing next and ways to approach different hitters."
 
Spoken like a very humble Hall of Famer with 203 losses and 305 wins!
 
July 30, 2014 - 2:42pm
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Even Jonas Blixt got into the fad of copying Rickie Fowler, wearing an all-orange outfit when they were paired together at the Barclays last year.

They say we all have a doppelganger somewhere in the world. That is unless you're Rickie Fowler, in which case, you have quiet a few. 

While at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational practice round on Wednesday, Fowler stopped to take a selfie with a special guest: a giant cutout of his head. 

Fowler, a social media connoisseur, also found a young fan dressed along the lines of Fowler's alter ego, Dick Fowler, P.I.

RELATED: Fowler stars in commercial as Dick Fowler, P.I.

Then again, finding young fans dressed up like Fowler is nothing new for the 25-year-old who played for Oklahoma State. Whether it's something as simple as starting off with an orange Puma hat...

...or dressing up in his traditional Sunday orange attire to watch him at last year's PGA Championship...

...there seems to be no end to the number of children who want to be like Fowler. Apparently, even young Fowler got into the act of dressing up as his favorite golfer.

This all sounds a bit like the basic idea behind the movie "Inception." But instead of having a dream within a dream, we have children dressing up as a golfer who dressed up as a golfer when he was younger. 

And speaking of "Inception," we can't help but notice a resemblance between Fowler and that movie's star, Leonardo DiCaprio.

Rory McIlroy at the British Open
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Rory McIlroy was obviously the big winner at the British Open, claiming his third major and a cool $1.67 million in prize money. Pretty soon, there might be another big winner – the guy who caught the ball that McIlroy flung into the stands at Royal Liverpool after he sank his final putt.
 
That guy, Lee Horner from Leeds, England, snagged the Nike RZN Black ball that McIlroy tossed, and has put it up for auction on GreenJacketAuctions.com.
 
The bidding began at $1,000, and is already up over $6,000. And seeing as how the auction doesn't end  until Aug. 9, it's surely headed much higher.
 
 
After all …
 
"How many chances will a collector have in their entire life to obtain the actual ball used to win a Major Championship?," Green Jacket Auctions asks. "This is a ball that will only gain in significance for the next 20, 50, even 100 years. In the collecting world, this is what's called a "dream piece" – something that no one could ever expect would become available for sale; yet here it is."
 
On the auction page, Green Jacket Auctions explains that "we too watched in astonishment as Rory chucked that Hall of Fame-worthy ball into the crowd. But we went a step further. We immediately took to Twitter to tell our loyal followers, as well as several prominent sportswriters, that we had a mission for them: Find. That. Ball."
 
The ball has been confirmed by Nike as the real deal, and contains a few very specific markings. It is stamped with McIlroy's nickname "Rors," and has a black dot underneath the Swoosh and a black aiming line through the words "RZN Black." 
 
 
July 28, 2014 - 6:01pm
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Zoe Mahan gold putter
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Ping celebrated Zoe's first birthday by giving us another look at her special putter, which has her name, birthdate and birth weight on it.
The big story of the 2013 RBC Canadian Open came when Hunter Mahan – who was leading after 36 holes in Ontario – got news that his wife, Kandi, had gone into labor. Mahan, who was just about to begin his third round, immediately packed up and flew home to Dallas for the birth of his daughter a few hours later.
 
Zoe Olivia Mahan celebrates her first birthday today. She arrived in this world about a month before her due date, which is why Mahan chose to go to Canada in the first place.
 
After her birth, Mahan thanked his sponsors for appreciating "what's important in life," and Ping Golf commemorated her arrival by creating one of its gold "winners" putters for her. These putters are created for each Ping staffer who wins an event, and one of them goes into the fabled Ping vault at company HQ in Phoenix.
 
Ping celebrated Zoe's first birthday by giving us another look at her putter, which as you can see has her name, birthdate and birth weight on it. That was a very cool gesture by Ping, and was especially appropriate since Mahan gave up the lead to return home.
 
Mahan, by the way, returned to the Canadian Open last week, but couldn't recapture last year's magic. He shot 68-75 at Royal Montreal to miss the cut – and, as a consolation, have plenty of time to get home for the birthday party.
 
 
July 27, 2014 - 11:04am
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Drew Brees and Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson hung with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during last week's training camp at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, where Watson owns a home.

By PGA.com staff

Bubba Watson’s chance to impress his favorite NFL team slipped through the two-time Masters champion’s fingers.

Watson, an avid New Orleans Saints fan, attended the team’s training camp last week at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, where he owns a home. Watson tweeted pictures of him with Saints’ coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. But his big moment came on Friday.

In a designed trick play that NOLA.com reported had Watson randomly coming off the sideline onto the field after the ball was snapped, Brees targeted him a deep ball. The pass hit him in the hands. And he dropped it. Stories vary regarding who was to blame for the incompletion that drew boos from spectators.

“He’s blaming me, saying I under-threw him,” Brees told reporters after the practice. “I didn’t want to overthrow him. I thought it was something he could come back to. So he’s saying QB error. I’m saying receiver error. What I really wanted was an over-the-top throw. We’re going to have to practice that. I’m going to have to get him off the course this afternoon and back here for some extra reps.”

By the looks of things, Watson had plenty of fun, though. He spent time signing autographs and taking pictures with fans and the Saints players and coaches. And he even got his hands on the Saints playbook. We're guessing the trick play to Watson is no longer included.

 

Cleveland Tour Rack wedges
Courtesy of Cleveland Golf
The new Tour Rack wedges from Cleveland Golf unique dark finish that makes them look like they just came out of the freezer and are still covered in ice crystals.
There are limited editions and then there are limited editions.
 
Cleveland Golf this week said it is making available to the public a special version of its Tour Rack wedges which previously had been made strictly for tour players – like Graeme McDowell, who has one in the bag this week at the RBC Canadian Open.
 
And when they say this is a limited run, they mean it – there are only 300 of them.
 
 
The Tour Rack wedges get their name, Cleveland says, because tour players visiting company headquarters in California can find them sitting on the "tour rack." And because there are so few of them, they're available only at a handful of retailers.
 
As you can see in the photo, these wedges have a unique dark finish that, to me, makes them look like they just came out of the freezer and are still covered in ice crystals. Known specifically as Tour Rack Limited Edition No. 38, they're available in a 56-degree model with 11 degrees of bounce and a 60-degree model with 9 degrees of bounce. Both come with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts and Golf Pride Z-Cord grips.  
 
They carry a suggested retail price of $250, and you can call Cleveland at 800-999-6263 to find the retail location nearest you.