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Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen calmly hands his wedge back to his caddie Saturday after sinking a 54-foot birdie on No. 16.

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Retief Goosen missed just four greens in regulation Saturday on his way to a blistering 7-under 64 at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. And when he somehow did happen to come up a bit short on No. 16, look what happens on the very next shot:

 

 

Goosen made up 62 positions and was tied for second place before the second-round leaders even finished their breakfasts.

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March 14, 2014 - 10:44pm
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John Holmes
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Nick Faldo and elephant
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Nick Faldo and one of his Claret Jugs got up close and personal with an elephant in Thailand.
Good thing Nick Faldo owns three Claret Jugs because one of them just might end up as a pachyderm snack.
 
Faldo – who won the British Open in 1987, 1990 and 1992, along with the Masters in 1989, 1990 and 1996 – is spending a few days this week in the beautiful resort area of Phuket in Thailand, which is hosting the BMW Golf Cup International.
 
The event features amateurs from around the globe – and one very curious elephant that seems overly interested that precious silver chalice. Good thing Faldo is a big, strong guy.
 
 
 
Mizuno Play Famously golfers
Mizuno Golf
A few lucky golfers will (again) rub elbows with the likes of Mizuno staff players Luke Donald, Charles Howell and Jonathan Byrd as part of the second edition of the "Play Famously" campaign.
 
Last year, Mizuno Golf offered fans of its incredible golf clubs the chance to experience the life of a PGA Tour star by participating in its "Play Famously" campaign. This year, the contest returns with the hope of giving one lucky amateur golfer the experience of a lifetime.
 
Twelve weekend hackers from across the country will (again) be rubbing elbows with the likes of Mizuno staff players Luke Donald, Charles Howell and Jonathan Byrd.
 
Sound like an amateur golfer's dream?  If last year was any indication, it absolutely is.
 
Mizuno Golf’s Play Famously campaign was incredibly well received. It struck a nerve with its ability to unearth incredible stories of golf as a remedy; a solace that has helped individuals overcome significant life challenges, whether they be health-related, relationship-related or psychological.
 
 
What is the message this campaign seeks to convey? No one expects to throw a football like Peyton Manning or dunk a basketball like LeBron James. Likewise, average golfers know they’ll never hand in a scorecard as good as Luke Donald or Stacey Lewis. But even borderline duffers know that every so often they can hit a shot, or even play a hole, as well as Luke and Stacey. Golf is unique among sports because inside every golfer lurks a pro.
 
Mizuno decided to capitalize on this unique quality of golf. Last year the company gave average golfers the chance to “Play Famously” through a competition that rewarded 12 passionate high handicappers with a contract to become a member of Team JPX and receive the ultimate in pro-level treatment. To qualify, golfers had to submit a 500-word essay describing their passion for the game to the contest website, Playfamously.com. Mizuno saw nearly 6,000 golfers join the competition with a lucky 12 ultimately selected.
 
So this year, Mizuno is inviting average golfers to “Play Famously” once again. But instead of focusing only on their passion for game improvement, Mizuno is also focusing on "life improvement." Mizuno wants to celebrate "transformative" stories of how golf has helped, or is helping, individuals overcome significant life challenges. It's part and parcel to Mizuno's overall brand mission of "inspiring the true love of sports."
 
The sequel to Mizuno’s “Play Famously” launched in support of its new JPX EZ, the ultimate game-improvement iron, billed as the largest sweet spot in golf. It will also serve as an invitation for golfers to demo the irons and submit their stories about the transformative power of golf at work in their lives. Mizuno Golf announced the first members of Team JPX in February with two more added every month up to July 21.
 
All team members will receive their own custom set of Mizuno JPX– EZ irons, a custom Mizuno staff bag, Team JPX apparel, golf lessons from a professional instructor and the chance to compete in the JPX Invitational in September at the Country Club of the South in Atlanta.
 
 
 
 
March 14, 2014 - 10:36am
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T.J. Auclair
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State Traditions
State Traditions
The classy, clean look of State Traditions apparel and accessories is the perfect way to show off your state pride on the golf course.

Who doesn't take pride in their state? I come from Rhode Island -- the smallest state in the Union, in case you hadn't heard -- and I sure do.

Thanks to a company called, "State Traditions," you can show off that pride like never before.

State Traditions, based out of Birmingham, Ala., has released its 2014 collection of state-inspired apparel and accessories, available now at finer green grass shops and resorts nationwide and on the brand’s website www.statetraditions.com.

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The extensive State Traditions collection is made up of caps, visors, polos, belts, neckwear, and button-front shirts. Those items use the outlines of all 50 states to offer golfers a clean-looking alternative to the loud logos prevalent today.

"Our brand connects emotionally with consumers, everyone has a home state, alma mater or favorite team," says Keith Brown, President of State Traditions. "Whether it's on a golf trip with buddies or at a gameday tailgate, our pieces communicate those feelings in a timeless way."

Each piece of apparel and each accessory from State Traditions offers a choice of state silhouette in its respective flag pattern or colors reflective of its popular sports teams.

Retailing from $3 to $80, the State Traditions 2014 lineup is anchored by its robust headwear range, according to the company. The 100-percent cotton caps and visors, State Traditions says, marry classic style with modern design elements suitable for both sporting and everyday activities.

Along with a healthy offering of apparel for golfers -- the polos, caps, visors and belts -- State Traditions also offers premium ball markers and divot repair tools.

To learn more about State Traditions, visit www.statetraditions.com.
 

Rory McIlroy's old mansion in Northern Ireland
Rory McIlroy's five-bedroom house and 14-acre estate will be used in the hospitality business.
Rory McIlroy proposed to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki on New Year's Day, but the couple has yet to publicly announce a date or venue for the much-anticipated wedding. One thing you can bank on: The wedding will not take place at McIlroy's former mansion in Northern Ireland.
 
Other people may soon be getting married there, however, reports The Irish Mirror. The property, once worth $2.79 million, sold nearly a year ago to property developer and former TV personality Gary McCausland. His company, Robinhall House Ltd., now plans to use the five-bedroom house and 14-acre estate in the hospitality business.
 
 
The property sits in Carryduff, which is just outside Belfast, the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland. It boasts a gym and may soon have a swimming pool, but the most attractive feature has to be the golf course, which even comes with a putting green and driving range. This is basically the place where McIlroy honed his game en route to becoming the No. 1 player in the world.
 
McIlroy used to think he'd always be based in Northern Ireland, but with the PGA Tour and most of the biggest events primarily in the U.S., he purchased a $9.5 million, 15,000-square-foot mansion in Jupiter, Fla., in 2012.
 
McIlroy shared the Northern Ireland house with his ex-girlfriend, Holly Sweeney.
 
 
 
March 13, 2014 - 6:56pm
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John Holmes
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Tom Watson
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U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson says he hopes Tiger Woods is healthy enough to play at Gleneagles.
U.S. Ryder Cup Tom Watson met the media on Thursday at the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif., and made it very clear he's paying close attention to the players who are making moves up the points list – and to one who isn't.
 
"…Tiger has not played well and is injured. There's a story in itself," Watson said. "I want Tiger to be on the team in the worst way; I just hope he's healthy enough to be able to play."
 
Woods, of course, has been dealing with back pain much of the season so far, but Watson noted that, with six months still to go until the Ryder Cup is played, "it's really early yet, way too early to tell."
 
 
And while Woods has struggled, younger players like Patrick Reed have been soaring – and Watson definitely has noticed.
 
"What Patrick said [about being a top-5 player], I can understand him saying that, but after 14 events and winning three of them, I guess maybe he has a little bit of street cred," Watson said. "After my first event winning, I said I hope my goal was to be the best golfer in the world. After winning three out of the first 14, you've got to give the guy a little bit of credit."
 
Elsewhere in his news conference, Watson hit on topics ranging from the age of his vice captains to his impression of young French player Victor Dubuisson, who almost won the Accenture Match Play Championship and is likely to be on the European squad at Gleneagles. To read the entire transcript, click here.