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March 3, 2014 - 11:42pm
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Matthew McConaughey
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Matthew McConaughey, before he won an Oscar, won a golf trophy while a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at the University of Texas.
Matthew McConaughey had a pretty good Sunday, as he won the Oscar for Best Actor for his starring role in "Dallas Buyers Club."
 
And on Monday, he received an invitation to play a round with the University of Texas golf team. Now, McConaughey and his family live in Austin, so you could argue that the Longhorns are a little late in issuing the invite, which you can see in the tweet embedded below.
 
McConaughey is, of course, a native Texan, born in the small town of Uvalde, and played high school golf and tennis in Longview. He also played while attending the University of Texas, where he apparently won at least one title while a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
 
He's appeared on the Golf Digest list of Hollywood's top 100 golfers, says he's made four holes-in-on, and has co-hosted a celebrity charity golf event with former Longhorns football coach Mack Brown and singer Jack Ingram. He also talked golf in one of Ann Liguori's "InnerView" segments a few years ago, which you can see below.
 
The Horns' golf program is headquartered at the University of Texas Golf Club, a pretty nice facility out in northwest Austin. So once he got wind of the invitation, we can presume that McConaughey responded by saying: "awright, awright, awright."
 
 
 
March 3, 2014 - 10:31pm
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major champions at seminole
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Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner, Justin Rose and Adam Scott (and respective trophies & jacket) attend the Seminole Member-Pro.

Quick, what event in 2014 has had all four current major champions play? Hawaii? Nope. Torrey? Pebble? Nope. A World Golf Championship? Try again.

The answer is...Seminole. Yes, Seminole Golf Club, the pristine and very exclusive golf club in Juno Beach, Florida held its annual member-pro (where a member invites a pro (touring or club professional)) and if you get invited to play at Seminole...well, you don't turn it down. Doesn't matter who you are, you don't turn it down.
 

 

So among the pros lucky enough to be invited were the current major champions. And they even brought some hardware to boot (well, Adam Scott brought a green jacket, which let's be honest, is as cool as any golf trophy).

There aren't going to be many photos released from the event but we were lucky enough to get a few shots from Twitter.
 

 

We're not even sure who won, but with a field like this, you can bet it was a pretty incredible performance.  

 

You can follow John Kim on twitter (or invite him to your member-guest) at @johnkim

Paula Creamer's TaylorMade Ghost Daytona 12 putter
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Paula Creamer used a TaylorMade Ghost Daytona 12 putter trimmed in her trademark pink and festooned with her initials and a heart on the face.
No offense to all the guys who battled down the stretch in the Honda Classic, but the shot of the week belonged to Paula Creamer. She earned her first victory since 2010 at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore by draining a 75-foot eagle putt in a playoff with Azahara Munoz.
 
Creamer drained her prodigious putt with a TaylorMade Ghost Daytona 12 putter. But not just any old TaylorMade Ghost Daytona 12 putter. Instead of the standard white with black trim model, the Pink Panther used a custom-made version trimmed in her trademark pink and with sort of a purple sheen. The face includes Creamer's initials and a big ol' heart. 
 
TaylorMade shared a couple of photos of Creamer's favorite flat stick after her victory. One of the images is above, and views of both the face and back are in the tweet embedded below. 
 
In case you haven't seen the video of her amazing putt, you can see it by clicking right here – and you owe to to yourself to take a look. And if you'd like to see the full list of her equipment, as well as the gear that Honda Classic winner Russell Henley and Tshawne Open champion Ross Fisher used, click here.
 
 
Graeme McDowell and Pete Bevacqua at PGA of America headquarters
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Graeme McDowell received a PGA of America membership card from Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua during his visit to PGA Headquarters.
Graeme McDowell drove a dagger through the hearts of all U.S. golf fans by clinching the 2010 Ryder Cup for Europe. But on Friday, he was welcomed to PGA of America headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for a "fireside chat" in which he covered a variety of topics both on and off the golf course.
 
One thing that immediately jumped out at me was his enthusiasm for the idea of the PGA Championship being played overseas at some point. 
 
"Going global is a necessity in the modern game," he told the audience of PGA employees. "You [the PGA] have the opportunity to give the rest of the world something special. [There are] three majors already in the U.S. This is an opportunity to do something unique for the game. I support it."
 
The idea of taking the PGA Championship abroad first surfaced last fall, when PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua told Golf World magazine that the Association's leadership was exploring the possibility internally. The PGA hasn't issued any kind of public comment since then.
 
McDowell also said he'd be interested in serving as a Ryder Cup captain at some point.
 
 
"I like to think that I have a few more rounds under the belt to play [in the Ryder Cup]," he said, "but I certainly would not overlook having a crack at serving someday as captain."
 
The appeal of the Ryder Cup to McDowell, a member of three European squads and a favorite to make it four this fall, is simple.
 
"The intensity, the focus and the will to win is unlike any other," he explained. "It brings out the best in a player. You see someone miss a green, you expect them to chip it in.
 
"I have been in three Ryder Cups and if I could put them in a box, they would easily qualify for the three greatest times in my life."
 
G-Mac also broke some gastronomic news during his visit. He told his audience that Nona Blue, the restaurant he recently opened near his Lake Nona home in Orlando, will open a second location in Jupiter, Fla. – just down the road from PGA HQ.
 
March 3, 2014 - 2:08pm
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COBRA BiO CELL
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COBRA has released this limited-edition, green BiO CELL driver to celebrate the year's first major.

The first major championship of 2014 -- the Masters -- is just a little over one month away.

Today, COBRA announced its release of a limited-edition Green BiO CELL Driver to celebrate the year's first major. COBRA Golf's BiO CELL Driver, designed to help golfers Go Long, is equipped with MyFly8, SmartPad and BiO CELL E9 Face Technologies to help manage trajectory and provide unmatched distance.

COBRA will make 2,014 of these limited-edition drivers, which will be available at select retailers around the world beginning on March 15. Each driver is laser-marked sequentially 0001 of 2014 on the sole for authenticity.

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"There is so much buzz in the golf community surrounding the first Major of the year, and the Limited Edition Driver helps bring some of that excitement to the COBRA Brand," said Tom Olsavsky, vice president of R&D. "This driver showcases our game-changing technologies, including MyFly8, SmartPad and E9 Face, that delivers increased distance, while the Limited Edition Green allows us to celebrate one of golf's premier events."

The MyFly8 technology allows golfers to adjust their trajectory to eight different loft settings, including 9.0 degrees, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12.0, and three draw settings in 9.5 D, 10.5 D and 11.5 D. Utilizing SmartPad technology, the face angle will stay square at address regardless of the loft setting.

COBRA explains that the internal BiO CELL structure with E9 Face Technology removes weight from the crown, face and hosel and repositions it low and back to deliver a low CG and higher MOI for maximum distance. The repositioned weight provides a larger effective Sweet Zone to deliver longer and straighter drives, even on mis-hits.

The Limited Edition Green BiO CELL Driver (MAP $399) features an Aldila ATX Tour Green shaft, a COBRA Lamkin Ace 3GEN 360 grip and is available in right-handed (x-stiff, stiff and regular flexes) and left-handed (stiff and regular flex only) models. The Limited Edition grip, BiO CELL Headcover and wrench come in matching green and white.

To find an authorized COBRA dealer near you, visit http://cobragolf.com/dealer-locator.

Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tjauclair.
 

Paula Creamer
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Paula Creamer is all smiles after holding a 75-foot eagle putt to win Sunday.

Paula Creamer certainly has a flair for the dramatic.

On the second playoff hole Sunday against Azahara Munoz at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore, Creamer was faced with a 75-foot putt -- up and over a ridge in the center of a severely sloping green -- that if she could make, would have given her an eagle and an end to a four-year victory drought. 

HSBC WOMEN'S CLASSIC: Paula Creamer's amazing eagle putt wins playoff

It's the kind of putt anyone would just hope to get close, but Creamer did much more than that. You'll just have to see it for yourself:

 

"It's one of those putts where if you just get it in the right spot, it's going to fall down," she said. "But I could stand there all day long and putt that and I don't think get it within six, seven feet."

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Thank goodness she didn't need to stand there all day long. She just needed one attempt.

Oh, by the way, it's not the first time Creamer's shown the ability to make a long putt under pressure. Just check out what she did one day at the offices of Sports Illustrated:

 

 

Nothing but the bottom of the ... glass. And you've got to love the guy who peers out of his cubicle just as the ball rolls by.

Of the two shots, the one in the office might have been the more impressive -- mainly because it's so difficult to determine which direction berber grows. Usually it's towards the break room, so Creamer correctly read that big right-to-left turn at the end.