While in Louisville for the PGA Championship, Louis "Larry" Oosthuizen had the opportunity to visit UPS Worldport, the largest fully-automated package handling facility in the world, processing an average of 1.6 million packages daily.
MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Parking space reserved for Larry Oosthuizen
The best part? When Oosthuizen got to "land" a UPS plane, using one of the flight training simulators. Check it out:
After that experience, Captain Oosthuizen may not find it nearly so tough leaning over a six-footer for the win. After all, he's 1-for-1 in jumbo jet landings.
PGA LONG DRIVE COMPETITION: Louis Oosthuizen wins with 340-yarder
Now he needs to return the favor by taking his flight instructor for a round of virtual golf.
In just a couple of weeks, Gleneagles in Scotland will play host to the 40th Ryder Cup.
Over the previous 39 Ryder Cups contested, there have been just six holes in one recorded.
The very first came at Muirfield in 1973 -- which was the last time the Ryder Cup was played in Scotland until this year. Peter Butler from the then Great Britain and Ireland team, who was a replacement for a sick Bernhard Gallacher, scored the ace. The U.S. won those matches, 19-13.
Twenty years later at The Belfry (the last time Tom Watson was the U.S. Captain and the last time the U.S. won on foreign soil), Nick Faldo became the second player to snag an ace in Ryder Cup history. He holed a 6-iron at the 189-yard 14th hole.
There were two aces in the very next Ryder Cup at Oak Hill, where the Europeans defeated the U.S. 14 1/2-13 1/2. First, Italian Costantino Rocca found the bottom of the cup with a 5-iron on the 167-yard sixth hole. Later in the week, Howard Clark of England aced the 11th hole with a 6-iron from 176 yards.
At the 2006 Ryder Cup in Ireland, there were two more aces. Pail Casey holed a 4-iron on the 213-yard 14th hole. The next day, Scott Verplank became the first American to make a Ryder Cup hole-in-one on that very same hole. The Europeans won those matches, 18 1/2-9 1/2.
Now that you've read about all the aces in Ryder Cup history, you probably want to watch them.
Here they are:
The PGA Tour season finale -- the Tour Championship -- tees off Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
The top 29 players on the FedExCup points list (it would be 30, but Dustin Johnson is not playing) will be battling not only for the tournament, but for the $10 million prize that comes along with winning the FedExCup.
Who will be hoisting the hardware come Sunday evening? Here are five players we suggest you keep a close eye on.
5. Chris Kirk
Best finish in 2013-14 season: Won the McGladrey Classic and the Deutsche Bank Championship
Reason to watch: Kirk is in the driver's seat this week, entering the Tour Championship in the No. 1 spot on the FedExCup points list. In case you hadn't heard, folks in Atlanta are crazy about their Georgia Bulldogs... and Kirk is a Georgia Bulldog. The crowd will be pulling for him and he might just have a big enough chip on his shoulder about missing out on a Ryder Cup Captain's Pick to pull through this week.
4. Billy Horschel
Best finish in 2013-14 season: Won the BMW Championship Championship
Reason to watch: Talk about resilience. Less than a week removed from a shot that cost him a chance to win the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, Horschel bounced back to win the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills on Sunday. Until recently, it had been a rather forgettable season for the Florida Gator. Now, it's looking unforgettable. It's incredible what a difference a couple of good weeks at the right time can make on the PGA Tour.
3. Rory McIlroy
Best finish in 2013-14 season: Won the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship
Reason to watch: There's no denying the fact that McIlory has been the hottest player on the planet these last couple of months. A win at the Tour Championship would be the cherry on top for a spectacular season. Surely that's the way McIlroy would like to cap it off. He tied for eighth last week despite having a four-putt twice in two days on the same hole. Look for him to bounce back at East Lake. Like everyone else, McIlroy has got to be drained from all the competitive rounds lately, but this is it -- and then he has a little break before the Ryder Cup.
2. Jim Furyk
Best finish in 2013-14 season: Second at the Wells Fargo Championship, Players Championship and RBC Canadian Open
Reason to watch: The only way Furyk's season could possibly be any better is with a victory. That's the only thing missing. In 20 starts, he hasn't missed a cut. Ten of those have yielded top-10 finishes and 17 have resulted in top-25 finishes. That's stout. Furyk, who won the Tour Championship and the FedExCup in 2010, enters this week after a tie for fourth at Cherry Hills.
1. Rickie Fowler
Best finish in 2013-14 season: T2 at the U.S. Open and Open Championship
Reason to watch: Six times in his last seven starts, Fowler has finished among the top 10, including a tie for fourth last week at the BMW Championship. Like Furyk, something's got to give for Fowler. He continually puts himself in a position to win. Eventually it's got to happen, right?
Today marks the 85th birthday of one of the most treasured professional athletes the world has ever known -- "The King," Mr. Arnold Palmer.
A seven-time major champion with 62 PGA Tour victories (good for fifth all time), there may be no other superstar more approachable, friendly and welcoming than Palmer. There will never be another Arnold Palmer.
Throughout his life, Palmer has followed a simple rule: treat others the way you'd like to be treated. When he greets fans, he looks them in the eyes. His handshake is firm. And his signature? Perfect penmanship so there's no doubt who you got it from.
If you've been around professional golf long enough, chances are you have an Arnold Palmer story. I've been lucky enough to have a few personal encounters with the King. My favorite, however, came early in the week at the 2009 Masters.
During the practice rounds, I would take a stroll around the grounds to snap photos. After one such stroll, I walked back through the clubhouse with a fellow writer. It's certainly not a "thing" when you're a writer to ask a player to stop and take a picture with you.
However, after walking through the Augusta National clubhouse, I noticed Mr. Palmer walking in -- wearing his green jacket. I immediately turned to my friend and said, "I know we shouldn't, but how can we not ask the King to take a picture with us? He's wearing his green jacket!"
I excitedly approached Palmer and said hello. He looked right at me, smiled, extended his hand and said hello right back. When I asked, he said he'd be more than happy to take a picture. So we did.
Months later, I had the photo blown up into a 16x20. At the urging of another friend, I wrote a letter to Palmer's longtime assistant, Doc Giffin, at Bay Hill and sent along the photo. I said, "I've never asked for an autograph while on the job, but this photo is special to me. Would it be possible to have Mr. Palmer sign it?"
This was in November of 2009. Giffin got right back to me and said it would be no problem at all. Months went by and -- in all honesty -- I had forgotten I'd even sent the photo down to Bay Hill.
Then, on Monday, March 15, 2010 -- my 30th birthday -- a surprise package arrived in the mail. It was the photo with Palmer's perfectly legible signature. The photo hangs right above the desk we're I'm writing this. I have a lot of treasured golf-related items I've collected through the years, but nothing tops this photo with Palmer.
Well, aside from the fact that he's the King, Palmer was always my great, great Uncle Manny's favorite player. "Uncle" as we called him, taught my dad, my brother and me how to play golf. Through junior high and high school, I played golf with Uncle every day in the summers... even well into his 80s.
He passed away in 2003, a little more than a month shy of his 88th birthday. Every time I look at this photo with Palmer, it reminds me of all the unbelievable times I had on the course with Uncle, my dad and my brother. For a long time, my dream foursome also happened to be my daily foursome.
And over those cherished rounds, we heard a lot about Arnold Palmer.
I wish Uncle could have seen this picture. He'd love it.
Happy 85th birthday, Mr. Palmer.
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