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February 26, 2017 - 3:29pm
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Matt Craig
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bees play golf, bees learn golf
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Researchers used a sugar-water reward to teach bees to play a game similar to golf.

We've all heard the saying, "golf is a game anyone can learn!"

I don't think this is quite what they had in mind. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have been testing the intelligence of bees by attempting to teach them a "game" very similar to golf.

Here's an excerpt from newscientist.com.

They built a circular platform with a small hole in the centre filled with sugar solution, into which bees had to move a ball to get a reward. A researcher showed them how to do this by using a plastic bee on a stick to push the ball.

And amazingly, it worked. The bees were able to show not only imitation of the initial demonstration but eventually creative strategy when they were given more difficult "holes."

It turns out, according to the author of the study Olli Loukola, that bees learn to play golf the same way humans do.

“They don’t just blindly copy the demonstrator; they can improve on what they learned,” says Loukola. He thinks this cognitive flexibility could help the bees forage successfully in changing natural environments. “This ability to copy others and improve upon what they observe, I think that’s really important.”

Bees can play golf now, so what's your excuse?

Don't feel too bad, because while the bees tended to be strong in the short game, they did seem to struggle getting distance off the tee. And while we're at it, they weren't keeping their lead arm straight, so they need to work on that.

But we'll cut them some slack. They're bees after all.

 

February 26, 2017 - 2:56pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Rickie Fowler caught a terrible break on the fourth hole at PGA National during the final round of the Honda Classic on Sunday.

Hopefully the rest of Rickie Fowler's day at PGA National goes better than his fourth hole.

Attempting to putt uphill from off the fourth green, Fowler's ball came to an abrupt stop when a sprinklerhead on the fringe swallowed the golf ball.

Check it out:

Fowler would get relief from the sprinklerhead and made bogey on the hole.

Luckily for Fowler, he still had a four-stroke advantage despite the unlucky break.
 

February 26, 2017 - 2:20pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Erik Karlsson
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Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson -- during a round of golf with Jesper Parnevik -- saw the chance to take a photo with a nearby alligator. But before the picture could be snapped, Karlsson got a scare.

Erik Karlsson is the captain and a defenseman for the the Ottawa Senators. He also likes to play golf.

With the Senators in south Florida this weekend for a Sunday tilt with the Florida Panthers, Karlsson met up with fellow Swede Jesper Parnevik for a round of golf at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. on Saturday.

During the round, the group came upon an alligator minding its own business in a water hazard -- not an uncommon sight in that area of the country by any means.

Karlsson saw it as a great opportunity to snap a photo.

Just as he got into place, the gator gave the hockey tough guy the scare of a lifetime:

That was fantastic. 

February 26, 2017 - 1:13pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Jhonattan Vegas
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Check out Jhonattan Vegas' ace at the 179-yard, par-3 15th hole at PGA National -- the first hole of the 'Bear Trap.'

The 15th hole at PGA National's Champion Course -- a par 3 -- is the start of one of the most difficult three-hole stretches in golf, affectionately known as "The Bear Trap."

Playing at 179 yards on Sunday in the final round of the Honda Classic, Jhonattan Vegas used a 6-iron and had no problem with the hole whatsoever... he aced it.

Here's the video evidence:

That'll work.

February 26, 2017 - 11:45am
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T.J. Auclair
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Bryson DeChambeau
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After calling the USGA, "not a good organization" on Friday, Bryson DeChambeau tweeted out an apology on Sunday.

Bryson DeChambeau made headlines late in 2016 and early in 2017 for experimenting with a side-saddle putting stroke.

After the stroke came under scrutiny by the USGA, DeChambeau switched back to a conventional style. When he missed the cut by four shots on Friday at the Honda Classic -- after withdrawing 28 holes into the Genesis Open a week earlier with a hand injury -- DeChambeau expressed his displeasure with the USGA in an interview with Golf Digest reporter Brian Wacker.

"It (was) a long conversation," DeChambeau told Wacker. "But the USGA essentially doesn't like me doing it.

"I'm pretty much done with it. They're not a good organization, and you can quote me on that. I'm part of their family and as family it's very frustrating to see them stunt the growth of the game."

Naturally, the 2015 U.S. Amateur Champion caught some heat for the pointed words he used to describe the USGA.

On Sunday, DeChambeau released a statement via his Twitter account to apologize for his choice of words:

DeChambeau has missed the cut in six of his 11 starts this season, including four of his last five. The only tournament in that stretch where he didn't miss the cut was the WD at Riviera. 

February 26, 2017 - 10:56am
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T.J. Auclair
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Jason Day
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Citing the flu and a double ear infection, World No. 2 Jason Day withdrew from the WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday.

The World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, which tees off this Thursday, will be without World No. 2 Jason Day.

Day, who was supplanted from his No. 1 spot when Dustin Johnson won last week's Genesis Open at Riviera, cited a double ear infection and flu as the reasons for his decision to miss the first WGC event of the calendar year.

PGATOUR.com published a statement from Day regarding the withdrawal on Sunday:

"I'm truly disappointed to announce that I won't be able to play in next week's World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship. I have a double ear infection and the flu, which precludes me from preparing for and playing in the tournament. I have heard great things about the Mexico Championship and the golf course. I want to thank the Salinas family for their support of the event. I look forward to teeing it up there next year."

Day, the 2015 PGA Champion, is also a two-time winner of another World Golf Championships event -- the Dell Match Play.