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December 10, 2015 - 8:34am
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David Feherty
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David Feherty is arguably the funniest man in all of golf. But, there is a painful dark side to the famous golf commentator -- one he is brutally honest about and it endears him to players and fans alike.

Longtime golf commentator (and one-time Ryder Cup participant) David Feherty is an open book.

He's arguably the best in the world at his craft, which included roaming fairways for 19 years at CBS before a recent move to NBC.

Along with his wit, what has made Feherty off-the-charts likable to players and fans alike is his brutal honesty.

Feherty is bipolar and a recovering alcoholic. He takes 14 pills a day -- antidepressants, mood stabilizers and amphetamines -- to manage his depression.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone's Stayton Bonner, Feherty discusses his exploits -- including the time he went on a two-day binge after winning the Scottish Open and woke up on a green 150 miles away after being poked by Led Zeppelin's road manager with no recollection of how he got there or what had happened to his trophy (still missing to this day).

The entire interview is fascinating. We know Feherty as the hilarious Northern Irishman (who became a U.S. citizen not long ago) who seemingly has a quip for everything.

This interview is about the unfunny side of Feherty.

Asked when he decided to get help and get sober, Feherty offered this:

It was two things: My wife and Tom Watson. I was doing a TV thing in Canada with Jack Nicklaus and Tom, and at one point, Tom just put his hand over the camera and said, "You're not well, are you?" and I said, "No, I'm not." I asked him how he knew, and he said, "I can see it in your eyes." And I said, "What do you see?'" and he said, "My reflection.'"

And I didn't know that Tom had a problem at that point. Very few people did. He said, "You need to come with me when we're done here." And I'm trying to back out; we're on Prince Edward Island, and Tom's [lives in] Kansas City, so I said, "How am I going to get to Kansas City?" And I hear this voice behind me say, "I have a G5!" So I'm getting heckled by Jack Nicklaus, who sent me there with his G5, and I went with Tom and he looked after me for 2 or 3 days and I've been sober ever since.

But I would emphasize it has a great deal to do with my wife, as well. When I met her I was penniless, I had lost my damn [playing] privileges in the United States, I was homeless, I had a vehicle that was all I had, because I had been through this horrifying divorce. I was just a penniless, homeless, alcoholic drug addict and she looked at me and said, "Well I can fix that."

Incredible stuff and certainly worth your time.

Michelle Wie swimming with sharks
Michelle Wie via Twitter
"I won't lie...heart was beating pretttttty fast at this moment," Michelle Wie said of this photo at the start of her dive.
With her LPGA Tour season in her rear-view mirror, Michelle Wie has made her way back to Hawaiii for some much-deserved R&R. Her most recently vacation activity, however, didn't provide much in the way of either rest or relaxation.
Why not? Well, because she went swimming with the sharks.
Yes, Wiesy knocked a big item off her Bucket List, she explained on Instagram, by going shark diving with a group called Ocean One Diving. 
Huge thanks to our diving guides for teaching us the 'alpha shark rules' and calming our nerves," she wrote. "We were so scared but once we were in the the water swimming around with around 30 sharks, it felt so peaceful and calm."
One thing we have learned about Wie over the years is that the fearlessness she showed on the golf course as a pre-teen a decade ago is still very much a part of her personality. I mean, not only does she swim with the sharks, she also eats chicken feet and live squid. Now that takes some guts!
Here's her Instagram video of her undersea expedition. Cue the "Jaws" music:
December 9, 2015 - 3:08pm
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Phil Mickelson on YouTube
Here's Phil Mickelson, acting like a kid, sliding down a dune during the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Now is the time of year where we look back and reflect on great moments over the last 12 months.

Today, we're turning our attention specifically to August and PGA Championship week at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., where Jason Day dramatically claimed his first career major win.

There were plenty of great moments caught on camera that week. Here are 10 of our favorites:

10. Is an ant a burrowing creature? An animal? That's what Bubba Watson and a rules official discussed during the final round at Whistling Straits with this hilarious back and forth.

9. Phil Mickelson birdied the fourth hole after this pured shot from one of the 1000+ bunkers at Whistling Straits during the third round.

8. Rory McIlroy rolled in this monster putt for an eagle on the fifth hole in the third round.

7. Bubba drove the green -- and then some -- with this mighty poke on the par-4, 13th hole. He chipped close and made the birdie putt.

6. McIlroy surged into contention with this chip-in for eagle on the par-5 second hole during his second round.

5. Watson finished his second round of the 2015 PGA Championship with hard-working par on the 18th hole.

4. Matt Jones played his second shot from the cozy confines of a hospitality tent in the third round. Talk about a front-row seat.

3. John Daly tossed his club into Lake Michigan after dunking three shots into the water on the par-3 seventh hole at Whistling Straits during the 2015 PGA Championship. A young fan reeled in the club from a boat on the lake. Sweet souvenir.

2. Phil Mickelson took an expedited route down a dune at Whistling Straits during the second round. This video never gets old.

1. Jason Day won his first career major with this tap-in on the 18th green at Whistling Straits to conclude the 2015 PGA Championship. He finished 20 under, the lowest score relative to par in major history, and understandably he couldn't fight back the tears.

December 9, 2015 - 10:06am
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golf cart
Lånlet on YouTube
Like you don't have enough to worry about before hitting a tee shot -- now you have to worry about getting smoked by a reckless golf cart driver?

The internet is a weird place sometimes -- and that's a huge understatement when it comes to some of the videos you can find out there.

Take for instance this "commercial" out of Denmark, spotted by our friends at Golf News Net.

According to Golf News Net, the commercial is for Danish financial services firm Lånlet.

Two buddies are about to play their tee shots on a par 3, when suddenly this happens:


Man! Not sure what that has to do with financial services, but glad this was just a commercial (with cool special effects, of course).

December 9, 2015 - 8:10am
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Luke Donald, Michael Jordan
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Luke Donald has some cool friends. One of those happens to be arguably the coolest of all -- Michael Jordan -- who went to dinner with Donald for the former world No. 1's 38th birthday on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, former world No. 1-ranked golfer Luke Donald celebrated his 38th birthday.

A quick look at his Instagram page on Tuesday night showed that Donald's birthday dinner was one with a special, very famous friend -- His Airness, Michael Jordan.

Donald and good buddy Keegan Bradley have become pals with MJ over the years to the point where they're all regular golf buddies. Here's the photo Donald shared on Tuesday:


The birthday celebrations continue! Fortunate to call this ledge a friend #23

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And, of course, when you're hanging with MJ, you're keeping some awesome company -- like earlier this year when Donald and Bradley joined Jordan and New England Patriots four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady for a day of golf and pick-up basketball.

Life is good for Donald.

DAP Championship Tour via Twitter
The LeBron James Family Foundation will be the charitable beneficiary of the Tour's new DAP Championship in Cleveland.
We don't know how much golf LeBron James gets to play these days, but we do know he's a fan of the game. And through his LeBron James Family Foundation, he's going to be involved with a new event on the Tour.
The developmental tour's brand-new DAP Championship, which was announced on Monday, will debut next September as one of the four Tour Finals events that determine which 50 players earn PGA Tour cards for the following season. It will be played at Cleveland's historic Canterbury Golf Club, and James' foundation will be its charitable beneficicary.
The foundation, based in Akron, will use the proceeds to "positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives," according to a news release. The foundation's executive director, Michele Campbell, explained that "a big part of what we do is involving our community and our students in experiences that enrich their lives, and this is another great opportunity" to help "our students as they work hard to earn their educations."
The Tour and Canterbury Golf Club reached a three-year agreement for the event, which will be known as the DAP Championship. It'll be the first event in the Tour Finals and will offer a $1 million purse.
DAP Products Inc., a subsidiary of RPM International, Inc., is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and is a leading manufacturer and supplier of caulks, sealants, adhesives, insulating foam, spackling, glazing and other general patch and repair products. DAP, through its Rust-Oleum brand, is also the title sponsor of the Tour's Rust-Oleum Championship, which is moving from Cleveland to the Chicago area.