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April 16, 2015 - 7:07pm
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Bubba Watson plays night golf
Bubba Watson via Twitter
Bubba Watson didn't get enough golf in the daylight, so he took in a round of night golf, too.
 
Immediately after his reign as Masters champion came to an end on Sunday, Bubba Watson jetted halfway around the globe to China, where he's playing in the European Tour's inaugural Shenzhen International this week.
 
Bubba got off to a solid start at Genzon Golf Club, carding a five-birdie, three-bogey 70 he attributed in large part to his lack of familiarity with the greens. And instead of resting up after his first round, he headed out for a round of night golf.
 
 
Yes, Genzon Golf Club's "Course B" is lit, and Watson and caddie J. Ted Scott gave it a try.
 
Bubba didn't report his score, but he did share a couple of quick videos on social media. Looks like he was having fun. Check 'em out:
 
 
 
 
April 16, 2015 - 11:40am
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WE ARE GOLF
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Golf's leading associations and industry partners gathered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to celebrate National Golf Day.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- WE ARE GOLF -- a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners -- visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday for the eighth annual National Golf Day to discuss golf’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact, environmental value to local communities and fitness benefits.

Golf’s leaders met with Members of Congress throughout the day to share stories about the game’s 15,350 diverse, small businesses, which employ more than two million Americans and provide $55.6 billion in annual wage income. In addition, industry executives discussed golf courses’ positive influences on ecology, local tax revenues and tourism. They even explained how walking 18 holes can burn 2,000 calories.

RELATED: Visit WE ARE GOLF to learn more about the coalition

This year’s event also featured participation from The Presidents Cup 2015 Captains Nick Price (International) and Jay Haas (U.S.). South Korea will play host to The Presidents Cup later this year in October, the first time the tournament will be played in Asia.

“Golf is a vital part of our country’s economy and today was a great reminder of that,” says Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY). “What better way to discuss the game’s economic, charitable and environmental findings than here in our nation’s capital.”

Organizations participating included the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America (PGA), PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.

National Golf Day featured a day-long exhibit in the Rayburn Foyer with live lessons for Congressional Members and staff from 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel and LPGA Teaching Professional Karen Palacios-Jansen. Special exhibits and activities included a “Closest to the Pin” contest on an aboutGolf simulator; state-of-the-art swing analysis from GolfTEC; National Arboretum’s “Grassroots Initiative” overview; a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge;” and a turfgrass exhibit from the GCSAA.

“Today marked a unique opportunity to share golf’s significant impact with political leaders,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation and administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “Our broad scope is reflected in the two million jobs supported by the game and its diverse benefits to our economy and society.” 

Rory McIlroy and Jamie Dornan
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Rory McIlroy (right) used his athleticism to edge "50 Shades of Grey" star Jamie Dornan (far left) in Circular Soccer.
 
Rory McIlroy might not have won the Masters on Sunday, but he appears to be a champion at Circular Soccer.
 
Never heard of Circular Soccer? Well, me neither until today. Individuals or small teams can play, and the object is to shoot a soccer ball into a three-sided "Tri-Goal" set up in the middle of the field. FIFA, soccer's worldwide governing body, is said to be exploring it as a way to get kids into the game, and I can see how it would be a good training aid as well.
 
 
Anyway, two of its early adopters are Rory McIlroy and his fellow Norther Irishman Jamie Dornan, who is most famous for his recent role as Christan Grey in "50 Shades of Grey." The two squared off for a quick game, and McIlroy – an avid fan of both soccer and rugby – displayed some fancy footwork in defeating his countryman in their light-hearted match.
 
Check out the highlights: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods apparently suffered no serious injury on Sunday at the Masters, and said "I really like what I'm doing" with his swing.
 
One of the lasting images of Sunday's final round at the Masters was Tiger Woods crying out in pain after he hit a shot out of the pine straw on the par-4 ninth hole at Augusta National.
 
After his round, Woods explained that he had hit a tree root and jarred his right wrist. "A bone kind of popped out and the joint kind of went out of place," he said, "but I put it back in."
 
Today, Woods' agent Mark Steinberg confirmed that his wrist "is fine" in an email to Bob Harig of ESPN.com. Steinberg provided no additional details on Woods' condition, or when we might see him back in action after a Masters that seemed, all in all, pretty encouraging.
 
 
Woods hasn't said whether the injury would keep him from practicing for any length of time. " I have a little time off, and go back to the drawing board, work on it again, and refine what I'm doing" he explained immediately after his final round at Augusta. "I really like what I'm doing, I got my distance back, and everything is good."
 
He also said he wasn't planning to compete again "for a while." 
 
He isn't playing the RBC Heritage this week, and isn't expected to return until The Players Championship in early May. He might play the week after that at the Wells Fargo Championship, and traditionally plays the Memorial at the end of the May.
 
GAME GOLF
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Download and play the free GAME GOLF Tracking App for a chance to win a free once-in-a-lifetime golf vacation to Ireland.

SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2015) -- GAME GOLF, the first wearable device that automatically tracks and graphically displays a golfer's round with valuable game data and statistics, today announced the new GAME GOLF Tracking App enabling golfers to track their game and club distances in real-time, and manage their game with a built-in GPS rangefinder, all from their iOS or Android device. No purchase of the GAME GOLF physical device is required to use the new App.

RELATED: Learn more about the GAME GOLF App

In celebration of GAME GOLF's newest free app and its Irish roots, the company is giving away a once-in-a-lifetime Irish golf vacation. Two players and one guest each, who post a minimum of three 18-hole golf rounds with either the GAME GOLF wearable device or the new GAME GOLF Tracking App from now through June 30, 2015, will be eligible to receive an all-expense paid golf trip to Ireland. For contest rules, log on to GAMEGOLF.com.

"If you don't truly understand your game it's hard to improve. The free GAME GOLF Tracking App allows golfers to see their shot performance in real-time, something which many amateur golfers will never have had access to before," said John McGuire, CEO of GAME GOLF. "Further, it affords everyone access to the GAME GOLF platform to gather stats, collect data and share their game with friends, family, coaches and instructors."

The GAME GOLF Tracking App can be downloaded and put in play just before teeing off. The App provides golfers with an aerial view of each hole, distances to key locations using the GPS Rangefinder feature, and the ability to "tag" each shot by selecting the club used. You'll be able to see -- greens in regulations, fairway accuracy, scrambling percentage, putts per hole, club distances and more. Golfers can view their platform profile and data on their mobile device or at GAMEGOLF.com.

April 15, 2015 - 11:54am
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Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth, the newest Masters Champion, was just born with class. A handwritten thank-you note from when he was just 15 years old is further proof.

On Monday afternoon, I spoke to 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III about a number of different topics. One topic in particular that we spent several minutes on, was Masters champ Jordan Spieth.

Love relayed a story from four years ago when his son, Dru, a few months younger than Spieth, played a casual round with the 2015 Masters champion. Spieth and Dru Love were 17 at the time and Dru reported back to his father that Spieth was, "really, really good."

Love asked what Spieth shot. Dru told him they both shot a 66.

RELATED: Spieth wins Masters in record-tying fashion | Spieth in PGA Grand Slam of Golf

Love wondered then, what made Spieth so much better than Dru if they shot the same score. Paraphrasing, Dru told his father that while he was going to play golf in college, Spieth would be going to play golf on the PGA Tour.

Boy, did Dru get that one right.

Further in the conversation, Love said, "You know how you hear all this stuff about what a great guy Jordan is? How mature his is, etc.? You hear it a lot, right?"

I said, "Yes."

Love said, "Well let me tell you something, even though you hear it a lot, it's under-reported. He is just an unbelievable young man."

To further Love's point -- and to show that Spieth has had "it" for some time now -- The Dallas Morning News released a photo of the below handwritten thank-you note that Spieth sent in 2009, at the age of 15, to the family who funded the scholarship that helped pay his tuition.

Pure class. I loved the mention of the Masters too. Little did Spieth know (or did he?) that just six short years later, he'd be slipping into a green jacket. 

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