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Bubba Watson at Milton High School
Bubba Watson via Twitter
Bubba Watson dropped in on Milton High School and barely got in his own selfie with some of the students.

In the last couple of days, we've seen golfers from Cheyenne Woods and Lexi Thompson to Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie throw out – or chip – the first pitch at baseball games from coast to coast. Now it's time to add Masters champion Bubba Watson to the 2014 "first pitch" list.

Bubba's throw on Thursday stands out, though, because it marks the second time in three years that he's done the honors at a Pensacola Blue Wahoos minor league game – he also threw out the first pitch there after he won his first Masters in the spring of 2012. Watson wore his Green Jacket this year, whereas he was a little more casual back in 2012, and made an easy toss right over the plate.

His pitch was the capper of "Bubba Watson Day" in the Pensacola area, where Watson grew up. He also visited his old high school in nearby Milton, Fla. – where he took the selfie that's posted above – and dropped in on Osceola Municipal Golf Course, where he mingled with young golfers from the First Tee of Northwest Florida program and the Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association.

The day after Watson won the Masters, one of his representatives called The First Tee office and said he wanted to come visit with kids, according to The Pensacola News-Journal. "For guys who have attained incredible success like Bubba, it's easy to give out of your pocket, but it's way harder to give out of your time like he has done," said First Tee Executive Director Marty Stanovich.

The newspaper has a complete story on Watson's big day, and you can read it here.

And below are Watson's two first pitches at the Blue Wahoos' games, with the 2014 edition on top:






Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie
LPGA via Twitter
Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie chipped balls to San Francisco Giants players Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong on "Golf "Night."

The San Francisco Giants only played one game Friday, but several of the LPGA Tour's biggest stars took part in a doubleheader.

The golf-baseball double-dip saw players including San Francisco-area resident Juli Inkster, Mountan View native Paula Creamer, San Jose native Christina Kim, Stanford grad Michelle Wie and Florida's own Brittany Lincicome commute over to AT&T Park from nearby Daly City, where they are playing the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic this week, to take part in "Golf Night." 

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While the Giants took on the Cleveland Indians, the golfers – decked out in bright orange Giants jerseys – conducted a pre-game chat, gave away tickets to the golf tournament and took over the Giants' social media channels for a while. And before the game, Creamer and Wie participated in the ceremonial "first chip."

There was a variety of other golf-related activities throughout the evening, and some proceeds from ticket sales will be devoted to charitable efforts within the Bay Area golf community. Even better, fans who bought special "Golf Night" ticket packages received free headcovers featuring a likeness of Giants mascot Lou Seal.

You can see more photos on the LPGA's Twitter page.




Sergio Garcia and nephew
Sergio Garcia via Twitter
Sergio Garcia and his little practice partner put in some serious range time on Friday.

This photo that Sergio Garcia posted on Twitter on Friday was the best one I saw all day. Sergio is obviously working hard on his swing – and so is his little nephew.

The 2-year-old looks like a lefty, unless he's just trying to mirror Sergio's swing. If he does play left-handed, he might be a favorite to win the Masters in about 2035.

Sergio's little buddy is the son of his younger sister, Mar, and her husband, Pablo Hernandez, who plays professional soccer for Swansea of the English Premier League. Mar is known as a good golfer, as is their older brother, Victor Garcia Jr.

They both better watch out, though, because this little guy looks like he just might become the links star of the family.



Bobby Jones
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The great Bobby Jones is just one of the many subjects of the vintage golf videos found on British Pathe.

While at work and the boss isn't looking, most of us will take a minute to surf the Internet in seach of fun and interesting sites.

Beware: If you go to this one, you could spend hours perusing all the fun, interesting and just plain wacky golf videos.

British Pathe bills itself as "the world's leading multimedia resource with a history stretching back over a century." And while you can find all kinds of video on all kinds of topics, its golf library of vintage golf footage is nothing short of amazing.

You can watch highlights of The 1924 Open Championship, the 1947 Walker Cup, loads of clips of Bobby Jones and even one featuring an armless golfer from 1932.

Give it a looksee, but don't blame us if you find yourself spending hours of valuable work time surfing this site. Or if you get fired.



Cameron Diaz and Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show
Cameron Diaz emerged victorious in her game of roller golf with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.
Jimmy Fallon is rapidly becoming a Golf Buzz favorite, and why not? The "Tonight Show" host loves his golf, and loves to inject golf into his show in fun and entertaining ways.
His most recent golf-related escapade came Wednesday night, when he challenged guest Cameron Diaz to a game of "roller golf." Roller golf, Fallon explained, is golf on roller skates, but the objective is to knock your ball into the hole faster than your opponent, regardless of how many strokes you take.
So he and Diaz donned helmets and pads – maybe this should be called "Roller-Derby golf" instead. Wait a minute, this is actually just a golf version of roller hockey. Anyway, both Fallon and Diaz took a club and played a one-hole match. 
Diaz shot off the starting line like a race car, and quickly built a big lead. Fallon rallied late, but even a little bit of illegal goaltending couldn't keep Diaz from claiming victory. 
We hope Fallon doesn't take his defeat too hard – after all, Diaz showed off a pretty good swing on the driving range in "There's Something About Mary." We're counting on him to keep golf a prominent part of his program.
You can see their showdown right here:
Lydia Ko
Courtesy of Callaway Golf
Lydia Ko is the second youngest member of Time Magazine's '100 Most Influential People' list for 2014.

Lydia Ko had an interesting day on Thursday. She turned 17, and shot a 68 at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic near San Francisco to sit tied for second after the first round. And, oh yeah, she was named to Time Magazine's 2014 list of the world's 100 most influential people.

The fast-rising star is the second youngest person on the list, behind only Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old torchbearer for girls' education in Pakistan. She joins pop singer Lorde as the only two New Zealanders to be selected. And she is one of only five athletes, along with tennis player Serena Williams, Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman, basketball player Jason Collins, and soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

One category in which Ko has plenty of company is women – there are a record 41, from Beyonce (who played a little golf herself recently) to Hillary Clinton, on the list this year.  

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"Lydia Ko is exceptionally talented, mature beyond her years and well liked by golf fans and competitors alike," Annika Sorenstam wrote in support of Ko. "She is responsible for sparking increased interest in our sport not just in her native South Korea and adopted homeland of New Zealand but also among juniors across the globe.

"Her early, record-breaking success brings with it incredible pressure — and she's doing a fantastic job handling the many responsibilities that accompany stardom."

Ko turned professional last fall after an unprecedented amateur creer in which she was the world's top-ranked amateur and a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour. She is already up to fourth in the Rolex Women's Rankings.