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October 23, 2014 - 9:40am
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Lewis Black
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Comedian Lewis Black is known for being the king of rants. On a recent visit to Pinehurst No. 2, Black had a lot to say about golf.

Lewis Black, a Grammy-winning comedian, loves his golf like the rest of it.

Black, however, is realistic about his abilities and doesn't take his game too seriously.

Our friend, Alex Podlogar, Media Relations Manager for Pinehurst Resort, passed along an email this morning with a few videos of Black during a recent Pinehurst visit.

Black was at Pinehurst as part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Ultimate Golf Experience.

Here, Lewis talks about the worst kinds of golfers:

In this clip, Lewis talks about his own on-course meltdowns:

Finally, Lewis hilariously rants about Pinehurst No. 2's incredibly difficult greens:

October 23, 2014 - 9:03am
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It might be hard to imagine a 3-foot putt going down as the best holed putt you've ever seen. This one, however, might be just that. Check out where this guy is aiming.

It's hard to imagine calling a holed 3-foot putt the most incredible putt you've ever seen.

However, folks, this birdie putt on the ninth hole at The Golf House Club, Elie, in Fife, Scotland, is just that.

Don't believe us? Feast your eyes on this:

Is this guy kidding?

Yes, we know special effects are an amazing thing these days, but at no point in this particular video could we find an instance where an edit may have occurred (unless our eyes are deceiving us).

That was both the longest and best 3-footer we've ever watched.

h/t Golf News Net 

October 23, 2014 - 8:34am
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From left to right, actor Paul Rudd, Tom Watson, former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre and Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt.

Tom Watson, 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, took in Game 2 of the World Series last night to support his beloved Kansas City Royals.

Watson, a longtime Royals fan through thick and thin, was donning a Royals hat and jacket. He took this photo with actor Paul Rudd, former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre and Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt:

Watson had to be happy with Wednesday night's outcome, as the Royals knotted the World Series 1-1 with the San Francisco Giants.

Here's an excerpt from Watson's February 2014 Captain's Blog, where he wrote about the Royals before the season even started:

Lastly, being a big fan of baseball and the Kansas City Royals, I'm excited that Spring Training is here. I'm going to Spring Training again this year in Surprise, Ariz., to see the Royals on my way out to the Toshiba Classic in California.

I'm interested in seeing a young pitcher the Royals have named Yordano Ventura. He was invited to Spring Training last year and got called up to the Royals in September. Ned Yost, the Royals manager, said that an umpire came up to him after one of Ventura's outings and asked, "Who is this guy?" He's been known to get his fastball up around 102-103 mph. He's also got a big hook that he can control. He could be the pitcher of the future for the Royals and might even start this year. He's a player to watch and one I'm looking forward to seeing.

I hope the Royals can improve on their 86-76 season last year as the playoffs are but a distant memory. Go blue.

Ventura turned out to be pretty darned good. He led the Royals with a 3.20 ERA in the regular season with a 14-10 record.

And, as Watson hoped, the Royals improved on the 2013 record, going 89-73 with a chance to win the World Series for the first time since 1985.

October 23, 2014 - 7:41am
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Chi Chi Rodriguez
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World Golf Hall of Famer Chi Chi Rodriguez turns 79 years old today.

World Golf Hall of Famer and world-class swordsman (with a golf club, that is) Chi Chi Rodriguez is celebrating his 79th birthday today.

Fast forward to the 1:30 mark below to see the famous sword dance:

Rodriguez, a proud Puerto Rican, turned professional in 1960. Always a colorful character, Rodriguez also had a lot of flash with his game. He was an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour and racked up 22 victories on the Champions Tour, including the 1987 Senior PGA Championship.

More recently, you may remember a Rodriguez blooper, where he took the "Big Break" glass break challenge and, well, it backfired with an unfortunate ricochet.

October 23, 2014 - 7:00am
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DULUTH, Ga. -- Eight All-Star teams have advanced to the PGA Junior League Golf Championship at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., beginning tomorrow and concluding Sunday. Each of the competing teams won their respective PGA Junior League Golf Regional, which were held throughout the month of September.

The PGA of America and League Golf of Norcross, Ga., partnered to create PGA Junior League Golf in 2012. One of the most innovative programs introduced by a major sport, PGA Junior League Golf gives boys and girls 13 and under the opportunity to learn and play golf in a fun, social and team environment. The program has skyrocketed in popularity, growing from nearly 9,000 participants representing 700 teams in 2013, to 18,000 participants and 1,500 teams in 2014. Due to this growth, two Regionals were added in 2014, increasing from six to eight held across the country.

Below is a list of teams competing in the PGA Junior League Golf Championship along with the facilities they represent:

-- Team California (San Ramon – San Ramon Golf Club)*
-- Team Connecticut (Hartford – Golf Center at Lyman Orchards, Goodwin Park, Suzy Whaley Junior Golf Academy, TPC River Highlands)
-- Team Georgia (Atlanta – Hamilton Mill Golf Club)*
-- Team Indiana (Avon – Prestwick Country Club)*
-- Team Iowa (Spencer – Brooks Golf Club, Emerald Hills Golf Club, Spencer Golf & Country Club, The Ridge Golf Club)
-- Team New Jersey (Trenton – First Tee of Greater Trenton, Forsgate Country Club, Royce Brook Golf Club, Trenton Country Club)
-- Team Tennessee (Knoxville – Fairways & Greens Golf Center, Holston Hills Country Club, Sevierville Golf Club)
-- Team Texas (Houston – The Clubs of Kingwood)*

*This facility ran its own league; therefore, all players are from this club.

"PGA Junior League Golf is a one-of-a-kind program in terms of bringing kids together to learn and enjoy the game with their teammates. The program’s tremendous growth and success is a testament to the dedication of our PGA Professionals and their desire to grow golf," said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. "As a PGA Junior League Golf coach myself, it’s inspiring to see my team's progress on the course and their love of the game grow throughout the season. Kids are undoubtedly the future of golf, and the PGA of America looks forward to continuing our support of this unique program and all of the great things it’s doing for the sport."

Much like other recreational league sports, participants play in team uniforms with jersey numbers. Young golfers learn the game and play under the direction of PGA/LPGA Professionals who serve as team captains, with parents playing an active role as well. Teams play four 9-hole matches in a two-person scramble format, reinforcing the team concept and limiting the pressure on any one player; coaches can substitute players every three holes, so that all of the golfers on each team can participate.

At the 96th PGA Championship, the PGA of America named Rory McIlroy as an Official Ambassador for PGA Junior League Golf. 2012 United States Ryder Cup Team Captain Davis Love III is also a huge supporter, serving as the Honorary National Captain for PGA Junior League Golf.

For more information about PGA Junior League Golf, visit PGAJrLeagueGolf.com.

Founders Club
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Founders Club in Pawleys Island, S.C., could benefit from increased Chinese golf tourism under its new ownership.
A group of Chinese investors has finalized its purchase of three golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. That increases the number of Grand Strand golf facilities now under Chinese ownership to eight, all bought in the last 15 months – and, apparently, more Chinese purchases are in the works.
 
Burning Ridge Golf Club in Conway, Indian Wells Golf Course in Garden City Beach and Founders Club at Pawleys Island were sold by GGG of Myrtle Beach – which owns the Classic Golf Group management company – for about $11 million. The buyer is Yiqian Funding.
 
"They want to invest in Myrtle Beach," Classic Golf Group General Manager Rick Taylor told MyrtleBeachOnline.com. "They want to be part of the community. They like Myrtle Beach and want to be part of it."
 
In addition, these new Chinese investors hope their purchases will help improve Chinese golf tourism to the Grand Strand.
 
"They feel they have an avenue in China to bring people here," Taylor said. "[Marketing cooperative Myrtle Beach] Golf Holiday has been doing a lot of work with China, trying to attract them to come to the Myrtle Beach area, and they believe that also. That's probably as big a strategy as they have."
 
These three courses were the last under GGG's ownership, and with their sale, both GGG and the Classic Golf Group are disbanding after a half-century in the golf business in Myrtle Beach. Ed Jerdon, at age 85 the last living GGG partner and a member of the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, is retiring.