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December 14, 2014 - 1:48pm
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Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie was born in Honolulu, which gives her a perfect connection to "Hawaii Five-0."

Expect to see Michelle Wie in primetime coming up soon. 

Wie posted a photo to Instagram on Sunday of herself on the set of the CBS show "Hawaii Five-0." 



Officially an actress now #hawaii50 #wheresmySAGcard @danieldaekim

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No word on what character Wie will be playing, but a good guess would be as a cameo appearance. She was born in Honolulu, so she already has a perfect connection for the show.

The show, which airs on Friday nights, is a drama centering around a police unit in Hawaii. It is a remake of the show "Hawaii Five-O," which aired from 1968-80.  

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This great #PGA365 photo was recently sent to us by Chris Domaloan.

Earlier this year, we decided to embark on a new daily feature called #PGA365. You may have seen it once or twice if you are a fan of the site.

The idea behind it is pretty simple. To put it simply, it’s a photo gallery celebrating the game of golf.

To break it down a little more, our readers go play golf. They take awesome photos of the course or of something interesting happening, and share it with us. Then we present those photos to you in a monthly gallery.

Recent #PGA365 Galleries: December | November | October | September

Want to get in on the fun? It’s simple. You can either share them on Instagram, Twitter or our Facebook page -- but be sure to include the tag #PGA365 and include the name of the course.

For an example, take this great photo shared to us by frequent contributor Ken Minschwaner on Instagram. 



Sunset golf is the best.

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From Day 1 of this project, we’ve seen some truly creative, awe-inspiring and, frankly, interesting photos from our readers. And we have loved them all. 

So here’s to a successful first year, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 -- and beyond -- holds for you all on the golf course.

December 13, 2014 - 5:31pm
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Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter ends up in a heap Saturday after getting a forceful high-five from teammate Billy Horschel.

What happens when you pair two of the most emotional players on the PGA Tour together? You get an adventuresome round worthy of any Florida amusement park.

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Consider the Saturday round shared by Ian Poulter and Billy Horschel at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, particularly the back nine. On the par-4 12th, Poulter found himself in the sand, about 12 yards from the pin. And watch what happens next:




Nothing like a high-five that lays you low.

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Later on, Poulter and Horschel wound up asking the Fox broadcast crew to disassemble a camera that was blocking Poulter's shot. Horschel then made a clutch 24-footer at the 17th to keep them in contention. Watch:



Poulter then finished off his sand 'n surf day by chipping out of the muck surrounding the lake on the 18th hole, making a huge splash of water worthy of any Wet 'N Wild guest.

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They didn't win, finishing tied for third, three shots behind Jason Day and Cameron Tringale. But they sure had fun, as evidenced by this post-round tweet:

Side note: Based on that Seminoles logo, it looks like Horschel lost a bet on this year's Florida-Florida State football game, because he's orange-and-blue through and through.


December 12, 2014 - 1:12pm
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Samuel Eaves, an Aussie golfer, had his ball stolen from the middle of a fairway on Friday during the Australian PGA Championship.

The Australian PGA Championship is taking place this week at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast, Australia.

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That's where Samuel Eaves, an Aussie golfer, had his ball stolen from the middle of a fairway on Friday...

Not by a fan, or a marshal, but by a bird.

Check it out:

Eaves was allowed to replace the ball, without penalty, from the spot where the bird took off with it.

December 12, 2014 - 12:04pm
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Rory McIlroy
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The 2014 PGA Championship had it all. And, in the end, the No. 1 player in the world rose to the top.

OK, I fully admit that when creating a "top-list" of anything, it's going to be completely subjective. That's just the way it is.

When I think of a "top tournament" it doesn't necessarily have to be a major championship. Of course, those are "next level" great, but in terms of "top tournaments" of the year, I'm leaning and thinking more toward the ones that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Whether it was a train wreck avoided, a dramatic final shot, or an insane leaderboard... that was my criteria.

Now that I have that admission out there, here are the five tournaments that stood out to me most in 2014. 

5. The Honda Classic
Russell Henley was the eventual winner of this event at PGA National that it seemed down the stretch no one wanted to win.

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In a three-way tie for the lead on the final hole par 5, Henley was left of the green in two shots. He chunked a chip so poorly from that position, it barely got halfway to the hole and he proceeded to two-putt for par.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, had let a two-shot lead slip away. He hit an incredible 236-yard, 5-wood approach to the 18th that set up an eagle putt for the win. The putt just missed and McIlroy settled for par.

Russell Knox and Ryan Palmer joined Henley and McIlroy in a four-way playoff, which Henley won with a two-putt birdie on No. 18 -- the first hole of the playoff.


4. RBC Heritage
Two weeks removed from a heartbreaking defeat in the Houston Open where he squandered a four-shot, final-round lead and lost in a playoff when Aussie Matt Jones pitched in for an eagle, the Golf Gods rewarded Matt Kuchar with a stunning finish of his own.

Kuchar, tied for the lead playing the iconic final hole at Harbor Town, found himself in a greenside bunker with his approach shot.

Instead of thinking, "get up and down for a playoff," Kuchar did one better, admitting afterward, "I told my caddie before that last shot, 'I'm about due to make one of these.'"

So, that's precisely what he did. Kuchar holed the bunker shot for birdie and a one-stroke victory over Luke Donald.


3. The Players Championship
Any tournament with a final top-10 leaderboard that includes the names Martin Kaymer, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy is a great one.

That's what happened at TPC Sawgrass in May. Kaymer came out on top dodging two late bullets.

He had a four-shot advantage through 11 holes that slipped away. Kaymer returned from a 90-minute weather delay and promptly made double bogey on the 15th hole to cut his lead to one shot with three to play.

Then, he made a long par putt at the famous island-green, par-3 17th to maintain a one-shot lead going to the final hole. Kaymer would par the last hole in the dark to win his first Players Championship by one over Furyk.


2. WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
This tournament will long be remembered more for the guy who finished second (Victor Dubuisson) than the guy who won (Jason Day).

In this incredible tussle, Day finally came out on top after 23 holes to the little-known Frenchman, who became world famous in golf that day.

Though he lost, Dubuisson converted two of the greatest pars you will ever see to keep the playoff alive, getting up and down on consecutive holes from the desert. It was remarkable stuff (and made it on our "Top shots" list).

Even before the playoff Dubuisson was spectacular. He was two down with two to play and knotted the match to force the playoff.


1. PGA Championship
This was the tournament of the year and it's not even a contest. How about these names, who all finished inside the top 10?: Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Ernie Els, Victor Dubuisson and Hunter Mahan.

That's a murderer's row of the game's all stars.

In the end, McIlroy dramatically claimed his second major in a row, second PGA Championship of his career and fourth major overall.

McIlroy lost the lead on the front nine, but eagled the 10th hole to begin his late charge. At one point on the back nine, five players shared the lead at 10 under. The scoring average for the final round was 69.6, the lowest in PGA Championship history.

This was an awesome back-and-forth with the world's No. 1 player rising to the occasion.


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Jack Nicklaus' grandson, Nick O'Leary, plays tight end for Florida State.

The Nicklaus family just keeps on piling up the awards. 

The latest comes via Jack Nicklaus' grandson, Nick O'Leary, who was named the winner of the Mackey Award for top tight end in college football. O'Leary, who starts for the undefeated and defending national champion Florida State Seminoles, has 47 catches this year for 614 yards and seven touchdowns. 

On Thursday, the Instagram account for Nicklaus posted this picture of the Golden Bear with his wife, Barbara, and O'Leary from after the season-opening game against Oklahoma State. 



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Florida State plays in the inaugural College Football Playoffs when it takes on Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Imagine there is a good chance Nicklaus will be there, seeing as how he made the trip out to Pasadena, California, last year to watch O'Leary in the title game

The Nicklaus family gets another shot to add to its already-impressive legacy this weekend. Jack and his son, Jack II, are taking part in the PNC Father Son Challenge, which starts on Friday at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando.