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December 3, 2015 - 2:20pm
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Rory McIlroy
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If reports from the Irish Independent are true, Rory McIlroy is now engaged to girlfriend Erica Stoll.

Citing a source "close to Rory McIlroy," the Irish Independent is reporting that the 26-year-old, four-time major champion is now engaged to girlfriend Erica Stoll.

Stoll, 27, is a former employee of the PGA of America who was instrumental in famously getting McIlroy a police escort to make his singles match at Medinah just in time at the 2012 Ryder Cup, where the Europeans roared back for an incredible comeback win.

McIlroy and Stoll reportedly began dating roughly a year ago, just months after McIlroy called off his engagement to tennis star, Caroline Wozniacki.

Stoll was recently by McIlroy's side in photos following his Race to Dubai win in late November.

Via his Instagram account, McIlroy posted a photo on Wednesday of the Eiffel Tower in Paris leading many to wonder if that's where the former world No. 1 popped the question.

If reports from the Irish Independent are true, Rory McIlroy is now engaged to girlfriend Erica Stoll.


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December 3, 2015 - 1:09pm
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Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth wasted no time getting off to a fast start in his title defense at the Hero World Challenge. He aced the second hole.

Jordan Spieth wasted no time getting off to a fast start in his title defense at the Hero World Challenge. He aced the second hole.

Jordan Spieth is the defending champion in the Hero World Challenge, taking place this week in the Bahamas.

RELATED: Hero World Challenge leaderboard | Spieth set for Hero Challenge title defense

There are great ways to begin a title defense -- like maybe a chip-in, or birdie in the first couple of holes. Or, you could do what the world's No. 1 player did on Thursday: Ace the second hole.

Spieth used a 6-iron from 172 yards out to do this: 


November 30, 2015 - 11:44am
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Padraig Harrington
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Padraig Harrington posted a selfie of himself recuperating in his own cryotherapy unit.

In addition to its typical use as a warehouse for vehicles, garages are a great place to store stuff. Plus, where would we be without garage bands?

But Padraig Harrington may have found one of the more unusual uses we've ever seen for his garage. He posted this selfie Monday on Twitter:



That's either a very expensive Christmas present or a medical supply loaner. In either case, we wish him the best as he recovers from surgery on his right knee, the result of a meniscus tear.

If rehab goes as planned, Harrington should be ready to go about the time the PGA Tour season resumes in Hawaii after the first of the year.

St. Andrews

It doesn't always snow in St. Andrews in winter.

But when it does, we get some breathtaking views of the Old Course.







You can also follow the course conditions in real-time, via the town of St. Andrews' webcam, located here.

RELATED: A guide to golf course web cams around the world

Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler hangs out in the GameDay bus prior to his appearance on ESPN.

Rickie likes orange. He loves his OSU Cowboys.

He got to represent both as this weekend's celebrity guest picker on ESPN's College GameDay.


Kirk Herbstreit and company were in Stillwater, Okla. for their weekly college football preview show.

First Fowler arrived via private jet. 


And he wasn't the only one really excited about the appearance. His fellow Cowboys fans brought their sign game - and it was strong.





Fowler's pick for the Oklahoma and Oklahoma State game was not a shocker. Or a Sooner.

"I'm absolutely here to see my boys win," said Fowler.

The shocking part may have been the fact Lee Corso agreed with Fowler.

In true Corso style of course.



Game time is 8 p.m. ET. 


Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth gave caddie Michael Greller a playful punch after his long-distance eagle at the Australian Open on Saturday.
Jordan Spieth posted the best score of the day on Saturday at the Australian Open, a 5-under 67 that left him in solo second place, three shots behind the leader – his good buddy and frequent practice partner Matt Jones.
Spieth ended his round eagle-birdie, and that eagle was spectacular – he holed an 8-iron shot from 181 yards out on the par-4 17th hole. As the TV announcers noted, his shot was on the flag the entire way, and you could tell from Spieth's body language while the ball was in the air that he really liked it.
The ball flew all the way to the green, landed on the front of the putting surface, bounced a few times and motored into the right side of the cup. When it disappeared, Spieth threw his hands into the air, then gave caddie Michael Greller a playful punch in the chest.
Greller, Spieth explained afterward, had helpd him get over a poor start to his round – three bogeys in his first four holes – by having him essentially start over, forget those holes and set a new goal of getting back to even par on the day by the 17th hole. 
As is almost always the case with Spieth, he exceeded that goal. And now he's got a good chance to win the Australian Open for the second straight year. Here's his eagle: