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August 27, 2014 - 1:19pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Natasha Oon
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Natasha Oon, 12, won a Volvo XC60 for a hole-in-one she made in a tournament. The only probably is she's too young to drive.

Is there anything better for a golfer than making a hole-in-one?

Nothing... unless that hole-in-one comes with a prize.

Back Nine Network is reporting that was the case just last week at the 40th RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Championship, where Volvo Car Malaysia offered a brand new Volvo XC60 to any golfer who could make a hole-in-one over the course of the three-day tournament.

Well, guess what? It happened. Natasha Oon -- not knowing there was even a prize for an ace -- made a hole-in-one.

There was just one little problem: Oon is only 12 years old. She got to keep the vehicle, but can't drive it yet.

So what did the shot look like? Just a beautiful, towering flight, one hop and into the hole?

Not so much, Oon explained.

"I hit an 8-iron and duffed the shot," she said. "It hit the top of the hill and rolled. The first one to tell me that it was a hole-in-one was my mom. The insurance guy told my mom."

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, right?

Here's the entire interview with Oon, who has quite the personality:

OK, so it stinks that she has to wait a few years to drive her hole-in-one prize...

... But on the bright side, she's also not old enough to buy everyone drinks. 

August 27, 2014 - 12:39pm
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John Daly
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John Daly's song "Hit It Hard" has an emphasis on golf.

We've known for a long time now that John Daly is passionate about music.

The former PGA and Open Champion even has a song that's been getting play on SiriusXM The Highway.

The name of the track is, "Hit It Hard."

Earlier this month, Daly sent this tweet when he heard the song on his radio:

If you're a fan of golf, John Daly and country music, there's a good chance you'll like this tune, which includes lyrics like this (click here to listen to the song):

Most people would have given up by now,
All the rough I've seen,
These ups and downs,
Somehow I just keep on playin' through

According to Dayne Shuda, a writer for www.countrymusiclife.com (who knows far more about the genre than this author), the song is pretty good.

Wrote Shuda:

John is very honest with his music. But if you've ever seen him in an interview you know that's exactly who he is all the time. He's an open book. He's not afraid to talk about the things he's done in his life. He's quite the character and people love it. I think in a way, all of John's fans are inspired by his honesty.

The fact that this song is getting played on SiriusXM now caught me off guard. The album that John put out came out back in 2010.

Shuda goes on to speculate about why the song is suddenly on satellite radio (perhaps Daly has a friend pushing it?).

Though I don't know much about country music, I do know I like this song better than another Daly hit -- "All My Exes Wear Rolexes."

Here's Daly covering one of his all-time favorite songs a while back -- "Knockin' on Heaven's Door":

August 27, 2014 - 9:33am
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Tiger Woods
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Last week, Tiger Woods dumped a bucket of ice water on Rory McIlroy. On Tuesday night, he did the same thing to Golf Channel's Mark Rolfing.

Just last week, Tiger Woods took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge alongside Rory McIlroy. The two doused each other and -- if you remember -- Tiger got the better of Rory with the ice bucket.

Tiger may not be able to swing a golf club right now due to injury, but he's turning into a scratch player when it comes to dumping ice-cold buckets of water on people.

ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: Tiger & Rory | Tom Watson | U.S. Ryder Cup team | Jack Nicklaus

The latest example came Tuesday night at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y.

Woods was there with buddy Notah Begay III for a VIP dinner in support of Begay's NB3 Foundation Challenge.

Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO (the Oneida Indian Nation owns and operates the Turning Stone Resort), accepted the challenge after being nominated from some friends.

Sharing the stage with Woods, Begay and Golf Channel's Mark Rolfing, Halbritter immediately nominated Rolfing to take the challenge.

Without missing a beat, Woods grabbed an ice bucket and doused Rolfing.

Based on the video, it looks like Woods enjoys this stuff:

As Rolfing's colleague Gary Koch might say, that was "better than most!"

Jack Nicklaus Ice Bucket Challenge
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Jack Nicklaus got drenched in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but the fun had just begun for his wife and employees.
Anybody who knows anything about Jack Nicklaus knows he didn't get to where he is by doing anything less than all-out. So it's no surprise that the Golden Bear didn't just accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – he went major.
 
As he explains in a new video on his Facebook page, Nicklaus was challenged by Gary Player and Greg Norman, as well as by various friends and family members. He accepted, of course – but in doing so, he laid down the gauntlet for his wife Barbara and his employees there at Golden Bear HQ in North Palm Beach, Fla.
 
 
The result is one of the longest, and most fun, Ice Bucket Challenge videos I've seen yet. You'll get a kick out of it, too – unless you're a Nicklaus employee anywhere else around the world. In that case, you better start looking for a nice, thick towel.
 
Click the Facebook link in the tweet to see the full video:
 
 
August 26, 2014 - 12:02pm
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Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson was interviewed by ESPN's Pam Shriver while court side at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night.

The U.S. Open Tennis Championship is going on now at Flushing Meadows in New York. With the PGA Tour's Barclays ending in New Jersey on Sunday and the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., not teeing off until Friday, it's not uncommon to see some PGA Tour stars taking in a little tennis in between the two.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia are among those who have all been seen at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the past. On Monday night, it was two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson, with wife Angie, watching the action court side for Novak Djokovic's match.

He even sent out a couple of tweets:

Well, that finger-crossing worked. ESPN's Pam Shriver caught up with Watson for an interview.

Shriver mentioned that -- like tennis -- there are a lot of aspects to the game of golf. She asked Watson what was working for him best right now.

"I think my new commitment to trying to better on the golf course with a new attitude," said Watson, relating back to his comments last week about being accountable for his actions at the PGA Championship, which turned off a lot of people. "Watching these players tonight... watching them get focused, watching them talk to themselves and stay in every moment, in every point. That's what I've got to do on the golf course. Stay in every shot, every moment and try to score my best."

On a lighter note, Shriver asked Watson if he thought he could hit a golf shot out of Arthur Ashe Stadium -- the largest tennis stadium in the world.

"It would be some kind of iron," he said. "For sure, I think I could get it out no problem. I wouldn't hit driver, because I couldn't hit it high enough. But, with an iron -- probably an 8-iron, or a 7-iron."

You can watch the interview here: 

Zach Johnson
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Zach Johnson repaired his driver during Sunday's final round of The Barclays.

When Zach Johnson repaired his driver during Sunday's final round of The Barclays, it set off an interesting rules discussion among golf fans. What's allowed and not allowed if you happen to unintentionally damage a club?

Here's a synopsis of Rule 4-3a: If a player's club is damaged in the normal course of play, he has three options. One, he can continue to use the club for the remainder of the round. Two, he can repair it or have it repaired without unduly delaying play. Three, if the club is unfit for play, he can replace the damaged club with any club, with three caveats: you can't borrow a club from anyone playing the course, you can't fix it by carrying around spare parts and you can't delay play while making the switch.

MISTER FIX-IT: Zach Johnson makes quick repairs on a damaged driver

We asked Bryan Jones, co-chairman of the PGA of America Rules Committee, to interpret Rule 4-3.

What if you happen to break a club on the range before your round? If you have time to go back to the car for a spare or buy one from the pro shop, it's not an issue.

"That's certainly not a problem because a player may choose his 14 clubs all the way up to the start of his stipulated round," Jones said.

But what if you bend a shaft, lose a grip or crack the driver during the round, like what happened to Johnson? It comes down to how you define "damaged" and "normal course of play."

RULE 25-3: Why the rules can keep you from being a hazard to yourself and the course

Obviously, we've all been with someone who's snapped a shaft against a tree or tossed a club into a pond in a fit of anger. That does not constitute "normal course of play," as you get no relief from temper tantrums.

Instead, Rule 4-3a is more about unexpected equipment failure. I've had a driver head snap off the bottom of a graphite shaft in the middle of a round, and under the rules, I would have had three options, the first -- keep using it -- would not have been much help. Neither was fixing it, and remember, you're not allowed to carry "spare parts," just in case.

So here's where the third option comes into play, Jones said.

"If the damage escalates to the rules category 'unfit for play'  -- which is defined as a dented or broken shaft; loose, detached or significantly deformed club head or a loose grip -- then the player may replace the club with any club he or she chooses," Jones said.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR: When you're allowed to take a free drop

That means if you break a driver, you don't have to replace it with a driver, or a wedge with a wedge. You can add any club as a replacement, as long as it keeps you at the 14-club limit. However, you can't borrow it from anybody in your foursome, or delay play while you go back to the parking lot.

Besides, there aren't many of us who have a spare driver head lying around nearby, like Johnson did Sunday.

 

 

 

Obviously, there's a fourth option: play a club short for the rest of the round, and make do with what's left in the bag.

And if you're just playing "relaxed rules" with friends -- without the club championship or money at stake -- and you wind up driver-less or putter-less, it's only good sportsmanship to share.