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May 10, 2016 - 9:16am
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T.J. Auclair
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Greg Owen
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Greg Owen took time from his Players Championship preparation on Monday to save a baby blue jay in distress after it fell out of a tree and into the pond on the 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

If Greg Owen -- a journeyman still in search of his maiden PGA Tour victory -- wins this week's Players Championship, you can chalk it up to great play and great karma.

Owen, one of the all-time "good guys" on Tour, took time away from his Players Championship preparation at TPC Sawgrass on Monday to make a rescue.

Walking off the 16th tee with Brandt Snedeker, Owen noticed a baby blue jay fell out of a tree and into the pond. The bird was struggling to get across the pond. Without hesitation, Owen stripped down to his skivvies and walked into the pond to save the bird.

Lucky for us, this act of kindness was captured on video by Tony Ziegler of the Ziegler Golf School, Owen's instructor.

Check it out:

 

That should be worth a bunch of "birdies" for Owen this week.

Hidden Valley Golf Club
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Hailstones the size of golf balls embedded themselves in this green at Hidden Valley Golf Club in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Monday.
 
Crazy weather is to be expected in the springtime, but Mother Nature seems to really have it in for golf courses this year. In the last couple weeks alone, we've seen several instances of flooding rains wreaking havoc on courses – including putting some prominent layouts in the Houston area underwater.
 
No doubt that damage was bad, but it appears the floodwaters have receded without causing too many long-term problems. But I'm sure the photos of the hail damage at Hidden Valley Golf Course in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Monday felt like a gut punch to the golfers who play there.
 
 
Ironically – and I hate to use that word in this case – golf ball-sized hailstones pummeled the course with such fury that they literally embedded themselves in the rain-softened greens. Take a look at the photo – those are hailstones, not golf balls. As someone who worked on a golf course in my younger days, it hurts my stomach to see that.
 
In fact, this hailstorm ranks as one of the worst in Lincoln's history, according to KETV in Omaha, as hail – as big as tennis balls in some places – smashed car windshields and was so thick at times that it piled up like snowdrifts.
 
I didn't see any reports of other damage at Hidden Valley or other golf facilities in the Lincoln area, so hopefully everybody is safe up there and the grounds crew can get the layout back in playing shape sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Mother Nature, how about giving our beloved golf courses a little bit of a break?
 
 
 
 
May 6, 2016 - 1:27pm
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Zac Blair
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PGA Tour player Zac Blair was disqualified from the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday after using his putter after he altered it... with his head.

PGA Tour player Zac Blair summed up his situation at the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday perfectly in a hashtag: "#GottaDoBetter."

Playing the fifth hole in the tournament's second round, Blair became frustrated after missing a birdie putt. He proceeded to hit himself in the head with his putter before tapping in for par.

On the very next hole, Blair realized something: The shaft on his putter had been bent as the result of his head bang.

Blair alerted officials and was then disqualified for using a nonconforming club, outlined under Rule 4-3b in the Rules of Golf, which covers "damage other than in the normal course of play":

If, during a stipulated round, a player’s club is damaged other than in the normal course of play rendering it non-conforming or changing its playing characteristics, the club must not subsequently be used or replaced during the round.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 4-3b: Disqualification.

And so was the case for Blair, who was unlikely to make the cut anyway. He was 7 over at the time of the infraction.

Here's his tweet about the breach:

 

And he had a little fun with it too, as you can see here, giving us a little "Flashback Friday" by subtweeting the PGA Tour with the most famous of all putter-to-head-bangers, Woody Austin:

 

John Daly bobblehead
John Daly via Instagram
John Daly apparently finds his new bobblehead quite tasty.
 
John Daly makes his PGA Tour Champions debut on Friday at the Insperity Invitational in Houston, and tournament officials are marking the occasion in a pretty fun way – they're giving away John Daly bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans through the gates.
 
The bobblehead is as realistic a depiction as you could possibly expect. He's standing cross-legged and is decked out in some cool aviators and, of course, some eye-popping Loudmouth slacks – and check this out: If you wear Loudmouth clothes to the tournament on Friday, you might be chosen to attend a meet-and-greet with JD after his round. 
 
 
I'm not really sure JD likes his likeness, though – he posted a shot of himself on Instagram taking a bite out of one. Is that a sign of aggression or affection? I'm gonna presume he likes it.
 
With only 1,000 bobbleheads available to the public, I’m also gonna presume that they'll be in high demand on eBay and elsewhere almost immediately. I might have to put in a bid for one myself.
 
Anyway, good luck, John, and go get 'em. We're all expecting you to have a tremendous impact on the senior circuit, and we can't wait to see you make your senior major debut at the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in a few weeks.
 
 

Get ya a @pga_johndaly Bobble Head Friday at the @Insperityinvitational @pgatourchampions tour #nowwerehavingfun

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Graham DeLaet made out of Legos
Jared Jacobs via Instagram
"Lego Graham DeLaet" tips his crowd after making birdie in a hilarious stop-action video.
 
There was a lot of golf on TV today. None of it was as amazing as what I saw on Instagram.
 
As you can see below, a guy by the name of Jared Jacobs has created a stop-action video of PGA Tour player Graham DeLaet – and it's made entirely out of Legos.
 
It only lasts a few seconds, but I can't stop watching it. "Lego Graham" tees off and then he and his Lego caddie march down the Lego fairway. His tee shot avoids the Lego creek, so he knocks his second shot up onto the Lego green. From there, he taps in for a Lego birdie.
 
I love everything about this, from DeLaet's trademark bushy beard to his awesome one-handed swing to the way his approach shot bounces off the backstop behind the green and settles down back by the hole. Heck, there's even colorful Lego flowers behind the Lego teebox.
 
And as one of the commenters on his Instagram page noted, the pace of play is quite good, too.
 
I don't know anything about Jacobs, but I am presuming he's Canadian by the hockey helmet he's wearing in his photo and his clear love for DeLaet, the leading Canadian on the PGA Tour. Regardless of his nationality, though, this little video will make you smile.
 
Golf clap for you, Jared Jacobs.
 
 

Now I can check golfing with #GrahamDeLaet off the ol' bucket list.

A video posted by Jared Jacobs (@goldyeller) on