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Adam Scott
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Adam Scott had plenty to smile about after he curled in a 45-foot eagle putt on Thursday at the CIMB Classic.
The PGA Tour is playing overnight tonight (our time, anyway) in Malaysia, in the sixth edition of the CIMB Classic. The 78-man field includes players from both the PGA Tour and the Asian Tour jousting for a $7 million purse.
Scoring on the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club layout, on which the event is being played, is pretty low as I write this, a little after the midway point of the first round. But one thing is standing out: the players are eating up the par-5 fifth hole.
It measures 518 yards, according to the PGA Tour website, but plenty of the players are hitting it in two, and there have been numerous eagle opportunities – and several of them are cashing in.
The common denominator on many of the successful eagle putts is that they're coming from the left side of the green over to the pin midway back on the right. As you can see in the videos below, Adam Scott, Daniel Summerhays, Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley all have drained eagle putts from between 40 and 70 feet from the same general direction.
The best of the bunch, in my view, is Scott's. At 45 feet, it's one of the shortest of this impressive group, but Scott had to negotiate a significant left to right break along a ridge that bisects the green. Scott rolls it confidently, and it dives right into the heart of the cup – I'd wager it's the best putt he's made since his recent switch away from his beloved broomstick putter.
Here they are:
Jordan Spieth
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A team of 25 artists put together this awesome likeness of Jordan Spieth over a span of two days in downtown Dallas.
What Jordan Spieth did on the golf course this year is downright amazing. What might be even more amazing is the huge mosaic of Spieth swinging a golf club that AT&T has created in his hometown of Dallas.
The designers created an incredible likeness of the sport's new superstar out of 24,152 golf balls – all on tees and all festooned with an AT&T logo. The video below shows how they put it together, and it is mesmerizing.
A team of 25 workers began assembling the mural on Sunday in the Main Street Gardens in downtown Dallas, and finished it on Monday, according to The Dallas Morning News. AT&T is planning to disassemble it tonight, the newspaper said, adding that it also could be featured in an advertising campaign, the newspaper said.
AT&T revealed the mural on social media by saying that Spieth's season was a work of art. You can't argue with that – or with the fact that is is an amazing way to honor their new ambassador.
October 28, 2015 - 11:29am
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Jordan Spieth
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Two young boys have put together incredible costumes for this Halloween -- they're going out as Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller.

Halloween is this Saturday and you're sure to see plenty of great costumes.

If you're into golf though, it's not likely you'll see a costume or costumes that top this.

B.J. Simpson (@bugafan on Twitter) posted this picture of a young Jordan Spieth and a young Michael Greller decked out in the proper attire right on down to the Under Armour logos and USGA bib.

Check it out (h/t


Now those are major championship-worthy costumes. 

October 28, 2015 - 9:52am
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Henrik Stenson
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Can Henrik Stenson pick up where he left off at the end of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season?

The PGA Tour pays a visit to Asia this week for the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur G&CC in Malaysia, where Ryan Moore returns as the two-time defending champion.

It may be just the third event of the 2015-16 season -- and it's far, far away -- but as you'll see when you read on, there are still some big names who made the trip.

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Here are the five players -- with an added dark horse -- you'll want to keep a close eye on.

5. Sergio Garcia
Best finish in 2015-16 season:
Reason to watch: Would you believe me if I told you Garcia hasn't won on the PGA Tour since 2012? I can't really believe it, but it's a fact. Sure, he's had a couple of close calls since, but no hardware to show for the effort. Garcia returns to Malaysia after a T2 a year ago and a T11 in 2014. Will he improve on that this week?

4. Gary Woodland
Best finish in 2015-16 season:
Reason to watch: In each of the last two years, Woodland has finished second at the CIMB Classic. Clearly the Kuala Lumpur G&CC fits the eye of this bomber. Injuries have plagued Woodland early on in what figures to be a promising career on the PGA Tour. He has all the makings of a star. Is this the season he busts out in a big way? The CIMB Classic would be a great start.

3. Ryan Moore
Best finish in 2015-16 season:
T10 Open
Reason to watch: Moore's career record in the CIMB Classic is decent: two starts, two wins. That's right. Moore returns as the two-time defending champion with a chance to notch PGA Tour career win No. 5. Coming off a disappointing T43 last week in Las Vegas, I expect Moore to bounce back in a big way this week. It would be crazy to think he wouldn't be able to do that given his recent history in Malaysia.

2. Patrick Reed
Best finish in 2015-16 season:
Reason to watch: Having won at least once in each of the last three seasons, I'm anticipating that Reed will keep that trend going in the 2015-16 season. Does that start this week in Malaysia? Well, he hasn't done anything particularly special in two previous CIMB Classic starts -- a T40 and a T26. I don't think that matters for a player like Reed. He can get hot any place and any time.

1. Henrik Stenson
Best finish in 2015-16 season:
Reason to watch: This will be Stenson's first start to the new PGA Tour season, but he ended the last one on fire with five top-10 finishes in his last six starts, including two runner-up finishes in back-to-back week at the Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship, as well as a T2 at the Tour Championship. Though he hasn't played in the CIMB Classic before, Stenson still gets the nod this week -- his game travels well (he's won all over the world) and he's the top-ranked player in the field at No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

DARK HORSE: Anirban Lahiri
Reason to watch: This is Lahiri's first start as a member of the PGA Tour after securing his card at the Tour Finals. He's also a member of the Asian Tour, which co-sanctions this event. He won the Malaysian Open on this course in February. With a strong showing he can lock up the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit title. Pretty cool for Lahiri. With his dual-membership he has a chance to finish one season on a high-note, while starting a new one on a high-not -- all in one tournament.

Here's how my five to watch fared last week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open:

5. Ryan Moore -- T43
4. Kevin Na -- T2
3. Brooks Koepka -- Missed cut
2. Jimmy Walker -- T78
1. Rickie Fowler -- T25 

October 27, 2015 - 9:49am
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Teaching Professional Maxine Burton helps Lily learn the correct address in her first golf lesson.

You're never too old to learn to play golf.

Here's a perfect example, posted on social media Tuesday: English teaching professional Maxine Burton is shown giving a first lesson to a student who is just a few months from her 100th birthday.



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According to the photo caption posted on the FORE! Women website, Burton writes: "First lesson for Lily - age 99 and a half!!"

How wonderful that Lily decided to take up the sport. And here's hoping she betters her age on her first try.


October 27, 2015 - 9:02am
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Late-season golf in the northeast -- visually -- might be the best time of year to play. But, it can take a toll on your body and your game if you don't prepare accordingly.

Just because the temperature is dipping in a lot of places around the country -- particularly the northeast -- doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a round of late-season golf.

So what can you do then to get the most out of your game in unfavorable conditions?

"Playing in less than ideal conditions is all about preparation," says Jim Salinetti, PGA Head Professional at Winchester Country Club in Winchester, Mass. "Golfers need to physically and mentally prepare."

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Perhaps the most important part of that preparation is picking out your apparel. In the northeast, you're taught at a young age to wear layers -- "you can always remove a layer, but you can't add one if you don't have it with you," the adults would say.

That's not necessarily the case anymore, however.

"You need to dress the part," Salinetti explained. "Golfers have no excuse when it comes to dressing properly during cold conditions. Apparel companies are making products using modern technology and improved materials to help players stay warm while giving the body freedom to move."

See, so you don't have to be like the little brother in "A Christmas Story," bundled up in a snowsuit that won't even allow you the freedom to put your arms down:


Next, Salinetti says, just like in perfect conditions, getting a good stretch is a must... with one provision.

"Stretch indoors while your body is warm and be sure to hit a few balls on the range to get acclimated to the weather and temperature," he said.

The indoor stretch routine will help the body get limber quicker, as the blood gets flowing before heading outdoors.

The final tip to enjoying a round in less-than-ideal conditions is probably the most important: measure your expectations.

"Set realistic goals for the round," Salinetti said. "You probably aren't going to shoot your career round in frigid conditions, but it doesn't mean you can't play well. Enjoy the challenge. The conditions are the same for everyone, but the golfer who steps onto the golf course with the best attitude and proper expectations is the one who will succeed."