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Matt Kuchar
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Matt Kuchar's long birdie putt was a key shot as he and Bill Haas halved their morning foursomes match.
Matt Kuchar has had a pretty quiet week so far at the Presidents Cup – he and Patrick Reed lost to the powerhouse South African duo of Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen on Thursday and then sat out on Friday.
He was back in action in this morning foursomes, though, and teamed with Bill Haas for a crucial halve in their match with Korean favorite son Sang-moon Bae and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama. The match was tight throughout, with neither team ever getting more than one hole ahead.
In fact, the match was all square as the two teams played the par-5 15th hole, where Haas' approach shot found the green but settled down 44 feet from the hole. Making things more challenging, Kuchar's putt needed to climb up and over a large ridge about two-thirds of the way to the flag.
No worries, though. Kuch poured it right into the cup. Even better was his reaction, which you can see at the end of the clip posted below – if you can have a "drop mic" moment in golf, he pretty much nailed it.
Fred Couples with Bubba Watson's driver
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Fred Couples was especially demonstrative as he ferried Bubba Watson's new driver out to him at the Presidents Cup.
If there's one club Bubba Watson relies on, it's his driver. So when he broke his big stick on the range a few minutes before his Saturday morning foursomes match at the Presidents Cup, he needed to go to a back-up.
The good news: He brought his back-up with him to South Korea. The bad news: He didn't bring it with him to the course, and had to begin his match with no driver in the bag.
So the cavalry was dispatched back to the team hotel, and the driver fetched. It was then delivered to assistant captain Fred Couples, who raced it to Watson out on the course with a bit more enthusiasm than the laid-back Freddie usually displays.
That's Freddie in the red hat, showing off his twirling – I think – skills. All this video needs is a Benny Hill soundtrack:
Ian Poulter
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Ian Poulter's birdie putt just couldn't decide whether it wanted to fall into the cup.
The British Masters rejoined the European Tour schedule this week with an interesting new twist – each year going forward, a different prominent British player will serve as its host. Handling that job this week at Woburn Golf Club is Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter, who just happens to call Woburn his home club back in jolly old England.
Poulter's duties have kept him from focusing exclusively on his golf game, and as a result he's not among the leaders through 36 holes. But he did make one especially memorable brdie putt on the par-4 12th hole in today's second round.
Check it out:
Have you ever seen a ball hang on the lip as long as this one does before it falls in? It peeks in longer than even Tiger's famous putt at the Masters before it finally makes up its mind.
Poulter's return hasn't been all good, though. He suffered an incredible horseshoe on Thursday, and flat-out shanked a wedge out of the rough earlier today. You can see those unfortunate shots here:
Florida State girl's golf team
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The Florida State women showed off their putting prowess in their new trick shot video.
There are a bunch of interesting college football games on tap this weekend, including the rivalry game between Miami and Florida State up in Tallahassee Saturday night. I'm not sure how the game will turn out, but I do know one thing: the golf teams at those schools are as entertaining as their gridiron counterparts.
To get in the rivalry spirit, the golfers from the U and FSU each put together videos showing off their skills in both golf and cinematography. Both videos appeared on Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" earlier today.
I'm from Texas, so I have no dog in this fight, but I loved both of these productions – for their attitude as much as their creativity with clubs and balls. The music is fun, the action is briskly paced and the kids are all having a blast.
Take a look at 'em, and tell us which one you think is best:
October 9, 2015 - 1:37pm
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Signaling a new era for PGA Golf Club, an impressive, contemporary 20,000-square-foot clubhouse is now complete. Designed by Tom Hoch Design, the facility has more than doubled in size from the original clubhouse, which first opened its doors in 1996.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2015) -- Signaling a new era for PGA Golf Club, an impressive, contemporary 20,000-square-foot clubhouse is now complete. Designed by Tom Hoch Design, the facility has more than doubled in size from the original clubhouse, which first opened its doors in 1996.

The new clubhouse features elements of style throughout the building that reflect the PGA of America’s rich history. As a result, the PGA has relocated some notable trophies and artifacts that trace its nearly 100 years to the new “PGA Gallery” area of the PGA Golf Club Clubhouse. This is highlighted by a display of the major Championship trophies of golf, including the original Wanamaker Trophy, the prize for winning the PGA Championship. In addition, the Senior PGA Championship’s Alfred S. Bourne Trophy and the Vardon Trophy, with its iconic overlapped hands sculpture, are both prominently displayed.

“This newly-renovated and expanded clubhouse signals a transformation for PGA Golf Club,” said PGA General Manager Jimmy Terry. “We now have a magnificent cornerstone to accompany our championship golf courses that will serve as a point of pride for our PGA members, guests and golfers from around the world to enjoy.”

Phase one of clubhouse construction at PGA Golf Club was finalized in February, with renovations throughout the structure, chiefly to public areas. For example, the golf shop now features modern-design techniques that accentuate its high ceiling. Its sales counter was moved to the room’s middle for a retail-center vibe, while elevated platforms display special apparel. The room offers a private members’ entrance, access to members-only lockers and a new fitting room.

The dining room was converted into a high-end establishment, “The Taplow Pub,” named in honor of department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker’s informal business group nicknamed “The Taplow Club,” which proposed the idea to form the PGA in 1916. Cutting-edge audio and video components accentuate a room that seats more than 100 people. There are 15 televisions, with individualized programming for each booth.

The adjacent “Captains’ Room” is a wine room for members and their guests that pays tribute to Ryder Cup Captains. Additionally, the nearby Wanamaker Room banquet area presents improved entrances, new seating areas and enhanced acoustics. Serving these facilities is an expanded kitchen, featuring a large pizza oven, and a new and improved menu.

The just completed second phase of construction is highlighted by several new areas for PGA and PGA Golf Club members to enjoy including:

• NINETEEN-SIXTEEN Bar & Grille - Named in honor of the year of the PGA’s founding, this member-only restaurant and bar sits adjacent to the 18th Hole of the Wanamaker Course, with a breathtaking view of this beautiful closing hole. The room is served by a second kitchen area designed specifically for members.

• President’s Board Room – Honoring the Presidents of the PGA of America, this private meeting room is ideal for conducting business.

• Wanamaker Pavilion – This outdoor area provides an intimate view of the Wanamaker Course in a private setting.

• Expanded Locker Rooms - The member locker rooms have been greatly expanded for both men and women, with modernized amenities and special features, such as an old-fashioned shoe shine and a locker room attendant. Public lockers were also expanded to accommodate guests.

A grand opening for PGA Golf Club members will happen on Nov. 8, while 300 delegates to the 99th PGA Annual Meeting will enjoy a preview on Nov. 12.

October 9, 2015 - 11:18am
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Phil Mickelson
After overcoming an unusual penalty on Friday for a halve in his match with Zach Johnson over Jason Day and Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson had a stern assessment of the match result for Day and Scott.

Do you like talking smack on the golf course?

If so, it doesn't get much better than the smack spewing from Phil Mickelson's mouth after he and Zach Johnson halved their Friday Fourballs match against Adam Scott and Jason Day in the Presidents Cup.

If you'll remember, Mickelson committed a serious golf-ball blunder on the seventh hole, resulting in an unusual penalty that saw the U.S. go from all all square in the match to 2-down in just one hole.

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Well, the U.S. bounced back and managed to snag a halve.

For Mickelson, it felt pretty good to come back from that snafu to Scott and arguably the world's hottest player in Day. Just ask him.

"We spotted the Internationals' best team two holes and they still couldn't beat us," Mickelson said. "Just sayin’."

Here's the video of that very quote:


Those are fighting words! Well, by golf standards, anyway. The U.S. will take a one-point lead at 5 1/2-4 1/2 going into the weekend, where you've got to think Scott and Day would love another crack at Lefty.