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February 8, 2017 - 10:22am
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Pebble Beach was not pretty -- the weather that is -- during a practice round on Tuesday ahead of this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The seventh hole at Pebble Beach -- one of the most famous holes in the world -- is a par 3 that plays just over 100 yards and is downhill.

Should be a piece of cake, especially for the best players in the game, right?

It's easy to get lost in the hole's beauty with the Pacific Ocean wrapping around its right side and all around the back of the green. The waves crashing into the cliffs along the edges of the green are breathtaking.

But, at the end of the day, it's still a short shot...

... Unless weather is, umm, not ideal.

That was the case on Tuesday as players and their pro-am partners were going through a practice round for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

"The sea was angry that day, my friends" as George Costanza once said in Seinfeld (or as Ernest Hemingway wrote in "The Old Man and the Sea."

Thanks to social media, we were able to see just how nasty it was out there.

Tony Finau -- one of the biggest hitters in the world -- need a 5-iron from 106 yards to reach the green:

Charley Hoffman hit the green from 112 yards, also with a 5 iron:

And how about this tweet from AP golf writer Doug Ferguson of Jerry Kelly and Aaron Rodgers?

Any other place in the world, these conditions probably make for a miserable day of golf. But, as Hoffman said, it proved to be, "Some of the most fun I have ever had on the course." 

Tiger Woods
It was 17 years ago today, Feb. 7, 2000, that Tiger Woods overcame a 7-shot deficit with seven holes to play at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

If, like most of us, you're bummed out about the recent setback in the return of Tiger Woods -- back spasms that forced his withdrawal after one round in Dubai last week and have his future unclear -- allow us to take you back to a happier time in Tiger's career.

On this day 17 years ago,Feb. 7, 2000, Woods remarkably overcame a seven-shot deficit with seven holes to play to defeat Matt Gogel in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to claim his sixth consecutive PGA Tour victory.

That win allowed Woods to tie Ben Hogan, who won six consecutive starts in 1948, for the second-longest streak in professional golf history. Byron Nelson holds the all-time record with 11 consecutive wins in 1945.

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Tiger's win at Pebble that year marked the 17th of his career. Since then, he has won an eye-popping 62 more times. The Pebble triumph was also the second of Tiger's nine wins for the 2000 season, which also included the first three legs of the "Tiger Slam" -- the U.S. Open (also played at Pebble Beach that year, a major Woods won by a record 15 strokes), Open Championship and PGA Championship. He would complete that slam with his win at the Masters in 2001.

Woods fired an 8-under 64 in the final round and it included this incredible eagle hole-out at the par-4 15th from 97 yards:

Gogel, of course, gave Woods a little help with four bogeys over his final nine holes to lose by two.

"I'm not the first pro that has struggled on the back nine at Pebble, and won't be the last," said Gogel, 28 at the time. "Trying to win a golf tournament for the first time, battling the emotions, it was quite a test." 

February 7, 2017 - 11:53am
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Sam Snead
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On Feb. 7, 1962, Sam Snead became the first -- and only -- male to win a LPGA event.

Here's something you may not have known about the PGA Tour's all-time wins (82) leader, Sam Snead: On this day -- Feb. 7 -- in 1962, Slammin' Sammy became the first and only male to win an LPGA event.


Snead was in the field at the 15-player field at the Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational played at Palm Beach Golf Club -- a par-3 course -- in 1961 and 1962.

In 1961, the field boasted 24 men and women. Louise Suggs won that event by one stroke and Snead finished third, two shots behind.

But in 1962, Snead prevailed by five strokes over Mickey Wright. Patty Berg, Kathy Whitworth and Betsy Rawls were also in the field, where Snead was the only male of the 15 players who teed it up.

Snead's winning total was 5-under 211 in the event which featured four rounds over two days.

It's been written that Snead won "about $1,500" in the victory, but as notes, it came at a cost.

According to a Palm Beach Post report:

"The last three holes (of the opening round) were played with the knowledge that his expensive little inboard runabout boat was slowly sinking, just a wedge shot from the course, in Lake Worth."

So there you have it -- the time Sam Snead won an unofficial LPGA event. 

February 6, 2017 - 11:27am
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Tom Brady
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Super Bowl 51 was wild. Twitter went bonkers when the New England Patriots completed the biggest come from behind win in Super Bowl history, including pro golfers.

For three quarters on Sunday evening, it looked as though Super Bowl 51 was destined to be a snoozer.

With 15 minutes left to play, the four-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots trailed the Atlanta Falcons 28-9.

As if it hasn't been proven enough over the last 17 years, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick showed the world once again why no lead for the opposition is ever safe.

Brady and his team rallied all the way back to tie the game 28-28 to force the first overtime in Super Bowl history.

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On the first possession in overtime, Brady drove the Patriots 75 yards for a game-winning touchdown run by James White.

Needless to say, Twitter went bonkers... and that included pro golfers.

Here's a sampling of reactions from players:






































February 5, 2017 - 12:34pm
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jack nicklaus
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It looks like Jack Nicklaus is pulling for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. Jack's grandson, Nick O'Leary, is a tight end for the Buffalo Bills and was high school teammates with Patriots third-string quarterback, Jacoby Brissett.

Jack Nicklaus, the greatest major champion in golf history, wished the New England Patriots good luck in Super Bowl 51 via his Instagram account on Sunday.

The Patriots square off against the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons later today.

Nicklaus, it turns out, has a rooting interest in the four-time Super Bowl Champion Patriots.

The Golden Bear's grandson, Nick O'Leary, is a tight-end for the Buffalo Bills. O'Leary's high school teammate was Jacob Brissett, who happens to be New England's third-string quarterback.

Brissett saw action early in the season for the Patriots when quarterback Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension and Pats back-up Jimmy Garoppolo was out with an injury.

Brissett was the losing quarterback when O'Leary's Bills took down the Pats, 16-0 back in week 4 -- one of just two losses on the season for the Patriots in what was the last week of the Brady suspension.

Here's the post from Nicklaus: