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October 29, 2013 - 12:01pm
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Not all golf balls are built the same. For very specific reasons -- i.e. your level of ability -- manufacturers make golf balls that fit whatever kind of game you play.

In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Suzy Whaley offers up some advice on how you should go about choosing your golf ball.

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October 29, 2013 - 11:47am
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On the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night, Lindsey Vonn revealed that she had a hole-in-one the first time she played 18 holes of golf.

Lindsey Vonn, Olympic ski champion and the significant other of world No. 1-ranked golfer Tiger Woods, was a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman Monday night.

During the segment, Letterman had some questions for Vonn about Woods.

How did they meet? Is he a good skier? Stuff like that.

The biggest takeaway was when Letterman asked Vonn if she plays golf. She does... and she had a hole-in-one the very first time she played 18 holes!

You can watch the Tiger-related segment here:

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October 29, 2013 - 9:02am
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The U.S. Amateur Trophy won by Bobby Jones to complete the Grand Slam in 1930 is one of the items a ninja thief has stolen.

There's a thief on the loose who has a taste for significant sporting trophies. And, the thief in question, dresses like a ninja -- swaddled from head to toe.

Yes, a ninja.

The New York Times reports:

His method was neither high-tech nor elegant -- he kicked in doors and smashed glass cases. But his taste was impeccable, and sporting: his haul included the 1903 Belmont Stakes trophy, a silver Fabergé soup tureen and ladle given by Czar Nicholas II of Russia to an American harness horse impresario and the United States Amateur Championship trophy that completed golfer Bobby Jones's Grand Slam in 1930.

Along with the U.S. Amateur Trophy, the ninja thief also made off with the Hickok Belt Ben Hogan received in 1953 as the nation's top professional athlete.

The report says that this thief first came to the attention of authorities in New Jersey in May 2012 when Somerset Hills Country Club reported trophies had been taken from its clubhouse.

Just one week later, the ninja thief broke into the USGA Museum for the golf score.

"We don't discuss value, but we consider it significant," Joe Goode, a spokesman for the United States Golf Association, said of the belt. "And the U.S. Am Trophy is priceless, as it dates back to 1926 and was the trophy that completed Jones’s Grand Slam in 1930."

So far, the elusive ninja is still on the loose.

As far as we know, the suspect wasn't this golf ninja:

 

 

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October 28, 2013 - 10:41pm
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EA Sports says it is working with the PGA Tour "on a new approach'' for future games.

The ''Tiger Woods PGA Tour'' golf game series from EA Sports has been a consistent best-seller for almost a decade and a half, but the company announced on Monday that it and the superstar golfer are going their separate ways.

EA Sports and Woods have made ''a mutual decision to end our partnership, which includes Tiger's named PGA Tour golf game,'' the company said on its official blog. ''We've always been big fans of Tiger and we wish him continued success in all his future endeavors.''

EA Sports gave no reason for the split, and the Woods camp didn't issue any comment, either. However, the end of the partnership doesn't mean the end of EA Sports' presence in the golf game arena. Moving forward, the company will ''continue to work with the PGA Tour exclusively to create groundbreaking golfing titles,'' it said, stressing that their partnership remains strong.

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The company hinted that it is ''working on a new approach'' for future games, responding to gamers' request for ''more choice and customization in how and where they play.'' Without providing any details about future releases, EA Sports said ''we think you'll love it.''

The photo above is the first screenshot of EA Sports' next-generation golf game currently in development. 

The current ''Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14,'' which became available last spring, includes several breakthroughs, including a Legends of the Majors mode that allows players to compete against greats like Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones. With the end of the partnship, 2014 will mark the first year since 1999 that EA will not publish a Tiger Woods golf game.

 

October 28, 2013 - 11:06am
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Long greenside bunker shots -- even the most seasoned of PGA Tour veterans will tell you that the 30-60-yard bunker shot is among the most difficult to hit in golf.

Fear not, friends. In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Bill Murchison offers up some great advice to ensure that this particular shot doesn't need to be nearly as daunting as you make it out to be.

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October 28, 2013 - 10:53am
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Lydia Ko, 16, will be a full member of the LPGA for the 2014 season.

A couple of weeks back, we learned it was only a matter of time before 16-year-old New Zealand golf prodigy Lydia Ko would join the professional ranks.

Then, last week, Ko released a fantastic video making her jump to professional golf official.

The only question left was: Would Ko -- a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour -- be granted membership to the tour?

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The LPGA requires its members be at least 18 years old.

Golf Channel's Randell Mell explained in a report: "As a non-member winner of a tour event, Ko is entitled to claim tour membership. She could seek to claim immediate membership for the rest of 2013 and through 2014. Or, she could defer membership to next year. However, Ko can’t do either without first obtaining a waiver of the tour’s age restriction. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan holds the power to grant or deny such petitions."

Well, Ko applied for the waiver and the waiver was granted. She will be a LPGA member beginning with the 2014 season

"This decision ensures that Lydia can attend all of our LPGA rookie development sessions that take place in the early part of the year," LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan said in a release. "We are looking forward to having Lydia as a full-time member for the 2014 season. It is not often that the LPGA welcomes a rookie who is already a back-to-back LPGA tour champion."

Ko is expected to make her professional debut at the CME Group Titleholders next month.

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