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Cameron Tringale's ace attempt
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Cameron Tringale's 4-iron tee shot from 203 yards away, burned the edge of the cup on Friday at the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Cameron Tringale and Camilo Villegas might not make for the most prominent pairing at the Franklin Templeton Shootout this week, but Tringale hit the shot of the tournament so far on Friday afternoon.
On the teebox at the 203-yard par-3 hole at Tiburon Golf Club, Tringale pulled out a 4-iron and lofted a gorgeous shot onto the front of the large green. The ball bounced twice on the soft green and tracked up over a ridge and down right toward the hole, eventually just skimming by the left edge.
Oh, so close! At the speed it was rolling, it definitely would have fallen in had it hit the pin. It ended up a couple feet past, and Villegas knocked in the birdie putt as the teams played modified alternate shot today. 
Tringale and Villegas were 3-under on the day, and sit at 15-under through two of the event's three rounds. Daniel Berger and Charley Hoffman own the lead at 20-under.
Here's Tringale's near miss:
Khloe Kardashian via Instagram
Larsa Pippen, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner teed it up at the Fabulous Forum this week.
I will admit right up front that I don't know a whole lot about the Kardashians. If you made one of those Venn diagrams that Seth Meyers loves so much, my world and the Kardashians' world would intersect only a teeny tiny bit.
My interest in America's first family of reality TV perked up today, however, when I ran across an Instagram photo of several members of the Kardashian posse with golf clubs in their hands. The photo, shared by Khloe Kardashian and posted below, was taken at the Forum – which used to house the Lakers but has recently been remade into a multipurpose entertainment facility – when they stopped by the golf simulator to take a few swings.
The fabulous foursome, from left to right, is Larsa Pippen (the wife of former NBA star Scottie Pippen), Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe, and Kylie Jenner, a half-sister to Khloe and Kourtney and, of course, Kim Kardashian. 
I'm sorry to report that there apparently is no video of their stop at the simulator – I am mostly curious to know whethere they took any swings wearing those high heels. I mean, I know that Paula Creamer can make monster putts in high heels, but taking full swings in those things seems, well, challenging.
I also don't know whether any of the women actually plays golf. We do know, of course, that Caitlyn Jenner is a longtime golfer, and maybe a love of the game runs in the family. If it does, then the Kardashians and I just might have a little more in common than I realized.

FORE!!!!!!! @theforum

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Salmon in bunker
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Talk about a sand trap. This salmon was trapped in a bunker when the River Dee inundated parts of Peterculter Golf Club in Scotland.
Yesterday, we shared with you the story of Michelle Wie swimming with sharks off the coast of Hawaii. Today, we bring you a slightly different fish story.
Greenskeepers at Peterculter Golf Club in Scotland found a live salmon swimming in one of their bunkers earlier this week. Parts of the course, near Aberdeen on Scotland's northeast coast, were flooded by a recent storm that caused the nearby River Dee to overflow its banks.
"I was going round the course to check on the damage the floods had caused. "When I got down to the third hole, I saw that the bunker was flooded," course worker Dylan Meinen told The Telegraph newspaper. "However, when I looked closer, I saw a fish swimming about. I couldn't really believe what I was seeing, so I phoned the course manager to tell him and he thought I was winding him up."
"The third hole was closed over the weekend due to flooding, so when the water subsided the salmon got stuck in the bunker," Paul Sharp, the course manager, told the newspaper. "The water was about eight inches deep, so any lower and the salmon may have not survived. "I have worked here for nine years now and not seen anything like this."
Now, you might think that this fish story would end with salmon on the dinner menu, but you would be wrong. It took five course workers to corral the stubborn salmon, but they finally did – and put him back in the river from whence he came.
Here's a quick video of the salmon in the bunker:
December 10, 2015 - 9:54am
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Rory McIlroy
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After a successful laser eye surgery on Thursday, Rory McIlroy posted a hilarious photo to Instagram to share his recovery with the world.

Rory McIlroy, fresh off a victory in the Race to Dubai to end his 2015 season, underwent laser eye surgery on Thursday.

McIlroy reported in this hilarious Instagram post that recovery is going well:


Human version of the dreaded K-9 cone.... Only for sleeping though! Laser eye surgery went well yesterday

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December 10, 2015 - 9:34am
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David Feherty
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David Feherty is arguably the funniest man in all of golf. But, there is a painful dark side to the famous golf commentator -- one he is brutally honest about and it endears him to players and fans alike.

Longtime golf commentator (and one-time Ryder Cup participant) David Feherty is an open book.

He's arguably the best in the world at his craft, which included roaming fairways for 19 years at CBS before a recent move to NBC.

Along with his wit, what has made Feherty off-the-charts likable to players and fans alike is his brutal honesty.

Feherty is bipolar and a recovering alcoholic. He takes 14 pills a day -- antidepressants, mood stabilizers and amphetamines -- to manage his depression.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone's Stayton Bonner, Feherty discusses his exploits -- including the time he went on a two-day binge after winning the Scottish Open and woke up on a green 150 miles away after being poked by Led Zeppelin's road manager with no recollection of how he got there or what had happened to his trophy (still missing to this day).

The entire interview is fascinating. We know Feherty as the hilarious Northern Irishman (who became a U.S. citizen not long ago) who seemingly has a quip for everything.

This interview is about the unfunny side of Feherty.

Asked when he decided to get help and get sober, Feherty offered this:

It was two things: My wife and Tom Watson. I was doing a TV thing in Canada with Jack Nicklaus and Tom, and at one point, Tom just put his hand over the camera and said, "You're not well, are you?" and I said, "No, I'm not." I asked him how he knew, and he said, "I can see it in your eyes." And I said, "What do you see?'" and he said, "My reflection.'"

And I didn't know that Tom had a problem at that point. Very few people did. He said, "You need to come with me when we're done here." And I'm trying to back out; we're on Prince Edward Island, and Tom's [lives in] Kansas City, so I said, "How am I going to get to Kansas City?" And I hear this voice behind me say, "I have a G5!" So I'm getting heckled by Jack Nicklaus, who sent me there with his G5, and I went with Tom and he looked after me for 2 or 3 days and I've been sober ever since.

But I would emphasize it has a great deal to do with my wife, as well. When I met her I was penniless, I had lost my damn [playing] privileges in the United States, I was homeless, I had a vehicle that was all I had, because I had been through this horrifying divorce. I was just a penniless, homeless, alcoholic drug addict and she looked at me and said, "Well I can fix that."

Incredible stuff and certainly worth your time.

Michelle Wie swimming with sharks
Michelle Wie via Twitter
"I won't lie...heart was beating pretttttty fast at this moment," Michelle Wie said of this photo at the start of her dive.
With her LPGA Tour season in her rear-view mirror, Michelle Wie has made her way back to Hawaiii for some much-deserved R&R. Her most recently vacation activity, however, didn't provide much in the way of either rest or relaxation.
Why not? Well, because she went swimming with the sharks.
Yes, Wiesy knocked a big item off her Bucket List, she explained on Instagram, by going shark diving with a group called Ocean One Diving. 
Huge thanks to our diving guides for teaching us the 'alpha shark rules' and calming our nerves," she wrote. "We were so scared but once we were in the the water swimming around with around 30 sharks, it felt so peaceful and calm."
One thing we have learned about Wie over the years is that the fearlessness she showed on the golf course as a pre-teen a decade ago is still very much a part of her personality. I mean, not only does she swim with the sharks, she also eats chicken feet and live squid. Now that takes some guts!
Here's her Instagram video of her undersea expedition. Cue the "Jaws" music: