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October 28, 2014 - 1:18pm
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Michael Jordan, Keegan Bradley
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Keegan Bradley and Michael Jordan at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

The 2014-15 NBA season tips off tonight. As part of the build-up to the big hoops night ahead, Michael Jordan -- His Airness -- took over the Charlotte Hornets Twitter account for a while on Tuesday, fielding questions from fans using the hashtag "#MJTakeover."

The Chicago Bulls legend is also the owner of the Hornets.

So, you're asking yourself, what does any of that have to do with golf?

Good question.

Here's the answer: 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley was one of those "fans" to shoot Jordan a question.

Bradley has become friends with MJ over the last few years and even wears customized "Air Jordan" golf shoes.

So what was Bradley's question to his golf buddy?


As of this posting, MJ -- the king of trash-talking -- had yet to reply to Bradley.

We're guessing he'll find a way to squeak a few more strokes out of Bradley during their next round together.

UPDATE: Jordan has responded. As usual, MJ wins.

October 28, 2014 - 11:09am
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plane crash
A single-engine plane crashed into a pond on a golf course after attempting a fairway landing on Monday.

This is something you don't see everyday: An airplane in distress attempts to land in a fairway on a golf course, but misses and winds up in a water hazard.

It might sound crazy, but that's precisely what happened on Monday at a golf course near Dallas.

A single-engine plane landed in a pond at Prestonwood Country Club after its engine failed.

Reporter Claire Cardona from the Dallas News wrote:

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., the plane went down in the golf course at the country club near Plano Parkway and Midway Road. The pilot, who was the only person on board, tried to land on the fairway, but the plane flipped and ended upside down in the pond, said Plano Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Capt. Peggy Harrell.

Miraculously, the pilot was not injured and got himself out of the plane.

h/t Golf News Net 

October 28, 2014 - 7:04am
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GolfTEC is celebrating its five millionth lesson milestone with a charity promotion benefitting The First Tee.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- GolfTEC -- the world leader in golf lessons -- has announced that it will commemorate the occasion of teaching its five millionth lesson by providing complimentary 30-minute golf lessons on November 8 or 9 to customers who make a donation to The First Tee.

Offered at all GolfTEC locations in the United States, this unique opportunity allows golfers to sign up online at or by calling 877.446.5383. To complete the process, customers follow instructions on making a donation to The First Tee and show that receipt upon arrival at GolfTEC. Each lesson is valued at more than $50, far greater than the $20 suggested minimum contribution to The First Tee.

The First Tee is an international youth development organization focused on introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through afterschool and educational programs, it helps shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.

"We gave our first lesson nearly 20 years ago and since that time GolfTEC has grown to become an industry leader, employing more PGA professionals than any other organization," says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GolfTEC. "Our goal is to grow the game by helping players improve and enjoy golf more, which creates a devoted consumer base excited to play and share this amazing sport."

Highly efficient and boasting a 95 percent success rate, GolfTEC lessons are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches mostly in indoor bays that utilize proprietary teaching technology. Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GolfTEC's philosophy. This is embodied by the company's popular game plans and lesson packs, which are available in a variety of options to suit all budgets.

"The First Tee and GolfTEC have a shared vision of introducing more young people to the game of golf and ensuring they have the necessary tools to succeed on and off the golf course," says Jennifer Weiler, vice president of strategic alignment and development, of The First Tee. "We are grateful to be part of this unique promotion, which will undoubtedly raise awareness for our mission."

GolfTEC's first-class instructors have gone through rigorous certification to master the analysis of golf mechanics, the technology of the GolfTEC system and the most productive teaching techniques. Each of the company's locations boasts an array of state-of-the-art equipment and services specially designed to provide customers a totally unique experience. Among the technologies currently employed:

* g-SWING teaching technology -- Patented software program displays real-time video with motion measurement, capturing body positions throughout the swing; coaches use the info to diagnose, communicate and measure the changes that will lead to improvement.

* TECfit -- using Foresight launch monitors to capture critical performance data -- ball flight, ball speed, clubhead speed, launch angle, sidespin and backspin -- coaches cross-reference this information with GolfTEC's proprietary SwingLabs database to help select ideal clubs for each student’s swing; they can then accurately illustrate changes in ball performance resulting from club adjustments.

To learn more about GolfTEC, visit

October 27, 2014 - 9:46pm
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John Daly and Yao Ming
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John Daly might have to change his "Big John" nickname after meeting up with Yao Ming in China.
John Daly spent the last week over in China playing in the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am and – perhaps more importantly – minging with the celebrities. If you follow him on social media, you saw him post photos with stars like Jessica Alba and Kenny G.
Daly posted his most memorable image of the week Monday night, though. As you can see, it shows him standing next to a building on the driving range at Mission Hills. Oh wait, that's no building – it's former NBA standout Yao Ming.
"I look like a Mini Me?" Big John asked on Twitter, and the answer to that question is a big fat yes.
Yao, as NBA fans might remember, stands a cool 7-foot-6. Daly, according to the PGA Tour, checks in at 5-foot 11. That makes Yao 19 inches taller than Daly and, in this photo, he looks every bit of it.
"thisguyisbig," Daly added to his tweet, and "andi'mnosmallguy." 
No kidding, John. No kidding.
Yao, by the way, took up golf a few years ago. Being 7-foot-6 makes getting down to the ball a little tougher, as we can see in this video of Yao from 2012. But he's stuck with the game and, considering how popular he remains, his enthusiasm no doubt is a big boost for golf in China.
October 27, 2014 - 5:31pm
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Bryan Bros.
The golf trick-shot artists Bryan Brothers are at it again in this unbelievable video that incorporates some basketball.

If you've never heard of "Legendary Shots" they're basically the basketball trick-shot version of the golf-trick specialists Bryan Bros. Put the two together and what do you get?

This absolutely, unbelievable, insane video:

There are so many you've-got-to-be-kidding-me moments packed into this five-minute video shot recently at FarmLinks Golf Club in Alabama that you just need to see it for yourself to believe it.

Here's the description of the video from Legendary Shots:

We teamed up with our friends George and Wesley Bryan, otherwise known as the Bryan Bros, for an epic combination of basketball and golf. All of us had a blast making this video, and we are especially grateful for Farmlinks Golf Club for letting us use their course and facilities. Seriously, they gave us each a personal golf cart to use while we were there, how awesome is that?!

Cool, but not nearly as awesome as all these shots! 

October 27, 2014 - 10:50am
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These junior golfers from Finland are second to none in the golf-ball juggling game. See for yourself.

Over the weekend, our Andrew Prezioso was out covering the PGA Junior League Golf Championship at TPC Sugarloaf.

While he was there, he shot a cool video of some of the junior league players juggling golf balls.

Since then, we've had some emails roll in of other impressive golf-ball juggling acts from junior players.

This one from Finland (a video that posted to YouTube in May 2013, but sure hasn't gotten the eyeballs it deserves), in particular, blew us away:


How about those juggling skills?

Well done.