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December 11, 2013 - 2:30pm
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Cobra Puma Golf announced on Wednesday an extension to its partnership with LPGA star Lexi Thompson.

Cobra Puma Golf and LPGA star Lexi Thompson announced today an extension between the two that will see Thompson serve as a brand ambassador and continue to have a prominent presence throughout Cobra Puma Golf activities in 2014 and beyond.

"Lexi Thompson has been an instrumental global force for the company's growth over the past three years," said Bob Philion, president of Cobra Puma Golf. "We are thrilled to continue our work with her in the coming years and watch her evolve as a world-class golfer and trend-setter on and off the course."

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Since turning professional in June 2010, Thompson has been a key brand ambassador, sporting Cobra Golf equipment and Puma Golf attire on and off the course. Over the course of the partnership, Thompson has also developed her own signature look -- The Sunday Blue -- which features Puma Golf's seasonal hue of blue apparel from head to toe.

"Being part of the Cobra Puma Golf team has played a huge role in the success of my professional golf career, and I'm excited to continue our partnership," said Thompson. "I'm looking forward to the new opportunities and challenges the coming years will bring with the Cobra Puma Golf family behind me."

Since joining the brand, Thompson has compiled five professional wins, including her most recent win at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. In 2014, she will look to continue her winning streak with Cobra Golf's BiO CELL Driver, BiO CELL+ Irons and Tour Trusty wedges.

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December 10, 2013 - 2:29pm
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Thomas Troncoso talks about what you should be seeing and hearing when hitting chips around the green.

December 10, 2013 - 1:54pm
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The University of Rhode Island golf team has released a, "Golf Boys," remix video.

Having graduated from the University of Rhode Island 11 years ago (wow, was it that long already?), I have a special place in my heart for all things Rhody Rams.

That's why it brought me great delight when I saw this tweet from Rhody head men's golf coach Gregg Burke this afternoon:

 

 

Naturally, I was intrigued, so I clicked the link, which features Rhody golfers Seamus Fennelly, Billy Walthouse, Andrew Fiorenzano, Mat Goldman, Derick Paxton, Eric Marchetti, Jared Adams, Andrew Wester, Nick Fairweather and Joe Leavitt.

It's not quite as outlandish as the original 'Golf Boys' video featuring PGA Tour stars Ben Crane, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan, but it's worth a couple of minutes of your time to watch this funny remix. And, don't get me wrong, there are some crazy outfits in the video, including one player dressed in what looks like a sweatshirt with tiger stripes and a fur cap, reminiscent of the one worn by Scut Farkus in, "A Christmas Story."

With that, I double-dog dare you not to laugh at the video:

 

 

I especially enjoyed the golf choreography (is that even a thing?), with the synchronized golf shots, over-the-top reactions and of course, the juggling tricks.

Well done, Rams. Well done.

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December 9, 2013 - 10:22pm
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Boo Weekley will stay home this week to be with his family after the deaths of two close relatives.

Boo Weekley has withdrawn from this week's Franklin Templeton Shootout after both his uncle and grandfather passed away within the last 10 days. No other details were immediately available, according to the Associated Press. 

''Our thoughts and prayers are with Boo during this difficult time,'' said Tournament Director Taylor Ives. ''We know he was very close with both of these gentlemen. Without question he needs to be with his family at this time.'' 

Weekley will be replaced by Freddie Jacobson, who will partner with Retief Goosen in the 54-hole tournament at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Resort in Naples, Fla. The event, which features 12 two-man teams playing a different format on each of the three days, begins Friday.

Weekley won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in May and qualified for the Tour Championship for the first time in six years.

 

December 9, 2013 - 11:46am
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Le Ann Finger explains what you should be aware of when teeing your ball up and how to ensure the correct height for the ball.

December 9, 2013 - 9:16am
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Zach Johnson reacts to his unlikely 59-yard hole out on the 72nd hole at the World Challenge for a par that sent him to a playoff with Tiger Woods.

In case you missed it on Sunday, there was some serious action down the stretch at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

For starters, it looked for a while as though we were in store for another Tiger Woods runaway victory. The world's No. 1 player commanded a four-shout lead with just eight holes to play.

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However, thanks to an amazing late rally, Zach Johnson flew up the leaderboard with four birdies over his final seven holes to draw even with Woods at 13 under and one hole to play in regulation.

For a second, it looked as though the rally would fall short and Johnson had run out of steam -- his second shot, described by many as a shank -- found the water hazard that guards the green on Sherwood's closing par 4.

Johnson was forced to use the drop area, 59 yards from the hole.

What happened next was a jaw-dropping pitch shot that landed right by the hole before zipping back and into the bottom of the cup for the most unlikely of pars.

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"It's probably No. 1 recovery shot," Johnson said. "You know, I don't know where it will rank. I can think of a number of shots that I had to execute and I came through."

After Woods parred the hole, the two headed to a playoff. It lasted just one hole. Johnson made par, while Woods missed a putt from five feet for par.

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