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October 7, 2016 - 8:46am
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Tiger Woods
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After a 13-month+ absence from the PGA Tour following back surgery and rehab, Tiger Woods on Friday committed to next week's Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., the first event of the 2016-17 PGA Tour schedule.

It's official.

For the first time in over 13 months, we will see Tiger Woods in a PGA Tour event.

A few weeks back, Woods said that he hoped to return for the 2016-17 PGA Tour season-opener, the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., but left the door open for possibly not playing if he wasn't feeling right.

On Friday, however, Woods confirmed -- well before the 5 p.m. ET deadline -- that he would in fact be competing in the event, which begins on Thursday, Oct. 13.

In his last start on the PGA Tour, the 14-time major champion and 79-time PGA Tour winner finished T10 at the Wyndham Championship. It was his only top-10 in 11 starts that 2014-15 season. Just after that, he left the PGA Tour for another back surgery and has endured over a year of rehabbing since.

Woods, who once spent a record 281 consecutive weeks as the No. 1-ranked player in the world, will begin the Safeway Open ranked No. 767.

October 5, 2016 - 7:26am
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Dowd Simpson
Webb Simpson and wife, Dowd, channeled their inner Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy to re-enact some of the best celebrations from last week's Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.

Players often say there's nothing like the Ryder Cup. That was quite obvious last week at Hazeltine. You could see it in the reactions that certain shots would illicit from players -- specifically Sunday's match up between Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy.

There was screaming. There was bowing. There were fist pumps. There was shushing.

Webb Simpson, a two-time Ryder Cup participant, and his wife, Dowd, enjoyed it all so much that they decided to put together a video re-enacting some of the best Ryder Cup moments.

This is great:



Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson
Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson delivered the Ryder Cup to Arnold Palmer's memorial service in Latrobe, Pa., on Tuesday and had a hard time fighting back the tears as the golf world said goodbye to a legend.

Tuesday was an emotional day for the world of golf.

Many of the biggest names in golf descended on Latrobe, Pa., for a final farewell to Arnold Palmer -- "The King" -- who passed away Sunday, Sept. 26, at the age of 87.

This past Sunday, the United States took home the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine for the first time in eight years, defeating Europe, 17-11. The King's presence was felt all week at Hazeltine and there was even a parallel that would give anyone the chills.

Last Friday, the U.S. team swept the morning session 4-0. It was the first time the U.S. blanked their Ryder Cup opponents in a session since 1975... when Palmer was the captain.

When the Americans hoisted the Ryder Cup on Sunday, it had all the feels of, "This one's for Arnie."

There was a celebration for the victory and then -- just two days later -- a celebration of Palmer's life.

At the request of Palmer's daughter, Amy, the Ryder Cup Trophy was on hand for Tuesday's memorial service.

Here's a photo Rickie Fowler tweeted out on his way to the service:

Later, Fowler was joined by Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson to deliver the Ryder Cup to the service:

It's safe to say there will never be another Arnold Palmer. 

David Johnson
David Johnson, the fan who became famous last week after holing a putt Rory McIlroy couldn't during a practice round at Hazeltine ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday.

David Johnson, of Mayville, North Dakota, became internet famous last week at Hazeltine.

Last Thursday, on the eve of the Ryder Cup, Johnson looked on at the sixth green as European team members Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan repeatedly miss a difficult putt.

Also in the group were Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. Stenson overheard Johnson bragging about his short game and then called him out onto the green in a "if it's so easy and you're so good, let's see you do it" moment.

WATCH: Fan calls his Ryder Cup shot, makes putt McIlroy couldn't at Hazeltine

Johnson obliged. Before he could stroke the putt, Rose put a $100 bill near the ball.

Without missing a beat -- and to the delight of the spectators -- Johnson went ahead and did this:

It was a fantastic moment.

Well, as it turns out, Johnson's 15 minutes of fame isn't up just yet.

Last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Colbert talked about Johnson's feat at Hazeltine.

Moments later -- staged of course -- a heckler in the audience was yelling for Colbert to get on with the show.

After a little banter back and forth, the camera zoomed in and... it was Johnson.

From there, Johnson went up on the stage where he drained another putt. Here's the segment:

October 4, 2016 - 9:44am
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John Daly
John Daly is the subject for an ESPN '30 for 30' film that will air on Nov. 1.

On Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. ET, ESPN will air '30 for 30: Hit it Hard,' a film about golfer John Daly.

If you're not familiar with ESPN's '30 for 30' films, they're fantastically done mini-documentaries on a variety of people, teams and scandals in sports.

The film, 50 minutes in length, followed Daly -- now 50 -- as he was preparing for life on the Champions Tour and covers his instantaneous rise to superstardom after an unlikely win at Crooked Stick in the 1991 PGA Championship, as well as his playoff victory in 1995 at St. Andrews in the Open Championship and all the highs and lows he's experienced over the last 25 years.

This morning, ESPN released a trailer of the Daly film, which you can watch here:



That's going to be some appointment television, folks.