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Tiger Woods at the Turkish Airlines Open
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Tiger Woods was back in action as the sun came up in Turkey on Friday, but he had been up since 3:30 a.m. watching the Stanford game.

Did you stay up late Thursday night to watch the Stanford-Oregon football game? I sure did.

So did Tiger Woods. The only difference was he's in Turkey this week.

Woods got up at 3:30 a.m. Turkey time to catch his alma mater's biggest game of the season. He was rewarded for his sacrifice as the Cardinal raced out to a big lead, then held off the Ducks late for a 26-20 win. But his anxiety over the ever-tightening score in the second half was complicated by the fact that he had to be back on the course at 8:00 a.m. to finish up his rain-delayed first round, then play the entirety of his second round.

"I had to stay longer watching the game than I wanted to," he said. "It was one of those games where it looked like we were going up 29-7. But the next thing you know, Oregon comes back at us. 

"I'm thinking I have to go warm up for this tournament," he added. "So I'm saying, 'come on guys, can't you just run the clock out' and they finally did." 

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The inspiration Woods received from the Cardinal victory more than offset his loss of sleep. He wrapped up the last seven holes of his first-round 70, took a little lunch break, then posted a blistering nine-birdie 63 to zoom from six shots back to only one behind heading into the weekend.

Back in the good ol' U S of A, another prominent Stanford alum also was glued to the TV set. Michelle Wie didn't exactly live-tweet the game from her new home base in Florida, but she did post a few Twitter thoughts that reflected its flow.

At game time, she retweeted an ESPN tweet that read: ''Raise your hand if you want Stanford to ruin Oregon's season. '' As Stanford built its big lead, she followed up with a tweet that said: ''This is unreal!!! #GOCARD''

And when the Cardinal finally sealed the victory, she ended her night with this:

Then, we can only hope, she got more sleep than Tiger did.
November 8, 2013 - 1:12pm
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The PUMA SOUNDCHUCK is a new and innovative Bluetooth wireless speaker inspired by the sport of martial arts, specifically "nunchucks."

PUMA Golf announced today a new product sure to be a hit with music-loving golfers.

The PUMA SOUNDCHUCK is a new and innovative Bluetooth wireless speaker inspired by the sport of martial arts, specifically "nunchucks." Designed with two circular speakers connected by a sleek cord resembling the popular martial arts piece, PUMA SOUNDCHUCK will be blaring music waves, just in time for the holiday shopping season. To add a bit of flair and fun to the product, the speakers were created with magnets, allowing you to connect and detach the speakers easily around your golf cart, golf bag or anywhere else.

And don't be confused -- the funky SOUNDCHUCK speakers aren't strictly for the golf course. You can use these speakers anywhere and in all conditions since they're weather resistant.

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"For years sports and music have gone hand in hand with pump up mixes, victory mixes and more. PUMA Golf is bringing that energy to golf with the PUMA SOUNDCHUCK," said Bob Philion, President of COBRA PUMA GOLF. "The portable and magnetic speaker system is perfect for moving from the driving range, to the course or anywhere else. COBRA PUMA GOLF athletes like Rickie Fowler, Lexi Thompson and Jonas Blixt listen to music while they practice, the PUMA SOUNDCHUCK will enhance that experience and bring music to golfers."

Features on the new PUMA SOUNDCHUCK include the following:

- Wireless, pairing with any Bluetooth Audio device
-A lightweight, sleek design weighing less than 1 pound
- Weather resistant and great for indoor or outdoor use
- 6+ hours of battery life
- Ease of use and ease of charge with a Micro-USB Cable
- Voice prompt activated
- Unique speakers that can magnetically connect together
- Take and answer calls via the built-in microphone
- Crystal clear Hi-Fi acoustics

Watch the video below to see how the SOUNDCHUCK works:

PUMA introduced audio and consumer electronic accessories last year with PUMA earbuds for sport and lifestyle use, over-the-ear PUMA Vortice headphones and accessories such as laptop cases, iPhone and iPad cases.

The PUMA SOUNDCHUCK retails for $129.99 and is available in both red and black at Golf Galaxy now and online at through the holiday season. More colors will be available at select golf retailers in 2014.

For more information about PUMA SOUNDCHUCK visit You can also follow @PUMAGolf on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook and see the brand on Instagram @COBRAPUMAGOLF.

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November 8, 2013 - 11:40am
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Suzy Whaley has some outstanding advice for the women out there trying to generate a more powerful golf swing.

In this video, Whaley identifies common problems with the swing and shows how women golfers can properly generate more power out of the golf swing.

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November 8, 2013 - 11:25am
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson shares his philosophy on clubs, his excitement for the future and his goal for the Olympics.
Phil Mickelson thinks gold would match quite nicely with his collection of green jackets.  
Callaway Golf has taken its brand message to new and innovative levels - including some really compelling YouTube videos with some of their engineers, product specialists and of course, their brand ambassadors.  
Their latest "Callaway Talks" is surely one to note as 2013 Open Championship winner Phil Mickelson joined them to talk about his game and his future.
Mickelson touches on a variety of topics including his success in major championships this past year, his philosophy on tinkering with clubs and perhaps most notably, his goals and predictions for his golf future (and yes, they include a gold medal.)
You can see the entire Mickelson interview here
As always, Phil is entertaining, engaging and refreshingly candid.  We're all looking forward to what 2014 and beyond brings for "Phil the Thrill."
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November 8, 2013 - 11:23am
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Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky
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Dustin Johnson's fiancee, Paulina Gretzky, is the cover girl for the December issue of Maxim Magazine.

It's been a big couple of weeks for Dustin Johnson. First, Johnson won the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai last week. This week, it was revealed that Johnson's fiancee, Paulina Gretzky, is the cover girl for the December issue of Maxim Magazine.

Gretzky revealed the cover shot via her Instagram account earlier this week.

Paulina, of course, is also the daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky -- the NHL's all-time leader in goals (1,016), assists (2223) and overall points (3239). Those records include playoff appearances, though Gretzky is the all-time leader in all those categories for both regular and postseason play.

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Johnson's win in Shanghai was his eighth overall on the PGA Tour and seventh in as many seasons, which is second only to Phil Mickelson in terms of consecutive seasons with a win. Mickelson currently has a run of 10.

Johnson and Paulina Gretzky were engaged on August 18, 2013.

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November 8, 2013 - 10:57am
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Thorbjorn Olesen
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Thorbjorn Olesen had a strange situation in Turkey on Friday when he accidentally hit his ball with the putter during the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open.

Nobody likes a three-putt -- make that double for touring professionals.

On Friday, in the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open, Thorbjorn Olesen just missed a par putt on the par-4 12th hole from roughly 10 feet. As he proceeded to get set for his bogey try from a little more than a foot, Olesen accidentally hit the ball when he was trying to address it, sending it past the hole.

Olesen looks to be in disbelief that his putter made contact with the ball. After talking briefly with playing partner Pablo Larrazabal, Olesen called in a rules official and it was determined that Olesen had to replace the ball -- with penalty -- as his intention on the initial putt was not to hit the ball.

Olesen put the ball back in place and made the putt this time for a double-bogey 6 (click here to watch the video).

It was an odd scenario to say the least. Olesen finished the round with an even-par 72 and is tied for 25th at 6 under.

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