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A trip to Bandon Dunes would probably be high on most golfer's lists.

As we are now in the middle of the holidays, it's always good to remember that the spirit of the holidays is all about giving. But sometimes it is nice to get something. And sometimes, that something is pretty memorable. 

We've shared with you some of this year's best holiday gifts to give to your fellow golfers, but now we want to know what were some of the best golf gifts  you received. So whether it was your first set of golf clubs, a trip to one of your favorite courses or something that you can't be without, let us hear about it.

This doesn't have to be a gift you received during the holidays -- just whatever you received for your birthday, graduation, anniversary, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

December 24, 2014 - 3:41pm
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Steve Stricker had successful surgery Tuesday to alleviate recurring hip pain.

Steve Stricker's Christmas present this year was back surgery that hopefully will alleviate recurring hip pain.

According to an Associated Press report, Stricker had surgery on a bulging disk in his lower back Tuesday in Madison, Wis. 

From the AP story, "Mario Tiziani, Stricker's brother-in-law and agent, says the one-hour surgery Tuesday was successful and that Stricker will be away from golf for at least eight weeks.

"The 12-time tour winner won't be missing much. Stricker already plays a reduced schedule, and he was not likely to play in 2015 until the Florida swing.

"The 47-year-old Stricker rested for nearly four months before playing the Hero World Challenge and Franklin Templeton Shootout. While he felt good, tests showed Stricker would continue to have problems with his hip and quadriceps without surgery."

The surgery comes a couple of months after Stricker attempted to land a ball on the midfield "W" at Camp Randall Stadium during a University of Wisconsin football game this fall. He didn't succeed that day, but let's hope this surgery will get him back on the golf course, pronto.

 

 

December 24, 2014 - 3:26pm
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Caleb Watson holds his soon-to-be sister, Dakota.

Talk about a surprise Christmas gift: It appears Bubba Watson's family is about to become a foursome. 

CHRISTMAS RAP: Bubba Watson's latest music video, "Bubbaclaus"

The two-time Masters champion posted this image on his Twitter feed Wednesday:

 

 

Followed by this:

 

 

Watson sort of let things slip during the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda when he was caught on a live microphone, chatting about adoption proceedings with Martin Kaymer. 

MAILING THE CARD: Bubba, Tiger, Phil star in latest JibJab holiday e-card

Congrats to all.

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Nina Agdal is a 22-year-old Danish supermodel who appears to be learning the game of golf.

For the past week or two, we've been keeping an eye on Nina Agdal -- but for totally legitimate reasons. 

For those of you not aware, Ms. Agdal is a 22-year-old Danish supermodel who is probably best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. And recently she's been dropping hints on her Instagram page that she's learning to play golf.

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It appears that she's serious about it, too. Take a look at the video of her golf swing that she posted to her Instagram, along with the tag #2015resolutions: 

 

 

Still learning #onthegreen @nikegolf #2015resolutions

Un video pubblicato da Nina Agdal (@ninaagdal) in data:

 

No, that swing won't put her on the LPGA Tour any time soon, but it's not terrible. Plus, she keeps the ball fairly straight and that's half the battle. 

Here's another video of her swing that she posted last week: 

 

 

Too far. The ball never listens to me.

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Now if tags are to be believed, it appears that we'll be seeing a lot more of Agdal on the golf course.

December 22, 2014 - 10:41am
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Jordan Spieth was with Roger Staubach and the Robertsons from 'Duck Dynasty' at the Cowboys game.

You could say it was a pretty good Sunday for Jordan Spieth. 

Just take a look at this photo he posted to Instagram from the Dallas Cowboys game: 

 

Related: Rory McIlroy attends Philadelphia Eagles game

There are a lot of things to like about this photo. Taking a picture with former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach -- who led the team to two Super Bowl victories -- and Willie and Korie Robertson from 'Duck Dynasty' is pretty great. But when you are wearing a fantastic tacky sweater, it makes it an even better photo. 

To make the day even better for Spieth, the Cowboys also routed the Indianapolis Colts to win the NFC East for the first time since 2009. 

December 20, 2014 - 9:25am
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Bob Sowards, left, and Sonny Skinner, right, will be honored at the 48th PGA Professional National Championship.

By Bob Denney
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Former PGA Professional National Champion Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, and Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Georgia, put the finishing touches on their golf seasons Friday afternoon by winning the respective 2014 PGA Professional and Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year Awards.

The twosome will be honored on June 26, at the 48th PGA Professional National Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pennsylvania.

Sowards, 46, a PGA Teaching Professional at New Albany (Ohio) Country Club, secured his fourth PGA Professional Player of the Year Award following a dominant month in the PGA Tournament Series in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He won two events, finished runner-up three times, and was the Series-leading money winner with $19,405 over the six-event schedule. He also posted the best scoring average (68.58) in the Series. Sowards was 41–under par over 12 rounds in the PGA Tournament Series presented by GOLF ADVISOR.

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The 2003 National Champion, Sowards finished with 1,090 total points, while 2014 PGA Professional National Champion Michael Block of Aliso Viejo, California, was runner-up with 1,072.5.

“You can’t play well one week. You have to play well all year and in my opinion that’s what the Player of the Year Award should be,” said Sowards, who earned three consecutive PGA Professional Player of the Year Awards, from 2003-05. “I came down here with a goal of winning two tournaments. I finished second the last three years and didn’t want another second. I made a slight change to my putting, closed my shoulders a little bit. As we all know, a slight tweak here and there can set you off. I putted it great down here.

“My game is so much better now than the last time I won this award (2005), thanks to my swing instructor, Jon Decker, the PGA Director of instruction at New Albany Country Club. I know where the ball is going every time. I am thinking my way around better and not taking as many chances.”

Skinner, a PGA Life Member who suffered severe damage to his left knee following a February automobile accident, earned a record fifth consecutive Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year Award (2010-14). He finished with 1,278.19 points during a season that included winning the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship and tying for 26th in the U.S. Senior Open.

Senior PGA Professional National Champion Frank Esposito Jr., the medalist in this fall’s Champions Tour Qualifying School, was runner-up with 1,017.44 points.

“Every year has its own challenges and this particular year, starting out with a car wreck, carrying a bum knee, manufacturing a golf swing and doing rehab, I felt very lucky to have been able to play,” said Skinner, 54, the only senior PGA Professional to also win a PGA Professional Player of the Year Award (2008). “I felt like I played off my right leg all year. The wreck could have been a lot worse, so I consider myself blessed. I’m very honored to win this award and represent the PGA in any way that I can.”

Skinner suffered tears in his patella tendon and the medial meniscus, which he said will require surgery within the next year.

The final PGA Professional and Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year standings were determined based on a point system involving national and PGA Section competitions from Jan. 1 through Dec. 19, 2014. 

2014 PGA Professional Player of the Year* Standings
(As of 12/19/14)

Rank   Name                                       PGA Section            Total Points
1.       Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio          Southern Ohio           1090.000
2.       Michael Block, Aliso Viejo, Calif.  Southern California    1072.500
3.       Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla.        North Florida              890.000
4.       Jamie Broce, Ottawa Hills, Ohio   Northern Ohio            800.000
5.       Dustin Volk, Layton, Utah            Utah                          690.000
6.       Paul Scaletta, Jupiter, Fla.            South Florida             660.000
7.       Stuart Deane, Arlington, Texas    Northern Texas          625.000
8.       David Carr, Marysville, Calif.        Northern California    620.000
9.       Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga.       Georgia                     616.250
10.     Adam Rainaud, So. Hadley, Mass. Connecticut              575.000

*With one PGA Section points outstanding

2014 Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year* Standings
(As of 12/19/14)

Rank   Name                                                       PGA Section       Total Points
1.       Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga.                      Georgia                1278.190
2.       Frank Esposito Jr., Monroe Township, N.J.   New Jersey           1017.440
3.       Jerry Haas, Winston-Salem, N.C.                 Carolinas              850.000
4.       Blaine McCallister, Jacksonville, Fla.            North Florida        741.830
5.       Todd McCorkle, Birmingham, Ala.               Dixie                    725.773
6.       Steve Schneiter, Sandy, Utah                       Utah                      678.920
7.       Rick Schuller, Chester, Va.                          Middle Atlantic       640.170
8.       Brian Cairns, Walled Lake, Mich.                 Michigan                598.964
9.       Gene Fieger, Naples, Fla.                           South Florida          573.330
10.     Don Berry, Rogers, Minn.                           Minnesota              553.667

*With one PGA Section points outstanding