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November 20, 2013 - 3:31pm
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Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn attended Sunday night's NFL game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. On Tuesday, Vonn injured her knee in a ski training run.

Lindsey Vonn, Olympic champion skier and girlfriend of world No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods, sustained an injury to her surgically repaired right knee in a ski training accident on Tuesday.

Sports Illustrated reported the news, citing a tweet Wednesday afternoon from Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times Olympic beat reporter Philip Hersh.

The SI report says that the crash happened during a practice run at Copper Mountain in Colorado on Tuesday while the Olympian was training for her first competition since blowing out her knee at the World Championships in February.

Woods was spotted at Breckenridge skiing with Vonn just last week.

The injury -- a mild knee strain and partial ACL tear -- is the same knee where Vonn suffered a torn ACL and MCL on Feb. 5 in Austria, a crash that also resulted in a fractured tibia.

The publicist for the 29-year-old Olympic gold medalist issued the following statement on Wednesday:

Lindsey sustained a mild strain to her right knee, a partial tear to her right ACL, minor facial abrasions and scapular contusions from her fall. She needs to rest for a few days and then will pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete after seeing how she responds to the treatment.

Looks like we'll have to wait a bit to find out if Vonn will be ready for the 2014 Olympic Games, which start in February.

Woods recently spoke about Vonn on an episode of "Unguarded" with Rachel Nichols on CNN.

 

 

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November 20, 2013 - 1:03pm
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Wayne Defrancesco demonstrates an easy way to improve your pitch shots -- and it's all about the stance you take. Watch the video below to see what tips Defrancesco offers up that will help your game.

November 20, 2013 - 9:41am
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2014 PGA Championship
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In August 2014, Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., will play host to the PGA Championship.

The PGA Championship -- the Season's Final Major -- celebrates its 96th anniversary in 2014 with a return visit to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

Thousands of golf fans lined the fairways during the sold-out 1996 PGA Championship to view the strongest, all-professional international field in Major Championship golf. In August 2014, all eyes will be focused on Valhalla once again as 156 of the best players in the world compete for the coveted Wanamaker Trophy.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO THE 2014 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Tickets will be available as inventory allows. Demand is anticipated to be very high, so we strongly encourage you to order your tickets as soon as possible.

Tickets may be purchased online; or, by dialing 1-800-PGA-GOLF, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST.
 

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November 19, 2013 - 5:13pm
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Bobby Clampett, 53, has become the third PGA Professional to graduate from the new PGA Master Professional Program 2.0 – the highest educational designation a PGA member can attain.

Most of us know Bobby Clampett for his 15 years on the PGA Tour player and, more recently, a couple years on the Champions Tour, along with his work as a golf analyst for CBS, TNT and the Golf Channel. Now, though, he's added a new achievement: He's a PGA Master Professional in Teaching and Coaching.

Clampett, 53, has become the third PGA Professional to graduate from the new PGA Master Professional Program 2.0 – the highest educational designation a PGA member can attain.

"It is a distinct honor, as a member of the PGA Tour, to receive the PGA Master Professional designation, particularly since instruction is so close to my heart," said Clampett, who lives in Bonita Springs, Fla. "This also is a significant milestone for me, one that commemorates my development of Impact-Based teaching, as presented in my book, 'The Impact Zone,' and my new video series, 'The Impact-Zone Training System, ' which started me on the path to completing the PGA Master Professional program. 

''My primary goal is for all golfers to understand how to improve faster and easier and enjoy the game more."

TIP OF THE DAY: PGA's Ron Philo Jr. on how to hit a bunker shot from an uneven lie

The PGA Master Professional Program is available to PGA Professionals who have earned advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program, which was launched in 2004. After a PGA member obtains PGA Certified Professional status, he or she is eligible to work toward a Master Professional designation by preparing a special project approved by a panel of examiners from the PGA Education Department. The applicant then presents the project to a panel and defends his or her methodology.

The curriculum is comprised of an extensive project based on the specific certification that the PGA member has acquired. The project includes a detailed demonstration overseen and evaluated by PGA Master Professionals, PGA Subject Matter Experts and professional testing consultants. A PGA member becomes a Master Professional upon approval of the project and successful completion of a presentation (which includes a Live Lesson for the Teaching & Coaching Certification).

The program requires a minimum of eight years of PGA membership in order to be eligible to earn PGA Master Professional status.

 

November 19, 2013 - 10:42am
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In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Ron Philo, Jr., talks about how get the best result from a shot out of an uneven bunker lie. Philo demonstrates how he goes about finding a stable position to swing from, setting up the stance, choking up on the club and making the proper swing.

November 19, 2013 - 10:25am
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Chi Chi Rodriguez performs his famous air sword fight.

If you've seen Golf Channel's show "Big Break" then you're familiar with the glass break challenge, where contestants attempt to fire a low, stinger through something resembling a window pane.

Puerto Rican golf star Chi Chi Rodriguez made a guest appearance on "Big Break NFL Puerto Rico" (the episode airs tonight) and decided to try out the challenge for himself. This is cutting room floor material you have to see to believe.

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When Rodriguez attempts the glass break challenge, it backfires in a big and uncomfortable way. See for yourself in the video below.

Ouch! But, pro that he is, Chi Chi responded by breaking the glass on the next swing and then giving us all the famous air sword fight.

Well done.

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