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November 22, 2013 - 8:32am
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Jim Machowski
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Jim Machowski scored two aces in two holes -- both par 4s -- on Veterans Day at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough, N.H.

It seems every week around this parts, we have story after story of incredible hole-in-one feats. Recently -- and this one is arguably impossible to top -- six players made holes in one on the same day at the same course in a 71-player tournament.

Before that, there was PGA Professional Chris Gilley in June, who made two aces in the same day on the same hole at Indian Wells Golf Resort; a blind golfer in Europe had an ace in a tournament; a man dressed as a dog who knocked it in in one for a brand new car; PGA Tour player Jason Kokrak's one on a 400+ yard par-4 in Sea Island during the McGladrey Classic Pro-Am; and 10-year-old Austin Jet's had an ace as his father watched live on video overseas.

This week? Another feat that will probably never be topped.

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The Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire reported on Monday that local golfer Jim Machowski scored an unbelievable back-to-back, holes-in-one on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, playing a round at the Ridegwood Country Club in Moultonborough. Making this even more incredible was the fact that both holes were par 4s and the 47-year-old Machowski used driver for both shots.

"We couldn't believe it -- it happened once, and then it happened again!" said Gutowski, who is the owner/manager of Sears of North Conway, according to the Daily Sun.

As the story goes, Machowski and friends Ben Gutowski and Joe Fitzpatrick had already played 18 holes. On this particularly unseasonably warm afternoon, the trio decided to go out for more.

From the report:

Playing from the gold tees, and using his driver on both holes, Machowski scored the first ace on the par 4, 242-yard hole No. 1. They moved on to the par 4, 249-yard, hole No. 2, and much to the trio's amazement, the ball went in the hole, again!

It was the third ace of his golfing career for the 5- or 6-handicapper, as he once got a hole-in-one in 2007 or 2008, playing at the North Conway Country Club with retired club pro John McDonald and lifelong club member Ralph Bianchi. He scored that one with a 7-iron on 167-yard hole 13.

"The game is such a matter of skill -- and luck. Getting these back to back is such a fluke," said Machowski in a followup interview with The Conway Daily Sun.

A quick internet search puts the odds of scoring back-to-back holes in one at a trillion-to-one... that's on par-3 holes. We can't even find odds for pulling it off on two par 4s!

Thanks to Rob Zimmerman and the folks at 3 Up Golf for the tip.

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November 21, 2013 - 7:30pm
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John Holmes
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Graeme McDowell's participation in the World Cup this week all but commits him to Ireland for the 2016 Olympics. Rory McIlroy is likely to play with him.

The world of golf rejoiced when the sport was reinstated into the Olympics for 2016. The news, however, gave Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy a headache.

The source of their pain? Northern Ireland doesn't participate in the Olympics as an independent nation, so the two superstars would have to play for either Great Britain or Ireland – meaning that, regardless of which they chose, they were bound to create a lot of hard feelings.

The two have asked for guidance – at one point McDowell even beseeched Olympics officials to make the call for them, while McIlroy said he might just skip the Olympics altogether. Now, though, their die seem to be cast.

McDowell is playing for Ireland in the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf this week. International sporting regulations call for athletes who compete for one country to sit out at least three years before being eligible to play for another. And the 2016 Olympics are less than two years away.

"Myself and Rory played twice for Ireland [in previous World Cups] and there was never any questions raised as to who we play for in this format. It was really just, like I say, an Irish team," McDowell said. "So I believe that me being here and representing Ireland will, you know, with the Olympic regulations, will mean that … I will have to play for Ireland when it comes to the Olympics in 2016." 

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Getting that out of the way has taken a pretty significant weight off G-Mac's shoulders.

"Part of me feels relieved to not have to make that decision," he said. "It takes care of another very sensitive problem that I, myself, and Rory in particular, have not enjoyed talking about." 

McIlroy is sitting out this World Cup and hasn't said anything about his Olympic situation in a while.

"It has been a pretty touchy subject for us Northern Irish players over the last few years," McDowell explained. "We are in a very unique scenario ... we have sporting teams, teams that are all-Ireland teams, teams that are individual Northern Ireland teams, part of the U.K., part of Great Britain. 

"It is a very touchy political and religious subject, one that myself and Rory have not really enjoyed answering questions about the last few years,” he added. “You are going to end up upsetting someone from either side really." 

 

November 21, 2013 - 10:58am
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We've all faced that dilemma where our golf ball is sitting on the fringe, just off the green, and you can't decide whether your next shot calls for a chip or a putt.

In today's golf tip, PGA Master Professional John Hughes offers two different ways to play the ball when it lies in that very spot.

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November 21, 2013 - 10:54am
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Ian Poulter
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Ian Poulter has never been short on opinions. In 2014, he'll be able to express them on his new show on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.

It was announced today that European Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson -- who recently became the first player in history to win the FedExCup and the Race to Dubai in the same season -- will each host his own weekly show on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio in 2014 (channel 93 on XM, channel 208 on Sirius Premier).

Both players will give listeners an insider's perspective as they prepare for tournaments, and will discuss equipment, courses around the world, their competitors in the field and the headline news happening in the world of golf. An announcement with more details, including both shows' launch dates and airtimes, will be made in the coming weeks.

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"This has been an incredibly thrilling year for me, truly a dream season," said Stenson. "I'm looking forward to being on SiriusXM and sharing my thoughts on golf and my unique experiences around the world. It will be fun to bring my listeners along for the ride and give them an unvarnished look at life on and off the course."

"Those who know me know I've never been shy about sharing my opinions," said Poulter. "Now to have my own national radio show on SiriusXM will be great fun. We'll cover all sort of topics from golf to fashion to Ferraris, and we’ll dive into my other interests off the course too, like Formula One and my favorite football club, Arsenal."

"Henrik and Ian are two of the brightest stars in professional golf," said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM's President and Chief Content Officer. "Henrik's 2013 season was one of the biggest success stories in all of sports, and Ian's consistent success and his clutch Ryder Cup play, not to mention the colorful hues of his wardrobe and his penchant for social media, have made him a fan favorite. We're very excited to welcome them to SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, where they'll offer our listeners unique and enlightening insights into the Tour and their lives."

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November 20, 2013 - 7:09pm
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adidas climawarm+ outerwear collection
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The adidas climawarm+ outerwear collection includes a full-zip jacket, half-zip jacket and vest for men and a quarter-zip jacket and vest for women, all designed to keep golfers warm without restricting their range of motion.

When they decided to develop their new climawarm+ outwerwear collection, the designers at adidas Golf took their inspiration from a master of the cold weather: the polar bear.

Specifically, they emulated the bear's unique fur structure to develop a proprietary fabric that insulates heat generated by the golfer's body and traps it within hollow fibers to deliver sustained warmth. And by incorporating this versatile hollow fiber technology throughout the entire climawarm+ collection, they've created garments that delivera higher warmth-to-weight ratio than any previous adidas Golf outerwear. 

''The fabrication of climawarm+ allows us to provide a completely different layering option for golfers,'' said Davide Mattucci, director of global product marketing. ''We're able to pack all the warmth of a typical heavy-weight layering piece into a streamlined, technically advanced piece of equipment that is lighter in weight and also allows a full range of motion, whatever the temperature.''

The climawarm+ outerwear collection includes a full-zip jacket, half-zip jacket and vest for men and a quarter-zip jacket and vest for women, all designed to keep golfers warm without restricting their range of motion during play. They retail for between $70 and $80, and are available now.

 

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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