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October 20, 2016 - 7:59am
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T.J. Auclair
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Jeunghun Wang
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South Korea's Jeunghun Wang turned in an early candidate for "putt of the year" on Thursday with this amazing side-winder for birdie during the first round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia -- the second tournament on the 2016-17 PGA Tour schedule.

The 2016-17 PGA Tour is only five rounds old, but we already have a solid candidate for "putt of the year."

During Thursday's first round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, South Korea's Jeunghun Wang was faced with a side-winding putt from the fringe for birdie at the par-4 14th hole. Wang took a line that was literally 20 feet to the left of where the cup was.

Piece of cake:

 

 

Wang would finish his round with a 2-under 70 that had him six strokes behind leaders Derek Fathauer, Keegan Bradley and defending CIMB champ Justin Thomas.

That was almost as impressive as this Jodi Ewart Shadoff putt from the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club, where she literally had her back to the hole:

 

 

October 19, 2016 - 9:21am
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T.J. Auclair
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J.B. Holmes
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After helping Ryder Cup USA to a win at Hazeltine, J.B. Holmes enjoyed some downtime with clay shooting and... rattlesnakes.

The last time we saw J.B. Holmes, he was busy helping the Ryder Cup USA team to a victory at Hazeltine -- it's first win since 2008 at Valhalla, which also happened to be the last team Holmes was a member of.

Well, it looks like he's enjoying some downtime now... if you consider run ins with rattlesnakes enjoyable.

Personally, I don't consider that enjoyable at all, but Holmes didn't seem to mind:

Clay shooting sounds like fun.

Close encounters with deadly snakes while clay shooting? Not so much.

Either way, sweet camo Ryder Cup hat, J.B. 

October 19, 2016 - 8:31am
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T.J. Auclair
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Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches
The annual Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches are honoring Arnold Palmer with a birdie-a-thon during the tournament. All proceeds raised will go to Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation.

Members of the North Florida and South Florida PGA Sections are taking part this week in the annual Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches.

This year, however, there's a special twist. In conjunction with the tournament, there is also a birdie-a-thon going on to honor the legacy of Arnold Palmer, who passed away at age 87 on Sept. 25.

Players in the matches, along with friends, family and members have been asked to make a pledge for the birdie-a-thon -- either a flat pledge, or a dollar amount per birdie for Team North Florida -- with all proceeds going to the Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation (Click here if you'd like to make a pledge).

The South Florida PGA Section is participating with its own efforts on this cause too.

MPD Custom Golf out of Chicago has created special, commemorative golf bags for both teams in the competition featuring the PGA of America logo, as well as a logo of the Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation, along with Palmer's name on the bags as this year's "Honorary Captain."

In a note to section members, Rich Smith, Executive Director/CEO of the North Florida PGA Section, explained:

As PGA Members and the leaders of the game today, we have an obligation to honor the Legacy of Mr. Palmer and all that he stood for. He even told us this at his Hall of Fame induction in December of 2010 as you heard in the video message. There is no better tribute to a person that means so much to us, to make our best efforts, our relentless efforts just like he played golf and lived life, to continue supporting his impact beyond the game through Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.

Efforts like this is why the PGA Member is so revered in the industry as the true leaders, and this effort will only elevate that to new highs here in North Florida, as well as around the World if we are successful.

Here's the link to Palmer's touching video message from 2010, mentioned above:

 

 

The goal is to raise up to $70,000 in the birdie-a-thon during the tournament and up to $100,000 once all donations are in after the tournament. An official check presentation will happen during the Awards Ceremony at the PNC Father Son in December that benefits the AACF as well, live on NBC to the Palmer Family.

The 2016 Cup Team and Section Leaders will all be there in Palmer Pink presenting the check to Mr. Palmer’s Family.
 

Davis Love III
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Davis Love III will be one of five inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame's Class of 2017. Love is a past PGA Champion and a two-time Ryder Cup USA captain.
What a month October has been for Davis Love III.
 
A little more than two weeks after captaining the Ryder Cup USA to a 17-11 victory at Hazeltine in the biennial matches -- its first win since 2008 and just its third since 1999 -- it was announced on Tuesday that Love will be a 2017 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
 
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum announced Tuesday that its 2017 Induction Class will comprise of Love, Henry Longhurst, Meg Mallon, Lorena Ochoa and Ian Woosnam.

Those five new members will be enshrined at the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City the week of the Presidents Cup.
 
Here is the write-up on Love from the World Golf Hall of Fame press release:
 
In a career that has spanned four decades on the PGA TOUR, Love has notched 22 victories including the 1997 PGA Championship and two victories at The PLAYERS Championship in 1992 and 2003. His quality of play has earned him a place on six U.S. Ryder Cup teams and six Presidents Cup teams. He has captained two Ryder Cup teams, including the victorious 2016 team. Love is a recipient of both the Payne Stewart and Bob Jones Awards.
 
"Davis is a fixture on the PGA TOUR and has been for decades. He has contributed so much to the image of the game because of who he is, and the way he handles himself. Love is extremely well-respected by the other players, so having him contribute his time and energy to making the organization work better has been a very impactful thing. It makes us all smile to see him get the recognition he deserves and be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame." -PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem

"Davis has an outstanding record not only as a player but as a gentleman. He’s been a tremendous contributor and has been an all-around man for golf. It’s terrific to see him in the World Golf Hall of Fame." -Gary Player
 
October 18, 2016 - 1:01pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Mathias Schjoelberg
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After seeing so many incredible golf trick shots over the last few years, we're not easily impressed. However, when we saw the latest from Mathias Schjoelberg we were, well, blown away.

Golf trick shots are a lot of fun to watch, but after the last few years -- especially with the Bryan Brothers setting the bar so high -- they've pretty much been a yawn.

It's not to say they're not impressive, it's just that most of them don't have that "wow" factor anymore.

That is until I saw this from former Arizona State golfer Mathias Schjoelberg and immediately bit my tongue.

Check out how Schjoelberg incorporates some incredible soccer juggling skills into these two golf shots:

 

 

It's Sunday and it's funday @golf_gods @golfdigest @houseofhighlights @highlighthub

A video posted by Mathias Schjoelberg (@mathiasschjoelberg) on

 

 

 

Happy Gilmore on point @golf_gods @highlighthub

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I mean, are you kidding me with that stuff?

If Schjoelberg -- and others -- can pump out more trick shots like that, I'm going to have no choice but to get excited about them again.

Schjoelberg is no stranger to this site, by the way. He's had some crazy trick shots we've featured in the past also, like these:

 

 

Need to play around a bit as well! #golf #trick #golfer #pgatour #GolfGods #MyBestShot

A video posted by Mathias Schjoelberg (@mathiasschjoelberg) on

 

 

 

Close enough #golf #golfer #asu #asugolf #golfgods

A video posted by Mathias Schjoelberg (@mathiasschjoelberg) on

 

 

 

Just kidding, guess I still got it :):) #golf #golfer #asu

A video posted by Mathias Schjoelberg (@mathiasschjoelberg) on

 

 

 

Getting good at the shots I'll never need. #golf #golfer #asu #asugolf #sundevils

A video posted by Mathias Schjoelberg (@mathiasschjoelberg) on

 

 

 

Sunday funday! #golf #golfer #golfgods #golfgrinders

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October 16, 2016 - 1:34pm
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Matt Craig
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single-length irons, bryson dechambeau, cobra
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"I've hit fliers with the four {iron}," said Kevin Costner in the classic golf movie Tin Cup. "I've hooked my five, I shank the six, skulled the eight, fatted the nine, chili-dipped the wedge, and bladed the sand." If you've seen the movie, you know that he's breaking the clubs over his knee as he's saying this.

"But then there's the seven iron. I never miss with the seven iron."

Ah, the trusty seven iron. Do you ever wish you could just hit it for every shot?

Well Cobra's new F7 irons can get you pretty close. In January of 2017 they brought first ever single-length irons to the public market, as made famous by legend Bobby Jones and brought back to prominence by Bryson DeChambeau. Every club in the set is 37.25 inches, or the length of a standard seven iron.

But the developers of the single-length irons are more than just big Tin Cup fans or superstitious golfers. Cobra believes the F7 set gives golfers of all skill levels "a simpler, easier way to play."

The Cobra website has this to say about the benefits of single-length irons:

Proper setup includes foot positioning, spine angle and ball position, and many other variables. These variables change as you switch between longer and shorter length clubs, causing more room for error. With one setup and one swing you can simplify the entire process.

DeChambeau has used the irons to win an NCAA individual title, a U.S. Amateur Championship, a Web.com Tour Finals at the DAP Championship, and most recently, the John Deere Classic. He also employs the unconventional "single plane" swing, but told PGATour.com that the clubs will work for any swing type.

There is a misconception that single-length irons are only for a single-plane swing like mine. That is simply not true. Regardless of how you swing and what your skill level is, you can benefit from the simplicity of a constant length set of irons.

You may get some looks and some questions from your golf buddies, but would you try out these single-length irons?