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March 16, 2015 - 2:17pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Are you a big fan of snakes?

Yeah. Neither am I.

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If I walked to the hole and saw this when I started to reach in to collect my golf ball, I'm pretty sure I'd either quit the game for good, or step away for a long, long time:

This at the Deerwood Club in Kingwood, Texas, one of the places used in the filming of "Tin Cup."

March 16, 2015 - 1:27pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy is the new face of the EA Sports PGA Tour video game.

For the first time since 1998, Tiger Woods will not be gracing the cover of the wildly popular EA Sports PGA Tour video game.

Instead, the game set to be released in June, will be called, "Rory McIlroy -- PGA Tour."

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EA and Woods parted ways in 2013 and many wondered what a Woods-less game would look like and what it would be called.

Now we know.

"I'm very proud and humbled to see my face and name on EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour," McIlroy said in a statement released by EA on Monday.

"This is a great honor, and something I couldn't even dream of growing up playing the sport. I really hope people enjoy the game and I'm very glad I can be a part of it."

Here's a trailer of the long-awaited game:


March 15, 2015 - 3:51pm
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Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore almost can't believe his ball dropped in the cup for an eagle on the sixth hole Sunday.

The golf gods owed Ryan Moore one, obviously.

Three weeks ago in the third round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, Moore's tee shot on the par-4 10th hole hit the flagstick -- and rolled completely off the green. Instead of an ace, Moore was forced to settle for a disheartening par.

ALMOST ACE TO OFF THE GREEN: Ryan Moore's bad break at Riviera

Fast forward to Sunday's final round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort. After back-to-back bogeys on the second and third holes dropped Moore out of the lead, he faced this shot from 174 yards out on No. 6.

Watch what happens next:



And when leader Jordan Spieth struggled for a bogey, that three-shot swing put Moore back in front.

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You can debate the merits of good luck/bad luck all you want, but it really does seem to even out over time.


March 14, 2015 - 6:46pm
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Bubba vs. Tucker
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Bubba Watson may have some southpaw competition in Tucker Moore.

Bubba Watson may be the best left-handed player in the world right now, but Tucker Moore -- Ryan Moore's 2 1/2-year old son -- is gaining on him quickly, as evidenced by this side-by-side swing comparison that was shown on NBC's coverage of the Valspar Championship's third round Saturday from Innisbrook Resort.

DAD HAS THE LEAD: Ryan Moore shoots 67 to lead Valspar by 1

Two things: 1. For a toddler, Tucker's swing is unbelievable. 2. He really does emulate Bubba in an uncanny way.

Watch the video and see if you don't agree:



Just wait until Tucker graduates from the plastic clubs. Of course, Bubba has his own golf progeny in waiting: Caleb, who swings right-handed. Here's video of him swinging a club last year at age 2.

FATHER-SON PAIRING: Bubba and Caleb's first golf outing



Could we be seeing a future rivalry in the making? Only time will tell.


March 14, 2015 - 10:47am
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Ernie Els
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The bottom half of Ernie Els's iron went flying after he hit a tree on his followthrough Friday at the Valspar Championship.
Ernie Els found himself in a difficult position Friday afternoon – out in the pine straw left of the 16th fairway at the Valspar Championship. Making his situation worse, a fairly big tree was clearly going to impede with his followthrough.
His options included just punching the ball out a few yards into the fairway, or maybe trying a left-handed swing. But Els was right on the cut line at the time, and felt like he couldn't afford to play it safe. So he wound up, took a full swing – and bang!
He got the ball out – it scooted well up the fairway and across into the right rough up by the green – but his iron paid the ultimate price. The shaft broke on impact – making a loud ringing sound when the two pieces separated. He kept hold of the top part of the club, and was a little lucky that the bottom part didn't rebound and hit him.
Alas, Ernie's heroic effort didn't pay off, as he ultimately missed the cut.
So, kids, don't try this at home – there are too many ways you could get hurt. But do check out the video – and make sure you have your audio turned on: