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Peter Hanson
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Peter Hanson makes an ace Saturday at Congressional's No. 2 with a four-iron from 222 yards out.

Peter Hanson three-putted for a bogey on his first hole of the day Saturday at the Quicken Loans National.

So Hanson stepped up to the 222-yard, par-3 No. 2 hole and decided he'd rather leave the putter in the bag. Watch this four-iron find the bottom of the cup:


Unfortunately for Hanson, making a hole-in-one didn't do anything for his putting problems. He promptly made another bogey on the following hole.

Beautiful Lengths
LPGA professionals donated locks of their hair Friday night to cancer survivors.

"Making the cut" is always a good thing in professional golf, especially when it benefits cancer survivors.

Earlier this week, five LPGA players -- Tiffany Joh, Stacey Keating, Megan McChrystal, Jacqui Concolino and Cindy LaCrosse -- and LPGA senior media coordinator Meghan Flanagan participated in the "Pantene Beautiful Lengths" event at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, donating locks of their hair to be used to make wigs for women battling cancer.

Hundreds of people turned out to help the cause, and as you'll see by the video, the emotions ranged from nervousness to relief:



Having your long hair chopped off isn't always an easy decision, but these golfers decided to do it for a great reason -- and should feel proud for doing their part.

Ryder Cup bank note
Royal Bank of Scotland
The special-edition £5 note from the Royal Bank of Scotland features a Ryder Cup motif on both front and back.

The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland is only 90 days away, and I've already got souvenirs on my mind. One of the coolest I've seen so far is a commemorative Ryder Cup bank note that is legal currency in the United Kingdom.

As you can see in the image above, the special-edition £5 note features a Ryder Cup motif on both front and back, and will be the first Scottish note to carry the signature of Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Ross McEwan, which will make it a unique collectible for currency enthusiasts. It also will be the first note in Europe printed on hybrid paper – a mix of traditional cotton paper and polyester plastic materials designed to make it more durable.

"Bank notes are part of a stable of collectible items that people love to buy, or give as a gift, to commemorate major events," said Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director. "Sporting events don't come much bigger than the Ryder Cup and we know that many people will want that special memento to mark the time it came to Scotland."

The notes are now being printed, but they won't go into general circulation. Instead, they will be available as part of a commemorative folio that will be sold at Gleneagles during the Ryder Cup. The folio also can be pre-ordered at a cost of £20 or $32, and you can find out all about it by clicking here.


June 27, 2014 - 8:02am
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Dan Lewis / Special to Facebook fan Dan Lewis has a visitor behind him on the course.

We asked. You delivered. Boy, did you ever. asked our Facebook friends about unique occurrences on the golf course. There were tales of reptile encounters, ill-timed duck hooks, seismic activity and even sasquatches.  


Here’s a sampling of some of the more peculiar tales. Make sure to add your wild golf course memory on our Facebook page.

  • “My father and I were almost hit by a crash landing six-person airplane. That is 100-percent truth. Went about 15 feet over our heads on the first tee and landed on the No. 9 fairway. Surreal!” -- Jack Crowley
  • “While working in the pro shop we got a Big Foot costume and had a 6 foot 8 kid that also worked there run around the course in it from time to time.” -- David Garland
  • “A hole closed in Alaska due to a moose killed by a bear in the middle of the fairway. They have to wait till the bear doesn't return for a few days. Needless to say I put me down for a birdie on that hole.” -- Tom Schipper
  • "Hitting a duck hook into a funeral procession and hitting not just any car but THE car. ... That's right, I hit the hearse." -- Kelvin Smith.
  • “I was on the golf course just out of Jakarta, Indonesia when a 7.1 Earthquake hit. There was no noise (as nowhere near city or any buildings) so we just at first felt sick and giddy before we realized we were swaying, only then did we realise it was an earthquake. A very interesting experience." -- Jordan Badwater Baker
  • “A fox stealing my ball off the green before I could putt.” -- Jennifer Mazzarolo
  • “A 12-foot python in the rough at the Royal Cape Golf Course in Cape Town South Africa....” --Justin Russell
  • “I saw a tarantula on the green. Apparently every year they travel from one side of this hill to the other. Looks like the mound is moving. Creepy.” -- Chris Beaty
  • “Two paratroopers landing on the 8th fairway (Army base nearby, lost their way while training) ... wish I had a camera then, would've been a hoot to show on the Internet.” -- Cleveland de Jesus
  • "A water dropping helicopter using the water hazards as a water source to fight fire outside of L.A. at Angeles National Golf Course." -- Greg Brinson

You can read all the posts below. 







New Orleans Saints training camp at the Geenbrier
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The New Orleans Saints' training camp at the Greenbrier will include a 55,000-square-foot building and three practice fields.

With the PGA Tour returning next week, it's no surprise that things are hopping at the gorgeous Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. But the Greenbrier Classic isn't the only big event on the schedule this summer.

The New Orleans Saints will hold their preseason training camp at the Greenbrier, and the resort is busily building a full set of facilities – including a 55,000-square-foot building that'll host meeting rooms, weight rooms, locker rooms, kitchen and dining facilities, and training and physical therapy spaces. Also under construction are two natural grass practice fields and a third outfitted with artificial turf.

The Saints are scheduled to arrive in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains on July 24, and remain through Aug. 13. They're scheduled to stage 20 practices along with an Aug. 2 scrimmage on-site, and all those events are open to the public.

The team will return to New Orleans on Aug. 14, and finish its preseason schedule at their permanent practice facility in Metairie, La.

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This year will be the first of at least three straight years in which the Saints will train at the Greenbrier as part of a deal with local and state officials. Greenbrier owner Jim Justice is spending approximately $20 million to build the practice facilities, according to New Orleans news site, but is receiving some relief from investment and sales taxes.

The Saints began looking at the Greenbrier as long as three years ago, and the deal was finalized earlier this year at a signing ceremony attended by Saints coach Sean Payton – who, you might remember, also caddied for Ryan Palmer at last year's Greenbrier Classic.

You can see the Saints' complete preseason schedule and all the details for attending practice at the Greenbrier by clicking here. And below is a tweet from a guy who I'm pretty sure isn't doing any of the actual work.


Nike Golf women's Lunar Adapt shoe
Courtesy Nike Golf
The new women's Lunar Adapt shoes feature a low-profile design improves ground feel.

Nike Golf is billing its new women's Lunar Adapt shoe as its most versatile option yet for both on and off the course.

"We wanted to create a shoe that women want to wear when they're playing golf just as much as they want to wear when they're hanging out with their friends," said Nike Golf Innovation Design Lead Carl Madore. "The Lunar Adapt has all the performance technology golfers need, like Integrated Traction and Lunarlon cushioning, within a versatile design that makes it great for everyday wear."

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These new models feature a full-grain waterproof leather upper and full-length Lunar drop-in sockliner for lightweight, responsive cushioning. Their crafted, low-profile design improves ground feel while rubber cupsole construction and a modernized waffle tread enhance stability and traction control.

They come in a variety of color options, including Pure Platinum/Hyper Pink-Cool Grey, Light Ash/Hyper Grape-Ivory, and Fuchsia Force/Light Ash-Medium Ash. They'll be available at retail on July 1, and carry a street price of $100 per pair.