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November 8, 2013 - 9:57am
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Thorbjorn Olesen
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Thorbjorn Olesen had a strange situation in Turkey on Friday when he accidentally hit his ball with the putter during the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open.

Nobody likes a three-putt -- make that double for touring professionals.

On Friday, in the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open, Thorbjorn Olesen just missed a par putt on the par-4 12th hole from roughly 10 feet. As he proceeded to get set for his bogey try from a little more than a foot, Olesen accidentally hit the ball when he was trying to address it, sending it past the hole.

Olesen looks to be in disbelief that his putter made contact with the ball. After talking briefly with playing partner Pablo Larrazabal, Olesen called in a rules official and it was determined that Olesen had to replace the ball -- with penalty -- as his intention on the initial putt was not to hit the ball.

Olesen put the ball back in place and made the putt this time for a double-bogey 6 (click here to watch the video).

It was an odd scenario to say the least. Olesen finished the round with an even-par 72 and is tied for 25th at 6 under.

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November 7, 2013 - 12:24pm
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Nike Golf's Performance Cart II Bag.

Nike Golf has introduced a new Performance Cart Bag. The premium bag is designed to conveniently store any and every item golfers might need during a round. With 19 pockets throughout the bag -- 13 external and six internal -- there is a designated spot for every item.

"Our focus for the Performance Cart Bag was to design a highly functional bag that allows golfers to conveniently access all equipment and accessories whether using a trolley or power cart," says Mark Alan, Nike Golf Global Product Director. "With 19 organizational pockets, all items are readily available and no golfer will feel unprepared."

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A signature feature of the Performance Cart Bag is the Nike Flip & Grip water-resistant pocket, which provides uncomplicated strapping to the trolley or cart and a convenient additional pocket for valuables. The Flip & Grip also houses an easily accessible exterior range finder pocket. There is a large insulated cooler pocket for beverages as well as two apparel pockets with additional internal pouches to prevent smaller items from dropping to the bottom of the bag.

The Nike Performance Cart Bag allows golfers to stay organized with the new 14-way, dual-sided top. The bag is compatible with both power carts and trolleys and makes for easy organization with 14 full-length dividers and an integrated putter well.

Additional features include:

- 9.5-inch oval top
- Integrated tee holder, pen sleeve, pencil sleeve & glove patch
- Matching rain hood

The Nike Performance Cart Bag is available now with a retail price of $240. It's available in four color schemes: Color Offerings: White/Venom Green-Dark Base Grey; Black/Dark Grey; University Red/White-Black; and Military Blue/Silver-Black.

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November 7, 2013 - 10:28am
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Do you find yourself dreading bunker shots from around the green? If so, you're probably making them harder than they truly need to be.

In today's golf tip, PGA of America Honorary President Allen Wronowski -- the PGA Director of Golf at Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md. -- talks about greenside bunkers and gives some tips to improve your bunker game.

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November 7, 2013 - 10:14am
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Jason Kokrak made a hole-in-one on a par 4 in the McGladrey Classic pro-am on Wednesday.

PGA Tour player Jason Kokrak hit what's guesstimated to be a 1-million-to-1 kind of golf shot in the McGladrey Classic Pro-Am on Wednesday.

Playing the 409-yard, par-4 fifth hole at the Seaside Course in Sea Island, Ga., the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Kokrak ripped a drive that not only reached the green, but hit the pin before disappearing into the hole.

Later, the 28-year-old Kokrak sent out this tweet:

It was Kokrak's fourth hole-in-one overall, but his first on a par 4 and first that didn't come in competition.

For the record, there has only ever been one hole-in-one on a par 4 in PGA Tour history during competition. That feat belongs to Andrew Magee, who turned the trick on the 17th hole at TPC Scottsdale in 2001.

Former Tour player Tom Byrum was up ahead on the green. Magee's ball ricocheted off Byrum's putter, caromed about eight feet and then dropped in for an unbelievable ace.

See that ace for yourself right here:

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November 6, 2013 - 8:06pm
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Adam Scott received the key to the city from an obviously excited Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate on Wednesday.

After he won the Masters last spring, Adam Scott took his sweet time getting back to Australia to celebrate. 

It wasn't that he didn't want to go home. Rather, he feared he might get so distracted that he'd ruin the rest of his golf season.

"I wanted to come home straight away after winning, but thought if I come home and start celebrating I might not make it back," Scott said on Wednesday after the pro-am for the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast, just a few miles from where he grew up. "And I didn't want to waste this year just with winning the Masters and resting on my laurels a little bit and letting things slip. I wanted to take advantage of the confidence and the momentum and see how far I could push myself this year.''

Now that he's finally there, Scott is indulging in as much post-Masters fun as he can squeeze in. On Tuesday, he wore his green jacket to a corporate function. And on Wednesday, he received the key to the city from Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

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"It's nice to talk to people and get an idea of just how much it meant to them back here," Scott said of becoming the first Australian to win at Augusta National. It's been ''great to kind of share the green jacket with everybody and a couple of stories." 

One of them was letting everyone know about Augusta National's apparently strict policy on laundering the green jacket, which he admits to wearing around the house frequently. 

"They send you a couple of pages of jacket etiquette they would like you to follow," Scott said. "You can't just go and drop it into the dry cleaners." 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

November 6, 2013 - 9:36am
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Zach Johnson always seems to have a hot putter. This week, he also has a home game.

Following a two-week stint in Asia, the PGA Tour returns stateside this week for the McGladrey Classic at the Seaside Course in Sea Island, Ga.

Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey returns to Sea Island as the defending champion. Davis Love III is the tournament host and is also in the field this week.

SCORES: Follow the McGladrey Classic leaderboard on PGA.com

Here's a look at five players to watch at the 7,005-yard, par-70 Seaside Course, where we could see players flirt with a 59 -- Gainey shot a course-record, 10-under 60 in 2012.

5. Harris English.
Best finish in 2013:
T9 at the Greenbrier Classic.
Reason to watch: Like many players on this week's watch-list, English calls Sea Island home. So, it stands to reason he should have some kind of an advantage, right? Of course, with a home game also comes more pressure. Aside from his eight top-25 finishes in 2013 -- four of those top 10s -- I also like English because he's coming off a tie for seventh at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. English's consistency (he made the cut 21 times in 25 starts last season) will also serve him well.

4. Davis Love III.
Best finish in 2013:
Winner of the St. Jude Classic.
Reason to watch: I don't think it would be hyperbole to say that -- for PGA Tour players living in Sea Island -- Davis Love III is the guy who put the place on the map. The 2007 PGA Champion and 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain has enjoyed an incredible career. He's got nothing left to prove, having won 20 times on the PGA Tour and top-5 finishes in all the majors. While he hasn't played great lately -- two missed cuts and two T62s in his last four starts -- maybe a week at home is just what the doctor ordered for Love. It won't be easy. As tournament host, Love will have a lot of responsibilities outside of the ropes. Still, you can bet there's nothing Love would (ahem) love more than to win at home.

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3. Webb Simpson.
Best finish in 2013:
Runner up in a playoff at the RBC Heritage.
Reason to watch: Along with Rory McIlroy and last week's winner Dustin Johnson, Simpson is the only player under the age of 30 with four or more PGA Tour victories. That's pretty solid. And, after a winless 2013, Simpson is already a winner in 2014 (weird, we know since it's still 2013 -- but that's how the new wraparound schedule works). Simpson won in Las Vegas in his first start of the new season, so he's still riding high on confidence. Furthermore, Simpson hasn't missed a PGA Tour cut since the Memorial way back in May -- a stretch of 12 events that included seven, top-25 finishes.

2. Matt Kuchar.
Best finish in 2013:
Won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Memorial.
Reason to watch: Few players on the PGA Tour are as solid, week-in and week-out, as Kuchar. He hasn't missed a cut in 27 PGA Tour starts. The last time he missed the weekend was the 2012 PGA Championship. Bottom line -- the man doesn't make mistakes. In two starts at the McGladrey Classic, Kuchar's best finish was a tie for 20th in 2011. As good a player as he was then, Kuchar is an even better player now. Forgive us for sounding like a broken record but, yes, it's also a home game for Kuchar and his first start of the new season.

1. Zach Johnson.
Best finish in 2013:
Won the BMW Championship.
Reason to watch: Anyone want to guess where Johnson makes his home these days? If you said Sea Island, you're close -- he's just over the bridge in St. Simons Island. So, yes, another elite player with a home game this week. The 10-time PGA Tour winner and past Masters champion is as good as anyone in the world with his short game -- especially the putter. As usual, Johnson was so good in 2013, racking up eight top-10 finishes, including that victory at the BMW Championship. In short -- if Johnson is rolling his ball this week, look out.

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