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November 8, 2013 - 10:23am
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Dustin Johnson's fiancee, Paulina Gretzky, is the cover girl for the December issue of Maxim Magazine.

It's been a big couple of weeks for Dustin Johnson. First, Johnson won the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai last week. This week, it was revealed that Johnson's fiancee, Paulina Gretzky, is the cover girl for the December issue of Maxim Magazine.

Gretzky revealed the cover shot via her Instagram account earlier this week.

Paulina, of course, is also the daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky -- the NHL's all-time leader in goals (1,016), assists (2223) and overall points (3239). Those records include playoff appearances, though Gretzky is the all-time leader in all those categories for both regular and postseason play.

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Johnson's win in Shanghai was his eighth overall on the PGA Tour and seventh in as many seasons, which is second only to Phil Mickelson in terms of consecutive seasons with a win. Mickelson currently has a run of 10.

Johnson and Paulina Gretzky were engaged on August 18, 2013.

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November 8, 2013 - 9:57am
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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.