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June 12, 2015 - 2:02pm
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Karrie Webb
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Karrie Webb, a seven-time LPGA major winner, is in a familiar position at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship -- possessing the lead.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- In conditions on Friday at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship that were more demanding than Thursday's first round, seven-time major winner Karrie Webb played like the seasoned veteran she is and carded a 2-under 71.

The 71, along with Webb's 68 on Thursday, gave Webb the early clubhouse lead in the second round at 7-under 139.

RELATED: KPMG Women's PGA Champ. leaderboard | Ewart Shadoff holes putt with 30 feet of break

"I just think the greens are firmer," Webb said. "It's just a little more challenging to get the ball close. The wind is out of a slightly different direction so the course -- I think the longer holes yesterday played a lot shorter than they -- a lot longer today than they did yesterday. So I think that's making a little bit more challenging. It's hard to get -- tucked pins and then the greens are getting firm, it's hard to get it in there close."

Though it may have been challenging, Webb made it look easy. Her lone bogey on the day came at the par-3 16th hole, but she recovered from that with a birdie at the final hole.

"Nice to finish with a birdie on the last," Webb said.

Webb's last major victory was nine years ago at the ANA Inspiration. In terms of regular LPGA events, Webb last won in March of 2014 at the JTBC Founders Cup.

At 40 years old, Webb is doing what you'd expect a successful, gritty veteran to do -- she limits mistakes.

"I feel comfortable with where I put myself," Webb said of her 7 under total through two rounds. "Who knows if that will be leading or tied for the lead or one behind tomorrow. I'm just really happy to have played the course really solidly for two days and see what happens on the weekends." 

June 12, 2015 - 1:24pm
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Jodi Ewart Shadoff
The only thing missing from this Jodi Ewart Shadoff par putt in the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Friday was a windmill.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England hit what might end up being the greatest putt we see this week in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Friday's second round at Westchester Country Club (it may have even been the best putt of the year in golf, period).

Playing the par-4 seventh hole, Ewart Shadoff was faced with a 25-foot par putt. However, because of the undulation in Westchester's greens, Ewart Shadoff had to take an insane line to even think about getting the ball close to the hole -- roughly 30 feet of break.

RELATED: KPMG Women's PGA Championship leaderboard | Round 2 photos from Westchester

With her back to the hole, fans must have been scratching their heads as Ewart struck the ball up a slope, aimed off the green. Just before the ball hit the fringe, it snapped off to the left and rolled about 30 feet before dying into the hole.

Check it out:


The only thing missing on this putt was the windmill. What an amazing effort. 

June 12, 2015 - 11:57am
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Dude Perfect
FootGolf is an alternative to traditional golf and now, the guys over at Dude Perfect, have another alternative -- golf with everything but golf equipment. It looks like it could be fun.

The boys over at Dude Perfect put together some of the best and most fun videos on the internet. This latest effort is no exception.

Playing golf with a bag filled with sports gear -- everything but golf equipment -- the boys set out to see how low a score they can record on a hole.

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The catch? Once you use an item for a shot -- a soccer ball, bat and ball, football, etc. -- you can't use it again.

Check out the video here:


Fun video, but I'll stick to the traditional golf gear.

Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods has fallen to second among all golfers in total annual earnings, but just barely.
Almost from the moment Tiger Woods said "Hello world" back in 1996, he has ranked as the world's highest earning golfer. But no more.
According to Forbes Magazine's latest ranking, which was revealed on Wednesday, Woods has been edged off the top rung of the golf ladder by his longtime pursuer, Phil Mickelson. Lefty amassed $50.8 million in earnings both on and off the course in 2014, the magazine says, while Woods checked in right behind him at $50.6 million. That makes this the first year since Woods turned pro that he hasn't been pro golf's leading earner.
Overall, Woods – who outearned everyone in all of athletics for much of the first decade of this century – ranks ninth, with Mickelson right above him in eighth. Fast-rising Rory McIlroy was the third-highest earning golfer at $48.3 million, good for 12th place on the overall list. The next highest-ranked golfers are No. 82 Justin Rose at $22 million, No. 85 Jordan Spieth at $19.8 million and No. 96 Billy Horschel at $19 million.
Not surprisingly, boxer Floyd Mayweather tops the overall list at $300 million, followed by Manny Pacquiao at $160 million. Also in the top 10 are No. 3 Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid at $79.6 million, No. 4 Lionel Messi of Barcelona at $73.8 million, No. 5 Roger Federer at $67 million, No. 6 LeBron James at $64.8 million and No. 7 Kevin Durant at $54.1 million.
Tiger's biggest haul, by the way, came back in 2006, when he pulled in $121 million.
June 11, 2015 - 5:51pm
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Sadena Parks
After her opening tee shot, Sadena Parks might have been a little disappointed at Westchester Country Club on Thursday. What looked to be a chance at a solid bogey instantly turned into an unlikely birdie.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Sadena Parks probably wasn't all that pleased with her opening shot on the par-3 first hole at Westchester Country Club in Thursday to start the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Parks went long right into a collection area.

RELATED: KPMG Women's PGA Championship leaderboard | Round 1 photos from Westchester

Whatever disappointment she may have had with the tee shot instantly disappeared when she did this:


What a birdie.

In 10 starts this season, Parks has made the cut just once, finishing T45 at the Swinging Skirts Classic. At the time of this post, Parks was 1 under through 13 holes, four shots out of the lead.  

June 11, 2015 - 3:21pm
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Lydia Ko
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It wasn't the best round ever for Lydia Ko on Thursday, but with back-to-back birdies to finish off a 1-under 72, she's right in the mix at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- World No. 1 Lydia Ko didn't have her best stuff during the first round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club on Thursday, but it was still good enough to turn in a 1-under 72, just two off the clubhouse lead at the time of this post.

After a fairly uneventful front nine with a birdie and a bogey for an even-par 36, things got colorful for Ko on the inward nine.

Ko birdied the short, par-4 10th hole, followed by a bogey on the 11th. She birdied the par-5 12th, but bogeyed the par-4 13th. After another bogey on the par-3 16th, Ko finished the day with back-to-back birdies to end on a high note.

RELATED: KPMG Women's PGA Championship leaderboard | Round 1 photos from Westchester

"I think it's really important," Ko said about her birdie-birdie finish. "I personally love courses where you can finish on a par 5. I feel like it makes it very interesting. And especially if the leaders are close, you just never know what the score is going to be like. I love that we are finishing on a par 5, and two birdies in a row, I hit some solid shots. So yeah, just got to take that out tomorrow."

When asked if the course played like a U.S. Open-style venue, Ko said it did.

"This course, like I said yesterday, there's nothing about it I would say it's not a major," she said. "It's got great facilities, great hospitality, and the course itself is playing tough. You can lose shots in the blink of an eye and you can grab some along the way.

"I think patience is really one of the big things," she added. "If you're not patient out there, it's going to get to you. You're going to make some silly bogeys or make some good bogeys maybe. Yeah, just keep the mind in a positive state, that's what I tried to do the last two holes coming in. I think that's really important. Just got to know that, hey, there may be some tough holes but then there are some holes that you could recover from."

And that's precisely what Ko did on Thursday.