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March 26, 2013 - 12:09am
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John Holmes
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Paula Creamer's dog, Studley
Paula Creamer via Twitter
Paula Creamer's dog, Studley, looks as thrilled to go through airport security as his human counterparts.

As you might suspect, Mondays are usually hectic travel days for professional golfers. And when I'm home, warm and dry, I get a kick out of following all their various travails via social media.

Today seemed like a pretty typical Monday, judging by some of the tweets that rolled by throughout the day. Here are some examples:

--Former ''Big Break'' winner Carling Coffing Nolan was a little miffed at AirTran as she tried to get out of Orlando. For one thing, her Sunday flight was cancelled, keeping her around an extra day. For another thing, her diabetes pump earned her a patdown from the TSA crew. And for a third, her flight was delayed yet again. ''I feel like Dorothy trying to get home," she tweeted.

--Former Oklahoma Sooner star and current Symetra Tour player Kendall Dye also was trying to get out of Orlando. But first, she tweeted, she had to complete ''Operation stop puking before a 5 hour flight.''

--Champions Tour player Roger Chapman, meanwhile, was sweating his connections from Gulfport, Miss., to Dallas to Chicago to London after a delay getting off the ground. Good luck!

--LPGA Tour player Karin Sjodin found herself seated next to a guy all decked out in "Team Glock" gear. ''Hope he has his 'tools' in the checked luggage,'' said tweeted. And before getting on the plane, she admitted: "First I booked a room by the wrong airport. Then I went through security at the wrong terminal... Really hope I'll board the correct flight!"

--European Tour player Mikko Ilonen was trying to fly from the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur to the Hassan II Trophy in Agadir, Morocco, via Istanbul and London. Total trip time: 30 hours. Oof!

One tweet made me laugh, though – in the photo above, Paula Creamer showed us Studley, her perky pup and frequent traveling companion, as he waited to go through security in California after the Kia Classic late Sunday. The expression on his face looks exactly like how I feel every time I have to endure those ridiculous airport lines. Fortunately for all involved, Studley and Paula both made it home to Orlando safe and sound – and pretty much on time.

March 25, 2013 - 4:04pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Rory McIlroy
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Equipped with a stand bag and a pair of shorts, Rory McIlroy worked on his game alongside hackers like you and me at a muni driving range in Miami last week.

 

Rory McIlroy, who was bumped from No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking to No. 2 after a win by Tiger Woods earlier today at Bay Hill, was photographed on Friday hitting golf balls at the Miami Municipal Golf Course.
 
McIlroy was in Miami to watch girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki compete in the Sony Open tennis tournament.
 
It's not really news -- one of the world's top golfers working on his game. But, it's pretty cool that McIlroy decided to pound some rocks at an every man's kinda place. Especially when you consider that McIlroy could probably roll up to any posh country club in the world and head to the range, no questions asked.
 
Here's to hoping McIlroy didn't get -- or take -- any unsolicited advice from an onlooker, as so often happens on a muni driving range.
 
 
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March 25, 2013 - 9:57am
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Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods
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Arnold Palmer flips a bad guy in a promo video called, "The Rumble," for the new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 video game by EA Sports.

 

 
In this video, Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer are having a casual conversation while heading to a private plane in a hangar. 
 
As the two legends are walking, they're ambushed by a bunch of guys. The leader of the bad guys demands, "Hand over the trophies and no one gets hurt."
 
Tiger and Arnie then ask which trophies while showing off a U.S. Open trophy, the Claret Jug and the Wanamaker. A fight ensues. Tiger and Arnie -- doing their best Bruce Lee/Jackie Chan impersonations -- take down the bad guys... all but one.
 
A Mr. T-looking dude appears. Arnie looks at Tiger and says, "I've got this one."
 
Arnie proceeds to deliver a bunch of body shots that do nothing. Arnie looks doomed. Then, out of nowhere, Lee Trevino comes to the rescue on a zip line.
 
What does any of this actually have to do with the game? I have no idea. 
 
But, it's awesome.
 
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March 24, 2013 - 8:48pm
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John Kim
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Matt Every hits from water
Matt Every's eagle was a little more unconventional than most eagles

Most of the attention from Sunday's play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational will go to the weather - or Tiger Woods' hopes to reclaim the No. 1 ranking or the incredible tree shot by Sergio Garcia.

But amazingly, not as much attention has gone to Matt Every's eagle on Sunday. Any eagle is noteworthy, but on the third hole - Every's drive found the hazard. He was standing in the water, his ball sitting on mud and well.... see the result here

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March 24, 2013 - 3:17pm
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Sergio Garcia in tree
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Sergio Garcia hits a shot out of a tree during the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational

 

Sergio Garcia pushed his tee shot on the 10th hole and found his ball in an unusual place, up a tree.  After identifying the ball as his, the Spaniard decided his best option was to climb the tree and take a swing - rather than take a penalty shot and drop. 
 
Quite honestly, it was one of the best shots of the tournament.  You can watch video of the shot here. 
 
However, it didn't really help him too much as he still ended up with a double-bogey 6 on the hole and subsequently withdrew from the tournament two holes later.
 
He may have still had the last laugh however as he withdrew right before a lengthy and severe weather system delayed the final round. 

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March 24, 2013 - 2:45pm
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Michael Mihal in sinkhole
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Michael Mihal was rescued from a hidden sinkhole in a fairway at Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill.

Most of the golfers I know wanted to put the thought of getting swallowed up by a sinkhole out of their minds as quickly as possible after that guy in Illinois plunged into an 18-foot deep sinkhole in the middle of a fairway a few weeks ago.

Being a curious reporter, Jennifer Welsh of The Business Insider wanted to know more, not less, about the odds of dropping through the ground on a golf course. Specifically, she wondered whether golf course landscaping techniques might increase those chances.

She asked David Weary, a geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey who specializes in karst terrain – sinkhole-susceptible areas made up of soft rocks like limestone, gypsum or salt beds that can be washed out by water.

''In my opinion it is possible for irrigation and landscaping to affect the risk of sinkhole development on golf courses over karst areas,'' he told her in an email. However, he noted, 'Golf courses are usually graded to avoid standing water, so the chances of this should be pretty low.''

Normal irrigation ''would probably not put enough water on the surface to cause sinkholes directly,'' he wrote. 'It is possible that over-irrigation over time could cause some movement of sediment in the subsurface (through caves) and result in eventual localized sinkhole development. Also, if landscaping resulted in a spot where the surface drainage ponds it's possible that the combination of heavy standing water and enhanced drainage of that water to the subsurface could move sediment and initiate a collapse.

The most likely causes of collapse sinkholes in areas like golf courses 'are leaking irrigation pipes or leaking stormwater handling structures like drain pipes and retention ponds,'' he added. ''Chronic water leaks can, over time, erode the subsurface soils and cave fills leading to creation of void spaces and subsequent collapse of the surface into them.

''We don't have enough site-specific information about the Illinois golf course sinkhole to comment as to whether it is purely natural, or man-induced.''

So there. Don't worry about falling through a sinkhole in the fairway of your favorite course. But watch where you step!