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March 29, 2013 - 10:49am
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T.J. Auclair
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David Toms
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David Toms might be running the best Masters Pool of all. The best thing about it is that your $100 entry fee goes to a great cause, so you can't lose.

 

If you're a golf fanatic and you love to "pick a winner" for the majors with the chance to win a great prize, then I've stumbled across just the thing for you.
 
Not only are there great prizes available, but your $100 entry fee goes to a tremendous cause.
 
David Toms, winner of the 2001 PGA Championship, has put together the mother of all 2013 Masters pools. You can enter for $100. All of the proceeds benefit the David Toms Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity that benefits underprivileged children.
 
 
Welcome to the 2013 David Toms Foundation Masters Pool. Here are the rules. Select ONE golfer from Group A, TWO golfers from Group B, THREE golfers from Group C and TWO golfers from Group D (a total of EIGHT golfers). The team that has the highest cumulative money earnings from the tournament is the winner. Tiebreaker: pick the 4-day winning score.
 
1st Place: Signed 2013 Masters Pin Flag from the winner, round of golf for 4 at any TPC Course, customized Cleveland Golf wedge straight from the PGA Tour van, free golf lesson at the David Toms Academy (opening in fall of 2013), 2 tickets to the PGA Tour event of your choice (does not include the Majors or the TPC at Sawgrass), David Toms signed Masters flag, two David Toms Foundation golf shirts and a David Toms signed picture.
 
2nd Place: 2012 Masters pin flag signed by champion Bubba Watson, 2012 President's Cup flag signed by the entire U.S. team (includes captain Fred Couples, Tiger, Phil, Furyk, Toms, etc.), free golf lesson at the David Toms Academy (opening in fall of 2013), David Toms signed Masters flag, David Toms Foundation golf shirt and a David Toms signed picture.
 
3rd Place: Signed picture by Arnold Palmer and David Toms, 2011 David Toms signed Colonial pin flag, free golf lesson at the David Toms Academy (opening in fall of 2013), 2 tickets to the PGA Tour event of your choice (does not include the Majors or the TPC at Sawgrass), David Toms signed Masters flag, David Toms Foundation golf shirt.
 
4th place: 4 tickets to the PGA Tour event of your choice (does not include the Majors or the TPC at Sawgrass), David Toms signed Masters flag, David Toms Foundation golf shirt and David Toms signed picture.
 
5th place: David Toms signed Masters flag, David Toms Foundation signed picture, David Toms Foundation golf shirt.
 
Cost is $100 and all of the proceeds benefit the David Toms Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity that benefits underprivileged children.
 
If you have questions, please send an email to adam@davidtoms.com or Call Adam Young at 318.798.5437 with questions.
 
 
Good luck all! 
 
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March 28, 2013 - 11:14pm
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John Holmes
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Bubba Watson Dufnering
Bubba Watson via Twitter
Bubba Watson went Dufnering in his garage with the General Lee.

I had some real work to do tonight, but I couldn't quit looking at all the Internet photos of people Dufnering. After that hilarious photo of Jason Dufner slumping on the floor in a grade-school classroom went viral on Thursday, people from Luke Donald to Rory McIlroy to Bubba Watson to Rickie Fowler to everyday golfers far and wide began posting their own photos of themselves, celebrities and even animals engaging in the Internet's latest craze.

I went back and scanned Twitter, and literally in the span of a mere couple hours there were dozens of Dufnering photos. So without further ado, here is a photo gallery of a couple dozen of the best shots I could find.

There is also a hilarious Tumblr gallery called "Duff Don't Care" that is the funniest thing I've seen there since the memorable ''McKayla's Not Impressed'' gallery from last summer.

March 28, 2013 - 9:50pm
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Jason Dufner, Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy pokes fun of friend Jason Dufner's pose and starts a new Twitter meme

You could see this one coming a long par 5 away.  Jason Dufner's moment of classroom infamy began with this photo and post by Deadspin.  As golf fans (and golfers) began to enjoy "Dufner being Dufner", some of his fellow Tour players were obviously enjoying the image as well.  So much so, a new meme was born and is spreading fast on Twitter among other places.  

Rory McIlroy should be given credit for tweeting out his photo poking fun of his friend's now classic slouch on the floor.  Soon, Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson all joined in on the fun. Dufner has taken the ribbing in stride as he has started to retweet many of his followers who are sending him photos of themselves (or kids, or pets, etc...'dufnering'.)  Look for several other images as well as now the entire sports world will set aside Tebowing...to all go Dufnering. 



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March 28, 2013 - 4:08pm
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Jason Dufner
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Jason Dufner visited with kids in the Dallas area - leading to this classic Dufner photo.

Jason Dufner, the 2012 Byron Nelson Champion, was back in Dallas today promoting the championship and delivering a keynote address at lunch. Prior to his talk, he was kind enough to visit with students at the Salesmanship Youth and Family Center. Unfortanately (or hilariously), this viral photo - first shared by sports site Deadspin - was captured during his visit.


For more on his visit, check out the original post from our friends at Deadspin. 

 

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March 28, 2013 - 3:02pm
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T.J. Auclair
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PGA Championship

 

The PGA of America announced this afternoon that grounds tickets for Saturday and Sunday of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y., August 10-11, are sold out.
 
The tournament takes place August 8-11.
 
"Tickets for the 2013 PGA Championship went on sale only a short time ago, and now the Sunday and Saturday Daily Grounds options have been sold out," said Ryan Cannon, championship director, 95th PGA Championship. "A Major Championship at Oak Hill Country Club is a must-see event. The limited amount of remaining inventory is moving fast, so if folks are interested, now's the time to purchase."
 
 
To purchase remaining tickets for the rest of the week, click here.
 
For all information regarding the 95th PGA Championship, visit the tournament's official website.
March 28, 2013 - 10:54am
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Bridgestone Golf
Bridgestone Golf
We all know the importance of being fit for the proper golf clubs. Shouldn't that apply to golf balls too? Bridgestone thinks so.

 

We've heard it time and again -- to play your best golf, you need to be playing with clubs that fit your game and your level of ability.
 
That's 100 percent true.
 
Often overlooked, though, is that many of us don't apply that same rule when it comes to the golf ball.
 
Sure, we all would like to play what the pros play, but should we? Maybe those golf balls you willingly spend over $50/dozen for aren't only costing you a fortune, but also strokes during your round.
 
Bridgestone Golf has come up with a way to see to it that casual golfers like you and me are playing the golf ball that will benefit our game most with a unique system you can experience on the company's website.
 
If you visit the ball fitting page at BridgestoneGolf.com, you can go through a free, live fitting from a Bridgestone golf ball expert.
 
You can either go through the fitting on your mobile device, call the Bridgestone hotline, or go through a live chat on your computer.
 
I recently tried out the live chat and spoke to B-fit online fitting technician Elliot. 
 
Elliott did an outstanding job of explaining the science behind a golf ball. 
 
The first question I asked Elliott in our chat was this: Why do casual golfers -- myself included -- think they need to be hitting a Tour-caliber golf ball?
 
"While we certainly do make golf balls that are successful at the Tour level, we find that many of the golfers who participate in our fitting sessions can benefit from a softer cored golf ball," Elliott said. "On that same note, the entire Bridgestone Golf Ball portfolio features gradation compression technology which allows the balls to work well at a wide range of swing speeds. Additionally we use the data and feedback from the live ball fitting events to keep our golf ball portfolio current with our customers needs."
 
After explaining the science behind the Bridgestone golf balls, Elliott then asked a series of questions including:
 
- What golf ball do you currently use?
 
- What is your swing speed and average driver distance?
 
- What is your typical ball flight?
 
- Does your ball check up or run when it hits the fairway?
 
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of your game?
 
Once those and other questions were answered, Elliott then recommended what he beleived to be the best golf ball for my game. 
 
In my case, Elliott suggested the B330-RX, which the Bridgestone site describes as:
 
Tour Performance optimized for amateur swing speeds under 105 mph with a preference for maximum TOUR DISTANCE.
 
The TOUR B330-RX offers a reformulated mantle layer and Dual Dimple Technology. The reformulated mantle reduces spin on full shots and promotes a higher launch, resulting in greater accuracy and distance. The Dual Dimple pattern offers superior aerodynamics and enhanced wind performance. The B330-RX continues to feature a soft core design that allows maximum compression for moderate swing speed players.
 
The entire chat was about 25-30 minutes long. While the science behind golf balls can seem intimidating, Elliott did a fantastic job of breaking it down and explaining in simple terms.
 
If nothing else, the chat is a fantastic tool to use to understand why you should be playing a partcular type of golf ball based on your ability -- the same way you should handle the clubs you play.
 
To check out Bridgestone Golf's line of golf balls, click here.
 
If you'd like to try out the free ball-fitting for yourself, click here.
 
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