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March 13, 2013 - 10:44am
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John Kim
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Eddie Pearce
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Eddie Pearce was going to the "Next Nicklaus"....until he wasn't.

 

As much as I love quick nuggets of info (I'm totally addicted to Twitter), I am an even bigger fan of long-form journalism. A great golf story, made even more compelling by a great golf story teller, is one of the true pleasures for the golf mind.
 
One of the best reads I've had in awhile was this stellar piece by Jason Sobel of The Golf Channel. It's a profile of Eddie Pearce, the best golfer you've probably never heard of - and that's a shame. A fast lifestyle cut short a career that could have been one for the ages. How does Pearce feel about it?
 
March 12, 2013 - 10:36am
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T.J. Auclair
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Sinkhole
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A golfer was swallowed by a sinkhole in the middle of the fairway at an Illinois golf course last Friday. The rest of his foursome looks into the sinkhole above. Luckily, the story had a happy ending, as the golfer was rescued.

Sinkholes seem to be taking over the news these days and, as it turns out, at least one golf course.

A sinkhole, defined as, "natural depression in a land surface communicating with a subterranean passage, generally occurring in limestone regions and formed by solution or by collapse of a cavern roof," swallowed a golfer in a fairway at Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill., on Friday. 
 
Waterloo is about 30 miles south of St. Louis.
 
Luckily the golfer, Mark Mihal, lived to tell the story of his ordeal after dropping 18 feet into the sinkhole (giving new meaning to, "I'm going to the golf course for 18.").
 
 
While golfing with friends at the Annbriar Golf Course near here Friday, Mihal, 43, a mortgage broker from Creve Coeur, abruptly dropped into the ground on the fairway of the 14th hole. It was the first time a person -- and not a ball -- has disappeared beneath the turf in the course’s 20-year history.
 
It also was the first time in the memory of folks who study sinkholes in Illinois that a person has fallen into one.
 
“I was standing in the middle of the fairway,” Mihal said Monday. “Then, all of a sudden, before I knew it, I was underground.”
 
Mihal said he fell into the mud floor of an enclosure shaped like a bell, up to 18 feet deep and 10 feet wide. The rescue was precarious, he said, because no one knew whether the surface hole would grow or the enclosure would collapse.
 
A companion called the course’s pro shop, where general manager Russ Nobbe gathered some rope and a ladder and rushed to the rescue. Mihal had dislocated his shoulder, so Ed Magaletta, a friend and a real estate agent, climbed down and put a rope around Mihal’s waist so he could be hoisted to safety.
 
The rescue reportedly took less than 20 minutes, but had to seem like an eternity.
 
Mihal isn't ready to quit golf as a result of the terrifying incident, but admitted to the Post-Dispatch, “It’d be kind of strange playing that hole again, for sure.”
 
 
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March 11, 2013 - 10:12pm
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John Holmes
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Webb Simpson's U.S. Open box from Titleist
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Webb Simpson got a box full of Titleist goodies that he'll cherish the rest of his life.

You know how winning sports teams get their championship rings the season after their big victories? The same thing happens in golf sometimes, too.

At Doral last week, Titleist made a special presentation to Webb Simpson to commemorate his victory in the 2012 U.S. Open. Titleist Tour rep Mac Fritz presented Simpson with a gift box containing, among other things, a golden Pro V1x ball. It's a little difficult to see in this photo, but the ball is the shiny object in the left side of the box.

The golden ball is one of the coolest winner's gifts in golf, along with the gold putters that Ping awards its players who win events on the big tours. All the winners make plenty of money at this elite level of golf, so they cherish their trophies and other commemoratives more than anything. So it's cool to see the equipment companies create these keepsakes to mark the biggest achievements of their players.

 

March 11, 2013 - 2:03pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Tom Watson, George Brett
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U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson talks to George Brett at Kansas City Royals spring training.

 

Tom Watson, captain of the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team, has always been an avid baseball fan. He's especially fond of his hometown Kansas City Royals.
 
Today, Watson paid a visit to the Royals at spring training camp in Suprise, Ariz.
 
MLB.com has video of Captain Watson hanging out with Royals legend George Brett, which you can watch here.
 
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March 11, 2013 - 1:32pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods could soon be back in a familiar position -- the No. 1 ranked player in the world.

 

From August 1999 to September 2004, Tiger Woods spent 264 weeks as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world. And, from June 2005 to October 2010, he spent 281 weeks at the top spot.
 
With two wins in three PGA Tour starts this season, Woods finds himself close to once again achieving the No. 1 position in the world. 
 
 
As pleased as Woods likely is with number 77 (his 77th PGA Tour win came at Doral on Sunday), he is a forward thinker. He knows that a victory at the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational in two weeks would return him to the top spot in the world rankings. And if this week is any indication, he's ready to challenge in Orlando and retake the top spot from Rory McIlroy.
 
For McIlroy, the current No. 1, the start to 2013 has been far from ideal. His PGA Tour season has consisted of just three starts, resulting in a Round 1 exit from the Accenture Match Play Championship, a highly criticized withdrawal from the Honda Classic where he was the defending champion and a tie for eighth at Doral.
 
The tie for eighth at Doral came thanks to a 7-under 65 in the final round on Sunday. It may be a sign that McIlroy has found something in his game, but we won't see it in competitive mode again until his next scheduled start, the Houston Open, one week before the Masters.
 
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March 11, 2013 - 12:27pm
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G/FORE
G/FORE
As you can see, the G/FORE golf glove is available in just about any color you can think of.

 

Not all golf gloves are created equally. If you've played golf for any amount of time, you probably know that when it comes to gloves you get what you pay for. 
 
One particular glove that has caught my eye the last couple of years are the G/FORE gloves worn by the likes of Ricky Barnes, Alex Cejka and Tommy Armour III, among others.
 
Aside from the premium AA Cabretta leather used to make the gloves, Fashion Designer & G/FORE Creator Mossimo Giannulli has put a twist on the gloves that will certainly make you stand out on the course.
 
The G/FORE website explains how the gloves came to be:
 
Fueled by founder-designer Mossimo Giannulli's love of golf and background in fashion, G/FORE combines function and style in eye-catching, premium golf products. Crafted from the finest materials, tested on the course by pros and weekend warriors alike, and designed to bring a touch of personality, fun and colour back to the game, G/FORE products honor golf's storied past while looking toward the sport's bright future.
 
A fashion industry veteran and avid golfer, Mossimo founded the billion-dollar clothing company Mossimo Inc. in 1987 and brokered a first-ever designer-exclusive distribution deal with Minneapolis-based Target Stores in 2000. G/FORE embodies his expertise in fashion, passion for golf, and dedication to creating products of unmatched performance and unparalleled style.
 
G/FORE gloves come in a variety of colors. You can be conservative and traditional with a basic, white, leather glove, or you can get bold with colors ranging from clover, to azure, to tangerine, to lemon, to lavender and more.
 
As for comfort, the G/FORE is second to none. You can see the G/FORE glove for yourself at the official website, here
 
The gloves retail for $35 each.
 
Visit G/FORE on Twitter, @gfore, or check out the G/FORE Facebook page.

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