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Will MacKenzie
Will MacKenzie prepares to hit what turns out to be a hole-in-one Saturday on the sixth hole in the McGladrey Classic.

This might be the least demonstrative hole-in-one in PGA Tour history, mainly because the ball disappeared so quickly into the cup that Will MacKenzie didn't realize it at first.

MCGLADREY CLASSIC: Russell Henley grabs midway lead

Watch and see for yourself:

 

 

The ace moved MacKenzie to the top of the leaderboard, which makes a good day on the golf course even better.

Jennifer Lopez
New York Daily News
Jennifer Lopez is set to close on a $22 million luxury Manhattan penthouse that features, among other things, a private putting green.

Sold: A $22 million four-bedroom, six-bathroom luxury Manhattan penthouse with 3,000 square feet of exterior space, including a private putting green -- because everybody knows it's hard to find practice facilities close by.

The buyer? According to a story this week in the New York Daily News, none other than Jennifer Lopez, who will now count among her close neighbors Chelsea Clinton and NASCAR's Jeff Gordon.

DREAM FOURSOMES: Celebrity golfers pick their playing partners

J. Lo has agreed to purchase one of four apartments in the Whitman Building on East 26th Street, north of Madison Square Garden.

From the story:

The building has a private gym and key-locked elevators with private landings.

All the apartments have custom kitchen cabinetry, wide plank rift oak floors, Italian marble slab bathrooms and smart home systems that allow residents to control lights, music and heating from their iPhones or iPads.

Hopefully, J.Lo will invite Beyonce over to practice, since she doesn't mind getting out on the course herself.

 

Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson shared a YouTube video of himself and 3-year-old golf prodigy Tommy.

In September, we shared with you the story of 3-year-old Tommy Morrissey, who is a burgeoning golf prodigy despite being born with only one arm.

FATHER AND SON OUTING: Bubba Watson takes Caleb to the course

Tommy's favorite golfer is Bubba Watson, who is now suitably impressed by Tommy's golfing abilities. On Friday, Watson posted this YouTube video of him watching Tommy hit one from the tee. 

 

 

Watson then tweeted this:

 

 

 

That's got to be pretty special -- not only meeting a two-time Masters winner, but earning his praise and respect in the process. Let's hope Tommy Morrissey goes a long way in this game.

 

Thorbjorn Olesen
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Thorbjorn Olesen's light schedule this season can be traced to an unfortunate encounter with a camel.
Thorbjorn Olesen made a bit of a splash in 2013 when he signed with Nike Golf and was featured in some advertisements with swoosh wearers like Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. He's been a bit quiet lately – he's ranked No. 130 in the world – and now we know why.
 
He fell off a camel.
 
Yes, seriously. 
 
"I was in Dubai with a few friends; we were riding on motorbikes and did all sorts of other stuff," Olesen explained in a story published today in The Melbourne Age newspaper in Australia. "Then I actually fell off a camel in the desert and pulled my [groin] muscle, so it took a couple months before I was ready to play again.
 
"Sometimes it bounces back and I need to get some treatment, but it's all good now."
 
The 24-year-old from Denmark shared the lead after Thursday's first round of the Perth International in western Australia before slipping one shot off the pace today.
 
He tied for fifth in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and tied for third in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic early in the year, but played only sparingly through the spring and early summer. He began ramping it back up at the PGA Championship, and is making his 13th start of 2014 this week in Perth, where he is looking for his first win since 2012.
 
"Its been a dry period," he said. 
 
Not surprisingly, we note, camels like the dry.
 
Adams Golf Idea Tech Hybrid Iron set
Courtesy of Adams Golf
The Adams Idea Tech Hybrid Iron set is designed for players with swing speeds of 85 mph or less.
Golfers with slower swing speeds often struggle to get the most out of high-performance clubs that perform better when swung faster – especially long irons. The Idea Tech Hybrid Iron set from Adams Golf, however, is designed specifically for golfers with slower swing speeds (85 mph and lower) who want to launch the ball high and achieve greater distance than they can manage with traditional irons. 
 
There are different sets:
 
--Men's: 3-5 Hybrid, 6-7 Driving Hybrid and 8-pitching wedge Hybrid Irons  
--Senior: 4-6 Hybrids, 7-8 Driving Hybrids and 9-gap wedge Hybrid Irons
--Women's: 4-6 Hybrids, 7-8 Driving Hybrids and and 9-sand wedge Hybrid Irons
 
"From the highest lofted iron to the lowest lofted hybrid, each club in the new Idea Tech hybrid iron set is intended to enhance the golfer's enjoyment of the game," said Michael Fox, director of product category management at Adams Golf. "This set was specifically made for the golfer who doesn't generate a lot of speed, but wants to experience the thrill of hitting high and straight launching golf shots."
 
By adding an external 24-gram weight to the back of the 3-5 hybrids, engineers could position the center of gravity lower and further back in the head than in any previous Adams hybrid. This low-and-back design gives slower swing-speed players higher launch and increased spin, helping them keep the ball airborne longer.
 
 
As in the previous generation, the Hybrid Irons (6-pitching wedge) feature an enhanced wrap-around slot that stretches from the toe across the sole and into the crown. This expands the sweet spot across the entire face, delivering better performance on off-center strikes. 
 
In addition, a refined barbell-shaped slot on the crown reduces stress on the face while improving ball speed. This, Adams says, results in the fastest and longest Idea hybrid and iron combination in the company's history.
 
The set also features a new progressive shaft design in which the shaft tip diameters get thinner towards the lower end of the set. This makes it easier to generate speed and launch on the downswing, making it ideal for slow swing speed players. 
 
The men's set carries a suggest retail price of $799.99 with steel shafts and $899.99 with graphite shafts. Both the women's and senior sets retail for $899.99 with graphite shafts, and all will be available at retail on Oct. 24.
 
October 24, 2014 - 8:37am
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St. Lucie Trail Golf Club
PGA of America
St. Lucie Trail Golf Club.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Unveiling a unique and special focus on the local community, PGA Country Club will transform into the open-to-the-public "St. Lucie Trail Golf Club" beginning Nov. 1. The facility and golf course, originally designed by Jim Fazio in 1988, will continue to be owned and operated by the PGA of America, upholding the same maintenance standards as nearby PGA Golf Club.

St. Lucie Trail Golf Club has undergone a tremendous revitalization program to its tee boxes, fairways, greens and landscaping over the past 18 months, under the direction of Superintendent Dick Gray, a protégé of Pete Dye. Accordingly, golfers now have the ability to play a picturesque, 18-hole course for the best value in the local marketplace.

"The PGA of America is extremely proud to unveil St. Lucie Trail Golf Club, as golfers from the local community and surrounding counties can now enjoy unparalleled public access to this beautiful course," said Jimmy Terry, PGA general manager for St. Lucie Trail Golf Club. "In addition, the course will serve as a national testing ground for player development programs originated by the PGA of America, in order to further grow the game, both here in St. Lucie County and across the country."

St. Lucie Trail Golf Club also features a new logo, which pays homage to the local community by incorporating a warm and welcoming green colored trail.

Rounds will range from $49 in the summer to $89 during the winter season. In addition, an annual, golf-only "Preferred Player Program" that offers unlimited access for $1,995 for a single player, and $2,995 for two players, is available at the clubhouse.

Memberships to PGA Golf Club will continue to offer access to four courses -- the Wanamaker, Ryder and Dye Courses at PGA Golf Club, in addition to the new St. Lucie Trail Golf Club, which is located at 951 SW Country Club Dr., in Port St. Lucie. PGA Golf Club will also remain open for both public and resort play.

For more information and reservations, call (800) 800-GOLF or visit PGAVillage.com.

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