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Faces of Golf at PGA National
The "Faces of Golf" sculpture features bas relief portraits of 116 golfers from Mary, Queen of Scots to four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.
At the Open Championship last summer, acclaimed artist Lawrence Holofcener unveiled a pretty impressive piece of golf art. His sculpture, "Faces of Golf," features a collection of portraits of golfers, golf course designers and golf commentators who've made their mark on golf history down through the years.
The original work's permanent home is the British Golf Museum in St. Andrews, but a new casting recently went on display at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – the home of the PGA Tour's Honda Classic. Holofcener is British-American and lives in nearby West Palm Beach. This is the only copy of the work in the United States. 
"Faces of Golf is our resort's most recent addition of artwork and has been a real conversation starter since its installation just prior to the Honda Classic," said James Gelfand, general manager of the PGA National Members Club. "Its prominent display in the hallway en route to the PGA pro shop and golf courses evidences our respect for the game's proud heritage."
The sculpture – started in clay and finished in bronze – features bas relief portraits of 116 golfers from Mary, Queen of Scots – an avid golfer whose reign spanned 25 years in the 16th century – to four-time major champion Rory McIlroy. Also among the faces are Seve Ballesteros, Laura Davies, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Phil Mickelson, Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino, Harry Vardon and Tiger Woods.
"I have long been a fan of professional golf and felt inspired to celebrate the careers of these great men and women I have followed and their legendary predecessors,"  said Holofcener, whose most famous work is "Allies," a sculpture of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt sitting on a park bench deep in conversation. "As an artist, I wanted to create a sculpture which includes faces of people from different times, different places and different backgrounds – a representation of some of the remarkable people who have contributed, over the years, to this wonderful game."
If you'd llike to see more, here's a video from Golfing World on the "Faces of Golf" unveiling at the British Golf Museum last summer:
Bubba Watson and friends make 23-second eagle
Bubba Watson via Twitter
Randall Wells (l) and caddie Ted Scott turned to celebrate the 23-second eagle they made with Bubba Watson, who's waaaay back on the teebox.
Remember the other day when we showed you a group of European Tour players who set a new Guinness World Record for playing the fastest par-5 hole ever? Bubba Watson saw that, too, and he and his buddies set out to break that brand-new mark.
ICYMI, at the Spanish Open two weeks ago, three teams of European Tour players set out to break the world record for fastest par-5 hole ever played – it had to be 500 yards or longer to count. Sergio Garcia, Raphael Jacquelin and Thorbjorn Olesen essentially created relay teams down the length of the 500-yard, par-5 fifth hole at Valderrama Golf Club – the first player drives the ball out near where the second player is standing; he then tries to hit it up by the green, where the third player is stationed; and so on, until the ball is in the cup.
Jacquelin and his teammates shattered the old record, and their 34.8-second birdie earned them a plaque from the Guinness Book of World Records. You can see their hilarious video here.
The other day, halfway around the world at Genzou Golf Club in China, Bubba and friends came up with an ingenious way to break the record – the longest part of the attempt comes in having to hit two long shots to reach the green. So they found a 503-yard par-5 hole with a huge dogleg around a lake and had Bubba drive it directly over the lake at the green.
He bombed his tee shot as you'd expect, and it landed in a greenside bunker, where his longtime friend Randall Wells hit a gorgeous shot to about three feet. From there, Bubba's caddie Ted Scott knocked home the putt for an eagle. 
Their elapsed time: 23 seconds. Talk about speed golf!
The only downside to their achievement – no one from the Guinness Book was on hand to witness it. But Bubba posted the video on social media – and if that doesn't make it official, I don't know what does.
Here it is:
Rakuten hopes using flying drones to deliver snacks on golf courses will catch on.

The future is now, at least when it comes to delivering snacks to hungry golfers in Japan.

Japanese electronic service and Internet company Rakuten is testing a new service at the Camel Golf Resort in Chiba that would allow golfers to use their smartphones to order snacks and small golf items to be delivered via flying drones to anywhere on the course.

Here's a video demonstration of how it works:





According to the news release, it's a one-month trial beginning May 9. The drones are reportedly very stable, even in strong winds.

While the whole idea sounds pretty cool from a nerd's perspective, you have to wonder if the drones will become more than a minor distraction. Imagine lining up for a putt and having one of these buzz overhead.

Juli Inkster bobblehead
San Francisco Giants
Juli Inkster's new bobblehead is dressed in a Giants jersey and wielding a golf club.
Lots of golfers have thrown out first pitches at ballgames over the years. LPGA superstar Juli Inkster will join that pantheon tonight as her beloved San Franciso Giants host the Miami Marlins.
But the first pitch is secondary to the real newsflash from the game – the Giants are giving out Juli Inkster bobbleheads.
"I've hit the big time – bobblehead and Solheim Cup captain all in one year," Inkster, who will captain the U.S. Solheim Cup team for the second straight time next year, told The San Francisco Chronicle.
The fact that the Giants are honoring one of the Bay Area's great athletes – Inkster owns 31 LPGA Tour titles, including seven majors – is cool. Even cooler is that this isn't even her first bobblehead. No, she got her first one back in 2003, when the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship gave way Inkster bobbleheads to fans attending the tournament.
Here's a look at Juli with her likeness at the game: