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Henrik Stenson
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Henrik Stenson is defending his DP World Tour Championship crown in Dubai this week.
Here's a look at the tournaments on tap this week (and here are the TV times):
PGA Tour: Off this week
Next event: Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Jan. 9-12, 2015, at Kapalua Resort in Kapalua, Hawaii 
European Tour: DP World Tour Championship
Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday 
Course: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course (7,675 yards, par 72) 
Purse: $8 million. Winner's share: $1,333,300 
Last year: Sweden's Henrik Stenson won the season-ending event to become the first player to sweep the PGA Tour's FedExCup and European Tour's Race to Dubai. 
Last week: American Brooks Koepka won the Turkish Airlines Open for his first European Tour title, beating England's Ian Poulter by a stroke. 
Notes: Top-ranked Rory McIlroy clinched the Race to Dubai title on Sunday when none of his closest pursuers won in Turkey, earning $1.25 million. He also won the season title in 2012, birdieing the final five holes to win the finale. McIlroy is making his first start since the Dunhill Links last month. He won the British Open in July and PGA Championship in August. ... The field is limited to the top 60 in the money-based Race to Dubai standings. 
PGA Tour of AustralAsia: BetEasy Australian Masters
Site: Melbourne, Australia 
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday 
Course: Metropolitan Golf Club (7,682 yards, par 71) 
Purse: $875,000. Winner's share: $157,500 
Last year: Australia's Adam Scott successfully defended his title, beating American Matt Kuchar by two strokes at Royal Melbourne. Scott won at Kingston Heath in 2012. 
Last week: Australia's Anthony Brown won the NSW Open, topping New Zealand's Josh Geary with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff. 
Notes: Scott won the Colonial in Texas in May for his 11th PGA Tour title. ... Jarrod Lyle is in the field. Last year, he returned to play in the event following a 20-month layoff because of a recurrence of leukemia. He played two tour events last month. ... The Australian Open is next week at The Australian in Sydney. 
LPGA Tour: CME Group Tour Championship
Site: Naples, Florida 
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday 
Course: Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, Tiburon Course (6,540 yards, par 72) 
Purse: $2 million. Winner's share: $500,000 
Last year: China's Shanshan Feng won the season-ending event. She closed with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Gerina Piller. 
Last week: Christina Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico for her first LPGA Tour victory in nine years. She beat Feng on the second hole off a playoff after losing a five-stroke lead in the final round. 
Notes: The winner of the inaugural Race to the CME Globe will earn $1 million. Points leader Stacy Lewis, second-place Inbee Park and third-place Lydia Ko are in position to win the bonus with a tournament victory no matter where the other players finish. No. 4 Michelle Wie, No. 5 So Yeon Ryu, No. 6 Feng, No. 7 Anna Nordqvist, No. 8 Chella Choi and No. 9 Karrie Webb also have a chance to take the season title with a victory. ... The second-ranked Lewis leads the Vare Trophy and Rolex Player of the Year standings and tops the money list. The top-ranked Park is second in all three races – 0.095 behind in scoring average for the Vare Trophy, three points back for Player of the Year and $292,849 behind on the money list. They share the tour victory lead with three. 
Japan Golf Tour: Dunlop Phoenix
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Phoenix Country Club
Site: Miyazaki, Japan
Asian Tour: Manila Masters
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club
Site: Manila, Philippines
Champions Tour: National Qualifying Tournament
Schedule: Monday-Friday
Course: Orange County National, Panther Lake Golf Course
Site: Orlando, Florida
Ladies European Tour: Xiamen International Ladies Open
Schedule: Friday-Sunday
Course: Xiamen Orient Golf Country Club
Site: Xiamen, China
Japan LPGA Tour: Daio Paper Elleair Open
Schedule: Friday-Sunday
Course: Elleair Golf Club
Site: Ehime, Japan
November 18, 2014 - 12:08pm
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As part of a promotion for a golf store in South Africa, a stuntman stood in the line of fire of a golfer who was ripping driver.

Would you trust anyone to hit a golf ball while you're standing directly in the line of fire?

I don't care if it's Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones, or Phil Mickelson. My answer would be, "Absolutely not!"

Well, depending on how much money is involved, if I'm being honest.

That said, I'm not sure there's a large enough sum of money (there probably is) that could get me to stand roughly 10 feet in front of a hacker who's ripping drivers.

But different strokes for different folks, evidenced by this video:


That guy is crazy!

As it turns out, this was all part of a promotion for The Golfers Club in Umhlanga, South Africa.

East Coast Radio's Darren Maule is the man firing the shots at his breakfast show stuntman -- according to the YouTube description.

The stuntman's name? This is beautiful... "Kevlar Kev."

h/t Luke Kerr-Dineen at 

November 18, 2014 - 10:39am
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John Hahn
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American John Hahn was in desperate need of a low round on Tuesday in the fourth round of European Tour Qualifying School. So what did he do? He shot the lowest round in the Tour's Q-School history.

The PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain, is hosting this week's final stage of European Tour Qualifying School. Q-School is always grueling, as players live and die with every shot seeing as every stroke taken could determine one's employment status for the next season. For some, tournament golf might not be in the cards.

For American John Hahn, who has decided to take his path to the top ranks of the game through Europe rather than the Tour in the U.S., Tuesday was huge.

Hahn entered the fourth round of European Tour Q-School 104th out of 150 players at 4-over par and in desperate need of a big move.

Well, the former Kent State golfer whose lone PGA Tour start was a missed cut in the 2013 U.S. Open, did just that, firing a record low score of 12-under 58. 

That's right -- a 58! That "record" however is unofficial, seeing as the round was played with preferred lies.

Come on! We need a little more emotion than that after a birdie on the final hole for a 58!

At the time of this post Hahn, 25, had soared 90 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 14th as the result of his work. It was a big deal on many levels -- only the top 70 and ties after four rounds of European Tour Qualifying School make the cut for the final two rounds where the top 25 and ties earn their Tour cards for the 2015 Race to Dubai.

Hahn, 8 under through 72 holes, was five shots off the lead at the time of this post. Hahn's best career finish in 22 starts on the European Tour was a tie for third in February at the Africa Open.

Here's a look at Hahn's scorecard, which featured 12 birdies and no bogeys. Seven of those birdies came on the back nine, where Hahn fired a 28:

Hahn's stunning round understandably elicited some congratulatory tweets from other top players: 

Brandt Snedeker
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His hometown Tennessee Titans turned to Brandt Snedeker to raise money for domestic violence awareness during the Monday Night Football game.
Last month, Brandt Snedeker proved himself a master of skeet shooting with golf clubs. On Monday night, he blended a little football into his golf game – at halftime of the Monday Night Football game between his hometown Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sneds wasn't just getting in some prime-time target practice, though – he was raising money for a very worthy cause. Despite it being about the coldest weather in which he's ever hit balls, he took the field at halftime to hit five shots at targets. Depending on how many he hit, the Titans and Bridgestone – one of Snedeker's primary sponsors – will donate up to $50,000 to the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee to help increase awareness and support domestic violence prevention.
"We're proud to be a part of this important partnership with Bridgestone during our Monday night game," said Don MacLachlan, the team's executive vice president of administration and facilities. "Not only will this unique charity event increase awareness, but it will help raise funds for the YWCA to stop domestic violence."
Snedeker is the third PGA Tour player to take a few swings at a big-time football game in the last year or so. Jim Furyk competed in a closest-to-the-pin contest with mascot Jaxson de Ville at a Jacksonville Jaguars game last season, and Steve Stricker hit some shots from the top of the scoreboard at Camp Randall Stadium during a Wisconsin Badgers' game last month.
November 17, 2014 - 2:23pm
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Ian Poulter
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A victory slipped away at the Turkish Open for Ian Poulter on Sunday. Greg Norman may have found the culprit... and told Poulter via Twitter that he had a quick fix to offer up.

Social media is a powerful tool. If you're a sports nut, you can personally connect with your favorite athletes with just a few strokes on your keyboard.

And, at times (like today), us fans can get a cool inside look that prior to Twitter we may have heard about but never actually seen.

Over the weekend in the Turkish Open on the European Tour, Ian Poulter had a commanding lead with 36 holes to play. Poulter struggled mightily in the third round, carding a 75. He bounced back with a 67 on Sunday, but missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff with eventual winner Brooks Koepka.

On Monday, two-time major champ Greg Norman sent a tweet Poulter's way:

It's not uncommon for players to offer one another advice. We just aren't used to seeing it play out on Twitter.

For his part, Poulter seemed happy to hear Norman's thoughts:

Pretty cool to get an inside look at that.

November 16, 2014 - 4:13pm
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Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka is all smiles as he prepares to cut up his Turkish Airlines Open victory cake at 30,000 feet above the ground.

Post-round victory celebrations shouldn't surprise us, not after Bubba Watson's late-night trip to Waffle House after winning this year's Masters.

But after winning the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday, following the trophy ceremony and photos, Brooks Koepke boarded a plane for what he thought would be a routine flight. Instead, the sponsor presented him with a very large sheet cake for his win.

TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN: Brooks Koepka rallies to post first European Tour victory

Here's a photo snapped by fellow touring pro Pablo Larrazabal and posted on Twitter:



At least Koepka didn't have to try and slice that cake with a tiny plastic knife. And that's definitely an upgrade from a tiny package of roasted peanuts.

Plus, there's nothing wrong with having wi-fi at 30,000 feet.