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September 11, 2014 - 9:50am
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Dane Karsten Maas
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Dane Karsten Maas, a 49-year-old golf professional and 'Trick Golf Artist', created the longest usable golf club -- a driver that measures 14 feet, 5 inches and has been hit just over 180 yards.

There are some strange Guinness World Records out there. Stuff like "longest mohawk," "largest omelette," "biggest rubber band ball," and "tallest lego tower," just to name a few.

For 2015, there's an odd golf distinction to add to the Guinness World Records -- "world's longest usable golf club."

Dane Karsten Maas, a 49-year-old golf professional and 'Trick Golf Artist', created the longest usable golf club -- a driver that measures 14 feet, 5 inches and has been hit just over 180 yards.

"The weight and length of the club make striking the ball really exhausting," Maas tells Guinness. "Plus I don’t have a caddy!"

Here's video of Maas swinging the club:

September 11, 2014 - 8:28am
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Fabrizio Zanotti
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Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti was struck in the head by a fellow competitor's errant shot at the KLM Open on Thursday and knocked unconscious.

UPDATE: The European Tour is now reporting that Zanotti never lost consciousness

There was a scary scene during the first round of the European Tour's KLM Open in The Netherlands on Thursday, when play was halted after Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti was struck in the head by a fellow competitor's errant shot.

Zanotti, 31, was playing the 16th hole when a wayward tee shot from France's Alexandre Kaleka -- playing the 14th hole -- blasted Zanotti in the head knocking him unconscious, according to the Daily Mail.

The frightening scene resulted in a delay in play, as an ambulance drove onto the course to tend to Zanotti. European Tour officials said that Zanotti regained consciousness before being carried into the ambulance and was reported to be "OK" once at the hospital.

Spain's Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño visited Zanotti at the hospital and it seems as though things are looking up.

Below are the series of tweets sent out by the European Tour regarding the situation.

Zanotti's lone European Tour victory came in June at the BMW International Open.

 

September 10, 2014 - 7:55pm
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bear cubs on golf course
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These bear cubs seemed to enjoy their time on the golf course.
You ever have one of those rounds where the foursome in front of you just won't get off the green?
 
That happened to Andi Dzilums and his friends at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Montana. Except the group in front consisted of four bear cubs.
 
Three of the cubs had cleared the green, but one just refused to move on to the next hole. And instead of his golf game, that little guy seemed fascinated by the flagstick. 
 
Over the course of Dzilums' couple minutes of video, the cub tries everything he can think of to get the pin out of the cup. Eventually, he turns his attention to a golf ball on the right side of the putting surface.
 
Take a look. It'll give you a smile.
 
 
 
 
Louis Oosthuizen
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Louis Oosthuizen is all smiles after a smooth landing in the UPS flight training simulator.

While in Louisville for the PGA Championship, Louis "Larry" Oosthuizen had the opportunity to visit UPS Worldport, the largest fully-automated package handling facility in the world, processing an average of 1.6 million packages daily.

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Parking space reserved for Larry Oosthuizen

The best part? When Oosthuizen got to "land" a UPS plane, using one of the flight training simulators. Check it out:

 

 

After that experience, Captain Oosthuizen may not find it nearly so tough leaning over a six-footer for the win. After all, he's 1-for-1 in jumbo jet landings.

PGA LONG DRIVE COMPETITION: Louis Oosthuizen wins with 340-yarder

Now he needs to return the favor by taking his flight instructor for a round of virtual golf.

 

 

September 10, 2014 - 11:33am
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Ryder Cup
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In the history of the Ryder Cup, there have been six holes in one. You can watch all of them here.

In just a couple of weeks, Gleneagles in Scotland will play host to the 40th Ryder Cup.

Over the previous 39 Ryder Cups contested, there have been just six holes in one recorded.

The very first came at Muirfield in 1973 -- which was the last time the Ryder Cup was played in Scotland until this year. Peter Butler from the then Great Britain and Ireland team, who was a replacement for a sick Bernhard Gallacher, scored the ace. The U.S. won those matches, 19-13.

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Twenty years later at The Belfry (the last time Tom Watson was the U.S. Captain and the last time the U.S. won on foreign soil), Nick Faldo became the second player to snag an ace in Ryder Cup history. He holed a 6-iron at the 189-yard 14th hole.

There were two aces in the very next Ryder Cup at Oak Hill, where the Europeans defeated the U.S. 14 1/2-13 1/2. First, Italian Costantino Rocca found the bottom of the cup with a 5-iron on the 167-yard sixth hole. Later in the week, Howard Clark of England aced the 11th hole with a 6-iron from 176 yards.

At the 2006 Ryder Cup in Ireland, there were two more aces. Pail Casey holed a 4-iron on the 213-yard 14th hole. The next day, Scott Verplank became the first American to make a Ryder Cup hole-in-one on that very same hole. The Europeans won those matches, 18 1/2-9 1/2.

Now that you've read about all the aces in Ryder Cup history, you probably want to watch them.

Here they are:

September 10, 2014 - 10:17am
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Rickie Fowler
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The only thing Rickie Fowler hasn't done this year is win. Does that change this week at East Lake?

The PGA Tour season finale -- the Tour Championship -- tees off Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

The top 29 players on the FedExCup points list (it would be 30, but Dustin Johnson is not playing) will be battling not only for the tournament, but for the $10 million prize that comes along with winning the FedExCup.

Who will be hoisting the hardware come Sunday evening? Here are five players we suggest you keep a close eye on.

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5. Chris Kirk
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the McGladrey Classic and the Deutsche Bank Championship
Reason to watch: Kirk is in the driver's seat this week, entering the Tour Championship in the No. 1 spot on the FedExCup points list. In case you hadn't heard, folks in Atlanta are crazy about their Georgia Bulldogs... and Kirk is a Georgia Bulldog. The crowd will be pulling for him and he might just have a big enough chip on his shoulder about missing out on a Ryder Cup Captain's Pick to pull through this week.

4. Billy Horschel
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the BMW Championship Championship
Reason to watch: Talk about resilience. Less than a week removed from a shot that cost him a chance to win the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, Horschel bounced back to win the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills on Sunday. Until recently, it had been a rather forgettable season for the Florida Gator. Now, it's looking unforgettable. It's incredible what a difference a couple of good weeks at the right time can make on the PGA Tour.

3. Rory McIlroy
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship
Reason to watch: There's no denying the fact that McIlory has been the hottest player on the planet these last couple of months. A win at the Tour Championship would be the cherry on top for a spectacular season. Surely that's the way McIlroy would like to cap it off. He tied for eighth last week despite having a four-putt twice in two days on the same hole. Look for him to bounce back at East Lake. Like everyone else, McIlroy has got to be drained from all the competitive rounds lately, but this is it -- and then he has a little break before the Ryder Cup.

2. Jim Furyk
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Second at the Wells Fargo Championship, Players Championship and RBC Canadian Open
Reason to watch: The only way Furyk's season could possibly be any better is with a victory. That's the only thing missing. In 20 starts, he hasn't missed a cut. Ten of those have yielded top-10 finishes and 17 have resulted in top-25 finishes. That's stout. Furyk, who won the Tour Championship and the FedExCup in 2010, enters this week after a tie for fourth at Cherry Hills.

1. Rickie Fowler
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
T2 at the U.S. Open and Open Championship
Reason to watch: Six times in his last seven starts, Fowler has finished among the top 10, including a tie for fourth last week at the BMW Championship. Like Furyk, something's got to give for Fowler. He continually puts himself in a position to win. Eventually it's got to happen, right? 

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