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Odyssey Milled Collection putters
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The Odyssey Milled Collection includes the#2 blade (left) and #6 mallet.
While Odyssey Golf has been rolling out new putter families like the Odyssey Works and Metal-X in the United States over the last year or so, the company has been selling a different line – called the Milled Collection – in Japan recently. Those putters are proving so popular that Odyssey is bringing them to America.
You might see some of these ultra-premium putters at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week, and you'll definitely see them at retail next month.
"Milled Collection has performed well both in the marketplace and on Tour in Japan, and we're very excited to introduce it this week on the U.S. tours," Odyssey Global Product Director Chris Koske said. "This is a great addition to the line for us. It's the intro of new and unique head shapes, and of course the Fusion RX insert that's been so key to the success of our Odyssey Works Putters." 
The headline feature of the Milled Collection models is the Fusion RX face insert, which Odyssey describes as blending the feel of its popular White Hot insert with the roll from the ultra-light stainless steel mesh from its Works putters and its Metal-X face. The mesh helps to grip the ball upon impact and set it rolling quickly and smoothly.
Odyssey's designers also have refined some of their most popular putterheads to create options like flatter toplines and more squared faces. Speaking of putterheads, in the United States the Milled Collection will be offered in Odyssey's #2 squared-off, heel-toe weighted blade; #5 mallet, #6 scoop-back blade and #9 toe weighted, heel-shafted, flanged blade. 
These new putters come with three sets of customizable weights to help you fine-tune your preferred weight and feel, and are created using advanced CNC milling with hand finishing.
They'll be available at retail on April 17, and will have a suggested retail price of $349.
The Parneviks
Jesper Parnevik and his family have plenty of crazy escapades on and off the golf course in "The Parneviks."
This is a big week for Jesper Parnevik. The most successful Swede in PGA Tour history turned 50 on March 7, and is making his Champions Tour debut this week in Tucson.
Perhaps more important, he and his family are starring in a new reality TV series on TV3 in his native Sweden, and it premiered on Monday. Parnevik, of course, is the son of Bo Parnevik, long regarded as one of Sweden's best comedians, and he's been quite the character himself, both on and off the links. 
In the eight hourlong episodes of "The Parneviks" airing this spring, the show tries to capture the wackiness that is Jesper and his clan – wife Mia, their four teenagers and a nonstop rotation of visitors including high-profile Swedish athletes, entertainers and even politicians who drop by the Parneviks' 13,000-square-foot house in Jupiter, Florida.
"The house is always in chaos, we always have people over because Sweden is very dark in the winter," Parnevik told Golf Digest, adding that he had as many as 80 guests visiting over the Christmas holidays. "It's a big house, but it's usually not big enough." 
Parnevik is an old hand at media exposure, but said he was pleasantly surprised at how easily being on camera came to his children.
"It was cool to do as a family," he said. "It was kind of good therapy … we grew together." 
Given that he's been so, well, entertaining all these years, we have to ask: What took so long? Parnevik said he'd been approached to do shows before, but had always said no. He changed his mind, he told the website in Sweden, after Swedish TV personality Carina Berg did a program with his family.
"If you have it like this [lots of guests and family activities] every week, you have a show," Parnevik said Berg told him. And now that the first season is on the air, Parnevik said he has enjoyed getting to know the guests who have come to his house and hearing their stories. 
The TV3 website has a variety of previews and even episodes that you can take a look at. But, as you might suspect, they're in Swedish. If you'd like to find out more, here's a video of Parnevik discussing the show – in English – on the Golf Channel:
March 17, 2015 - 1:20pm
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Keegan Bradley
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Keegan Bradley has come close to winning at Bay Hill on more than one occasion. Is this the week he closes the deal?

The PGA Tour is at the King's place this week -- Bay Hill Club and Lodge -- for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where Matt Every returns as the defending champ.

The field is loaded with stars, headlined by world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who is looking to get back to his winning ways.

RELATED: Arnold Palmer Invitational tee times | McIlroy seeks Bay Hill bounceback

Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson is in the field, along with Ernie Els, Adam Scott and more.

Bay Hill is always a stern test -- Palmer makes sure that's the case. So who will come out on top this time around and be shaking hands and sharing a hug with Arnie on the 18th green come Sunday?

Here are the five you'll want to keep an eye on.

5. Henrik Stenson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Fourth at Valspar Championship
Reason to watch: Stenson -- who finished in the top-8 each of the last two years at Bay Hill -- enters this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational on the strength of a T4 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship two weeks ago and a fourth-place showing at the Valspar Championship just last week. He's on a roll and it's coming at just the right time for the Swede, who is still in search of his first major championship win. The Masters is right around the corner.

4. Keegan Bradley
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T4 Northern Trust Open
Reason to watch: Bradley's T4 at Riviera in February has been his lone bright spot of the season thus far. I anticipate that changing at Bay Hill this week where he was the runner-up a year ago and tied for third in 2013. We all know how fired up Bradley gets on the course. Now, if he could just get some confidence going, I love his chances at Arnie's place.

3. Rickie Fowler
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T3 at WGC-HSBC Champions
Reason to watch: Fowler is always a player I'm excited to watch. But my expectations for him in 2015 after he finished in the top-5 at all four majors (without a win) in 2014. His lone top-10 this season came back in early November in China. His next-best finish came two weeks ago -- a T12 at Doral. I think he's going to bounce back this week from his missed cut at Bay Hill a year ago -- he tied for third there in 2013. After that missed cut at Bay Hill in 2014, Fowler went on to roll off nine of his 10, top-10 finishes for the season. He's going to try and recreate that run a week earlier this time around.

2. Adam Scott
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T4 WGC-Cadillac Championship
Reason to watch: All that promise for Scott with the short putter and a T4 at Doral and then he went and missed the cut last week at Innisbrook. It was his first missed cut on the PGA Tour since the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship. So, yeah, don't read too much into it. It's a blip on the radar. Furthermore, Scott finished third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2014, which could have been a win were it not for a crushing final round of 4-over 76 -- the worst final-round score out of any player who finished in the top 15. He's got unfinished business at Bay Hill.

1. Jason Day
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the Farmers Insurance Open
Reason to watch: For a long time, we've been waiting for Day to have a breakout season on the PGA Tour. He's been very good for years, but he's one of those players you expect to turn out multiple-win seasons regularly. Well, every time he tees it up now for the rest of this season, he'll have a chance for multiple victories thanks to the win at Torrey Pines in February. Day's track record at Bay Hill is far from sensational -- his best finish there is a T25 -- but he might just be a different, stronger player this year than ever before.

Here's how my five to watch fared at last week's Valspar Championship:

5. Jim Furyk -- T40
4. Luke Donald -- T53
3. Jordan Spieth -- Winner
2. Gary Woodland -- Missed cut
1. Adam Scott -- Missed cut  

March 16, 2015 - 1:17pm
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Are you a big fan of snakes?

Yeah. Neither am I.

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If I walked to the hole and saw this when I started to reach in to collect my golf ball, I'm pretty sure I'd either quit the game for good, or step away for a long, long time:

This at the Deerwood Club in Kingwood, Texas, one of the places used in the filming of "Tin Cup."

March 16, 2015 - 12:27pm
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Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy is the new face of the EA Sports PGA Tour video game.

For the first time since 1998, Tiger Woods will not be gracing the cover of the wildly popular EA Sports PGA Tour video game.

Instead, the game set to be released in June, will be called, "Rory McIlroy -- PGA Tour."

RELATED: Woods opts to sit-out Bay Hill, still no date set for return

EA and Woods parted ways in 2013 and many wondered what a Woods-less game would look like and what it would be called.

Now we know.

"I'm very proud and humbled to see my face and name on EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour," McIlroy said in a statement released by EA on Monday.

"This is a great honor, and something I couldn't even dream of growing up playing the sport. I really hope people enjoy the game and I'm very glad I can be a part of it."

Here's a trailer of the long-awaited game: