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January 30, 2015 - 9:10am
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Bryan Brothers
Even their trick-shot blooper video is better than most golf trick shots.

Our favorite trick-shot tandem -- the Bryan Brothers -- dropped a new video Friday morning.

What have they done now, you ask?

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Well, it's not what you think. Instead of another mind-boggling trick, this particular video is one of a trick gone wrong.

Much like their trick shots are typically unlike anything you've ever seen before, so is this trick gone wrong:

So, even when the Bryan Brothers mess up it's awesome -- Wesley knocked over a canoe!

Imagine the surprise of the golf-ball scuba diver at that course when he goes below the surface and finds himself a baseball mitt.

Bubba Watson
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The flag was 342 yards away on the par-4 17th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and Bubba Watson hit his drive just a little too far.
The par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale grabs most of the attention at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and usually for good reason. But some amazing things can happen on the other holes as well.
Bubba Watson proved that on Thursday, when he darn near made a hole-in-one on the par-4 17th hole. With the flag wafting in the breeze a cool 342 yards away from the teebox, Watson pulled his big pink Ping G30 driver and fired.
His tee shot flew a long way, then hopped and rolled – right near the flag. In fact, it went a few feet past the flag. Unfortunately, Watson couldn't convert the eagle, and wound up with a two-putt birdie en route to a first-round 65.
Speaking of Watson, he has now played 31 competitive rounds at TPC Scottsdale and has been under par in each and every one of those rounds. In fact, he is a cumulative 86 under par over those rounds, far lower than any other player – second-lowest over that time period is Brandt Snedeker at 66 under par after he posted a 1-under 70 on Thursday. 
Watson is also the only player since 2007 to play all of his rounds at par or better (of players with at least 10 rounds). However, he has never won the tournament.
Here's his almost-ace:
Maverick Steiner
Despite dealing with autism and Congenital Bone Marrow Transplant Syndrome, Maverick Steiner has become an enthusiastic golfer.
About six months ago, five-year-old Maverick Steiner asked his parents if he could give golf a try.
His parents, to put it mildly, were surprised. Their son, diagnosed with autism, tended to keep to himself. He also deals with Congenital Bone Marrow Transplant Syndrome, has issues with his hands and left forearm, and has spent much of his life in and out of hospitals.
The family had played miniature golf once or twice, but Maverick's request seemingly out of nowhere. Even so, they took him out to a range – and a golfer was born.
"It's quite amazing how much he has transformed," his mother, Monique Steiner, told WTSP-TV in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.
Maverick has become a regular at the First Tee of Tampa Bay, where, according to the TV piece, "he squeals with delight after hitting each shot. The kid who was quiet and reserved before golf," it adds, has turned into a chatty golf-lover." 
He's also making some fans, among them Ian Baxter, the executive director of the First Tee of Tampa Bay program. 
"His swing, it's not a lot of moving parts so when he hits it, it's like right down the middle," Baxter said, "and, frankly, I'm a little jealous."
For more on the First Tee program and what your kids can get out of it, click here.
Here's a look at Maverick's story on WTSP-TV:
January 29, 2015 - 1:45pm
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Paula Creamer
In just her second round of the new LPGA season, Paula Creamer recorded the Tour's first ace of 2015.

Life couldn't be much better for Paula Creamer these days.

The 28-year-old, 2010 U.S. Women's Open Champion got married in December then took a dream honeymoon to places like Bora Bora and New Zealand.

RELATED: Amateur golfer makes hole-in-one at WMPO Pro-Am

This week she's back to work in Ocala, Fla., for the LPGA's season-opening Coates Golf Championship.

In Thursday's second round, Creamer proved that while she enjoyed some time away from the golf course lately, her game didn't suffer.

Playing the 162-yard sixth hole at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club, Creamer took a sweet swing with a 5-iron that found the bottom of the cup for a hole-in-one:


After the ace, Creamer had a pretty good little celebratory dance too:


The ace put Creamer at 3 under for the round (and the tournament). 

January 29, 2015 - 11:30am
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Dave Wood
Dave Wood, an amateur playing in Wednesday's Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am, made the first hole-in-one of his life on TPC Scottsdale's par-3 16th.

Every golfer dreams of making a hole-in-one.

But what about making your very first hole-in-one on the grandest, scariest, arguably most intimidating of par-3 stages in golf -- the par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale with a full house taking in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am?

RELATED: Tiger skulls bunker shot on 16 | Phil, Keegan mind games | WMPO scores

Could never happen, right?

Well, it did on Wednesday when amateur Dave Wood turned the trick with a pitching wedge from 147 yards out, playing alongside Kevin Na. Even better? It was caught on tape:

What a shot!

There have only been seven aces on that hole in tournament play since 1990. Jarrod Lyle was the last to do it in 2011:

And, of course, Tiger Woods canned the most famous ace on that hole in 1997:

The only thing we don't envy about this story? Wood's bar tab.

January 29, 2015 - 10:02am
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PGA of America Statement: "The PGA of America proudly joins KPMG in support of the newly formed Women’s Leadership Summit – an ideal complement to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The talented members of this summit’s advisory council are poised to generate momentum that will elevate women’s leadership within our game and throughout the business world." -- Pete Bevacqua, CEO PGA of America

NEW YORK (Jan. 29, 2015) -- KPMG today announced the members of an advisory council comprised of exemplary leaders from across business, sports, and the media who will help guide the seminal KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit. The summit, which will be hosted on-site during the week of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June 2015, will serve as a galvanizing force to bring many of today’s most accomplished women together to inspire the next generation of women leaders.

“KPMG is deeply committed to doing our part to ensure that more women have opportunities to develop and become leaders in their organizations,” said John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman of KPMG. “This summit is intended to build on that effort and positively impact the number of women in C-suite positions in corporate America in the years to come.

“The distinguished leaders who comprise our advisory council share the same vision and we’re proud that they have all agreed to share their time and energy to collaborate with us on this endeavor and pay it forward to the next generation of women leaders,” added Veihmeyer.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship -- created in conjunction with the PGA of America and LPGA -- will develop, advance, and empower women on and off the golf course by bringing together a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing community initiative.

“The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will raise the bar for professional golfers by ensuring they play on the best courses, increasing the purse size, and delivering national TV exposure,” said Veihmeyer.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will take place June 8-14, 2015 at the prestigious Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York. It will offer a purse that is among the highest in women’s golf at $3.5 million and be broadcast on NBC and Golf Channel. Additionally, a community initiative – which will be shaped by KPMG’s advisory council – will focus on investing in future generations of women leaders by equipping them with leadership skills, networks, and added confidence.

“The LPGA Tour has long-needed a major championship like the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to not only elevate the game of women’s golf through the purse, courses, and national TV coverage, but also to help us connect with other women who are aspiring to accomplish great things in the business community and other arenas,” said Stacy Lewis, the top ranked American Golfer on the LPGA Tour, and a member of the advisory council. “I’m looking forward to working with the advisory council leaders to create programming that will inspire and empower future women leaders.”

The advisory council members include:

1. Roberta Bowman – Retired Executive, Duke Energy; Board Member, LPGA;

2. Lynne Doughtie – Vice Chair, Advisory, KPMG;

3. Candy Duncan – Chair, KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit;

4. Adena Friedman – President, Nasdaq;

5. Dalynn J. Hoch – CFO, Zurich North America, Zurich Insurance Company;

6. Kathy Hopinkah Hannan – National Managing Partner, Corporate Responsibility & Diversity, KPMG;

7. Karen Jennings – Retired Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T; Board Member, LPGA;

8. Michelle Kydd Lee – Chief Innovation Officer, Creative Artists Agency;

9. Stacy Lewis – LPGA Player & KPMG Brand Ambassador, LPGA Tour;

10. Phebe Novakovic – Chairman and CEO, General Dynamics;

11. Donna Orender – CEO, Orender Unlimited; Special Advisor, PGA of America;

12. Dottie Pepper – ESPN Golf Analyst and Reporter; Board Member, PGA of America;

13. Douglas Peterson – President & CEO, McGraw Hill Financial;

14. Elisabeth Sami – Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, NBCUniversal News Group;

15. Molly Solomon – Executive Producer, Golf Channel; Senior Vice President, Production & Operations, NBC Sports Group;

16. Annika Sorenstam – Hall of Fame Golfer and Entrepreneur;

17. John Veihmeyer – Global Chairman, KPMG;

18. Suzy Whaley – Secretary, PGA of America;

19. Maggie Wilderotter – Chairman & CEO, Frontier Communications; and

20. Linda Yaccarino – Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal.