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Lydia Ko
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Lydia Ko will study psychology while she continues her career on the LPGA Tour.
Lydia Ko missed her high school graduation the other day, but she had a good excuse: Her school is in New Zealand, and she was busy wrapping up her first full season on the LPGA Tour by winning the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.
Ko, 17, who also ran away with the LPGA Tour's rookie of the year award, made it back to the Pinehurst School in Albany, New Zealand, last week, though, and took part in an awards ceremony for the school's youngest students. And, she said, she's planning to continue her education as well.
Starting next year, Ko will study psychology at South Korea's prestigious Korea University in Seoul. She was born in South Korea before moving to New Zealand at age 6.
"I'll have to listen to what the university says to decide how I will do my studies," she told the Yonhap news agency. "I'll have to make sure I submit the required papers and projects as the majority of my classes will be done online."
Even as she began building her golf career, Ko has spoken of pursuing her education. She once said she hoped to study at Stanford University, where Michelle Wie recently graduated.
Ranked No. 3 in the world after her CME Group Tour Championship victory gave her five LPGA Tour titles, Ko is planning to visit family members in Korea over the holidays and then return to Florida to prepare for the 2015 LPGA Tour season.
December 1, 2014 - 11:33am
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Country Club of Greenfield
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Country Club of Greenfield employee Adis Jarovic took two photos of the same scene, 19 hours apart.

If you need a visual representation of what happens when weather ends the golfing season, this is it.

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Adis Jarovic, a native of Montenegro and employee at the Country Club of Greenfield in Massachusetts, snapped a photo of the sunset just as he finished one of the last rounds of golf at the course Tuesday afternoon. When it began snowing the following morning, Jarovic recreated the same shot -- and this is what PGA head golf professional Kevin Piecuch tweeted to us.


"I think we got about six inches," Piecuch said. "It was a quick storm, but it was our first big storm of the season and it basically shut us down for the season. It was kind of neat that he took it."

Piecuch said Jarovic just started playing golf about a year ago and has become passionate about it, so Jarovic wanted to make sure he got on the course before the weather changed. And he did a wonderful job of illustrating how quickly golf course conditions can change, particularly in late November.

November 30, 2014 - 6:04pm
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Greg Norman
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Greg Norman poses for a selfie Sunday with his golfing partner.

Greg Norman is one tough Aussie, as evidenced by this selfie he posted Sunday on Twitter:



Why is a photo of Norman on a golf course newsworthy? Because a little over two months ago, Norman almost lost his left hand at the wrist.

Norman was pruning trees at his South Florida home on Sept. 13 when he accidentally sliced into his left wrist with the chainsaw, nearly severing the limb. Amazingly, Norman missed the main artery by a fraction of an inch, and doctors were able to successfully perform surgery.

In less than 24 hours, the Shark was back at the scene of his accident, wearing a large protective cast on his left arm but giving the thumbs up signal with his right.

Here's his quote from the Associated Press story on Sept. 14:

"Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off," Norman said. "I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am."

November 30, 2014 - 2:27pm
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Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth
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Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth played in the same pairing at the Open Championship earlier this year.

Rory McIlroy isn't easily impressed. The top-ranked golfer in the world already has four major tournament victories -- including the 2014 Open Championship and PGA Championship -- was named 2014 PGA Player of the Year and 2014 PGA Tour Player of the Year, won the European Tour's 2014 Order of Merit, the 2014 Vardon Trophy and the 2014 Byron Nelson Award.

In short, he's had a pretty good year. That also means he's a pretty good judge of golfing excellence.

So when McIlroy raves about your round, like he did about Jordan Spieth's final-round 63 in the Australian Open, that's saying something.

Here's Mac's tweet:



Maybe Rory and Bubba will let Jordan join in on their next holiday e-card.


November 28, 2014 - 4:09pm
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Thankful in golf
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It's never a bad idea to be thankful for having a PGA Professional as your instructor.

With the Thanksgiving season fully upon us, it's time to start thinking about everything we are thankful for. And your time out on the golf course can be included in that.

So we want to know what golf-related things are our readers are most thankful for. From an incredible shot, to a fantastic time with some great company or a score-saving tip that's helped your game, there are plenty of options. 

Here's what our readers had to say, and feel free to share yours. 

Our favorite five responses:

Betty Cunningham Nippa: That I played golf, loved golf and still get excited to watch others. Bad back and knees keep me from going on, but not in my spirit. Play on!

Chris Pollard: Every time I had the chance to play golf with my grandfather. His silver dollar that he use to mark his ball with, is now what I use to mark my ball.

Don Porter: Thankful that my wife introduced me to this game and that she is my regular playing partner.

Joe Mahoney: Making the golf team with persimmon woods and garage sale irons. This was a defining day for me.

Kyle Carey: My entire childhood and all the great memories from Jr Golf to Hole in ones at Three Lakes Golf Course.



JibJab eCard
It's all downhill for Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy in a new JibJab eCard.
That big ol' Nor'easter might be making things miserable for a lot of us this Thanksgiving holiday, but some of our favorite golfers are enjoying themselves out in all that white stuff.
In a brand-new JibJab eCard, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed and Jason Day – the winners of the World Golf Championship tournaments in 2014 – get together for a toboggan race. The result is 68 seconds of frigid fun as they sled up, down, over and around an alpine wonderland in this promotion for tickets to the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship.
At one point, Rory clocks Patrick with a snowball. At another, Bubba takes an ill-advised short cut through a tree. There's also moguls and loop-de-loops – and one of the golfers even turns into a human snowball. 
Who wins the big race? You'll have to click this link and see for yourself.
I have to admit, I didn't know that JibJab was still around. I remember when the company burst into the public consciousness with its 2004 political parity featuring an animated version of then-President George W. Bush and a cast of thousands, and I see that JibJab now produces a variety of animated products. 
This one is pretty cute – but what I'd really like to see is one featuring the golfers actually out on the course.