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November 13, 2014 - 2:56pm
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Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach is one of the more-requested golf courses on our fans' bucket lists.

It seems like there's always another golf course that golfers want to play. And why wouldn't they? 

From Pebble Beach to Augusta National to St. Andrews, the world is full of terrific golf courses that would take a lifetime to play. But that's where a wish list -- or a #PGABucketList if you will -- comes in handy. 

We want to know what course you haven't played yet, but would love the opportunity to get in a round there. 

We went through the responses, and here are the top three most-wanted courses. You can see all of them below:

Augusta National

Eric Adamczyk: Augusta National. I'd love to just walk it, forget playing it, that's forever left to my imagination, we know that'll never happen.

Bobby Dunnigan: Augusta, hands down. I drive by there at least 10 times per month covering my territory with work. It's like Fort Knox.

Scott Anderson: Really, is this really a question? If you're really a golfer it's Augusta!

Arnie Oss: Augusta. One time in my life. Anyone have a in?

Pebble Beach

David Crowe: The one shown in the picture. The 7th green and 8th tee at Pebble Beach. There aren't too many golf courses with this kind of scenery.

Barry J C Meyer: Pebble, only if I can play with my son!

Jim St. Pierre: Pebble. Will be my military retirement gift to myself in 5 years!

St. Andrews

Bill Denfeld: The Old Course. I've stood on the 17th green but not with my putter.




Jason Dufner and elephants
Asian Tour via Twitter
Jason Dufner made some new pachyderm pals this week. No word on whether one of them will caddie for him this week.
This time of the year often finds some of golf's biggest names expanding their horizons. This week alone, for example, Bubba Watson is playing in Japan, John Daly is teeing it up in Turkey – and Jason Dufner is in Thailand, playing in the Asian Tour's Chiangmai Golf Classic.
To warm up for the tournament, Dufner spent some time at the Maesa elephant camp, which is home to one of the Asia's biggest concentrations of elephants. In the photo posted above, the Duf got to know some of the camp's littlest residents.
I do, however, have two questions:
--First, I see on the Maesa website that some of the pachyderms occasionally kick a soccer ball around. Do they ever swing a golf club?
--And second, how are Dufner's fellow Auburn fans going to feel about one of their own socializing with the unofficial mascot of the Alabama football team?
The answers to those questions will have to wait. But at least Dufner provided some clarity on his health situation this week. After missing 12 weeks – including the Ryder Cup and the PGA Tour playoffs – this is his fourth straight event halfway around the world.
"There were some questions if I was being too ambitious playing four weeks in a row after being away for almost 12 weeks. But I’m feeling good and stronger," he said. "This will be my last event before I get some time off again to get stronger and make sure I’m ready for the start of next year.
"I've been getting better with my results and game," he added. "I'm excited to be here and the conditions are close to what I played on growing up in South Florida. It is hot, humid with Bermuda grass. I'm excited to play in this type of golf conditions."
Little Linksters
One of my favorite little events on the golf calendar each year is the "Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing in the World" contest. For five years now, PGA Professional Brendon Elliott has encouraged parents to videotape their little golfers taking their best cuts and submit them to a panel of celebrity golfers.
And this year, Elliott has ramped up the "celebrity" aspect of his contest – he's added Jack Nicklaus and 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley to his panel, which already includes former PGA of America President Allen Wronowski, former PGA Tour player Frank Nobilo, PGA and LPGA teaching professional Nicole Weller, top instructor Chuck Evans and Mark Bradley, a PGA Professional who is also Keegan's dad.
The contest retains its same format. Between and now and January 9, 2015, parents can upload videos of their young golfers to YouTube and then enter the contest by clicking right here.
Scroll down that page, and you can also see the videos of last year's winners. Some of those kids can really give the ball a ride.
Prize packages will be awarded in four age categories: Under 3, 3- and 4-year-olds, 5- and 6-year-olds, and 7- and 8-year-olds. Each prize package is valued at more than $1,000 and includes items from some of the industry's top children's golf apparel, equipment and training aid companies, including U.S. Kids Golf, Cleveland/Srixon, MVP Sports, Golfer's Footprint and more.
As always, the winners will be announced at the PGA Merchandise Show at the end of January.
"In our first two years, we were very excited to have such a successful launch of what we wanted to continue to grow into an annual showcase of what very young golfers are capable of doing," said Elliott, the founder of Little Linkster's, LLC and Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development. "After last year, we knew we had something special, as almost 200 entries poured in from over 14 countries from around the world."
Elliott – who is a U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher (2010, '11 and '12), a 2013 U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Master Kids Teacher and a four-time North Florida PGA Junior Golf Leader award winner (2011-14) – started his Little Linksters golf program in Central Florida specifically for children ages 3 to 8. The program is taught in a fun and interactive way, using both traditional and non-traditional instructional methods.
The Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development, a 501c3 nonprofit in conjunction with AAU, continues to develop its national effort enable teaching professionals from across the country to grow their business and the game of golf with a proven program that combines a child-friendly approach, a complete program curriculum, and uses items from some of the industry's best training aid and junior golf equipment companies. 
November 12, 2014 - 1:57pm
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Ali Boolani
Clarkson University
Clarkson University assistant professor Ali Boolani set up the study to find out if golfers respond to music while putting.

Want to improve your putting? Take along a pair of headphones and a jazz album.

According to a Clarkson University research study recently published in the Journal of Athletic Enhancement, listening to jazz music has been shown to improve your putting performance. And more surprisingly, listening to any genre of music is better than just the voices inside your head, or the hushed voices of your partners who think they're being quiet.

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy & Physician Assistant Studies Ali Boolani set up the test, using nearly two dozen men and women golfers from Division I programs, all with at least eight years of experience at the sport. They were then required to complete a series of six trials, attempting to make five putts at four locations on a putting green.

Boolani selected five musical genres -- classical, country, rock, jazz and hip-hop/rap -- along with no music, and golfers listened to each in a random fashion. It turns out the group performed better listening to jazz than any other genre.

The paper indicates that future research will be needed with a larger sample to see if the findings can be replicated.

Here's the video that explains it:




"Other research has shown that country music improves batting, rap music improves jump shots and running is improved by any up-tempo music," Boolani said. "But the benefit of music in fine motor control situations was relatively unknown. Hopefully, this is the first step in answering this question."

Boolani conducted the study along with Assistant Professor Timothy Baghurst, Assistant Professor Tyler Tapps, and Regents Professor Bert H. Jacobson of Oklahoma State University, and student Richard Gill of Tennessee State University.

Want to read the entire abstract? Check it out here

November 12, 2014 - 11:19am
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T.J. Auclair
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Harris English
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Harris English returns to the OHL Classic at Mayakoba this week as the defending champion.

This week, the PGA Tour is in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, where Harris English is the defending champion.

This is the final official event on the PGA Tour schedule for the 2014 calendar year, before the 2014-15 season resumes at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Jan. 9.

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Here's a look at five players to watch at El Camaleon.

5. Will MacKenzie
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Second in playoff at The McGladrey Classic
Reason to watch: MacKenzie got off to a fast start with last year's introduction of the PGA Tour's wraparound schedule. All five of his top-10 finishes (and all nine of his top 25s for that matter) came between October and the end of March before slipping into a funk. He got off to a fast start this season with the runner-up finish at McGladrey. A year ago, he tied for 12th in the OHL Classic. There's something about an end of the calendar-year event that gives MacKenzie confidence.

4. Charles Howell III
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T14 at Sanderson Farms Championship
Reason to watch: He likes to play... a lot. This is his fifth start of the new season already. He's made all four cuts, but it's been a mixed bag results-wise -- two top-20 finishes and two outside the top 70. With a tie for sixth at Mayakoba last year, Howell notched one of his six top 10s for the season. I say it all the time: How has this guy only won twice on the PGA Tour? That's not a knock on the Tour -- it's tough to win out there. Howell is just so talented.

3. Camilo Villegas
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T54 at The McGladrey Classic
Reason to watch: If you needed proof that one tournament can make a season, look no further than Villegas. He really struggled last season, but somehow -- surprising even himself -- broke through for an unlikely win at the Wyndham Championship. It wasn't unlikely because it was Villegas. He's proven he has all the talent in the world. It was unlikely given his track record to that point. I thought maybe it would provide some confidence going forward, but it hasn't just yet. Can he get the wheels back on track in Mexico? We'll see.

2. Spencer Levin
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T10 at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Reason to watch: In 2011, Levin lost in a playoff at Mayakoba to Johnson Wagner -- the best finish of his PGA Tour career to date. It was a struggle in 2013-14 for Levin, who had just one top-25 finish -- a T12 at Open, his first event of the season -- and missed the cut 11 times in 20 starts. Early this season, in just two starts, he's already better than he was a year ago with that top 10 in Vegas. Maybe be can carry the momentum from that tournament to the place where he recorded his best Tour finish.

1. Harris English
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T16 at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Reason to watch: English grabbed the second win of his young career at Mayakoba in 2013 and returns as the defending champion. There's nothing not to like about his game. He's consistent for the most part, but is prone to the occasional lull as we saw at the very end of last season where he missed the cut four of his last six starts. In his only other title defense on the PGA Tour -- the 2014 St. Jude Classic -- English missed the cut. I think he's going to have that on his mind this week and work hard to make sure it doesn't happen again. 

November 12, 2014 - 10:19am
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
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car chase
It's not often you hear about a police car chase reaching a golf course. On Tuesday, however, it happened twice in two separate incidents in Southern California. As you can see, at least one of them ended in a pond.

Imagine: You're in the middle of a nice, relaxing -- hopefully enjoyable -- round of golf when all of the sudden, a stolen pick-up truck comes rip-roaring across the fairway and finally comes to rest in the middle of a pond.

Well, that could have been you if you were playing the ninth hole at Tahquitz Creek Golf Course in Palm Springs, Calif., around 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

According to a report from News Channel 3 (, the two suspects in the stolen vehicle -- a man and a woman -- led police on a chase that ended in the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course pond.

The California Highway Patrol detained the two suspects and the truck was towed out of the lake.

Here's the report:

Believe it or not, that wasn't the only chase that involved a golf course on Tuesday. Over at Eagle Glen in Corona, Calif., a minivan drove all over the course. On, Geoff Shackelford reports that the driver, suspected of attempted fraud at a nearby Home Depot, drove off the course eventually and was shot and killed by L.A. County Sheriffs deputies.

Here's the video of that report from CBS Los Angeles:

Sad ending to the second story for sure.

h/t Golf Digest