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Phil Mickelson's new job with his brother allows him to be with the Arizona State golf team on a daily basis.
A few days ago, we learned that Phil Mickelson spent an hour on the phone talking up his alma mater with Ryan Ruffels, a 16-year-old junior golf star in Australia. As it turns out, that's just one of the ways that Mickelson is helping his brother – Arizona State golf coach Tim Mickelson – out this offseason.
In fact, Tim has officially named Phil as an interim assistant coach. That, Lance Ringler of Golfweek explains, allows Lefty to be with the team on a daily basis and be more involved than "civilian" alumni in areas such as recruiting – and, by the way, Wednesday is the first day that high school seniors can sign national letters of intent.
Don't expect Phil to make a wholesale career change, though – he's expected back on the PGA Tour next spring. He is technically filling the assistant coach role that opened up when Joe Prince left the program earlier this fall. Tim Mickelson is expected to permanently fill that job next spring or summer.
Phil, of course, starred at Arizona State from 1988-1992, winning three individual NCAA championships as the Sun Devils won it all in 1990. Tim was part of ASU's 1996 NCAA title team, and took over as head coach in 2011.
The Sun Devils' next tournament is Jan. 26-27 down in Tucson. Interesting, those dates fall at the beginning of the week of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where Mickelson almost always plays. So will we see him in Tucson, or Phoenix? Both or neither? It'll be interesting to find out.
November 11, 2014 - 5:56pm
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St. Lucie Trail
Jerry Iorlano snapped this unusual photo Sunday morning on the 10th tee at St. Lucie Trail Golf Club.

We've seen some unusual "animals on the golf course" photos this year, and the most recent came from the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Florida this weekend. It's a Florida bobcat, trotting across the 10th tee.

That's not an everyday sight for most golfers, so we called Jerry Iorlano, shift captain for outside operations at the course. He gave us the back story on exactly what transpired and how he got the photo.

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The club has a swimming pool, and over the past six to eight months, installed a security camera in an attempt to catch uninvited guests who have been trespassing. There's a flatscreen monitor in the pro shop, and on Sunday morning, a couple of the employees just happened to look up in time to see a pair of bobcats move through the picture.

They radioed Iorlano, who took his camera and followed quietly behind the bobcats until they reached the 10th tee. At that point, one bobcat headed into the vegetation, but Iorlano was able to snap off a clear image as the other trotted across the back teeing ground.

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According to Iorlano, an Okeechobee resident who has an extensive background in outdoor recreation, it's not unusual to find signs of bobcat activity on the course. If anything, he believes there are more bobcats on the property than raccoons. But they just don't show themselves very often. Iorlano thinks they were still prowling after dawn because it was a rainy and gray morning.

So let's add bobcats to this year's ever-growing list of odd animal incidents on golf courses:

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Bear cub dancing with a flagstick
Eagle steals golf ball on green
Elephants play through in Malaysia
Frogs attack Peter Uihlein
ablo Larrazabal jumps in lake to avoid hornet swarm
Kangaroos crossing bunker
Snake hazard at China Open


Victor Dubuisson
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Victor Dubuisson's victory in the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open gave him a big boost toward the 2014 European Ryder Cup team.
Here's a look at the tournaments on tap this week (and here are the TV listings):
PGA Tour: OHL Classic
Site: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico 
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday 
Course: Mayakoba Resort, El Camaleon Golf Club (6,987 yards, par 71) 
Purse: $6.1 million. Winner's share: $1,098,000 
Last year: Harris English won by four strokes, finishing with a tournament-record 21-under 263 total. 
Last week: Bubba Watson won the HSBC Champions in China for his first World Golf Championships title. He holed a bunker shot for eagle on the 18th hole to get into a playoff, and made a 20-foot birdie putt to beat Tim Clark on the first extra hole. ... Nick Taylor rallied to win the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi for his first PGA Tour title. He's the first Canadian-born winner since Mike Weir in 2007. 
Notes: The tournament is the final regular-season event of the year. Play will resume with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January. ... English and Taylor are in the field. ... Mexico's Carlos Ortiz is making his fifth tour start. He won three times on the Tour last season. ... Fred Funk also is playing. He won the inaugural event in 2007 at 50 years, 8 months, 12 days to become the fifth-oldest tour winner. ... Greg Norman designed the El Camaleon course. ... Mayakoba is south of Cancun on the Caribbean coast. 
European Tour: Turkish Airlines Open
Site: Antalya, Turkey 
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday 
Course: The Montgomerie Maxx Royal (7,100 yards, par 72) 
Purse: $7 million. Winner's share: $1,166,600 
Last year: France's Victor Dubuisson won the inaugural event for his first European Tour title, beating Wales' Jamie Donaldson by two strokes. Tiger Woods tied for third. 
Last week: Bubba Watson won the HSBC Champions in China for his first World Golf Championships title. He holed a bunker shot for eagle on the 18th hole to get into a playoff, and made a 20-foot birdie putt to beat Tim Clark on the first extra hole. 
Notes: This is the third of four events in the European Tour's Final Series. The top 60 on the money list after this week will be eligible for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship next week in Dubai. ... Top-ranked Rory McIlroy, the Race to Dubai leader, is skipping the tournament. No. 2 Donaldson, No. 3 Sergio Garcia and No. 4 Marcel Siem would have to sweep the final two events to have a chance to pass McIlroy. Martin Kaymer also is in the field along with Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter. 
LPGA Tour: Lorena Ochoa Invitational
Site: Mexico City 
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday 
Course: Club de Golf Mexico (6,804 yards, par 72) 
Purse: $1 million. Winner's share: $150,000 
Last year: Lexi Thompson won at Guadalajara Country Club. She birdied the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke. 
Last week: South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee won the Mizuno Classic in Japan, birdieing the fifth hole of a playoff with compatriot Ilhee Lee and Japan's Kotono Kozuma. 
Notes: The tournament is in its first year in Mexico City after six in host Lorena Ochoa's hometown of Guadalajara. Ochoa won 27 LPGA Tour titles. She retired in 2010. ... Top-ranked Inbee Park is in the 36-player field along with No. 2 Lewis, No. 3 Lydia Ko, No. 4 Suzann Pettersen, No. 5 Shanshan Feng, No. 6 Michelle Wie, No. 7 So Yeon Ryu and No. 10 Thompson. Wie won the 2009 event for her first tour victory. ... The season-ending CME Group Tour Championship is next week in Naples, Florida. 
Japan Golf Tour: Taiheiyo Masters
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba Course
Site: Shizuoka, Japan
Asian Tour: Chiangmai Golf Classic
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Alpine Golf Resort
Site: Chiangmai, Thailand
PGA Tour of AustralAsia: NSW Open
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club
Site: Sydney, Australia
PGA Tour Latinoamerica: Chile Open
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Los Leones Golf Club
Site: Santiago, Chile
Ladies European Tour: Sanya Ladies Open
Schedule: Friday-Sunday
Course: Yalong Bay Golf Club
Site: Sanya, China
Japan LPGA Tour: Ito-En Ladies Classic
Schedule: Friday-Sunday
Course: Great Island Club
Site: Chiba, Japan
November 11, 2014 - 1:23pm
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Cheyenne Woods
Over the weekend, Cheyenne Woods paid a visit to TopGolf in Arizona where she attempted to recreate the famous "Happy Gilmore" swing. It didn't go so well.

Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger and a solid golfer in her own right having won on the Ladies European Tour this year, took a crack at the famous Happy Gilmore swing on Sunday.

Check it out:


Happy Gilmore made this look a whole lot easier!! #fail #topgolf

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Based on the video she posted on Instagram, it looks like Cheyenne was having a good time with friends at TopGolf in Arizona.

Cheyenne has proven herself as quite the golf-ball juggler like Uncle Tiger (see video below), but it looks like her Happy Gilmore effort needs a little work.


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h/t Back 9 Network

November 11, 2014 - 10:33am
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Hazeltine National
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Snow fall has put an end to the golf season at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn., which will host the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., has played host to a number of the game's biggest events, including two PGA Championships -- most recently in 2009 when Y.E. Yang took down Tiger Woods in a final-round thriller.

Hazeltine will also host the 2016 Ryder Cup.

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On Tuesday, the course closed for the season due to an early dousing of the white stuff.

Here's what was posted on the Hazeltine Facebook page:


So pretty, but yet so sad to know that this will soon be a reality for a lot of courses across the country. 

November 11, 2014 - 10:10am
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Greg Stephens
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PGA Professional Greg Stephens usually brings a camera with him when he plays his home club, Victory Ranch in Utah.

Taking photos while you're out on the course is a great way to remember your round, share them on every social media platform available and yes, even correct your swing. 

But there's more to taking a photo than just pulling out your phone or camera and hitting a button. So we went to Greg Stephens, PGA Professional at Victory Ranch Golf Club in Utah and frequent contributor to our #PGA365 gallery, to get some tips for taking the best photo that will help you analyze your swing. 

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Using these photos and video can be a great tool to use in conjunction with instruction and even between instruction. Following these steps is a good start to take the right photo -- or video -- of your swing. 

Location, location, location

Stephens: The two best places to take photos from is down-the-line (behind the golfer) and face on. These locations give you the best look at swing positions with little distortion. And if you want to get really technical you want the camera to be right around waist high to the subject.


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More than a cool shot

Stephens: The GoPro is best for getting fun and different angles but it can be helpful when you place it on the target line in front of the golfer. You get an angle that you could not get holding a camera.


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What do you see?

Stephens: A few basics to self diagnose would be looking at pics of your address position, face on as well as DTL (down the line.) Check for a good grip and set up position. Check stance width from the face on view and spine angle and alignment with the DTL view. You can check your finish for good balance from both angles. Also compare your positions to that of a PGA Tour player with a similar body type. 

The one advantage you have with video over a photo is that you can see how someone got to a position in the swing. 


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All about the framing

Stephens: This can certainly be with your phone or tablet, just be sure to get as close to the subject as you can keeping all parts of the golfer including the golf club in the frame.