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September 23, 2013 - 10:03pm
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President Obama
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President Obama is a frequent golfers, and former President Bush says, "I think he ought to play golf."

President Obama has played more than 140 rounds of golf since moving into the White House. And while some people have voiced their objections, one very prominent person who can relate to the pressures a president faces says all those golf outings are quite alright with him.

In an excerpt from "In Play with Jimmy Roberts," which debuts Tuesday on the Golf Channel, President George W. Bush says that playing golf is a good outlet for the men who hold the nation's highest office.

"You know, I see our president criticized for playing golf. I don't – I think he ought to play golf," Bush says in the interview. "Because I know what it's like to be in the bubble. And I know the pressures of the job. And to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It does give you an outlet." 

Bush was an avid golfer for years, but quit playing in the fall of 2003, saying it was inappropriate for the commander in chief to be seen on the course while Americans were fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has resumed playing in retirement, and has participated in the last several Patriot Golf Day events near his new home in Dallas.

Fifteen of the last 18 presidents have played golf, and two are in the World Golf Hall of Fame – Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bush's father, George H.W. Bush. Eisenhower was a member at Augusta National.

When Roberts suggested that golf is a good release, Bush agreed. 

"I think it is," he said. "And I think it's good for the president to be out playing golf." 

You can see a clip from the interview with President Bush here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

September 23, 2013 - 1:31pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Phil Mickelson
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In an effort to play at his highest level on a more consistent basis, Phil Mickelson said he may cut his tournament schedule by 25 percent.
In some instances, less is more. 
At this point in his illustrious career, that's apparently how Phil Mickelson is feeling about his tournament scheduling going forward.
"I don't play at my highest level every single week," Mickelson said at the conclusion of Sunday's Tour Championship where he finished in a tie for 12th. "I have kind of ups and downs and I'm a very emotional player."
The 43-year-old Mickelson is coming off a great season, highlighted by three victories, most notably the Open Championship -- his fifth career major win.
Until 2013, Mickelson hadn't had a multiple-win season on the PGA Tour since 2009. 
Even still, he's thinking of making a significant cut to his scheduling -- something that would leave a lot of tournament sponsors and fans disappointed to say the least.
"I am going to have to factor that into some of my scheduling (the fact that he's not playing at his highest level every week) and maybe cut out 25 percent of my events in an effort to play at a high level when I do play," he said. 
For context, since 2007, Mickelson has made starts in 20 events or more on the PGA Tour every year expect 2009 when he made 19 starts.
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September 23, 2013 - 8:13am
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Keegan Bradley
If you thought the whole "Dufnering" phenomena was on fumes, think again.
Jason Dufner's good buddy and fellow PGA Champion Keegan Bradley paid homage -- we think -- to Dufner with this hysterical celebration at the Tour Championship on Sunday after holing out an approach shot from 170 yards out on East Lake's fourth hole.
Typically when a player holes out from any distance, we've become accustomed to the high fives and enthusiastic fist pumps. Bradley, however, took it where no player has gone before. Rather than get all riled up, Bradley simply sat on the ground in the position that's become famously known as "Dufnering."
This while Dufnering thing just never gets old. 

UPDATE: On Monday morning, Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley) tweeted the video of his Dufnering stunt to the man himself with this message:
"In ur face @JasonDufner." 
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September 21, 2013 - 11:30pm
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John Holmes
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Michelle Wie at shooting range
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Michelle Wie tweeted that she was "scared" before heading to the shooting range for the first time, but her pistol target shows that accuracy was no problem.

The LPGA Tour is off this week so, naturally, some of its more promiment players spent Saturday at the range.

No, not the driving range. Michelle Wie, Christina Kim and Jane Park were in Texas, so the range in question was a shooting range.

They were in Austin along with bride-to-be Jeehae Lee – a former LPGA Tour player who now works at IMG, which represents Wie and several other players – and IMG vice president Nickole Raymond. And part of their pre-wedding ''Hen Party'' activities included a visit to the Hidden Falls Adventure Park northwest of town, where they got familiar with a variety of firearms large and small.

''Going shooting today for the first time!,'' tweeted Wie, who added the hashag "#scared." She proved to be something of a natural with a pistol, however, as the right-hand image above showing her target proves.

After mastering their handguns, the firing females moved on to some serious hardware. 

''Got to shoot a Desert Tactical 338 Lapua sniper with the help of a marine,'' Wie tweeted. ''That was one BIG gun.''

Kim agreed, calling her experience with that weapon ''insane.''

And, Raymond said, ''Things got way more bad ass when the Marine brought out the Desert Tactical .338 Lapua.''

Wie also tried out an M-16. And as much fun as they obviously had, it sounds as if they came away from their experience with a new appreciation of the guns and their capabilities. Wie also had a word of warning for Lee's future groom, James Kuk.

''The bride was a pro!!,'' she tweeted. ''@kuk504 watch out...''


September 20, 2013 - 7:33am
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T.J. Auclair
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JC Anderson
JC Anderson, competing for Team USA in this week's PGA Cup, provides a hilarious golf tip in this old -- but classic -- video.
OK, so this is an old video, but a good one. 
And it's relevant to this week because the star of the video -- JC Anderson -- is a member of the U.S. PGA Cup team competing this week at Slaley Hall in England.
In case you've never seen it, you must click here.
We've all been there -- struggling with our game to the point that we have so many thoughts rushing through our head that it's impossible to focus on any one thing.
Anderson perfectly displays precisely what we're all going through in -- what these eyes believe to be -- the funniest golf tip video ever made.
For instance, there's this gem from Anderson:
"What I try to do, is I try to flat load my feet so I can snap load my power package, that way I can amplify both lag and drag pressure through impact fix. As long as my No. 2 power cumulator doesn't break down, I should be able to..."
Again, we've all been there.
Follow Anderson and the rest of Team USA at the PGA Cup with our special coverage here.
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September 20, 2013 - 7:03am
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Piedmont Leather Company
Piedmont Leather Company
Exotic belts, cash covers and valuables pouches are just a few of the items the Piedmont Leather Company offers its customers.
We've said it here before, but it's worth repeating -- over the last several years, golf has become cool. Can we all agree that we have Fred Couples to thank for that?
Along with the coolness come the apparel and accessories. Golf isn't just about your old, beat up bag and your clubs. For some, it's about making a statement on the course.
If you're one of those people looking to make a statement, then we've found just the thing for you.
Meet Jay Green, founder of the Piedmont Leather Company. Founded in January of 2009, Green's Piedmont Leather Company based out of Gastonia, N.C., produces a number of items using exotic materials -- everything from alligator belts to ostrich valuables pouches to custom elephant cash covers and more.
Since 2006, Green has worked with putter-maker T.P. Mills Company.  
"Sometimes the putter business gets really slow," Green said. "In January of 2009, it had gotten really slow, as the weather had been rough for a few days with really cool temperatures and lots of rain. I found myself needing some new belts and decided to try to find some online. I spoke to a few people and they said I should start my own leather business, so in a nutshell, I did."
Talk about an idea taking off. 
"We offer the highest quality exotics at the best prices," Green said. "For decades, exotic products have been priced so that only the top 5 percent of the population could afford them. I don't agree with that philosophy, so I've tried my hand at changing that. So far, it's working."
Indeed it is. Products on the Piedmont Leather Company website range in price from as little as $15.99 for a genuine alligator key fob (think keychain), to $69 for a bison cash cover (or a lot more, depending on how fancy you choose to get), to $499 for a set of three full quill custom ostrich head covers.
Green's belts, made from materials like crocodile, shark, elephant, bison, alligator, stingray and more, are also a big hit with a varying price range. Truly, there's something for everyone.
"The belts are beautiful and certainly unique," Green said. "We only use genuine skins and all of our products are made right here in the USA. That's very important, because we only want the best for our customers and the best exotic products are made in the USA. Each skin is unique and no two are alike. We can do custom stitch and edge colors on our belts to show team colors. All of our belts have snaps, so you can exchange your buckle any time you like." 
Green can customize whatever it is you're looking for too and that's his favorite part of the job. 
"That's the beauty of being a small shop," Green said. "We can do everything custom or a person can order 1,000 black alligator belts all the same size. We're very flexible."
And, with a smaller operation, Green is able to get to know his customers -- a part of the job he relishes. 
"It's always the relationships that are created," he said. "It's just like going on vacation and getting paired up with strangers -- by the third or fourth hole they aren't strangers any longer. We are golfers and no matter what we do for a living or regardless of where we live, we love the game and want to play it as often as possible. The exotic leather business mirrors that, as well. I mainly sell to golfers and there is nothing better than having a customer that you can invite to meet at a course and play 18 holes with or having them invite you to their course to play a round."
To learn more about Piedmont Leather Company, visit them at, check them out on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter, @jaygree08563162.
"There are thousands of combinations of belts, cash covers, yardage book covers, etc.," Green said. "We want to help you create what your mind's eye envisions. You can even call me directly, 704-879-9380, and I will be glad to talk you through the entire process."
How's that for customer service?
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