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March 7, 2013 - 7:28pm
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson hit a spectacular pitch shot from a cart path on the 17th hole at Doral on Thursday to set up a birdie on his way to a 5-under 67.

Hitting a shot off the cart path is a lot easier than it looks... at least that's what Phil Mickelson thinks.

Playing the 17th hole in the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on Thursday, Mickelson elected to play a 50-yard shot from the cart path, deciding it was the cleanest lie he'd get.
 
In typical, magical Phil fashion, Lefty clipped the ball off the concrete and nestled it to within six feet of the hole. He then knocked down the putt for what many of us probably thought was an amazing birdie.
 
Mickelson, however, wasn't as impressed.
 
In an interview with Golf Channel's Steve Sands following his 5-under 67, Mickelson broke down the shot for those of us at home. The explanation was every bit as funny as it was informative and instructional.
 
"This is actually a very easy shot here," Mickelson told Sands as the video highlight played. "Here's the deal on the cart path -- there's two things: 1. You'd have to be an idiot to open the club face because you're adding bounce. There's no way you're going to get the club underneath the ball, right? So, I square up the face, that's one; and No. 2 is, the ball is going to come out five yards longer than normal."
 
 
 
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March 7, 2013 - 1:45pm
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Michael Phelps
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We don't condone club tosses, but if you must, how about a better toss than Michael Phelps here?

 

Just because you're an elite athlete doesn't mean taking up golf will be easier for you than it is for the rest of us hacks.
 
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time (22 medals overall, including 18 golds), is learning that.
 
Phelps, the latest subject of Golf Channel's Haney Project, had an entertaining moment we can all relate to on Monday's episode of the show.
 
Playing at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Phelps became so disgusted with his struggles off the tee that he finally took the frustration out on his driver, tossing it.
 
It was a weak hurl to say the least. It actually reminded me of the Volkswagen Passat commercial where the father and son are playing catch -- you know, the one where the father is "teaching" the son how to throw the ball with that pathetic jump toss (click here if you don't remember it).
 
Haney, who was back home watching Phelps' round, had this to say about the club-toss: "That wasn't even a good attempt at being mad."
 
Our friends at BleacherReport.com tweeted out a funny .gif that captured the moment (via CBSSports.com).
 
 
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March 7, 2013 - 3:04am
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John Holmes
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Rickie Fowler at the Cadillac Driving Experience
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Rickie Fowler gave a thumbs-up before riding along with pro racer Andy Pilgrim at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Last week at the Honda Classic, several PGA Tour players test-drove some Ferraris around Palm Beach International Speedway. On Wednesday, those golfers with the need for speed took a quick trip from Doral down to Homestead-Miami Speedway to check out some high-velocity Cadillacs.

Among the players who took part were Rickie Fowler – of course – as well as Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel. The players got to test-drive a number of Cadillac vehicles, and some took hot laps as a passenger in a Cadillac CTS-V race car with professional race driver Andy Pilgrim.

Ferraris in Palm Beach one week, Cadillacs on a NASCAR track the next. At this rate, the players will be demanding Formula 1 rides at Augusta National.

March 6, 2013 - 6:57pm
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U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert is no fan of President Obama's golf game.

Congressman Louie Gohmert, a Republican from East Texas, is a consistent critic of President Obama, and this week he teed off on Obama's love of golf.

Specifically, Gohmert insisted that Obama not be allowed to play any more golf until public tours of the White House are reinstated. Those tours were eliminated because of staffing cuts enacted when the budget-cutting legislation known as the sequester went into effect at the first of March.

To try to accomplish this, according to Politico.com, Gohmert filed an amendment to the continuing resolution bill to keep the government funded. His amendment would prohibit Obama from using any public money to travel to a golf course. Because the president can't go anywhere without public expense – like the cost of transportation or the Secret Service detail that follows him around – Politico.com said, it's impossible for him to go to a golf course without spending public money.

Alas, Gohmert's golf gambit is going nowhere. The House Rules Committee adopted a closed rule for the continuing resolution vote today, meaning his amendment won't be considered on the floor.

March 6, 2013 - 3:37pm
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PGA Authentic Junior
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The PGA Authentic Junior collection includes a balance of classic and fashion-forward clothes, accessories and headwear.

The PGA of America has teamed with clothier Fore!! Axel & Hudson to launch a golf-inspired children's apparel brand. The PGA Authentic Junior line by Fore!! Axel & Hudson is available this spring at department stores and premier boutiques nationwide.

The PGA Authentic Junior collection includes a balance of classic and fashion-forward clothes, accessories and headwear. Capturing Fore!! Axel and Hudson's Southern California roots and the PGA's pride and passion for the game, the designs feature eye-catching details and luxurious, eco-friendly fabrics.

The items are available in sizes 2T to 12, and carry suggested retail prices ranging from $34 to $101.

''The inaugural collection draws upon the rich history of golf for inspiration and combines that with the on-trend looks, silhouettes and small touches that make our clothes so distinctive," said Paul Nguyen, the co-owner and creative director of Fore!! Axel & Hudson. "It's been an exciting and natural partnership to collaborate with such an iconic organization. We're hoping PGA Authentic Junior by Fore!! Axel and Hudson will truly change the landscape of children's fashion in the world of golf on and off the course."

Nguyen has been designing clothing and accessories for more than 14 years, including eight creating sophisticated children's apparel for the likes of Lucky Brand Jeans, Babystyle and Baby Nay. Inspired by the birth of his two children, he launched Fore!! Axel & Hudson in 2009 with the goal of combining classic golf looks with hip, modern kid's style. Axel is the middle name of Tiger Woods' son Charlie, with whom Paul hopes his son Hudson will one day hit the links.

Fore!! Axel & Hudson won the 2011 Earnshaw's Magazine Earnie Award for ''Best New Company.'' In 2012, the company was nominated for the ''Best Boys Collection'' Earnie Award and red tricycle ''Awesome Duds for Little Dudes'' honor. People, US Weekly, In Touch and other leading titles have pictured the children of Tom Brady, Sandra Bullock, Rachel Zoe, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Ashley Simpson wearing the line.

March 6, 2013 - 12:09pm
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy faced the media at Doral on Wednesday to set the record straight about his surprising withdrawal from last week's Honda Classic.

 

Some might say Rory McIlroy acted like a spoiled young athlete when he took his golf ball and went home last Friday, withdrawing from the Honda Classic midway through his second round.
 
His reasons for leaving were that he wasn't there mentally and, he was experiencing extreme pain due to an impacted wisdom tooth.
 
The biggest pain in the days that followed, it turns out, was a bruised ego due to the backlash the world's No. 1 player received as a result of the withdrawal.
 
Well, whatever bad feelings people had over the incident, McIlroy deserves a tip of the cap for the way he took ownership of his mistake in a press conference at Doral on Wednesday morning.
 
Asked difficult question after difficult question, McIlroy did what's expected of elite-athlete role models. He faced the music, gave honest answers and vowed it would never happen again.
 
CBSSports.com golf blogger Kyle Porter put together a nice recap of the McIlroy presser. Here's some of it:
 
This is pretty much the same thing he told Sports Illustrated on Sunday. He continued and talked a little bit about his wisdom tooth issue:
 
I wasn't in a good place with my golf game. Mentally my head was all over the place. At the same time I have been struggling with my lower right wisdom tooth for over a year. I had braces on for six months last year to try and relieve a bit of the pressure on it. I'm taking medication until I get home to Northern Ireland and see my dentist who would be the only guy that I would trust to take it out. My tooth was bothering me but it wasn't bothering me enough to probably quit but that's just the way it is.
 
That's basically what everyone had surmised about two minutes after he walked off the course last week. As for why it happened, McIlroy had this to say:
 
It was a buildup of everything. I've been putting a lot of pressure on myself to perform and I've been working so hard and not really getting much out of it, that's just been the frustrating thing. That's sort of what happened. It was a buildup of high expectations from myself coming off the back of such a great last year and wanting to continue that form into this year and not being able to do it.
 
I just sort of let it all get to me.
 
It's not the first time he's let the game get to him either, he talked openly about last season:
 
It's the same thing as last summer, Dave Stockton said to me 'when I see you out there you're not smiling, smile more.' When I smile it lifts the spirits and that was basically the whole turnaround from last summer was my attitude. When you start to enjoy your golf you start to play better.
 
You can read all of Porter's piece by clicking here.
 
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