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May 20, 2016 - 12:33pm
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Jack Nicklaus has been known to make the game look easy. But this was just ridiculous.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid takes place next week at Harbor Shores.

Harbor Shores also hosted the 2012 Senior PGA Championship, which was won by England's Roger Chapman and the 2014 edition, won by Colin Montgomerie.

It usually takes a lot of time for a course to generate notable moments in its history. That isn't the case with Harbor Shores.

RELATED: What's it like to play Harbor Shores? | Senior PGA Champ. coverage

This course was put on the map the day it officially opened, July 10, 2010, thanks to its designer Jack Nicklaus.

As part of the grand opening, Nicklaus was joined by Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller to play 18 holes.

When the group reached the par-5 10th hole, something unfolded that you couldn't make up.

The 10th green at Harbor Shores is one of the most undulating on the course -- which is saying something because a lot of the greens here are of the hit-and-hope variety: hit it and hope it finishes somewhere reasonably close to the hole.

On opening day, Miller found his third shot on the lower level of the green, with the pin placement up a hill in the back, middle portion of the green, 102 feet away with the kinds of twists and turns you only expect to see on a roller coaster.

At first, Miller contemplated using a wedge, arguing it was the only wat to get close to the hole. Nicklaus insisted the ball could be putted up there.

With that, Nicklaus walked down to where Miller was, dropped a golf ball, took a quick look at the hole and proceeded to do this:

 

 

Amazing.

So, this week when you see players struggling for a three-putt on the 10th green at Harbor Shores (which has had some adjustments since but is still a show stopper), just remember it's not as easy as Nicklaus made it look.

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May 18, 2016 - 10:25am
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During a clinic at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship on Tuesday, Jordan Spieth pulled off an impressive trick shot that involved catching a marshmallow in his mouth.

Over the last two years, we've seen our share of incredible trick shots here at PGA.com.

But, what Jordan Spieth did on Tuesday during a clinic at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship was pretty darned impressive.

The two-time major champion placed a marshmallow on top of his golf ball. From there, he opened the face on a wedge and proceeded to hit a half-shot. As soon as the club made contact with the ball, the marshmallow shot straight into the air.

That's where this trick-shot developed its "wow!" moment.

Spieth zigged and zagged and eventually fell down -- all the while positioning himself perfectly -- to catch the marshmallow in his mouth.

Check it out:

 

It was reminiscent of this "candy" shot nearly one year ago by Brittany Lincicome (who pulled it off with more grace than Spieth, but without the swarms of fans):

 

Candy on top of ball trick. Take 1. Got it Hahahaha. Funny @dewald_gouws @trevthemachoman

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May 18, 2016 - 8:52am
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In the second round of a men's DI NCAA Regional on Tuesday, Wofford College's Andrew Novak holed a 100-foot birdie putt.

A NCAA Division I Men's Golf Regional is taking place in Tuscaloosa, Ala. this week.

In Tuesday's second round, Wofford junior Andrew Novak -- playing in the individual competition -- recorded what was easily the shot of the day and may even prove to be the shot of the tournament.

RELATED: NCAA.com's men's golf coverage

Faced with a 100-foot birdie put on the 18th hole at Ol' Colony Golf Course -- his ninth hole of the day -- Novak was likely trying to figure out ways to get down in two and avoid the dreaded three-putt bogey.

Instead, he did this with a cellphone camera rolling:

 

That's a 100-foot birdie. With that, Novak made the turn in 2 under. He was 2 over on his back nine and carded an even-par 72 that had him sitting T14 through two rounds.  

Condoleezza Rice
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KPMG today announced 66th U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and LPGA Legend and Entrepreneur Annika Sorenstam will keynote the 2016 KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit in June

NEW YORK, May 17 -- KPMG today announced 66th U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and LPGA Legend and Entrepreneur Annika Sorenstam will keynote the 2016 KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit in June, joining a group of highly-accomplished leaders in the worlds of business, sports, and the media. This distinguished lineup of speakers and panelists includes: KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie; KPMG Global Chairman John Veihmeyer; Microsoft CFO Amy Hood; Facebook VP of Engineering, building8, Regina Dugan; Concur President Elena Donio; Intel Data Center Executive Vice President and General Manager Diane Bryant; LPGA Tour champion golfer Stacy Lewis; Olympic Gymnastics Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson; Olympic Basketball Gold Medalist Lisa Leslie; and Olympic Soccer Gold Medalist Megan Rapinoe.

The KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, hosted on-site during the week of the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, brings together today’s most accomplished leaders from multiple arenas to inspire the next generation of women leaders.

“The goal of our Summit is to increase the number of women in the C-suite by empowering the next generation of women leaders to reach their highest aspirations and potential,” said KPMG’s Doughtie. “And we are so very pleased to bring together a remarkable group of leaders, representing many fields and industries, who will share their perspectives on how women can move forward with great confidence and resolve.”

KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Speakers and Panels:

-- Rice will provide the opening keynote and share personal leadership experiences from working with top world leaders, and advice for the next generation of women leaders including the importance of philanthropy and “paying it forward.”

-- Sorenstam will participate in the closing fireside chat. She will share personal experiences of breaking the glass ceiling in business and golf.

-- Hood and Veihmeyer will participate in a panel titled “C-Suite Insights.” The panel will focus on leading in a fast-changing global marketplace.

-- Bryant, Donio, and Dugan will participate in a panel titled “Visionary Leadership.” The discussion will focus on embracing innovation.

-- Johnson, Leslie, Lewis, and Rapinoe will share personal stories of resiliency and thriving under pressure in a panel discussion titled “Achieving the Dream in Your Personal and Professional Life”

NBC’s Sunday Night Football Sideline Reporter Michele Tafoya will serve as the master of ceremonies. Sessions will be moderated by NBC on-air talent including: NBC News and MSNBC Business Correspondent Olivia Sterns, CNBC Contributor Deirdre Bosa, and NBC Sports Play-by-Play Host Terry Gannon.

The KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit will be available via live streaming at CNBC.com and Golf Live Extra, Golf Channel’s live streaming platform.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, a collaboration between KPMG, PGA of America and LPGA, combines a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing charitable initiative. The events will take place June 7-12, 2016 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington. The Championship offers a $3.5 million purse, among the highest in women’s golf, and will be broadcast on NBC and Golf Channel.

An advisory council comprised of exemplary leaders from across business, sports, and the media is helping to guide the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit.

Founding sponsors of the 2016 KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit are Microsoft, National Car Rental, and Zurich Insurance.

For more information about the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, please visit: KPMG.com/WomensLeadership