The worst thing about a greenskeeper's job? It makes for a very long day, especially in the summer: On the course before dawn, leave after dusk. It's a hot, sweaty, dirty, hands-on occupation.
The best thing about a greenskeeper's job? The views, especially if you work at someplace like TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Just to prove their point, the folks at the course posted a time-lapse video, showing what happens there during a typical summer day, from the time the carts get rolled into place until the time the lights start to come on inside the clubhouse.
One, the geese that photobomb the shot around the 1:19 mark are awesome.
Two, it wouldn't have been a real Northeast Florida summer afternoon without massive black clouds rolling in and a daily thunderstorm.
The Ryder Cup competition is now less than three weeks away, and a few members of both squads got their competitive juices flowing at Denver's Mile High Stadium on Sunday evening, watching the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts.
The content came just an hour or so after the final round of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills, so players like Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson were on the hand for the game.
Fowler finished tied for fourth at the BMW, and was definitely hanging out with some familiar faces afterward:
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) September 8, 2014
For the second consecutive day, McIlroy four-putted the 12th hole at Cherry Hills, but that didn't keep him from enjoying one of the more unusual distinctions when it comes to "football." He was at Manchester United's Premier League opener -- the sport Americans refer to as "soccer" -- on one side of the pond last month, and now watched Peyton Manning pick apart the Colts defense in both teams' NFL opener.
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) September 8, 2014
It appears Bubba Watson was able to get to the stadium in time for the pre-game festivities, as evidenced by this tweet:
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 8, 2014
Watson might be more inclined to grab a seat at the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, but he'd definitely be sitting on the opposite side of the stadium from the guy who won Sunday. Billy Horschel was dressed in orange and blue all weekend, but not because he was trying to influence local fans.
It's one of them Florida-Georgia things.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the guys will have the same opportunity to play sports hooky at the Tour Championship at Atlanta's East Lake. Looking at the weekend calendar, on Sunday, the Braves are in Texas to play the Rangers and the Falcons are at Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. On Saturday, Georgia's at South Carolina and Georgia Tech's home against Georgia Southern, but that game has a noon ET start.
On one hand, that's too bad. On the other, golf could be the only game in town.
We swear we aren't pulling a fast one on you.
For the second day in a row, Rory McIlroy four-putted at the 12th green, this time for a double-bogey 5. On Saturday, he made triple.
It's really shocking to see the No. 1 ranked player do this once, let alone twice. Combine McIlroy's stature, the fact that he did it yesterday and that he seemed to earn some good karma earlier Sunday and this one is just stunning.
Then again, one of the best in the world finding himself in a bad position in back-to-back days isn't unprecedented. All you have to do is look back to The Barclays when Phil Mickelson ended up taking a shot from the grandstand in consecutive rounds. At least Rory's adventures didn't inspire a meme. Yet.
Rory can rest easy knowing that he doesn't have to putt there again on Monday.
It doesn't matter who wins the BMW Championship, I don't think anyone is going home happier than this young fan.
As Rory McIlroy walked past the seventh hole, he quickly handed his golf ball to a boy in a green shirt. That simple gesture produced one of the happiest reactions I've ever seen.
It seems safe to say that McIlroy made a lifelong fan today. It doesn't matter if he was trying to get a ball from every golfer who walked by -- there's no way you celebrate like that and then don't become a fan.
I just wish we could see how he would celebrate getting a golfer's cell phone number.
We get some amazing and incredible golf photos from fans -- everything from panoramic seaside holes to picturesque mountainside courses. But every once in a while, we'll get something so unusual that it makes us do a double-take.
For example, Brian Riley sent a photo of himself standing next to a hole marker, with this caption:
I don't always golf the longest hole on planet Earth, but when I do, I make double bogey. Gunsan Country Club ROK.
Well, thanks to Google, here's a description of Gunsan Country Club from the VisitKorea website:
"Gunsan Country Club is a golf course featuring 81 holes (18 holes for the members and 63 holes for the public) on the site of an abandoned salt field that spans over 1,060 acres. It is the only course in Korea where all the holes are surrounded by lakes; around 380 acres or 36% of the course is comprised of lakes, and the holes are connected by 26 bridges. It has some of the longest golf holes in the world, including a Par 7 hole (1,004m) and a Par 6 hole (661m). The 18-hole private golf course features classic American style, while the public golf course offers more variety."
Think about that for a moment: You're talking about one hole that's six-tenths of a mile in length. And it's the No. 1 handicap hole on the course, for good reason.
I'm not certain what "classic American style" refers to, but it sounds interesting. And the idea of having to hit a driver and four fairway woods in a row to reach the green in regulation is fascinating (and probably very frustrating). Still, Brian appears to have a smile on his face after carding a 9, so it must be something to try at least once.