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Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods use a snowman for cover as Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott pummel them with snowballs in this second 2014 holiday eCard from JibJab.
About this time last week, we showed you a holiday eCard from the folks at JibJab featuring Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Patrick Reed in a spirited sled race.
Today, we saw the follow-up. This one stars Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Adam Scott, who are delightfully smashing each other with snowballs. At one point, Phil buries Tiger in a huge pile of snow, and poor Adam suffers the worst fate of them all.
You can see the whole snowball fight by clicking here.
The first eCard was sponsored by the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and this one's sponsored by The Players Championship. That makes us suspect there might be a few more on the way before Christmas – and, if so, that'll make the holiday season just a little bit brighter for all us golfers. 
December 5, 2014 - 8:20am
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Rory McIlroy
Your favorite video of the year featured Rory McIlroy trying to hit left-handed at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

From Rory McIlroy's shot in the dark at Valhalla to his duck hook at Port Royal, the PGA of America's Player of the Year was definitely a fan favorite when it came to video clips. But our viewers also loved seeing the latest golf equipment and getting top teaching tips as well.

Here's the rundown of your top 10 videos from 2014:

10. PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy wins in dramatic fashion

Despite a nearly two-hour rain delay and the onset of darkness on the final day of play at Valhalla, Rory McIlroy was equal to the task in winning his second PGA Championship. The clip below shows the emotion of the moment and was spread across social media during the Sunday, primetime finish.


9. Is your ball position correct for each club?

PGA Professional Eric Hogge has a great job of showing how different club lengths require different setups at address.



8. Best Drivers of 2014

Our viewers loved seeing the lastest driver technology offered. When it comes to equipment, drivers are cleary searchable, fan favorites.



7. Solve your slice problem

PGA Professional Eric Hogge was back to offer excellent tips on a problem that plagues many amateurs. 



6. Fix your improper grip

PGA Professional Eric Hogge offers suggestions for improving your grip, which is critical to a consistent swing.



5. Tiger tees off on No. 10 to begin his PGA Championship

Tiger Woods' return from back surgery at the PGA Championship in Valhalla wasn't a guarantee, so when he played a practice round and declared himself fit to play, viewer interest peaked.



Unfortunately for Tiger's fans, Woods struggled both days and eventually missed the cut. He didn't play another competitive round the rest of the season.

4. Strategies for successful tee shots

In this award-winning "Course Survival" video, PGA professionals offered suggestions and tips on how to lower your scores, right from the first shot of the hole.

3. Starting your swing: Lower body leads

PGA Professional Eric Hogge offers some great advice for starting your swing from the ground up in order to get the club into proper position and tempo.

2. Best Irons of 2014

Just like the best new drivers, the best new irons out this year showed off advances in technology.



1. Rory McIlroy's amazing par save at the Grand Slam of Golf

Your favorite video of the year also involved the PGA of America's Player of the Year. During the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda, McIlroy had to pull off an amazing left-handed shot with a right-handed club on his way to recording a sensational par.



December 5, 2014 - 8:15am
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Luke Donald
Wildlife is a cornerstone of South Africa. Luke Donald saw that firsthand on Friday at the Nedbank Challenge when a baboon ran down the fairway.

Usually, it's cute when an animal steals the spotlight at a golf tournament. Whether it's a bird flying off with a golf ball, a family of geese crossing a fairway (or an angry goose attacking a golfer), a deer taking in the action, or maybe a dog hanging out on a tee box.

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But, it can be downright scary too (a lot scarier than that time Peter Uihlein was attacked by a frog)... Like on Friday in the Nedbank Challenge being played in South Africa. That's where former world No. 1 Luke Donald was spooked by -- of all things -- a baboon!

Check it out:

How about that uncomfortable giggle from Donald? It was one of those, "I know the cameras are on me so I'm going to laugh so I don't get made fun of on social media, but get me out of here!" reactions. 

Animals on the course are great. Unless they're animals I only wish to see on a safari. Donald, by the way, went on to shoot a 63 and claim the 36-hole lead.

December 4, 2014 - 4:35pm
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods shares a hug with a 3-year-old one-handed golfer from New Jersey.

The story of Tommy Morrissey just keeps on getting better and better. 

For those of you who aren't aware, Morrissey is a 3-year-old from Linwood, N.J., who despite only having one hand has thrived on the golf course. In September, we brought you his story thanks to a local news report. 

In late October, Morrissey made news again when he spent some time hitting balls with Bubba Watson

Now Morrissey is making another friend with a professional golfer -- this time with Tiger Woods. Check out this video that FOX Sports did on Morrissey's time with Tiger:



Tiger made his return to a tournament on Thursday at the Hero World Challenge. 

Thanks to for bringing this to our attention. 

December 4, 2014 - 9:22am
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Marcel Siem made an eagle on Thursday thanks to an unbelievable bounce.

The European Tour is in South Africa this week for the Nedbank Golf Challenge. That's where Marcel Siem made a ridiculous eagle on Thursday, which earned the German a brand new car.

Check out this shot with a bounce that has to be seen to be believed:

Hey, sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Siem -- a four-time winner on the European Tour -- sure is good too. That was an 8-iron from 184 yards.


December 4, 2014 - 9:12am
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Dennis Grall
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Retired sports editor Dennis Grall tees off at Hawaii's Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in September, completing his 50-state golf adventure.

Many people have the dream of visiting all 50 United States. Dennis Grall has done that one better. He's played golf in them all.

When longtime sports editor Grall stepped up to the first tee at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in September, he completed his personal quest to play a round of golf in all 50 states, something that hadn't even crossed his mind until a chance meeting with another sports writer in September of 2010.

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At the time, Grall was working for the Escanaba (Mich.) Daily Press and on a golf outing to three of the outstanding courses in the Upper Peninsula: Sweetgrass, TimberStone and Greywalls.

"We got done playing that day in Iron Mountain, and one of the guys told us this was the 600th golf course he had played," Grall said. "So that weekend, my wife and I were driving down to Milwaukee to visit my son, and while she was falling asleep, I started counting golf courses that I had played. And I came up with about 240 off the top of my head. And then I wondered, how many states have I played in? I came up with 35.

"Only 15 away from 50? That's doable."

Grall had traveled extensively during his time in newspapers and had visited 50 states seven years before he got the idea of playing golf in all of them. And so this new quest began in earnest.

When Grall retired two years later, he and his wife visited New England – with golf clubs in tow.

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"We were gone for 15 days, four of those for travel," Grall said. "In those other 11 days, I played golf in eight states, went to three baseball games, went to Valley Forge, went to the U.S. Open tennis tournament and visited two guys I knew from my days in Vietnam. So I knocked off eight right then."

Grall was missing several Southwestern states, but turned a Vietnam veterans reunion trip into another golf excursion.

"The reunion was in Nashville," Grall said. "Well, my wife had a friend she hadn't seen since seventh grade in Austin. I said, 'Well, that's close to Nashville and I can play golf in Texas with her husband.'

"And my brother lives in Colorado Springs and I said, 'That's close to Austin,' so I went from Nashville to Austin to Oklahoma and cut across to Tucumcari, N.M., then to Colorado Springs. Then we stopped in Wildhorse Golf Course in Gothenburg, Neb., so I could cross that one off as well."

Eventually, Grall narrowed his "to golf at" list down to one state: Hawaii.

"We were in Hawaii in 1972 but I didn't start playing golf until 1974," Grall said. "So I decided to make Hawaii the 50th state. I was in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, and so I decided to play that round at the Marine Corps Base on Oahu to bring it all together."

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Not surprisingly, many of the stops were memorable. While visiting Alaska for a cruise, Grall played at North Star Golf Course in Fairbanks, where he had a 9:00 p.m. tee time on June 10. He's played Furnace Creek in Death Valley, Calif., at some 240 feet below sea level. And he's braved Breckenridge Golf Course in Colorado, at some 9,600 feet in elevation.

He might also be the only person to have played all 54 Upper Peninsula courses, a feat that might never be equaled since five of those have closed.

And his wanderlust isn't just related to golf. Grall has been to all but three Major League baseball stadiums. He's only missing Miami, Oakland and San Diego.

Grall said the first golf course he played was Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain, Mich., in 1974. The best course he's played is Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis., site of the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA championships and the 2020 Ryder Cup. His favorite course is TimberStone Golf Course in Iron Mountain, Mich. He's a member at Escanaba Country Club and carries an 11.6 handicap.

Here's a list of the first -- or favorite -- course Grall has played in each of the 50 states:

  • Alabama - Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores
  • Alaska - North Star Golf Club, Fairbanks
  • Arizona - Sun City South, Sun City
  • Arkansas - Cooper's Hawk, Melbourne
  • California - Furnace Creek, Death Valley
  • Colorado - Breckenridge G.C., Breckenridge
  • Connecticut - Pequot Golf Course, Stonington
  • Delaware - Ed Oliver Golf Course, Wilmington
  • Florida - Slammer & Squire, St. Augustine
  • Georgia - White Path, Ellijay
  • Hawaii - Kaneohe Klipper USMC, Oahu
  • Idaho - Coeur d' Alene Golf Course, Coeur d' Alene
  • Illinois - Thunderhawk Golf Course, Zion
  • Indiana - Fort Harrison, Indianapolis
  • Iowa - Bent Tree, Council Bluff
  • Kansas - Sugar Hills Golf Club, Goodland
  • Kentucky - Kenny Perry's Country Creek, Franklin
  • Louisiana - Royal Golf Club, Slidell
  • Maine - Cape Neddick Country Club. Ogunquit
  • Maryland - VFW Country Club, Frederick
  • Massachusetts - Donnybrook Country Club, Lanesborough
  • Michigan - TimberStone Golf Course, Iron Mountain
  • Minnesota - Minehaha Golf Course, Minneapolis
  • Mississippi - River Bend Links, Tunica
  • Missouri - Payne Stewart Golf Club, Branson
  • Montana - Overland Golf Course, Big Timber
  • Nebraska - The Prairie Club, Valentine
  • Nevada - Revere Country Club, Henderson
  • New Hampshire - Carter Golf Club, Lebanon
  • New Jersey - The Links at Brigantine Beach, Atlantic City
  • New Mexico - Tucumcari Golf Course, Tucumcari
  • New York - Burden Lake Country Club, Averill Park
  • North Carolina - Brunswick Plantation, Calabash
  • North Dakota - Bully Pulpit Golf Course, Medora
  • Ohio - White Pines Golf Course, Swanton
  • Oklahoma - Lake Murray State Park, Ardmore
  • Oregon - Langdon Farms Golf Course, Portland
  • Pennsylvania - Springfield Country Club, Springfield
  • Rhode Island - Wood River Golf, Hope Valley
  • South Carolina - TPC, Myrtle Beach
  • South Dakota - Willow Run Golf Course, Sioux Falls
  • Tennessee - Gaylord Springs, Nashville
  • Texas - Lakeway Country Club, Austin
  • Utah - Moab Golf Course, Moab
  • Vermont - Catamount Golf Club, Williston
  • Virginia - Golden Horseshoe, Williamsburg
  • Washington - Horn Rapids Golf Club, Richland
  • West Virginia - Hidden Valley Country Club, Point Pleasant
  • Wisconsin - Whistling Straits, Haven
  • Wyoming - Kingham Prairie View Golf Course, Cheyene