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Tiger Woods
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After this second procedure on his back, Tiger Woods is currently on bedrest.
Tiger Woods has undergone yet another procedure on his ailing back, he announced on his website Friday, and continues to say that there is no firm timetable for his return to competition.
Woods underwent what his website described as "a successful follow-up procedure to his September back surgery" to "relieve discomfort." He is currently on bedrest after the operation, which occurred on late Wednesday.
"Tiger is doing well, and we expect him to make a full recovery," said Dr. Charles Rich, the neurosurgeon who performed the procedure in Park City, Utah, in a statement.
"It's one of those things that had to be done," Woods said on his site. "I have an outstanding team of doctors, and I'll be back as soon as I can."
When that will be remains uncertain. Next on his schedule was a Nov. 5 visit to the golf course he's creating at Bluejack National outside Houston, but Woods said that trip was off.
"I'm extremely disappointed not going to Bluejack, but I'm very excited about our grand opening in the spring," Woods said. "It's a fantastic course, and we're very proud of our first U.S. design."
Woods is expected to host his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December, but won't be able to play.
Tommy Biershenk
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Former PGA Tour player Tommy Biershenk has big plans for Legacy Pines near Greenville, S.C.
Tommy Biershenk isn't playing the PGA Tour or the Tour anymore. Instead, he's focusing all his energies on operating a golf course in his native South Carolina.
The former Clemson standout and a partner have leased the Hejaz Shrine Golf Club in Mauldin from the local chapter of the Shriners. They've changed the course's name to Legacy Pines at Hejaz and are running the course, the golf shop and the grill, according to, while the Shriners keep their offices in the facility's main building.
They're also throwing a daylong party on Saturday to benefit the First Tee of Greenville. "Reedy Fest," which Biershenk hopes to grow into an annual event, will feature everything from live bands to food vendors, hayrides to a classic car show, a bonfire – and, of course golf.
For most golfers, the day's big draw likely will be the hole-in-one contest with a new pickup truck as the grand prize. But there's also "soccer-golf" – Biershenk, inspired by his soccer-playing teenagers, has created a special nine-hole layout next to the golf course, according to The Greenville News. Players will be able to check it out for free during Reedy Fest, and Biershenk said he's still figuring out how much to charge for rounds going forward.
Speaking of going forward, Biershenk will ramp up his marketing efforts to promote the facility, which he says will offer the lowest membership dues and daily green fees in the Greenville area. He's planning an official Grand Opening next spring.
Pothole golf
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In the city of San Luis Potosi, cyclists have created their own golf game utilizing the many potholes in the streets.
When I was a kid, my grade-school friends and I often would play golf around our neighborhood. We'd each get one club – 5-iron was always my go-to stick – and whack tennis balls or wiffle balls or occasionally even real golf balls toward holes we'd set up in neighbors' flowerbeds or storm drains or vacant lots or wherever. Some of the holes were quick and easy, others stretched many hundreds of yards and required dozens of shots.
It was a lot of fun, and it was a great way for us to ease ourselves into real golf without having to actually get on a real golf course.
Down in Mexico, a group of bicyclists have created something similar. In the city of San Luis Potosi, the streets are so filled with potholes that cycling on them is much more of a challenge than a pleasure. So the cyclists came up with a game – they play their own form of mini-golf using the potholes as golf holes.
They began playing a few years ago, in part to highlight the shoddy condition of the streets. Over time, their casual contest got more serious – well, a little more serious – and it has evolved into an annual event called the Urban Golf Tournament. We kids played down virtually empty small-town streets; these guys play on busy city streets with traffic serving as their biggest hazard. 
In the video from Golf Digest posted below, you can see some of the action. The happy result of the tournament is that the city has begun repairing some of the streets, and the concept has spread to other cities – yet another example of how people are using golf to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
October 30, 2015 - 8:08am
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Ernie Els
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Ernie Els has been having a difficult time with putts from short length this month... like tap-in length. It happened again on Friday at the CIMB Classic.

Oh no. Not again. Check out this missed putt by Ernie Els from the second round of the CIMB Classic on Friday:



Unfortunately for the Big Easy, that's not even the most maddening short-putt miss this month.

Don't believe me?


Els still managed to shoot a 69 on Friday and is tied for 52nd. 

Scott Piercy
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The sight of his long birdie putt disappearing into the cup prompted a fist pump from Scott Piercy on Friday at the CIMB Classic.
On Thursday, we saw Scott Brown make an awesome hole-in-one – for which he won a brand-new car – on the par-3 15th hole at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Malaysia. And just a little bit ago, Scott Piercy drained an impressive birdie putt on the same hole.
Brown made his ace with the pin on the far right side of the wide, shallow green on the 199-yard hole. Piercy – the first-round leader – hit his tee shot today to almost exactly the same place – but the flag was way over on the left side.
No worries, though. Piercy played it perfectly and his 55-foot putt was a no-doubter as it curled right to left and into the cup. That birdie was his fourth in his first six holes of the day – he started on the back nine – and he is in a tussle for the top spot with Brendan Steele and Justin Thomas as the second round plays on.
Here's his putt. And if you missed it, I've put Brown's hole-in-one right below it:
Scott Brown
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Scott Brown's hole-in-one earned him handshakes and high fives from the caddies and other players in his group on Thursday.
Well, I just finished writing about all the fantastic eagle putts we've seen on the par-5 fifth hole at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Malaysia tonight when Scott Brown put them all in the shade.
The fifth-year PGA Tour player made a hole-in-one on the 199-yard, par-3 15th hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, and he made it with authority. His tee shot streaks directly at the pin, lands with a thump on the front part of the green, bounces a couple of times and bangs hard off the flagstick before it drops right in.
Brown was putting together a good-but-not great round, but the ace really made his day. It capped off a 4-under 68 that put him tied for 14th as the first round wound down.
The ace is the third of Brown's PGA Tour career, but his second in the span of two months. That one came in August at the Wyndham Championship, where Brown just happened to be playing with none other than Tiger Woods, who gave him a hearty high-five for his effort. This one came with something a little better: a brand-new BMW i8 electric sports car. You can see it below the video.
Here's Brown's shot of the day. Check it out: