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August 18, 2014 - 3:45pm
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Arnold Palmer
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On Monday, Arnold Palmer had successful pacemaker implant surgery to correct an abnormal heartbeat.

According to his website,, legendary golfer Arnold Palmer is on the mend after successful pacemaker implant surgery today.

The statement, posted at 2:34 p.m., read:

Arnold Palmer had successful pacemaker implant surgery today at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh to correct an abnormal heartbeat. He will remain in the hospital for observation overnight and is expected to be released Tuesday.

Good news for the King -- a seven-time major champion and arguably the game's greatest ambassador (Check out this story of a letter he sent a recent high-school graduate for one small example).  

August 18, 2014 - 11:00am
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Ryder Cup Captain's Picks
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There's no atmosphere quite like the Ryder Cup. Visit "" for your chance to win a dream trip for two to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland.

The PGA of America has announced a promotion in which you have the chance to win a dream trip for two to Scotland -- the birthplace of golf -- for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

All you have to do is think like U.S. Captain Tom Watson in terms of his three Captain's Picks that will complete the 12-man roster.

Watson will announce his three Captain's Picks during a live show in New York City on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. from "Saturday Night Live" Studio 8H.

RELATED: Watson to announce Captain's Picks during live NYC show | Visit

From now until then, fans 18 and over can make their Captain's Picks predictions on Fans who correctly pick the same three players Watson does on Sept. 2 will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize of a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland that includes: Two 2014 Ryder Cup tickets for the climate-controlled Harris Pavilion (Sept. 23-28); complimentary roundtrip airfare for two to Scotland; five nights of accommodations at the Hilton Glasgow; a limited-edition United States Ryder Cup Team shirt; a round of golf at premier golf course in Scotland; a new set of golf clubs from Adams Golf; and a $50 per-person, per-day Ryder Cup food and beverage credit.

Fans can visit to also see picks from celebrities, as they share their passion for golf.

In the video below, Captain Watson explains the contest:


August 18, 2014 - 8:34am
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ALS hits close to home for 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson. So, it was no surprise to see him take the "Ice Bucket Challenge" over the weekend to raise awareness for the disease.

By now, you've surely heard of the "Ice Bucket Challenge."

If you haven't, here's the skinny: It's an act that has taken over social media of late, where people take video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their head to raise awareness -- and money -- for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Along with dumping a bucket of ice water on their head, people who partake in the challenge donate a small sum of money to ALS research. They then nominate others to take the challenge. Should the nominees fail to complete the challenge within 24 hours, they're supposed to donate a larger sum (typically $100) to ALS research.

RELATED: Tom Watson's latest Captain's Blog | Pro golfers and the Ice Bucket Challenge

Over the weekend, 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson got in on the challenge. ALS hits close to home for Watson. He lost his great friend and longtime caddie Bruce Edwards to the disease in 2004.

You can watch Watson and wife Hilary's video here:


Pretty cool there that Watson nominated his entire U.S. team to take the challenge. Expect more fun, creative videos to come all in the name of a great cause.

According to a story in the New York Times on Sunday, the "Ice Bucket Challenge" has raised a whole lot of money for ALS:

People have shared more than 1.2 million videos on Facebook between June 1 and Aug. 13 and mentioned the phenomenon more than 2.2 million times on Twitter since July 29, according to those sites. Donations to the ALS Association have spiked. As of Sunday, the association said it had received $13.3 million in donations since July 29, compared with $1.7 million during the same period last year. It said there were about 260,000 new donors. (With a spate of celebrities and business executives joining in over the past few days and pledging contributions, that number is expected to rise.)

The article also says roughly 30,000 Americans now have the disease, which attacks nerve cells and ultimately leads to total paralysis, though the mind remains sharp. Life expectancy is typically two to five years from the time of diagnosis. 

August 17, 2014 - 10:13am
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Wes Roach
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Wes Roach had seven birdies Sunday at the Wyndham Championship.

Wes Roach promised he'd play a fast round of golf Sunday in the final round of the Wyndham Championship, and he didn't disappoint. In fact, he shot his best score of the tournament -- a 5-under 65, including seven birdies -- despite burning through 18 holes in less than two and a half hours.



The next closest group was six holes behind when Roach finished up with a par at No. 18. And there were still 42 golfers waiting to start their rounds.

How fast did Roach play? The final group at the European Tour's Made in Denmark tournament still had five holes to play, and there's a six-hour time difference between Greensboro and Aalborg, Denmark. (However, factor in a 90-minute suspension of play for heavy rain, but still.)

Fast rounds aren't always the norm in a sport where "on the clock" is a phrase no one wants to hear, but there was a quicker one earlier this season on the PGA Tour. Max Homa's caddy, Joe Greiner, clocked Homa's round at the Puerto Rico Open in March at just a tick under two hours.



And here was Homa's take:

Roach's round perhaps wasn't one of the fastest in professional golf history, but with seven birdies, nine pars and only two bogeys over 2:25, it has to be one of the best. 

According to England's Golf Today website, the fastest unofficial professional round was in the 1998 Nabisco Championship at Pebble Beach, when Mark O'Meara and Greg Norman both shot 79 in the final round to finish last and next to last, taking one hour and 24 minutes.

Just to show that slow golf is a relatively new phenomenon, in 1960, George Bayer and Jack Fleck played 18 holes at Augusta in the final round of the Masters in 1:52, with Bayer shooting 72 and Fleck 74. That was five minutes quicker than what Gene Sarazen and George Fazio were able to accomplish in 1947, but Sarazen shot 70 that day.

Iris Nebula
Jimmy Walker's photo of the Iris Nebula was selected to be NASA's astronomy photograph for Aug. 2.

Ryder Cup-bound Jimmy Walker is not only a rising star on the PGA Tour, but his photographs of the heavens have turned a few heads skyward as well.

Walker's hobby -- and perhaps his passion -- is astrophotography. He has a pretty impressive setup at his home in Boerne, Texas, and sometimes takes his equipment on the road with him. Here's part of his introduction on his website:

"Astrophotography for me represents everything I enjoy in life. I love being outside. I play professional golf and this has always been a part of my life. I enjoy the technical aspect of setting up the equipment and taking images. Also, the artistic side of putting the pictures together and putting my personal touch and thought into each final product."

His photo of the Iris Nebula, otherwise known as NGC 7023, was selected as NASA's astronomy picture of the day for August 2, with explanation written and edited by Michigan Tech's Robert Nemiroff, a professor of physics and co-creater of the site, and University of Maryland astrophysicist Jerry Bonnell, who just happens to work at NASA's Goddard Flight Space Center.

If you'd like to see more of Walker's astrophotography, his gallery is located here. You can even buy prints online.


August 16, 2014 - 11:24am
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Rory McIlory and Ian Poulter
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Rory McIlory shows off the Claret Jug at Old Trafford before Manchester United's Premier League opener Saturday, while Ian Poulter was wearing a similar suit earlier this summer.

If you thought the suit Rory McIlroy wore Saturday for Manchester United's Premier League opener at Old Trafford looked familiar, so did Ian Poulter.

That's because Poulter wore a suit very similar in style and cut earlier this summer.

In fact, the resemblance was strong enough to set off a Twitter exchange between the two:





Same fashion sense, or same tailor? You decide. In either case, it appears gray tartans are all the rage in Great Britain this year.