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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.

August 15, 2014 - 12:18pm
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These seven "Relaxed Rules" for amateur golfers are sure to make the game more enjoyable and take less time.

In case you missed it, Golf Channel personalities Matt Ginella and Charlie Rymer were on "Morning Drive" today to introduce what they call the, "Relaxed Rules of Golf."

You can check it out here:

The idea behind these relaxed rules, Ginella and Rymer explained, is to make the game more fun for those already playing (and not at an elite level) and to also make the game less intimidating for those learning to play.

"We're not suggesting that golfers ignore the official rules," Ginella said. "They should continue to be used for any type of competitive play. But when it's a match among friends, relaxed rules can make the game easier, faster and more fun. These simply are common sense practices for avid amateurs, and it's how the majority of the game is being played anyway."

With that, Ginella and Rymer laid out these seven "relaxed rules" to make the game more fun:

1. MAXIMUM SCORE: Double par (i.e. 6 on par 3s, 8 on par 4s...)

2. PENALTIES: All are one stroke, including out of bounds, water and lateral hazards, lost ball and unplayable lie. Drop a ball near where the original was lost and play on.

3. SEARCH TIME: Two minutes to look for your ball. If lost, proceed under Rule 2.

4. UNFORTUNATE LIES: With your playing partners’ consent, balls may be dropped out of divots or footprints, away from tree roots and any other dangerous lies.

5. CONCEDED PUTTS: Putts may be conceded with your playing partners’ consent.

6. EQUIPMENT: No restrictions, including number of clubs.

7. COMMON SENSE: When in doubt, use common sense and fairness.

I don't know about you, but I like these rules.

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Justine Reed is back on the bag for husband Patrick at the Wyndham Championship.

Patrick Reed's regular caddie is back, after taking maternity leave. Wife Justine is on the bag this week at the Wyndham Championship for the first time since the couple had their first child -- Windsor-Wells Reed -- in late May.



Perhaps getting Team Reed back in place will help Patrick regain the form he had starting at this point last season, when he won at Greensboro and then followed that up with victories at the Humana Challenge and Cadillac Championship. But since that win in March, Reed has missed six cuts and scored just one top-10 finish in the meantime -- a tie for fourth at the Bridgestone Invitational.

In case you're wondering, Justine's athletic resume is quite stout. She helped start the women’s golf team at Klein Forest High School in Houston, and also played soccer and swam. She is currently a registered nurse when she's not looping on the PGA Tour. 

August 15, 2014 - 8:57am
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Television did no justice to just how dark it was at Valhalla as play ended in the PGA Championship on Sunday. It's a good thing too, because based on this picture folks at home wouldn't have seen anything.

Just how dark was it as play finished in the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday?

This incredible picture tweeted out by Brett Sterba, PGA of America Tournament Director for the 2014 PGA Championship and 2016 Ryder Cup, gives us a glimpse:

As you probably heard on the telecast many times, it was much darker at Valhalla than what we were actually seeing through the camera lens. Did you ever think it was as dark as Sterba's picture though?

Thank goodness for technology, or we wouldn't have seen anything.

Graeme McDowell tips
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Graeme McDowell answered three tweets asking for golf tips.

Graeme McDowell is one of the more engaging pro golfers on Twitter. Whether it's talking about an upcoming tournament, or just talking about what's trending, McDowell always seems to have time to chat with a few fans. 

On Thursday, McDowell took his interactions to a whole different level. 

In the span of a little more than an hour, McDowell answered three questions on Twitter from fans asking for pointers. 

Was it sound advice? Probably, but we'll let you be the judge. 



This is not the first time McDowell has dispensed some wisdom via social media. 

Does that mean McDowell will answer every question for every fan? Probably not. But hey, any advice from one of the top players in the world is appreciated.