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October 12, 2014 - 11:51am
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Tropical Storm Fay
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Julius Mason of the PGA of America sent this photo from Bermuda of the wind and rain Sunday morning.

The island of Bermuda is approximately 21 square miles and sits smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. So what the odds that a tropical storm could make a direct hit on it in mid-October after a quiet hurricane season?

Pretty good, apparently. Mother Nature has exceptional aim.

Dear PGA Grand Slam of Golf ... Tropical Storm Fay would like to play through, please.


On Friday, the National Hurricane Center spotted a tropical depression forming in the Atlantic, some 500 miles south of Bermuda. Reconnaissance airplanes on Saturday found that the storm had intensified. Now known as Tropical Storm Fay, the storm made a beeline for Bermuda, striking the island Sunday morning with near-hurricane force winds.

The PGA of America's Julius Mason tweeted a photo from his location on the island:

And Martin Kaymer added a photo to his Facebook album, showing some of the damage near the Fairmont Southampton hotel with the comment: "Not exaaaaaaactly what you expect in Bermudas."

According to Bermuda Electric Light Company, as many as 27,000 customers were without power Sunday morning because of numerous downed trees. Port Royal Golf Club, host course for the two-day tournament featuring winners of this year's major tournament, canceled play for the remainder of Sunday, according to this tweet:

PGA historian Bob Denney found out this tidbit of information:

However, the weather is expected to improve significantly for the rest of the week, once Fay moves farther to the east and begins to dissipate. The forecast for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are for mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.

October 12, 2014 - 10:14am
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Australian trick shots
Brandon and Bryce from Spimoni Productions put together a great trick shot video.

Australia has had its fair share of world-class golfers -- Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, for example -- so it's no surprise that Aussies are more than capable of putting together some clever trick shots of their own.

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Check out this video from Spimoni Productions, who list themselves as South Australia's resident basketball trick shot specialists. Brandon and Bryce obviously know their way around a golf course as well. And don't we all wish we had this kind of hand-to-eye coordination?



Impressive production skills as well: background music, shots from a drone, slow-motion ...

In case you're wondering, Balaklava Golf Club is located about an hour north of Adelaide. 

Winter Club tips
TJ Auclair
One of the best things to do with your clubs during the offseason is to clean and polish them.

It might be one of the saddest days of the year, from a golfer's perspective anyway.

Not everyone lives in a climate where playing golf can be a 365 days-a-year option, and there comes a time when golfers have to put away their clubs for the winter. What should you do if you find yourself in that position? We talked to PGA Professional Brian Crowell of Glen Arbor Golf Club in Bedford, N.Y. to get some advice.

1. Don't 'store' them

There’s nothing worse than wanting to go practice only to realize that your clubs are tucked away somewhere inconvenient.

Crowell: "Keep them accessible, keep them nearby and available in case you want to practice some putting or chipping in the living room, or go to an indoor range or take a golf trip."

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2. Treat them well

Sure, you might not be using your clubs as often as you are during the summer, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect their condition.

Crowell: "A golfer's clubs are like his or her close friends. Clean the grooves, polish them nicely and store them at room temperature. Keep them in your life, grip them now and then, take some practice swings – don't just chuck them carelessly in a cold garage or a dark basement. Show some respect. Winter is also a great time to re-grip your clubs for the upcoming season."

3. Give them a good home

If you can’t keep your clubs at home, there are some places where you can safely store them. 

Crowell: Some private facilities feature bag storage that allows a golfer to store equipment at that facility throughout the winter. But again, that makes it more challenging to "stay in touch" with the game. I prefer points 1 and 2.”

Do these things and your clubs will be in tip-top shape the next time you can head out to the course.




Steve Stricker
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Steve Stricker had three chances to land a ball at the midfield 'W' at Camp Randall Stadium.

Steve Stricker has seen his fair share of wild shots, but he may have just hit the craziest one of his career Saturday afternoon. 

In front of more than 80,000 fans who packed Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin's football game against the University of Illinois, Stricker was given three shots at landing a ball on the midfield 'W' from the top of the video board -- a roughly 135-yard shot. To raise the stakes, if he was able to land one on the 'W' then a Wisconsin fan would receive free VIP Wanamaker Club tickets to the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Stricker came close, but none of his shots hit their target. 

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Regardless, social media was abuzz with Stricker's shot. 



Steve Stricker tees off at the top of Camp Randall! @uwbadgers #badgers

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At least they didn't wait until the end of the third quarter for this promotion. That's when House of Pain's "Jump Around" plays and Camp Randall Stadium goes crazy. 

We'll give Stricker the benefit of the doubt and say that the safety cord messed up the three-time U.S. Ryder Cup Team member's swing. Plus, hitting a shot in front of 80,000 people is no easy task. 

Now the natural question becomes which golfer will be the next to take a shot at a football stadium? For my money, I want to see Jason Dufner hit one over Jordan-Hare Stadium. 

Jarrod Lyle
Two-time cancer survivor Jarrod Lyle celebrates making the cut at the Open, his first PGA tournament start in two years.

The drink of choice in the Napa Valley is usually red or white, but for Jarrod Lyle, a cold beer was a perfect way to celebrate Friday.

The two-time cancer survivor continued a storybook week at Silverado Country Club with a second-round 70 to put him 2 under for the tournament, good enough to make the cut in his first PGA Tour start in two years.

IN THE FIELD: Jarrod Lyle earns place in Open field

Lyle tweeted this photo afterward:

After not receiving a sponsor's exemption for the Open, Lyle earned a spot in the field through Monday qualifying. Now he'll be playing on the weekend.

According to the Associated Press, Lyle has 20 events to earn $283,825 and reach the equivalent of No. 125 on the money list in 2012 to keep his PGA Tour card. Making the cut this week will at least assure Lyle of getting a check.


October 11, 2014 - 9:19am
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Michelle Wie
We send along birthday wishes to Michelle Wie, who turns 25 today.

It's been one heck of a year for Michelle Wie. From snapping a four-year winless drought in her native Hawaii earlier this season to becoming U.S. Open champion, Wie's had a season to dream about.

Hopefully, she'll make another wish today as she celebrates her 25th birthday.

Wie was born Oct. 11, 1989, in Honolulu. According to her website, she began playing golf at age 4 and soon was hitting the ball more than 100 yards.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: A gallery of Michelle Wie photos 

At 10, Wie became the youngest qualifier ever at the USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. Three years later, she became the youngest player ever to make the cut at an LPGA Tour event, when she finished in the top 10 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Wie graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a degree in communications, which was not at all surprising, given that her grandfather, Dr. Sang Kyu Wie, had been a visiting professor, and her aunt and uncle also had advanced degrees from The Farm.

Her love of Stanford sports is well-documented:

As is her love of painting:

She showed off her artistic skills earlier this year with a video capture. Watch her paint a work of art in 15 seconds here.

So happy birthday, Michelle. All the best.