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December 9, 2014 - 10:44am
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Bear cubs
Four bear cubs decided to play through at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in September.

From alligators to snakes, it seems like 2014 was a crazy year for animals creating havoc on golf courses. Here are a few memorable encounters, in alphabetical order:

ALLIGATORS

PGA Tour pro pushes alligator into water

At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April, PGA Tour player John Peterson gave a very dangerous assist to playing partner James Driscoll, pushing an alligator into a pond so Driscoll could play his approach shot.

 

 

BABOONS

A real baboon spooks Luke Donald in South Africa

Wildlife is a cornerstone of South Africa. Luke Donald saw that firsthand earlier this month at the Nedbank Challenge, when a baboon ran down the fairway.

 

 

 

BALD EAGLES

Eagle steals man's golf ball from green

This is one of those rare times when an eagle on the golf course isn't a good thing.

 

 

 

BEARS

Bear cubs lack etiquette on the green

These bear cubs seemed to enjoy their time on the golf course, even though they held up play.

 

 

BOBCATS

The story behind the bobcat on the Florida golf course photo

The St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Florida was visited by a Florida bobcat in November, seen here trotting across the 10th tee.

ELEPHANTS

What kind of tracks are these?

These footprints belong to Malaysian elephants who apparently wander over from the nearby tropical rainforest, near where Ernie Els is developing a 27-hole golf resort.

FROGS

Peter Uihlein survives frog attack

Everyone is afraid of something. For pro golfer Peter Uihlein, it's tiny frogs.

 

 

 

GEESE

Golfer attacked by angry goose

This poor golfer was minding his own business when, out of nowhere, he was attacked by a goose.

 

 

HORNETS

Pablo Larrazabal attacked by hornets, jumps into lake

Pablo Larrazabal was attacked by hornets and stung more than 20 times at the Maybank Malaysian Open in April before he effected a watery escape.

KANGAROOS

Caution: Kangaroo crossing

This is a reader-submitted photo from Growling Frog Golf Course in Yan Yean, Australia, on the north side of Melbourne. And yes, those are kangaroos.

 

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SNAKES

Unusual course hazard at China Open

Indiana Jones would not be amused by this sign spotted at the European Tour stop in April.

 

Stacy Lewis
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Reigning LPGA Player of the Year Stacy Lewis will lead a field of 156 players into Westchester Country Club for the 2015 edition of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
Just in time for the holidays, tickets for the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship are now on sale. The LPGA Tour major will be played June 8-14 at prestigious Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York.
 
A variety of ticket options are available, with a top price of $200 for weekly clubhouse passes. Single-day tickets for Saturday's third round and Sunday's final round go for $30, while passes for the Thursday and Friday rounds are $25 each.
 
An "any competition day" flex ticket costs $35, while passes for Tuesday's and Wednesday's practice rounds are $15 each. A variety of hospitality and pro-am options are also available.
 
 
In addition, the tournament is offering volunteer opportunities with duties ranging from leaderboard operations to transportation to working in the championship office. For a fee of $96 per person, volunteers will receive a uniform, access to the tournament all week long and many other benefits. 
 
"Volunteering is a great way to experience the tournament from a perspective that few will ever enjoy," said Championship Director Bob Jeffrey. "For less than $100, the perks are a great value in the New York City market."
 
 
This venerable women's major, known for six decades as the LPGA Championship, is a collaboration among KPMG, the LPGA and the PGA of America. Its purse – set for $3.5 million in 2015 – is among the highest in all of women's golf, and the event will be televised by the Golf Channel and NBC.
 
The event will rotate annually among world-class courses in major metropolitan markets around the nation, but is beginning this new era at prestigious Westchester Country Club, for 40 years the home a high-profile PGA Tour.
 
"Westchester Country Club is a great club, and their membership has really stepped up" to enable the tournament to move from its previous home in Rochester to the New York City area in a little more than a year, said Jeffrey. "Westchester is a major-caliber course, and we're sure the LPGA players will really like the quality of the challenge it will present."
 
The field will consist of 156 players, including reigning Player of the Year Stacy Lewis and all the LPGA Tour's biggest stars. Among them will be the top eight finishers from the previous year’s LPGA Teaching & Club Professional National Championship, where three women PGA of America members – Karen Paolozzi, Alison Curdt and Laurie Rinker – played their way into the field.
 
While the action on the course is guaranteed to be exciting, so will be the action off the course, where KPMG will lead a women's leadership summit on-site at Westchester CC. The event will bring together top women leaders in business, politics, sports and society to network, learn and help cultivate the next generation of female leaders.
 
"The Championship will now reach even greater levels of global exposure, player opportunities, and community impact," said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. "This event will change lives – both for the female professionals that will compete and for the women it will impact in both the women's leadership summit and community initiative."
 
December 9, 2014 - 8:46am
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Cheyenne Woods and Lindsey Vonn
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Cheyenne Woods and Lindsey Vonn both reached significant goals over the weekend.
Tiger Woods has plenty to be happy about this week, even if he didn't exactly win his Hero World Challenge. And I'm not talking about just making it through four rounds pain-free, though, for Woods, that is legitimately a big deal for him. 
 
Another legitimately big deal is that his niece, Cheyenne Woods, earned her 2015 LPGA Tour card on Sunday by tying for 11th place in the Q-School finals. The news of Cheyenne's success in Daytona Beach quickly reached Tiger over in Orlando – he called her accomplishment "awesome," and promptly placed a "way-to-go" call to the second-best golfer in his family.
 
"He called me to congratulate me and told me how proud he was and excited for me," Cheyenne said. "That was pretty cool."
 
Woods – the 24-year-old daughter of Tiger's half-brother Earl Woods Jr. – starred at Wake Forest, spent the last couple of years making spot starts on various tours, and kicked off her 2014 season with a victory in the Australian Ladies Masters. She focused on the LPGA's second-tier Symetra Tour over the summer, but didn't perform well enough to secure one of the 10 LPGA cards available to the season's top money winners.
 
 
She got off to a strong start at Q-School, then came close to wrecking her chances with a second-round 79 that pushed her down into a tie for 80th place. But she rebounded with rounds of 67-71-70, and closed out the five-round event by moving up 21 spots on the final day to easily earn er 2015 privileges.
 
"I'm proud of my fight and my resilience and ability to not give up," she said. "The biggest thing was I believed it would happen and fighting through that rough day to come out tied for 11th."
 
This was her third attempt at Q-School – she made it to the first stage in 2012, and advanced to the finals in 2013. And, she said, her roller-coaster showing this time was a bit more emblematic of her performance throughout 2014 than she would have preferred. 
 
"The very first tournament I played in I missed the cut and then I won the next one," she said. "In between my win and Q-School, I really didn't play well, so it was tough. But this [gaining her LPGA Tour card] was my overall goal and this was always what I had in the back of my mind, so at the end of the day I am extremely happy."
 
Meanwhile, out in western Canada, Vonn – Tiger's girlfriend of about two years – earned her first victory since a scary high-speed crash in Europe in Febuary of 2013 – a few weeks before she and Woods publicly acknowledged that they were dating – tore ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in her shin.
 
On Saturday, she let the alpine world know that she's back by winning the downhill race in the FIS World Cup event at Lake Louise, Alberta. She followed that up on Sunday with a second-place finish in the Super-G event, missing out on another victory by a mere .37 of a second.
 
"It was a phenomenal weekend for me," said Vonn, who reinjured her leg in training last year and had to miss the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where she had hoped to defend her 2010 Olympic victory in the downhill. "I felt like I was skiing aggressively."
 
"That's a pretty incredible performance," Woods said of Vonn's victory. "She is really better. She has got the confidence back."
 
A few days before her triumphant return, Vonn explained how Woods motivated her through the toughest times of her comeback.
 
"Tiger and I both went through rehab with our injuries at a similar time, so we were both in the gym together and pushing each other and motivating each other, both frustrated," she told CNN.
 
 
"I think we both helped each other a lot through that time, and I drew a lot of inspiration from him and I think he does the same with me," she added. "We continue to push each other and it's a really positive relationship in that way."
 
And while Woods has worked hard to get his body – specifically, his back – in good-enough shape to be able to play pain-free in all four rounds at the Hero World Challenge, he was quick to acknowledge the effort that Vonn has put in, both physically and mentally to regain her world-class form in such a demanding discipline.
 
"She hadn't skied that competitively in two years," he noted. "So to be able to get into a position where she felt comfortable to push the physical limits, absolute limits – because that's what you have to do in order to win in her sport – and to be able to take those chances and risks without having her knee blow out on her is pretty cool."
 
After such a huge weekend, nobody could blame Tiger, Cheyenne and Lindsey from kicking back and basking in the glow of their accomplishments for a while. Tiger, in fact, is planning to ramp it down a little bit before gearing up for his 2015 campaign, which is expected to begin at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in early February.
 
Vonn has returned to her homebase of Vail, Colorado, to get in a little more training and, she said, improve her timing for the remainder of her World Cup schedule. 
 
Cheyenne Woods, meanwhile, immediately hopped on a plane for the Middle East, where she will play in this week's Dubai Ladies Masters, the season-ending event on the Ladies European Tour. Tucked in her carry-on bag, she revealed on social media, was her copy of the LPGA Tour's rookie orientation package.
 
December 8, 2014 - 11:53am
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Golf bloopers
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Who doesn't love a good blooper reel? That's what we have here... with a golf theme.

We love a great golf blooper compilation. And after Tiger's rough week around the greens at Isleworth in the Hero World Challenge, it sent us on a scavenger hunt for a good golf-themed blooper video.

Lucky for us, we didn't have to look too far. Check out what our friends at America's Home Videos have put together here:

Lots of highlights in this one. My favorite? The one pictured above. It's like the poor guy hit his shot into a trampoline instead of a net.

RELATED: Kid throws epic tantrum after missed putt | Tiger's chipping woes

Honorable mention? The opening clip where the guy falls into the pond and brings his friend along with him.

Enjoy. 

December 8, 2014 - 10:47am
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golf meltdown
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This might be one of the most epic meltdowns we've ever seen on a golf course.

We've all seen -- and probably had -- our share of tantrums on the golf course. They're nothing to be proud of, but hey, the game can do that to you.

Golf can drive anyone mad, young and old... or, in this case, real young.

Check out the fit this little boy throws after missing a tap in:

What a meltdown!

 

The only thing missing was someone saying, "You're still away, kid."

If we're being honest, it was pretty rude of his playing partners not to concede the putt in the first place. Come on, guys.

The fit of rage was cute since it was a kid. But, play this video through your head the next time you think of throwing a tantrum on the course. It'll serve as a reminder of how foolish you look to your playing partners.

Then again, it could go viral on YouTube.