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Drone golf
The object of drone golf is to drop a golf ball as close to a flagstick as possible.
As long as there are people with imaginations, there will be new variations of golf.
The newest one I've run across: Drone Golf. Yes, that's playing golf using a drone.
Drone golf is the invention of a man named John Mendonca, a retired electrical engineer who lives in Las Vegas and has been tinkering with the concept at Las Vegas Country Club.
"I always loved remote control stuff, and this is even more fun," Mendonca told KLAS-TV in Las Vegas.
The object of his game is pretty simple. You equip a drone with a cup big enough to hold a golf ball, then fly your drone over a golf hole. When you think your drone is directly over the hole, you have the drone drop the ball.
There's no putting or anything after you drop. Your score is determined by the number of inches your ball comes to rest away from the flagstick.
It's just that simple. And that's why his slogan for his game is "Fly – drop – win."
Mendonca is still developing his concept for the game, and so far has restricted it to the practice range at Las Vegas CC. He does, however, have some big ideas.
"I hope to have a professional drone golf association," he told the TV station, "where people from all around the world can come to compete for prize money."
Here's the report from KLAS:
October 14, 2015 - 9:53am
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Rory McIlroy
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Is Rory McIlroy in for another huge season on the PGA Tour? He's teeing it up in this week's season opener.

I hope you didn't blink. If you did, you missed the PGA Tour's offseason.

A new season begins on Thursday in Napa, Calif., with the Open at Silverado -- less than one month after the 2014-15 season ended with the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

Despite the quick turnaround, the Open isn't lacking star power. Rory McIlroy makes his debut in the tournament this week. Justin Rose is there, as are the likes of Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Presidents Cuppers Hideki Matsuyama and Steven Bowditch.

RELATED: Tee times for the Open | Favorite aces from PGA Tour season

Unfortunately, defending champ and Presidents Cupper Sang-Moon Bae is not there to try for the repeat, as he was forced to report to his mandatory military stint in South Korea.

Here are the five players you'll want to keep an eye on in the 2015-16 PGA Tour season opener.

5. Tony Finau
Best finish in 2015-16 season:
Reason to watch: A solid 2014-15 season saw Finau fall just short of reaching the Tour Championship. On the world stage, Finau shined at the only two majors he played -- the U.S. Open (T14) and the PGA Championship (T10). Known as one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, all signs are pointing toward a big year for Finau. Can that start this week at Silverado where he tied for 12th a year ago?

4. Brandt Snedeker
Best finish in 2015-16 season:
Reason to watch: Snedeker had a solid 2014-15 season, which included a win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He wound up 23rd in the final FedExCup standings. Any season in which a player makes it to the Tour Championship has to be considered a good one. However, Snedeker has to be a little disappointed having missed out on the Presidents Cup. Well, lucky for him, he gets to turn the page quickly. It's a new season and the Ryder Cup is the carrot now dangling in front of him.

3. Justin Rose
Best finish in 2015-16 season:
Reason to watch: Rose's lone victory last season came at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but the 2013 U.S. Open winner was a regular contender. I expect that we'll see a lot more of that in the new season as well. Rose is just so steady. I don't expect him to play a lot of golf on the PGA Tour before 2016 -- this might be one of maybe two starts.

2. Steven Bowditch
Best finish in 2015-16 season:
Reason to watch: The Australian has won on the PGA Tour in each of the last two seasons and was a member of the International Presidents Cup team for the first time a week ago. He heads back to Silverado after having finished runner up a year ago. In his last PGA Tour start -- the Tour Championship -- Bowditch finished T12. I think he'll keep the momentum rolling into a new season and perhaps it could lead to his first multi-win year.

1. Rory McIlroy
Best finish in 2015-16 season:
Reason to watch: It's not often one can call a season "frustrating" when he finishes in the top 10 on seven occasions, including two victories. But, that's life when you're Rory McIlroy, who also missed a little bit of time with that gruesome ankle injury. After watching Jordan Spieth and Jason Day take off in 2014-15, you have to believe McIlroy is extra motivated to make a statement in the new season. Can that start at Silverado this week? Why not?   

October 14, 2015 - 7:38am
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Michelle Wie
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Michelle Wie isn't afraid to try something most may consider "different." Last year in South Korea, it was a live squid. This week in South Korea, it was... chicken's feet.

Michelle Wie is definitely adventurous when it comes to dining.

Last year, while in South Korea, she posted a video of herself eating a live squid.

Well, this week she's back in South Korea and decided to take in another local delicacy: chicken's feet.

Here it is:


From all accounts, "It tastes like chicken."

Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda
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Jessica Korda and her sister Nelly both earned victories the week after they posted a video of themselves dancing off the teebox.
One of my most favorite recent posts here on featured LPGA Tour player Jessica Korda and her younger sister Nelly showing off their teebox dance moves to the infectious strains of "The Power."
I thought it was fun to see the siblings enjoying themselves in such a goofy way. Little did I know that they were secretly using the song to "power up" for a pair of victories one day and half a world apart.
Jessica – an LPGA Tour veteran at age 22 – won her fourth career title at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on Sunday, though it was overshadowed a bit by the Presidents Cup in South Korea. She finished with a 6-under 65 for a four-shot victory over Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis and Shanshan Feng in the first stop on the tour's fall swing through Asia.
A day after Jessica picked up her trophy in Kuala Lumpur, 17-year-old Nelly won the American Junior Golf Association's Ping Invitational in Stillwater, Okla. And if you thought Jessica's four-shot margin of victory was impressive, check this out – Nelly won by 11 on Monday!
She was up by a mere nine as she stood on the final tee, then she eagled the 72nd hole to cap off her 11-shot victory over U.S. Women's Amateur finalist Sierra Brooks and Andrea Lee. That eagle, by the way was her second on the 18th hole in the event's three rounds.
Neither sister credited "The Power" for powering her to victory, but the coincidence is just too great to ignore, don't you think. Well, maybe not, but I’m not taking any chances – "The Power" is officially my new go-to teebox tune.
And ICYMI, here's the video that made (I'm guessing) all this winning happen:
October 13, 2015 - 10:00am
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Stephen Curry
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Golden State's Stephen Curry loves golf almost as much as basketball.

It's no secret that when Stephen Curry's not on the basketball court, there's a pretty good chance he's on a golf course somewhere.

NBA FINALS: Curry makes a detour for the driving range

And that's going to be the case Wednesday morning, as Curry and fellow Golden State Warrior Andre Iguodala will take a break from the NBA preseason to play in the Open Johnny Miller pro-am at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. The NBA's Most Valuable Player and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player will be trading basketball shorts for golf shots.

According to the tournament's website, tournament director Jeff Sanchez was thrilled with the news that Curry and Iguodala will play.

DREAM FOURSOME: Curry selects three famous playing partners

"It’s not just that they’re basketball stars that play golf," Sanchez said. "They’re real golfers. They’re good players. We’re looking forward to seeing them side by side with one of the Tour professionals, in front of our fans. We think it’s going to be a lot of fun for everybody."

The Open is the first event for the PGA Tour’s 2015-16 season. The commitment list includes Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, Scott Piercy, Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama, Robert Streb and Daniel Berger. Tiger Woods was also scheduled to play, but recent back surgery forced him to withdraw.

Interested in how well Curry swings a club? Here's a video Curry posted to YouTube several years ago about his annual Curry Classic family charity tournament:



October 13, 2015 - 9:25am
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Holes in one
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Luckily for us fans, the cameras were rolling for a number of the 43 aces recorded on the PGA Tour during the 2014-15 season. Here's a look at eight of our favorites.

Throughout the course of a season, there are countless jaw-dropping shots executed by the best players in the game.

Many of those are, in a word, "perfect" -- as in requiring just one shot from tee to green, a hole-in-one.

The 2014-15 PGA Tour season saw a total of 43 aces, including two each by Billy Hurley III, Andres Romero and Brian Harman (who had both of his in a single round!).

RELATED: Players with the most aces in PGA Tour history | Share your ace

Here's a look, with video, of my eight favorite aces from this past season.

8. Dustin Johnson on the 227-yard, par-3 fourth hole at Trump Doral in the third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, a tournament he would go on to win.


7. And, just three groups later, J.B. Holmes went and did the same thing on the same hole!


6. Check out Patrick Reed with a hole-in-one on the 188-yard, par-3 16th in the third round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston. I can't get enough of the fist pump.


5. Justin Thomas, who was a Rookie of the Year finalist, snagged his first ace on the PGA Tour with this beauty at the Greenbrier on the par-3 18th hole -- a 175-yarder -- in the opening round of the Greenbrier Classic. How cool is the commentary from Thomas? "Go in, please. Please go in." Doesn't happen often, but sometimes the ball listens.


4. It's hard to call one ace better than another ace. They're all incredible. But, this one from Billy Hurley III in the second round of the Open at Silverado's par-3 15th hole was pretty ridiculous. The ball nails the flagstick and could have been sent in any direction as a result. Instead, it dropped into the center of the hole.


3. What better way to end a round of golf than with a hole-in-one? That's precisely what Rickie Fowler did in the opening round of the Quicken Loans National. Playing the back nine first, Fowler's round came to a close on the 200-yard, par-3 ninth at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club where he delivered a terrific walk-off ace. Now that'll make dinner taste extra delicious.


2. Stupid. That's the best way to describe what Brian Harman did at the Barclays. In the final round of the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, the former University of Georgia golf star nailed not one, but two holes in one. Here's a look at the second one. Harman's face says it all, "Are you kidding me?"


1. Jordan Spieth wasn't going to let the season pass without getting in on the hole-in-one party. The PGA Tour and PGA of America Player of the Year Award winner picked up an ace in the opening round of the BMW Championship -- the third leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. Spieth aced the 196-yard, par-3 second hole.