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Patrick Reed getting "shushed"
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Patrick Reed got "shushed" by some Ryder Cup opponents, but couldn't help but laugh.
It's been a couple weeks already, but Patrick Reed's playful "sssshhhing" of the gallery on Sunday at the Ryder Cup remains one of our most distinctive memories from the week at Gleneagles.
Several members of the European Ryder Cup team remember Reed as well, and on Tuesday he got a light-hearted taste of his own medicine. In the run-up to this week's Volvo World Match Play Championship in London, Reed got "shushed" by five of his opponents from Gleneagles.
As you can see in the photo above, Reed took the joke in the spirit it was intended. From left to right, the "shushers" are Henrik Stenson, Graeme McDowell, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher.
Reed – the standout player for the United States at Gleneagles – is the only American among the 16 players in the Volvo World Match Play field, and he has promised to "let his emotions fly" when he kicks off the tournament on Wednesday.
''Am I going to get as rowdy as I did at the Ryder Cup? Probably not,'' Reed said Tuesday. ''But playing great golf always gets me excited, no matter what. Whether I'm back home or playing with my buddies or whether I'm on the PGA Tour or I'm over here, if I'm making birdies and playing well, there's going be to fist-pumps and excitement.''  
The young Texan became a target of some fans after he put his finger to his lips and gave the hush sign after rolling in a big birdie during the singles on Sunday en route to winning the last of his 3 ½ points on the week. But if it seemed like the gallery was against him, Reed said the response he got was quite the opposite.
''I got 45 emails when I got home,'' Reed recalled. ''Only five were from Americans, all the others were European and every one of them was positive. They absolutely loved it.''
And what did his opponents think?
''He's a little controversial, but he backs it up,'' said McDowell. ''It's exciting for golf.''
Paula Creamer at the DMZ in Korea
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Paula Creamer's visit to the Demilitarized Zone included throwing hand grenades and tomahawks.
Anyone who keeps up with Paula Creamer knows she is an unabashed supporter of the military.
Creamer, whose father was a Navy pilot, proved it again this week on her way to the LPGA Tour's KEB-Hana Bank Championship near Seoul, South Korea. The Pink Panther spent Monday visiting the U.S. Army's 2nd Infantry Division up near the Demilitarized Zone near the border with North Korea.
Creamer dropped in on several outposts, met with the troops, fired machine guns, hosted a golf clinic – and also learned how to throw tomahawks and hand grenades. "Not many people can say they've done that," she noted.
She also participated in a closest-to-the-pin contest with a few soldiers on the "world's most dangerous hole" – a 192-yard par 3 at Camp Bonifas that is about 400 yards from the Demilitarized Zone and surrounded by land mines on three sides. 
"I don't know how they do it being so far away from their families and keeping your country safe and fighting for us," Creamer said of her hosts. "Their faces light up when you talk about sport in general, but being a female golfer coming in there and being able to hit chip shots or balls on the range and play the toughest par 3 in the world, that's pretty cool." 
You can see several more images of her visit on her Instagram account, and I encourage you to take a look – her tomahawk-throwing form is outstanding
The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Bird's-eye view of playing golf's "most dangerous hole" at Camp Bonifas #PCvisits2ID

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Port Royal clubhouse
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The steady breeze at Port Royal on Tuesday likely will get stronger as Hurricane Gonzalo closes in on Bermuda later this week.
By Josh Ball, Contributor
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda – Having been battered by Tropical Storm Fay last weekend, Bermuda is bracing itself for potentially another direct hit later this week from Hurricane Gonzalo.
Predicted to be a Category 2 storm at least, the weather system is forcing tourists to change travel plans, while locals glance nervously at satellite images for regular updates. As of Tuesday evening, Gonzalo had winds of about 110 miles an hour as it moved northward from Puerto Rico and was expected to hit, or pass near, Bermuda sometime Friday.
And the PGA of America, having narrowly avoided disaster before the start of the PGA Grand Slam, is busy making contingency plans for its on-site staff, many of whom aren't scheduled to leave until Friday.
The fact that all the flights off the island are now fully booked until Monday says much for the belief that the storm could be a big one.
Even so, David Charles, the PGA's senior director of championships, is not overly concerned about packing up in time.
"Obviously we're tracking what's coming our way," he said. "But I think it's a Friday scenario, and typically we would have everything off the golf course and packed up by the end of the day Thursday. Timing wise we're fine.
"A lot of people have tried to change flights, but there's not a lot of availability. Most people are leaving Thursday, obviously it's contingent that Thursday's okay as well."
For now all the PGA staff can do is watch and wait.
"Hopefully the storm goes between us and the East Coast, and misses us by 100 miles or so," said Charles.
Bubba Watson and Kevin Durant
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Bubba Watson got two very big souvenirs from Kevin Durant, and one very big regret.
About a month after he won won the Masters for the second time last spring, Bubba Watson made a new friend – Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his excitement to meet the NBA's MVP, Watson asked Durant for his shoes after the Thunder eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers.
Durant immediately agreed, and handed his shoes to Watson, who was sitting courtside at the Staples Center for the big game. 
So Watson headed home with two very big souvenirs – and one very big regret.
"As soon as it came out of my mouth," Watson said this week at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, he wished he'd never asked.
"If somebody did that to me at the Masters, I would be so mad," he admitted. "But maybe [Durant] likes me enough." 
As Watson explained in Bermuda, he met Durant at a Bible study in Los Angeles the day before the game. As they chatted afterward, Watson said, "hey, why don't you give me your shoes after the game? It'd be funny."
And, as's T.J. Auclair reported, "Moments after winning the Game 6 showdown … Durant slipped off his game-worn shoes and ran them over to Watson." The two shared a hug and Watson wished Durant well the rest of the way.
Watson is a huge NBA fan, and has been seen at several practices and games the last couple of years. In fact, his wife, Angie, is a former WNBA player.
But it sounds like his days of big-time souvenir hunting might be over.
Here are a couple of videos, first of Watson getting the shoes, and then of Watson explaining his second thoughts:
October 13, 2014 - 8:28pm
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods spent part of Saturday with the Stanford golf teams.

Those Stanford kids sure are quick learners.

On Saturday, the Cardinal men's and women's golf teams got to meet Tiger Woods, who was at The Farm to see fellow golfer Notah Begay get inducted into the school's hall of fame. One day later, Cardinal sophomore Viraat Badhwar set the Stanford course with a 59.

According to Badhwar's bio page on the Stanford site, his lowest round as a freshman was a 67. A native of Queensland, Australia, Badhwar also finished tied for 14th at the NCAA Regional Qualifying tournament last season.

Related: Nicolas Colsaerts falls inches short of a 59 at the Portugal Masters

Stanford did not play a competitive event this past weekend, but Badhwar will get the chance to keep the momentum going when the Cardinal heads to the United States Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Ga., starting on Friday. 

Based on this immediate result, it's clear that whenever Tiger officially decides to retire from the PGA Tour, he'll have a successful career as a teacher waiting for him. 

H/T For The Win

Rory McIlroy at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf
Rory McIlroy had plenty to say about his fellow contestants at the PGA Grand Slam this week.
By Josh Ball, Contributor 
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda – While any event involving professional sportsmen has an element of seriousness about it, the PGA Grand Slam is played in a relaxed atmosphere.
Asked to evaluate the strengths of his playing partners over the next two days, Rory McIlroy was effusive in his praise for Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk. Martin Kaymer, not so much.
Watson is "the most impressive player to watch," according to McIlroy, who won both the Open Championship and PGA Championship.
And Furyk is the "ultimate professional who gets the most out of his game," and is someone McIlroy really respects.
In that context, Kaymer – McIlroy's Ryder Cup teammate, fellow European and the reigning U.S. Open champion – might have expected a similar amount of respect.
But McIlroy, who was speaking just as the German entered the press area, put his tongue firmly in his cheek – and dismissed Kaymer as a "solid player" who had "no chance."