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April 21, 2014 - 8:59am
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T.J. Auclair
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Miguel Angel Jimenez
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Miguel Angel Jimenez can envision himself playing on the European Ryder Cup team in September.

When you're the "Most Interesting" anything, it means you do things the rest of us can't relate to.

As we all know, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez is the Most Interesting Golfer in the World. One week after his tie for fourth in the Masters, the 50-year-old Jimenez was victorious in his Champions Tour debut in the Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf.

Puffing a victory cigar afterward on Sunday, Jimenez explained that fans probably won't be seeing him much on the Champions Tour this year, even after becoming just the third player in the Tour's history to record a wire-to-wire win in his debut.

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He has bigger goals.

"To me it's not about money," Jimenez told the press. "It's about some different goals to make me feel proud of myself. To me I would feel nice to play on the Ryder Cup once more."

If Jimenez were to make the European Ryder Cup team, it would be his fifth appearance in the matches. He'd also be the oldest European Ryder Cup team member in history, supplanting Ted Ray who was 50 years, 67 days when he played in the inaugural match in 1927.

Jimenez will be 50 years, 265 days when the first day of the 2014 competition begins on Sept. 26, at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland.

He still wouldn't be the oldest competitor in Ryder Cup history though. That title belongs to Raymond Floyd, who was 51 years, 20 days when he competed in 1993 as a captain's pick of Tom Watson at the Belfry (the last time the U.S. won on foreign soil). Incidentally, Watson will become the oldest Ryder Cup captain in history at 65 years, 22 days. Floyd is also serving as a vice captain to Watson this year.

Bernhard Langer, a 10-time European Ryder Cup team member and the 2004 captain, finished runner up to Jimenez Sunday. Langer admitted he doesn't expect to see much more of his friend on the 50+ circuit this season.

"He said he wasn't going to play anymore this year because he wants to be the oldest European player to ever play on the Ryder Cup," Langer said. "That's his goal. But, you know, goals can sometimes change. Who knows, maybe he makes the Ryder Cup team by July and he'll decide to come out for a couple of weeks."

A 50-year-old locking up a spot on the Ryder Cup team by July?

Now that would be, well... interesting.

Who wouldn't want to see this in September?:



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Michelle Wie
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Michelle Wie shows her hula skills Saturday after winning the Lotte Championship.

In addition to her regular job playing golf on the LPGA Tour, Michelle Wie had herself an event-full Saturday. Call it the Wie Triathlon.

First, she overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the Lotte Championship on her home course, snapping a four-year victory drought. Wie shot a 5-under 67 at Ko Olina Golf Club to beat third-round leader Angela Stanford by two strokes and capture her first LPGA Tour victory since the 2010 CN Canadian Women's Open.

As part of the post-tournament ceremonies, the winner gets up and does a celebratory hula dance in front of the crowd. As confident as Wie looked on the course, she looked every bit uneasy trying to emulate the moves of the two dancers next to her.

Wie then headed out to her own charity event, playing ping pong to raise money for the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association. The LPGA tweeted some photos from the event.



It's not Waffle House, where Bubba Watson celebrated last Sunday after winning the Masters, but for Wie, it was definitely a day to cherish.

Jimmy Walker
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Jimmy Walker has a group of friends there who definitely aren't shy pointing out his on-course failings, rare though they have been this season.

If you worry that winning three PGA Tour events this season, dominating the FedExCup points list and rising into the top 20 in the world ranking might have given Jimmy Walker the big head, then fret no more.

Walker, who plays out of the Cordillera Golf Club near San Antonio, has a group of friends who definitely aren't shy about pointing out his on-course failings, rare though they have been this season.

He found that out just the other day, when he returned home from a stretch of events to find a certain hilarious memento at his locker. Walker was one of the favorites at his hometown Valero Texas Open a few weeks ago, but made a double bogey on the first hole of his second round thanks to a few too many shots on the green. 

And thus, he received this:



Good guy that he is, Walker accepted his prize in the proper spirit. "My good buds at home keeping me real.....4 putt on 1 at Valero," he tweeted. "I now own the new putter till someone earns it!"

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club
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Torresdale-Frankford Country Club in Philadelphia, home of a historic Donald Ross golf course, is being purchased by the Union League city club.

The Union League of Philadelphia – one of the nation's most respected city clubs – has agreed to buy the Torresdale-Frankford Country Club in the northeastern part of the city, the club said this week. 

The deal, which was ratified on Wednesday, is significant on a couple of fronts. First, it's encouraging that such a prominent city club sees the value in offering golf to its members. And second, Torresdale-Frankford CC, which has struggled financially in recent years, is the home of a classic Donald Ross-designed course.

In making the case for growth, Union League officials noted that their membership has shifted geographically in recent years. As recently as 2000, two-thirds of its members lived along Philadelphia's famous – and country club-studded – Main Line that stretches west out of the city. Now, however, only about 40 percent of its members live there, while the percentage of its membership living in the City Center and South Jersey has doubled.

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According to a presentation made to members, the Philadelphia Inquirer said, the Union League hopes to offer "unlimited golf" to members along with access to Torresdale-Frankford's swimming, tennis, shooting and dining facilities that occupy 150 acres about 15 miles from City Center. 

Ross, one of the game's most prolific and well-respected golf course architects, created the 6,417-yard, par-70 layout in 1921. San Snead holds the course record of 64, which he set during the 1941 Philadelphia Open.

The course is one of about two dozen that Ross created in Pennsylvania, along with Newtown Square's famed Aronimink. Among Ross's designs are the No. 2 Course at Pinehurst, which will host the U.S. Open this summer, as well as the Nos. 1 and 3 courses at the popular North Carolina Resort. Others include East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, home of the PGA Tour's Tour Championship; Oakland Hills in Birmingham, Mich., a venue for both the U.S. Open and Ryder Cup; and Scioto in Columbus, Ohio, where Jack Nicklaus spent many days in his youth. 

No doubt the Union League will look to upgrade the country club – and the course – in an effort to get its members out there. And that can only mean good news for a course whose future should be as bright as its pedigree is proud.


Bryan Brothers
If you look closely, you'll see there's a live alligator involved in the latest Bryan Brothers golf trick shot video.

Golf trick shots are a serious thing, it turns out.

Moments after our earlier post today with the golf ball bouncing off pots and pans, we received a direct message on Twitter from the recent kings of the golf trick shot -- the Bryan Brothers.

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They provided a link to their latest effort -- The Gator Edition. That's right -- they're messing with alligators now (among other incredible shots)! The alligator comes in to play at the 1:00 mark.

Here it is:

Dare we say this is the best Bryan Brother video yet? The production quality is the best it's been.

That's a pretty swift response to pots and pans and yesterday's golf/baseball video.

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April 18, 2014 - 10:51am
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Today's trick shot incorporates pots and pans.

Another day, another golf trick shot.

This time, it involves pots, pans and a glass.



Impressive stuff. But, as far as this week's trick shots are concerned, yesterday's juggling act turned home run is still the leader in the clubhouse.

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