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September 29, 2014 - 12:00pm
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Hazeltine National Golf Club
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The 16th hole at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

What's the weather going to be like at Hazeltine National Golf Club, site of the 2016 Ryder Cup? Bring a windbreaker for pleasant days, a sweater for the evenings and leave the ski jacket at home.

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Based on National Weather Service averages dating back to 1891, the weather for Chaska, Minn., in late September and early October is particularly pleasant, with minimal rainfall, daily highs averaging in the mid-60s and overnight lows in the 40s.

Had the Ryder Cup been held this weekend at Hazeltine National, fans would have been treated to some spectacular weather: according to the Weather Channel, it was 81 degrees on Friday, and 82 as the high on Saturday and Sunday. That's after an unusual late summer cool spell that engulfed much of the Great Lakes area.


However, with the 2016 Olympics added to the golfing schedule, the Ryder Cup moves back one week to Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2016, which could make the weather a little more like what fans experienced at Gleneagles, Scotland -- cooler and perhaps a bit windier. That's the forecast for Chaska next weekend.

What about snow? Well, according to NWS data, the earliest one-inch snowfall recorded in the Minneapolis area came on Sept 26, 1942, which apparently melted rather quickly. But the second-earliest didn't occur until mid-October, and the earliest report of a one-inch snow depth is Oct. 13. So based on the weather history of the area, there's a 1 in 125 year chance of snow showers. In other words, it's not very likely.

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In fact, there's a better chance of "Indian summer," or a short period of unseasonably warm, dry weather in early fall. That usually occurs after the first frost, which for Minneapolis is between Oct. 1-10.

September 29, 2014 - 7:50am
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Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson
Thanks to social media, we were able to see top golfers playing dress up at the post Ryder Cup party.

No matter the outcome of the Ryder Cup, it's become tradition for the two teams to get together for a post-match party on Sunday night.

Thanks to social media, we're now able to get a peek at what goes on behind closed doors with the top golfers in the world.

After a stressful, pressure-cooker of a week, the gathering is a chance to loosen up and unwind. And, sometimes, things get weird.

Case in point? This photo tweeted by Hunter Mahan. In case you didn't recognize them, that's a shirtless Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson sporting wigs and kilts:

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy got in on the dress-up session too:

Based on this Instagram post by Lee Westwood Monday morning, it appears a good time was had by all:

Westwood also tweeted this picture with a crazy-faced Ian Poulter from the post-party:

September 29, 2014 - 7:09am
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Christopher Meyers
Needing a birdie to tie the lead at Pebble Beach in the Pro-Junior competition of the Nature Valley First Tee Open, a 17-year-old did two better.

With all eyes focused on the Ryder Cup over the weekend, you may have missed another great piece of drama that happened thousands of miles away at Pebble Beach in the Nature Valley First Tee Open on the Champions Tour.

Juniors golfers are selected from across the country to compete in the tournament alongside a Champions Tour player as their mentor.

On the final hole Sunday, trailing by a shot in the pro-junior competition, 17-year-old Christopher Meyers from The First Tee of Tucson did something he'll never forget on Pebble Beach's world famous par-5 18th hole.

Needing a birdie to force a playoff, Meyers -- headed to Stanford next year -- did two better: he made an albatross for the walk-off win.

See the video here:

Meyers' partner, Lee Janzen, certainly looked impressed. 

Meyers sent this out on Instagram after his win:

Mark Brown
Mark Brown said he "lost track" of his score before realizing after 17 holes that he had a chance to post a 59.
Mark Brown of New Zealand added his name to the history books on Friday, shooting an 11-under-par 59 at the Carrus Tauranga Open on New Zealand's Charles Tour.
Brown, a former European Tour player, sank a 14-foot putt on the par-4 10th hole – the last hole of his second round – to card the best score of his career. He opened with a 26, and added seven birdies and an eagle on his second nine – but didn't realize until late in his round at Tauranga Golf Club that he was close to breaking 60. 
"I actually lost track. I did a wee tally up on the second-to-last hole and realized I just needed one more birdie," Brown said. "Luckily the 10th hole is relatively straightforward." 
Brown has had low rounds before, including a 10-under 62 at Melbourne's Kingston Heath to qualify for last year's British Open, but had never threatened 59. 
"Tauranga is one of the more straightforward courses we play and there are a few drivable par 4s, but that being said you still have to make putts and I didn't miss many today." Brown said. "I hit a lot of shots closes but holed a few longer putts when I needed to, 10 or 11 under par doesn't happen that often, and luckily it was a par-70 for the magical 59." 
Six players have shot 59 in official PGA Tour events. Al Geiberger did it in the 1977 Memphis Classic, Chip Beck in the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational, David Duval in the final round of his 1999 victory in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Paul Goydos in the 2010 John Deere Classic, Stuart Appleby in the 2010 Greenbrier Classic and Jim Furyk last year in the BMW Championship outside Chicago. 
Here's a list of the sub-60 scores on the major tours:
Ryo Ishikawa (-12), 2010 Japan Golf Tour, The Crowns in Aichi, Japan
Jason Bohn (-13), 2001 PGA Tour Canada, Bayer Championship in Sarnia, Ontario
Al Geiberger (-13), 1977 PGA Tour, Danny Thomas Memphis Classic in Memphis Tenn.
Chip Beck (-13), 1991 PGA Tour, Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
David Duval (-13), 1999 PGA Tour, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
Paul Goydos (-12), 2010 PGA Tour, John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
Stuart Appleby (-11), 2010 PGA Tour, Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphus Springs, W.Va.
Annika Sorenstam (-13), 2001 LPGA Tour, Standard Register Ping in Phoenix, Ariz.
Notah Begay III (-13), 1998 Nike Tour, Dominion Open in Richmond, Va.
Doug Dunakey (-11), 1998 Nike Tour, Miami Valley Open in Springboro, Ohio
Jason Gore (-12), 2005 Nike Tour, Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb.
Will Wilcox (-12), 2013 Tour, Utah Championship in Sandy, Utah
Kevin Sutherland (-13), 2014 Champions Tour, Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y.
Masahiro Kuramoto (-12), 2003 Japan Golf Tour, Acom International in Ibaraki, Japan  
Adrien Mork (-12), 2006 European Challenge Tour, Tikita Hotels Agadir Moroccan Classic in Agadir, Morocco
Mark Brown (-11), 2014 Carrus Taurange Open, Tauranga Golf Club in Wellington, New Zealand
September 24, 2014 - 8:27am
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Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer clinched the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah for Europe.

The 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah couldn't have gotten off to a better start for the U.S. team. The Americans, captained by Davis Love III, took a seemingly insurmountable 10-6 lead going into the final-day singles matches.

Only one other time in Ryder Cup history had a deficit that large been made up on the final day. That was in 1999 when the U.S. stormed back to shock Europe at The Country Club.

At Medinah, the Europeans returned the favor. Led by Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Europe dominated the singles matches, winning the session 8 1/2-3 1/2 to steal a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory over a stunned U.S. squad.

Relive the Miracle at Medinah with this flashback:

Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy's new Nike Vapor Pro driver has a distinctive gold sole color.
It's highly unusual for a player to break out a brand-new piece of equipment at an event as big as the Ryder Cup, but it appears that Rory McIlroy might do just that. In practice this week at Gleneagles, he's been playing a Nike Vapor Pro driver in place of his usual Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour driver.
"Everyone saw yesterday it was the only driver I had out there in the bag," McIlroy said Wednesday morning at Gleneagles. "It's looking likely that it's going to be in the bag this week." 
McIlroy has been testing the new driver since the summer – as has Tiger Woods – so putting it into play this week wouldn't be as rash a move as it might seem. 
Nike introduced its Vapor family of irons a few weeks ago but had said nothing official about the drivers and fairway woods, so not much is known about them. One thing that's obvious, though, is the color – in the sunlight, the sole flashes gold, in contrast to the Covert drivers with their distinctive red and white bottoms. And the crown is a more traditional black, as opposed to Nike's recent red-headed drivers. 
McIlroy offered no specifics on the club Wednesday, but Golf Digest quoted Tiger Woods as saying that the Vapor Pro contains a compression channel in the sole, something that is absent in the Covert drivers.  
"I pushed our team to bring [it] back because sometimes I like to shape shots by teeing the ball down and hitting it lower on the face," Woods said. "with the compression channel, I'm able to do that and not lose as much ball speed."