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Gus and Betty Andreone
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Between them, Gus and Betty Andreone have 11 holes-in-one.

You could consider Gus Andreone a very lucky man, and you'd be correct -- on so many levels.

The lifetime PGA of America member is still playing golf regularly at Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Fla., after turning 103 in September. And not only that, Gus made his eighth hole-in-one earlier this month, making him arguably the oldest person ever to record an ace.

ACE NO. 8: Gus Andreone records another hole-in-one at age 103

But that's not all. Gus' wife, Betty, who is 97, has three holes-in-one, giving the couple a total of 11. And they've won the lottery three times, and a car in a raffle. 

Listen to them recount their story here, from the Fox studios in Tampa:


PGA Life Member Gus Andreone and wife Betty on FOX & Friends, Dec. 31, 2014 from Mallory Crosland on Vimeo.


Andreone served under Gen. George S. Patton during World War II, and survived survived a near direct hit by an large caliber artillery shell. The compression by the shell created a crater nearby and left Gus without hearing for more than two weeks. After the war, Andreone returned to his native Pittsburgh and worked at Edgewood Country Club  for 30 years before retiring to Florida

He's one Lucky Gus.

Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods is all smiles during a Stanford football game in October.

Christmas cards and holiday newsletters: An annual ritual shared by many people. Most of the time, the letter is filled with vacation photos, accomplishments from the kids and self-aggrandizement. It seems like everyone's life is nothing but sugar plums and fairy tales.

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So it's refreshing when someone like Tiger Woods sits down and writes from his heart -- and doesn't pull many punches in the process.

Here's the note he posted to his website this week:

As a golfer, 2014 was one of my most frustrating years because I've been hurt pretty much all year. I'm finally healthy enough to practice and dedicate myself to the game of golf again, and that's going to be fun for next year.

But, in so many other ways, it was a great year and I have a lot to be thankful for.

My kids are doing fantastic and are growing up and maturing, and it's happening faster than I ever thought. They're teaching me how to work an iPad, which is really funny.

Lindsey Vonn is doing great. Her rehab was fantastic, and she worked so hard at it. She just won her second World Cup Downhill race last week in France and is only one win away from tying the all-time record and is two from breaking it, which is pretty incredible.

It was nice to see my good friend Arjun Atwal win the Dubai Open last week. He's had some physical ailments and doesn't really have a playing card; it's just hit-and-miss tournaments and hard to get any momentum. But he birdied the last hole to win, and that's really exciting.

I was really happy to see my niece Cheyenne earn her LPGA playing card for 2015. I found out after Sunday's round at the Hero World Challenge that she had qualified, and I called her from the cart barn at Isleworth Golf & Country Club. I couldn't be more proud. She paid her dues and traveled the world. It wasn't a handout. She struggled with a 79 in the second round but came back strong. For her to do that shows so much maturity and mental strength, and I think that will serve her well going forward.

It's been a really exciting year for my foundation. We launched a new event series called the Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs, enjoyed working with two new title sponsors, Quicken Loans and Hero, for our tournaments, and welcomed new leadership with CEO Rick Singer. I'm really excited about what Rick brings to the table and have really enjoyed working with him so far. We have some big plans for the foundation.

The Hero World Challenge was fantastic. We went to Isleworth and Orlando for one year, and it was great to see a lot of the people that I have gotten to know through the years. I would like to thank Mr. Munjal, Vice Chairman & CEO of Hero MotoCorp, for his support of the event and my foundation. We've developed a great relationship and have a shared vision. Jordan Spieth played tremendous golf.

The next three years we are going to Albany in the Bahamas, so we're looking forward to that. We should draw a pretty good field as well, because some of the top players live in the community of Albany, and there's a good chance they will play in the event. My staff at the foundation has done an incredible job, and I am proud of them as well.

It was a busy year for our golf course design group. We had the grand opening for El Cardonal at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, last week, and the initial reviews were fantastic. Bluejack National in Houston should be open by the fall of next year, and our newest design called the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai, is just getting started.

In October, I had the privilege to induct Notah Begay III, who is like a brother to me, into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. It was neat to go back to The Farm and to be around the place that really has transformed my life after being around so many gifted, articulate and brilliant people. I missed being there. The majority of students on campus were their high school's valedictorians.

To be able to hang out with the men's and women's golf teams … the questions that they asked were amazing, because you can tell just how deep they are thinking about things. I just remember when I was attending there, the conversations and the debates we would have were on a very deep level. The questions they were asking me about golf weren't just, 'How do you hit a high draw?' It was much deeper than that and it was fun for me.

Congratulations to Patrick Rodgers for breaking my Stanford records for tournament wins and career scoring average. Patrick eclipsed it, worked very hard and got it done.

As for my 2015 golf season, I'm mostly excited about being healthy again. I've struggled for the past year-and-half with my back, and it showed in my results. Even though I won five times two years ago, it was hit or miss some weeks and got progressively worse.

Now that it feels healthy, strong and stable, it's fun to be able to play with my kids again, to play soccer and run around with them, shoot hoops … things that I used to do and took for granted. For anybody who has ever had a bad back with nerve damage, it's downright debilitating. To not feel that is finally just incredible relief.

I am still working on my playing schedule and should have it figured out shortly. The kids, Lindsey and I are going to spend Christmas together and we're going to have a great time.

Like I said, I have a lot to be thankful for.

Thanks to everyone for your continued encouragement and support. I wish you all a happy, healthy and safe holiday season and all the best in 2015.

-- Tiger Woods

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Right back at you, Tiger.


Best golf gifts
A trip to Bandon Dunes would probably be high on most golfer's lists.

As we are now in the middle of the holidays, it's always good to remember that the spirit of the holidays is all about giving. But sometimes it is nice to get something. And sometimes, that something is pretty memorable. 

We've shared with you some of this year's best holiday gifts to give to your fellow golfers, but now we want to know what were some of the best golf gifts  you received. So whether it was your first set of golf clubs, a trip to one of your favorite courses or something that you can't be without, let us hear about it.

This doesn't have to be a gift you received during the holidays -- just whatever you received for your birthday, graduation, anniversary, etc.






December 24, 2014 - 3:41pm
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Steve Stricker
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Steve Stricker had successful surgery Tuesday to alleviate recurring hip pain.

Steve Stricker's Christmas present this year was back surgery that hopefully will alleviate recurring hip pain.

According to an Associated Press report, Stricker had surgery on a bulging disk in his lower back Tuesday in Madison, Wis. 

From the AP story, "Mario Tiziani, Stricker's brother-in-law and agent, says the one-hour surgery Tuesday was successful and that Stricker will be away from golf for at least eight weeks.

"The 12-time tour winner won't be missing much. Stricker already plays a reduced schedule, and he was not likely to play in 2015 until the Florida swing.

"The 47-year-old Stricker rested for nearly four months before playing the Hero World Challenge and Franklin Templeton Shootout. While he felt good, tests showed Stricker would continue to have problems with his hip and quadriceps without surgery."

The surgery comes a couple of months after Stricker attempted to land a ball on the midfield "W" at Camp Randall Stadium during a University of Wisconsin football game this fall. He didn't succeed that day, but let's hope this surgery will get him back on the golf course, pronto.



December 24, 2014 - 3:26pm
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Caleb and Dakota Watson
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Caleb Watson holds his soon-to-be sister, Dakota.

Talk about a surprise Christmas gift: It appears Bubba Watson's family is about to become a foursome. 

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The two-time Masters champion posted this image on his Twitter feed Wednesday:



Followed by this:



Watson sort of let things slip during the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda when he was caught on a live microphone, chatting about adoption proceedings with Martin Kaymer. 

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Congrats to all.

Nina Agdal
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Nina Agdal is a 22-year-old Danish supermodel who appears to be learning the game of golf.

For the past week or two, we've been keeping an eye on Nina Agdal -- but for totally legitimate reasons. 

For those of you not aware, Ms. Agdal is a 22-year-old Danish supermodel who is probably best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. And recently she's been dropping hints on her Instagram page that she's learning to play golf.

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It appears that she's serious about it, too. Take a look at the video of her golf swing that she posted to her Instagram, along with the tag #2015resolutions: 



Still learning #onthegreen @nikegolf #2015resolutions

Un video pubblicato da Nina Agdal (@ninaagdal) in data:


No, that swing won't put her on the LPGA Tour any time soon, but it's not terrible. Plus, she keeps the ball fairly straight and that's half the battle. 

Here's another video of her swing that she posted last week: 



Too far. The ball never listens to me.

Nina Agdal (@ninaagdal) tarafından paylaşılan bir video ()


Now if tags are to be believed, it appears that we'll be seeing a lot more of Agdal on the golf course.