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July 24, 2015 - 5:10pm
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July 24, 2015 - 10:15am
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Robert Allenby
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There was an ugly scene at the Canadian Open on Thursday, when PGA Tour veteran Robert Allenby got into a confrontation with his caddie. Their versions of what played out are very different.

In case you missed it yesterday in the first round of the RBC Canadian Open, Australian golfer Robert Allenby once again found himself in an odd situation.

You can read all about what happened here. Long story short, Allenby had a disagreement with his caddie after a poor shot. According to Allenby, the argument escalated quickly and he essentially feared for his safety because of the intensity of his caddie, Mick Middlemo.

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As a result, Allenby fired Middlemo mid-round and used a spectator as his looper for his final nine holes on his way to a 9-over 81. (UPDATE: On Friday, Allenby withdrew from the Canadian Open.) 

In part, Allenby told

"And I said, 'Look, you need to slow down. I mean just calm down.' And then he just got right in my face as if he wanted to just beat me up," he said. "I said, 'Stop being a such and such and calm down and get back into the game.' And he just got even closer and closer, and I just said, 'That's it, you're sacked.' I said, 'I will never have you caddie ever again.' And we never spoke for the rest of the (first nine), and when we got to 18 we walked off, and he said some smartass remark to me, and I said, 'You don't deserve to be caddying out there.' And he just got right in my face and threatened me, so I said, 'Go.' So he left." caught up with Middlemo. His version of this bizarre story is a tad different than Allenby's.

Earlier this year, Allenby alleged while playing in Hawaii that he was kidnapped, beaten and robbed -- claims that have been met with skepticism by law enforcement (a man in Hawaii -- who used Allenby's credit card -- was recently sentenced to a jail term).

Middlemo told "I just wished it had never gone this far. But he is again using the media to make himself look like the victim."

So here's Middlemo's version of events on Thursday, which a source following the group verified to

"The discussion was only about waiting for the wind to die down and hit the 8-iron; the 7-iron was never discussed. Not once. He came up 10 meters short of the front of the green. ... He hit a bad shot.

"He said, 'I can't believe this fat (expletive),' loud enough for everyone to hear. There's a lot as a caddie I can take but a personal attack like that. ... If this was an office in any country in the world, that would be considered bullying. ... I can take it if you call me the worst caddie in the world, tell me I'm horrible at picking clubs, but there's a line you just can't cross."

Fox Sports Australia is reporting this is the fourth time a caddie has walked off the course on Allenby.

"He’s just a bully," Middlemo told Fox. "He likes to bully caddies. You couldn’t get away with that in any workplace in the world, but somehow he thinks it’s appropriate on a golf course.

"It’s the worst I’ve ever heard. But it’s not like I’m the first guy this has happened to with him. I’m the fourth caddie to walk off the golf course with him." 

July 24, 2015 - 9:31am
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Michael Jordan
When it comes to dunking a ball, there's never been anyone better than Michael Jordan... and that includes golf balls.

The internet is a beautiful place. Sometimes you're just browsing and stumble upon a gem.

That's what just happened here.

Since this was posted seven years ago (and, based on the clothing it likely happened even years before that), I'm late to the game for sure.

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So, if you're like me, take 15 seconds to enjoy this Michael Jordan slam dunk... not the kind you're used to seeing from Air Jordan. Instead, this one happened on a golf course from a bunker.


Based on Jordan's basketball career, we can only assume this shot was a match winner given his reaction.

Next time I'm in the sand, I wanna be like Mike. 

Jason Day
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Jason Day found plenty of friends to celebrate with after his eagle out of the rough Thursday at the RBC Canadian Open.
Jason Day didn't let his near-miss at the Open Championship on Monday affect his play in the RBC Canadian Open today. Day, who finished one shot out of the playoff at St. Andrews only three days ago, carded a very nice 68 to open the RBC Canadian Open.
The clear highlight of his day – and of the entire first round – was the 94-yard shot he holed for eagle out of the thick rough on the par-4 10th hole. Even better was the way he celebrated.
After realizing that his shot had curled into the hole for a 2, Day jubiliantly flung his club into the air and high-fived his caddie. Then he went over to the cheering gallery and proceeded to high-five several of them before making his way up to the green.
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July 23, 2015 - 10:02am
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golf blooper
Golf can make us look foolish at times. Like when you attempt an impossible bunker shot, fall down, roll backwards in the bunker and then get hit with your own ball... like this guy.

We've all been there. You hit a shot to an elevated green that comes up just short and find yourself absolutely hosed on a lie in a bunker at a ridiculous angle to the delight of your playing partners.

It happened recently to this poor soul while playing at St. Andrews Beach in Melbourne, Australia. And, since bloopers on the golf course are always infinitely funnier when they don't happen to you, you should get a kick out of this.

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Here's video of a man attempting a nearly impossible bunker shot. But that's not the best part...


How about that? Talk about taking a tumble.

And to add insult to injury, the ball hits the man when he finally bottoms out in the bunker.

The video was posted to YouTube on July 15 by a man named Joel Graham. The video description identifies the man as Graham's "old man" and the file name is "golf bloopers - broken rib."

We sure hope the man didn't really break his rib. It sounds like the folks in the background may have suffered injuries too from excessive laughter.  

I love the sincerity in the voice of the man choking on giggles when he asks, "Are you OK?"

Ping GMax and i irons
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The Ping GMax irons (left) have a Custom Tuning Port housed in the cavity structure behind the face, while the i irons feature a head and hosel geometry that ensures trajectory control.
Ping has dramatically expanded its iron family with the release of two innovative and complementary new sets.
The GMax irons introduce what Ping calls its COR-Eye Technology, which increases the flex across the entire face for faster ball speeds and enhanced forgiveness. The new i irons, by contrast, have softer players-style heads – the first Ping has ever made from soft 431 stainless steel – for improved feel and ball-flight control. 
The COR-Eye Technology in the GMax irons simultaneously activates the sole, face and top rail to increase ball speed up to 3 mph over previous Ping models, the company explains. COR-Eye creates faster ball speed that is consistent across the entire face, so even off-center strikes deliver longer, straighter results. 
The cavity structure behind the face houses a Custom Tuning Port that connects to the sole. With the port, positioned deep in the wide sole, Ping says, each iron's center of gravity is moved lower and farther back to increase its stability for more forgiveness, accuracy and consistency. 
Ping also optimized the lengths and lofts of these irons to provide more consistent gapping and the distance control and high trajectory needed to hit and hold more greens. An enhanced leading edge, more trailing edge relief and refined bounce help optimize turf interaction. 
The set also has a unique swingweight progression in which the 4,- 5- and 6-irons have lighter swingweights to help square the face at impact for longer and straighter shots. And the faces on the 4- through 8-irons are heat-treated with a special process that strengthens them by approximately 40 percent, which allows the face to be thinner for greater flexing and faster ball speeds. 
The GMax irons are available in 4- through 9-irons, plus pitching wedge, utility wedge and sand wedge. They come with a stock steel Ping CFS Distance shaft (in Soft R, R, S and X stiffnesses), or you can get them outfitted with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 or X100 shafts; True Temper XP 95 (R, S); Project X 5.0 or 6.0 shafts; or Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105 (S, X) shafts at no extra charge. They carry a suggested retail price of $121.25 per club with steel shafts and $136.25 per club with graphite shafts.
Where the GMax irons fall into the game-improvement category, the i irons are most definitely players' irons. Ping engineers created them out of 431 stainless steel, they explained, because of its high strength-to-weight ratio and softer feel, which helps the clubs deliver more workability. 
A good part of that workability comes from a head and hosel geometry that ensures trajectory control for precise shotmaking, and a deep position for the Custom Tuning Port that allows for expanded perimeter weighting and extra stability. An elastomer weight that tucks into the tuning port helps provide a more solid sound and feel, while a tungsten toe weight in the 3- through 7-irons increases forgiveness. 
The i irons are available in 3- through 9-iron, plus pitching wedge and utility wedge. They are available with a steel Ping CFS Distance shaft (Soft R, R, S or X stiffness) or a Ping CFS Graphite (65 Soft R, 70 R, 80 S) shaft. They also can be outfitted with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 or X100 shafts; True Temper XP 95 (R, S) shafts; Project X 5.0 or 6.0 shafts; or Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105 (S, X) shafts. They carry a suggested retail price of $135 per club with steel shafts or $150 per club with graphite shafts.
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