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July 27, 2015 - 10:35am
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When a player wins on the PGA Tour, he sometimes receives more than just a beautiful trophy. In the case of Jason Day at the RBC Canadian Open, his prizes included, "Justin Beaver."

Six days removed from major heartbreak in the Open Championship at St. Andrews, Jason Day bounced back impressively with a victory in the RBC Canadian Open -- the fourth win of his PGA Tour career.

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Along with a beautiful trophy, Day was also the recipient of this strange souvenir -- Justin Beaver (obviously a play on the name of Canadian pop-star, Justin Bieber):


That should make for an interesting "conversation piece" in the Day household, don't you think?

July 27, 2015 - 9:33am
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No matter how old, or how successful you are, your good friends are always there to bust your chops and take you down a notch. Jordan Spieth is learning that on his 22nd birthday.

Friends are the best. No matter how old, or how successful you are or become, they're always there to bust your chops.

Today, Jordan Spieth -- winner of two of the last three majors -- celebrates his 22nd birthday.

While there were plenty of well wishes sent his way via Twitter by many in the world of golf, here are the three that truly stood out among the rest.

First, from good buddy Justin Thomas:


If Spieth starts to "actually play some good golf," Thomas and his peers are in deel trouble.

Then there was this from Colt Knost:


Funny stuff. But, making it even funnier was the sub-tweet by Graham DeLaet:


It's funny because it's probably true.

July 26, 2015 - 6:03pm
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Jason Day
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Jason Day raises his putter in triumph after burying a birdie putt on the final hole Sunday.

One knock on Jason Day has been his supposed inability to make putts in the clutch.

Well, consider what Day did Sunday in the final three holes to win the RBC Canadian Open. Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. 

If this putt on the final hole isn't clutch, then I don't know what is:



That gave Day a two-shot cushion -- forcing Bubba Watson and David Hearn, in the fairway and watching the entire chain of events, to have to make eagles to force a playoff. 

When they didn't, Day walked off with the victory. And showed his critics something as well.

July 25, 2015 - 10:49am
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Former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio played golf on Saturday.

It's a busy weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., with the Class of 2015 being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Yet that didn't get in the way of two of the inductees getting in a round of golf.

On Saturday morning, former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio and pitcher Randy Johnson, who pitched for six teams but most prominently the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, played golf roughly 24 hours before they see their plaques get put in the Hall of Fame. 



Craig Biggio and @rj51photos hit the links on this beautiful Saturday morning. #HOFWKND

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Maybe most surprisingly, we haven't seen any evidence of John Smoltz joining his class members on the course. Smoltz, a scratch golfer who has competed professionally, was a member of the Atlanta Braves teams in the 1990s that featured fellow Hall of Famers and golf enthusiasts Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. 

That's not to say that Smoltz didn't have golf on his mind this weekend. On Friday, the Baseball Hall of Fame had a Twitter question-and-answer session with some of the inductees and naturally, the conversation with Smoltz turned to golf. 




July 24, 2015 - 5:10pm
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July 24, 2015 - 10:15am
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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."