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October 11, 2013 - 2:07pm
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Jim O'Brien
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Jim O'Brien, a fully blind man, made a hole in one on Wednesday.

A 71-year-old blind man from Leicestershire made a hole-in-one at Surrey's Hindhead Golf Club in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, while playing in the Peter Alliss Eye2Eye Challenge.

Jim O'Brien, a fully blind man who has been playing golf for 16 years, is believed to be only the third blind golfer to make a hole in one, according to a report by the BBC.

"It's every golfer's dream, to do a hole-in-one especially if you're totally blind," O'Brien told the BBC. "When I teed off, I hit the ball nicely. The only thought I had in my head was, 'Let's hope it makes the green.'"

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O'Brien was helped at the tournament by his guide, John Grindal.

"After a few seconds, the guys I was with said 'It's in the hole,'" O'Brien said. "It was a great feeling -- it's unbelievable."

The BBC report also states that Hindhead Golf Club secretary, Chris Donovan, said the odds of a fully-sighted golfer hitting a hole-in-one were between 12,000 and 14,000-to-1.

Just an all around great story.

h/t CBS Eye On Golf Blog

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October 11, 2013 - 12:01pm
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We offer up some tips to make sure your lightweight golf bag stays just that.

Is there anything better than walking the golf course? I don't think so. But, if you're not going to take a push-cart, heaving a golf bag that feels as though it's weighted down with cinderblocks is no fun.

It doesn't have to be that way.

If you're interested in getting more exercise and carrying that lightweight bag, we've got a list of tips to make sure it stays lightweight, aside from those 14 clubs you've got.

READ: Golf equipment you're excited about adding to your bag

1. Leave the umbrella, rain gear and headcovers in your car trunk. Assuming it's nice out, of course, all they're doing on a nice day is weighing you down.

2. Just because your awesome new bag has 50 pockets doesn't mean you need to use all of them. Take advantage of the lined valuables pocket though for your cell phone, keys and wallet.

3. Carry only the number of golf balls that coincide with your handicap (within reason). For instance, if you're a 9-handicap, do you really need more than nine golf balls in your bag for 18 holes? Likewise, if you're a 30-handicap -- surely, or at least hopefully -- you're not losing 30 golf balls per round. You don't want to run out of golf balls, but you don't need two dozen in your bag for a single round either (we hope).

READ: Your biggest golf course pet peeves

4. A Sharpie marker. Not to sign autographs after your round, but to mark your golf ball to make it easily identifiable. Better yet, mark your golf balls in advance and leave the Sharpie in the trunk too.

5. Have a clean towel, wet on one end, along with a brush. It'll keep your clubs and golf ball clean, resulting in more solid contact and hopefully lower scores.

6. A ball marker. This could be as simple as a coin from the spare-change cup in your car. But don't forget it -- keep one in your bag at all times. There's nothing more annoying than a playing partner on a green who uses a tee to mark their ball -- like you weren't having a hard enough time negotiating the green on a putt -- and says, "Sorry, I don't have a ball marker." Don't be that person.

7. A divot tool. It weighs practically nothing, but everyone playing in your group and all those playing behind you will appreciate you fixing the marks your ball leaves on the greens.

8. A GPS device or rangefinder. Level of ability doesn't matter here. For the higher-handicap player, the GPS -- some of which come in the form of a watch now -- are the better option. They give you a very good idea of how far you are from the hole or from trouble. The rangefinder is great for better players, as they provide pinpoint accuracy. Both save you the time of having to walk off yardages, allowing you to keep moving forward with that bag on your shoulder instead of backtracking and zig-zagging. They're light too.

9. A snack of some kind -- trail mix, an apple, a banana, a peanut-butter sandwich. Whichever you'd like. It'll give you some energy out there during a long round.

10. A bottle of water. Stay hydrated.

Now enjoy that walk.

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October 11, 2013 - 8:33am
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Bobby Jones
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The Tri Color Raker Sweater (left) and 1/4 Zip Textured Argyle Vest are just two of the fine items Bobby Jones apparel is offering this Fall.

With temperatures dropping in many parts of the country, it's about time to start dressing a little warmer on the golf course.

Bundling up doesn't have to mean sacrificing style, though.

Bobby Jones apparel can keep you warm and looking sharp as you stroll the fairways with its 1/4-zip textured Argyle vest and tri-color Raker sweater this fall.

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The vest features a 1/4-zip front with tonal diamond pattern, contrast stripe collar, banded bottom and is 100 percent pima cotton. It retails for $135.

The sweater, meanwhile, is a 1/4-zip pullover with a mock neck. There's a knit-in pattern on the front with a stretch rib knit collar, cuffs and hem. The sweater is made of 75 percent silk, 20 percent cotton and 5 percent cashmere. It retails for $195.

Both offerings are cozy and comfortable and perfect for both the boardroom and the golf course.

They're just a couple of the stylish garments you'll find by Bobby Jones this Fall.

Head over to to check out all the great styles in sports shirts, sweaters and more available now.

October 10, 2013 - 6:26pm
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Rory McIlroy, Bill Clinton and Bono
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Rory McIlroy, President Clinton and Bono converged on a Dublin restaurant on Wednesday, then Clinton and McIlroy played golf together on Thursday.

It's only Thursday, but this has got to be my favorite photo of the week.

President Clinton has been over in Ireland for a few days on a philanthropic tour, and went to dinner Wednesday at the Fire Restaurant in the Dublin city center. Coincidentally or not, Rory McIlroy and U2 lead singer Bono also were there. Hard to believe that Bono forgot his ''indoor shades.''

Then today, Clinton and McIlroy hit the links together. 

''Fantastic day in Ireland golfing w/@McIlroyRory and getting to know the great work of the @roryfoundation,'' Clinton tweeted.

McIlroy retweeted Clinton's tweet, adding ''Thanks for the lesson, Mr. President!''

McIlroy, by the way, set up his foundation to aid children’s charities around the world. After not qualifying for the Tour Championship last month, he is scheduled to return to competition next week in the Kolon Korea Open.


October 10, 2013 - 1:10pm
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Remember that crazy story we brought you yesterday about that giant, 200-pound golf ball sculpture that was stolen from just outside the entrance to Muirfield Village on Monday?

Well, get this, WTVN in Dublin, Ohio, is reporting that a second golf ball sculpture was discovered missing on Tuesday. Thankfully, this second missing golf ball was returned early this morning.

The ball that was returned recognized Muirfield Village's partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Here's a tweet sent out by Dublin police on Thursday morning:

Enough already with the stolen golf ball sculptures, people!

As stated in yesterday's piece, the people responsible for the first missing golf ball have until midnight Saturday to return it undamaged, or they will face felony charges.

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October 10, 2013 - 11:50am
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Erik Compton has been named the inaugural recipient of the PGA Tour Courage Award.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced Wednesday at the season-opening Open that Erik Compton is the inaugural recipient of the PGA Tour Courage Award.

Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, is beginning his third season on the PGA Tour at CordeValle this week.

The PGA Tour Courage Award is presented "to a player who, through courage and perseverance, has overcome extraordinary adversity, such as personal tragedy or debilitating injury or illness, to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf."

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Clearly, Compton was a logical choice.

The Courage Award includes a $25,000 charitable contribution to be distributed to a charity of the award recipient’s choice; this year’s contribution will be shared by the Cardiovascular Institute of Miami and the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation at Compton’s request.

“Erik’s story is a remarkable one in the fact he has overcome extraordinary odds to not only survive, but thrive,” said Finchem. “In recent years, he has started a family with wife Barbara and daughter Petra, won a Tour event and played two years on the PGA Tour. With Erik’s show of perseverance and courage, along with his charitable work to encourage organ donation, he is a very fitting recipient of the inaugural PGA TOUR Courage Award.”

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“Through the help of family, doctors and friends, I have gone from being someone lying on his back in recovery to someone walking the fairways of the PGA Tour,” said Compton. “Not only has playing on TOUR been a dream of mine, but it has also served greatly in the healing process. It has given me something to work toward, but also something to hope for. I’m incredibly grateful for this award and blessed to have the opportunity to be playing on the PGA Tour.”

Compton's best career finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for fourth at the 2013 Honda Classic. Compton won the 2011 Mexico Open Presented by Banamex on the Tour.

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