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January 12, 2015 - 1:00pm
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Drive, Chip and Putt Championship
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Registration for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will begin on Thursday, January 22.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Jan. 12, 2015) -- Today the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America officially opened the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship by announcing the qualifying schedule for young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. The qualifying schedule is available on the event’s website,

Registration for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will begin on Thursday, January 22, also at

MORE: Visit to register your child

This youth golf development initiative will again include boys and girls ages 7-15, who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. In only its third year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will provide playing opportunities throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers -- 40 boys and 40 girls -- will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 3, the eve of the 2016 Masters.

The breakdown and schedule of the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying is as follows:

Local (May/June/July/August):
- 255 host sites spread throughout all 50 states
- 3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue

Sub-Regional (July/August):
- 50 host sites spread throughout 45 states
- 2 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue

Regional (September):
- 10 host sites in 10 defined regions
- 1 junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue

National Finals (April 3, 2016):
- 80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club

The venues that will host the 10 regional qualifying events include several USGA Championship and PGA Championship sites: Chambers Bay Golf Course (University Place, Wash., site of the 2015 U.S. Open conducted by the USGA), Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, Md.), Golf Club of Houston (Humble, Texas), Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minn., site of the 2016 Ryder Cup), Medinah Country Club (Medinah, Ill.), Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, Pa., site of the 2016 U.S. Open), The Country Club (Brookline, Mass.), Torrey Pines Golf Course (La Jolla, Calif., site of the 2021 U.S. Open), TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Valhalla Golf Club (Louisville, Ky., site of the 2014 PGA Championship).

For a full list of qualifying venues at the local and sub-regional level, or for more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, please visit

January 12, 2015 - 9:47am
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underwater hole-in-one
This might just be the most unique hole-in-one video you'll ever see.

OK. So this isn't the greatest hole-in-one video I've ever seen, but it's certainly the most unique.

It's not "official" because it was made on a makeshift "course" (if that's what you want to call the ocean) with a five-gallon bucket as the hole, but you need to see it nonetheless.

RELATED: Nick Taylor holes ridiculous bunker shot for unlikely birdie in Maui

So, here it is:

These Australian guys who call themselves, "How Ridiculous," posted the video on Saturday.

A quick visit to their YouTube page shows that they're notorious for "tricks" in a variety of sports.

Fun video.

h/t CBS Eye on Golf 

January 12, 2015 - 9:24am
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Canada's Nick Taylor holed one of the best bunker shots you'll ever see in the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

If you were glued to your TV all weekend watching the NFL Playoffs, chances are you missed what will undoubtedly be one of the best bunker shots on the PGA Tour this year.


Canada's Nick Taylor, who punched his ticket to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui by virtue of his win at the Sanderson Farms Championship in November, found himself staring what looked likely to be a bogey at best square in the eyes on the 170-yard, par-3 11th hole at Kapalua's Plantation Course in the third round on Sunday.

RELATED: Hyundai TofC leaderboard | Matsuyama, Walker share lead | Tiger in Phoenix

Taylor's tee shot found a tiny bunker well right of the green, leaving a difficult play from the sand and little green to work with.

Taylor expertly splashed the ball out of the sand and proceeded to watch it roll in center-cut for one of the coolest birdies you'll ever see.

In fact, analyst Johnny Miller called it: "One of the best bunker shots I've seen in a year."

If Johnny says that, you know it's special.

Here's the footage:

Taylor shot a 1-under 72 in Round 3 and his tied for 27th at 5 under, 12 strokes behind co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama going into today's final round.

January 11, 2015 - 5:44pm
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Marcus Mariota
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Marcus Mariota received a set of golf clubs from his parents as a graduation gift.

On the football field, one of the most important relationships is between a quarterback and his center. On the Oregon Ducks, who play in Monday night's title game against Ohio State, that relationship extends beyond the gridiron to another grass field.

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, back-up quarterback Jeff Lockie and starting center Hroniss Grasu can often be found playing golf together, as we found out from this video interview posted earlier this fall by The Oregonian newspaper.

Related: Jim Furyk wins golf game at halftime of Jaguars game

Watch the video to hear what his teammates say about his golf game, and who among the trio is the best on the course:


As Grasu said in the video, "Golf is an amazing sport. It teaches you to stay focused and not to get too mad.”

Funny then that Mariota struggled at first and reportedly threatened to quit the game. Clearly that experience wasn’t enough to dissuade Mariota from swinging a golf club again, or from getting a set of golf clubs as a graduation present.

January 10, 2015 - 2:26pm
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The Walters
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Nancy Walters recorded her ace first by a margin of five holes.

We’ve seen golf courses be special places for couples. Everything from a couple getting married at their favorite course to having Justine Reed caddie for her husband, Patrick, at a number of events, golf seems to find its way into couples' lives.

The latest example comes to us from Nancy Walter in Sidney, Ohio. And like the previous stories, this is a happy occasion for both husband and wife.

While playing in a couples league last spring at the Shelby Oaks Golf Club, Nancy and her husband, Phil, both made a hole-in-one in the same competition.

Related: New Hampshire man makes back-to-back aces on par 4s

Here’s how the events played out:

On June 6, 2014, the Walters were in the final foursome to tee off in a nine-hole event at Shelby Oaks, where the duo with the lowest number of putts wins.

The Walters got to the third hole, which was a par-3, 114-yard shot from the ladies’ tee for Nancy. She used her Ping hybrid and hit what she described as a shot that had a “nice and straight high arc” and landed 2 feet in front of the cup before rolling in.

“We all saw it,” she said. “Needless to say, it was a very exciting moment -- a bit of yelling and a few group texts sent to friends on the course and off.”

Of course, that led to some bragging from Nancy to Phil. See, he had picked up the game in 2002 – nearly 11 years before Nancy started to take lessons at Shelby Oaks.

“I said to Phil, ‘I told you that I would get a hole-in-one first,’ bragging for a while,” she said. “After a while, I felt bad and told him, ‘We have six more holes to go, you still have a chance."

Related: Gus Andreone, 103, becomes oldest to ever make a hole-in-one

Little did she know that Phil wouldn’t even need six holes to match the feat.

On the eighth hole, Phil was faced with a par-3, 181-yard hole with “the sun was setting behind the green and the white fuzzy cottonwood seeds were covering the green, making visibility difficult.” Phil used his Cobra hybrid and hit a shot that looked on line, but with limited visibility, he thought he hit it off the green.

But as Phil was walking across the green, he looked into the cup and noticed that his ball was right here.

“By this time our foursome could hardly finish our last hole for all the excitement,” Nancy said. “We were the last group to come in and, as we got closer to the ninth green, you could see a line of golfers all cheering us on. It was so awesome, we felt like we were in a PGA tournament.”

Though the Walters did not win the tournament that day, they were awarded the prize money which they split with their foursome. Just to add to the specialness of the moment, neither one of the Walters have made one since. Phil has come close – getting the ball within 2 to 4 inches.

“A friend of ours looked at me and said, ‘I see more hole-in-ones for you in the future,’’ Nancy said. “I told him I was happy with just that one. But if it does happen, it will not be as memorable as that day.”

Tim Clark at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
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Tim Clark can't be blamed for hanging onto his long putter when he's making putts like this.
Tim Clark is best known as one of the shortest players on the PGA Tour as well as one of the staunchest users of the long putter. Clark – who's been using a long putter for 17 years – showed Friday why he's so enamored with his flat stick.
Clark, who's in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions thanks to his victory at the RBC Canadian Open last year, had the shot of the day with a 62-foot birdie putt on the undulating green on the par-3 second hole at Kapalua.
Clark, like the handful of other PGA Tour players still using long sticks, is staring down the January 1, 2016, deadline for switching to a regulation-length putter. That date, of course, is when the USGA-R&A regulation banning the anchored putting stroke goes into effect.
He's planning to wait until the last minute to make his change, but has been thinking hard about how he'll switch.
''I've got some pretty good ideas, but I'm not going to tell you just in case they try to ban those,'' he said with a laugh at Kapalua earlier this week. ''But I think I've got a pretty good handle on it. I'm not as concerned as I was maybe at the start of last year because I think I've figured something out now and I'll be fine. But I'm not going to spend my time practicing it now while I'm trying to play tournaments this year with what I've used.
''Once they tell me it's done, then it's done," he added. "Then it will be easier to change.''
Clark went on to shoot a 3-under 70 and finished the first day inside the top 20. Here's the video of his big putt: