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Lance Bennett and Matt Kuchar
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Lance Bennett has caddied for Matt Kuchar for the past several years, in which Kuchar has been consistently one of the top American players.
Angela Bennett, the wife of veteran PGA Tour caddie Lance Bennett, died suddenly on Wednesday. Her death was from natural causes, according to a report on, though no other details were announced.
"This is a very difficult time for our family, but we appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the caddies, players and entire golf community," Bennett said in a statement released by Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports. Bennett is world No. 4 Matt Kuchar's caddie, and Steinberg is Kuchar's agent.
"Sybi (Kuchar's wife), the boys and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to Lance and (Bennett's 4-year-old daughter) Emma Grace during this devastating time," Kuchar said in a statement. "Angela was a cherished friend, a wonderful wife and a loving mother who made a major impact on all who were lucky enough to know her, and she will be greatly missed."
The caddies at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship will hand out black caps for players and caddies to wear during the first round on Friday as part of their tribute to Angela. 
Kuchar is still planning to play in this second FedExCup playoff event, with Brian Reed substituting for Bennett, according to the Golf Channel.
Michelle Wie
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Michelle Wie reveals her painting process in a fun, and fast, video.
Well, okay, that headline is a little deceptive. But go with me here – Michelle Wie, who's off the LPGA Tour for a few weeks while she rehabs a finger injury – is quite the artist. In fact, she's been painting almost as long as she's been playing golf.
She's occasionally taken to social media to show off some of her creations, which are – to me, who can barely draw a stick figure – really impressive. To this point, though, all we've seen are the finished products.
But thanks to her new GoPro camera, the Big Wiesy captured the creation of her latest work from start to finish – and you can watch her transform a blank canvas into a work of art in a mere 15 seconds in the Instagra post below. Not sure we can glean any painting tips in the fast-motion replay, but it is definitely cool to watch her work.
To see more of her finished pieces, check out the Art section of her website
August 27, 2014 - 2:27pm
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Bubba Watson
A farm in Florida has created a pretty incredible image of two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson in a corn maze.

Sweet Season Farms in Berrydale, Fla., is proud of its local boy, Bubba Watson.

Back in April, Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years. In September, he'll be representing the U.S. for a third time in the Ryder Cup.

As a tribute to Watson, Sweet Season Farms has done something extra special for the 11th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa County -- it will be carving Watson's likeness into a corn maze.

From a report in the Pensacola News Journal (nice find by @bernard_daily on Twitter):

Sweet Season Farms in Berrydale has designed a maze that features Watson's distinctive left-handed swing and signature visor. Watson, who won the Masters in 2012 and 2014, is one of three Santa Rosa County and Milton High School natives on the PGA Tour. The others are Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum.

Watson commented on the maze design in a press release

"I feel honored to be represented in such a big way in my hometown," said Watson. "It's unique and very special."

He also sent out this tweet:

Now that's pretty cool. 


August 27, 2014 - 12:19pm
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Natasha Oon
Natasha Oon, 12, won a Volvo XC60 for a hole-in-one she made in a tournament. The only probably is she's too young to drive.

Is there anything better for a golfer than making a hole-in-one?

Nothing... unless that hole-in-one comes with a prize.

Back Nine Network is reporting that was the case just last week at the 40th RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Championship, where Volvo Car Malaysia offered a brand new Volvo XC60 to any golfer who could make a hole-in-one over the course of the three-day tournament.

Well, guess what? It happened. Natasha Oon -- not knowing there was even a prize for an ace -- made a hole-in-one.

There was just one little problem: Oon is only 12 years old. She got to keep the vehicle, but can't drive it yet.

So what did the shot look like? Just a beautiful, towering flight, one hop and into the hole?

Not so much, Oon explained.

"I hit an 8-iron and duffed the shot," she said. "It hit the top of the hill and rolled. The first one to tell me that it was a hole-in-one was my mom. The insurance guy told my mom."

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, right?

Here's the entire interview with Oon, who has quite the personality:

OK, so it stinks that she has to wait a few years to drive her hole-in-one prize...

... But on the bright side, she's also not old enough to buy everyone drinks. 

August 27, 2014 - 11:39am
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John Daly
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John Daly's song "Hit It Hard" has an emphasis on golf.

We've known for a long time now that John Daly is passionate about music.

The former PGA and Open Champion even has a song that's been getting play on SiriusXM The Highway.

The name of the track is, "Hit It Hard."

Earlier this month, Daly sent this tweet when he heard the song on his radio:

If you're a fan of golf, John Daly and country music, there's a good chance you'll like this tune, which includes lyrics like this (click here to listen to the song):

Most people would have given up by now,
All the rough I've seen,
These ups and downs,
Somehow I just keep on playin' through

According to Dayne Shuda, a writer for (who knows far more about the genre than this author), the song is pretty good.

Wrote Shuda:

John is very honest with his music. But if you've ever seen him in an interview you know that's exactly who he is all the time. He's an open book. He's not afraid to talk about the things he's done in his life. He's quite the character and people love it. I think in a way, all of John's fans are inspired by his honesty.

The fact that this song is getting played on SiriusXM now caught me off guard. The album that John put out came out back in 2010.

Shuda goes on to speculate about why the song is suddenly on satellite radio (perhaps Daly has a friend pushing it?).

Though I don't know much about country music, I do know I like this song better than another Daly hit -- "All My Exes Wear Rolexes."

Here's Daly covering one of his all-time favorite songs a while back -- "Knockin' on Heaven's Door":

August 27, 2014 - 8:33am
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Tiger Woods
Last week, Tiger Woods dumped a bucket of ice water on Rory McIlroy. On Tuesday night, he did the same thing to Golf Channel's Mark Rolfing.

Just last week, Tiger Woods took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge alongside Rory McIlroy. The two doused each other and -- if you remember -- Tiger got the better of Rory with the ice bucket.

Tiger may not be able to swing a golf club right now due to injury, but he's turning into a scratch player when it comes to dumping ice-cold buckets of water on people.

ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: Tiger & Rory | Tom Watson | U.S. Ryder Cup team | Jack Nicklaus

The latest example came Tuesday night at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y.

Woods was there with buddy Notah Begay III for a VIP dinner in support of Begay's NB3 Foundation Challenge.

Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO (the Oneida Indian Nation owns and operates the Turning Stone Resort), accepted the challenge after being nominated from some friends.

Sharing the stage with Woods, Begay and Golf Channel's Mark Rolfing, Halbritter immediately nominated Rolfing to take the challenge.

Without missing a beat, Woods grabbed an ice bucket and doused Rolfing.

Based on the video, it looks like Woods enjoys this stuff:

As Rolfing's colleague Gary Koch might say, that was "better than most!"