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June 5, 2015 - 12:35pm
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Rickie Fowler
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Kids love Rickie Fowler. One fan loves him so much, he actually walked into a creek at Muirfield Village today to retrieve a Fowler water ball.

Few players in golf have a bigger fanbase than Rickie Fowler.

And sometimes, they'll go to great thanks to get a piece of Fowler, whether it's for an autograph, a high-five or a selfie.

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But, you'd be hard-pressed to find a fan more dedicated than this one who -- dressed in Fowler garb -- decided to walk into a creek at Muirfield Village during the Memorial today to snag a wayward Fowler shot.

Check it out:


Hopefully the kid can get the ball signed by Fowler for the effort.

June 5, 2015 - 8:17am
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Jason Dufner
Check out this long, winding putt that Jason Dufner put the perfect touch on in Round 1 of the Memorial on Thursday for an unlikely eagle.

After the first round of the Memorial on Thursday, 2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner had his name near the top of the leaderboard thanks to a 6-under 66.

The round included this incredible, roller coaster eagle putt from 59 feet on the par-5 15th hole:

That eagle gave Dufner a share of the lead at 8 under, but he made a double-bogey 6 on the 18th hole to drop back to 6 under.

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Even so, Dufner should be encouraged by his start. His tie for eighth a week ago at the AT&T Byron Nelson was just his second top-10 finish of the season. It looks as though he's carrying some momentum into this week.

Cheyenne Woods and Drake
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Cheyenne Woods spent some time with Drake after his concert in Toronto earlier this week.
Drake is one of Cheyenne Woods' favorite performers, and he just happened to be playing a concert in his hometown of Toronto earlier this week. So Woods – an LPGA Tour rookie and the niece of Tiger Woods – asked her manager to track down a few tickets.
Done, and done. Woods, accompanied by fellow players Sadena Parks and Jaye Marie Green, attended the show, and met Drake afterward. Drake even posted a photo of himself with her on his Instagram account – thrilling her, and getting her 500 new followers to boot!
Clearly the good feelings she got from the show carried over to today's first round of the Manlife LPGA Classic in nearby Cambridge, Ontario. She went out and shot a course-record 63 to grab the first-round lead. Later in the day, Cristie Kerr and P.K. Kongkraphan tied her.
"I have always been a huge Drake fan," Woods said afterward. "I listen to him when I warm up, off the course, everything. When I saw that he released his tour schedule, I looked at it to see if any of the cities matched up with our Tour stops."
If you're curious, her favorite song from the concert was "Know Yourself," from his latest album, "If You're Reading This It's Too Late."
"How can you not get hyped about that song?," she said.
We can say the same thing about her first-round score. Here's how good it was:
--It's the first time she has led after any round on the LPGA Tour
--It easily surpassed her previous best score, which was a 65 at the 2014 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
--It tied the Whistle Bear Golf Club course record, set by Matt Bettencourt and Jon Mills at the 2005 Canadian PGA Championship


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Georgia Tech golf course manhole rescue
Atlanta fire rescue crews used a pulley system to lift two men out of a manhole on the Georgia Tech golf course on Thursday.
Mark this down as the craziest golf-related story of the day: Rescue workers in Atlanta had to pull two men out of a 14-foot-deep manhole on the driving range of the golf course at Georgia Tech in Atlanta Thursday afternoon.
The names of the men were not released, but they were believed to be construction workers. It's not yet clear what they were doing in the manhole, how long they had been down there, or even exactly how they got trapped. Some initial reports indicated they were unconscious, but The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that they were seen moving around after they had been rescued.
Atlanta fire rescue crews pulled the men out of the manhole, one after the other about 15 minutes apart, around 4:30 p.m., the newspaper said. The rescuers used a pulley system to lift the men out, and both men were put on stretchers and transported to a hospital to be checked out.
June 4, 2015 - 10:46am
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Gwladys Nocera
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Gwladys Nocera, the top player on the Ladies European Tour, has accepted a special exemption to compete in the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

NEW YORK (June 3, 2015) -- Gwladys Nocera, the top player on the Ladies European Tour and France’s Solheim Cup points list leader, has accepted a special exemption to compete in the historic 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, to be conducted June 9-14, at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship features a $3.5 million purse, among the highest in women’s golf. For the first time, the Championship will be operated by the PGA of America in partnership with the LPGA.

Nocera, 40, has won 14 times on the LET, including a victory this spring in Morocco. Ranked No. 1 on the LET Order of Merit, she joins a superstar field of women’s golf champions that includes defending champion Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie. The exemption was extended to Nocera by the PGA of America.

Carrying on the 60-year legacy of the LPGA Championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is a unique collaboration of KPMG, the PGA of America, and the LPGA Tour, and golf’s only major championship in the New York Metro area this year.

Golf Channel will televise the first two rounds of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET. NBC coverage of the final two rounds is Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET. 

June 3, 2015 - 1:54pm
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As if hitting a flop shot over your own head wasn't impressive enough, how about landing it in your friends hands?

It's been a couple of weeks since I checked out the Instagram account of Mathias Schjoelberg from Arizona State. According to his Instagram profile, Schjoelberg has turned professional.

But that doesn't mean he isn't still making fun videos.

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Check out this effort after a workout, where Schjoelberg pulls off his famous "over-the-head" flop shot, but ups the ante by having a friend catch the ball out of the air:


Schjoelberg also had this new video where he takes to the beach. Keep an eye on that second shot, where he flops the ball out of the sand and makes a mad dash and a dive to attempt to catch it: