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November 18, 2014 - 10:39am
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John Hahn
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American John Hahn was in desperate need of a low round on Tuesday in the fourth round of European Tour Qualifying School. So what did he do? He shot the lowest round in the Tour's Q-School history.

The PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain, is hosting this week's final stage of European Tour Qualifying School. Q-School is always grueling, as players live and die with every shot seeing as every stroke taken could determine one's employment status for the next season. For some, tournament golf might not be in the cards.

For American John Hahn, who has decided to take his path to the top ranks of the game through Europe rather than the Tour in the U.S., Tuesday was huge.

Hahn entered the fourth round of European Tour Q-School 104th out of 150 players at 4-over par and in desperate need of a big move.

Well, the former Kent State golfer whose lone PGA Tour start was a missed cut in the 2013 U.S. Open, did just that, firing a record low score of 12-under 58. 

That's right -- a 58! That "record" however is unofficial, seeing as the round was played with preferred lies.

Come on! We need a little more emotion than that after a birdie on the final hole for a 58!

At the time of this post Hahn, 25, had soared 90 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 14th as the result of his work. It was a big deal on many levels -- only the top 70 and ties after four rounds of European Tour Qualifying School make the cut for the final two rounds where the top 25 and ties earn their Tour cards for the 2015 Race to Dubai.

Hahn, 8 under through 72 holes, was five shots off the lead at the time of this post. Hahn's best career finish in 22 starts on the European Tour was a tie for third in February at the Africa Open.

Here's a look at Hahn's scorecard, which featured 12 birdies and no bogeys. Seven of those birdies came on the back nine, where Hahn fired a 28:

Hahn's stunning round understandably elicited some congratulatory tweets from other top players: 

Brandt Snedeker
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His hometown Tennessee Titans turned to Brandt Snedeker to raise money for domestic violence awareness during the Monday Night Football game.
Last month, Brandt Snedeker proved himself a master of skeet shooting with golf clubs. On Monday night, he blended a little football into his golf game – at halftime of the Monday Night Football game between his hometown Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sneds wasn't just getting in some prime-time target practice, though – he was raising money for a very worthy cause. Despite it being about the coldest weather in which he's ever hit balls, he took the field at halftime to hit five shots at targets. Depending on how many he hit, the Titans and Bridgestone – one of Snedeker's primary sponsors – will donate up to $50,000 to the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee to help increase awareness and support domestic violence prevention.
"We're proud to be a part of this important partnership with Bridgestone during our Monday night game," said Don MacLachlan, the team's executive vice president of administration and facilities. "Not only will this unique charity event increase awareness, but it will help raise funds for the YWCA to stop domestic violence."
Snedeker is the third PGA Tour player to take a few swings at a big-time football game in the last year or so. Jim Furyk competed in a closest-to-the-pin contest with mascot Jaxson de Ville at a Jacksonville Jaguars game last season, and Steve Stricker hit some shots from the top of the scoreboard at Camp Randall Stadium during a Wisconsin Badgers' game last month.
November 17, 2014 - 2:23pm
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Ian Poulter
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A victory slipped away at the Turkish Open for Ian Poulter on Sunday. Greg Norman may have found the culprit... and told Poulter via Twitter that he had a quick fix to offer up.

Social media is a powerful tool. If you're a sports nut, you can personally connect with your favorite athletes with just a few strokes on your keyboard.

And, at times (like today), us fans can get a cool inside look that prior to Twitter we may have heard about but never actually seen.

Over the weekend in the Turkish Open on the European Tour, Ian Poulter had a commanding lead with 36 holes to play. Poulter struggled mightily in the third round, carding a 75. He bounced back with a 67 on Sunday, but missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff with eventual winner Brooks Koepka.

On Monday, two-time major champ Greg Norman sent a tweet Poulter's way:

It's not uncommon for players to offer one another advice. We just aren't used to seeing it play out on Twitter.

For his part, Poulter seemed happy to hear Norman's thoughts:

Pretty cool to get an inside look at that.

November 16, 2014 - 4:13pm
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Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka is all smiles as he prepares to cut up his Turkish Airlines Open victory cake at 30,000 feet above the ground.

Post-round victory celebrations shouldn't surprise us, not after Bubba Watson's late-night trip to Waffle House after winning this year's Masters.

But after winning the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday, following the trophy ceremony and photos, Brooks Koepke boarded a plane for what he thought would be a routine flight. Instead, the sponsor presented him with a very large sheet cake for his win.

TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN: Brooks Koepka rallies to post first European Tour victory

Here's a photo snapped by fellow touring pro Pablo Larrazabal and posted on Twitter:



At least Koepka didn't have to try and slice that cake with a tiny plastic knife. And that's definitely an upgrade from a tiny package of roasted peanuts.

Plus, there's nothing wrong with having wi-fi at 30,000 feet.

Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale
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The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale boasts renovated tees, greens and landscaping.
The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale is home to what many call "the world's biggest golf party" each winter when the Waste Management Phoenix Open comes to town. And, as anyone who's ever hosted a big party knows, after a while you've just got to clean the place up.
The PGA Tour has done just that. The Stadium Course, which closed last spring, reopened to public play today – just in time for the winter season – after an eight-month, $12 million facelift that included renovating both the course and the clubhouse.
"The time had come to update the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale to provide a more modern and state-of-art tournament course for today's tour players," said Tom Weiskopf, who co-designed the course back in the 1990s and led the renovation project. "These changes will also position the club to continue as the leader in the competitive Scottsdale resort and daily fee market."
During the makeover, Weiskopf resurfaced all the green, and relocated the greens on No. 2, 3, 4 and 14. He also reshaped the bunkers – replacing the brown sand with white – and tee complexes, added a new irrigation system and cart paths, and enhanced the course's desert landscaping by planting more than 250 trees. The clubhouse, meanwhile, now boasts larger locker rooms and meeting rooms, and upgrades all around.
The 2015 Phoenix Open is set for Jan. 29-Feb. 1.
November 14, 2014 - 1:15pm
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Jason Dufner
A baby elephant in Thailand took the hat right off Jason Dufner's head.

Jason Dufner, the 2013 PGA Champion, is in Thailand this week for the Chiangmai Golf Classic on the Asian Tour.

As part of his trip, Dufner went to visit some elephants on Thursday. One elephant in particular -- a baby -- decided to take Dufner's hat right off his head, tease him with it for a few seconds and then return it back to his head.

Funny and adorable video:

Worth noting that Dufner is a fanatic of his alma mater, Auburn University, sports teams. Alabama's mascot -- Auburn's arch rival -- is an elephant named, "Big Al." Surely 'Bama fans will love how this Thai elephant teased Dufner.

h/t Golfweek