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April 1, 2013 - 8:34am
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T.J. Auclair
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Andreas Harto
Andreas Harto isn't the first golfer to lose his pants in order to play a golf shot -- he's just the latest.


Harto, playing in the final round of the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II event on Sunday in Morocco, decided to play a shot from the water.
Bacon explains:
Harto was playing the par-3 14th hole when his ball came dangerously close to the water hazard. How close? Well, he had to lose his pants to get the ball out of the trash.
The decision worked out, as Harto managed to make a bogey on the hole and finish tied for 15th.
You might remember a few years back when Sweden's Henrik Stenson did the same thing.
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March 31, 2013 - 5:17pm
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john Holmes
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Marcel Siem and Ariya Jutanugarn
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Marcel Siem and Ariya Jutanugarn celebrated their victories Sunday, after each won a major tour event in Agadir, Morocco, on the same day.

This week just past was one of the most unique of the entire golf season. The reason: Two big-time pro golf tours played an event at the same time in the same city.

The setting was exotic Agadir, Morocco. The European Tour staged its Hassan II Trophy at Golf du Palais Royal, while the Ladies European Tour put on its Lalla Meryem Cup at nearby Golf de'l Ocean. It happened because both were sponsored by Morocco's Hassan II Golf Trophy Association.

Neither event got much coverage here in the United States, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is just brilliant. The only thing, in my view, that could make it better would be to play both events at the same facility – and I would love to see the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour try this once, just to see how it would work.

To succeed, you'd need a big, brawny complex with two championship courses and enough room to hold all the off-course accoutrements – hospitality areas, merchandise tents, and so on. There are several possibilities that immediately come to mind.

Oakland Hills in suburban Detroit has a history of hosting some of golf's biggest events, but as a private facility its members might not want to take on the challenge. Big resorts like Pinehurst or Doral also would be excellent possibilities. 

My choice, however, would be Cog Hill. It has plenty of great courses, is one of America's top public facilities, and has hosted many big events. Plus, Chicago is underserved for big-time golf these days as the BMW Championship (formerly the Western Open) is now rotating among several host venues. 

The big question, to me, is whether a two-fer week would be a benefit or a disadvantage for the LPGA Tour. My hope is that it would be a plus, allowing the ladies to soak up some of the spotlight that shines so brightly on their male counterparts. The potential downside, of course, is that so much attention is focused on the men that the women would kind of get lost – I mean, what would it look like if 80 percent of the gallery was following the men and only a handful of people were following the women?

What I'd really like to see is a pair of limited-field events played at the same time on the same course – say, 60 men and 60 women, playing in alternating groups (men from the back tees obviously, women from forward tees so that the course is more to their usual 6,500 to 6,900 yards or so. I suspect the male players wouldn't like it, but the potential to expose the LPGA Tour to a bigger audience would, to me, make it worth any hassle there might be.

My biggest concern, and I say this with all due respect, is whether the LPGA Tour players could handle PGA Tour-speed greens. I have no stats to back this up, only my observations over the years, but I feel like I almost never see LPGA Tour players drain putts like the top PGA Tour players so often do. So I'd have a little trepidation sending the women out there to tackle the greens at Cog Hill or Doral when they're ramped up to PGA Tour speed.

But what a great experiment it would be, and how much fun would it be to see just one time.



March 30, 2013 - 7:37pm
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John Holmes
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Arnold Palmer's Restaurant, Greg Norman's Australian Grille
Arnold Palmer's Restaurant (left) celebrates the good life, says The Daily Meal, while Greg Norman's Australian Grille features a close-up view of the Intracoastal Waterway.

It seems like almost every city of any size has a restaurant, or more, owned or at least named after a celebrity athlete.

When my wife and I lived in suburban Washington, D.C., we occasionally hung out at Langway's, a down-to-earth pub owned by Capitals' defenseman Rod Langway and frequented by a lot of NHL players – though, as Dallas Cowboys fans, we steered clear of Joe Theismann's restaurant. Back here in Austin, we've seen the recent opening of Vince Young's Steakhouse, which is very highly regarded, though we haven't made it there yet.

For the last two years, The Daily Meal has been evaluating the best athlete-owned restaurants in America, looking at eateries owned or invested in by boxers, golfers, skateboarders, hockey players, quarterbacks and basketball legends. They've finally unveiled their list of the top 20, and two of golf's greatest personalities made the cut.

Arnold Palmer's Restaurant in La Quinta, Calif., came in fourth. Here's the write-up:

"Taste the good life" is the tagline of Arnold Palmer's Restaurant in La Quinta, Calif. Makes sense. If anyone's living the good life, you'd think it would have to be Palmer. He won 92 national and international championships (61 of them on the regular PGA Tour), he's designed golf courses, and hey, he even invented a famous drink. Menu highlights include date and strawberry salad, honey-soy glazed Chilean sea bass, rack of lamb, and pan-seared sea scallops.

A few slots down but 3,000 miles away, at No. 7, is Greg Norman's Australian Grille in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Here's its write-up:

An Australian grille in South Carolina? It might not be the first thing that comes to mind for the Southern state's cuisine, but it's there, set along the Intracoastal Waterway in the golfer's paradise of North Myrtle Beach. From the open kitchen comes tuna sashimi crusted with sesame seeds served over a cucumber seaweed salad tossed in a plum vinaigrette, oven-roasted half duckling served with black-pepper fettuccine and garnished with asparagus tips and a cherry ginger sauce, and slow-roasted 28-day aged prime rib. The links legends' signature chardonnays, rieslings, and cabernets round out the Wine Spectator Award for Excellence-recognized list of spirits.

For what it's worth, the top three athlete-owned restaurants on the list are Elway's (steakhouse, Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway) in Denver; Tresca (Italian, Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque) in Boston; and the Kingfish Cafe (southern, Seattle Sonics guard Gary Payton) in Seattle.

I've been to a handful of the 20 restaurants on the list, and have to say they're deserving of their spots – though I also can name a few others that ought to be included here as well. How many have you been to, and what did you think? Check out the complete list and let us know.


March 29, 2013 - 9:49am
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T.J. Auclair
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David Toms
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David Toms might be running the best Masters Pool of all. The best thing about it is that your $100 entry fee goes to a great cause, so you can't lose.


If you're a golf fanatic and you love to "pick a winner" for the majors with the chance to win a great prize, then I've stumbled across just the thing for you.
Not only are there great prizes available, but your $100 entry fee goes to a tremendous cause.
David Toms, winner of the 2001 PGA Championship, has put together the mother of all 2013 Masters pools. You can enter for $100. All of the proceeds benefit the David Toms Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity that benefits underprivileged children.
Welcome to the 2013 David Toms Foundation Masters Pool. Here are the rules. Select ONE golfer from Group A, TWO golfers from Group B, THREE golfers from Group C and TWO golfers from Group D (a total of EIGHT golfers). The team that has the highest cumulative money earnings from the tournament is the winner. Tiebreaker: pick the 4-day winning score.
1st Place: Signed 2013 Masters Pin Flag from the winner, round of golf for 4 at any TPC Course, customized Cleveland Golf wedge straight from the PGA Tour van, free golf lesson at the David Toms Academy (opening in fall of 2013), 2 tickets to the PGA Tour event of your choice (does not include the Majors or the TPC at Sawgrass), David Toms signed Masters flag, two David Toms Foundation golf shirts and a David Toms signed picture.
2nd Place: 2012 Masters pin flag signed by champion Bubba Watson, 2012 President's Cup flag signed by the entire U.S. team (includes captain Fred Couples, Tiger, Phil, Furyk, Toms, etc.), free golf lesson at the David Toms Academy (opening in fall of 2013), David Toms signed Masters flag, David Toms Foundation golf shirt and a David Toms signed picture.
3rd Place: Signed picture by Arnold Palmer and David Toms, 2011 David Toms signed Colonial pin flag, free golf lesson at the David Toms Academy (opening in fall of 2013), 2 tickets to the PGA Tour event of your choice (does not include the Majors or the TPC at Sawgrass), David Toms signed Masters flag, David Toms Foundation golf shirt.
4th place: 4 tickets to the PGA Tour event of your choice (does not include the Majors or the TPC at Sawgrass), David Toms signed Masters flag, David Toms Foundation golf shirt and David Toms signed picture.
5th place: David Toms signed Masters flag, David Toms Foundation signed picture, David Toms Foundation golf shirt.
Cost is $100 and all of the proceeds benefit the David Toms Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity that benefits underprivileged children.
If you have questions, please send an email to or Call Adam Young at 318.798.5437 with questions.
Good luck all! 
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March 28, 2013 - 10:14pm
Posted by:
John Holmes
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Bubba Watson Dufnering
Bubba Watson via Twitter
Bubba Watson went Dufnering in his garage with the General Lee.

I had some real work to do tonight, but I couldn't quit looking at all the Internet photos of people Dufnering. After that hilarious photo of Jason Dufner slumping on the floor in a grade-school classroom went viral on Thursday, people from Luke Donald to Rory McIlroy to Bubba Watson to Rickie Fowler to everyday golfers far and wide began posting their own photos of themselves, celebrities and even animals engaging in the Internet's latest craze.

I went back and scanned Twitter, and literally in the span of a mere couple hours there were dozens of Dufnering photos. So without further ado, here is a photo gallery of a couple dozen of the best shots I could find.

There is also a hilarious Tumblr gallery called "Duff Don't Care" that is the funniest thing I've seen there since the memorable ''McKayla's Not Impressed'' gallery from last summer.

March 28, 2013 - 8:50pm
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Jason Dufner, Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy pokes fun of friend Jason Dufner's pose and starts a new Twitter meme

You could see this one coming a long par 5 away.  Jason Dufner's moment of classroom infamy began with this photo and post by Deadspin.  As golf fans (and golfers) began to enjoy "Dufner being Dufner", some of his fellow Tour players were obviously enjoying the image as well.  So much so, a new meme was born and is spreading fast on Twitter among other places.  

Rory McIlroy should be given credit for tweeting out his photo poking fun of his friend's now classic slouch on the floor.  Soon, Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson all joined in on the fun. Dufner has taken the ribbing in stride as he has started to retweet many of his followers who are sending him photos of themselves (or kids, or pets, etc...'dufnering'.)  Look for several other images as well as now the entire sports world will set aside all go Dufnering. 

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