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November 30, 2014 - 6:04pm
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Greg Norman
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Greg Norman poses for a selfie Sunday with his golfing partner.

Greg Norman is one tough Aussie, as evidenced by this selfie he posted Sunday on Twitter:



Why is a photo of Norman on a golf course newsworthy? Because a little over two months ago, Norman almost lost his left hand at the wrist.

Norman was pruning trees at his South Florida home on Sept. 13 when he accidentally sliced into his left wrist with the chainsaw, nearly severing the limb. Amazingly, Norman missed the main artery by a fraction of an inch, and doctors were able to successfully perform surgery.

In less than 24 hours, the Shark was back at the scene of his accident, wearing a large protective cast on his left arm but giving the thumbs up signal with his right.

Here's his quote from the Associated Press story on Sept. 14:

"Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off," Norman said. "I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am."

November 30, 2014 - 2:27pm
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Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth
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Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth played in the same pairing at the Open Championship earlier this year.

Rory McIlroy isn't easily impressed. The top-ranked golfer in the world already has four major tournament victories -- including the 2014 Open Championship and PGA Championship -- was named 2014 PGA Player of the Year and 2014 PGA Tour Player of the Year, won the European Tour's 2014 Order of Merit, the 2014 Vardon Trophy and the 2014 Byron Nelson Award.

In short, he's had a pretty good year. That also means he's a pretty good judge of golfing excellence.

So when McIlroy raves about your round, like he did about Jordan Spieth's final-round 63 in the Australian Open, that's saying something.

Here's Mac's tweet:



Maybe Rory and Bubba will let Jordan join in on their next holiday e-card.


November 28, 2014 - 4:09pm
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Thankful in golf
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It's never a bad idea to be thankful for having a PGA Professional as your instructor.

With the Thanksgiving season fully upon us, it's time to start thinking about everything we are thankful for. And your time out on the golf course can be included in that.

So we want to know what golf-related things are our readers are most thankful for. From an incredible shot, to a fantastic time with some great company or a score-saving tip that's helped your game, there are plenty of options. 

Here's what our readers had to say, and feel free to share yours. 

Our favorite five responses:

Betty Cunningham Nippa: That I played golf, loved golf and still get excited to watch others. Bad back and knees keep me from going on, but not in my spirit. Play on!

Chris Pollard: Every time I had the chance to play golf with my grandfather. His silver dollar that he use to mark his ball with, is now what I use to mark my ball.

Don Porter: Thankful that my wife introduced me to this game and that she is my regular playing partner.

Joe Mahoney: Making the golf team with persimmon woods and garage sale irons. This was a defining day for me.

Kyle Carey: My entire childhood and all the great memories from Jr Golf to Hole in ones at Three Lakes Golf Course.



JibJab eCard
It's all downhill for Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy in a new JibJab eCard.
That big ol' Nor'easter might be making things miserable for a lot of us this Thanksgiving holiday, but some of our favorite golfers are enjoying themselves out in all that white stuff.
In a brand-new JibJab eCard, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed and Jason Day – the winners of the World Golf Championship tournaments in 2014 – get together for a toboggan race. The result is 68 seconds of frigid fun as they sled up, down, over and around an alpine wonderland in this promotion for tickets to the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship.
At one point, Rory clocks Patrick with a snowball. At another, Bubba takes an ill-advised short cut through a tree. There's also moguls and loop-de-loops – and one of the golfers even turns into a human snowball. 
Who wins the big race? You'll have to click this link and see for yourself.
I have to admit, I didn't know that JibJab was still around. I remember when the company burst into the public consciousness with its 2004 political parity featuring an animated version of then-President George W. Bush and a cast of thousands, and I see that JibJab now produces a variety of animated products. 
This one is pretty cute – but what I'd really like to see is one featuring the golfers actually out on the course.
Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy believes that a good showing this week in Australia could buoy him next spring at Augusta National.
Last week, we saw Rory McIlroy lift a ridiculous amount of weight as he officially captured the European Tour's money title in Dubai. On Tuesday, his exercise regimen was a little less strenuous – he carried a baby kangaroo around downtown Sydney in advance of his defense of the Emirates Australian Open title this week at the Australian Club.
The photo op with the kid was pretty light-hearted, but McIlroy is serious about the tournament because he's got a chance to make some serious history. Only two non-Australian players have won the Australian Open back-to-back. Maybe you've heard of them – Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
McIlroy has another reason for wanting a good sowing this week – he believes that his victory last year essentially launched him into his wildly successful 2014, and he's hoping a repeat could do him similar good in 2015.
"I have been thinking about Augusta next year since the 18th August this year when I won the PGA Championship for a second time," he said. "So it might be a good omen for me going to Augusta in April if I could again win the Australian Open.
"I've said many times since winning at Royal Sydney a year ago that my Australian Open victory was pivotal to what I have achieved this year," he added. "And if I can win the championship again then I have to go to Augusta with a lot of confidence of winning the only major I need to win to capture the Grand Slam."
The Australian Open will be McIlroy's final competition for 2014. He's planning to spend a few days in New York to host a couple of events for his Rory McIlroy Foundation, and will make his 2015 debut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in mid-January.
November 25, 2014 - 1:37pm
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy is the defending championship at the Australian Open this week.

Here's a look at the tournaments on tap this week:

PGA Tour: Off this week
Next event: Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Jan. 9-12, 2015, at Kapalua Resort in Kapalua, Hawaii 

Site: Sydney.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: The Australian Golf Club (7,245 yards, 6,625 meters, par 70).
Purse: $1,074,600. Winner's share: $193,425.

Last year: Rory McIlroy won at Royal Sydney for his lone 2013 title. He birdied the final hole to beat Adam Scott by a stroke.

Last week: Australian left-hander Nick Cullen won the Australian Masters at Metropolitan in Melbourne. Scott, the 2012 and 2013 winner, was a stroke back along with fellow Australians James Nitties and Josh Younger.

Notes: The top-ranked McIlroy is in the field along with Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Americans Jordan Spieth, and Boo Weekley. McIlroy tied for second last week in Dubai in the European Tour's season-ending event. He won the British Open in July and the U.S. PGA Championship in August. ... Peter Senior won at The Lakes in 2012 to become the oldest winner in event history at 53. ... Gary Player won the national championship a record seven times, one more than Jack Nicklaus. ... The NSW PGA Championship is next week at Riverside Oaks, followed by the Australian PGA at Royal Pines.

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Casio World Open
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Kochi Kuroshio Country Club
Site: Kochi, Japan

ASIAN TOUR: King's Cup
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club
Site: Kohn Kaen, Thailand

SUNSHINE TOUR: Lion of Africa Cape Town Open
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Royal Cape Golf Club
Site: Cape Town, South Africa

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Las Praderas Club Campos de Golf
Site: Buenos Aires, Argentina.


JAPAN LPGA TOUR: LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Miyazaki Country Club
Site: Miyazaki, Japan