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Kid Rock and Dierks Bentley teamed up Monday in the Folds of Honor Foundation's Patriot Cup celebrity tournament in Tulsa.

What were they thinking?

The Folds of Honor Foundation is hosting the Patriot Cup in Tulsa, Okla., for celebrities, military honorees and invited guests. And on Monday, Dierks Bentley was teamed up with this guy:



I'm guessing they could play all summer long, free and easy down the road they go until they reach home. Or the clubhouse.

By the way, there's a concert Monday evening at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, where both Bentley and Kid Rock will showcase their skills off the course.

May 25, 2014 - 2:26pm
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Santa Rosa, Calif., golfer Jeff Wallahan had the round of a lifetime Friday at Foxtail Golf Club.

The odds of being struck by lightning during your lifetime are about 3,000 to 1. The odds of making a hole-in-one are much higher, approximately 12,500 to 1. For Jeff Wallahan, lightning struck twice as he made two aces within a seven-hole stretch, a feat that's almost impossible to calculate.

Wallahan, who owns a repair shop in Santa Rosa, Calif., was out playing 18 holes on a sunny, warm day Friday afternoon on the North course at nearby Foxtail Golf Club when he aced the 139-yard, par-3 No. 6 hole. On the very next par-3, the 148-yard No. 13, it was a repeat performance -- another hole-in-one.

Pro shop assistant Ethan Schultz confirmed the feat Sunday afternoon.

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Christine Decker and her husband, William, joined Wallahan on the back nine, and Wallahan told them about his previous good fortune as they prepared to hit off the tee at No. 13. Then Wallahan stepped up and hit his tee shot, making them both witnesses to the second ace. Decker shared the story and a photo on her Facebook page.

"It hit the green, and then just rolled and rolled and rolled, and then disappeared," Christine Decker said. "We were in a golf cart and he was walking, so we drove up to the green. But my husband told me to stay put and not look in the cup. He wanted [Wallahan] to find out first."

The ball was definitely at the bottom of the cup, Wallahan's second ace. Pro shop workers said Wallahan is not a regular there, so he picked a perfect day to come out to play.



May 25, 2014 - 12:22pm
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It's been a difficult week for Rory McIlroy, personally. But, professionally, it couldn't have been better as he won the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday -- his first European Tour victory since November 2012.

What started off as a rough week for Rory McIlroy ended on a high note on Sunday.

Early last week, the former world No. 1 and two-time major champion announced he had called off his engagement with tennis star Caroline Wozniaki. During his press conference ahead of the BMW Championship -- the European Tour's flagship event -- McIlroy was visibly shaken.

People around the world can relate -- it's not easy going through a break up. And, for high-profile athletes like McIlroy and Wozniaki, unfortunately their private lives are very much in the public.

RELATED: McIlroy calls off engagement to Wozniaki | Sunday's photos

McIlroy got past those emotions and won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth by one shot on Sunday over Shane Lowery.

We don't need to make it anymore dramatic than it was -- again, everyone has been through a break up. But, for McIlroy, this is a big step towards moving ahead with his professional life which has been shaky since the start of 2013.

In fact, McIlroy's victory on Sunday was his first on the European Tour since the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai in November of 2012. His last victory on the PGA Tour was in September of that same year during the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup at the BMW Championship.

While McIlroy did win the Emirates Australian Open in December, this one today is much bigger for many reasons. First of all, he's officially gotten the monkey off his back with a win on one of the two biggest tours (European or PGA) in the world since his much discussed and analyzed equipment change at the start of 2013.

Secondly, this particular tournament is arguably the most coveted on the European Tour outside of the majors. Essentially, this is the European Tour's version of the Players Championship.

The victory will give McIlroy the on-course abundance of confidence that has been missing from his game for nearly a year and a half. That's huge. It also comes at a great time with the U.S. Open right around the corner.

Finally, the the No. 1 spot in the world playing the role of hot potato lately, this could be the start of McIlroy getting the train back on the track toward reaching that spot yet again.

May 24, 2014 - 4:19pm
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This is what happens when a long-drive champion's tee shot meets a watermelon.

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a world long-drive champion smashed a tee shot into a watermelon?

Neither did I. However, having seen this video from the folks at the European Tour, I must admit it's pretty cool.

Naturally, the watermelon didn't stand a chance against 2010 Long Drive World Champion Joe Miller, but the slo-mo and various camera angles make this a cool video. 

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Patrick Reed and his wife/caddie Justine shared his Wyndham Championship victory last summer.

Most of us first became familiar with PGA Tour player Patrick Reed when he won the Wyndham Championship in a playoff last summer with his wife Justine serving as his caddie. He then won the Humana Challenge in January, this time without his significant other on the bag.

The reason? Justin, we learned, was pregnant with the couple's first child. And though her brother, Kessler Karain, had taken over the caddying duties, Justine still determinedly walked every hole on his march to victory.

The baby, the Reeds said back then, was due around Memorial Day, and they weren't far off. Their daughter – named Windsor Wells Reed – was born Thursday, and news of her birth broke today. 

The family hasn't released any photos yet, but that's okay. And now that the child is here, we'll have to wait and see when, or if, Justine returns to her caddying duties as she's planned.


May 23, 2014 - 8:09pm
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Jimmy Walker's tee shot on the 17th hole at Colonial on Friday hit a bird mid-flight.

Hearing the name "Jimmy Walker" and the word "birdie" in the same sentence is a pretty regular occurrence these days.

But on Friday in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Walker had a different kind of birdie. In other words, he literally hit a birdy.

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At the 387-yard, par-4 17th hole, Walker elected to hit an iron off the tee. He struck the shot well and... it nailed a bird in mid-flight.



Walker made par on the hole and -- more importantly -- it looks like the bird was relatively unharmed.

Walker, a three-time winner on Tour this season, shot a 2-under 68. At 5 under through 36 holes, he's tied for fourth, just two off the lead.

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