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May 29, 2015 - 12:46pm
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Shane Lowry
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Shane Lowry putted with his wedge Friday after snapping his putter earlier in the round.

Anger and frustration can get the best of us, even profressional golfers like Shane Lowry.

Struggling with a balky putter in the cold and rain of tough Royal County Down, Lowry let his temper get away from him. Unable to take it anymore, he broke the putter against a metal fence post during the second round of the Irish Open. The only problem: He did it on the third hole, meaning he still had 15 holes remaining in his round.

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Forced to use his wedge as a replacement, Lowry made the best of a bad situation -- and then some. He made three birdies en route to a second-round 74, good enough to make the cut.

Afterward, he was apologetic:



Lowry's definitely not the first golfer to let his emotions get away. Consider Rory McIlroy's club-flinging antics at the Cadillac Championship at Doral earlier this season.

And Henrik Stenson's well-documented temper could fill up at least one golf bag full of clubs snapped in frustration during the heat of battle.


May 29, 2015 - 10:57am
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TPC Four Seasons
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This is what TPC Four Seasons looked like Friday morning after nearly five inches of rain overnight.

Because of heavy overnight rains -- up to five inches in some areas of the Metroplex -- PGA officials have taken an unusual step at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic.

They've declared the No. 14 fairway at TPC Four Seasons unplayable and moved the teeing ground 104 yards from the flag. And after originally deciding to leave it as a par-4, switched it to a par-3. So now the second round is playing as a par 69.

Whether the hole returns to its original length over the weekend is up to Mother Nature. If the fairway dries out significantly, PGA Tour officials say they'll resume regular play. If not, it may stay as a pitch and putt par-3 for the rest of the tournament.

Here's a series of tweets explaining things:








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Definitely no reason to lay up today. And can you imagine being able to say you hit a wedge to the green on a "par-4?"

Caleb Watson
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Caleb Watson pulls off a golf trick many adults probably couldn't do.

Can your kid do this? Bubba Watson's son Caleb can. Of course, he's had a golf club in his hand almost since the day he learned to walk.

Bubba Watson posted this video Thursday to Twitter of Caleb's first golf trick. It's pretty impressive how well he pulls off the stunt -- and even funnier afterward:


Did you notice that Caleb's driver was pink? Like father, like son -- in many ways.

May 28, 2015 - 11:47am
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May 27, 2015 - 6:28pm
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The new Tiger Woods Fatheads are available in a range of sizes and prices.

A merchandise deal between Fathead, Upper Deck and three prominent superstar athletes will finally allow golf fans to stick a life-size image of Tiger Woods on their walls. Or Michael Jordan. Or Wayne Gretzky. Since all three have ties to the sport.

The deal, announced last week, finally allows Fathead the rights to Tiger's image -- and they've definitely made the most of it, with various Fatheads in all manner of shapes and sizes. Want a pose of Tiger Woods in his iconic Sunday red-and-black outfit for your family room? They've got it. Want a huge oversized smiling Tiger Woods head for your den? Yep, it's available.

Obviously, Jordan and Gretzky are better-known for their athletic exploits in other sports. But Mike's connection to golf goes all the way to the Ryder Cup, plsu some rounds with PGA Tour pros like Keegan Bradley. And Gretzky just happens to be Dustin Johnson's father-in-law.

Here's the full news release:

Fathead and The Upper Deck Company and its affiliates have reached an agreement to bring three of sports most famous athletes to the bedrooms, offices and man caves of fans around the world. NBA great Michael Jordan, NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, and golfing superstar Tiger Woods will now be available as Fatheads.

“We’ve had this extraordinary deal in our sights for quite a while,” said Patrick McInnis, Chief Executive Officer of Fathead. “The demand Fathead has received for these iconic athletes is unprecedented and to now have them as a part of the Fathead roster will provide sports fans around the world with the opportunity to celebrate greatness with true Walls of Fame!”

Fathead will produce a variety of sizes and styles including the ‘REAL.BIG.’ line of life-size, high definition die-cut wall graphics, ‘Stand Outs’ and select ‘Big Head’ cut outs, stunning murals, as well as the space-friendly ‘Fathead Jr’.

Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Tiger Woods Fatheads are high definition graphics made of a durable, high-grade vinyl that is tear and fade resistant. The Fatheads are removable, reusable and designed with a special adhesive backing that enables them to be moved with no damage to any surface. The new collection of Upper Deck Fatheads are available exclusively at for shipment worldwide, along with thousands of Fatheads from more than 650 licensed brands. 

If Tiger's not your thing, you can still order Fatheads for John Daly, Ian Poulter and a number of golf course venues.

May 27, 2015 - 2:29pm
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A mountain lion found a new playmate on Tuesday at an Arizona golf course -- the flagstick.

It can get wild on the golf course at times. And, by "wild" I mean you sometimes have close encounters with wildlife.

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Take for instance this video, which features a mountain lion having some fun with the flagstick on the 18th green of the Chiricahua course at Desert Mountain Golf Course in Scottsdale:



I'm not sure I'd be relaxed enough to laugh at the scene like the folks in this video. Instead, I'd have my golf cart pedal to the metal looking for a safe place to hide.

I prefer to see mountain lions in videos on golf courses rather than in real life.