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Sergio Garcia and nephew
Sergio Garcia via Twitter
Sergio Garcia and his little practice partner put in some serious range time on Friday.

This photo that Sergio Garcia posted on Twitter on Friday was the best one I saw all day. Sergio is obviously working hard on his swing – and so is his little nephew.

The 2-year-old looks like a lefty, unless he's just trying to mirror Sergio's swing. If he does play left-handed, he might be a favorite to win the Masters in about 2035.

Sergio's little buddy is the son of his younger sister, Mar, and her husband, Pablo Hernandez, who plays professional soccer for Swansea of the English Premier League. Mar is known as a good golfer, as is their older brother, Victor Garcia Jr.

They both better watch out, though, because this little guy looks like he just might become the links star of the family.



Bobby Jones
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The great Bobby Jones is just one of the many subjects of the vintage golf videos found on British Pathe.

While at work and the boss isn't looking, most of us will take a minute to surf the Internet in seach of fun and interesting sites.

Beware: If you go to this one, you could spend hours perusing all the fun, interesting and just plain wacky golf videos.

British Pathe bills itself as "the world's leading multimedia resource with a history stretching back over a century." And while you can find all kinds of video on all kinds of topics, its golf library of vintage golf footage is nothing short of amazing.

You can watch highlights of The 1924 Open Championship, the 1947 Walker Cup, loads of clips of Bobby Jones and even one featuring an armless golfer from 1932.

Give it a looksee, but don't blame us if you find yourself spending hours of valuable work time surfing this site. Or if you get fired.



Cameron Diaz and Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show
Cameron Diaz emerged victorious in her game of roller golf with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.
Jimmy Fallon is rapidly becoming a Golf Buzz favorite, and why not? The "Tonight Show" host loves his golf, and loves to inject golf into his show in fun and entertaining ways.
His most recent golf-related escapade came Wednesday night, when he challenged guest Cameron Diaz to a game of "roller golf." Roller golf, Fallon explained, is golf on roller skates, but the objective is to knock your ball into the hole faster than your opponent, regardless of how many strokes you take.
So he and Diaz donned helmets and pads – maybe this should be called "Roller-Derby golf" instead. Wait a minute, this is actually just a golf version of roller hockey. Anyway, both Fallon and Diaz took a club and played a one-hole match. 
Diaz shot off the starting line like a race car, and quickly built a big lead. Fallon rallied late, but even a little bit of illegal goaltending couldn't keep Diaz from claiming victory. 
We hope Fallon doesn't take his defeat too hard – after all, Diaz showed off a pretty good swing on the driving range in "There's Something About Mary." We're counting on him to keep golf a prominent part of his program.
You can see their showdown right here:
Lydia Ko
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Lydia Ko is the second youngest member of Time Magazine's '100 Most Influential People' list for 2014.

Lydia Ko had an interesting day on Thursday. She turned 17, and shot a 68 at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic near San Francisco to sit tied for second after the first round. And, oh yeah, she was named to Time Magazine's 2014 list of the world's 100 most influential people.

The fast-rising star is the second youngest person on the list, behind only Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old torchbearer for girls' education in Pakistan. She joins pop singer Lorde as the only two New Zealanders to be selected. And she is one of only five athletes, along with tennis player Serena Williams, Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman, basketball player Jason Collins, and soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

One category in which Ko has plenty of company is women – there are a record 41, from Beyonce (who played a little golf herself recently) to Hillary Clinton, on the list this year.  

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"Lydia Ko is exceptionally talented, mature beyond her years and well liked by golf fans and competitors alike," Annika Sorenstam wrote in support of Ko. "She is responsible for sparking increased interest in our sport not just in her native South Korea and adopted homeland of New Zealand but also among juniors across the globe.

"Her early, record-breaking success brings with it incredible pressure — and she's doing a fantastic job handling the many responsibilities that accompany stardom."

Ko turned professional last fall after an unprecedented amateur creer in which she was the world's top-ranked amateur and a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour. She is already up to fourth in the Rolex Women's Rankings. 


April 24, 2014 - 4:21pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Peter Bevacqua, Kohki Idoki
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PGA of America CEO Peter Bevacqua shakes hands with 2013 Senior PGA Champion Kohki Idoki moments after Idoki hit a shot from the ninth floor of a hotel as part of 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid Media Day at Harbor Shores.

"Nervous" doesn't even begin to describe just how nervous 2013 Senior PGA Champion Kohki Idoki was on Thursday afternoon.

Standing on the edge of the ninth floor at the still-under-construction Inn at Harbor Shores, Idoki prepared to hit a shot from a platform over a parking lot filled with cars, across the street, and on to the fifth tee box, fashioned as a temporary green, at Harbor Shores -- site of the 2014 Senior PGA Championship, May 22-25 -- as part of Media Day.

Getting to the ninth floor alone was terrifying, as it required a ride on an outdoor elevator -- a cage on all four sides, as well as the elevator floor. Yikes!

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Throughout the stunt, Idoki shook his head many times as if to say, "I can't believe I'm doing this," with the wind whipping on the cold, overcast southwest Michigan day.

The total distance of the shot? Two-hundred and 15 yards to a tiny target, about seven yards long and seven yards wide.

Idoki warmed up with a couple of swings to try and calibrate the distance, taking into account the extreme nine-story drop in elevation, along with the howling wind.

He finally settled on a utility-5 and hit the green to the delight of the 50 or so people gathered on the ninth-floor landing. You can see Idoki's shot and the reaction here:



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Rickie Fowler
Red Bull
Rickie Fowler views the world from upside down.

Rickie Fowler is a self-professed daredevil by trade. He loves active sports -- as evidenced by his short-lived motocross career (which ended after he broke his foot in three places at age 15.) And he'd like to get into racing cars when his golf career winds down.

But even Rickie had to have a few butterflies in his stomach when he decided to take a ride with acrobatic ace and two-time Red Bull Air Race champion Kirby Chambliss recently over the pilot's property in Arizona.

You may need to take some Dramamine before you watch this:




According to the Red Bull website, Fowler "did it rocking mad steeze." I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I'm guessing it's a compliment of the highest order.