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July 28, 2015 - 1:42pm
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Billy Hurley III
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In an emotional press conference at the Quicken Loans National on Tuesday, PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III asked for the public's help in finding his father who has been missing for nine days.

In an emotionally-charged press conference on Tuesday at the Quicken Loans National, PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III announced that his father, Willard Hurley III, has been missing for nine days.

Luke Kerr-Dineen from USA Today's For the Win blog reports that Hurley, 33, said his father left home nine days ago, "with some clothes and cash, and no one has heard from him since."

Hurley said his father has no history of mental illness.

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Kerr-Dineen cited this piece from Hurley's presser, where he took no questions, but said he intended to play this week:

"I'm coming to you guys for help. Last Sunday, nine days ago, he took some clothes, took some cash, and no ones heard from him since … No one know why he left, he’s been married to my mom for 30 years and now he’s gone. I just want to let him know that: Dad, we love you and we want you to come home. We have no idea where he is … I just found out so hopefully he checks for my score or my tee time and realizes it’s time to come home." 


July 28, 2015 - 8:02am
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Robert Allenby
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Just when we thought the dust might be settling after Robert Allenby's mid-round firing of caddie Mick Middlemo last week in Canada, Middlemo is calling into question Allenby's claims that he was drugged, kidnapped, beaten and robbed earlier this year in Hawaii.

Things just keep getting uglier and uglier between Robert Allenby and ex-caddie Mick Middlemo after the dust up that led to the looper's firing midway through the first round of last week's RBC Canadian Open.

In case you somehow missed it, Allenby alleges that Middlemo became aggressive toward him during the round after the two had a disagreement on the fourth hole. Allenby explained his side of the story to

"I said to him, 'You know this happens every week,'" Allenby told ScoreGolf, referring to a disagreement on club-selection. "'This has happened for like the last three or four or five months. We keep making bad mistakes and you're not helping me in these circumstances.'"

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And that was pretty much the printable version of the argument.

Middlemo bounced back and refuted Allenby's version of the events.

"The discussion was only about waiting for the wind to die down and hit the 8-iron; the 7-iron was never discussed. Not once. He came up 10 meters short of the front of the green. ... He hit a bad shot," Middlemo told

"He said, 'I can't believe this fat (expletive),' loud enough for everyone to hear. There's a lot as a caddie I can take but a personal attack like that. ... If this was an office in any country in the world, that would be considered bullying. ... I can take it if you call me the worst caddie in the world, tell me I'm horrible at picking clubs, but there's a line you just can't cross."

Many have come to Middlemo's defense, stating that the caddie's version of the events are the way they actually went down.

To make the whole thing a little more soap-opera-ish, Geoff Shackelford surfaced a report from The Age's Megan Levy, where Middlemo made some damning statements about Allenby and his strange fiasco from early this year in Hawaii, where the golfer claimed he had been drugged, kidnapped, beaten and robbed.

This from the story:

Middlemo now says he believes Allenby simply fell over and injured his face after drinking too much wine and tequila and not eating enough food.

"Do I think he got mugged and bashed and absolutely robbed? No I don't. That's the story I told because that's the story he told me to tell because I wasn't there," Middlemo told News Corp Australia.

"Do I think he just fell over and cracked his head? Honestly I do … I think he fell over and someone picked up his wallet and had a great time with his credit card."

Wow. Something tells me these two won't be exchanging Christmas cards this year. 

July 27, 2015 - 12:15pm
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Bubba Watson
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During a recent photoshoot for Golf Digest, Bubba Watson smacked a fairway wood right into a drone occupying airspace in his target line. The result wasn't good for the drone.

Bubba Watson with a fairway wood in his hands and a drone in his target line always had "bad news" written all over it for the drone.

Lucky for us, Golf Digest put all those things in place during a recent photo shoot and we get to see the two-time Masters champ absolutely destroy the drone.

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Golf Digest teased it with this tweet:


Here's the actual video:


That was awesome.

July 27, 2015 - 10:59am
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Who doesn't love a good golf gag? This one would frighten most, but luckily it was just for a prank show -- a skeet-shooter visits unsuspecting golfers at a driving range.

Golf is a game that lends itself to some great gags. Whether it's tossing your friend a new golf ball that explodes on impact, sounding off an air-horn in a friend's backswing, or taking the reinforcement strap off the clubs before the motorized cart takes off, there's always room for a good laugh.

For the record, I don't condone any of those things... just pointing out some of the funnier stuff I've seen.

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Well, this morning, I came across a great one -- definitely don't try this at home.

The video, by "Just for Laughs Gags," is a few years old and is tagged as, "Golf Shooting Range Pranks."

Here's the premise: Unsuspecting folks are enjoying a bucket of balls at the driving range. The pranker, meanwhile, is nearby with a shotgun pretending he's skeet-shooting. Instead of skeets, however, he's taking aim at the golf balls.

The expressions on the golfers' faces are priceless -- everything from frightened to can't stop laughing.

Check it out:


In fairness to skeet shooters, there was that one time when Brandt Snedeker took to the skeet-shooting range with his golf club. And this happened:


July 27, 2015 - 9:35am
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Jason Day
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When a player wins on the PGA Tour, he sometimes receives more than just a beautiful trophy. In the case of Jason Day at the RBC Canadian Open, his prizes included, "Justin Beaver."

Six days removed from major heartbreak in the Open Championship at St. Andrews, Jason Day bounced back impressively with a victory in the RBC Canadian Open -- the fourth win of his PGA Tour career.

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Along with a beautiful trophy, Day was also the recipient of this strange souvenir -- Justin Beaver (obviously a play on the name of Canadian pop-star, Justin Bieber):


That should make for an interesting "conversation piece" in the Day household, don't you think?

July 27, 2015 - 8:33am
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Jordan Spieth
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No matter how old, or how successful you are, your good friends are always there to bust your chops and take you down a notch. Jordan Spieth is learning that on his 22nd birthday.

Friends are the best. No matter how old, or how successful you are or become, they're always there to bust your chops.

Today, Jordan Spieth -- winner of two of the last three majors -- celebrates his 22nd birthday.

While there were plenty of well wishes sent his way via Twitter by many in the world of golf, here are the three that truly stood out among the rest.

First, from good buddy Justin Thomas:


If Spieth starts to "actually play some good golf," Thomas and his peers are in deel trouble.

Then there was this from Colt Knost:


Funny stuff. But, making it even funnier was the sub-tweet by Graham DeLaet:


It's funny because it's probably true.