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Paula Creamer acupuncture and pedicure
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Paula Creamer got some acupuncture and pedicure after she ended a cuts-made streak that really had some legs.

We witnessed the end of an era Saturday at the Kingsmill Championship, where Paula Creamer missed the cut – for the first time since August of 2010.

Creamer, who recently ended a four-year winless streak at the HSBC Women's Champions, saw her almost-four-year cuts-made streak end when she carded rounds of 73-72 at Kingsmill. The cut was made Saturday morning because a long weather delay meant the second round didn't finish on Friday.

Coming into Kingsmill, Creamer led the LPGA Tour with 82 tournaments in a row without missing a cut. The last time she missed, according to the LPGA, was the 2010 Safeway Classic.

"Yes I missed the cut .. just couldn't get the job done .. 82 in a row not too shabby," she tweeted.

The LPGA didn't indicate who takes over as the current cuts-made leader. The longest current cuts-made streak on the PGA Tour is 33 by Adam Scott. 

The end of Creamer's streak also puts into perspective the LPGA Tour's all-time record of 299 straight cuts made by Jane Blalock. On the PGA Tour, the cuts-made record is 142 straight by Tiger Woods.

In the aftermath of her MC, the Pink Panther indulged in a little "me time." A few hours after she walked off the course, she tweeted out a couple of photos – one of her getting a little acupuncture on her legs, and another showing her getting a pedicure. And, she said, she's planning to be right back in action at next week's Airbus Classic in Alabama.

While we wait, check out this Bridgestone spot that features her as a pirate:

 

 

 

 

President Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama drives a golf cart at the Andrews AFB course in March.

Even the President of the United States wants a different challenge every once in a while.

President Barack Obama normally plays a round of golf on the weekends at the course at nearby Andrews Air Force Base or at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. But according to the Associated Press, Obama set up a tee time on Saturday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va. That's a club with membership that's invitation-only -- and has hosted the Presidents Cup four times since 1991.

It's also the first time President Obama has played there, although former President Bill Clinton frequented it several times during his administration.

In case you're wondering, the AP said the President's foursome included former trade representative Ron Kirk, CenterPoint Energy chairman Milton Caroll and a man identified as Joe O'Neill, who is a leading Democratic lobbyist in Washington.

In case you're also wondering, there's no mention in the story as to what score the President recorded. That's a secret only known by the Secret Service agents keeping watch over the proceedings.

Scottie Scheffler
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Scottie Scheffler not only made the cut Friday as an amateur, the 17-year-old added a hole-in-one in Saturday's third round.

Jordan Spieth's position as "the next big thing" in golf may already be in jeopardy, thanks to a 17-year-old high school senior from Highland Park, Texas.

At a time when most teenagers are worried more about who to take to the prom, how to make enough money to fill the gas tank and where to go during their summer vacation, Scottie Scheffler's goals for this weekend were a touch loftier. The 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champion received a sponsor's exemption to play in the HP Byron Nelson Championship in nearby Irving, so golf was going to take precedence over homework, video games and movies.

So faced with that kind of challenge, what did Scheffler do? Well, he shot 68 on Friday to make the cut. And then on Saturday, with his family watching from beyond the ropes -- and sister Callie on the bag -- Scheffler pulled out a 5-iron and aced the 221-yard par-3 No. 2 hole, only the sixth hole-in-one on the PGA Tour this season.

 

 

Scottie Scheffler. If you haven't heard the name before, now you have. And chances are, you'll hear it again in the not-too-distant future.

 

Kara Keough Bosworth and Alex Morgan
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Alex Morgan (right) posed with her pal Kara Keough Bosworth during their practice session earlier this week.

The last time we saw U.S. soccer star Alex Morgan with a golf club in her hand, she was hitting a wicked slice at a driving range in England back in the summer of 2012 – soon after she helped Team USA win the gold medal in the London Olympics. Her swing was, to be charitable, a little short, but her attitude – as it is on the soccer pitch – was upbeat and positive.

Now, almost two years later, we have an Instagram video of America's soccer sweetheart with her pal Kara Keough Bosworth hitting balls at what is reported to be Top Golf Houston earlier this week, though I certainly can't guarantee that. One thing I can guarantee, however, is that Morgan's swing has gotten a lot better.

As you can see in the video below, she's got an iron in her hand this time, and she still kind of jumps at the ball. But she makes solid contact and, judging by her post-shot celebration, she's clearly pleased with her performance.

And hey, who can argue with that kind of enthusiasm?

Morgan might not yet be a scratch golfer, but she's at least better than her teammate Sydney Leroux, who you might remember tried a "Happy Gilmore"-type swing that ended in an epic fail.

Here's Morgan's mighty swing: 

 

May 16, 2014 - 11:42am
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Bubba Watson, Kevin Durant
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Following a Game 6 win over the LA Clippers in the NBA's Western Conference semifinals on Thursday night, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant handed his game-worn shoes to Masters champ Bubba Watson who was sitting court-side.

Since winning the Masters for the second time in his career in April, Bubba Watson has been everywhere.

He recently showed up at a Golfsmith unnanounced to challenge staff and customers to a driving and putting contest. He visited his elementary school and high school, donating $15,000 and $35,000 to each, respectively.

He's also been seen visiting his sponsors PING and Oakley, and buying the entire staff at the respective headquarters lunch.

The man has been doing a lot of giving.

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But on Thursday night, Watson was on the receiving end of a special gift at the Staples Center in Los Angeles following the Western Conference NBA semifinal game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers.

 

 

Moments after winning the Game 6 showdown 104-98 to advance to the Western Conference Finals, Thunder star and NBA MVP Kevin Durant slipped off his game-worn shoes and ran them over to Watson.

Durant had 39 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in the game.

The two shared a hug and Watson wished Durant well the rest of the way. Durant and the Thunder face the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 on Monday, which you can watch at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.

Watson is a huge fan of the NBA and has been seen at practices and games the last couple of years. In fact, his wife, Angie, is a former WNBA player.

Being Bubba Watson looks like a whole lot of fun these days.

Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tjauclair.

 

Tiger Woods at El Cardonal at Diamante Cabo San Lucas
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Tiger Woods' El Cardonal at Diamante Cabo San Lucas is nearing completion, as Woods showed in a photo.

When Tiger Woods gave us his most recent status report on his recovery from back surgery about a week ago, he also gave us a little update on some of his golf course design projects that showed he's remained quite busy during his enforced absence from the PGA Tour.

His design project in Mexico – El Cardonal at Diamante Cabo San Lucas – "continues to progress well," he wrote in a blog post on his website. And on Thursday, he tweeted out a photo of himself standing on the seventh hole of the course near the tip of Baja California.

"The front nine has been grassed, as well as a few holes on the back nine," he added. "I'm looking forward to finalizing the shaping on the last few holes when I get back onsite next month. I'm thrilled with how it's turning out, and I'll share some photos with you from my next visit."

When it's finished, El Cardonal will join the existing Dunes Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas – and Tiger has his work cut out for him. Designed by Davis Love III, the Dunes Course is ranked No. 52 on Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World list.     

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But where Love's creation is "reminiscent of a classic Scottish links course," according to the Diamante website, Tiger's course "will remind golfers of the old-style California courses that Tiger grew up playing." 

Golfers "will have several options to navigate each hole, and proper strategic decision making will be rewarded," the site says. "The existing arroyos [canyons] that traverse the site and well-placed fairway bunkers will provide ample risk-reward opportunities off the tees."

"I set up the golf strategy to make golfers think and make choices," Woods says on the site. "Regardless of your handicap, there are going to be different ways to play every hole. Angles of approach are going to be very important and will dictate the type of shots you should consider. I love this kind of golf."

The course is set to open this fall, according to the site.