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January 7, 2014 - 10:06am
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T.J. Auclair
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Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn
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Lindsey Vonn, an Olympic gold-medalist in downhill and the girlfriend of Tiger Woods, announced Tuesday morning that she will be unable to compete in the 2014 Winter Games due to injury.

Lindsey Vonn, U.S. gold medalist in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics -- and the significant other of world No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods -- announced this morning that she will not be able to compete in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, set to start in February.

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The 29-year-old Vonn revealed the news via her Facebook page with this post:

I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi. I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level. I'm having surgery soon so that I can be ready for the World Championships at home in Vail next February. On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold. Thank you all so much for all of the love and support. I will be cheering for all of the Olympians and especially team USA!
XO Lindsey

Vonn initially suffered a tear to her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee, with a tibial plateau fracture after a crash in the Super G in the first race of the 2013 World Championships in Schladming, Austria, last February.

Vonn worked hard to get back on the slopes hoping to be in Sochi, but suffered a set back after another crash during a practice run in Colorado in November. Vonn tried to race with the pain, but re-injured the same knee on Dec. 21 in Val d' Isere, France.

According to a statement released by her publicist, "an MRI showed an MCL sprain, which coupled with the torn ACL, has made it impossible to stabilize her knee and be ready to safely ski again next month."

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January 7, 2014 - 8:54am
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BCS Championship
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Jack Nicklaus with grandson, Nick O'Leary, who plays tight end for the National Champion Florida State Seminoles.

Jack Nicklaus and wife, Barbara -- along with several other family and friends -- were in attendance for last night's BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., with a very specific rooting interest.

Sure, the Golden Bear is a proud Ohio State University alum, but on Monday night he was a huge Seminole fan. Nicklaus' grandson, Nick O'Leary, is a star tight-end for FSU. COVERAGE: Recap | Famous Jameis comes through | AU's miracle season runs out

The proud grandparents took this photo before the game:

Though O'Leary's name didn't show up in the boxscore of FSU's thrilling 34-31 victory over Auburn, there's no denying he played a significant role in helping the Seminoles to a 14-0 record.

During his junior year in 2013-14, O'Leary recorded a 16.1-yard average per catch, which led all major college tight ends in the regular season.

O'Leary is expected to return to FSU for his senior year, unless the NFL Draft Advisory Board suggests he could be a first-round pick.

Should he return to FSU in the fall, reports suggest that O'Leary could be the nation's top-ranked tight end at the start of the 2014 season.

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January 6, 2014 - 11:28pm
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Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner
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Brandt Snedeker (l) and Jason Dufner aren't exactly twins, but don't tell that to Snedeker's young daughter.
To you and I, Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker don't look a lot alike. But to Snedeker's three-year-old daughter, Lily, well, maybe there are more similarities than we think.
I'll let this Twitter exchange tell the cutest tale I heard all day:
January 6, 2014 - 6:23pm
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TaylorMade Tour Prefeered MB iron
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The Tour Preferred MB irons from TaylorMade have a compact, classic shape with a thin topline that transitions smoothly into the hosel, minimal offset and minimal camber on the sole.
TaylorMade has reaffirmed its commitment to better players with the introduction of its new Tour Preferred irons. The three new models – the Tour Preferred MB (muscleback), MC (muscle cavity) and CB (cavity back) – all are aimed at highly skilled golfers.
The Tour Preferred MB (muscleback) irons are forged from soft 1025 carbon steel, and created for elite players. Their shape is classic and compact, TaylorMade says, with a thin topline that transitions smoothly into the hosel, minimal offset and minimal camber on the sole. Their grooves are milled to exacting specifications to promote more spin and control from the rough, and they – like all of the new Tour Preferred irons – feature a hand-polished satin nickel-chrome finish.
Designed for players seeking a bit more workability, the Tour Preferred MC irons blend a classic shape with a shallow muscle cavity behind the face to boost the clubs' stability through the swing. Their heads' length, topline and sole width are all slightly larger than on the Tour Preferred MB, and the 3- through 7-irons incorporate TaylorMade's Speed Pocket technology to promote increased ball speed in the lower portion of the clubface for more consistent ball speed and launch conditions across the entire face. 
The Tour Preferred CB irons are full-fledged cavity backs that, TaylorMade says, are created for the better player who wants maximum performance technology in a compact and elegant head shape. The Speed Pockets in the 3- through 7-iron feature micro-slots to promote faster ball speed across the face and higher launch, which promotes more distance. That, the company says, helps make the CB one of the longest player's iron that TaylorMade has ever created. 
The heads on the short iron heads are compact with minimal offset, while those on the long and middle irons are slightly larger with progressive offset for more stability and easier launch. The CB irons also have stronger lofts to work with the higher launch angle generated by the Speed Pocket for what the company calls an optimal combination of distance and controlled trajectory.
All three models come in 3-iron through pitching wedge, feature a hand-polished satin nickel-chrome finish and are equipped with KBS Tour steel shafts and tour velvet grips. The Tour Preferred CB set includes a 51-degree A-Wedge. Custom shafts and grips are available. 
The Tour Preferred MB irons carry a suggested retail price of $1,099 per set, while the Tour Preferred MC are priced at $999 and the Tour Preferred CB are priced at $899. 
Here's a video from TaylorMade introducing the new Tour Preferred irons:
January 6, 2014 - 2:43pm
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John Holmes
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Bubba Watson and Garia golf cart
Bubba Watson via Twitter
If all you knew of Bubba Watson was what you saw him driving over the last year or two, you might assume he's an Air Force test pilot or a NASCAR star instead of one of golf's best players. After all, he's the proud owner of the General Lee, he spent some time tooling around in a hovercraft and for Christmas he got a brand-new Corvette.
Today, though, Bubba has gone back to his golfing roots. He tweeted out a photo of his latest four-wheeled acquisition – a Garia golf cart.
Garia is a high-end golf cart maker, and says its carts are made in the same factory where the Porsche Boxster and Cayman were produced. Judging by the photo, Bubba's new ride is a Garia LSV model, which has a maxmum speed of 25 mph and a maximum range of 40 miles, and is made to be street legal in many jurisdictions. Among its options are a refrigerator and a stereo system. 
And if Garia sounds familiar to you, it might be beause Paula Creamer got one in the summer of 2012. The seatbacks on hers are festooned with the ''Pink Panther'' logo. Bubba's seatbacks say ''BubbaGolf'' on them.
For more info on Garia, check out the company's web site. And for a quick look at Paula's cart and Bubba's vehicles of 2013, take a look below:
January 6, 2014 - 8:43am
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Isaiah Tesori
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Isaiah Tesori, newborn son of Paul Tesori who caddies for Webb Simpson, was born Saturday with complications.

Golf is a tight-knit community at every level, especially the pros.

This week in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, 2012 U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson is without his regular caddie, Paul Tesori. Instead, Simpson is borrowing buddy Bubba Watson's caddie, Ted Scott, so that Tesori could be home for the birth of he and wife Michelle's second child.

On Saturday, Tesori took to Twitter to announce the birth of his little boy, Isaiah. He also shared every parent's nightmare -- Isaiah was born with some complications.

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Here's the original tweet from Tesori:

Tim Rosaforte, from Golf Channel and Golf World, followed up on Sunday morning and reported that Isaiah Tesori was still in the NICU with a virus and a possibility of Down's.

Not surprisingly, the Tesoris have been inundated with an outpouring of support and well wishes.

Scott, in fact, had the name, "ISAIAH," emblazoned on the bill of his hat during the third round of the Tournament of Champions.


Here are a couple of more tweets sent out by Tesori:


"Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted me to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day, and that's what Teddy and I did," Simpson said, following a 5-under 68 on Sunday that had him tied for the 54-hole lead. "You know, I felt like we were out there playing for Isaiah.

"Paul needs something to watch there in the hospital. It's been a long few days, so hopefully we gave him something good to see on TV."

For more updates, or to send well wishes, you can follow Tesori on Twitter, @PaulTesori.

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