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February 7, 2017 - 12:53pm
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Sam Snead
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On Feb. 7, 1962, Sam Snead became the first -- and only -- male to win a LPGA event.

Here's something you may not have known about the PGA Tour's all-time wins (82) leader, Sam Snead: On this day -- Feb. 7 -- in 1962, Slammin' Sammy became the first and only male to win an LPGA event.

Huh?

Snead was in the field at the 15-player field at the Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational played at Palm Beach Golf Club -- a par-3 course -- in 1961 and 1962.

In 1961, the field boasted 24 men and women. Louise Suggs won that event by one stroke and Snead finished third, two shots behind.

But in 1962, Snead prevailed by five strokes over Mickey Wright. Patty Berg, Kathy Whitworth and Betsy Rawls were also in the field, where Snead was the only male of the 15 players who teed it up.

Snead's winning total was 5-under 211 in the event which featured four rounds over two days.

It's been written that Snead won "about $1,500" in the victory, but as www.golfhistorytoday.com notes, it came at a cost.

According to a Palm Beach Post report:

"The last three holes (of the opening round) were played with the knowledge that his expensive little inboard runabout boat was slowly sinking, just a wedge shot from the course, in Lake Worth."

So there you have it -- the time Sam Snead won an unofficial LPGA event. 

February 7, 2017 - 11:58am
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dream house
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Do you have more money than you know what to do with? Allow us to help you spend it on a home near a world-class golf course. Here's a look at nine golf homes you can buy when money is no object.

Do you love golf and so much disposable income you don't know what to do with it?

First, congrats. We're insanely jealous.

Second, if you're looking to spend some of that money, we've dug up nine incredible homes near world-famous golf courses that are currently on the market.

If you're house hunting, check this out.


9. 3225 Wheeler Rd, Augusta, Ga.  
List price: $1,699,000
Details: 6 beds; 6 full, 3 half baths; 9,900 sq ft; 1.63 acres lot
The most modest in size -- and price -- that you'll find on this list, the reason we love this home is because of its proximity to Augusta National Golf Club. That counts for something.


8. 133 Flyway Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 29455 
List price: $22,000,000
Details: 9 beds; 9 full, 1 half bath; 10,500 sq ft; 2.07 acres lot
Home to the Ocean Course, which has played host to a Ryder Cup and a PGA Championship, Kiawah Island truly is a slice of heaven for the entire family.


7. 7 Olde Town Ln, Southampton, NY 
List price: $29,900,000
Details: 10 beds; 10 full, 5 half baths; 17,400 sq ft; 174240.0 acres lot
Shinnecock Hills, Sebonack and National Golf Links are just three of the ridiculous golf courses you'll find in this area of the country.


6. 9 Old Towne Ln, Southampton, NY 
List price: $39,500,000 (recently reduced)
Details: 10 beds; 9 full, 3 half baths; 15,500 sq ft; 174240.0 acres lot
There's nothing better, the wealthy say, than summer in the Hamptons. In a place like this, we could quickly adjust to life in the Hamptons too.


5. 203 Plantation Club Dr, Lahaina, Hawaii 
List price: $15,000,000
Details: 8 beds ; 8 full, 1 half baths; 13,083 sq ft; 6.83 acres lot
Imagine, just under 7 acres of Maui -- with a palace -- just for you. Does it get any better?


4. 3 Kapalua Pl, Lahaina, Hawaii  
List price: $20,880,000
Details: 6 beds; 6 full, 1 half baths; 6,631 sq ft; 0.64 acres lot
One of only four beachfront homes in Kapalua. This Maui gem features "breathtaking views of Molokai, the breaching whales and the Oneloa Bay shore breaks."


3. 3164 Palmero Way, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 
List price: $17,495,000
Details: 6 beds; 5 full, 1 half bath; 8,000 sq ft; 2.75 acres lot
Stunning? Yes. We'd live there in a second. But, it's not even close to our favorite near Pebble Beach. Those are coming.


2. 3290 17 Mile Dr, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 
List price: $49,888,000
Details: 5 beds; 5 full, 2 half baths; 8,862 sq ft; 2.02 acres lot
From the overview, "Privately situated on Pescadero Point and a short stroll to The Lodge, this landmark home is one of 31 rarely available water front properties in Pebble. This iconic Pebble Beach ocean front estate offers stunning views from every room of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Carmel Bay and Beach, Carmel Valley, and Point Lobos." Sold.


1. Undisclosed address, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 
List price: $37,900,000
Details: 8 beds; 9 full, 2 half bath; 11,903 sq ft; 9.08 acres lot
OK, so the address is undisclosed, but if you're wondering just how close it is to Pebble Beach, check out the view in the photo from the back porch... that would be the famed par-3 seventh hole. Lord, what it would be like to have your morning coffee looking out at that every day. The house is amazing, but -- if I had $38 mil to spend, I'd take a tent in that location just for the view. It's that logic that will prevent me from ever having that much money unless I hit the lottery. 

February 6, 2017 - 12:27pm
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Tom Brady
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Super Bowl 51 was wild. Twitter went bonkers when the New England Patriots completed the biggest come from behind win in Super Bowl history, including pro golfers.

For three quarters on Sunday evening, it looked as though Super Bowl 51 was destined to be a snoozer.

With 15 minutes left to play, the four-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots trailed the Atlanta Falcons 28-9.

As if it hasn't been proven enough over the last 17 years, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick showed the world once again why no lead for the opposition is ever safe.

Brady and his team rallied all the way back to tie the game 28-28 to force the first overtime in Super Bowl history.

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On the first possession in overtime, Brady drove the Patriots 75 yards for a game-winning touchdown run by James White.

Needless to say, Twitter went bonkers... and that included pro golfers.

Here's a sampling of reactions from players:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Shepard
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Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard completes experiments on the moon before his famous golf shots.

Talk about an out-of-this-world golf experience.

On Feb. 6, 1971 -- 46 years ago today -- Alan Shepard pulled out a makeshift six-iron he smuggled on board Apollo 14 and hit two golf balls on the lunar surface, becoming the first -- and only -- person to play golf anywhere other than Earth.

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The first American astronaut in space was named commander of Apollo 14 and wanted to do something special while on the moon. So he contacted a local club pro in Houston, who connected the head of a six-iron to the shaft of a piece of rock collecting equipment. Shepard then covered the club with a sock so it wouldn't be discovered before launch.

Only a handful of people in NASA knew of Shepard's plan when, after an extended excursion on the lunar surface, he pulled out the club, dropped two balls on the moon and proceeded to do this:

 

 

Shepard shanked the first ball, but estimated his second shot traveled more than 200 yards. Even though it seemed like a stunt at the time, Shepard admitted there was some science involved. With little atmosphere and much lower gravity, golf balls on the moon should travel much farther than on the earth.

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Shepard eventually donated the club to the USGA Museum in 1974. A replica is in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. He eventually retired from the space program and lived in a home overlooking Cypress Point in Pebble Beach, Calif. He died in 1998.

February 5, 2017 - 1:34pm
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jack nicklaus
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It looks like Jack Nicklaus is pulling for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. Jack's grandson, Nick O'Leary, is a tight end for the Buffalo Bills and was high school teammates with Patriots third-string quarterback, Jacoby Brissett.

Jack Nicklaus, the greatest major champion in golf history, wished the New England Patriots good luck in Super Bowl 51 via his Instagram account on Sunday.

The Patriots square off against the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons later today.

Nicklaus, it turns out, has a rooting interest in the four-time Super Bowl Champion Patriots.

The Golden Bear's grandson, Nick O'Leary, is a tight-end for the Buffalo Bills. O'Leary's high school teammate was Jacob Brissett, who happens to be New England's third-string quarterback.

Brissett saw action early in the season for the Patriots when quarterback Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension and Pats back-up Jimmy Garoppolo was out with an injury.

Brissett was the losing quarterback when O'Leary's Bills took down the Pats, 16-0 back in week 4 -- one of just two losses on the season for the Patriots in what was the last week of the Brady suspension.

Here's the post from Nicklaus: