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August 21, 2015 - 11:53am
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Andreas Harto
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Andreas Harto proposes to his girlfriend in front of the gallery at the 16th hole.

Andreas Harto and his girlfriend will remember Friday's 16th hole of the Made in Denmark tournament for more than just the birdie he made at the par-3.

After sinking the putt, Harto pulled his girlfriend from the gallery, pulled out a jewelry box and then got on one knee.


Surprised but still able to give an answer, she said yes -- to the roar of the assembled fans. 

It's unusual, but not a first. PGA Tour pro Mark Hubbard pulled off his own pop-the-question proposal after his round earlier this year at Pebble Beach.

August 21, 2015 - 11:37am
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Bubba Watson gets his picture taken with NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

The New Orleans Saints' training camp is just down the street from The Greenbrier, and since Bubba Watson lives nearby, it's no surprise he stopped by to see what was going on, especially since the New England Patriots were also in town.

On Thursday, Watson posted a tweet saying he received a few passing pointers from a couple of decent NFL quarterbacks -- Tom Brady and Drew Brees.



He's not the only Tour pro with a hankering to toss the ol' pigskin. Phil Mickelson -- who golfs left-handed but throws right -- zipped a couple of balls into the grandstands surrounding the 16th hole during the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

And Brady can hold his own on the links. Here's a breakdown of his golf swing:




August 21, 2015 - 10:05am
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Julian Jax shows off his trick-shot skills with this over-the-shoulder putt.

Julian Jax, a 5-year-old from California, may be the youngest golf trick shot artist in the business, as evidenced by this impressive over-the-shoulder putt submitted to us via Twitter.

At first, it just looks like Julian is aiming the wrong direction, but then watch what happens:



According to the contributor, Julian is a lefty from Walnut Creek, Calif., and a big fan of Phil Mickelson. This video was taken at Diablo Creek Golf Course.

If Julian keeps this up, he might just be chasing Phil's records some day.


August 20, 2015 - 12:31pm
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Luckily, no one was injured when the piece of a commercial airplane fell from the sky and landed on a Charlotte, N.C., golf course on Wednesday.

Imagine you're enjoying a nice, peaceful round of golf when suddenly, something falls out of the sky and lands on the green.

Now, imagine that something is a piece that fell off of a commercial plane.

That's exactly what happened at a Charlotte, N.C. course on Wednesday when, "A small panel from an American Airlines flight fell from the plane as it was preparing to land in Charlotte and landed near some golfers on a course in Mount Holly," reported.

RELATED: Wyndham Championship leaderboard | Tiger holes out on first hole, shoots 64

Here's more from the report:

According to American Airlines, Flight 1910 was landing in Charlotte from Dallas when it lost a small panel door prior to landing.

A WBTV viewer says he was golfing with two other men at the Green Meadows Golf Course when they saw an object "falling from the sky, twirling around in circles and land approximately 40 yards to the right of the green" near the 7th hole. It happened around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Thankfully, no one on the ground, nor on the Airbus A321 were injured when the plane lost one of its panel doors that "covers the hydraulic servicing area."

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August 20, 2015 - 7:29am
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Just when it looked like par would be a great score for Tiger Woods on his opening hole of the Wyndham Championship, he went ahead and gave us some vintage Tiger Woods.

OK, so it's only the first hole in the first round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., but what a start for Tiger Woods.

Woods, who has struggled with his game pretty much all season long, looked to be in trouble yet again on his opening hole at Sedgefield Country Club. Short and left of the par-4 first hole in two shots, Woods was faced with a difficult third.

RELATED: Wyndham Championship leaderboard | Woods makes first Greensboro start

With all the fans that turned out to watch Woods in his first start in the tournament, he decided to give them some vintage Tiger.

Check out this shot:

Fantastic. That's one heck of a way to make a birdie.

Woods needs a big week. He'll need to finish no worse than second to qualify for next week's FedExCup Playoffs opener, the Barclays.

August 19, 2015 - 12:00pm
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Groundbreaking former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman has been named the recipient of the 2015 PGA Distinguished Service Award -- the PGA of America's highest annual honor.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Aug. 19, 2015) -- Former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman, the guiding force in elevating the profile of the tour professional while expanding golf's global charitable reach and interest in the game, has been named the recipient of the 2015 PGA Distinguished Service Award.

Beman, 77, and a 40-year PGA Life Member, will receive the PGA of America's highest annual honor on Nov. 13, at a ceremony in conjunction with the 99th PGA Annual Meeting in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
A native of Washington, D.C. who attended the University of Maryland, Beman became one of the country's foremost amateur golfers. He won the 1959 British Amateur before capturing the 1960 and 1963 U.S. Amateur Championships. He competed in 11 USGA international events, including four Walker Cup Teams. He turned professional in 1967 and went on to win four times on the PGA TOUR.

Beman succeeded Joe Dey in 1974 as the TOUR's second commissioner, beginning a 20-year term that took professional golf to new heights in popularity. He nurtured television's connection to the game, which resulted in increased tournament purses; and ushered in the creation of the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) and the Ben Hogan Tour (now Tour) to develop tomorrow's stars and contributing to playing opportunities for PGA Professionals.

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Through the course of his tenure as Commissioner and to this day, Beman is a true friend to the PGA of America. He worked closely with the PGA to grow the game and benefit the membership. Beman also remains a vocal supporter of the key role the PGA member plays in serving as the tangible connection between the game and those who play it in the United States.

"Deane Beman's vision and leadership helped drive professional golf to the forefront of the sporting public's consciousness and become a staple for viewers throughout the world," said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. "Deane's leadership extended the careers of Tour professionals and benefited PGA members as well, while also ensuring that golf remains one of sports' leading catalysts for charitable endeavors. For his career of remarkable achievement in our industry, the PGA of America takes great pride in presenting Deane Beman with the 2015 PGA Distinguished Service Award."

Under Beman's watch, the PGA TOUR's board instituted a policy requiring all tournaments to support a charitable initiative. During Beman's two decades at the TOUR helm, charitable contributions grew from less than $1 million to than $30 million in 1994. Today, the golf industry generates an estimated $3.5 billion annually to charity.

"I am extremely honored to receive this prestigious award. The PGA Professionals in my golf life have been the bedrock of the development of golf in America," said Beman. "I have enormous respect for those individuals who nurture the enthusiasm for those who quest for the ultimate challenge of becoming an accomplished golfer."

Beman also was called by some "the Father of Stadium Golf," a concept that became a standard in a spectator-friendly golf experience. His vision took bloom in 1982 as designer Pete Dye opened the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

In 1998, Beman also saw another of his dream projects reach fruition, with the opening of the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida, which is the home of the World Golf Hall of Fame and where he was inducted as a contributor in 2000.

Prior to stepping down as commissioner in 1994, Beman capped his legacy with the PGA TOUR by opening the Presidents Cup, a biennial international competition matching the best American golfers and international players outside Europe.

Beman and his wife, Judy, live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. They have five children and 10 grandchildren.

Begun in 1988, the PGA Distinguished Service Award honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf. Previous honorees include Bob Hope, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Patty Berg, Jack Nicklaus, and former Presidents Gerald Ford (1991), George H.W. Bush (1997) and William J. "Bill" Clinton (2014).

PGA Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

1988 Herb Graffis
1989 Bob Hope
1990 No recipient
1991 Hon. Gerald R. Ford
1992 Gene Sarazen
1993 Byron Nelson
1994 Arnold Palmer
1995 Patty Berg
1996 Frank Chirkinian
1997 Hon. George H.W. Bush
1998 Paul Runyan
1999 Bill Dickey
2000 Jack Nicklaus
2001 Mark McCormack
2002 Tim Finchem
2003 Vince Gill
2004 Pete Dye
2005 Wally Uihlein
2006 Fred Ridley
2007 Jack Burke Jr.
2008 Dennis Walters
2009 William Powell
2010 Billy Casper
2011 Larry Nelson
2012 Dave Stockton
2013 Lee Trevino
2014 Hon. Bill Clinton
2015 Deane Beman