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John Daly, the latest winner on the PGA Tour Champions, enjoyed himself immensely this week at the Dallas Cowboys annual golf outing.

Just days after winning for the first time since 2004, John Daly was down in Texas taking part in the annual Dallas Cowboys golf tournament on Wednesday at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine.

Daly won the Insperity Invitational on the PGA Tour Champions Sunday, his first victory since capturing the Buick Invitational 13 years ago.

As you can see in the video below, the Cowboys tournament was a little more laidback than what Daly experienced on Sunday.

I mean, check him out: No shoes, no socks, cigarette hanging out the mouth and singing while canning putts as a buddy plays guitar right beside him:

Well down, JD. Well done.
 

May 11, 2017 - 12:03pm
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Fun stuff always happens at the Annual Caddie Competition on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. This year was no exception.

Every Wednesday of Players Championship week, the caddies get to take their crack at the famous par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

This year's winner of the Annual Caddie Competition, which benefits the Bruce Edwards Foudation (Edwards was the longtime caddie of Tom Watson, who died after a battle with ALS), was won by Ian Finnis.

Finnis caddies for Tommy Fleetwood. His winning shot settled 6 feet, 11 inches from the hole, edging out Kevin Chappell's caddie Joe Greiner by nearly 3 feet (9 feet, 10 inches).

While those shots were great, there were two other caddies that stood out.

First was Mark Urbanek, the caddie for James Hahn. Instead of hitting the shot like his peers, Urbanek threw the ball from the tee box -- centerfielder style -- and stuck it to 20 feet.

Pretty damn impressive. Check it out:

 

@looper62 hand cannon to like 20ft on #17.

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The other caddie highlight came courtesy of Henrik Stenson's looper, Gareth Lord.

Check out what the man known as "Lordy" did when his attempt didn't go according to plan:

Lucky for Lordy -- and his boss -- Golf Channel noted the club wasn't one of Stenson's "gamers."

May 11, 2017 - 8:00am
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We all know some pars are better than others. But there's never been one as good as the one Fred Couples made on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the first round of the 1999 Players Championship.

Today's first round of the Players Championship marks the 18th anniversary of one of the craziest pars you'll ever see.

In the first round of the 1999 Players Championship (it was played in the month of March then and remained that way until switching to May in 2007), fan favorite Fred Couples stepped to the tee on the world-famous, par-3, island-green 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

Like many before him -- and countless thousands since then -- Couples splashed his tee shot into the water. Nothing special, unique, or crazy there.

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But what happened next was amazing... arguably even more amazing than when Couples aced the same hole in 1997.

Couples re-teed and, playing his third shot, proceeded to knock that shot into the hole, on the fly, for the most unlikely of pars.

"I don't really know how hard I was trying on my third shot," Couples, a two-time Players Champion, admitted years later (he shot a 77 in that opening round, by the way). "If I don't make that shot, I think I shoot 80, 81 and probably miss the cut. Three days later, I was in fourth place."

Here's the video of that shot:

And how about the reaction from Couples? Cool as cool gets, just as you'd expect.

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