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August 20, 2015 - 7:29am
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Tiger Woods
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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.

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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 

August 19, 2015 - 11:43am
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Jason Day
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PGA Champion Jason Day will be live on Periscope via the PGA Championship Twitter account (@PGAChampionship) this afternoon to answer fan questions from 2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET.

PGA Champion Jason Day will field questions from fans live today from 2:45-3:30 p.m. ET on Periscope, via the PGA Championship Twitter handle, @PGAChampionship.

Tweet your questions to Day with the hashtag, #AskPGAChamp.

August 19, 2015 - 10:38am
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Brandt Snedeker
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The Wyndham Championship was the site of Brandt Snedeker's first PGA Tour win in 2007. Will it also be the site of his latest Tour win come Sunday evening?

With a scintillating PGA Championship -- the final major of the season -- now behind us, attention turns back to the PGA Tour and the race for the FedExCup Playoffs.

This week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., is the final regular-season event, so surely players are there to either improve their standing, or crack into the top-125 to earn a spot in next week's Barclays.

Tiger Woods is playing in this event for the first time in his career. He's going to likely need to finish no worse than second to sneak into the PGA Tour's postseason.

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Here are the five players I'll be watching closely this week.

5. Webb Simpson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T2 at Wells Fargo Championship
Reason to watch: Webb Simpson is so found of the place where he won his first PGA Tour event in 2011, that he and wife, Dowd, named their third child, a daughter, "Wyndham Rose." Luckily for his daughter, Webb's first win didn't come at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas (which also happens to be the site of his last win on Tour in 2013). This is a tournament Simpson always seems to play well in. Since his victory, his worst finish in his next three starts was a T22. He finished T5 a year ago. At 49th in the current FedExCup standings, Simpson is a lock for the Barclays, but he'll be looking to improve his position at one of his favorite events on the PGA Tour schedule.

4. Justin Thomas
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T4 at the Sanderson Farms Championship and Quicken Loans National
Reason to watch: All indications are that Thomas is poised to join the group of elite young players on the PGA Tour. The one thing that the others have that Thomas doesn't to this point is a victory. His season best to this point was a T4 at the Sanderson Farms Championship last November at the start of the wraparound schedule and another T4 recently at the Quicken Loans National. All in all, Thomas has seven top-10 finishes this season. He's currently No. 36 in the FedExCup standings and looking to rise. Thomas' only other start in the Wyndham Championship was as an amateur in 2009. He tied for 78th.

3. Billy Horschel
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Third at the Valero Texas Open
Reason to watch: Horschel, the reigning FedExCup champion after a magical end to the 2013-14 season, enters this week in a much better spot than he was at this time a year ago -- 43rd. Some figured that Horschel's late-season heroics a year ago would truly propel him this season. It hasn't been a bad season, but it also hasn't been exceptional. If last year is any indication, we could assume that the exceptional stuff is still to come. Horschel hasn't missed a cut since the Masters, so he's been playing solid golf. Now he just needs to string together four great rounds -- something, in his own words, he has yet to do this season.

2. Bill Haas
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the Humana Challenge
Reason to watch: Currently 23rd in the FedExCup season, it's been a nice season for Haas, who snagged his sixth PGA Tour win overall back in January. That was one of four top-10 finishes this season in his 20 starts. While he has yet to win the Wyndham Championship, the 2011 FedExCup Champion has three top-10s in the tournament, including a T2 a year ago. Haas needs to get things going if he plans on making dad Jay's U.S. Presidents Cup team on points -- he's currently No. 15 in the standings. The top 10 make it on points.

1. Brandt Snedeker
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Reason to watch: The Wyndham Championship is a special tournament for Snedker -- currently No. 13 in the FedExCup standings. It was the tournament where Snedeker claimed his maiden win on the PGA Tour in 2007. Since then, Snedeker has added six more wins, including the 2012 Tour Championship on his way to winning the FedExCup that season. In his last seven starts, Snedeker has four top-10 finishes, highlighted by a T2 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He also finished T12 last week at the PGA Championship. Snedeker is in a nice spot standings-wise for the playoffs right now, so he can breathe easier than most and perhaps that will free him up for some fun, aggressive golf.

Here's how my 10 to watch fared last week at the PGA Championship:

10. Rory McIlroy -- 17th
9. Jim Furyk -- T30
8. Zach Johnson -- Missed cut
7. Martin Kaymer -- T12
6. Bubba Watson -- T21
5. Phil Mickelson -- T18
4. Rickie Fowler -- T30
3. Jason Day -- Won
2. Jordan Spieth -- 2nd
1. Dustin Johnson -- T7 

Zach Johnson took a selfie with the Wrigley Field scoreboard in the background, while Jordan Spieth showed off his left-handed form in Texas.
Golf season is far from over, but baseball was the game of the day for not one but two of game's best players on Tuesday, as both Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson threw out the first pitch at Major League games.
Early in the afternoon, the Masters and U.S. Open champion announced on Twitter that he'd been drafted for first-pitch duty by his hometown Texas Rangers, who were facing the Seattle Mariners. Not long thereafter, the British Open champ revealed that he would be doing the honors for the Chicago Cubs before their tussle with the Detroit Tigers.
And before he threw his pitch, Johnson threw down the gauntlet – challenging Spieth to a friendly wager: Whoever threw the best pitch would receive a free dinner from the loser, with ESPN deciding the winner.
The two – who are actually good buddies – engaged in a little back-and-forth smack talk throughout the afternoon.
Finally, it was time to put up or pay up. Johnson took the hill at Wrigley, accompanied by some serious golf bling – the trophies for the BMW Championship, the FedExCup, the Western Golf Associaton and, of course, the Claret Jug. Very nice.
Johnson, however, lost a few style points because we couldn't find a better video of his pitch. Even from this upper-deck angle, however, the "crafty veteran" does a pretty good job.
Spieth – who always looks so put-together that it's almost shocking to see him with his jersey untucked – matched Johnson's effort with an easy strike. And, no doubt you noticed, Spieth is one of those lefties who happens to play golf right-handed.
Over the course of the day, the bet was changed from dinner to the loser makes a $5,000 donation to the winners' foundation. And as was the case in two of the four majors this year, Spieth was proclaimed the champion and Johnson accepted his fate gracefully.
Even better, Johnson's sponsor Transamerica got on board and volunteered to match Johnson's donation. So, all in all, it turned out to be a great day for golf, charity and baseball. And if the Cubs and Rangers should somehow make it to the World Series, we expect a rematch – in the same ballpark.
August 7, 2015 - 1:08pm
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Mike Clayton
It's not so much the missed putt that's embarrassing in this video. Everyone misses a short one now and again. Instead, it's the aftermath of the short miss.

Fridays just seem to drag on in the summer months, don't they?

Specifically if you're stuck at your desk, counting down the seconds until your weekend begins and you're able to go enjoy that glorious sunshine.

Well, to help you pass the time, I've got a gem of a video clip for you.

The itself isn't anything new. It's been on YouTube for years, but has resurfaced on Twitter a lot lately.

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So, here it is. Check out what happens when Aussie golfer Mike Clayton missed a short putt:

What's the ruling on that? For the answer, we turn to this excerpt from the book "999 Questions on the Rules of Golf" by Barry Rhodes (according to his website,, in March 2008, Rhodes "became the first person to achieve a 100% correct mark on the public Advanced Rules of Golf Course examination, run by the UK Professional Golfers Association (PGA)."):

Q.537: After missing a short putt Mark throws his club in the air in frustration. Unfortunately, he doesn’t catch it cleanly on the way down and it falls onto his ball, moving it away from the hole. What is the ruling?

Answer: Mark is penalised one stroke for moving his ball in play and must replace his ball. Rule 18-2a.

Note: If equipment of the player or his partner causes the ball to move the player incurs a penalty of one stroke and the ball must be replaced.

Rhodes further explains that Clayton did not incur further penalty when the ball his his arm.

"Decision 1-4/12 confirms that when a single act results in one Rule being breached more than once the player only incurs a single penalty," he wrote.

The entire explanation by Rhodes is an interesting read that you should check out here.

We hope this never happens to you!