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Rickie Fowler in New York City
Rickie Fowler sure knows how to visit New York City in style.

With the PGA Tour making a stop this weekend in Paramus, N.J., golfers have been dropping clues all over social media on the proper way to visit New York. We've scoured all the sites and have come up with five steps on how to visit the Big Apple like a PGA Tour professional.  

Step 1: Grab a bite to eat

New York is home to some of the best restaurants in the world. The Big Apple has you covered no matter what type of food you want, and at virtually any hour of the day. If you're like Russell Knox, you go for what may be the biggest slice of pizza in history.

 

 

Step 2: Go see the sights

There are plenty of marquee landmarks in New York. Everything -- from Coney Island in Brooklyn to Central Park in Manhattan -- is just a subway ride away. If you're like Rickie Fowler, you'll stop at the Empire State Building and get a great view of the city.

 

Step 3: Go for a run

After eating such a large meal earlier in the day, you may worry about gaining a few pounds -- especially if you want to play your best on the course. But fear not, there are plenty of parks in New York where you can work off those extra calories. Best part, you never know if Rory McIlroy will join you for your jaunt. 

 

 

Step 4: Go to a professional sporting event

There are multiple nightime options when visiting New York, but one of the more popular ones is to catch a game. The New York sports scene has you covered every time of the year, though going to see the Jets or Giants play does require a quick trip into New Jersey. Even if you're not a fan of the team or sport you're at, it's still a great experience. 

 

 

Step 5: Guest star on a late night talk show

This one is reserved for all you big stars. New York is home to a number of late-night talk show hosts. One of the more popular options recently has been the "Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon. 

 

 

Complete these five steps and you'll have visited New York like a true PGA Tour professional. 

Of course, this list is assuming you have some free time and don't have to get up early for a round of golf. If you find yourself in that case, Ian Poulter has one suggestion for you. 

 

 

August 22, 2014 - 3:53pm
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Cheyenne Woods
Instagram
Like her Uncle Tiger Woods, Cheyenne Woods sure is talented when it comes to juggling a golf ball.

This isn't the first time Cheyenne Woods has recreated the famous Nike golf ball-juggling commercial starring her uncle, Tiger Woods.

But this time it was a lot cleaner, scoring a "10" from all the judges (OK, we made that part up).

Here's the clip Cheyenne posted on her Instagram account yesterday:

That's some talent. I particularly enjoyed the bump off the top of the golf grip.

Cheyenne, 24, won the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters on the European Ladies Tour back in February.

Here's a look back at the video she posted last November, similar to the latest effort:

And, as a refresher, here's Tiger's actual commercial:

August 22, 2014 - 2:09pm
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Seung-Yul Noh
PGA Tour
If you hit your ball off the wrong green it's a two-shot penalty. Seung-Yul Noh learned that on Friday at the Barclays.

Oops.

That's what Korea's Seung-Yul Noh must have been thinking after making a costly mistake in the second round of the Barclays on Friday.

Playing the 11th hole, Noh hit a tee shot way to the right. So far right that it came to rest in the middle of the adjacent third green.

That's where Noh made a big mistake moments later. Rather than taking relief without penalty with his ball lying on the wrong green (USGA Rule 25-3), Noh elected to hit the shot from the green as superintendents everywhere probably cringed.

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As you'll see in the video below, Noh took a healthy divot out of the green too.

Because he hit the shot, Noh was assessed a two-shot penalty and wound up making a triple-bogey 7 on the hole.

 

It truly was a round-killer. Noh was 4 under for the day to that point, but that triple bogey, followed by bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 led to a 1-over 72.

Here is how the official rule reads:

25-3. Wrong Putting Green
a. Interference
Interference by a wrong putting green occurs when a ball is on the wrong putting green.

Interference to a player's stance or the area of his intended swing is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.

b. Relief
If a player's ball lies on a wrong putting green, he must not play the ball as it lies. He must take relief, without penalty, as follows:

The player must lift the ball and drop it within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When dropping the ball within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the wrong putting green and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Rule.

The penalty for breaching this rule is loss of hole in match play and a two-stroke penalty in stroke play.

Here's to hoping nobody has to putt through that divot. 

August 22, 2014 - 12:58pm
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Flaming golf ball
Vine
This is the ultimate in "golf trick-shot gone wrong."

We're fond of a great trick shot here at PGA.com. But this one, folks? This one backfired -- literally.

You should never play with fire, as the "golfer" in this video learned the hard way:

After striking a golf ball that's on fire, the man himself catches fire. Looks like he's OK, but that wasn't smart.

A video like that makes us long for the next Bryan Brothers trick-shot video. Those guys know what they're doing.

August 21, 2014 - 12:41pm
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Mizuno
Mizuno
Mizuno introduces its new JPX-850 forged irons and MP-15 irons.

Mizuno has introduced two new sets of irons sure to get the attention of the serious golfer: the JPX-850 Forged and the MP-15.

First, the new JPX-850 forged irons implement the first-ever use of "Boron" in the forging process. Boron, a chemical element with atomic number five, commonly found in Earth's crust and throughout the Solar System, establishes an entirely new standard for distance, forgiveness and feel in a Mizuno forged iron.

"The addition of Boron to our 1025 carbon steel in our patented Grain-Flow Forging process enabled us to stretch the limits of design within the iron to bring to market one of the longest and most forgiving forged irons ever, without sacrificing the Mizuno trademarks of look and feel," said Chuck Couch, Vice President of Product Development, Golf Division, Mizuno USA. "We held true to our history of quality and performance, while leveraging the benefits of Boron in JPX-850 Forged to deliver an iron that will stand above any other forged iron on the market."

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The golf industry has seen Boron used as a decorative element to create an effective "finished" look. With JPX-850 Forged, Mizuno is capitalizing on Boron's superior performance benefits to give the new irons 30 percent greater strength. By infusing Boron, Mizuno was able to design a much thinner face in the JPX-850 Forged then standard metals to provide an industry leading COR and "sweet area" to allow for an aggressive approach to any golf shot.

Featuring an ultra CNC pocket cavity combined with a Power Frame design, JPX-850 Forged provides golfers the Mizuno feel expected in a forged iron with a large sweet area typically found in game-improvement clubs. In addition to the unparalleled feel and distance of the JPX-850 Forged, Mizuno utilized H.I.T (Harmonic Impact Technology) Power Frame, a vibration management technology, and acoustical badge design to deliver the iconic Mizuno sound and feel players crave at ball impact.

The JPX-850's are designed with a Triple Cut Sole and beveled leading edge allowing for greater versatility and ball workability from difficult lies. The irons are outfitted in Satin Nickel Chrome Plating with electro-form badge giving users an aggressive, sleek look Mizuno is known to produce.

4-GW (Right- and Left-Hand Models)
Steel Shaft: XP115
Graphite shaft: NEW Orochi
Grip: Golf Pride M-31 360 58 Round
Other Options available through Mizuno's Custom Department
Suggested Retail Price: $999.99 Steel / $1,099.99 Graphite
Pre-sale/Demo: Aug. 29, 2014
On-sale: Sept. 19, 2014

The JPX-850 Forged line will be available for pre-sale and demo through Mizuno's Performance Fitting System (PFS) cart. The irons will be on shelves at golf and sporting goods retailers on Sept. 19, 2014.

MIZUNO'S MP-15 IRONS

Former World No. 1 Luke Donald -- a long-time Mizuno advocate -- had a strong hand in the development of the company's new "players iron," the MP-15.

Mizuno collaborated with Donald to combine the favorite elements of the company's popular MP-59 and MP-64 lines into one powerhouse iron. The result is a "players" iron that merges the sleek head shape of the MP-64 with the groundbreaking Ti-Muscle technology in the MP-59.

"To have one of the game's truly elite ball strikers and iron players involved in the development process of our irons to ensure they meet his standard and gain his seal of approval cannot be underestimated," said Chuck Couch, Vice President of Product Development, Golf Division. "Our goal was to deliver a forgiving MP iron while designing a compact 'players' head to accommodate those golfers looking to gain an edge in ball striking, feel and forgiveness. MP-15 will be a game changer in the 'players' iron category."

Donald provided detailed feedback throughout the developmental stages of the MP-15 irons. His insight and knowledge of "feel and sound" at impact allowed Mizuno to precisely dial in the H.I.T (Harmonic Impact Technology), a vibration management technology, to deliver the buttery Mizuno feel players crave at impact.

A more versatile and compact head design infused with Mizuno's new 3D Ti Muscle Technology, expands the sweet area while adding thickness at the point of impact creating a forged iron that has the forgiveness of a much larger players club. The grain-flow forged 1025 Elite gives the iconic soft, solid and consistent feel golfers come to expect from Mizuno irons.

Its tour-proven sole design with a rounded leading edge gives golfers the confidence and versatility to work the ball from difficult lies allowing them to aggressively pin seek. MP-15 comes standard in elegant satin nickel chrome plating in line with its MP predecessors.

Right-Hand Only
Steel Shaft: Dynamic Gold S300
Graphite Shaft: New Orochi
Grip: Golf Pride M-31 360 58 Round
Other Options available through Mizuno's Custom Department
Suggested Retail Price: $999.99 Steel / $1,099.99 Graphite
Pre-sale: Aug. 29, 2014
Available in-store: Sept. 19, 2014

The MP-15 line will be available for pre-sale and demo through Mizuno's Performance Fitting System (PFS) cart. The irons will be on shelves at golf and sporting goods retailers on Sept. 19, 2014.

Learn more about the new JPX-850 Forged and the MP-15 irons at www.mizunogolf.com

August 21, 2014 - 10:42am
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Tony Gil
Youth Summer Olympic Games
The Youth Summer Olympic Games are going on in Nanjing, China, this week. That's where 16-year-old Tony Gil from Canada hit a shot he'll remember for the rest of his life.

The Youth Olympic Games are underway in China right now and during the first round of the Youth Olympic Men's Individual Stroke Play Competition at Zhongshan International Golf Club on Tuesday, there was a very special moment.

Tony Gil, a 16-year-old from Canada, aced the 164-yard, par-3 third hole.

It was the first hole-in-one made in an Olympic competition and also the first of Gil's career.

You can see video of Gil's ace here:

Pretty nice to have it captured on video, eh?

"It was a bit humid today so I used a 7-iron," Gil said after his opening round of 3-under 69. "I knew I'd hit it close but didn't know it was in until I went to the green and saw the ball in the hole."

It was only after the round that Gil realised he had made a little bit of history with the first hole-in-one in an Olympic competition.

"Oh really? That's very cool. It was actually the first hole-in-one in my career too!" he said.

The competition ended on Thursday. Gil finished in 22nd place.

Click here for the final results