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Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler
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Jason Dufner celebrated in classic Dufner fashion after his opening tee shot on Wednesday at Austin Country Club.
 
One of the more entertaining matches of the first day of the Dell Match Play featured Rickie Fowler and that noted comedian Jason Dufner. The Dufman, perhaps surprisingly, knocked his drive on the first hole a good 25 yards past Fowler – and then celebrated with the subtlety we've all come to expect from him.
 
 
Nice flex, there, Jason. Rickie got a good chuckle out of it, too, and the pair went on to halve the hole before Dufner won the match 2&1. 
 
Here's Dufner in action, and below it some other noteworthy shots from today.
 
 
Plane crash on golf course
KWCH-TV
Christian Dell, an 18-year-old pilot, brought his single-engine plane down on the Tallgrass Golf Course near Wichita, Kan., after its engine died.
 
So, kids, what did you do over Spring Break? Christian Dell and Nicole Klusener, a couple of high school students from Wichita, Kan., survived a plane crash – in part because they landed on a golf course.
 
Dell, 17, and Klusener, 18, had saved money to rent the single-engine M20C-Mooney for a Spring Break trip to Nashville, Tenn. All had gone well until they were about to land back in Wichita – not far from the airport, the plane's engine sputtered, then died.
 
A high school senior, Dell is a certified pilot, and he used his training to bring the plane down under control. During his descent, he avoided power lines, houses and trees before crash-landing on the 14th hole of the Tallgrass Golf Course, which is in the middle of a large residential development. 
 
 
"I just remember trying to restart the engine, frantically turning the key, pumping the throttle," Dell told KWCH-TV in Wichita. "So I decided we were going to make it to the runway. I turned back and there was just no way we were going to get there." 
 
The landing was pretty rough, and both kids sustained some serious scrapes and bruises. But they're both okay, and thankful they were so low to the ground when the engine cut out.
 
And amazingly, this is the second plane piloted by a teenager to crash-land on a golf course in the span of a couple weeks. On March 5, an 18-year-old pilot made an emergency landing on the course at the St. Petersburg Country Club in Florida.
 
The teenaged pilot in that incident was flying from Lakeland to Manatee County in a 1939 TaylorCraft single engine plane when it developed mechanical issues, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The vintage aircraft landed on the 12th fairway, and no injuries were reported.
March 23, 2016 - 2:49pm
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Courtesy PGA Minnesota Section
Tim Herron shows off Minnesota's golf vanity license plate.

Minnesota joined a growing number of states with a vanity golf license plate last summer, and Tim Herron wants golfers in that state to show their love of the game.

The Minneapolis native is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, although he hasn't scored a victory since the 2006 Bank of America Colonial. In four tournaments so far this season, Herron's made two cuts but came up short of playing on the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Still, "Lumpy" is a fan favorite and well-known in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. So it's no surprise he recorded this public service spot for the PGA Minnesota Section as a way of getting the word out about Minnesota's golf plates.

 

 

According to the Section, sales of the plates have exceeded expectations, with over 1,000 sold since they were unveiled in August. A portion of the proceeds goes to expand junior golf in Minnesota.

Several states -- mainly in the Southeast -- have golf vanity plates. For example, there are vanity plates available for motorists in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi. But Minnesota's is somewhat unique, in that the golf ball on the plate is the"O" in Minnesota.