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October 20, 2016 - 7:59am
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Jeunghun Wang
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South Korea's Jeunghun Wang turned in an early candidate for "putt of the year" on Thursday with this amazing side-winder for birdie during the first round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia -- the second tournament on the 2016-17 PGA Tour schedule.

The 2016-17 PGA Tour is only five rounds old, but we already have a solid candidate for "putt of the year."

During Thursday's first round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, South Korea's Jeunghun Wang was faced with a side-winding putt from the fringe for birdie at the par-4 14th hole. Wang took a line that was literally 20 feet to the left of where the cup was.

Piece of cake:



Wang would finish his round with a 2-under 70 that had him six strokes behind leaders Derek Fathauer, Keegan Bradley and defending CIMB champ Justin Thomas.

That was almost as impressive as this Jodi Ewart Shadoff putt from the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club, where she literally had her back to the hole:



October 19, 2016 - 9:21am
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J.B. Holmes
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After helping Ryder Cup USA to a win at Hazeltine, J.B. Holmes enjoyed some downtime with clay shooting and... rattlesnakes.

The last time we saw J.B. Holmes, he was busy helping the Ryder Cup USA team to a victory at Hazeltine -- it's first win since 2008 at Valhalla, which also happened to be the last team Holmes was a member of.

Well, it looks like he's enjoying some downtime now... if you consider run ins with rattlesnakes enjoyable.

Personally, I don't consider that enjoyable at all, but Holmes didn't seem to mind:

Clay shooting sounds like fun.

Close encounters with deadly snakes while clay shooting? Not so much.

Either way, sweet camo Ryder Cup hat, J.B. 

October 19, 2016 - 8:31am
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Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches
The annual Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches are honoring Arnold Palmer with a birdie-a-thon during the tournament. All proceeds raised will go to Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation.

Members of the North Florida and South Florida PGA Sections are taking part this week in the annual Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches.

This year, however, there's a special twist. In conjunction with the tournament, there is also a birdie-a-thon going on to honor the legacy of Arnold Palmer, who passed away at age 87 on Sept. 25.

Players in the matches, along with friends, family and members have been asked to make a pledge for the birdie-a-thon -- either a flat pledge, or a dollar amount per birdie for Team North Florida -- with all proceeds going to the Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation (Click here if you'd like to make a pledge).

The South Florida PGA Section is participating with its own efforts on this cause too.

MPD Custom Golf out of Chicago has created special, commemorative golf bags for both teams in the competition featuring the PGA of America logo, as well as a logo of the Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation, along with Palmer's name on the bags as this year's "Honorary Captain."

In a note to section members, Rich Smith, Executive Director/CEO of the North Florida PGA Section, explained:

As PGA Members and the leaders of the game today, we have an obligation to honor the Legacy of Mr. Palmer and all that he stood for. He even told us this at his Hall of Fame induction in December of 2010 as you heard in the video message. There is no better tribute to a person that means so much to us, to make our best efforts, our relentless efforts just like he played golf and lived life, to continue supporting his impact beyond the game through Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.

Efforts like this is why the PGA Member is so revered in the industry as the true leaders, and this effort will only elevate that to new highs here in North Florida, as well as around the World if we are successful.

Here's the link to Palmer's touching video message from 2010, mentioned above:



The goal is to raise up to $70,000 in the birdie-a-thon during the tournament and up to $100,000 once all donations are in after the tournament. An official check presentation will happen during the Awards Ceremony at the PNC Father Son in December that benefits the AACF as well, live on NBC to the Palmer Family.

The 2016 Cup Team and Section Leaders will all be there in Palmer Pink presenting the check to Mr. Palmer’s Family.

October 19, 2016 - 8:02am
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fall golf
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For many across the country, temperatures are beginning to plunge and leaves are beginning to fall, which means golf season is winding down. The good news is, there's still plenty you can work on to stay sharp over the next several months.

For golfers in certain parts of the country, the sad reality is beginning to set in: the golf season is winding down.

In the northeast, the leaves are changing color, the temperatures are dropping and we're trying to sneak in any golf that's left to be had before the white stuff hits the ground.

It's right around this time of year, so says PGA Professional Rob Labritz, that you should start putting together a golfer's checklist for the fall and winter months.

"In fall golf, I'd spend the most time on the stuff you struggled with the most through the season," said Labritz, who recently won the OMEGA PGA Met Section Player of the Year Award for the second time in four years and the third time since 2008. "Grind on something you don't want to grind on. It might not be fun to do, but dedicating time to parts of your game that have proven to be weaknesses all season will help to make them strengths going forward and get you prepared going into the spring time."

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If you're lucky enough to still be playing a lot of golf in the fall, Labritz said it's important not to get discouraged.

Why? Well, because of the conditions, you might be hitting the ball well, but not getting everything you expect out of your score.

Factors outside of your control -- colder air, which makes the ball travel a shorter distance; aerated greens that are bumpy and sandy; and leaves everywhere -- don't exactly make for the most ideal scoring conditions.

"Don't let yourself get hung up on all the stuff you're not doing out there because of the conditions," Labritz said. "You usually hit a 7-iron 160 but it's only going 145-150 right now? It's OK. Keep repeating your motion and in the spring when it warms up, you might be surprised to see that it's traveling 165-170."

With all the outside factors you can't control in the fall, Labritz says it's the perfect time for practice -- especially on the short game. 

"You don't have a lot of time left before it gets too cold or starts snowing, so work double time on the short game," he said. "When you're hitting shots around the greens with wedges, you can't be weak enough with your left hand (right-handed golfers). That counter-rotates your hands and implements bounce at impact. Hit the ball a little fat and the bounce will make it feel like you hit it pretty solid."

Also in the fall, Labritz told us, you should be seeking out a place where you can hit balls 1-2 times per week in the winter months -- a place where you can take full swings and hold your finish whether you hit a good shot or a bad shot.

"If you have a chance to get into a heated bay outside, that's even better," he said. "If you do that, work on your wedges more than anything. The sharper you are with the wedges, the more it'll translate to the rest of your bag."

Labritz also recommends investing in a 10-12 foot putting mat since, "the short game and touch is the first thing to go after a long layoff."

There are two more suggestions Labritz has for keeping your game sharp in the winter months:

1. Focus on your fitness.

2. Keep an eye on new equipment coming out at the start of the year.

"The winter months are a great time to get into your golf fitness," he said. "Even 1-2 hours a week goes a long way. Think about all the extra time you have since you're not able to play. Just 1-2 hours a week in fitness is less than a 9-hole round. You have the time for it.

"As far as equipment goes, have your eye on any key purchases you might want to make when the new season rolls around," he said. "Do your research. Learn about any new technology for wedges, drivers and fairway woods. Ask your PGA Professional about what those new technologies bring to the table for your game." 

Rob Labritz, who has played in four PGA Championships (he was low-Club Professional in 2010 at Whistling Straits), is currently the Director of Golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in BedFord Hills, N.Y. He was also the PGA Met Section Player of the Year in 2008, 2013 and 2016, as well as the Westchester Golf Association's Player of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2015. You can learn more about Labritz at and you can follow him on Twitter, @Rlabritz

Davis Love III
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Davis Love III will be one of five inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame's Class of 2017. Love is a past PGA Champion and a two-time Ryder Cup USA captain.
What a month October has been for Davis Love III.
A little more than two weeks after captaining the Ryder Cup USA to a 17-11 victory at Hazeltine in the biennial matches -- its first win since 2008 and just its third since 1999 -- it was announced on Tuesday that Love will be a 2017 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum announced Tuesday that its 2017 Induction Class will comprise of Love, Henry Longhurst, Meg Mallon, Lorena Ochoa and Ian Woosnam.

Those five new members will be enshrined at the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City the week of the Presidents Cup.
Here is the write-up on Love from the World Golf Hall of Fame press release:
In a career that has spanned four decades on the PGA TOUR, Love has notched 22 victories including the 1997 PGA Championship and two victories at The PLAYERS Championship in 1992 and 2003. His quality of play has earned him a place on six U.S. Ryder Cup teams and six Presidents Cup teams. He has captained two Ryder Cup teams, including the victorious 2016 team. Love is a recipient of both the Payne Stewart and Bob Jones Awards.
"Davis is a fixture on the PGA TOUR and has been for decades. He has contributed so much to the image of the game because of who he is, and the way he handles himself. Love is extremely well-respected by the other players, so having him contribute his time and energy to making the organization work better has been a very impactful thing. It makes us all smile to see him get the recognition he deserves and be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame." -PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem

"Davis has an outstanding record not only as a player but as a gentleman. He’s been a tremendous contributor and has been an all-around man for golf. It’s terrific to see him in the World Golf Hall of Fame." -Gary Player
October 18, 2016 - 1:01pm
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Mathias Schjoelberg
After seeing so many incredible golf trick shots over the last few years, we're not easily impressed. However, when we saw the latest from Mathias Schjoelberg we were, well, blown away.

Golf trick shots are a lot of fun to watch, but after the last few years -- especially with the Bryan Brothers setting the bar so high -- they've pretty much been a yawn.

It's not to say they're not impressive, it's just that most of them don't have that "wow" factor anymore.

That is until I saw this from former Arizona State golfer Mathias Schjoelberg and immediately bit my tongue.

Check out how Schjoelberg incorporates some incredible soccer juggling skills into these two golf shots:



It's Sunday and it's funday @golf_gods @golfdigest @houseofhighlights @highlighthub

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Happy Gilmore on point @golf_gods @highlighthub

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I mean, are you kidding me with that stuff?

If Schjoelberg -- and others -- can pump out more trick shots like that, I'm going to have no choice but to get excited about them again.

Schjoelberg is no stranger to this site, by the way. He's had some crazy trick shots we've featured in the past also, like these:



Need to play around a bit as well! #golf #trick #golfer #pgatour #GolfGods #MyBestShot

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Close enough #golf #golfer #asu #asugolf #golfgods

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Just kidding, guess I still got it :):) #golf #golfer #asu

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Getting good at the shots I'll never need. #golf #golfer #asu #asugolf #sundevils

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Sunday funday! #golf #golfer #golfgods #golfgrinders

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