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September 4, 2014 - 7:59am
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Tommy Morrissey
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Tommy Morrissey, a 3-year-old from Linwood, N.J., was born with just one arm, but he hasn't let that get in the way of his love for golf.

Tommy Morrissey, a 3-year-old from Linwood, N.J., loves his golf.

Morrissey was born with one arm due to a blood clot, but he hasn't allowed that to hold him back on the golf course. Using only his left arm, Morrissey has produced quite the little golf swing as you can see in the video below:

Since he enjoys ripping the driver, it's no surprise that Morrissey calls Bubba Watson his favorite golfer.

Tiger Woods portrait made out of Nike swooshes
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To create his portrait of Tiger Woods, German graphic artist Andy Gellenberg used only color and Nike swooshes.
When I was a kid, artist Leroy Neiman created a series of images of golfers and a wide variety of other sporting scenes in a wildly colorful abstract style. I had a poster of one of the golf pictures in my bedroom for a while – and now I can't remember whatever happened to it.
 
Today, I saw some illustrations that are the closest thing in spirit I've seen to those old Neiman posters in quite some time. One of them is of Tiger Woods – created completely out of Nike swooshes.
 
These illustrations – there is also one of fellow Nike athlete LeBron James and comedian Paul Rodriguez – are by a German graphic artist named Andy Gellenberg. It might be easy to call them gimmicky, but the nuance required to make them as accurate as they are is quite impressive.
 
"I am a passionate freelance Illustrator and graphic designer from Germany, looking for new ways to improve," Gellenberg says on the website behance.net. "I'm always interested in using new technics [pretty sure he means techniques] and leaving my comfort zone to push my work."
 
On behance.net, there are many other examples of his work, including illustrations from the World Cup, concert posters and more. They're all quite eye-catching in their own way. And there's more on Gellenberg, and the history of the Nike Swoosh, on the designfather.com website.
 
There's no indication that these swoosh portraits will be offered for sale or used in advertising or anything. I'll be curious to see how they'll end up being used.
 
Rory McIlroy
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Manchester United fan Rory McIlroy will get a look at the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
Are you ready for some football? Three of golf's biggest names obviously are.
 
Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson are set to attend the Denver Broncos' game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night after the conclusion of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills. The Broncos said this week that they'll have passes waiting for the trio. 
 
Mickelson, of course, is a huge football fan – and sports fan in general – but also a die-hard San Diego Chargers fan. Seeing as the Chargers and Broncos are division rivals, I don't think Mickelson will be cheering too hard for the home team.
 
Watson is a fan of the New Orleans Saints, and even attended their training camp at the Greenbrier Resort, where he also has a home, a few weeks ago. 
 
McIlroy, however, might be ripe for conversion into a Broncos fan, as he hasn't yet revealed his support for any NFL team. His favorite sports teams are Manchester United – remember, he got booed for reiterating his allegiance to the Red Devils during his victory speech at Royal Liverpool in July – and the Ulster rugby team in his native Northern Ireland.
 
There is no cut in the BMW Championship, where only the top 70 in the FedExCup standings will be playing, so all three stars are guaranteed to still be around on Sunday. The tournament is set to end at 6:00 p.m. ET, giving everyone enough time to make the 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff. Heck, I'll be surprised if several more PGA Tour stars don't find their way over to Mile High as well.
 
2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team uniforms
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Ralph Lauren designed the three uniforms the U.S. Ryder Cup Team will wear at Gleneagles.

 

 

What will the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team be wearing during each day of the three-day competition at Gleneagles later this month? Here's a handy guide to help you.

All of the uniforms were designed by Ralph Lauren, the official partner and outfitter for the PGA of America.

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Morning foursome and afternoon four-ball matches will kick off the event on Friday, Sept. 26, and Team USA will be wearing white polos with blue pinstriped pants.

Friday's uniform

Saturday, Sept. 27, promises another full day of morning foursome and afternoon four-ball matches, and the U.S. squad will be outfitted in blue polos with green and blue plaid patterned pants.

Saturday's uniform

The final day of the competition, Sunday, Sept. 28, features 12 singles matches. And the U.S. Team will be wearing its most patriotic uniform -- red, white and blue striped polo with bright red trousers.

Sunday's uniform

September 3, 2014 - 8:54am
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Geoff Ogilvy
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Geoff Ogilvy is playing his best golf of the season at just the right time.

The PGA Tour is at Cherry Hills Country Club just outside Denver this week for the BMW Championship -- the third leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup.

Cherry Hills is a special place, having hosted five major championships, including the epic 1960 U.S. Open, where Arnold Palmer erased a seven-stroke deficit in the final round to win his only U.S. Open title.

There should be a litte less pressure for a lot of U.S. and European players now that both Ryder Cup teams have been finalized. Now the focus is on finishing in the top 30 of the FedExCup standings at week's end to lock up a spot in the Tour Championship.

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Here are five players you'll want to keep an eye on.

5. Geoff Ogilvy
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the Barracuda Championship
Reason to watch: Up until the beginning of August, it had been a rough couple of years on the golf course for the 2006 U.S. Open winner. His luck changed at the Barracuda Championship, where Ogilvy bagged his first PGA Tour win since the 2010 SBS Championship. The win helped Ogilvy get into the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. He missed the cut at the Barclays and then entered the Deutsche Bank Championship at No. 100 in the standings -- the final spot. Ogilvy made the most of his opportunity, finishing in a tie for second at TPC Boston to catapult 76 spots up the FedExCup standings to No. 24. So, after barely making it into the Deutsche Bank Championship, Ogilvy is in a position this week to earn a spot in the Tour Championship. That's quite a turnaround.

4. Rickie Fowler
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
T2 at the U.S. Open and Open Championship
Reason to watch: Fowler has done everything but win this season. Did you know that his T23 at last week's Deutsche Bank Championship was actually Fowler's worst finish on the PGA Tour in his last seven starts dating back to the beginning of June? That's some spectacular golf. It's only a matter of time before he finally pulls through. Why not this week?

3. Sergio Garcia
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Second at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Reason to watch: In 14 starts this season, Garcia has finished in the top 10 eight times. Five of those resulted in top-3 finishes. He's been knocking on the door a lot this season -- it's time to kick it in. He should be refreshed after taking last week off. He had a stretch of three consecutive tournaments -- the Travelers, Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational -- where he finished no worse than a tie for second. Garcia is typically at his best when it comes time for the Ryder Cup and the Ryder Cup is right around the corner.

2. Rory McIlroy
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship
Reason to watch: You know it's been a pretty good season when two consecutive "down" weeks result in a T22 at the Barclays and a T5 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. That's just how good McIlroy has been. Last week at TPC Boston, he noted that fatigue had set in a bit. That might not bode well for him this week, seeing as he's had one less day to prepare with the Monday-finish at TPC Boston. Then again, he is Rory McIlroy. From what we've seen lately, the sky is the limit.

1. Jason Day
Best finish in 2013-14 season:
Won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
Reason to watch: Despite fighting injuries, it's been a remarkable season for Day. His last three starts look like this: T15 at the PGA Championship, T2 at the Barclays and T7 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. I'm riding the hot hand in Colorado. 

Team USA Captain's Picks
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Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Hunter Mahan pose for a selfie after Tuesday night's captain's picks announcement.

The immediacy of social media, particularly when it comes to some of golf's biggest stars, was never more evident than on Tuesday, when both Ryder Cup squads put the finishing touches on the teams that will face off at Gleneagles later this month.

While U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson was announcing his three captain's picks, Keegan Bradley was busy getting himself, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson together for a quick selfie:

It didn't take long for many of their teammates -- and some of the players who missed making the team -- to chime in on Twitter:

 

 

 

 

 

A similar situation was unfolding earlier in the day after Team Europe's 12-player squad was finalized, from both those who made the team and those who didn't:

 

 

 

 

Imagine 80 years ago, when the British Ryder Cup team arrived for the first match by steamship! Technology has certainly changed the way we travel and communicate.