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April 29, 2014 - 10:15am
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Boo Weekley
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Boo Weekley "rides the bull" down the first fairway during the final day of the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla.

One of the most memorable moments from the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky., came on the first tee in Sunday singles.

That's when, after pounding a drive down the middle, Boo Weekley channeled his inner Happy Gilmore and "rode the bull" off the tee.

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Check out the video here in case you need a refresher:

 

 

And, of course, here's the inspiration for Weekley's actions by Adam Sandler in "Happy Gilmore":

 

 

Clearly, Weekley was excited. And he had every reason to be. The U.S. closed out the matches that day and it remains the last Ryder Cup win for an American side and the only one since winning in 1999.

In a recent interview with GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard on a show called, For the Record, Weekley talked about that Ryder Cup experience and his infamous bull ride and why he decided to do it.

"It was by far the greatest golf moment and tournament and surrounding that I've ever had a part of," Weekley said. "We're so used to playing out here everyday, week on week -- golf by ourselves, playing against everybody. You get there, you look over and you've got your buddies -- the guys you competed against the week before last -- and now here y'all are like teammates, trying to talk things out, listening to some of the veterans there and what they felt when they was there the first time. It was an experience."

So what compelled Weekley to take that memorable bull ride?

"I can't remember what day it was, but it was during one of the practice rounds," Weekley explained. "I think it may have been the last day of the practice rounds. Me and my wife just got through having dinner and doing the main thing with everybody. We come down and we're grabbing some waters out of the little old room that was on our floor. There were two officers -- a lady officer and another man sitting in there. I was talking and there happened to be Happy Gilmore running across the screen on the TV and they got to laughing. I turned to Karen and I said, 'Baby, I'm going to do that. I'm going to do that off one of the tee boxes.'"

The officers laughed and called Weekley out.

"'Yeah right! Whatever. You ain't going to do that.'" Weekley recalled them saying. "And I said, 'I'm going to do it. I don't know what day I'm going to do it, but I'm going to do it.' When I got out there [Sunday] I was pumped, excited and ready for it to get over with, to tell you the truth. Win, lose or draw, it was one of those moments -- I won't ever forget it. I went up there and I took my practice swing and it hit me right then. As I took my second practice swing, I always take two, there's a tree out there about 200 yards. I said, 'If I can just start it over that tree, I'm going to ride this club out of here.'"

So, there you have it -- the story behind why Weekley rode the bull down the first fairway during the final day of the 2008 Ryder Cup.

Here's the video clip:

 

 

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April 29, 2014 - 9:16am
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Notah Begay III
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Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay III suffered a heart attack in Dallas last week, but is expected to make a full recovery.

GolfChannel.com is reporting this morning that analyst Notah Begay III is recovering from a heart attack.

Begay, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, suffered the heart attack last week in Dallas, according to the report.

The 41-year-old was taken to Methodist Hospital where cardiologist Dr. Mark Jenkins inserted a stent to unblock his right coronary artery.

There is a history of heart disease in the Begay family. The report says that because the procedure was performed quickly, Begay is expected to make a full recovery and resume his analyst duties with NBC and Golf Channel within a few weeks.

"I'm extremely grateful for the expert care I received from Dr. Jenkins and his staff," Begay told GolfChannel.com. "I anticipate a full recovery and feel lucky to be at home resting with my family. I appreciate the outpouring of well wishes I've received from family, friends and fans and I will be back covering golf once I'm fully recovered."

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April 28, 2014 - 10:13am
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Zurich Classic of New Orleans
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Would you mess with an alligator on the golf course? John Peterson did at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Friday.

In case you missed it on Friday, PGA Tour player John Peterson clearly is not afraid of alligators.

During the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Peterson came in to give a life-threatening assist to playing partner James Driscoll. OK... maybe that's a little dramatic, but seriously, who messes with alligators?

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Driscoll was attempting to play his second shot between a bunker and a pond on the par-5 18th, but there was an unwelcome guest lurking nearby -- a large alligator.

Peterson was either in a hurry, or didn't want to be put on the clock. So, rather than watch and wait, Peterson -- a graduate of LSU and clearly familiar with wildlife on the Bayou -- sprung into action.

Armed with a bunker rake, Peterson literally pushed the gator from behind to coax it into the pond.

Check it out:

 

 

Luckily for Peterson, this alligator run-in had a happier ending than it did for another Peterson -- "Chubbs" Peterson from the movie Happy Gilmore, who lost his hand to a gator.

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Caleb C.
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Caleb C. has the lowdown on golf etiquette.

One of the biggest complaints golfers have is the lack of golf etiquette. Whether it's not repairing ball marks, replacing divots or just slow play, golf etiquette is important.

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So how do you remember all the little things that should make a round of golf more enjoyable? Six-year-old golfing rapper Caleb C. spells them out here in this hilarious YouTube video:

 

 

 

Stay hy-hy-hydrated. That's great advice, especially as the weather's finally warming up.

 

 

Bubba Watson at Milton High School
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Bubba Watson dropped in on Milton High School and barely got in his own selfie with some of the students.

In the last couple of days, we've seen golfers from Cheyenne Woods and Lexi Thompson to Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie throw out – or chip – the first pitch at baseball games from coast to coast. Now it's time to add Masters champion Bubba Watson to the 2014 "first pitch" list.

Bubba's throw on Thursday stands out, though, because it marks the second time in three years that he's done the honors at a Pensacola Blue Wahoos minor league game – he also threw out the first pitch there after he won his first Masters in the spring of 2012. Watson wore his Green Jacket this year, whereas he was a little more casual back in 2012, and made an easy toss right over the plate.

His pitch was the capper of "Bubba Watson Day" in the Pensacola area, where Watson grew up. He also visited his old high school in nearby Milton, Fla. – where he took the selfie that's posted above – and dropped in on Osceola Municipal Golf Course, where he mingled with young golfers from the First Tee of Northwest Florida program and the Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association.

The day after Watson won the Masters, one of his representatives called The First Tee office and said he wanted to come visit with kids, according to The Pensacola News-Journal. "For guys who have attained incredible success like Bubba, it's easy to give out of your pocket, but it's way harder to give out of your time like he has done," said First Tee Executive Director Marty Stanovich.

The newspaper has a complete story on Watson's big day, and you can read it here.

And below are Watson's two first pitches at the Blue Wahoos' games, with the 2014 edition on top:

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie
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Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie chipped balls to San Francisco Giants players Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong on "Golf "Night."

The San Francisco Giants only played one game Friday, but several of the LPGA Tour's biggest stars took part in a doubleheader.

The golf-baseball double-dip saw players including San Francisco-area resident Juli Inkster, Mountan View native Paula Creamer, San Jose native Christina Kim, Stanford grad Michelle Wie and Florida's own Brittany Lincicome commute over to AT&T Park from nearby Daly City, where they are playing the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic this week, to take part in "Golf Night." 

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While the Giants took on the Cleveland Indians, the golfers – decked out in bright orange Giants jerseys – conducted a pre-game chat, gave away tickets to the golf tournament and took over the Giants' social media channels for a while. And before the game, Creamer and Wie participated in the ceremonial "first chip."

There was a variety of other golf-related activities throughout the evening, and some proceeds from ticket sales will be devoted to charitable efforts within the Bay Area golf community. Even better, fans who bought special "Golf Night" ticket packages received free headcovers featuring a likeness of Giants mascot Lou Seal.

You can see more photos on the LPGA's Twitter page.