Jack Nicklaus joined PGA National Resort and community officials today in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the recently redesigned 14th hole on the Champion Course. The Champ is home to the popular Honda Classic, and is already known as one of the PGA Tour's toughest tests. Now by lengthening the 14th and bringing the green closer to the water's edge, The Bear Trap (holes 15-17) will show its teeth a hole earlier. @pgaresort #nicklaus #jacknicklaus #nicklausdesign #golfcourse #golf #hondaclassic
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Fall is here, which means it's pumpkin-carving season.
Who doesn't love a good jack-o'-lantern of a zombie, a monster, or a four-time major champion?
That's right, someone decided to carve four-time major winner Rory McIlroy's face into a pumpkin. You can see the whole process in the video below:
If we're being honest, that pumpkin looks like McIlroy about as much as this tattoo looks like Ernie Els:
— Claude Harmon III (@CH3golf) September 3, 2014
This pumpkin carver and that tattoo artist need to step up their game... like the corn-maze artist who rendered this awesome work of Bubba Watson:
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) August 27, 2014
Now that's how you do it.
You're trailing for the first time all day. You've reached the par-5 16th hole in two, but are still 46 feet away. And a win would give you your first PGA Tour victory.
No pressure, right? Well, if Ben Martin felt any lack of confidence Sunday with the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on the line, he didn't show it when he lined up to make the shot of the weekend:
Perfect speed, perfect line, perfect execution -- and an eagle to cap a perfectly great weekend of golf for the Clemson alumnus.
SHRINERS HOSPITALS OPEN: Martin tops Streelman for first career victory
Sure, he still had two holes to play, but with a one-stroke lead and Kevin Streelman already in the clubhouse, all Martin had to do from that point on was keep it in the fairway. And he did that and more, making birdie on the final hole for a two-stroke win.
We've even seen elephant tracks on the greens in Malaysia. (Good luck fixing those spike marks.)
WILD GOLF STORIES: Readers share some unusual tales
So we've pretty much seen it all when it comes to "animals on golf course" photos. Or we thought we had, until appix29 posted this shot on Instagram for the #PGA365 reader-submitted photo gallery.
It's from Growling Frog Golf Course in Yan Yean, Australia, on the north side of Melbourne. And yes, those are kangaroos. And no, they didn't show good etiquette by raking the bunkers afterward. (And yes, Growling Frog is an awesome name for anything, and probably worthy of a story in its own right.)
Only in Australia... Growling Frog GC. #teamtitleist #mytitileist
Birdies, eagles, albatrosses and now marsupials. "Reckon you can put me down for a Joey on that hole, mate."
'ROOS ON THE LOOSE: Kangaroos interrupt LPGA tournament
After that, finding photos of golf balls landing on alligators is almost routine.