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December 10, 2016 - 12:22pm
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Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer
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On Dec. 10, 1966 -- 50 years ago -- Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer teamed up to win the first of three titles together in the PGA National Team Championship.

With team golf events going on this weekend at the PNC Father-Son Challenge and the Franklin Templeton Shootout, we're going to throw it back 50 years.

On this day in 1966, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer teamed up to win the "PGA National Team Championship" at an amazing 32-under par with rounds of 63, 66, 63 and 72.

At the time, the pair had 14 major championship wins between them. Nicklaus and Palmer also won the event together in 1970 and 1971.

Today, Nicklaus is competing with his son, Jackie, in the PNC Father-Son Challenge, an event the late Palmer used to play in with his grandson, Sam Saunders.

The website www.golfhistorytoday.com also has a list of events Nicklaus and Palmer won together and include this fantastic quote from Palmer: "I don't think either Jack or I would have (decided to come and played together) if we didn't think we had a chance to win. Our plan is to win. If we don't we'll just get on with our lives, and try it again somewhere else."

Here's a video of Nicklaus paying tribute to the King:

 

 

December 10, 2016 - 10:37am
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Tiger Woods
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During the opening of a new short course in Mexico on Friday, Tiger Woods took time to stop what he was doing and... play catch.

One week after his return to golf following a 15-month layoff to recover from a third back surgery in three years, Tiger Woods was in Mexico on Friday to open a new short course.

While he was there, for whatever reason, he was handed a catcher's mitt and began playing catch with someone.

Here's the video captured by Brent Zepp, PGA Head Professional at Chambers Bay:

Looks like Tiger has a little side-arm action going and he's also bringing a little bit of heat.

Phil Mickelson has been known to play catch in parking lots to loosen up before a round of golf.

Maybe he's got a new friend to toss the ball with? 

December 9, 2016 - 3:32pm
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Harris English
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What do you do when there's a bee that won't get off the ball you're supposed to hit? That's what Harris English was wondering during Friday's second round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Matt Kuchar and Harris English are partners in this week's Franklin Templeton Shootout. Friday's format for the competition featured a "modified alternate-shot" where both players hit a tee shot, take the best drive and then alternate shots from there until the ball is in the hole.

At the seventh hole, the pair decided to use Kuchar's drive in the middle of the fairway.

There was an issue when English arrived at the ball to play the shot, however. There was a bee sitting on the ball that just would not, well, buzz off.

Here's a look at how the ordeal, which held up play for a few minutes, played out:

Once the bee dilemma was over, the pair birdied the hole to move to 18 under for the tournament and snagged a two-shot lead at the time. 

December 9, 2016 - 2:01pm
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John Daly
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Based on this video from the PNC Father/Son Challenge, it looks like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree from a golf swing perspective for John Daly's 13-year-old son, Little John.

One of the most enjoyable golf events of the season teed off today with the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

John Daly is making his tournament debut this year playing alongside his 13-year-old son, "Little John."

Here's one of Little John's swings on Friday, captured by Golfweek's Kevin Casey:

Casey also shot this video of Little John showing a bit of the fire his old man is known for with a club-slam after a not-so-desirable tee shot:

Back in April, Little John had a birthday message for his dad's 50th, featuring a tee shot Papa JD is familiar with -- off a Coke bottle instead of a tee:

December 8, 2016 - 11:10am
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Rob Labritz
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Just because it may be too cold to play golf where you live this time of year doesn't mean there aren't a number of steps you can take to keep your game sharp. PGA Professional Rob Labritz explains.

There's a common misconception that when the cold weather comes, golfers place their bag of clubs in a closet and don't take them out again until March.

If you take your game seriously, you know it doesn't have to be that way -- and we're talking about having to take an expensive vacation to a tropical destination.

You can get serious work done on your game in your house, at an indoor range (think dome), or maybe your golf course even offers heated bays where you can stay warm while hitting shots outdoors.

Whatever the case may be, there's one point of emphasis you should be focusing on, so says PGA Professional Rob Labritz.

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Since you're not hitting on grass, Labritz said, you're likely to be hitting off a perfect, flat lie on turf all winter, which makes striking the ball solidly mush easier than hitting out of rough, or from an uphill, downhill or sidehill lie in the fairway.

"It's all about focusing on solid contact," he said. "In most cases, you're not going to be able to see ball flight -- you're hitting into a net, or hitting in an indoor range. Even if your at an outdoor range, the ball isn't going to travel as far as you're used to because of the cold air. So zone in on making solid contact. You can work on all of your game -- half swings, 1/4 swings, 3/4 swings and full swings, chips and putts. Make these types of swings with all clubs to see how far each one carries starting with a 1/4 swing. So effectively, my 8-iron will carry with a full swing 160 yards. So my half swing will carry about 80 yards, quarter swing 40 yards and so on. Get those dialed in."

If your club or local PGA Professional has access to technology such as Trackman or Flight Scope, Labritz says that can be an enormous help as well.

"You can really dial in your numbers with that kind of technology," he said. "You just have to make sure you're not neglecting your chipping, pitching and putting in the winter. That's the most important thing. That's where you're going to save all your shots in a round. You have to keep that sharp"

Find yourself stuck at home? Get in front of a mirror and become familiar with the positions of your swing and your address.

"Look into a mirror and start to own your set-up position," Labritz said. "Use the mirror for a golf swing checklist. The mirror can really help you trim down the fat. Are you a little in front of it? Trim down on that."

And, finally, here's one thing you can do that will work wonders for your game and -- since we're in the holiday season -- you may not want to hear... fitness.

"Stay long and limber," Labritz said. "We're not talking about lifting a lot of weight and bulking up. You don't want to do that. You want to be long and lean. I double up my Yoga time in the winter months. Since you can't play your usual 3-4 hour round of golf during this colder months, dedicate some of that time to your fitness. You won't believe how good you will feel out on the course once it warms up."

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 www.RobLabritz.com and you can follow him on Twitter, @Rlabritz.  

December 8, 2016 - 10:48am
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Rafa Cabrera Bello
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Rafa Cabrera Bello finished his first round of the UBS Hong Kong Open in style on Thursday with a hole-out for eagle on his final hole of the day.

Rafa Cabrera Bello, who made his Ryder Cup debut for Europe earlier this year at Hazeltine, fired a 6-under 64 in the first round of the UBS Hong Kong Open on Thursday.

The round was highlight by what happened at the 10th hole -- Cabrera Bello's final hole of the day -- where he holed out from the fairway for an eagle.

Check it out:

Nothing like being able to leave the putter in the bag as the rest of your group finishes the final hole.