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January 4, 2016 - 8:43pm
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Reserve at Lake Keowee's Clemson football field replica
Reserve at Lake Keowee via Twitter
"We wanted to find a unique way to show our support while the football team is on a truly historic run,” said Lake Keowee Director of Sales Rutledge Livingston.
Clemson will face off against Alabama for college football's national championship next Monday night and, unsurprisingly, people across South Carolina are extremely excited.
It's fair to say, however, that no one is showing support for the Tigers like the folks at the Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C. Just outside the clubhouse at the upscale golf course community, as you can see in the photo above, is a half-sized football field complete with an authentic "Tiger Paw" logo.
"We have such a strong relationship with the university and we wanted to find a unique way to show our support while the football team is on a truly historic run,” Lake Keowee Director of Sales Rutledge Livingston said on the Lake Keowee website.
"We think this is a pretty cool way of doing that. We even have a hill to run down," added Livingston, who was a member of Tigers teams in the mid-1970s.
Located about 16 miles from the Clemson campus, The Reserve is Tigers Head Coach Dabo Swinney's home club – membership comes with the Clemson job, the website says. The facility, built around a Jack Nicklaus Signature course is the site of Swinney's annual media day golf outing as well as the Clemson Invitational on Lake Keowee next spring.
Brooks Koepka is the newest Nike Tour staff member, along with Tony Finau.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have some company at the company.

On Monday, Nike Golf announced its latest additions to the Nike Tour staff, including Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau.







Here's what Koepka had to say, according to the Nike news release:

“Nike is an iconic brand,” Koepka says. “All these great, legendary athletes, such as Kobe Bryant, seem to be with Nike. I’m lucky enough to represent the best company in the world. I’m excited with what Nike will do in the future for the game of golf [and] I know that this partnership will help me achieve my personal goals.”

And from Finau:

“The best athletes in the world play for Nike and I'm glad to add my name to that list,” Finau affirms. “I look forward to striving for greatness as a lot of Nike athletes have. I know innovation is a big part of Nike and changing the mold, changing the game — that's what drew me to the Swoosh.” 


Shane Lowry's shot at the WGC Bridgestone Classic was named the European Tour's 2015 Shot of the Year.

Remember the miraculous shot Shane Lowry hit through the trees on the 18th hole at the WGC Bridgestone Classic that landed on the green?

Fans of the European Tour certainly did, as they selected that as the 2015 Shot of the Year.

In case your memory needs refreshing, here it is again:



Haven't we all wanted to hit one just like that, just to say we did it? And how many times have we tried it, only to be disappointed. "Ninety percent air," my foot.


Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth
Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America
The coming year "will feel completely different for Jordan" Spieth, Rory McIlroy says.
After winning two straight majors en route to one of the best seasons in PGA Tour history, how will Jordan Spieth fare in 2016? If anyone has any perspective on that topic, it's Rory McIlroy, who put together his own two-major season in 2014.
"It will feel completely different for Jordan," McIlroy told The Telegraph newspaper in Britain recently. " If you look at the stats at how those who have had a double-major season have performed the next year… well, it's hard to back up. 
"There's so much expectation, so much attention and focus," he added. "And I think it is more self-inflicted pressure, really, as your expectations are so high."
McIlroy, of course, entered 2015 fresh off major victories at the 2014 PGA Championship and British Open. He won in Dubai early, and captured the Cadillac Match Play Championship and the Wells Fargo Championship in the next couple of months. He finished fourth in the Masters and tied for ninth in the U.S. Open before injuring his ankle playing soccer back in Northern Ireland.
"This time last year, mine [expectations] were through the roof coming off a great season, winning those back-to-back majors," he explained. "And although I started well, I never felt I really got into my stride with the injuries and stuff."
He recovered from the ankle injury in time to claim the European Tour's Race to Dubai money title, and recently underwent laser eye surgery, which he believes will help his putting – especially at places like Augusta National, where he will return in April seeking to complete his career Grand Slam.
"My vision is so sharp. It has to help putting, help me read the lines on the greens, where there is definitely room for improvement," he told the newspaper. "What the doctor said was that it might just be the same vision as you have with your contact lenses when you are far away, but close up – 20, 30 meters – is when people notice the sharpness."
Many of McIlroy's goals for 2016 will be the same as 2015 – especially for the Masters. "Obviously, Augusta is important and I will be playing two extra events leading up to it," he said. "I want want to get in a full rhythm where it doesn't feel like the start of the season."
He also admitted that Spieth's emergence as a peer is impacting his preparations.
"There have been times there where I've thought I’ve been playing well, but only making par and then you looked up and Jordan Spieth is 12-under for two days," he told the newspaper. "I'm not saying I was undercooked this year, but I definitely won't be next year."