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Michelle Wie swimming with sharks
Michelle Wie via Twitter
"I won't lie...heart was beating pretttttty fast at this moment," Michelle Wie said of this photo at the start of her dive.
 
With her LPGA Tour season in her rear-view mirror, Michelle Wie has made her way back to Hawaiii for some much-deserved R&R. Her most recently vacation activity, however, didn't provide much in the way of either rest or relaxation.
 
Why not? Well, because she went swimming with the sharks.
 
Yes, Wiesy knocked a big item off her Bucket List, she explained on Instagram, by going shark diving with a group called Ocean One Diving. 
 
 
Huge thanks to our diving guides for teaching us the 'alpha shark rules' and calming our nerves," she wrote. "We were so scared but once we were in the the water swimming around with around 30 sharks, it felt so peaceful and calm."
 
One thing we have learned about Wie over the years is that the fearlessness she showed on the golf course as a pre-teen a decade ago is still very much a part of her personality. I mean, not only does she swim with the sharks, she also eats chicken feet and live squid. Now that takes some guts!
 
Here's her Instagram video of her undersea expedition. Cue the "Jaws" music:
 
December 9, 2015 - 4:08pm
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Phil Mickelson
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Here's Phil Mickelson, acting like a kid, sliding down a dune during the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Now is the time of year where we look back and reflect on great moments over the last 12 months.

Today, we're turning our attention specifically to August and PGA Championship week at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., where Jason Day dramatically claimed his first career major win.

There were plenty of great moments caught on camera that week. Here are 10 of our favorites:

10. Is an ant a burrowing creature? An animal? That's what Bubba Watson and a rules official discussed during the final round at Whistling Straits with this hilarious back and forth.

9. Phil Mickelson birdied the fourth hole after this pured shot from one of the 1000+ bunkers at Whistling Straits during the third round.

8. Rory McIlroy rolled in this monster putt for an eagle on the fifth hole in the third round.

7. Bubba drove the green -- and then some -- with this mighty poke on the par-4, 13th hole. He chipped close and made the birdie putt.

6. McIlroy surged into contention with this chip-in for eagle on the par-5 second hole during his second round.

5. Watson finished his second round of the 2015 PGA Championship with hard-working par on the 18th hole.

4. Matt Jones played his second shot from the cozy confines of a hospitality tent in the third round. Talk about a front-row seat.

3. John Daly tossed his club into Lake Michigan after dunking three shots into the water on the par-3 seventh hole at Whistling Straits during the 2015 PGA Championship. A young fan reeled in the club from a boat on the lake. Sweet souvenir.

2. Phil Mickelson took an expedited route down a dune at Whistling Straits during the second round. This video never gets old.

1. Jason Day won his first career major with this tap-in on the 18th green at Whistling Straits to conclude the 2015 PGA Championship. He finished 20 under, the lowest score relative to par in major history, and understandably he couldn't fight back the tears.

December 9, 2015 - 11:06am
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golf cart
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Like you don't have enough to worry about before hitting a tee shot -- now you have to worry about getting smoked by a reckless golf cart driver?

The internet is a weird place sometimes -- and that's a huge understatement when it comes to some of the videos you can find out there.

Take for instance this "commercial" out of Denmark, spotted by our friends at Golf News Net.

According to Golf News Net, the commercial is for Danish financial services firm Lånlet.

Two buddies are about to play their tee shots on a par 3, when suddenly this happens:

 

Man! Not sure what that has to do with financial services, but glad this was just a commercial (with cool special effects, of course).

December 9, 2015 - 9:10am
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Luke Donald, Michael Jordan
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Luke Donald has some cool friends. One of those happens to be arguably the coolest of all -- Michael Jordan -- who went to dinner with Donald for the former world No. 1's 38th birthday on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, former world No. 1-ranked golfer Luke Donald celebrated his 38th birthday.

A quick look at his Instagram page on Tuesday night showed that Donald's birthday dinner was one with a special, very famous friend -- His Airness, Michael Jordan.

Donald and good buddy Keegan Bradley have become pals with MJ over the years to the point where they're all regular golf buddies. Here's the photo Donald shared on Tuesday:

 

The birthday celebrations continue! Fortunate to call this ledge a friend #23

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And, of course, when you're hanging with MJ, you're keeping some awesome company -- like earlier this year when Donald and Bradley joined Jordan and New England Patriots four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady for a day of golf and pick-up basketball.

Life is good for Donald.

DAP Championship
Web.com Tour via Twitter
The LeBron James Family Foundation will be the charitable beneficiary of the Web.com Tour's new DAP Championship in Cleveland.
 
We don't know how much golf LeBron James gets to play these days, but we do know he's a fan of the game. And through his LeBron James Family Foundation, he's going to be involved with a new event on the Web.com Tour.
 
The developmental tour's brand-new DAP Championship, which was announced on Monday, will debut next September as one of the four Web.com Tour Finals events that determine which 50 players earn PGA Tour cards for the following season. It will be played at Cleveland's historic Canterbury Golf Club, and James' foundation will be its charitable beneficicary.
 
 
The foundation, based in Akron, will use the proceeds to "positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives," according to a news release. The foundation's executive director, Michele Campbell, explained that "a big part of what we do is involving our community and our students in experiences that enrich their lives, and this is another great opportunity" to help "our students as they work hard to earn their educations."
 
The Web.com Tour and Canterbury Golf Club reached a three-year agreement for the event, which will be known as the DAP Championship. It'll be the first event in the Web.com Tour Finals and will offer a $1 million purse.
 
DAP Products Inc., a subsidiary of RPM International, Inc., is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and is a leading manufacturer and supplier of caulks, sealants, adhesives, insulating foam, spackling, glazing and other general patch and repair products. DAP, through its Rust-Oleum brand, is also the title sponsor of the Web.com Tour's Rust-Oleum Championship, which is moving from Cleveland to the Chicago area.
 
 
Judy Bell
The PGA of America
Judy Bell became the first woman to be named USGA president in 1996, and was honored as the PGA of America's First Lady of Golf in 2001.
 
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has added two of North America's most successful amateur women golfers to its roll of Honorary Members, the R&A announced today.
 
Judy Bell of the United States – a former president of the U.S. Golf Association as well as a Curtis Cup player and captain – and Canada's Marlene Stewart Streit – the only player to win the U.S., Canadian, British and Australian women's amateur titles – have accepted their invitations.
 
They join a list of female honorary members that includes Annika Sorenstam, Laura Davies and PGA Professional Renee Powell.
 
"Both Marlene and Judy have made substantial contributions to golf through their outstanding achievements as players and their tireless work in supporting the development of the sport," said R&A Captain Gavin Caldwell. "They are both wonderful examples to follow and tremendous ambassadors for golf."
 
Streit won dozens of big women's amateur events in Canada, and was named Canada's top athlete of the year in both 1951 and 1956. In 2004, she became Canada’s first member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and is also a Member of the Order of Canada, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
 
Bell, a native of Wichita, Kansas, played on the 1960 and 1962 U.S. Curtis Cup teams and captained squad in 1986 and 1988. She set the then-lowest score, a 67, in the 1964 U.S. Women's Open and, in a won a number of prominent events over a successful amateur career. She served on the USGA Women Committee for 16 years and became the first female member of the USGA executive committee before becoming the first woman to be named president of the USGA in 1996. She was honored as the PGA of America's First Lady of Golf in 2001.