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Beautiful Lengths
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LPGA professionals donated locks of their hair Friday night to cancer survivors.

"Making the cut" is always a good thing in professional golf, especially when it benefits cancer survivors.

Earlier this week, five LPGA players -- Tiffany Joh, Stacey Keating, Megan McChrystal, Jacqui Concolino and Cindy LaCrosse -- and LPGA senior media coordinator Meghan Flanagan participated in the "Pantene Beautiful Lengths" event at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, donating locks of their hair to be used to make wigs for women battling cancer.

Hundreds of people turned out to help the cause, and as you'll see by the video, the emotions ranged from nervousness to relief:

 

 

Having your long hair chopped off isn't always an easy decision, but these golfers decided to do it for a great reason -- and should feel proud for doing their part.

Ryder Cup bank note
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The special-edition £5 note from the Royal Bank of Scotland features a Ryder Cup motif on both front and back.

The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland is only 90 days away, and I've already got souvenirs on my mind. One of the coolest I've seen so far is a commemorative Ryder Cup bank note that is legal currency in the United Kingdom.

As you can see in the image above, the special-edition £5 note features a Ryder Cup motif on both front and back, and will be the first Scottish note to carry the signature of Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Ross McEwan, which will make it a unique collectible for currency enthusiasts. It also will be the first note in Europe printed on hybrid paper – a mix of traditional cotton paper and polyester plastic materials designed to make it more durable.

"Bank notes are part of a stable of collectible items that people love to buy, or give as a gift, to commemorate major events," said Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director. "Sporting events don't come much bigger than the Ryder Cup and we know that many people will want that special memento to mark the time it came to Scotland."

The notes are now being printed, but they won't go into general circulation. Instead, they will be available as part of a commemorative folio that will be sold at Gleneagles during the Ryder Cup. The folio also can be pre-ordered at a cost of £20 or $32, and you can find out all about it by clicking here.

 

June 27, 2014 - 7:02am
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PGA.com Facebook fan Dan Lewis has a visitor behind him on the course.

We asked. You delivered. Boy, did you ever.

PGA.com asked our Facebook friends about unique occurrences on the golf course. There were tales of reptile encounters, ill-timed duck hooks, seismic activity and even sasquatches.  

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Here’s a sampling of some of the more peculiar tales. Make sure to add your wild golf course memory on our Facebook page.

  • “My father and I were almost hit by a crash landing six-person airplane. That is 100-percent truth. Went about 15 feet over our heads on the first tee and landed on the No. 9 fairway. Surreal!” -- Jack Crowley
  • “While working in the pro shop we got a Big Foot costume and had a 6 foot 8 kid that also worked there run around the course in it from time to time.” -- David Garland
  • “A hole closed in Alaska due to a moose killed by a bear in the middle of the fairway. They have to wait till the bear doesn't return for a few days. Needless to say I put me down for a birdie on that hole.” -- Tom Schipper
  • "Hitting a duck hook into a funeral procession and hitting not just any car but THE car. ... That's right, I hit the hearse." -- Kelvin Smith.
  • “I was on the golf course just out of Jakarta, Indonesia when a 7.1 Earthquake hit. There was no noise (as nowhere near city or any buildings) so we just at first felt sick and giddy before we realized we were swaying, only then did we realise it was an earthquake. A very interesting experience." -- Jordan Badwater Baker
  • “A fox stealing my ball off the green before I could putt.” -- Jennifer Mazzarolo
  • “A 12-foot python in the rough at the Royal Cape Golf Course in Cape Town South Africa....” --Justin Russell
  • “I saw a tarantula on the green. Apparently every year they travel from one side of this hill to the other. Looks like the mound is moving. Creepy.” -- Chris Beaty
  • “Two paratroopers landing on the 8th fairway (Army base nearby, lost their way while training) ... wish I had a camera then, would've been a hoot to show on the Internet.” -- Cleveland de Jesus
  • "A water dropping helicopter using the water hazards as a water source to fight fire outside of L.A. at Angeles National Golf Course." -- Greg Brinson

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New Orleans Saints training camp at the Geenbrier
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The New Orleans Saints' training camp at the Greenbrier will include a 55,000-square-foot building and three practice fields.

With the PGA Tour returning next week, it's no surprise that things are hopping at the gorgeous Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. But the Greenbrier Classic isn't the only big event on the schedule this summer.

The New Orleans Saints will hold their preseason training camp at the Greenbrier, and the resort is busily building a full set of facilities – including a 55,000-square-foot building that'll host meeting rooms, weight rooms, locker rooms, kitchen and dining facilities, and training and physical therapy spaces. Also under construction are two natural grass practice fields and a third outfitted with artificial turf.

The Saints are scheduled to arrive in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains on July 24, and remain through Aug. 13. They're scheduled to stage 20 practices along with an Aug. 2 scrimmage on-site, and all those events are open to the public.

The team will return to New Orleans on Aug. 14, and finish its preseason schedule at their permanent practice facility in Metairie, La.

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This year will be the first of at least three straight years in which the Saints will train at the Greenbrier as part of a deal with local and state officials. Greenbrier owner Jim Justice is spending approximately $20 million to build the practice facilities, according to New Orleans news site Nola.com, but is receiving some relief from investment and sales taxes.

The Saints began looking at the Greenbrier as long as three years ago, and the deal was finalized earlier this year at a signing ceremony attended by Saints coach Sean Payton – who, you might remember, also caddied for Ryan Palmer at last year's Greenbrier Classic.

You can see the Saints' complete preseason schedule and all the details for attending practice at the Greenbrier by clicking here. And below is a tweet from a guy who I'm pretty sure isn't doing any of the actual work.

 

Nike Golf women's Lunar Adapt shoe
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The new women's Lunar Adapt shoes feature a low-profile design improves ground feel.

Nike Golf is billing its new women's Lunar Adapt shoe as its most versatile option yet for both on and off the course.

"We wanted to create a shoe that women want to wear when they're playing golf just as much as they want to wear when they're hanging out with their friends," said Nike Golf Innovation Design Lead Carl Madore. "The Lunar Adapt has all the performance technology golfers need, like Integrated Traction and Lunarlon cushioning, within a versatile design that makes it great for everyday wear."

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These new models feature a full-grain waterproof leather upper and full-length Lunar drop-in sockliner for lightweight, responsive cushioning. Their crafted, low-profile design improves ground feel while rubber cupsole construction and a modernized waffle tread enhance stability and traction control.

They come in a variety of color options, including Pure Platinum/Hyper Pink-Cool Grey, Light Ash/Hyper Grape-Ivory, and Fuchsia Force/Light Ash-Medium Ash. They'll be available at retail on July 1, and carry a street price of $100 per pair.

 

June 26, 2014 - 7:00am
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Tiger Woods is currently No. 67 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings.

There will be plenty of questions as Tiger Woods returns to golf for the first time since the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral.

We'll add to that list.

Now that he's back, the plot thickens in terms of the possibility of Woods being a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in September. So what does Tiger have to do to qualify for the U.S. Ryder Cup Team?

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Let's break it down.

Woods will either need to finish inside the top 9 of the U.S. points standings at the conclusion of the PGA Championship, or he'll have to rely on one of Captain Tom Watson's three picks.

WHERE HE STANDS NOW: Woods is currently No. 67 in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup team standings with 763.542 points. That's a whopping 2,368.49 points behind Patrick Reed, who currently occupies the ninth and final automatic spot.

THE MAGIC NUMBER: 4,637 points. At least that's the magic number according to PGA President Ted Bishop, who Captain Tom Watson is calling his "stats guru." 

In a Captain's blog earlier this year, Watson wrote: "Ted Bishop, the President of the PGA, is our statistician and he's calculated it's going to take 4,637 points to be in the top 9 to get on the team. Who knows what the points are going to be but nobody's really gotten up to that level. I trust that Ted's pretty accurate as far as what that point level's going to be to make the team."

Note: Four players have already eclipsed this total. Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

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WHERE WILL TIGER PLAY?: Even in his return, it's only likely that Woods -- provided there are no setbacks -- will play in just four events between now and when points close.

However, points are worth double at the majors, in which we anticipate Woods will play in two.

Here is the projected, educated guess (based on history and results) at Tiger's likely schedule through the PGA Championship.

- Quicken Loans National, June 25-29, Congressional CC
Though we shouldn't expect a whole lot from Woods in his first competitive rounds since returning, don't be shocked if he plays well either. Woods won at the course in 2009 and again in 2012. Aside from being the host of the tournament, a return here makes sense for Woods because of his comfort level with the course. POINTS: A 25th-place finish here would earn Tiger roughly 65 points, give or take, depending on ties. A win would earn him 1,170 points.

- Open Championship, July 17-20, Royal Liverpool
Many thought this is where Woods would make his return -- even though returning at a major seems a bit crazy. Woods put on a clinic at this venue in 2006. He finished at 18-under par, two clear of runner-up Chris DiMarco, and captured his 11th major title overall. The win was his second consecutive Open Championship title and third overall. It was also Woods' first major tournament win since the death of his father, Earl Woods, that May. Woods lives for the majors. He's four away from matching the record of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus and you can bet it stings Woods to have already missed the first two this year. He practically hit irons all week at Royal Liverpool in 2006, and we can probably expect much of the same this time around. POINTS: A 25th-place finish here would earn Tiger roughly 120 points depending on ties. A win would earn him just shy of 2,900 points.

- World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, July 31-August 3, Firestone CC
Woods will have had a healthy two-week break after the Open Championship before this event. And, again, he's got to love the venue. He's won at Firestone eight times in his career. This year, he's again the defending champion. POINTS: A 25th-place finish here would earn Tiger roughly 75 points depending on ties. A win would earn him 1,530.

- PGA Championship, August 7-10, Valhalla GC
The season's final major -- and final opportunity to accumulate Ryder Cup points -- comes at a place where Woods has been victorious in the past. He won a playoff over Bob May in the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla -- his third consecutive major win at the time and the third leg of the "Tiger Slam," which consisted of the 2000 U.S. Open, Open Championship, PGA Championship and 2001 Masters. POINTS: A 25th-place finish here would earn Tiger roughly 120 points depending on ties. A win would earn him just shy of 2,900 points.

CAN WOODS MAKE IT ON POINTS?: Who's going to tell Tiger Woods he can't do something? Of course he could make it on points, but it isn't likely. A win at one of the remaining majors will be worth just shy of 2,900 points. That coupled with a top 10 in the other major and a second-place finish at Quicken Loans or WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and he's well on his way to Bishop's estimated total. Even if he doesn't win one of those majors, a strong finish will go a long way in the standings. For instance, if Woods were to finish 25th this week, 10th in the two majors and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, he'd accumulate approximately 920 points to move to approximately 1,683 points which would be 31st on the current list. To make the team on points, however, Woods is going to need to win at least one major and have a very high finish in the other.

IF HE DOESN'T MAKE IT ON POINTS, WILL HE BE A CAPTAIN'S PICK?: The only time in his career that Tiger Woods has been a Captain's pick came in 2010. Then Captain Corey Pavin took Woods, who didn't make his first start of the 2010 season until the Masters after recovering from knee surgery at the end of 2009.

If Woods doesn't make the team on points, but is inside the top 20 of the standings, it's hard to imagine Watson not giving him a good, hard look. After all, he's Tiger Woods.

However, if he's outside of the top 20 come August 10, I believe Woods will have to show Watson he wants to be on the team. What does that mean? Well, a couple of things. If Woods has played well enough to make the FedExCup Playoffs, then get a high finish in the Barclays or the Deutsche Bank Championship (the last tournament before Watson makes his picks in September).

If Woods is projected to be out of the playoffs before the start of the PGA Championship, he might want to think about committing to the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., the following week. That's certainly not likely, but if Woods were to make that commitment, it would clearly say, "I'm playing because I want to be on the U.S. Ryder Cup team."

CONCLUSION: Woods has a steep hill to climb if he's going to make the team on points. If at the end of the PGA Championship he's inside the top 20 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings though, I can't envision a scenario -- unless he's hurt -- where Captain Watson doesn't add him to the team.

Making it on points? It's not impossible, but it's also not likely. My guess is Woods will need to prove to Watson he's worthy of a pick.