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November 11, 2013 - 9:26am
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Tiger Woods found some tree trouble in the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open on Saturday, but still managed to shoot a 4-under 68.

In case you missed it over the weekend, Tiger Woods had an injury scare while playing in the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open.

The world's No. 1 player hit a wayward tee shot on the par-5 11th hole. Rather than try to play it safe from a wooded area, Woods unleashed a vicious strike with a fairway wood. Immediately after making contact with the ball, Woods let go of his club and winced in pain, reaching for his right hand.

You can watch the video here:

Incredibly Woods still made birdie. He would finish the round with a 4-under 68, looking no worse for wear.

"It's a little tender," Woods said following the round. "I smoked it on something. I don’t know what it was, but I hit something hard."

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November 11, 2013 - 9:00am
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Chris Kirk's victory in the McGladrey Classic on Sunday was his second on the PGA Tour.

Chris Kirk spent six years living in beautiful Sea Island, Ga. A few months ago, the 28-year-old moved to Atlanta. On his return to paradise over the weekend, the former Georgia Bulldog won the McGladrey Classic by one shot.

It was Kirk's second career win on the PGA Tour. And it didn't come easy.

Playing the 72nd hole at Sea Island's Seaside Course, Kirk was tied for the lead with playing partner Briny Baird at 13 under. Baird, however, found a fairway bunker with his tee shot. That forced him to go for the green with a dodgy lie. Baird's 4-iron swat was topped and rolled 90 yards into a hazard.

MORE: Final McGladrey Classic leaderboard | Final recap | Kirk's winning clubs

Baird would make bogey on the hole to tie for second with Tim Clark, while par was good enough for Kirk to pick up the win.

"To come here to Sea Island, which is a place that I love and cherish so much, and Davis's tournament, it just an unbelievable thing," Kirk said. "Davis was kind of my guy when I was 12 and 13, really starting to play golf. He was my favorite player, and he's turned from being my idol to sort of a mentor and good friend. So I'm a very lucky person to be in that situation, and to win his tournament really means a lot to me."

The PGA Tour travels south to Mexico this week for the sixth event of the 2014 season and the final event of this calendar year -- OHL Classic at Mayakoba in El Camaleon, Riviera Maya. John Huh is the defending champion.

And now, on to more golf...

AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: The biggest news in golf happened Down Under this weekend, when Adam Scott -- making his first appearance in his homeland since becoming the first Australian-born player to win the Masters -- won the Australian PGA Championship.

READ: Masters champ Adam Scott reveling in rock-star treatment back home in Australia

Scott received a hero's welcome throughout the week. It was going to be a fantastic week no matter the result, but rather than simply basking in the long overdue Masters victory parade back home, Scott rolled to a four-stroke win over Rickie Fowler.

"I came out and knew I had to do something great to win this," Scott said. "It's been an incredible year since April, and so great to come home. I've had a great week."

Scott moves on to Royal Melbourne next week to defend his Australian Masters title.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Frenchman Victor Dubuisson won for the first time on the European Tour in the Turkish Airlines Open. It would have been memorable no matter what. But, when you consider the field, this is a victory Dubuisson will take pride in for years to come.

RELATED: Olesen's odd three-puttin Turkish Airlines Open

With the likes of Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter closing in on him, Dubuisson birdied three of his last four holes for a 3-under 69 that gave him a 24-under total of 264, good for a two-shot win.

The European Tour season finale -- the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai -- takes place this week.

LPGA TOUR: Teresa Lu won the Mizuno Classic on Sunday, birdieing the last two holes and six of the final eight for a two-stroke victory.

The 25-year-old from Taiwan, a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour after giving up her LPGA Tour membership in 2010, shot an 8-under 64 in windy, wet conditions at Kintetsu Kashikojima. She finished at 14-under 202 and earned $180,000 for her first professional title.

Stacy Lewis, the 2012 winner and top-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world, finished in a tie for eighth.

The LPGA Tour heads to Mexico this week for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex.

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November 9, 2013 - 9:47pm
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Tiger Woods told Rachel Nichols that he was worried about breaking a windshield on an approaching car if he flared a drive off to the right as he blasted golf balls down the Bosphorus Bridge.

CNN made a big splash recently when it signed Rachel Nichols away from ESPN. Nichols is now the host of a new interview program called ''Unguarded'' that airs Friday nights at 10:30 pm ET.

Each week, according to CNN, the show features an in-depth interview with one of the biggest names in sports, and discussion about topical stories with a variety of sports, entertainment and news personalities. On Friday, that in-depth interview was with Tiger Woods.

Nichols traveled all the way to Turkey, where Woods has spent the last week promoting and playing in the European Tour's high-dollar Turkish Airlines Open. Woods began his week, we remember, by becoming the first golfer to hit a balls from one continent to another as he knocked some drives down the famous Bosphorus Bridge.

In her sit-down interview with Woods, Nichols asked him about his well-publicized major drought and the challenges he faced in getting his golf game back into shape after a frustrating series of injuries.

GOLF BUZZ: Tiger gets up at 3:30 a.m. in Turkey to watch Stanford-Oregon game

''Going through and battling through the injuries that I had and finally to come out on the other side'' was a great achievement, he said. ''I feel more consistent'' – he's won five times already in 2013 – ''and am very proud of that.''

He also focused on the big picture when Nichols inquired about how he's handling the mounting pressure of his stalled quest to break Jack Nicklaus' record for most majors.

''The thing is, a lot of golfers peak in their 30s, which is very different'' from other sports, he said. ''The mental maturity it takes to play this game at a high level – you start eliminating mistakes as you get older. … Your strategic awareness improves. You understand how to attack a golf course. That's why you see a lot of great players, for instance [Ben] Hogan, win most of his majors at my age and older.''

Also in the interview, Woods offered his thoughts on being under the microscope all the time and discussed the way his relationship with his kids is changing as they grow up. He explained how his work life is different from girlfriend Lindsey Vonn's, and explained where – and why – he got the nickname ''Urkel.''

There's all this and plenty more, and you can see a good chunk of the interview in this video below:

 
 
 
 
 
November 9, 2013 - 7:49pm
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President Obama and former NBA star Alonzo Mourning played a Saturday round at Grande Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, where the movie "Caddyshack" was filmed in 1980.

Al Czervik and Judge Smails were nowhere to be found. Danny Noonan and Carl Spackler must have been elsewhere. Nevertheless, President Obama teed it up on Saturday at the Florida golf club best known as the site of the great golf movie, ''Caddyshack.''

Yes, Obama – along with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning – played a morning round at Grande Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, where Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and that crazy gopher revolutionized the golf movie genre back in 1980.

Obama had arrived in South Florida on Friday for a trio of fundraisers, according to the Associated Press. He and Mourning were joined by former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, a frequent Obama golf partner, and Cyrus Walker, the cousin of senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, rounded out the weekend foursome, according to the White House.

POWER PLAYS: President Obama plays golf with Tiger Woods at The Floridian

The President was scheduled to return to the White House after wrapping up his golf game, according to the AP report.

Grande Oaks, for its part, has undergone a number of ownership and name changes since the movie was filmed there. It is now a private club that, its website says, "offers members an exclusive atmosphere with some of south Florida's foremost socialites." The Raymond Floyd re-designed 18-hole championship course, 40-acre practice facility and southern-plantation style clubhouse "is truly a world where personal service is unobtrusive, yet always convenient, consistent, and distinctive."

Even so, the club is proud of its place in cinematic history – noting that it is the home of "Caddyshack" and offering a wide selection of souvenir items on its site.

 

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Tiger Woods was back in action as the sun came up in Turkey on Friday, but he had been up since 3:30 a.m. watching the Stanford game.

Did you stay up late Thursday night to watch the Stanford-Oregon football game? I sure did.

So did Tiger Woods. The only difference was he's in Turkey this week.

Woods got up at 3:30 a.m. Turkey time to catch his alma mater's biggest game of the season. He was rewarded for his sacrifice as the Cardinal raced out to a big lead, then held off the Ducks late for a 26-20 win. But his anxiety over the ever-tightening score in the second half was complicated by the fact that he had to be back on the course at 8:00 a.m. to finish up his rain-delayed first round, then play the entirety of his second round.

"I had to stay longer watching the game than I wanted to," he said. "It was one of those games where it looked like we were going up 29-7. But the next thing you know, Oregon comes back at us. 

"I'm thinking I have to go warm up for this tournament," he added. "So I'm saying, 'come on guys, can't you just run the clock out' and they finally did." 

RALLY TIME IN TURKEY: Woods races into contention after 36 in Turkish Airlines Open

The inspiration Woods received from the Cardinal victory more than offset his loss of sleep. He wrapped up the last seven holes of his first-round 70, took a little lunch break, then posted a blistering nine-birdie 63 to zoom from six shots back to only one behind heading into the weekend.

Back in the good ol' U S of A, another prominent Stanford alum also was glued to the TV set. Michelle Wie didn't exactly live-tweet the game from her new home base in Florida, but she did post a few Twitter thoughts that reflected its flow.

At game time, she retweeted an ESPN tweet that read: ''Raise your hand if you want Stanford to ruin Oregon's season. '' As Stanford built its big lead, she followed up with a tweet that said: ''This is unreal!!! #GOCARD''

And when the Cardinal finally sealed the victory, she ended her night with this:

 
 
Then, we can only hope, she got more sleep than Tiger did.
November 8, 2013 - 1:12pm
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The PUMA SOUNDCHUCK is a new and innovative Bluetooth wireless speaker inspired by the sport of martial arts, specifically "nunchucks."

PUMA Golf announced today a new product sure to be a hit with music-loving golfers.

The PUMA SOUNDCHUCK is a new and innovative Bluetooth wireless speaker inspired by the sport of martial arts, specifically "nunchucks." Designed with two circular speakers connected by a sleek cord resembling the popular martial arts piece, PUMA SOUNDCHUCK will be blaring music waves, just in time for the holiday shopping season. To add a bit of flair and fun to the product, the speakers were created with magnets, allowing you to connect and detach the speakers easily around your golf cart, golf bag or anywhere else.

And don't be confused -- the funky SOUNDCHUCK speakers aren't strictly for the golf course. You can use these speakers anywhere and in all conditions since they're weather resistant.

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"For years sports and music have gone hand in hand with pump up mixes, victory mixes and more. PUMA Golf is bringing that energy to golf with the PUMA SOUNDCHUCK," said Bob Philion, President of COBRA PUMA GOLF. "The portable and magnetic speaker system is perfect for moving from the driving range, to the course or anywhere else. COBRA PUMA GOLF athletes like Rickie Fowler, Lexi Thompson and Jonas Blixt listen to music while they practice, the PUMA SOUNDCHUCK will enhance that experience and bring music to golfers."

Features on the new PUMA SOUNDCHUCK include the following:

- Wireless, pairing with any Bluetooth Audio device
-A lightweight, sleek design weighing less than 1 pound
- Weather resistant and great for indoor or outdoor use
- 6+ hours of battery life
- Ease of use and ease of charge with a Micro-USB Cable
- Voice prompt activated
- Unique speakers that can magnetically connect together
- Take and answer calls via the built-in microphone
- Crystal clear Hi-Fi acoustics

Watch the video below to see how the SOUNDCHUCK works:

PUMA introduced audio and consumer electronic accessories last year with PUMA earbuds for sport and lifestyle use, over-the-ear PUMA Vortice headphones and accessories such as laptop cases, iPhone and iPad cases.

The PUMA SOUNDCHUCK retails for $129.99 and is available in both red and black at Golf Galaxy now and online at www.golfgalaxy.com through the holiday season. More colors will be available at select golf retailers in 2014.

For more information about PUMA SOUNDCHUCK visit www.pumasoundchuck.com. You can also follow @PUMAGolf on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook and see the brand on Instagram @COBRAPUMAGOLF.

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