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Bubba Watson's bulletproof Oakley pickup truck
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The entire exterior of Bubba Watson's new Oakley truck is bulletproof (including the windows) and wrapped in a black digital camo print.
Bubba Watson introduced us to his very un-goofy bulletproof truck late last month. He collaborated with Oakley – yes, the sunglass and apparel company – to add to his growing collection of vehicles.
 
But aside from the video shot from a phone, we didn't get many details on the truck. Now we have some insight from Oakley. It's a 2013 Ford Raptor Super Crew Cab that was customized by Mike Smith Fabrication in Huntington Beach, Calif., taking nearly six months to complete.
 
"One of the things that really impressed Bubba was our Sports Marketing trucks at Oakley Headquarters; in particular a surf-specific truck with all the cool gadgets we had installed after market," said Al Janc, Oakley Sports Marketing Manager of Golf, on Oakley's website. "As a result, we decided to build Bubba this bulletproof vehicle that he could enjoy, while helping to represent the brand and at the same time protect he and his family. It was great fun taking what he wanted in a truck and adding things we thought were cool to come up with this finished product together."
 
The entire exterior is bulletproof (including the windows) and wrapped in a black digital camo print. On the front is a reworked "6160 billet aluminum" Oakley grille, with an Oakley logo built onto the hood and made of the same material as the grille.
 
 
The interior is accented with one of Watson's favorite colors, lime green, in the leather stitching on the seats, in the Oakley logo on the head rests, on the doors and on the console.
 
And then there's the horn. By touching a remote button, Watson gets one of four distinct horn sounds, including the legendary General Lee jingle.
 
"I have to say that my team at Oakley has really out-done themselves… again," Watson said, adding, "We went with the Ford Raptor because it’s a great truck, it's functional and I already knew I liked it because this will be the third one I've owned. Seeing the finished product is even more impressive than I imagined.
 
"My favorite thing would have to be that it's bulletproof. How many people can say they have a bulletproof truck? I can! Plus, it has a matte black and gray 'digital camo' paint job, big off-road tires and lime green accents on the interior. It's awesome!"
 
March 7, 2014 - 4:56pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Tiger Woods
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Believe it or not, the 91-foot, 7-inch putt Tiger Woods made on Friday wasn't even the longest of his career.

Making long putts is so in style this week.

First, LPGA star Paula Creamer knocked down a 75-foot eagle putt for a walk-off playoff win on Sunday in Singapore.

Today at Doral in the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Tiger Woods rammed home a 91-footer for birdie at the par-3 fourth hole.

Check it out:

Officially, Tiger's putt was 91 feet, 7 inches, making it the longest putt holed on the PGA Tour in the last five seasons (it moved Woods to 2 over for the tournament and 6 over for the day when it was holed). However, as unbelievable as that putt was, it isn't even the longest of Tiger's illustrious career.

In the 2001 Tour Championship at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Woods holed a 123-foot, 6-inch putt.

Impressive stuff.

And, if you wanted one more look at that bomb Creamer made Sunday, here it is:

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March 6, 2014 - 10:42pm
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John Holmes
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Henrik Stenson at Doral
Henrik Stenson endured a second lowlight in five years at Doral on Thursday, but this time he at least got to keep his clothes on.
The newly renovated Blue Monster at Trump National Doral is eliciting a wide range of opinions from the players in the Cadillac Championship. We can forgive Henrik Stenson if his view opinion isn't as positive as some of his fellow competitors.
 
Why, you ask?
 
Well, though it's really no fault of the course, the Blue Monster gave the world No. 3 a real head-shaker of a moment on Thursday – for the second time in five years.
 
Stenson hit his drive down the par-4 second hole, and pulled out a wedge. Instead of sticking it close, though, he inexplicably hit a dead cold shank. The ball shot right at about a 60-degree angle, flew over the gallery and wound up a good 50 yards right of the green. 
 
No one ever found the ball, and Stenson wound up making a double bogey.
 
 
Now, remember up above where I said this was the second time the Blue Monster has gotten Stenson? It was right here at Doral back in 2009 when he hit a drive into the mud, setting up one of the most memorable recovery shots in PGA Tour history.
 
In that instance – which happened only a couple hundred yards away on the par-4 third hole – Stenson surveyed his wayward tee shot, then stripped down to his underwear and his glove and climbed down into the goop before successfully – and messily – splashing out. He explained later that he didn't want to play the rest of the day with mud all over his clothes. 
 
He did look great the rest of the day, but it might not have been worth it. The video of that shot remains one of the most famous, or should we say infamous, in golf history. And, he admitted later, "I'll probably take that to my grave with me."
 
Here are the two shots, with the shank on top and the mud ball below:
 
 
March 6, 2014 - 9:33pm
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Light-up golf ball
The Light-Up Golf Ball from Night Sports is LED-infused with a light that can illuminate the ball for up to eight minutes.
A “flashy” golf ball might just be the answer to golf course overcrowding or lack of day tee times: glowing balls that light up on impact.
 
That’s the story being reported on TIME Magazine’s tech website, which details the Light-Up Golf Ball from Night Sports. The glowing pellets are LED-infused with a light that can illuminate the ball for up to eight minutes as you search for it in the black of night. It’s like your own mini-lighthouse!
 
 
Each ball reportedly has a 40-hour battery, making them perfect for multiple after-hours rounds. The only trick finding a golf course that will allow you to play at night. (Stupid rules.)
 
But therein lies an opportunity many golf courses may consider. If their patrons complain about finding a tee time on a busy Sunday, or if the course is prone to overcrowding, extending tee times past dusk may be the answer.
 
Oh, and if you’re wondering whether or not night golf is any fun, here’s a video I took of Graeme McDowell defeating me in a closest-to-the-pin contest in Chicago from 2012*. It’s a little hard to follow the golf ball tracer, but the guy stuck it to three feet.
 
 
(*Note: All that’s required to have a similar experience is the 2010 U.S. Open Champion and gallons of Guinness Black Lager.)
 
 
 
March 6, 2014 - 8:27pm
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John Holmes
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Justin Rose swing sequence
Justin Rose via Twitter
Justin Rose shows no obvious problems in his right shoulder in this swing sequence from Doral.
The photo above has got to be the coolest thing I've seen all day – Justin Rose shared it on Twitter early Thursday. The reigning U.S. Open champ was working with his TaylorMade SLDR driver on the range at Doral yesterday when it was taken.
 
Rose, who won the Cadillac Championship in 2012, has been struggling with tendinitis in his right shoulder issue this year – he dropped out of the Honda Classic last week after he also had to cancel planned starts in Abu Dhabi and at Torrey Pines to start his 2014 season. He did finish 45th at Riviera and made it to the second round of the Accenture Match Play.
 
I'm no swing coach, but his motion looks nice and athletic. But mostly I just like seeing all those points of his swing in the same image.
 
Also extremely cool is the video I've embedded below. It's a swing analysis of Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who is also in the field at Doral, by Billy Kratzert on PGATour.com. The fast-rising star from Thailand, listed at 5-foot-8 and 229 pounds, has been nicknamed "Big Unit" because of his beefy frame, and his swing – especially that backswing – is very reminiscent of John Daly's.
 
Despite his girth, the 24-year-old has a history of global success on the links. He won his age group at the Junior World Championships in both 2003 and 2004, and was on Thailand's gold medal team at the World University Games. He owns victories on both the Asian and European tours, and finished 25th at the PGA Championship last fall.
 
Aphibarnrat is 1 over through 15 holes in his Cadillac Championship debut. He is ranked 71st in the world.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mantys golf buggy
Courtesy of Mantys
The Mantys is like a Segway, but has four wheels and carries both you and your golf bag.
Maybe you don't like to walk when you play a round of 18. The clubs are heavy whether on your shoulder or on a pull cart, golf courses have lots of hills, and it's often hot outside.
 
But maybe you don't like to ride in a cart either. You spend 40 hours a week sitting at a desk; the last thing you need is another four hours on your rear.
 
Then the Mantys may be for you. It's like a Segway – the two-wheeled, stand-up electric scooter that moves when you shift your weight – but it has four wheels and carries your golf bag. You stand on two platforms similar to skis and shift your weight to move in the direction you want, while also holding onto two handles that control your forward/reverse speed and the brakes.
 
 
You could call this the ski counterpart to the GolfBoard, which resembles a snowboard or surf board.
 
The Mantys units can reach about 10 mph, last up to 27 holes, and come with a scorecard holder, ball and tee holder, and cup holder. They're also able to fold down and fit in your car, but weigh more than 100 pounds.
 
And they're not cheap. One scooter costs $4,500 on the retail website for Hammacher Schlemmer, and that doesn't include shipping. Mantys is made by a company based in the Netherlands, LEEV Mobility, and the products are more readily available in Europe.