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November 3, 2014 - 10:03am
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Fastest golf cart
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The world's fastest golf cart traveled at nearly 120 mph on Friday. That's fast.

Have you ever messed with the governor on your golf cart to make it go a lot faster? You probably shouldn't, but a lot of us have (this writer included).

Well, if you thought your were a gearhead for this on-course tweak, wait until you see what this guy did with his golf cart to make it go nearly 120 mph:

 

That was the Plum Quick Racing team at Darlington Dragway in South Carolina on October 31.

Plum Quick reset the Guinness World Record for "Fastest Golf Cart" with this effort that clocked in at 118.76 mph.

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For a little perspective, NASCAR race cars top out at just over 190 mph. Sure, this golf cart was traveling a little more than 70 mph less than that, but no way you're getting me in that thing.

Awesome touch attaching the golf bag to the back of the cart too.

h/t Golf News Net 

Miguel Angel Jimenez
It's not often you'll see one of Miguel Angel Jimenez's scorecards with a 13 on it.

Why did the most interesting man in the world of golf take a 13 on one hole Sunday in the BMW Masters? Probably just to show he could do it.

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On a very windy afternoon, Miguel Angel Jimenez stepped up to the par-4, 470-yard ninth hole at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China. He then promptly dumped four balls in the water before eventually finding the bottom of the cup.

Here's the official tweet from the European Tour:

 

 

It just wasn't Jimenez's day. In addition to his 13, he had five bogeys and a double-bogey for a final total of 88.

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That left him 19 over for the tournament -- nine of which came on that one hole. But he can take solace in the fact that Tianyi Wu had a worse time of it, breaking 80 just once in four rounds and finishing 13 shots behind Jimenez.

October 31, 2014 - 2:22pm
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Car on driving range
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A man drove his Jaguar onto the driving range at Top Golf in Houston.

We've seen cars given out as prizes for making a hole-in-one, but rarely as targets at a driving range. Turns out, that happens, too. 

Last weekend at Top Golf in Houston, a man drove his white Jaguar onto the driving range. As Click2Houston reports:

Houston police said they went out to Top Golf along the Katy Freeway and State Highway 6 after a man reportedly started driving his car over the course.

There are a couple of great parts of this story. First, a man named Josh Putts was the one who sent in the photos. That's right, a man named Putts was on the driving range. 

Also another noteworthy part of the story is that workers on the course were able to corner the Jaguar with their ball-collecting cart. Clearly the cart has technology and stuff.

Surprisingly, the driver wasn't arrested, according to the report. 

Thanks to the Golf Channel for bringing this to our attention. 

October 31, 2014 - 8:57am
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Lee Westwood
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During the second round of the CIMB Classic on Friday, Lee Westwood recorded a hole-in-one -- the 15th of his career.

On the 11th hole in the second round of the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf & CC on Friday, Lee Westwood recorded his 15th -- your read that right... 15th! -- career hole-in-one.

The par-3 hole was playing 226 yards. Unlike Danielle Kang on the LPGA, Westwood didn't win a car for his ace. He did, however, soar up the leaderboard. At 7 under, he trails 36-hole leader Billy Hurley by three shots.

Here's the ace:

Danielle Kang
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Another week. Another ace. Another car for LPGA Tour player Danielle Kang.
 
The 22-year-old American made her second hole-in-one in eight days on Friday, acing the 158-yard 17th hole with a 7-iron in the second round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. For her special shot, she received an Audi A6 T2.0. 
 
It'll go nicely with the Buick LaCrosse she won last Thursday for her hole-in-one at the Blue Bay LPGA in China, where she knocked in her tee shot on the 155-yard 17th hole with an 8-iron.
 
 
Those two aces give the former Pepperdine star three on the LPGA Tour this season (her first one came at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii in April) and four in total for the year (the fourth came in a non-competitive round. Her three tournament aces tie the LPGA Tour record for most in a season set by Tracy Kerdyk in 1991 and matched by Charlotta Sorenstam in 2002. 
 
Kang – the U.S. Women's Amateur champion in both 2010 and 2011 – now owns eight aces for her career. She wasn't in off the course at the time I wrote this up, so no comment from her yet. We'll update this post when we hear from her and find out how her plans to open up her own car dealership are coming along.
 
UPDATE: "I was actually thinking about a hole-in-one, because I've been touching that car, I really wanted the car," Kang admitted after her round. "It was a right to left, so I wanted to aim a little right of it but then I caught it okay, and then it hit the fringe, like the collar, and it just kicked straight in and just rolled, tracked all the way into the hole.
 
"It's pretty awesome," she added. "I was standing there and we all screamed. Jodi (Ewart Shadoff) and I were talking about how first week [after an ace] you get a congratulations, second week everyone is just going to yell at you."
 
Making the moment even more memorable was the fact that Kang made her big shot in front of several other players who were waiting on the tee. 
 
"There was some swear words in there," Kang laughed. "My friend, Lizette Salas, was in the back, and everyone was saying: 'Are you kidding me? Again? Another car?'" 
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 

TPC Sawgrass 6th hole
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The live oak tree overhanging the sixth tee at TPC Sawgrass forced many a player to rethink his drive.
If you've watched The Players Championship over the years, you've no doubt noticed the live oak tree that leans in over the right side of the sixth tee box. Even if you didn't, the players certainly did, because it forced many of them to alter their tee shots to get around its outstretched branches.
 
On Thursday, however, the most noteworthy tree on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass bit the sawdust. The tree – which PGATour.com's Brian Wacker reported was somewhere between 80 and 120 years old – was cut down. Disease and old age had produced an eight-foot crack in the trunk, Wacker wrote, which made the tree a safety concern.
 
"The live oak on the sixth hole was one of the more recognizable trees on the golf course and influenced the tee shots of amateurs and professionals alike from the time the golf course opened in October of 1980," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. "There simply was no way to save it, as much as we would have liked to."
 
The tree might be gone, but it won't be forgotten. Pieces from its trunk will be displayed at TPC Sawgrass. 
 
Here's a video of Rory Sabbatini, in the 2011 Players Championship, working a drive under the tree, and a tweet showing its demise: