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June 6, 2016 - 7:12am
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T.J. Auclair
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Dustin Johnson
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Dustin Johnson probably made out a lot better on this recovery shot than he ever could have imagined.

Along with the talent that comes with being a PGA Tour player, you also have to have a high degree of creativity. You need to be able to "see" shots that others can't even fathom.

And, if we're being 100 percent honest, it also takes a good bit of luck.

That brings us to what Dustin Johnson did on the 10th hole Sunday during the final round of the Memorial Tournament.

After his tee shot sailed left into some bushes, Johnson's only option -- without taking a penalty stroke -- was to try and poke the ball out of the bushes back into play.

So, that's what he did... And this is what happened:


How about that? Sometimes the cart path can be your friend.

After taking free relief from the path, Johnson hit his approach to 12 feet and two-putted for bogey.

Johnson finished the Memorial alone in third, one-shot out of a playoff. 

June 1, 2016 - 7:14am
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jack nicklaus
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On June 1, 2016, Jack Nicklaus celebrates 50 years of PGA Membership.

Today, June, 1, 2016, is a special day in the history of Jack Nicklaus, as it marks his 50th anniversary as a PGA of America member.

“For a half century, Jack Nicklaus has been one of golf's great ambassadors -- both on and off the golf course," said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. "From his 18 major championships, to his community involvement and charitable efforts, the Golden Bear has touched millions of lives around the globe. His direct impact on our Association, its members and our Championships, has been profound. On behalf of our 28,000 PGA Professionals, I want to congratulate Jack on 50 years of PGA Membership.”

Nicklaus himself credits much of his success to the late Jack Grout, known as the Golden Bear's "first, and only, teacher."

"Fifty years and I am as proud as ever to be among the men and women who provide the foundation for the game of golf and shape its future," said Nicklaus. "My lifelong golf instructor, Jack Grout, was perhaps to me the best example of what a PGA Professional represents. He was a friend first and a mentor second in a game that is built upon creating and fostering relationships. He fueled the fire in me to be the best that I could be, on and off the golf course. Outside of my parents, I can't think of someone who helped impact my young life more than Jack Grout.

"PGA Professionals like Jack, and so many others before and after him, help sustain the game by teaching golf's core principles -- lessons that range from the fundamentals of the swing to the fundamentals of character," Nicklaus added. "Throughout generations, countless exceptional individuals have worn the PGA of America badge. It’s my honor to be considered among them. I’m thankful for everything the PGA has done for me, but more important, all they have done for the game of golf, and I wish them many years of continued success."

Alligator on golf course
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This gator certainly ranks as one of the largest we've ever seen on a golf course.
We've all seen plenty of shots of alligators on golf courses. We haven't, however, seen many gators as huge as the one that Charles Helms encountered at Palmetto Creek Golf Course in Palmetto, Florida, the other day. 
Even better, he got video of it as it tromped across the links.
Helms and his playing partner watched the beast with the appropriate awe – and from an appropriate distance – and even joked that it looked like two guys in an alligator suit. They estimated its length at 15 feet.
What a beauty that thing is – you can almost feel the ground shake each time a foot hits the ground. Check out the video below and, if you missed them, here are some links to several of our previous alligator-related posts: