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December 14, 2015 - 9:19am
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Jordan Spieth
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Playing in a pro-am on Sunday in Vero Beach, Fla., world No. 1 Jordan Spieth delighted the gathered crowds with a 'Happy Gilmore' like crack off the first tee.

At the conclusion of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, Jordan Spieth treated himself to a little vacation that involved golf -- at a place called Augusta National. Maybe you've heard of it.

Before heading home to Texas after that trip, the world No. 1, Masters and U.S. Open champ, made a stop in Vero Beach, Fla., on Sunday to play in the 70-year-old Grapefruit Pro-Am, with his friend, country music star Jake Owen.

The event was nice and laid back, as you'll see in this video of Spieth on the first tee. Check out the grin he gives the camera before delighting the spectators with his best Happy Gilmore impersonation:


Owen has previously played with Spieth in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

December 13, 2015 - 2:43pm
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Cameron Tringale's ace attempt
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Cameron Tringale's 4-iron tee shot from 203 yards away, burned the edge of the cup on Friday at the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Cameron Tringale and Camilo Villegas might not make for the most prominent pairing at the Franklin Templeton Shootout this week, but Tringale hit the shot of the tournament so far on Friday afternoon.
On the teebox at the 203-yard par-3 hole at Tiburon Golf Club, Tringale pulled out a 4-iron and lofted a gorgeous shot onto the front of the large green. The ball bounced twice on the soft green and tracked up over a ridge and down right toward the hole, eventually just skimming by the left edge.
Oh, so close! At the speed it was rolling, it definitely would have fallen in had it hit the pin. It ended up a couple feet past, and Villegas knocked in the birdie putt as the teams played modified alternate shot today. 
Tringale and Villegas were 3-under on the day, and sit at 15-under through two of the event's three rounds. Daniel Berger and Charley Hoffman own the lead at 20-under.
Here's Tringale's near miss:
Khloe Kardashian via Instagram
Larsa Pippen, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner teed it up at the Fabulous Forum this week.
I will admit right up front that I don't know a whole lot about the Kardashians. If you made one of those Venn diagrams that Seth Meyers loves so much, my world and the Kardashians' world would intersect only a teeny tiny bit.
My interest in America's first family of reality TV perked up today, however, when I ran across an Instagram photo of several members of the Kardashian posse with golf clubs in their hands. The photo, shared by Khloe Kardashian and posted below, was taken at the Forum – which used to house the Lakers but has recently been remade into a multipurpose entertainment facility – when they stopped by the golf simulator to take a few swings.
The fabulous foursome, from left to right, is Larsa Pippen (the wife of former NBA star Scottie Pippen), Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe, and Kylie Jenner, a half-sister to Khloe and Kourtney and, of course, Kim Kardashian. 
I'm sorry to report that there apparently is no video of their stop at the simulator – I am mostly curious to know whethere they took any swings wearing those high heels. I mean, I know that Paula Creamer can make monster putts in high heels, but taking full swings in those things seems, well, challenging.
I also don't know whether any of the women actually plays golf. We do know, of course, that Caitlyn Jenner is a longtime golfer, and maybe a love of the game runs in the family. If it does, then the Kardashians and I just might have a little more in common than I realized.

FORE!!!!!!! @theforum

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Salmon in bunker
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Talk about a sand trap. This salmon was trapped in a bunker when the River Dee inundated parts of Peterculter Golf Club in Scotland.
Yesterday, we shared with you the story of Michelle Wie swimming with sharks off the coast of Hawaii. Today, we bring you a slightly different fish story.
Greenskeepers at Peterculter Golf Club in Scotland found a live salmon swimming in one of their bunkers earlier this week. Parts of the course, near Aberdeen on Scotland's northeast coast, were flooded by a recent storm that caused the nearby River Dee to overflow its banks.
"I was going round the course to check on the damage the floods had caused. "When I got down to the third hole, I saw that the bunker was flooded," course worker Dylan Meinen told The Telegraph newspaper. "However, when I looked closer, I saw a fish swimming about. I couldn't really believe what I was seeing, so I phoned the course manager to tell him and he thought I was winding him up."
"The third hole was closed over the weekend due to flooding, so when the water subsided the salmon got stuck in the bunker," Paul Sharp, the course manager, told the newspaper. "The water was about eight inches deep, so any lower and the salmon may have not survived. "I have worked here for nine years now and not seen anything like this."
Now, you might think that this fish story would end with salmon on the dinner menu, but you would be wrong. It took five course workers to corral the stubborn salmon, but they finally did – and put him back in the river from whence he came.
Here's a quick video of the salmon in the bunker:
December 10, 2015 - 9:54am
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Rory McIlroy
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After a successful laser eye surgery on Thursday, Rory McIlroy posted a hilarious photo to Instagram to share his recovery with the world.

Rory McIlroy, fresh off a victory in the Race to Dubai to end his 2015 season, underwent laser eye surgery on Thursday.

McIlroy reported in this hilarious Instagram post that recovery is going well:


Human version of the dreaded K-9 cone.... Only for sleeping though! Laser eye surgery went well yesterday

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