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August 19, 2014 - 1:14pm
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Joakim Boden
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Sweden's Joakim Boden's forehead was on the receiving end of an errant golf shot recently.

Sometimes the photo says it all.

This poor guy in Sweden was the victim of an errant shot. The golf ball hit him in the forehead and certainly left a mark.

Here's the tweet by Golf Digest Global Golf Director/columnist Stina Sternberg who had the find:

We clicked over to the story on golf.se and had to use Google Translator to read this quote from Joakim Boden, the man who was plunked:

I had struck my second blow out of the bunker and had just gone out and stood and looked at my colleague. I turned back towards the tee, and would then go up to my ball lying further away on the fairway and hit my third kind. Before I could start walking so slapped it until I got a ball in the head.

OK, there's a little lost in translation there, but -- again -- the photo says it all.

Remember, folks, stand behind your playing partners when it's their turn to hit. You don't want to learn that lesson the hard way. 

August 19, 2014 - 10:27am
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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy
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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for ALS, taking turns dumping a bucket of ice water over each other's head.

Now this is cool... or cold.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is all the rage lately and for a great cause -- raising money and awareness for ALS. If you remember, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson took the challenge recently, as well.

A video posted Tuesday morning had golf superstars Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods stepping to the plate to bring awareness to the cause.

Before dumping ice water buckets on each other's head, the pair nominated others to take part.

Woods nominated Nike founder Phil Knight and tennis star Rafa Nadal, while McIlroy nominated former President George W. Bush, Meghan Markle (actress from "Suits") and Wayne Rooney (player for Manchester United.

Here's the video:

And, in case you missed it, Woods and McIlroy also appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday. You can catch it here

August 19, 2014 - 9:00am
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Steve Stricker
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Due to back and hip issues, Steve Stricker will not be playing competitive golf until at least December.

During PGA Championship week, Steve Stricker was named as the third Vice Captain for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team by Captain Tom Watson.

Just last week, after tying for seventh in the PGA Championship and finishing 29th in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, Stricker put in a call to Watson to ask a simple question and make a point: Are you considering me for one of your Captain's Picks? If you are, I'm going to try and play the next couple of tournaments.

RELATED: Stricker named Vice Captain | Woods out | Watson's latest blog | Ryder Cup coverage

Well, it turns out the doctors had other plans for Stricker.

Stricker sent a text to Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel golf writer Gary Gary D'Amato Monday night, confirming that multiple injuries will keep him out of competition most likely until the end of the year.

"Sounds like I've got a back and hip issue," Stricker said in the text. "Going to shut it down till December. Rest and rehab and then try to play and see how it goes."

Stricker, 47, was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his left hip two weeks ago. According to a report on GolfChannel.com, he's also been dealing with herniated discs in both his back and neck.

Stricker is still scheduled to make the trip to Gleneagles for the Ryder Cup as a Vice Captain, but it doesn't look as though he'll need to "bring his clubs" as Watson half-joked at Valhalla.  

August 19, 2014 - 7:45am
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Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Jimmy Fallon
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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were guests Monday on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." The appearance included a fun segment called "Facebreakers" between McIlroy and Fallon with Woods serving as Fallon's coach.

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were guests of Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" Monday.

The appearance included a fun segment with a game called, "Facebreakers."

In the game, McIlroy and Fallon pitched golf balls to a wall of glass pictures alternately emblazoned with each other's face (Tiger -- injured and unable to partake -- served as Fallon's coach).

Check out the Facebreakers segment here:

During the segment, Woods also spoke about the injuries that will keep him sidelined until December.

"I need to get stronger because this little guy over here is hitting it miles and kicking everyone's butt," Woods said, smiling while looking over at McIlroy.

Fallon then asked McIlroy about his win at the PGA Championship and how dark it was on the finishing hole. McIlroy was trying to explain just how dark it was when Woods chimed in, "It looked really bright on TV though... from my couch."

Fallon laughed and responded with, "Tiger, don't be so hard on yourself."

McIlroy is on an incredible run of late, having won in his last three starts -- the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship. He told Fallon that this run he's on has put the dominance of Woods over the years in perspective.

"I've gotten to know Tiger over the last few years and, I guess this little run I'm on -- it makes me appreciate what he's done in the past," McIlroy said. "It's phenomenal to keep a run like this going. And he's done way more than me. It makes me appreciate how hard he worked and how dominate a figure he was in our game."

McIlroy will try to make it four wins in a row this week in the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup opener, the Barclays. 

August 18, 2014 - 2:45pm
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Arnold Palmer
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On Monday, Arnold Palmer had successful pacemaker implant surgery to correct an abnormal heartbeat.

According to his website, www.arnoldpalmer.com, legendary golfer Arnold Palmer is on the mend after successful pacemaker implant surgery today.

The statement, posted at 2:34 p.m., read:

Arnold Palmer had successful pacemaker implant surgery today at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh to correct an abnormal heartbeat. He will remain in the hospital for observation overnight and is expected to be released Tuesday.

Good news for the King -- a seven-time major champion and arguably the game's greatest ambassador (Check out this story of a letter he sent a recent high-school graduate for one small example).  

August 18, 2014 - 10:00am
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Ryder Cup Captain's Picks
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There's no atmosphere quite like the Ryder Cup. Visit "MyCaptainsPicks.com" for your chance to win a dream trip for two to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland.

The PGA of America has announced a promotion in which you have the chance to win a dream trip for two to Scotland -- the birthplace of golf -- for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

All you have to do is think like U.S. Captain Tom Watson in terms of his three Captain's Picks that will complete the 12-man roster.

Watson will announce his three Captain's Picks during a live show in New York City on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. from "Saturday Night Live" Studio 8H.

RELATED: Watson to announce Captain's Picks during live NYC show | Visit MyCaptainsPicks.com

From now until then, fans 18 and over can make their Captain's Picks predictions on MyCaptainsPicks.com. Fans who correctly pick the same three players Watson does on Sept. 2 will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize of a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland that includes: Two 2014 Ryder Cup tickets for the climate-controlled Harris Pavilion (Sept. 23-28); complimentary roundtrip airfare for two to Scotland; five nights of accommodations at the Hilton Glasgow; a limited-edition United States Ryder Cup Team shirt; a round of golf at premier golf course in Scotland; a new set of golf clubs from Adams Golf; and a $50 per-person, per-day Ryder Cup food and beverage credit.

Fans can visit RyderCup.com to also see picks from celebrities, as they share their passion for golf.

In the video below, Captain Watson explains the contest: