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April 26, 2015 - 3:06pm
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D.H. Lee
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D.H. Lee turned 28 earlier this month.

There's something about Louisiana that seems to bring out the best in D.H. Lee.

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The 28-year-old South Korean finished in a tie for second in the Tour's Chitimacha Louisiana Open back in March, and on Sunday in the final round of the Zurich Classic, used a hybrid to record this ace on the Par-3, 210-yard 17th hole.

Just watch:



This is Lee's first PGA Tour start of the season. And that's one good way to debut.

April 26, 2015 - 11:25am
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Old Course Hotel
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Jamie Kennedy provided a 360-degree panorama of the view from the balcony of the Old Course Hotel at St. Andrews.

Most of us recognize the Old Course Hotel at St. Andrews from either television coverage or video games. It's located just to the right of the iconic No. 17 "Road Hole." And the tee shot requires players to aim over the corner of the hotel's parking lot -- or "car park," in local parlance.

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We've always wondered what the view must look like from one of the hotel rooms that faces the course. And Jamie Kennedy, social media manager for the European Tour, provided us with a panoramic glimpse Sunday.

Check this out:



Spectacular view on a spectacular day in Scotland. Almost makes us want to go ahead and reserve a room, just to take in the view.

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April 25, 2015 - 9:56am
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Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy points at Brad Dalke's muscles before their arm wrestling match begins.

Rory McIlroy's workout routine is legendary. But the No. 1 golfer in the world met his match Friday at the hands of a 17-year-old Oklahoma high schooler -- in arm wrestling.

Brad Dalke posted this short video on his Twitter page Friday after defeating McIlroy at a Nike-sponsored event for juniors at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.



McIlroy got the last laugh, however, on the range. According to story in the Augusta Chronicle, none of the juniors in attendance came close to match his 300-yard plus drives during a 45-minute clinic.

Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson broke his wife's driver during a trick shot, but his trademark pink driver is apparently still alive and well.
Bubba Watson has become quite the trick-shot artist lately. And as everyone who's ever tried to hit more than a few trick shots, he's learned that they don't always go as planned.
In a little video he posted on Twitter this afternoon, he showed us one trick shot that went perfectly, followed immediately by one that went fatally – at least for the club – wrong.
As you might expect from the part-owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos minor league baseball team,  Watson takes a baseball cut and successfully smacks a golf ball tossed at him. He then turns around to take his next cut right-handed.
Once again, he makes solid contact. But this time, much to his surprise, the driver head goes flying, too.
After a quick freakout – and who could blame him – he took to Twitter to ask "#PingCanYouSendMyWifeANewDriver." 
No doubt the good folks at Ping will get Angie fixed up. They might also think about doing what my dad did many years ago and find Bubba a few extra clubs that he can take out and maybe never bring back.
Here is the video, and below it is the first trick shot video Bubba shared from his recent trip to China:
Joe Durant
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Joe Durant's on-course superstition includes using different sized coins as ball markers depending on the length of the putt he's facing.
The Champions Tour is in the Ozarks this weekend for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, and the Springfield, Mo., News-Leader surveyed some of the senior stars about their golf rituals and superstitions. Several players revealed some interesting pre-round and during-round – if that's a word – "musts."
Here's a sample:
--Lanny Wadkins said he always keeps coins in his left front pocket and tees in his right front pocket. 
--Joe Durant goes one step further – he has to have five tees in his pocket and must carry a quarter, a dime and a nickel to use as ballmarkers. He uses the quarter for long putts, the nickel for medium-length putts and the dime for shorter putts.
--And Fred Funk goes yet another step further. Funk marks his ball with a heads-up coin. And he always points the face on the coin toward the hole so the coin can read the putt with him.
The article goes on to list several more fun and fluky ones from players like Olin Browne and Corey Pavin, and it makes us want to ask – do you have any on-course rituals or superstitions? Tell us about 'em – we'd love to hear.
Tiger Woods and Yao Ming
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Tiger Woods is a big deal in the world of golf, but Yao Ming is a really big deal.
Tiger Woods is making his second visit to Asia with Nike this weekend, and is meeting with golfers large and small. The small golfers are the 40 youngsters he met at a special clinic at the Nike China facility in Shangai, while the large golfer is really large – 7-foot-6 Yao Ming, the former Houston Rockets star who now owns the Shanghai Knights basketball team.
For the clinic, Nike converted its campus soccer field into a small golf course. Woods hit some shots, talked to the kids about different aspects of the game and judged the Vapor City Challenge Final, a regional skills challenge, where he presented one individual and three team awards for driving distance, chipping and putting accuracy.
"The enthusiasm I've seen here is infectious and it was great to speak to so many Chinese golf fans," Woods said. "There are a lot of young and talented athletes here with huge potential to bring golf in China to the next level."
Woods also spent time with Yao – an eight-time NBA all-star who is also a passionate golfer – and the two athletes met with Nike's Shanghai employees.
"It is a great honor to meet Tiger in person and to share our experiences in sport to encourage young athletes to pursue their dreams," said Yao. "Hopefully we inspired and motivated kids to challenge themselves and push the limits to accomplish their ultimate goals."
Our favorite part of the trip so far, however, is the photo of Woods and Yao at the top of this post. Woods is just over 6 feet tall, and Yao towers over him at a cool 7-foot-6. It also reminds us of the time last fall when 5-foot-11 John Daly met Yao at a tournament in China, and you can see their photo at the bottom of this post.
From Shanghai, Woods is off to Tokyo. And as we've learned, he's planning to play The Players Championship starting May 7 and The Memorial starting June 4.