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Tiger Woods looks out at the progress being made on the sixth hole at Bluejack National.

We're used to seeing Tiger Woods in his blood-red Sunday shirt and dress pants, so it's almost a shock to see him dressed casually in blue jeans and playing in the dirt.

Woods posted seven photos on his Facebook page Monday afternoon from last week's trip to Bluejack National Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas, as he checked on progress of construction of what would be the first course designed by him to open in the United States.

You can see the entire set of photos here.

The photos were captioned with each hole, and the album was entitled: "Excited to be back at Bluejack National and see how great things are progressing along."

According to the Tiger Woods website, the course is expected to be ready for play by the fall of 2015. It's the former location of Blaketree National Golf Club, but Woods is revamping the entire 755-acre site to his specifications. 

Here's how the new course is described on tigerwoods.com:

Strategically, Woods said the golf course will require players to think and make decisions throughout their rounds. Successfully challenging hazards will reward players with preferred angles of play for their next shot. He said green contours will be kept simple to allow for fast speeds, and the areas around the greens will be maintained firm and tight to promote shot options and creativity from the chipping areas.

 

October 6, 2014 - 9:04am
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Brandt Snedeker
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Brandt Snedeker took skeet-shooting to a whole new level in this video.

Are you ready to be impressed?

Brandt Snedeker just posted a video on Twitter explaining how easy it was to shoot skeet. So, he decided to try something else -- hit the skeet with a 4-iron golf shot:

Here's the video:

That was pretty cool.

Yes, we suppose it's possible that Snedeker has just as much skill in editing video, but we're going to go ahead and say it's still more likely this is legit. Pro golfers probably don't have the time or inclination to put together trick shot hoaxes in their spare time.

October 6, 2014 - 8:38am
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Webb Simpson
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Here's some great video of Webb Simpson apparently dancing at a recent wedding.

Elaine Benes has nothing on Webb Simpson when it comes to dance moves.

Below is video posted by Michelle Tesori, showing her husband Paul (Simpson's caddie) and Simpson dancing at a recent wedding:

Yikes.

Simpson is a high-handicapper on the dance floor.

It reminded us of these sweet moves by Elaine in Seinfeld:

October 6, 2014 - 8:09am
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Rory McIlroy
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This putt on the 17th hole at St. Andrews on Sunday -- one of the most famous holes in the world -- didn't go according to plan for Rory McIlroy.

The 17th at the Old Course at St. Andrews -- the Road Hole -- is one of the most recognizable holes in all of golf.

It can also be one of the most excruciating... a fact that world No. 1 Rory McIlroy learned the hard way during Sunday's final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

McIlroy's second shot came up well short of the green on the 17th hole. No problem -- a pitch and a putt to save par, you might think.

But that's the beauty of links golf, especially at the game's birthplace. There are so many options, and usually the wisest of those options is to keep the ball low. So, even though he was 40 yards off the green, McIlroy elected to putt.

The only thing standing between McIlroy and the hole? The hellish Road Hole Bunker.

Here's McIlroy -- the best player in the world today -- doing what we would most likely do faced with a similar predicament:

That's right -- the best player in the world putted his ball into the Road Hole Bunker.

Though he got up and down from the bunker for an admirable bogey, it was a costly blunder. McIlroy finished in a tie for second, one shot behind winner Oliver Wilson. 

Ashrita Furman
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Ashrita Furman uses an unconventional split hand grip to whip his record-breaking driver at the ball.

The man who holds the Guinness World Record for most Guinness World Records just couldn't let this one go without a fight.

New Yorker Ashrita Furman, who claims to have broken more than 500 Guinness World Records since 1979, saw that Denmark's Karsten Maas used a club 14 feet, 5 inches long to set a record for the world's longest usable club. So Furman set out to beat it.

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Furman created a graphite and steel driver with a Callaway Big Bertha club head that's 18 feet, 5 inches long and weighs 7.5 pounds, or four feet longer than Maas'. Not surprisingly, Furman couldn't grip this club with a regular golf grip or swing it higher than his waist. But the Guinness World Record doesn't account for form. It just states "longest usable club." So when Furman recently used his monster driver to hit a ball about 25 meters -- about 82 feet -- that was enough to break Maas' record.

Here's the video from the Guinness folks:

 

 

So after that, there are many questions to be answered.

Who's next to try and eclipse Furman's new mark? Is there a 20-foot driver swinger out there, waiting to be discovered? And even more importantly, how does one get an 18-foot golf club to the course in the first place?

 

October 4, 2014 - 4:19pm
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Rory McIlroy is the most recent winner of the claret jug, the trophy handed out to the Open Championship winner.

When it comes to the traditional "Fall Classic," Americans equate that with the World Series, which has been around in its present form since 1903. And most golf fans think of the Open Championship as having a late summer place on the golfing calendar.

But that wasn't always the case. On Oct. 4, 1873 -- 141 years ago today -- two traditions began that are the pinnacle of any golfer's career aspirations. First, the Open Championship was held at St. Andrews for the first of 28 times. And second, winner Tom Kidd was presented with a new silver claret jug.

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According to the Open Championship's official website, the trophy for winning the inaugural Open Championship at Prestwick in 1860 was a silver belt donated by the Earl of Eglinton, with the idea that the first man to win the Open three consecutive times would own it. That happened just 10 years later, when Tom Morris Jr. accompished the feat.

There was no Open held in 1871, so the committee formed to come up with a new trophy had until the next May to determine how to proceed. This is from the Open Championship's website:  

According to the minutes of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, dated May 1, state that the green committee had been “empowered to enter into communication with other clubs with a view to effecting a revival of the Championship Belt, and they were authorised to contribute a sum not exceeding £15 from the funds of the club."

Agreement was finally reached on Sept. 11, 1872 between the three clubs that were to host The Open — Prestwick, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. They decided that the winner would receive a medal and that each of the three clubs would contribute £10 towards the cost of a new trophy, which was to be a silver claret jug, instead of another belt. 

Its proper name was to be The Golf Champion Trophy. These decisions were taken too late for the trophy to be presented to the 1872 Open Champion, who was once again Tom Morris Jr. Instead, he was awarded with a medal inscribed ‘The Golf Champion Trophy’.

So on Oct. 4, 1873 at St. Andrews, Kidd outlasted a field of 26, shooting a two-round total of 179 to beat Jamie Anderson by one stroke after heavy rains swamped the course overnight. In those days, there was a one-stroke penalty for moving your ball from casual water.

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Afterwards, he was awarded the claret jug. But Kidd's name was not the first to be engraved on the trophy. Instead, that honor went to Tom Morris Jr., who had won the previous Open.