Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has been playing for for less than two years, but clearly has the golf bug.
The PGA Tour's playoffs conclude this weekend, but Major League Baseball's pennant races are still going strong. The New York Mets – to the surprise of many, including me – are romping to the division title in the National League East.
One big reason for their shocking surge is their midseason acquisition of Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Since his arrival via trade at the end of July, the Cuban slugger has hit 17 home runs, driven in 41 runs and prompted some to consider him an MVP candidate as the catalyst for the Mets' unexpected turnaround.
Cespedes also won the Home Run Derby before the All-Star Game in both 2013 and 2014 and, at 29, surely has several more good years of baseball ahead of him. Even so, he's already entertaining big ideas for his future in another game – professional golf.
"I've been thinking about it," he said in a recent profile in The New York Daily News. "If there is an opportunity to play professionally later, maybe not [the PGA Tour], but I would like to play golf professionally." 
Cespedes, who only picked up the game 18 months ago, clearly has the golf bug. He says he plays "here [New York], Florida, all places," and often plays with pitcher Jon Niese, his new Mets teammate. 
Professional golf, even at the mini-tour level, is an entirely different animal. But Cespedes sounds as confident about his prospects as he does about baseball.
"Some people who have been playing golf for years and they learn that I've only played a year and a half, they can't believe it," he says, "and they say, 'Incredible.'" 
Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes eyes a second career as a pro golfer
Ansley Fetz, right, and Ashley Feemster pause for a photo after watching Jordan Spieth tee off during Wendesday's practice round at East Lake Golf Club.

Ansley Fetz was given tickets to Wednesday's practice round of the Tour Championship by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

She won the internet among golf fans worldwide when this happened:



...that time @feemie and I got photobombed by @jordanspieth @pgatour

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Fetz, a marketing professional who lives in Atlanta, and her friend Ashley Feemster had been watching Jordan Spieth and a few other players on the driving range at East Lake Golf Club.

"We were just out there for a little bit," said Fetz.

Turns out it was just long enough.

As Fetz and Feemster were leaving to catch an Uber ride, they saw Spieth on the 11th tee and stopped to watch.

They then asked someone to snap a photo and the fun began.



Diagram of a photobomb @jordanspieth @feemie @pgatour

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"The guy that was taking our picture started laughing," said Fetz.

The thumbs-up from Spieth has garnered plenty of Instagram feedback for Fetz and Feemster.

Fetz said friends have always joked about the pair's adventures. The former roommates are often mistaken for sisters.

"Funny things always happen to us when we’re together," she said.

Add this one to the list.

Jordan Spieth photobombs fans at East Lake Golf Club
Callaway Golf's Warrior Club Fitting
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Callaway Golf held its 100th Warrior Club Fitting on the practice range at East Lake ahead of the Tour Championship.
One of the many reasons golf is so great is the commitment to charity so prevalent throughout the game. All the industry's big organizations, all its significant companies and many of its clubs, courses and players devote significant time and money to helping others.
We saw a cool example of that again today in Atlanta, where Callaway Golf held its 100th Warrior Club Fitting on the practice range at East Lake ahead of the Tour Championship. At these events, Callaway provides veterans injured in combat with a custom clubfitting and gives them a brand-new set of clubs.
"Callaway has contributed over $7.6 million to various military support causes," said Callaway President and CEO Chip Brewer, who created the Warrior Fitting program in 2012, ahead of the East Lake event. "I'm particularly proud that the company's military appreciation programs, such as the Callaway Warrior Club Fittings in partnership with Birdies for the Brave, have been longstanding commitments."
Along with a custom clubfitting, the veterans who pariticipate in the Warrior Club Fittings typically get a guided tour of the company's tour trailer – the full-service workshop that builds custom equipment at PGA Tour events – along with swing tips and sometimes the chance to meet Callaway staff players on the driving range. Today, Harris English stopped by as he made his final prep for the Tour Championship.
This 100th Warrior Club Fitting follows Callaway's recent donation of more than $700,000 in golf equipment to active troops and veterans through Birdies For The Brave, Bunkers in Baghdad and the Miramar Marine Corps Community Services. The company has conducted 14 Warrior Club fittings so far in 2015, with one more scheduled for later in the year.
You can see more on today's event on Callaway's and Birdies for the Brave's social media outlets, but here are some photos they shared:
Callaway Golf holds its 100th clubfitting for military veterans
September 23, 2015 - 12:51pm
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Jason Day
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Laughter erupted in the East Lake media center after Jason Day's comment Wednesday.

Jason Day said what?

During his news conference Wednesday morning at East Lake Golf Club, the world's No. 1 player tried to explain to those in attendance something about his current position in the game and how it relates to the other two top players, but it certainly came out ... oddly.

Just take a listen:




"It's like Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy had a baby, and I was it."

That's got to be one of the funniest quotes of the year, if not all-time.


Day: 'If Jordan, Rory had a baby, I'm it'
September 22, 2015 - 1:16pm
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Stray goat
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A stray goat found its way to the lawn in front of the Carolinas PGA Section headquarters Tuesday morning.

We've seen our share of odd animals on golf courses, but this may be a first.

Officials at the PGA Carolinas Section headquarters in Browns Summit, N.C., found an unusual visitor to their offices Tuesday morning: a stray goat, which was enjoying breakfast on the lawn.



That's a novel way to incorporate good environmental landscaping practices.

No word on whether the goat was gruff. Or if someone found its owner. But we're sure the folks at the Carolinas PGA got a real kick out of it.

Did anybody lose a goat?
September 20, 2015 - 7:44pm
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Allen Wronowski
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U.S. PGA Cup Captain Allen Wronowski and his wife, Gail, take in the action Sunday at the 27th PGA Cup.

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- For the first time in the history of the PGA Cup, the Great Britain and Ireland team has won the Llandudno International Trophy on U.S. soil.

In a dramatic final day that saw matches swing back and forth throughout, the 27th PGA Cup at CordeValle came down to the final of 10 singles matches on the final hole.

Niall Kearney from GB&I holed a 7-footer for par to take a 1-up victory over Alan Morin and snag a 13 1/2- 12 1/2 victory for the visitors.

"The toughest part of this week for me is being the first U.S. Captain to lose the PGA Cup on American soil," U.S. PGA Cup Captain Allen Wronowski said. "It certainly is tough and even more so for me, because I have the utmost respect for my team and how great they are, you just don't want them to not have that trophy. The deserved it. They worked hard."

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On the first tee Sunday morning as the singles matches were getting started, Wronowski said he had trouble sleeping the night before and eventually woke up for good around 4 a.m., in anxious anticipation of the day ahead.

He greeted each of his players on the first tee, wishing them well, and then spent the rest of the day logging miles upon miles driving across the vast landscape of CordeValle in a golf cart, rushing to shout words of encouragement to his players, or deliver drinks and snacks -- whatever they needed, Wronowski was there.

While he was confident in his team, you could see Wronowski living and dying with virtually every shot, or every time an updated score was reported over his ear piece.

"We started the day out really positive and everything was going the way we had planned it out, but then all of the sudden they charged like they did at Slaley Hall," said Wronowski, who also captained the U.S. side when it retained the PGA Cup in 2013 with a 13-13 tie at England's Slaley Hall. "Next thing you know, they're making birdies and eagles like there's no tomorrow."

But, the U.S. never gave up the fight. Omar Uresti and Sean Dougherty made huge putts on the final hole to keep the U.S. in it. Uresti's was about a 10-footer for birdie and a 1-up victory, while Dougherty's was about a 6-footer to salvage a crucial half-point.

All of that set things up to put all eyes on that final match between Kearney and Morin.

Morin was fighting an uphill battle, 2-down with two to play. And, it didn't help that his tee shot on the difficult par-4 17th hole found the left fairway bunker.

With virtually everyone on the grounds at CordeValle looking on, Morin delivered arguably the shot of the tournament, sticking his shot from the bunker to within 2 feet of the hole. His birdie putt was conceded and the match moved to the final hole with Morin needing to win the hole to grab the decisive half-point for a 13-13 score and the U.S. to retain the Cup.

By the time the players reached the green at the par-5 18th, it looked to be advantage Morin. Kearney was well over the green in three shots, while Morin was facing a 40-footer for birdie.

Kearney delivered a magnificent fourth shot that settled 5 feet from the hole.

Morin took plenty of time lining up his putt to retain the PGA Cup. Once he sent it on its way, it gave the hole a good look, but failed to drop and he was conceded a par.

Moments later, Kearney provided the winning moment knocking his par putt in the heart of the Cup.

Morin actually walked over to Wronowski and his wife, Gail, and apologized. There was nothing to apologize for.

The only thing that disappointed Wronowski is how great a story it would have been to tell if Morin were the one to retain the Cup.

It was Morin who on Saturday talked his way out of a spot in the afternoon foursomes, explaining to Wronowski the team would be better served with a longer hitter in his spot. It was an incredibly unselfish and commendable act.

"The unselfishness of a player is what I'll remember most about this week," Wronowski said. "Alan Morin. What he did -- offering up a line up change for what he thought would be in the betterment of the team and then to have him almost win the Cup for us would have been the most fitting."

Though Wronowski won't be taking the Llandudno International Trophy home, he will be leaving CordeValle with a very special piece of hardware. At a dinner on Saturday night, the U.S. Team presented Wronowski with a statue of a flying eagle -- something that has particular significance to Wronowski, who works with the Folds of Honor, a foundation supports the familes of our fallen soldiers.

"It seems pretty unbelievable to me to get a statue of the flying eagle," said Wronowski, choked up and fighting back tears, "With what I do with the military and different things and the words from Bob Sowards and how much I meant to this team, he said they couldn't ask for a better captain and that brings a lot of emotion to the front."

In two years, the U.S. will head across the pond looking to reclaim the Llandudno International Trophy. With Sunday's defeat, the U.S. is now 17-6-4 all time in the PGA Cup.


Even in defeat, it was a week to remember for U.S. PGA Cup Captain