September 14, 2015 - 4:40pm
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Greg Norman
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Greg Norman poses with the Greg Norman Medal in front of the famous Sydney Opera House.

Australian golfers will now have a Shark to shoot at.

The PGA of Australia announced Monday plans to honor the best men's or women's golfer in Australia with the Greg Norman Medal.

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Here are some of the details, courtesy of the PGA of Australia news release:

To be called the Greg Norman Medal, the inaugural award will be presented to the best male or female professional golfer on the world stage in 2015 at a gala awards night in December.

The winner will be determined based on annual success on the Australian and International stage including all Professional tours such as the LPGA, ALPG & Ladies European Tour, and the (men's) PGA Tour (America or Australasia), the European Tour and other Tours around the world, including those in Asia.

PGA of Australia Chief Executive Brian Thorburn said the award would at long last provide Australian golf with an opportunity to celebrate its key player's success on the world stage.

"Australia's athletes excel on the global sporting stage and in most sports we celebrate the success of our athletes on that stage. Whether it's the Olympic Games, World Cups in Cricket, Soccer, the Rugby codes or Netball; or domestic sports such as the AFL, we recognise the champions who put Australia on that world stage and who excel in their chosen sport," he said.

"Our sport of golf has generated many, many stars on the world stage from Norman Von Nida, Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, Greg Norman, Adam Scott and more recently Jason Day, and on the female side from Jan Stephenson, Jane Crafter, Karrie Webb to name just a few."

"But Golf in Australia has never recognized the best of the best of our Australian Professional golfers through an annual award – until now," Thorburn said.

"Greg Norman was the obvious stand out choice to name this award after. A World Golf Hall of Famer, a life member of the PGA and a recipient of the Order of Australia, Greg Norman is synonymous with the highest levels of golfing achievement."

Norman, understandably, was thrilled -- based on the smile on his face in this Instagram post:



So who will win the inaugural award? PGA Champion Jason Day certainly has to be the front-runner right now.

Greg Norman Medal award launched
Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth, in his Masters green jacket, stood out in the sea of burnt orange on the field at halftime of the University of Texas' game with Rice Saturday night.
Jordan Spieth wasn't too happy after the first two rounds of each of his last two PGA Tour starts, missing the cut in both the Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship. But he was beaming after two quarters of the Texas Longhorns' football game with Rice University Saturday night.
The reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion was honored at halftime, and wore his green jacket out onto the field, where he was joined by members of the Longhorns' teams that won Big 12 Championships last season. To salute the two-time major champ, the Longhorn band spelled out "Spieth" in huge letters spanning the width of the field.
Spieth, of course, briefly attended Texas – he was part of the Longhorns' 2012 NCAA Championship-winning team as a freshman – before turning professional. He'll be back in action this coming week in the BMW Championship, the third event in the PGA Tour's FedExCup playoffs, outside of Chicago.
Jordan Spieth wears Masters green jacket at University of Texas game
September 11, 2015 - 12:52pm
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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods played as partners most recently at the Masters in April.

According to the most recent player commitment list at the tournament's website, Tiger Woods has committed to playing in the PGA Tour's 2015-16 season-opening event, the Open in Napa, Calif.

If that's the case, Woods will join Rory McIlroy -- who committed to appearing earlier this summer -- as two of the big names who have accepted invitations to play at the Silverado Resort and Spa next month.

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Several others, including Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker, have given indications that they'd like to play, but haven't formally committed to the field.

Sang-Moon Bae -- who is facing compulsory military service in his native South Korea -- is the defending champion. He won by two strokes over Stephen Bowditch.

As the first tournament in the Tour's "wraparound schedule," the event pays FedExCup points.

This won't be Woods' first trip to the Napa Valley. He played in the 2011 tournament as a tune-up after being selected as a Presidents Cup captain's pick that fall.

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Not surprisingly, ticket sales for the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., jumped significantly when Woods decided to enter at the last minute. Tournament organizers in Napa are expecting similar response there.

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September 9, 2015 - 9:00am
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Graeme McDowell
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Graeme McDowell has some serious hand-to-eye coordination.

Graeme McDowell showed off his golf club juggling skills on social media Wednesday, and challenged several of his professional golf peers to do the same.

Here's the video McDowell posted on Twitter. Pay particular attention to the 360-degree spin he does without losing control of the ball:




Graeme specifically calls out Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Victor Dubuisson in the video.

It's obviously a plug for the upcoming Hong Kong Open, where McDowell and the players he named will all be in attendance. Still, it should be fun to see which golfers accept Graeme's challenge and come up with their own trick-shot highlights.

McDowell issues trick-shot challenge
September 8, 2015 - 8:00am
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Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed threw one in the cup at the fifth after hitting his tee shot in the rough.

Patrick Reed went from the rough to the cup - the bottom of the cup - on hole No. 5 during final round play of the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.

Reed drove the ball into the rough off the tee and was left with 168 yards to the pin.

He was in the plush stuff, too.

A swing, solid contact, and that signature sound of ball meeting flagstick.

Here's how it happened:



The eagle followed a birdie and put Reed at 9-under for the tournament and 2-under on the day.


Patrick Reed makes eagle from the rough at Deutsche Bank