September 5, 2014 - 10:34am
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KLM Open
European Tour
The first player to ace the 15th hole in next week's KLM Open on the European Tour will win a trip to space.

Next week, the KLM Open takes place in The Netherlands on the European Tour.

The first player to make a hole-in-one on the 15th hole will receive a gift like no other -- a trip to space.

You read that correctly. Not a car, not a vacation, not a million dollars or a new set of clubs, but a trip to space courtesy of XCOR Space Expeditions, according to www.europeantour.com.

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Talk about an out-of-this-world prize.

According to the report, a life-sized model of the Lynx Mark 1 that will be travelling into space -- an aircraft that can take off and land horizontally -- will be on display next to the 15th green throughout all four rounds.

"With this prize we wish to create awareness among the public that space is now also accessible for everyone," says Michiel Mol, from XCOR Space Expeditions on www.europeantour.com. "Journeys into space can be made starting from the end of 2015. We already have 300 bookings."

The prize package is worth a cool $100,000.

A trip to space for a hole-in-one?
Kendall Dye
Kendall Dye via Instagram
Symetra Tour player Kendall Dye showed off her play-calling skills at the Emporia State game on Thursday.
Pretty much all of us know that the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers kicked off the NFL season on Thursday night. That wasn't the only football game on tap, though – Emporia State hosted Missouri Southern State in the Hornets' home opener there in Emporia, Kansas.
 
Coincidentally, the Symetra Tour is playing this weekend in nearby Mayetta, Kansas, and Emporia State took the opportunity to invite one of the circuit's most enthusiastic football fans to the game. Former Oklahoma standout and die-hard Sooner fan Kendall Dye didn't just sit in the stands and watch, though – she conducted the pre-game coin toss, and even called the home team's first play.
 
Clearly, all her Saturday afternoons at the Palace on the Prairie in Norman, Okla., paid off – the pass play she called went for a cool 25-yard gain as Emporia State rolled to a 53-28 victory. 
 
Dye, who is seventh on the Symetra Tour money list, didn't waste the opportunity to tout her play-calling skills, either. She posted a photo in full offensive coordinator mode on Instagram, with the notation: "Hire me [Oklahoma coach Bob] Stoops!"
 
 
Kendall Dye tosses coin, calls first play in college football game
September 4, 2014 - 1:21pm
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Ernie Els
Claude Harmon III
How disappointed would you be if you asked a tattoo artist for some ink of Ernie Els and it looked like this?

There are a lot of ways for fans to show their appreciation toward their favorite star golfers.

You can go to a tournament and cheer them on. You can go to the local golf store and buy the same clothes as said golfer. Or, in the case of this fan who attended Wednesday's Pro-Am at the BMW Championship out at Cherry Hills in Colorado, you can take it one (permanent) step further and have the golfer's likeness tattooed on your body.

Believe it or not, that right there is supposed to be a tattoo of Ernie Els (h/t Brendan Porath at SBNation.com):

The Big Easy's swing coach, Claude Harmon III, tweeted out the picture on Wednesday of Els signing the fans leg just above the tattoo.

 

This fan has got to get the signature tattooed into his leg now too, right?

Believe it or not, this isn't the worst golf fan tattoo we've seen -- it's pretty bad though. That "honor" belongs to a fan who has Davis Love III (at least the man claims that's how it is) inked onto his skin

Check out this guy's Ernie Els tattoo
September 4, 2014 - 8:23am
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Bryan Brothers
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The Bryan Brothers are at it again, this time using a GoPro camera to make you appreciate their talents in a whole new way.

Just when you think there are only so many golf trick shots you can see before you start thinking, "OK, I've seen it all," the Bryan Brothers come up with something new that will blow your mind.

Like this latest effort utilizing GoPro cameras:

George and Wesley Bryan are magicians, that's all there is to it.

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My personal favorite from this GoPro video? George's chip shot into the moving cart that the driver catches, then tosses over the cart to Wesley, who smashes it in mid-air with a driver. That was unbelievable.

The only question you can ask after watching a Bryan Brothers video is this: What will they come up with next?

Rest assured whatever it is, it'll be special.

Bryan Brothers utilize GoPro cameras in latest trick shot video
September 4, 2014 - 7:59am
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Tommy Morrissey
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Tommy Morrissey, a 3-year-old from Linwood, N.J., was born with just one arm, but he hasn't let that get in the way of his love for golf.

Tommy Morrissey, a 3-year-old from Linwood, N.J., loves his golf.

Morrissey was born with one arm due to a blood clot, but he hasn't allowed that to hold him back on the golf course. Using only his left arm, Morrissey has produced quite the little golf swing as you can see in the video below:

Since he enjoys ripping the driver, it's no surprise that Morrissey calls Bubba Watson his favorite golfer.

Three-year-old with one arm makes golf look easy
Tiger Woods portrait made out of Nike swooshes
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To create his portrait of Tiger Woods, German graphic artist Andy Gellenberg used only color and Nike swooshes.
When I was a kid, artist Leroy Neiman created a series of images of golfers and a wide variety of other sporting scenes in a wildly colorful abstract style. I had a poster of one of the golf pictures in my bedroom for a while – and now I can't remember whatever happened to it.
 
Today, I saw some illustrations that are the closest thing in spirit I've seen to those old Neiman posters in quite some time. One of them is of Tiger Woods – created completely out of Nike swooshes.
 
These illustrations – there is also one of fellow Nike athlete LeBron James and comedian Paul Rodriguez – are by a German graphic artist named Andy Gellenberg. It might be easy to call them gimmicky, but the nuance required to make them as accurate as they are is quite impressive.
 
"I am a passionate freelance Illustrator and graphic designer from Germany, looking for new ways to improve," Gellenberg says on the website behance.net. "I'm always interested in using new technics [pretty sure he means techniques] and leaving my comfort zone to push my work."
 
On behance.net, there are many other examples of his work, including illustrations from the World Cup, concert posters and more. They're all quite eye-catching in their own way. And there's more on Gellenberg, and the history of the Nike Swoosh, on the designfather.com website.
 
There's no indication that these swoosh portraits will be offered for sale or used in advertising or anything. I'll be curious to see how they'll end up being used.
 
Tiger Woods portrait made entirely out of Nike swooshes