September 11, 2015 - 12:52pm
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Rory and Tiger
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 Frys.com 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.

Tiger to join Rory at Frys.com Open
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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PGA of America Archive
On Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, watch live on PGA.com for a PGA of America announcement.

Tune into PGA.com for a major announcement from the PGA of America at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

You can watch our live stream beginning at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning here: http://www.pga.com/presser_player/index.html

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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
September 7, 2015 - 12:34pm
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Dizzy Golf Challenge
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There's a new game that's fun for everyone not partaking -- the Dizzy Golf Challenge. Check out this guy who drives a golf ball into his own face.

Anything that involves getting dizzy before swinging a stationary object, usually isn't a great idea -- OK, maybe with the exception of a piñata. At least if one of those things gets busted open there's candy everywhere.

In the video you're about to see, the only thing that gets busted for this dizzy golfer is... his own face.

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This video, entitled, "The Dizzy Golf Challenge" has taken the internet by storm over the last several days.

According to the description on the video, here's how the challenge works: "The challenge is simple. Spin around your driver five or six times and try whacking the golf ball. The end results in good times."

And here's the accompanying video, providing an ideal example of why you probably want no part of this challenge:

 

Ouch.

Unfortunate and painful outcome. 

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Chris Kirk eagles No. 17 at TPC Boston.
Chris Kirk served up an eagle from the fairway during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Sunday afternoon, Chris Kirk's ball was positioned nicely in the fairway of No. 17 at TPC Boston.

Anywhere close to the hole would have been nice.

Instead, with 137 yards left, he launched this highlight-reel shot:

 

 

 

 

Now that's how you use backspin.

We're giving bonus points for the casual club-toss-to-caddy move, too.

Kirk won last year's Deutsche Bank Championship.

The eagle helped him to a 4-under 67 on the round. He is 3-under for the tournament.

Full leaderboard action can be found here.

 

Chris Kirk holes out for eagle from fairway at Deutsche Bank Championship