December 10, 2016 - 4:21pm
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odd golf gifts
What golfer wouldn't want a gift like one of these this holiday season? Hint... most golfers.

'Tis the season of giving. Which means -- if we've been good boys and girls -- we'll also be receiving gifts.

Maybe you've had your heart set on a shiny new driver that guarantees 15 more yards. Maybe it was the new wedges with the grooves that'll make your ball stop on a dime. Was it a new bag? Were you really, extra good this year and hoping for a new set of irons?

Well, beggars can't be choosers when it comes to receiving, right?

RELATED: PGA.com's Holiday Gift Guide | Visit the PGA Shop for Ryder Cup, PGA Championship gear

If you know someone whose heart is in the right place when shopping for you this holiday season and looking to surprise you with golf gear, maybe subtly slip them this list so that Santa doesn't make an unintended triple bogey with the gift under your tree on Christmas morning.

Here's a list of 7 odd golf gifts we came across on a quick, fun internet search.

Enjoy... unless you're a recipient of one of them...


Backpack Golf Bag. For just $229.99, this lovely bag could be yours. It screams, "Yeah, I have all my books for classes this semester, but in case we need to sneak in an emergency nine, I'm prepared for that too." According to the site selling it, there are only seven left.


Scotland Yard Golf Table. At $499.99, you might be thinking, "That's really cool, but it would be a lot cooler if there was some grass to put under the feet. Then it'd be more realistic." Lucky you. For an additional $39.99, you can also buy the turf that goes with this side table.


Driver Drink Dispenser. This seems to be way more trouble than it's worth, but who am I to judge? For just $49.99, this puppy will hold up to 48 oz. of your favorite adult beverage and you can keep it in your bag where it won't look anything like the other clubs hanging out in there. It's description says, "Great for ice water, iced tea, coffee or hot chocolate." Come on... seriously?


Packable Golf Clubs - Full Set. How about this for a price tag? $1,199.99. Read that again. Ladies and gentleman, for that kind of money, not only can you buy your loved one a great set of irons, but you can also cover the cost of a proper club-fitting for said set of irons. Of course, you wouldn't get the fun bag that comes with this item, however, which also stores a tablet.


Golf Ball Finding Glasses. No offense to the makers of this $59.99 accessory, but I've got news for you -- with or without these glasses, you're not finding that drive you just sliced 100 yards into the woods. If you're convinced otherwise, the "tinted blue lens filters out foliage and grass, making white balls stand out against any dark background. You'll save time, minimize penalty shots and cut ball losses. And, you’ll be the hero of the day when you spot your buddies’ errant golf balls!" You hero, you.


Bathroom Golf Game. The description for this $16.99 "practice tool" touts the product as "more fun than reading." OK. I'll give them that. But, trust me, you can take care of what needs taking care of and get back to practice putting with the real tools when you're done.


Pain Relief Golf Gloves. At $49.99... I don't know. That seems like a bit much for a golf glove -- especially one you're supposed to use if you're in pain. I mean, come on, if you're in pain, maybe take a break from playing for a day. Or, just go to the practice green and work on your putting. 

7 odd golf gifts
December 10, 2016 - 12:22pm
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Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer
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On Dec. 10, 1966 -- 50 years ago -- Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer teamed up to win the first of three titles together in the PGA National Team Championship.

With team golf events going on this weekend at the PNC Father-Son Challenge and the Franklin Templeton Shootout, we're going to throw it back 50 years.

On this day in 1966, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer teamed up to win the "PGA National Team Championship" at an amazing 32-under par with rounds of 63, 66, 63 and 72.

At the time, the pair had 14 major championship wins between them. Nicklaus and Palmer also won the event together in 1970 and 1971.

Today, Nicklaus is competing with his son, Jackie, in the PNC Father-Son Challenge, an event the late Palmer used to play in with his grandson, Sam Saunders.

The website www.golfhistorytoday.com also has a list of events Nicklaus and Palmer won together and include this fantastic quote from Palmer: "I don't think either Jack or I would have (decided to come and played together) if we didn't think we had a chance to win. Our plan is to win. If we don't we'll just get on with our lives, and try it again somewhere else."

Here's a video of Nicklaus paying tribute to the King:

 

 

That time Arnie and Jack won the 1966 PGA National Team Championship
December 10, 2016 - 10:37am
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Tiger Woods
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During the opening of a new short course in Mexico on Friday, Tiger Woods took time to stop what he was doing and... play catch.

One week after his return to golf following a 15-month layoff to recover from a third back surgery in three years, Tiger Woods was in Mexico on Friday to open a new short course.

While he was there, for whatever reason, he was handed a catcher's mitt and began playing catch with someone.

Here's the video captured by Brent Zepp, PGA Head Professional at Chambers Bay:

Looks like Tiger has a little side-arm action going and he's also bringing a little bit of heat.

Phil Mickelson has been known to play catch in parking lots to loosen up before a round of golf.

Maybe he's got a new friend to toss the ball with? 

Tiger Woods plays catch at course opening in Mexico
December 9, 2016 - 3:32pm
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Harris English
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What do you do when there's a bee that won't get off the ball you're supposed to hit? That's what Harris English was wondering during Friday's second round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Matt Kuchar and Harris English are partners in this week's Franklin Templeton Shootout. Friday's format for the competition featured a "modified alternate-shot" where both players hit a tee shot, take the best drive and then alternate shots from there until the ball is in the hole.

At the seventh hole, the pair decided to use Kuchar's drive in the middle of the fairway.

There was an issue when English arrived at the ball to play the shot, however. There was a bee sitting on the ball that just would not, well, buzz off.

Here's a look at how the ordeal, which held up play for a few minutes, played out:

Once the bee dilemma was over, the pair birdied the hole to move to 18 under for the tournament and snagged a two-shot lead at the time. 

Bee on ball holds up play at Franklin Templeton Shootout
December 9, 2016 - 2:01pm
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John Daly
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Based on this video from the PNC Father/Son Challenge, it looks like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree from a golf swing perspective for John Daly's 13-year-old son, Little John.

One of the most enjoyable golf events of the season teed off today with the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

John Daly is making his tournament debut this year playing alongside his 13-year-old son, "Little John."

Here's one of Little John's swings on Friday, captured by Golfweek's Kevin Casey:

Casey also shot this video of Little John showing a bit of the fire his old man is known for with a club-slam after a not-so-desirable tee shot:

Back in April, Little John had a birthday message for his dad's 50th, featuring a tee shot Papa JD is familiar with -- off a Coke bottle instead of a tee:

Check out John Daly's 13-year-old son's swing in slo-mo