September 29, 2014 - 6:50am
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Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson
Thanks to social media, we were able to see top golfers playing dress up at the post Ryder Cup party.

No matter the outcome of the Ryder Cup, it's become tradition for the two teams to get together for a post-match party on Sunday night.

Thanks to social media, we're now able to get a peek at what goes on behind closed doors with the top golfers in the world.

After a stressful, pressure-cooker of a week, the gathering is a chance to loosen up and unwind. And, sometimes, things get weird.

Case in point? This photo tweeted by Hunter Mahan. In case you didn't recognize them, that's a shirtless Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson sporting wigs and kilts:

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy got in on the dress-up session too:

Based on this Instagram post by Lee Westwood Monday morning, it appears a good time was had by all:

Westwood also tweeted this picture with a crazy-faced Ian Poulter from the post-party:

Post Ryder Cup party produces hilarious photos
September 29, 2014 - 6:09am
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Christopher Meyers
Needing a birdie to tie the lead at Pebble Beach in the Pro-Junior competition of the Nature Valley First Tee Open, a 17-year-old did two better.

With all eyes focused on the Ryder Cup over the weekend, you may have missed another great piece of drama that happened thousands of miles away at Pebble Beach in the Nature Valley First Tee Open on the Champions Tour.

Juniors golfers are selected from across the country to compete in the tournament alongside a Champions Tour player as their mentor.

On the final hole Sunday, trailing by a shot in the pro-junior competition, 17-year-old Christopher Meyers from The First Tee of Tucson did something he'll never forget on Pebble Beach's world famous par-5 18th hole.

Needing a birdie to force a playoff, Meyers -- headed to Stanford next year -- did two better: he made an albatross for the walk-off win.

See the video here:

Meyers' partner, Lee Janzen, certainly looked impressed. 

Meyers sent this out on Instagram after his win:

Junior golfer makes albatross at Pebble Beach's famous 18th hole
Mark Brown
Mark Brown said he "lost track" of his score before realizing after 17 holes that he had a chance to post a 59.
Mark Brown of New Zealand added his name to the history books on Friday, shooting an 11-under-par 59 at the Carrus Tauranga Open on New Zealand's Charles Tour.
Brown, a former European Tour player, sank a 14-foot putt on the par-4 10th hole – the last hole of his second round – to card the best score of his career. He opened with a 26, and added seven birdies and an eagle on his second nine – but didn't realize until late in his round at Tauranga Golf Club that he was close to breaking 60. 
"I actually lost track. I did a wee tally up on the second-to-last hole and realized I just needed one more birdie," Brown said. "Luckily the 10th hole is relatively straightforward." 
Brown has had low rounds before, including a 10-under 62 at Melbourne's Kingston Heath to qualify for last year's British Open, but had never threatened 59. 
"Tauranga is one of the more straightforward courses we play and there are a few drivable par 4s, but that being said you still have to make putts and I didn't miss many today." Brown said. "I hit a lot of shots closes but holed a few longer putts when I needed to, 10 or 11 under par doesn't happen that often, and luckily it was a par-70 for the magical 59." 
Six players have shot 59 in official PGA Tour events. Al Geiberger did it in the 1977 Memphis Classic, Chip Beck in the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational, David Duval in the final round of his 1999 victory in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Paul Goydos in the 2010 John Deere Classic, Stuart Appleby in the 2010 Greenbrier Classic and Jim Furyk last year in the BMW Championship outside Chicago. 
Here's a list of the sub-60 scores on the major tours:
Ryo Ishikawa (-12), 2010 Japan Golf Tour, The Crowns in Aichi, Japan
Jason Bohn (-13), 2001 PGA Tour Canada, Bayer Championship in Sarnia, Ontario
Al Geiberger (-13), 1977 PGA Tour, Danny Thomas Memphis Classic in Memphis Tenn.
Chip Beck (-13), 1991 PGA Tour, Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
David Duval (-13), 1999 PGA Tour, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
Paul Goydos (-12), 2010 PGA Tour, John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
Stuart Appleby (-11), 2010 PGA Tour, Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphus Springs, W.Va.
Annika Sorenstam (-13), 2001 LPGA Tour, Standard Register Ping in Phoenix, Ariz.
Notah Begay III (-13), 1998 Nike Tour, Dominion Open in Richmond, Va.
Doug Dunakey (-11), 1998 Nike Tour, Miami Valley Open in Springboro, Ohio
Jason Gore (-12), 2005 Nike Tour, Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb.
Will Wilcox (-12), 2013 Tour, Utah Championship in Sandy, Utah
Kevin Sutherland (-13), 2014 Champions Tour, Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y.
Masahiro Kuramoto (-12), 2003 Japan Golf Tour, Acom International in Ibaraki, Japan  
Adrien Mork (-12), 2006 European Challenge Tour, Tikita Hotels Agadir Moroccan Classic in Agadir, Morocco
Mark Brown (-11), 2014 Carrus Taurange Open, Tauranga Golf Club in Wellington, New Zealand
Mark Brown shoots 59 on New Zealand's Charles Tour
September 24, 2014 - 7:27am
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Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer clinched the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah for Europe.

The 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah couldn't have gotten off to a better start for the U.S. team. The Americans, captained by Davis Love III, took a seemingly insurmountable 10-6 lead going into the final-day singles matches.

Only one other time in Ryder Cup history had a deficit that large been made up on the final day. That was in 1999 when the U.S. stormed back to shock Europe at The Country Club.

At Medinah, the Europeans returned the favor. Led by Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Europe dominated the singles matches, winning the session 8 1/2-3 1/2 to steal a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory over a stunned U.S. squad.

Relive the Miracle at Medinah with this flashback:

Ryder Cup Flashback: 2012
September 24, 2014 - 6:19am
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Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky
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Paulina Gretzky, the fiancee of Dustin Johnson, announced that the couple is expecting their first child.

Dustin Johnson has been away from the PGA Tour since announcing a "voluntary leave of absence" to seek help for "personal challenges" on July 31, which put him out of the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.

But there is some positive news out of the Johnson camp. His fiancée, Paulina Gretzky (daughter of hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky), announced via her Instagram account that the couple is expecting their first child:

"@djohnsonpga & i are so excited to finally share with you all our amazing news..we're having a baby!"

Here is the accompanying photo:

Johnson and Gretzky were engaged in August 2013. 

Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky expecting first child
September 21, 2014 - 7:55pm
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Team USA charter flight
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Team USA met in Atlanta on Sunday night to board a charter jet bound for Scotland and the 2014 Ryder Cup.

And they're on their way, and they'll be in Scotland before you.

The 12-man United States Ryder Cup Team, led by Captain Tom Watson, gathered in Atlanta on Sunday night before a short trip to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, where they boarded a charter jet bound for the British Isles and a date later this week with Europe's best.

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE: Sunday's photos before the Team's departure for Scotland

Here's Tom Watson's post on Twitter:



Some members of the team got a first-hand look at the seats forward of First Class, like Rickie Fowler:

Bubba Watson then took his turn in the pilot's chair:



With Fowler and Bubba Watson taking up residence in the jet's cockpit, it's not hard to imagine what was going through Ryder Cup rookie Jordan Spieth's mind at the time:

Thankfully, the regular crew arrived and restored order shortly thereafter. Still, if somebody called out "Captain," would it be the pilot or Tom Watson who would respond first?
And finally, how about a prediction from PGA of America President Ted Bishop as the U.S. squad prepared for takeoff:
Next stop: Gleneagles