February 27, 2017 - 3:47pm
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Arnold Palmer
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A pair of winged-tip FootJoy shoes worn by Arnold Palmer in the 1958 Masters -- the first of his four Augusta National wins -- sold at auction for $66,000 on Saturday.

How much would you pay for a pair of shoes worn -- and signed -- by Arnold Palmer, specifically a pair he wore on his way to winning the 1958 Masters, the first of his four Masters titles?

ESPN.com's Darren Rovell reports that Palmer's FootJoy winged-foot shoes from the 1958 Masters sold for -- get this -- $66,000 on Saturday by Texas-based firm Heritage Auctions.

From Rovell:

The FootJoy wingtip shoes from Palmer's controversial win at Augusta National in 1958, which were given to a pilot of Palmer's and signed by the golfing legend in 2004, had an original estimate of $15,000, and many in the industry thought even that price would be extremely generous.

"You could have gotten these shoes for $5,000 any time in the last 20 years," said Ryan Carey, co-owner of golf auction house Green Jacket Auctions. "But Palmer's death created a category of people scrambling to get pieces associated with him."

Carey is well aware of this. In December, his company sold one of Palmer's four Masters trophies for $444,012. The original estimate was $250,000.

Palmer died Sept. 25, 2016, at age 87.

Heritage's Chris Ivy told Rovell that interest in Palmer memorabilia has "been huge since his passing" but the shoes "surpassed all our expectations."

Rovell also reported that the $66,000 price is the sixth-highest amount paid for a pair of event-worn shoes by an athlete in auction history.

Ahead of the Palmer shoes? Two pairs of Muhammad Ali boots, two pairs of Michael Jordan shoes and a pair of cleats worn by Johnny Unitas from his final game with the Baltimore Colts.

All of those would be great additions to a mancave if not the mantel of the fireplace in the family living room.

Arnold Palmer's shoes from 1958 Masters just sold for $66,000
February 27, 2017 - 2:39pm
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Paul McBeth
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Over the weekend, disc golfer Paul McBeth tossed a 368-foot ace that was caught on video.

We interrupt our usual traditional golf coverage to give you a look at this extraordinary disc golf ace.

During the Gentlemen's Club Challenge Presented by Innova in Henderson, Nevada, over the weekend, Paul McBeth threw his disc 368 feet and got nothing but basket.

Check it out:

Outstanding.

McBeth would finish second to Richard Wysocki.

Check out this disc golfer's 368-foot ace
February 26, 2017 - 5:49pm
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dustin johnson, paulina gretzky
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Paulina Gretzky is pregnant, and the gender of the child was revealed in dramatic fashion.

We've seen celebrities making announcements about their pregnancies on Instagram before. Look no further than Beyonce.

But this brought the creativity to a new level.

Dustin Johnson and fiancé Paulina Gretzky are pregnant with their second child, and took to Gretzky's Instagram page to announce the sex of the child.

But they didn't just come out and say it. While hanging out at the beach, a shirtless Dustin Johnson pulled out a driver and a "ball" that would explode into powder either colored pink or blue.

"We're about to find out what we're having," Gretzky says in the video, though I find it hard to believe they planned this video without the planning of which color powder to have in the ball. Regardless, it's still great.

Then Johnson launches a classic DJ drive, a real 350-plus bomb, and the ball explodes. Blue powder. Johnson holds his arms up as if he's won another major. "Another boy!"

 

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Dustin Johnson reveals gender of second child via shirtless beach drive
February 26, 2017 - 4:29pm
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bees play golf, bees learn golf
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Researchers used a sugar-water reward to teach bees to play a game similar to golf.

We've all heard the saying, "golf is a game anyone can learn!"

I don't think this is quite what they had in mind. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have been testing the intelligence of bees by attempting to teach them a "game" very similar to golf.

Here's an excerpt from newscientist.com.

They built a circular platform with a small hole in the centre filled with sugar solution, into which bees had to move a ball to get a reward. A researcher showed them how to do this by using a plastic bee on a stick to push the ball.

And amazingly, it worked. The bees were able to show not only imitation of the initial demonstration but eventually creative strategy when they were given more difficult "holes."

It turns out, according to the author of the study Olli Loukola, that bees learn to play golf the same way humans do.

“They don’t just blindly copy the demonstrator; they can improve on what they learned,” says Loukola. He thinks this cognitive flexibility could help the bees forage successfully in changing natural environments. “This ability to copy others and improve upon what they observe, I think that’s really important.”

Bees can play golf now, so what's your excuse?

Don't feel too bad, because while the bees tended to be strong in the short game, they did seem to struggle getting distance off the tee. And while we're at it, they weren't keeping their lead arm straight, so they need to work on that.

But we'll cut them some slack. They're bees after all.

 

Apparently bees can be taught to golf, kind of
February 26, 2017 - 3:56pm
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Rickie Fowler caught a terrible break on the fourth hole at PGA National during the final round of the Honda Classic on Sunday.

Hopefully the rest of Rickie Fowler's day at PGA National goes better than his fourth hole.

Attempting to putt uphill from off the fourth green, Fowler's ball came to an abrupt stop when a sprinklerhead on the fringe swallowed the golf ball.

Check it out:

Fowler would get relief from the sprinklerhead and made bogey on the hole.

Luckily for Fowler, he still had a four-stroke advantage despite the unlucky break.
 

Sprinklerhead swallows Rickie Fowler's putt from off green
February 26, 2017 - 3:20pm
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Erik Karlsson
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Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson -- during a round of golf with Jesper Parnevik -- saw the chance to take a photo with a nearby alligator. But before the picture could be snapped, Karlsson got a scare.

Erik Karlsson is the captain and a defenseman for the the Ottawa Senators. He also likes to play golf.

With the Senators in south Florida this weekend for a Sunday tilt with the Florida Panthers, Karlsson met up with fellow Swede Jesper Parnevik for a round of golf at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. on Saturday.

During the round, the group came upon an alligator minding its own business in a water hazard -- not an uncommon sight in that area of the country by any means.

Karlsson saw it as a great opportunity to snap a photo.

Just as he got into place, the gator gave the hockey tough guy the scare of a lifetime:

That was fantastic. 

Alligator spooks NHL star during round with Jesper Parnevik