January 12, 2015 - 3:49pm
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Ducks vs. Bucks
Oregon's Ben Crane and Ohio State's Jack Nicklaus in their school colors.

Oregon and Ohio State are preparing to meet Monday night for the college football playoff national championship. But which team can boast about being the best on the golf course? We break down the numbers for you.

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PGA TOUR VICTORIES

Ohio State: 119 wins (Jack Nicklaus 73, Tom Weiskopf 16, John Cook 11, Joey Sindelar 7, Jerry McGee 4, Ed Sneed 4, Ted Tryba 2, Chris Perry 1, Chris Smith 1)

Oregon: 16 wins  (Peter Jacobsen 7, Ben Crane 5, Tom Shaw 4)

Advantage: Buckeyes

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WON

Ohio State: Two words: Golden Bear. Enough said. Add Weiskopf's 1973 Open victory just to pile on

Oregon: Jacobsen has six top-10 finishes in majors, including a pair of thirds in the PGA Championship, although he has won the U.S. Senior Open and Senior Players Championship. Crane's best major finish is a tie for ninth in the 2004 PGA Championship.

Advantage: Buckeyes

A WEB FEAT: Crane has unusual putting technique

2014 RESULTS

Ohio State: Cook won the senior event at Pebble Beach and finished 22nd in Champions Tour standings. Sindelar had one top-10 finish on the Champions Tour.

Oregon: Crane won the FedEx St. Jude Classic by one stroke over Troy Merritt, capping a season in which he recorded two top-10s and finished 60th in the FedExCup standings. Jacobsen had one top-10 finish and was 56th in the Champions Tour standings. 

Advantage: Ducks

MONEY EARNED

Ohio State: Cook is the all-time money leader for Ohio State alumni with $12.6 million earned. Nicklaus is a distant fourth at $5.7 million, which tells you a lot about the exponential rise in purse money in recent years. Nicklaus made $33.33 in his first pro tournament, an amount that probably wouldn't cover lunch at the course now.

Oregon: Crane has earned $19.3 million in 14 seasons on the PGA Tour, and at 38, is still going strong.

Advantage: Ducks

Ducks vs. Bucks: Golf alumni comparison
January 12, 2015 - 1:00pm
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Drive, Chip and Putt Championship
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Registration for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will begin on Thursday, January 22.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Jan. 12, 2015) -- Today the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America officially opened the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship by announcing the qualifying schedule for young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. The qualifying schedule is available on the event’s website, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

Registration for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will begin on Thursday, January 22, also at www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

MORE: Visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com to register your child

This youth golf development initiative will again include boys and girls ages 7-15, who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. In only its third year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will provide playing opportunities throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers -- 40 boys and 40 girls -- will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 3, the eve of the 2016 Masters.

The breakdown and schedule of the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying is as follows:

Local (May/June/July/August):
- 255 host sites spread throughout all 50 states
- 3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue

Sub-Regional (July/August):
- 50 host sites spread throughout 45 states
- 2 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue

Regional (September):
- 10 host sites in 10 defined regions
- 1 junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue

National Finals (April 3, 2016):
- 80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club

The venues that will host the 10 regional qualifying events include several USGA Championship and PGA Championship sites: Chambers Bay Golf Course (University Place, Wash., site of the 2015 U.S. Open conducted by the USGA), Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, Md.), Golf Club of Houston (Humble, Texas), Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minn., site of the 2016 Ryder Cup), Medinah Country Club (Medinah, Ill.), Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, Pa., site of the 2016 U.S. Open), The Country Club (Brookline, Mass.), Torrey Pines Golf Course (La Jolla, Calif., site of the 2021 U.S. Open), TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Valhalla Golf Club (Louisville, Ky., site of the 2014 PGA Championship).

For a full list of qualifying venues at the local and sub-regional level, or for more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, please visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com

Registration for 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying to open January 22
January 12, 2015 - 9:47am
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underwater hole-in-one
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This might just be the most unique hole-in-one video you'll ever see.

OK. So this isn't the greatest hole-in-one video I've ever seen, but it's certainly the most unique.

It's not "official" because it was made on a makeshift "course" (if that's what you want to call the ocean) with a five-gallon bucket as the hole, but you need to see it nonetheless.

RELATED: Nick Taylor holes ridiculous bunker shot for unlikely birdie in Maui

So, here it is:

These Australian guys who call themselves, "How Ridiculous," posted the video on Saturday.

A quick visit to their YouTube page shows that they're notorious for "tricks" in a variety of sports.

Fun video.

h/t CBS Eye on Golf 

An underwater hole-in-one
January 12, 2015 - 9:24am
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Nick Taylor
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Canada's Nick Taylor holed one of the best bunker shots you'll ever see in the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

If you were glued to your TV all weekend watching the NFL Playoffs, chances are you missed what will undoubtedly be one of the best bunker shots on the PGA Tour this year.

Seriously.

Canada's Nick Taylor, who punched his ticket to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui by virtue of his win at the Sanderson Farms Championship in November, found himself staring what looked likely to be a bogey at best square in the eyes on the 170-yard, par-3 11th hole at Kapalua's Plantation Course in the third round on Sunday.

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Taylor's tee shot found a tiny bunker well right of the green, leaving a difficult play from the sand and little green to work with.

Taylor expertly splashed the ball out of the sand and proceeded to watch it roll in center-cut for one of the coolest birdies you'll ever see.

In fact, analyst Johnny Miller called it: "One of the best bunker shots I've seen in a year."

If Johnny says that, you know it's special.

Here's the footage:

Taylor shot a 1-under 72 in Round 3 and his tied for 27th at 5 under, 12 strokes behind co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama going into today's final round.

Ridiculous bunker shot drops for unlikely birdie
January 11, 2015 - 5:44pm
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Marcus Mariota
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Marcus Mariota received a set of golf clubs from his parents as a graduation gift.

On the football field, one of the most important relationships is between a quarterback and his center. On the Oregon Ducks, who play in Monday night's title game against Ohio State, that relationship extends beyond the gridiron to another grass field.

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, back-up quarterback Jeff Lockie and starting center Hroniss Grasu can often be found playing golf together, as we found out from this video interview posted earlier this fall by The Oregonian newspaper.

Related: Jim Furyk wins golf game at halftime of Jaguars game

Watch the video to hear what his teammates say about his golf game, and who among the trio is the best on the course:

 

As Grasu said in the video, "Golf is an amazing sport. It teaches you to stay focused and not to get too mad.”

Funny then that Mariota struggled at first and reportedly threatened to quit the game. Clearly that experience wasn’t enough to dissuade Mariota from swinging a golf club again, or from getting a set of golf clubs as a graduation present.

Mariota bonds with teammates through golf
January 10, 2015 - 2:26pm
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The Walters
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Nancy Walters recorded her ace first by a margin of five holes.

We’ve seen golf courses be special places for couples. Everything from a couple getting married at their favorite course to having Justine Reed caddie for her husband, Patrick, at a number of events, golf seems to find its way into couples' lives.

The latest example comes to us from Nancy Walter in Sidney, Ohio. And like the previous stories, this is a happy occasion for both husband and wife.

While playing in a couples league last spring at the Shelby Oaks Golf Club, Nancy and her husband, Phil, both made a hole-in-one in the same competition.

Related: New Hampshire man makes back-to-back aces on par 4s

Here’s how the events played out:

On June 6, 2014, the Walters were in the final foursome to tee off in a nine-hole event at Shelby Oaks, where the duo with the lowest number of putts wins.

The Walters got to the third hole, which was a par-3, 114-yard shot from the ladies’ tee for Nancy. She used her Ping hybrid and hit what she described as a shot that had a “nice and straight high arc” and landed 2 feet in front of the cup before rolling in.

“We all saw it,” she said. “Needless to say, it was a very exciting moment -- a bit of yelling and a few group texts sent to friends on the course and off.”

Of course, that led to some bragging from Nancy to Phil. See, he had picked up the game in 2002 – nearly 11 years before Nancy started to take lessons at Shelby Oaks.

“I said to Phil, ‘I told you that I would get a hole-in-one first,’ bragging for a while,” she said. “After a while, I felt bad and told him, ‘We have six more holes to go, you still have a chance."

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Little did she know that Phil wouldn’t even need six holes to match the feat.

On the eighth hole, Phil was faced with a par-3, 181-yard hole with “the sun was setting behind the green and the white fuzzy cottonwood seeds were covering the green, making visibility difficult.” Phil used his Cobra hybrid and hit a shot that looked on line, but with limited visibility, he thought he hit it off the green.

But as Phil was walking across the green, he looked into the cup and noticed that his ball was right here.

“By this time our foursome could hardly finish our last hole for all the excitement,” Nancy said. “We were the last group to come in and, as we got closer to the ninth green, you could see a line of golfers all cheering us on. It was so awesome, we felt like we were in a PGA tournament.”

Though the Walters did not win the tournament that day, they were awarded the prize money which they split with their foursome. Just to add to the specialness of the moment, neither one of the Walters have made one since. Phil has come close – getting the ball within 2 to 4 inches.

“A friend of ours looked at me and said, ‘I see more hole-in-ones for you in the future,’’ Nancy said. “I told him I was happy with just that one. But if it does happen, it will not be as memorable as that day.”
 

Husband, wife make ace in same round