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A scene from the 1954 PGA Merchandise Show -- the first ever held -- at PGA National Golf Club, Dunedin, Fla.

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2016) -- The PGA of America, one of the world’s largest sports organizations, begins a 100-day celebration of its Centennial on Jan. 26, at the golf industry’s largest forum, the 63rd PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

Founded April 10, 1916, in New York City, as the first nationwide all-professional golf association, the PGA of America has grown from its original 78 members to more than 28,000 men and women professionals today. Thanks to the work of these professionals, the PGA is recognized as the industry leader in growing participation in a game that engages millions worldwide.

“We celebrate our Association’s remarkable first century by focusing on our most important asset – PGA Professionals and the exceptional work they do in the business, teaching and playing of the game, all to elevate the enjoyment of golf,” said PGA President Derek Sprague. “Throughout this Centennial year, the PGA will share the passion and pride of PGA Professionals along with heartwarming stories of inspiration. Together, our Association will also look forward to the next 100 years, improving education and employment opportunities for our members and nurturing the next generation of golfers.”

 The PGA Centennial includes the debut of #ThxPGAPro, a grass-roots platform where golfers from all levels of the game can share stories about and express gratitude for their own PGA Professional; how they mentored and influenced their lives, through personalized video, photos and messages that are posted on ThxPGAPro.com. Tributes also can be made through social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) using the hashtag #thxpgapro. While the Centennial celebration is focused on 100 days, #ThxPGAPro campaign will continue throughout 2016.

The campaign includes public service announcements to be broadcast on NBC, CBS, Golf Channel, Turner and other broadcast partners, as well as social media outlets. To view, please visit thxpgapro.com.

Among other related activities at the PGA Merchandise Show:

• The PGA Centennial opens with a Ceremonial Tee Shot on Demo Day, Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden, Florida. Covered by Golf Channel on “Morning Drive,” the ceremony features PGA of America officers and representatives from the PGA’s 41 Sections, along with 41 PGA Junior League Golf participants from Greater Orlando.

• On Wednesday, Jan. 27, attendees at the 63rd PGA Merchandise Show will be encouraged to visit the central lobby where a “Walk through History” exhibit will focus on the personalities and significant events that shaped the PGA’s first century. Later that evening, a special reception in celebration of the PGA’s Centennial will be held in the Orange County Convention Center for all attending PGA Professionals and invited guests.

• The PGA Section Spotlight Series debuts Jan. 27, highlighting a different PGA Section for 41 days on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” program, click here for schedule.

Each profile features a “Get to Know the PGA Section” fact box and the Section’s signature program, which focuses on charitable, social and educational endeavors. The Section Spotlight Series begins with the North Florida PGA’s inspiring “Putting on Smiles” program, where PGA members give instruction to patients in a network of children’s hospitals. The series concludes May 4 with the Metropolitan PGA Section’s Met PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program, which is conducted at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for the Montrose VA.

• PGA Centennial: Celebrating the History of the Golf Professional is a keepsake coffee-table-sized book written by PGA Master Professional Billy Dettlaff and edited by John Steinbreder. The official Centennial commemorative chronicles, as never before, the multi-faceted skills that have become synonymous with the PGA Professional. The PGA Centennial book is available by visiting pga.com/book.

• PGA Instruction Day, May 4 - The PGA Centennial 100-day celebration culminates at six sites nationwide (to be announced at a later date) that will host clinics featuring PGA Professional instructors. Golf Channel will transform each clinic into a live television event. 

PGA of America to showcase PGA Professionals throughout special 100-Day Centennial Celebration
Jason Dufner
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Jason Dufner's tee shot on the par-3 17th was a little rocky, but his recovery shot was a thing of beauty.
 
Jason Dufner earned his first PGA Tour victory since 2013 on Sunday with an overtime triumph over David Lingmerth in the CareerBuilder Challenge. You might think his clinching putt would qualify as the host of the day, but we'd pick a different one.
 
Dufner struggled with his game all day, after playing almost perfectly the first three rounds, and he came to the 17th hole trying to hang on against Lingmerth, who made up five shots on him to ultimately force the playoff. 
 
The 17th on the Stadium Course at PGA West is an island-green par 3 similar to its mosre famous cousin at TPC Sawgrass. There is, however, one big difference – this island is surrounded by boulders of all shapes and sizes, and boasts the nickname "Alcatraz." 
 
 
Dufner hit his tee shot a little offline, and it wound up in the dirt and rocks about as far from the flagstick as possible. At least his ball didn't bounce into the water, but he seemingly faced an almost impossible recovery shot. He took a delicate stance, with his left foot above his right, and knocked his ball up and onto the green.
 
It rolled all the way across the putting surface – and hit the flag. The impact deadened the ball, and it rebounded only a few inches away. In the span of a few seconds, Dufner went from looking like he was out of the hole – and possibly the tournament – to being right back in the thick of things.
 
If you watch Dufner as he walks toward the hole, he clearly mouths the word "wow." That pretty much sums it up. 
 
Take a look at his "Escape from Alcatraz":
 
 
 
 
Jason Dufner's "Escape from Alcatraz" paves way for victory
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Rickie Fowler salutes the crowd after his clutch chip-in at No. 17 Sunday.

Clinging to a one-shot lead Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Championship, Rickie Fowler needed a momentum swing down the stretch. And boy did he ever get one.

Faced with a delicate little chip from the fringe on No. 17 -- just moments after Rory McIlroy had eagled the 18th to add to the pressure -- watch what Fowler does in response:

 

 

That birdie pushed Fowler's advantage to two, and he needed all of it. Thomas Pieters had an eagle putt on the final hole that could have tied Fowler and sent the tournament into a playoff, but it came up just inches shy. 

That allowed Fowler -- who parred the final hole -- to walk away with a one-shot victory, his fourth over a nine-month span.

That was the second time Fowler had stepped up big. Earlier in the round, he made a double bogey and immediately found himself facing a shot from the bunker on the next hole. But he was more than equal to the task:

 

 

 

Fowler's win certainly caught the attention of 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III.

 

 

WATCH: Rickie Fowler's chip-in at 17 to clinch his Abu Dhabi win
January 23, 2016 - 4:30pm
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson is a magician with a wedge in his hands. On Saturday in the CareerBuilder Challenge, he holed out for the fourth time this week.

Phil Mickelson is deadly with a wedge in his hand -- this is nothing groundbreaking.

In the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge on Saturday, Mickelson holed out for the fourth time this week.

Here's his gorgeous birdie chip on the par-4 10th hole at the Stadium Course that helped Lefty move to 15 under:

 

It's just not fair how easy he makes it look. 

Mickelson holes out for fourth time this week
January 23, 2016 - 4:00pm
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Amateur player Jeff Ellis recorded the third ace of the week -- and the second by an amateur -- in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge on Saturday.

For the second time in as many days on the same hole, an amateur player at the CareerBuilder Challenge has made a hole-in-one.

Playing the 168-yard, par-3 13th hole at PGA West's Stadium Course in Saturday's third round, amateur Jeff Ellis snagged an ace:

 

Amateur Jake Pumphrey turned the trick on Friday, as did PGA Tour player Nick Taylor, who snagged his ace at the Stadium course on the 205-yard, par-3 sixth.

So, if you're keeping track at home, the amateurs have out-aced the pros 2-1 so far this week.
 

Another ace for an amateur at the CareerBuilder Challenge