June 1, 2014 - 6:31pm
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Scott Langley
Scott Langley waits patiently for his ball to fall into the cup at the 16th hole Sunday.

What was the old Carly Simon song used for the ketchup commercial? "Anticipation, is making me wait."

Scott Langley knows the feeling. 

On Sunday, Langley hit a putt on the 16th hole that hung on the edge of the cup for what seemed like forever, although in reality it was just 22 seconds.

Watch as both Langley and playing partner Bubba Watson are perplexed as to how to proceed.

The official rule involved is Rule 16-2. Here's how it reads:

"When any part of the ball overhangs the lip of the hole, the player is allowed enough time to reach the hole without unreasonable delay and an additional ten seconds to determine whether the ball is at rest. If by then the ball has not fallen into the hole, it is deemed to be at rest. If the ball subsequently falls into the hole, the player is deemed to have holed out with his last stroke, and must add a penalty stroke to his score for the hole; otherwise, there is no penalty under this Rule."

Bryan Jones, co-vice chairman of the PGA Rules Committee, watched the video and here's his interpretation:

"That was a pretty short putt. Generally the player is allowed a little 'reaction time' to the putt not dropping and the time needed to get to the hole before the 10 seconds starts. He certainly took a circuitous route to the hole and while watching I started my count and the ball fell in at the eight-second mark based on my count.

"An argument could certainly be made that he could have reacted a little quicker and the clock would have started sooner. In any case the comments by the announcers about hitting a moving ball are completely incorrect because the specifics of Rule 16-2 override Rule 14 in this example."

Fortunately for Langley, his patience was eventually rewarded.

Langley saved by "10-second rule"
Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson's driver rests up against the ball as he attempts to putt it Saturday.

Did Bubba bump the ball?

That's the question PGA Tour officials -- and many fans -- were asking themselves after Bubba Watson lined up with his driver in an effort to putt the ball from the fringe surrounding the 18th green at the Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

Here's the video replay. You be the judge:

Here's the official decision, according to the Associated Press:

"We looked at it in real time," said tour rules official Slugger White. "It looked like he may have touched it. And the ball didn't move. That's all. It was easy."

Under rule 18-2a, a player when addressing the ball can make contact with it and no penalty is given if the ball returns to its original position.

RULES OF GOLF: What to do when your ball moves at address

White said there was no real debate about whether the ball ever really moved.

"I wouldn't even call it moving," he said. "I don't think it even moved out of where it was."

Did Bubba's ball move? You make the call
May 31, 2014 - 11:12am
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Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson takes aim at the pin on No. 3 Saturday at the Memorial.

This is what makes Phil Mickelson such a "must-watch" player. On Saturday at the Memorial, Lefty nearly holes out a shot on No. 3 from 120 yards away for eagle, leaving the ball just inches from the pin.

 

And then later in the round, look at what Mickelson does from the fringe. A jaw-dropping shot, to be sure.

 

 

 

When he's on, Mickelson is as good as anybody in the game. When he's not, he can leave you scratching your head. But in either case, you just can't turn away when he addresses the ball, because something is bound to happen that will leave you wide-eyed and open-mouthed.

More Mickelson magic at Memorial
May 31, 2014 - 10:53am
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Tony Harris paintings
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Tony Harris painted this portrait of Arnold Palmer, entitled "Arnold Rockin' the Cardigan."

In the highly-specialized world of golf landscape painting, Linda Hartough is perhaps the most well-known. She's been commissioned to do several landscape portraits, including the 16th hole at Merion Golf Club.

But there are other talented artists in the field, including 50-year-old Tony Harris of Ottawa, Canada, who not only paints beautiful landscapes, but is outstanding at portraits of sports legends.

Recently, he posted a link on Twitter to a painting he had done of Arnold Palmer during his prime. And he's also completed one of Seve Ballesteros.

According to an article in the Toronto Star, Harris grew up in Petersborough, doodling on sketch pads during elementary school.

According to his web site, he was introduced to the game by his father and spent countless summer days playing at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club, often finishing as the sun was setting. The dramatic light at dusk during those long summer days had an impact on Tony, and has become his favorite time to sketch and paint a golf hole.

Since completing his first golf landscape commission in 1995, Tony has compiled an impressive portfolio that includes over 200 clubs across North America. Tony is the official artist of the RBC Canadian Open and of the Clublink Corporation.

He graduated from Bishop's University in Quebec with a bachelor of arts in fine arts. He's currently working for the National Hockey League's Players Association as their official portrait artist.

Check out some of his other work at his web site. They are all amazing in the detail and color.

Amazing golf artwork by Tony Harris
Rickie Fowler cliff diving
Rickie Fowler tried his hand at cliff diving, but his form wasn't exactly perfect on every jump.

Golf is just one sport that Rickie Fowler enjoys, and it's also very likely the tamest of his pastimes – he did, after all, come from a background of motocross racing.

And recently, he tried out cliff diving.

We know that Fowler loves to jump in the lake – we've seen him do a flip off of Bubba Watson's deck. But this was a little more big-time.

Fowler got together with David Colturi – a professional cliff diver and fellow Red Bull ambassador – for a day of "Dive and Drive" in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. First, Colturi donned his own version of Fowler's "Sunday orange" outfit and joined Fowler for a little golf.

Then, about two minutes into the video below, they swapped their golf togs for swimsuits and headed out to Possum Kingdom Lake, west of Fort Worth, which will host a stop on the global 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series next weekend. Possum Kingdom Lake is known for "Hell's Gate" – a small cove in between a pair of 90-foot cliffs that rise dramatically out of the water, and that's where the diving competition will take place.

Fowler and Colturi checked out the cliffs, and Fowler got a little instruction on how to properly executive a high dive – though, wisely, from a lower level. Fowler's upper-body form was pretty good, Colturi said, but noted that he had a little "frog leg" working in his lower body.

Fowler tried a few more jumps, and Colturi seemed pleased with his student's progress. In the end, Colturi said, "I would compare my golf game to his diving." 

Here's the video:

 

 

 

 

Rickie Fowler goes cliff diving, lives to tell about it
Cheyenne Woods
Cheyenne Woods via Twitter
Cheyenne Woods showed off her U.S. Women's Open invitation after she qualified late Wednesday.

We've heard a lot about Lucy Li lately, as the 11-year-old phenom qualified her way into the U.S. Women's Open by winning her qualifier by an amazing seven shots.

Today, she filled in another week on her summer calendar by qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. She finished third in her qualifier, as nine players from the starting field of 45 to punched their tickets to The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., in mid-July.

Li, however, isn't the only prominent female golfer to be making some plans today. Late Wednesday, Cheyenne Woods – Tiger Woods' niece – qualified her way into the U.S. Women's Open, which is enjoying a higher profile than usual this year because it will be played as the second half of a unique "doubleheader" – it will be played on the No. 2 Course at Pinehurst the week after the men's U.S. Open is played there.

 
The irony of Cheyenne's success is that she will be in her national championship while her uncle Tiger won't be able to play in his as he continues to recover from back surgery.

Woods, who starred at Wake Forest (she won the ACC individual title in 2011 and graduated in 2012), has yet to earn full-time LPGA Tour status, and that appears to be her ultimate goal. The 23-year-old – who won more than 30 tournaments as an amateur – won a mini-tour event in 2012, then captured the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour in February, giving her a two-year exemption on that circuit. She is also playing the second-tier Symetra Tour this season.

 

Lucy Li and Cheyenne Woods qualify for more big summer events