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Standing over a putt to win a major championship has to be a nerve-racking experience. But apparently it isn't the only thing that makes world No. 1 Jason Day nervous.

Day told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he was feeling "a little nervous" before throwing out the honorary first pitch at Saturday's matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals.

“I just want to hit this area,” he said, circling his torso. “If I can hit this area, then they won’t have to move too much.”

Thankfully, he faired a little bit better with his first pitch than 50 Cent or Snoop Dogg. He could also relax knowing his wife wouldn't be in danger on the sidelines of a baseball game.

Evidently Day, who is in Pittsburgh for next week's U.S. Open, isn't stressing over Oakmont's tough conditions too much.

He did however share a little insight on the course: "You really do have to stay patient and not try and force anything too much. Oakmont’s going to be a tough test for us and I’m looking forward to it.”

 

 

 

Jason Day brings the heat with first pitch
June 11, 2016 - 2:16pm
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Tom Brady

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to call on the No. 2 golfer in the world whenever you have questions about your game?

Well you can, if your name is Tom Brady. The four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback was having a little trouble putting spin on his golf ball, or in his words, "making this son of a gun turn."

So he called on Jordan Spieth via Facebook, including a video of him hitting out of the trees.

 

 

It's hard to feel bad for Tom Brady, who already has both two NFL MVP awards and an eagle at Pebble BeachNot to mention he gets to play golf with one of golf's biggest stars.

Here's to Under Armour brand synergy and yelling at your golf ball to turn!

 

 

 

 

Tom Brady asks Jordan Spieth for golf tips
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This week we returned to our PGA.com Facebook Nation of over 350,000 to answer the question: "If you could change one rule of golf, what would it be?" Over 200 responses rolled in with a wide variety of answers.

It's a common scene: a PGA Tour player crouched next to a tree or a bush with a rules official huddled next to him.

The rules of golf are an essential part of the game. But at times they can be complicated, and players want to both avoid penalty and give themselves any advantage they can.

Who can forget Tiger Woods calling upon dozens of gallery members to move the boulder at TPC Scottsdale in 1999?

But as the game evolves, so can the rules. Throughout history, a few small tweaks and changes have been made to make the game as fair as possible.

So we thought it natural to ask, what rule of golf would you change if you could? And you all did not disappoint, turning in over 250 comments and responses.

RELATED: Join the "rule change" discussion | Your biggest golf highlights

Here's a collection of our favorites:

Phil Verzosa + 21 others: Any ball that comes to rest in a sand filled divot in any fairway situation. One club face length you get to lift, clean, and place the ball in the fairway out of the divot. This rule has always been my pet peeve. Why should every golfer be penalized for doing what they need to on the hole?

Scott Flager + 7 others: Ability to repair any spike mark or anything on your line of putt on the green hands down. I posed this same question to 2 LPGA pros in a dinner conversation and their answer was immediate and in line with this answer.

John Boutet + 3 others: Stroke and distance needs to be changed. Slows game up way too much. Everything should be like lateral hazard rule.

Jim Deschur + 2 others: That we cannot use our foot wedge to kick the ball from the rough to the middle of the fairway.

Gitesh Maharaj + 1 other: I would change the rule of dropping a ball in a bunker. I had a 140 metre shot and hit it out of bounds, I dropped another and the ball gets half plug making it Impossible to even reach the green after incurring penalty shot for the drop as well.

Don Marsters: Allow PGA players to wear shorts in the summer.

Kenny Midgett: Let the pros use range finders...it will speed up the game.

Tony Shaker: Banning high tops and joggers.

James O'Donoghue: Allow relief for footprints and rake marks in bunkers. Far too many people play golf and either don't rake the bunkers or rake them incorrectly leaving the next person in the bunker with an almost impossible shot.

Will Berg: I'd like to have Bubba Watson be my designated hitter on all par 5s.

Jackson Khoo Teik Kwan: Free drop when the ball stuck in the tree!!! I hate this rule cuz a few weeks ago I had a junior tournament and my ball was stuck in a hole of a tree's root! And the next hole was the same as well! And both times the referee said its a integral part of the course so no free drop and I must play as it lies or drop under ball unplayable rule. Those holes cost me at least 4 strokes.

Damien Dziepak: No more caddies and let it be a true single person competition!

Thanks for all the responses and stay tuned to our Facebook page here

What rule would you change if you could?
Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson's first round score of 4-under-par 67 was good enough for the lead at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. But after the round most of the questions she received were about the 13th hole.

Why? Because Henderson, the 18-year-old rookie from Ontario, aced the 152-yard par three which earned her a new Kia K900 automobile.

After seeing the ball go in the hole, Henderson celebrated with her older sister and caddie Brittany, but they didn't realize the prize they had won.

"We forgot about the car behind us," Brittany said, "but as we were walking up to the hole, Haru Nomura’s caddie said, `You know, that’s a car hole,’ and so we had to celebrate again."

 

 

 

A hole-in-one, a car, and...a kiss. Nice shot, @brookehendersongolf.

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Brooke said after the round that she would be giving the car to her sister.

“All year, I have walked up on the practice rounds and said, `See that car, if I get it, it's yours,’” Brooke said. “I didn't say it this week, but she ends up getting it.”

Brittany responded as only an older sister would. "I'm waiting to see if I actually get the keys."

Later on Thursday night, the Henderson sisters confirmed the exchange on Brooke's Twitter. She wasn't hesitant to share the credit for the ace either, adding in the caption, "Thanks for the right yardage, sis."

 

 

Brooke Henderson gives hole-in-one car to sister
June 10, 2016 - 11:37am
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Al Geiberger
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On June 10, 1977 -- 39 years ago today -- Al Geiberger became the first player in PGA Tour history to card a score of 59.

It's almost unfathomable to imagine a PGA Tour player winning a non-major without a single round in the 60s, isn't it?

But 39 years ago this week, that's precisely what Al Geiberger did in the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. In fact, only two of Geiberger's four rounds were under par that week on the par-72 layout at Colonial Country Club (not to be confused with the club of the same name in Fort Worth, Texas).

Geiberger's 15-under 273 total was the winning mark.

Only two sub-par rounds -- neither in the 60s -- and a 15-under total, you say? How is that possible?

It's possible because on this very day -- June 10 -- 39 years ago in 1977, Geiberger carded the PGA Tour's first score of 59 (11 birdies, 1 eagle) in the second round of that tournament.

It should be noted that the lift, clean and place provision was in place during that round, but as Geiberger -- an 11-time PGA Tour winner and a member of winning U.S. Ryder Cup teams in 1967 and 1975 -- told Bill Fields at Golf Digest a few years back, that didn't matter.

"We were playing improved lies, but I don't ever remember doing it," the 1966 PGA Champion Geiberger told Fields on the 35th anniversary. "As you came off every tee, there was a dip in the terrain where they had winter kill. But the fairways, where we were playing to, were pretty nice. I think the field staff didn't want to go chalk off every canyon. Most of the low areas that were damaged, we were playing over those."

 

If your a cynic about a sub-60 score with lift, clean and place -- and, seriously, who are we to judge -- give all the credit in the world to Geiberger for what he accomplished on the bumpy, grainy Bermuda greens.

Along with hitting every fairway and every green that day, Geiberger also used just 23 putts to become golf's "Mr. 59." Of those 23 putts, nine were birdie putts outside of 10 feet -- 166 feet of birdie putts overall.

Now are you impressed?

As it can be this time of year, the weather was a bit steamy in Memphis that day with temperatures topping out at 97 degrees.

"It was a miserable day, hotter than hell, and I was trying regroup, collect my thoughts," Geiberger told Fields.

Here's a down-the-line look at Geiberger's rhythmic swing:

Since Geiberger's magical 59, there have been just five others on the PGA Tour. Chip Beck (Sunrise GC in 1991); David Duval (PGA West Palmer Course in 1999); Paul Goydos (TPC Deere Run in 2010); Stuart Appleby (TPC Old White in 2010); and Jim Furyk (Conway Farms in 2013).

Annika Sorenstam remains the only player in LPGA history to shoot 59. She did it at the Standard Register PING tournament in 2001. 

Celebrating the 39th anniversary of Al Geiberger's 59