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The wildlife you encounter is one of the many charms of playing golf all over the world. For many, that wouldn't be the case at TPC Kuala Lumpur where a six-foot python was removed from the grounds before the start of Round 2 at the CIMB Classic.

The wildlife you encounter is one of the many charms of playing golf all over the world.

In some cases, however, umm, not so much.

Take Malaysia for instance, where the PGA Tour is this week for the CIMB Classic.

Before the start of Friday's second round, a six-foot python had to be removed from the TPC Kuala Lumpur golf course.

Photos from the PGA Tour Twitter account show the python on a green before it is eventually caught:

If photos like that aren't motivation enough to stay in the fairways and hit the greens -- where you can actually see and make a conscious decision to stay away from a python -- then I don't know what is.  

Six-foot python removed from TPC Kuala Lumpur before start of Round 2 at CIMB Classic
October 20, 2016 - 1:05pm
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Not every golfer has the laser focus of a PGA Tour professional. For that reason, here's a list of 11 things you should never say to a playing partner on the golf course. Please. Just take Patrick Reed's advice and, "Shhhh!"

This is a piece for my fellow weak-minded golfers out there.

Noise doesn't bother me on a golf course, be it music, the grounds crew doing their thing, a cart that comes to an abrupt stop during my backswing -- all good.

I also don't like to blame anyone but myself for poor play or a poor shot.

That said, there are certain lines I've heard from playing partners on the course that irk me. There's nothing I love more than busting chops with friends while chopping my ball around the golf course.

But there are some things that I think need to be off limits and I'm not even including the wishing of "good luck" my buddy Jeff has been giving me a split second before starting my downswing since we were 14 years old.

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Again, this is for my fellow weak-minded golfers out there. A lot of you reading this are going to proclaim: "You're a wuss! Get over it! Block it out!"

I totally get it and that's more than fair. But, please, for me and golfers like me, hear me out.

Here's a list of 11 things we really, really don't want to hear on the golf course.

1. "Look out for the water hazard on the left."

Thank you, playing partner, for bringing a hazard to the forefront of my brain that I hadn't even considered until you mentioned it. You've seen me hit my tee shots right all day long. Now it's going to look like there's a magnetic force pulling my ball to the complete opposite side of the course into that hazard.

2. "Put me down for a 6 there."

Why do I have to "put you down" for a specific number? Can't I just put you down for the score you actually totaled on the hole?

3. "I can't believe I just shanked that shot! When's the last time you hit a shank?"

Well, I'm not sure about the "last time" I hit one, but I'm pretty sure the "next time" is right around the corner since you mentioned the word.

4. "I've never seen anything better than a three-putt from the part of the green you're on."

Fantastic. I'm sure I'll have no problem bucking that trend now that you put that out there.

5. "I haven't seen you hit a bad shot yet."

Thanks for noticing. I'm going to dial one up for you right now.

6. "Have you been playing this entire round with just one ball? I'm impressed."

The only way you -- and me -- will be more impressed is if I don't lose the ball on this next shot.

7. "All you need to do is bogey this hole to shoot your career-best score."

At around the 12th hole I realized how well I was playing today and have been doing everything in my power to not think about the score and take it all one shot at a time just like the pros... Until now. Sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, I'm going to make worse than bogey on this hole.

8. "Wait until you see the lie you have in this bunker. Nasty."

I'm sure I'll be able to make that discovery myself once I get there. Thanks, Feherty.

9. "Great try for birdie giving it a run like that. But man, you have a knee-knocker left for par."

Yes, yes. I can see with my own two eyes that I pretty much hosed myself on an easy two-putt par. No need to poor salt on the wound. Now, let me try to pull it together and stroke this 4-footer with all that positive reassurance dancing around in my head.

10. “Don't leave this putt short."

I appreciate you pointing that out. I didn't notice the downhill severity of this putt until you were kind enough to verbalize it. So, if I leave this one short you mean to tell me I'll be faced with a second severely downhill putt and that wouldn't be a good thing?

Got it.

11. "Take your time."

This is one of my favorites. My dad -- the man I have probably played more golf with in my life than anyone else -- has been notorious for this since I started playing at age 5. I'll be playing great (by my standards). Suddenly, I'll hit a shot or putt that has me running a little hot. Just as I address the next shot, without fail, he'll pipe up with, "Take your time, T."

Boom. Kiss of death. Back away, restart the routine and inevitably screw up the next shot as I'm wondering as I play it whether or not I'm taking my time.

This happens most often when I elect to finish out rather than mark my ball. And, most often again, means I still have two putts left to hit.

For fun, here's a video featuring 10 of the best golf rants and tantrums:




11 Things you should never say on the golf course
October 20, 2016 - 8:59am
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South Korea's Jeunghun Wang turned in an early candidate for "putt of the year" on Thursday with this amazing side-winder for birdie during the first round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia -- the second tournament on the 2016-17 PGA Tour schedule.

The 2016-17 PGA Tour is only five rounds old, but we already have a solid candidate for "putt of the year."

During Thursday's first round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, South Korea's Jeunghun Wang was faced with a side-winding putt from the fringe for birdie at the par-4 14th hole. Wang took a line that was literally 20 feet to the left of where the cup was.

Piece of cake:



Wang would finish his round with a 2-under 70 that had him six strokes behind leaders Derek Fathauer, Keegan Bradley and defending CIMB champ Justin Thomas.

That was almost as impressive as this Jodi Ewart Shadoff putt from the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club, where she literally had her back to the hole:



As good a putt as you're likely to see on the PGA Tour
October 19, 2016 - 10:21am
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After helping Ryder Cup USA to a win at Hazeltine, J.B. Holmes enjoyed some downtime with clay shooting and... rattlesnakes.

The last time we saw J.B. Holmes, he was busy helping the Ryder Cup USA team to a victory at Hazeltine -- it's first win since 2008 at Valhalla, which also happened to be the last team Holmes was a member of.

Well, it looks like he's enjoying some downtime now... if you consider run ins with rattlesnakes enjoyable.

Personally, I don't consider that enjoyable at all, but Holmes didn't seem to mind:

Clay shooting sounds like fun.

Close encounters with deadly snakes while clay shooting? Not so much.

Either way, sweet camo Ryder Cup hat, J.B. 

J.B. Holmes has close encounter with rattlesnake
October 19, 2016 - 9:31am
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Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches
The annual Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches are honoring Arnold Palmer with a birdie-a-thon during the tournament. All proceeds raised will go to Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation.

Members of the North Florida and South Florida PGA Sections are taking part this week in the annual Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches.

This year, however, there's a special twist. In conjunction with the tournament, there is also a birdie-a-thon going on to honor the legacy of Arnold Palmer, who passed away at age 87 on Sept. 25.

Players in the matches, along with friends, family and members have been asked to make a pledge for the birdie-a-thon -- either a flat pledge, or a dollar amount per birdie for Team North Florida -- with all proceeds going to the Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation (Click here if you'd like to make a pledge).

The South Florida PGA Section is participating with its own efforts on this cause too.

MPD Custom Golf out of Chicago has created special, commemorative golf bags for both teams in the competition featuring the PGA of America logo, as well as a logo of the Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation, along with Palmer's name on the bags as this year's "Honorary Captain."

In a note to section members, Rich Smith, Executive Director/CEO of the North Florida PGA Section, explained:

As PGA Members and the leaders of the game today, we have an obligation to honor the Legacy of Mr. Palmer and all that he stood for. He even told us this at his Hall of Fame induction in December of 2010 as you heard in the video message. There is no better tribute to a person that means so much to us, to make our best efforts, our relentless efforts just like he played golf and lived life, to continue supporting his impact beyond the game through Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.

Efforts like this is why the PGA Member is so revered in the industry as the true leaders, and this effort will only elevate that to new highs here in North Florida, as well as around the World if we are successful.

Here's the link to Palmer's touching video message from 2010, mentioned above:



The goal is to raise up to $70,000 in the birdie-a-thon during the tournament and up to $100,000 once all donations are in after the tournament. An official check presentation will happen during the Awards Ceremony at the PNC Father Son in December that benefits the AACF as well, live on NBC to the Palmer Family.

The 2016 Cup Team and Section Leaders will all be there in Palmer Pink presenting the check to Mr. Palmer’s Family.

Annual Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches honor Arnold Palmer
October 19, 2016 - 9:02am
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For many across the country, temperatures are beginning to plunge and leaves are beginning to fall, which means golf season is winding down. The good news is, there's still plenty you can work on to stay sharp over the next several months.

For golfers in certain parts of the country, the sad reality is beginning to set in: the golf season is winding down.

In the northeast, the leaves are changing color, the temperatures are dropping and we're trying to sneak in any golf that's left to be had before the white stuff hits the ground.

It's right around this time of year, so says PGA Professional Rob Labritz, that you should start putting together a golfer's checklist for the fall and winter months.

"In fall golf, I'd spend the most time on the stuff you struggled with the most through the season," said Labritz, who recently won the OMEGA PGA Met Section Player of the Year Award for the second time in four years and the third time since 2008. "Grind on something you don't want to grind on. It might not be fun to do, but dedicating time to parts of your game that have proven to be weaknesses all season will help to make them strengths going forward and get you prepared going into the spring time."

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If you're lucky enough to still be playing a lot of golf in the fall, Labritz said it's important not to get discouraged.

Why? Well, because of the conditions, you might be hitting the ball well, but not getting everything you expect out of your score.

Factors outside of your control -- colder air, which makes the ball travel a shorter distance; aerated greens that are bumpy and sandy; and leaves everywhere -- don't exactly make for the most ideal scoring conditions.

"Don't let yourself get hung up on all the stuff you're not doing out there because of the conditions," Labritz said. "You usually hit a 7-iron 160 but it's only going 145-150 right now? It's OK. Keep repeating your motion and in the spring when it warms up, you might be surprised to see that it's traveling 165-170."

With all the outside factors you can't control in the fall, Labritz says it's the perfect time for practice -- especially on the short game. 

"You don't have a lot of time left before it gets too cold or starts snowing, so work double time on the short game," he said. "When you're hitting shots around the greens with wedges, you can't be weak enough with your left hand (right-handed golfers). That counter-rotates your hands and implements bounce at impact. Hit the ball a little fat and the bounce will make it feel like you hit it pretty solid."

Also in the fall, Labritz told us, you should be seeking out a place where you can hit balls 1-2 times per week in the winter months -- a place where you can take full swings and hold your finish whether you hit a good shot or a bad shot.

"If you have a chance to get into a heated bay outside, that's even better," he said. "If you do that, work on your wedges more than anything. The sharper you are with the wedges, the more it'll translate to the rest of your bag."

Labritz also recommends investing in a 10-12 foot putting mat since, "the short game and touch is the first thing to go after a long layoff."

There are two more suggestions Labritz has for keeping your game sharp in the winter months:

1. Focus on your fitness.

2. Keep an eye on new equipment coming out at the start of the year.

"The winter months are a great time to get into your golf fitness," he said. "Even 1-2 hours a week goes a long way. Think about all the extra time you have since you're not able to play. Just 1-2 hours a week in fitness is less than a 9-hole round. You have the time for it.

"As far as equipment goes, have your eye on any key purchases you might want to make when the new season rolls around," he said. "Do your research. Learn about any new technology for wedges, drivers and fairway woods. Ask your PGA Professional about what those new technologies bring to the table for your game." 

Rob Labritz, who has played in four PGA Championships (he was low-Club Professional in 2010 at Whistling Straits), is currently the Director of Golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in BedFord Hills, N.Y. He was also the PGA Met Section Player of the Year in 2008, 2013 and 2016, as well as the Westchester Golf Association's Player of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2015. You can learn more about Labritz at and you can follow him on Twitter, @Rlabritz

Golf tips: Get your fall checklist in order