Best golf gifts
A trip to Bandon Dunes would probably be high on most golfer's lists.

As we are now in the middle of the holidays, it's always good to remember that the spirit of the holidays is all about giving. But sometimes it is nice to get something. And sometimes, that something is pretty memorable. 

We've shared with you some of this year's best holiday gifts to give to your fellow golfers, but now we want to know what were some of the best golf gifts  you received. So whether it was your first set of golf clubs, a trip to one of your favorite courses or something that you can't be without, let us hear about it.

This doesn't have to be a gift you received during the holidays -- just whatever you received for your birthday, graduation, anniversary, etc.






What's the best golf gift you ever received?
December 24, 2014 - 3:41pm
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Steve Stricker
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Steve Stricker had successful surgery Tuesday to alleviate recurring hip pain.

Steve Stricker's Christmas present this year was back surgery that hopefully will alleviate recurring hip pain.

According to an Associated Press report, Stricker had surgery on a bulging disk in his lower back Tuesday in Madison, Wis. 

From the AP story, "Mario Tiziani, Stricker's brother-in-law and agent, says the one-hour surgery Tuesday was successful and that Stricker will be away from golf for at least eight weeks.

"The 12-time tour winner won't be missing much. Stricker already plays a reduced schedule, and he was not likely to play in 2015 until the Florida swing.

"The 47-year-old Stricker rested for nearly four months before playing the Hero World Challenge and Franklin Templeton Shootout. While he felt good, tests showed Stricker would continue to have problems with his hip and quadriceps without surgery."

The surgery comes a couple of months after Stricker attempted to land a ball on the midfield "W" at Camp Randall Stadium during a University of Wisconsin football game this fall. He didn't succeed that day, but let's hope this surgery will get him back on the golf course, pronto.



Stricker's back surgery is successful
December 24, 2014 - 3:26pm
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Caleb and Dakota Watson
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Caleb Watson holds his soon-to-be sister, Dakota.

Talk about a surprise Christmas gift: It appears Bubba Watson's family is about to become a foursome. 

CHRISTMAS RAP: Bubba Watson's latest music video, "Bubbaclaus"

The two-time Masters champion posted this image on his Twitter feed Wednesday:



Followed by this:



Watson sort of let things slip during the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda when he was caught on a live microphone, chatting about adoption proceedings with Martin Kaymer. 

MAILING THE CARD: Bubba, Tiger, Phil star in latest JibJab holiday e-card

Congrats to all.

Bubba and Angie Watson adopt daughter
Nina Agdal
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Nina Agdal is a 22-year-old Danish supermodel who appears to be learning the game of golf.

For the past week or two, we've been keeping an eye on Nina Agdal -- but for totally legitimate reasons. 

For those of you not aware, Ms. Agdal is a 22-year-old Danish supermodel who is probably best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. And recently she's been dropping hints on her Instagram page that she's learning to play golf.

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It appears that she's serious about it, too. Take a look at the video of her golf swing that she posted to her Instagram, along with the tag #2015resolutions: 



Still learning #onthegreen @nikegolf #2015resolutions

Un video pubblicato da Nina Agdal (@ninaagdal) in data:


No, that swing won't put her on the LPGA Tour any time soon, but it's not terrible. Plus, she keeps the ball fairly straight and that's half the battle. 

Here's another video of her swing that she posted last week: 



Too far. The ball never listens to me.

Nina Agdal (@ninaagdal) tarafından paylaşılan bir video ()


Now if tags are to be believed, it appears that we'll be seeing a lot more of Agdal on the golf course.

Supermodel Nina Agdal shows off her golf swing
December 23, 2014 - 10:23am
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Bubba Watson
2014 Masters champion Bubba Watson will return to defend his green jacket in April.

2015 Masters Field List (as of Dec. 23, 2014)

Bae, Sang-Moon (16), Korea
Bjørn, Thomas (12,18), Denmark
Blixt, Jonas (12), Sweden
Bradley, Keegan (4,13,18), United States of America
Cabrera, Angel (1,16), Argentina
Clark, Tim (16), South Africa
Clarke, Darren (3), Northern Ireland
# Compton, Erik (13), United States of America
#* Conners, Corey (6-B), Canada
Couples, Fred (1), United States of America
Crane, Ben (16), United States of America
Crenshaw, Ben (1), United States of America
Day, Jason (13,17,18), Australia
Donald, Luke (18), England
Donaldson, Jamie (18), Wales
Dubuisson, Victor (18), France
Dufner, Jason (4,18), United States of America
Els, Ernie (3), South Africa
Fowler, Rickie (12,13,14,15,17,18), United States of America
Furyk, Jim (14,17,18), United States of America
Gallacher, Stephen (18), Scotland
Garcia, Sergio (14,17,18), Spain
Haas, Bill (17,18), United States of America
# Harman, Brian (16), United States of America
#* Harvey, Scott (11), United States of America
Henley, Russell (17), United States of America
Hoffman, Charley (16), United States of America
# Hoffmann, Morgan (17), United States of America
Holmes, J.B. (16), United States of America
Horschel, Billy (16,17,18), United States of America
Ilonen, Mikko (18), Finland
Immelman, Trevor (1), South Africa
Jaidee, Thongchai (18), Thailand
Jimenez, Miguel Angel (12,18), Spain
Johnson, Dustin (13,17,18), United States of America
Johnson, Zach (1,17,18), United States of America
Kaymer, Martin (2,4,5,17,18), Germany
Kirk, Chris (16,17,18), United States of America
# Koepka, Brooks (13,18), United States of America
Kuchar, Matt (5,12,16,17,18), United States of America
Langer, Bernhard (1,12), Germany
Leishman, Marc (18), Australia
# Lowry, Shane (18), Ireland
Luiten, Joost (18), Netherlands
Lyle, Sandy (1) ,Scotland
Mahan, Hunter (16,17,18), United States of America
Martin, Ben (16), United States of America
Matsuyama, Hideki (16,17,18), Japan
McDowell, Graeme (2,18), Northern Ireland
McIlroy, Rory (2,3,4,12,16,17,18), Northern Ireland
#* Meth, Byron (10), United States of America
Mickelson, Phil (1,3,15,18), United States of America
Mize, Larry (1), United States of America
Moore, Ryan (16,18), United States of America
#* Murdaca, Antonio (8), Australia
Na, Kevin (17,18), United States of America
#* Neil, Bradley (7), Scotland
# Noh, Seung-Yul (16), Korea
O'Meara, Mark (1), United States of America
Ogilvy, Geoff (17), Australia
Olazabal, Jose Maria (1), Spain
Oosthuizen, Louis (3,18), South Africa
Palmer, Ryan (17,18), United States of America
Poulter, Ian (18), England
Reed, Patrick (17,18), United States of America
Rose, Justin (2,16,17,18), England
Schwartzel, Charl (1,18), South Africa
Scott, Adam (1,16,17,18), Australia
Senden, John (12,17,18), Australia
Simpson, Webb (2,17,18), United States of America
Singh, Vijay (1), Fiji
Spieth, Jordan (12,17,18), United States of America
Stadler, Kevin (12), United States of America
Stenson, Henrik (13,15,18), Sweden
# Streb, Robert (16), United States of America
Streelman, Kevin (16), United States of America
Stricker, Steve (18), United States of America
# Todd, Brendan (16,17), United States of America
# Tringale, Cameron (17), United States of America
Villegas, Camilo (16), Colombia
Walker, Jimmy (12,17,18), United States of America
Watson, Bubba (1,16,17,18), United States of America
Watson, Tom (1), United States of America
Weir, Mike (1), Canada
Westwood, Lee (12,18), England
# Willet, Danny (18), England
Woodland, Gary (17,18), United States of America
Woods, Tiger (1,5,18), United States of America
Woosnam, Ian (1), Wales
#* Yang, Gunn (6-A), Korea

# Denotes first Masters * Denotes Amateur ^ The Masters Committee, at its discretion, also invites international players not otherwise qualified.
Number after each name indicates the basis of qualification.

Qualification For Invitation

  1. Masters Tournament Champions (Lifetime)
  2. US Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
  3. British Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
  4. PGA Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
  5. Winners of The Players Championship (Three years)
  6. Current US Amateur Champion (6-A) (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year) and the runner-up (6-B) to the current US Amateur Champion
  7. Current British Amateur Champion (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year)
  8. Current Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion
  9. Current Latin America Amateur Champion
  10. Current US Amateur Public Links Champion
  11. Current US Mid-Amateur Champion
  12. The first 12 players, including ties, in the previous year's Masters Tournament
  13. The first 4 players, including ties, in the previous year's US Open Championship
  14. The first 4 players, including ties, in the previous year's British Open Championship
  15. The first 4 players, including ties, in the previous year's PGA Championship
  16. Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, from previous Masters to current Masters
  17. Those qualifying for the previous year's season-ending Tour Championship
  18. The 50 leaders on the Final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year
  19. The 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the current Masters Tournament

Past Champions Not Expected To Play in 2015

  • Tommy Aaron
  • Jack Burke Jr.
  • Billy Casper
  • Charles Coody
  • Nick Faldo
  • Raymond Floyd
  • Doug Ford
  • Bob Goalby
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • Arnold Palmer
  • Gary Player
  • Craig Stadler
  • Fuzzy Zoeller
2015 Masters Field List
December 22, 2014 - 10:41am
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Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth was with Roger Staubach and the Robertsons from 'Duck Dynasty' at the Cowboys game.

You could say it was a pretty good Sunday for Jordan Spieth. 

Just take a look at this photo he posted to Instagram from the Dallas Cowboys game: 


Related: Rory McIlroy attends Philadelphia Eagles game

There are a lot of things to like about this photo. Taking a picture with former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach -- who led the team to two Super Bowl victories -- and Willie and Korie Robertson from 'Duck Dynasty' is pretty great. But when you are wearing a fantastic tacky sweater, it makes it an even better photo. 

To make the day even better for Spieth, the Cowboys also routed the Indianapolis Colts to win the NFC East for the first time since 2009. 

Jordan Spieth goes all out at Cowboys game