November 4, 2016 - 7:29am
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Smylie Kaufman
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There's nothing like a good prank. In Las Vegas this week where he's defending his first PGA Tour win, Smylie Kaufman was the victim of the old rubber-snake gag.

There are many people who love snakes.

I, for one, am not one of those people. And, as we recently learned, neither is PGA Tour winner Smylie Kaufman.

The 24-year-old Kaufman is in Las Vegas this week to defend his title in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. During Wednesday's pro-am, his caddie decided to give Kaufman's amateur partners a good chuckle while nearly giving his boss a heart attack.

As you'll see in the video below, Kaufman casually picks his tee out of the teeing ground after a drive and walks over to his bag to put his club away. Just as he's about to do so, he notices a snake:

 

Fun Pro-am @shrinersopen with @jjd7007 and Mike Meldman until they planted a fake snake on my bag...#casamigoscrew

A video posted by Smylie Kaufman (@smyliekaufman10) on

Overall, pretty brave reaction. I would have fallen down.

In this Instagram video from Ben Crane showing a different angle, you can see the caddie setting up the prank:

Fantastic. And a warning to my future playing partners: NEVER DO THIS TO ME.

As for the most famous rubber-snake golf gag of all time? That still belongs to Lee Trevino, who tossed a rubber snake at Jack Nicklaus on the first tee of an 18-hole playoff in the 1971 U.S. Open to lighten the tension:

Smylie Kaufman startled by fake snake prank
November 3, 2016 - 12:00pm
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mini golf
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If you thought a trip to play mini golf was just for the kids or something to do on date night, think again. It's actually a serious competitive sport for some.

A windmill. A clown's mouth.

Those are just two things that might immediately jump to mind when you think "mini golf."

For a small contigent, mini golf isn't just something to do on date-night, or something to do with the kids on the weekend... instead, it's a legit competitive sport.

Check out this video posted to YouTube by Great Big Story on Oct. 19. It tells the story of what it's like for the players in the cutthroat world of mini-golf, focusing on the Masters National Pro Mini Golf Championship, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where the winner gets -- maybe you guessed it -- a coveted green jacket (the Members-Only variety):

 

 

Did you hear the guy who said players can be out on a mini-golf course, mapping it out for 10 hours per day for several days leading up the tournament?

And you thought PGA Tour practice rounds were slow!

The video is a fascinating look into a world of mini-golf you probably never knew existed. 

An inside look at competitive mini golf
November 3, 2016 - 11:04am
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Adam Scott, Rafa Cabrera-Bello
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Every place you go has a local delicacy. Wherever Adam Scott and Rafa Cabrera-Bello are munching on these fat, white bugs certainly isn't a delicacy I'll ever have interest in trying.

While you were probably sleeping (it's OK. Game 7 went really late), former Masters champion Adam Scott and 2016 European Ryder Cupper Rafa Cabrera-Bello were dining on live, white bugs...

... So here's the video for your nightmares later tonight:

 

 

When you need some protein you just need it!!!! @adamscottmigc

A video posted by Rafa Cabrera Bello (@rcabrerabello) on

 

"It's freaking out," said Adam Scott right before dining on the thing.

That looked more like an episode of "Fear Factor" and "fear was obviously not a factor for Adam and Rafa."

Adam Scott, Rafa Cabrera-Bello chomp on live bugs
November 2, 2016 - 9:52am
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Excuses
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As golfers everywhere -- no matter the level of ability -- can attest, bad shots are not our fault. Is there a better sport in which a player can make an excuse for something going wrong than in golf? Here are 21 great excuses.

As golfers everywhere -- no matter the level of ability -- can attest, bad shots are not our fault.

Is there a better sport in which a player can make an excuse for something going wrong than in golf?

Didn't think so.

Golf and excuses go together like carrots and peas.

With that, here is our list of 21 go-to excuses for poor golf. Maybe you've used some of them and maybe there are some you can add to your excuse-making arsenal, in which case, you're welcome!

21. After adding up a lousy 18-hole score: "You know, if it weren't for the double bogeys on 6, 9 and 15, I would have had a hell of a score today."

20. Bad tee shot after bad tee shot while renting clubs or borrowing a set from a friend: "These shafts are too whippy for me."

19. When you miss a putt inside of 2 feet: "Man, I thought you were going to give me that one. I was rattled when you didn't."

18. When playing poorly on a vacation or a business trip: "I'm not used to this type of grass."

17. When you whiff: "Practice swing!"

16. Poor shot when there's a group in front of you on the green on a par 5? "I took a little off that one so I wouldn't hit the group in front of us. Every time I do that I hit a hook."

15. "I recently switched golf balls. Always an adjustment."

14. "Right swing, wrong club."

13. Missed putt? Check the putter face, stick the putter out in front of your body to see if it's bent.

12. Missed putt inside of 5 feet? Immediately tap down an imaginary spike mark.

11. Bad shot from the middle of the fairway in perfect weather conditions? Try these...

- "The greenskeeper (two fairways over) couldn't turn off the damn mower for 20 seconds?!"
- "Figures. I hit the ball right down the pipe and it's sitting in a divot."
- "Do the birds only chirp when it's my turn?"

10. Terrible bunker shot? "These bunkers are like concrete" or "This sand is way too fluffy."

9. Terrible lag putt? Look at your caddie and say, "Yeah. Nice read."

8. Smash driver into the trees on the left or right side of the fairway?

- "Damn. The wind took that one." Meanwhile, precisely zero leaves are moving.
- "Who's the idiot that said trees are 90 percent air?"
- "Well, that's as good as I can hit it. Would have been perfect if that tree didn't get in the way."

7. Ball into the water? "Always happens when I use a 'good ball'"

6. Can't do anything right? "This is why I should never play right after a lesson."

5. Acting like your Tiger Woods (aka, infinitely better than you actually are): "One yard!"

4. Tee shot slices into the woods? "Interesting. I literally never hit it there. That's not my miss."

3. Shot that lands way short, or way over a green?

- "Well, this sprinklerhead is wrong!"
- "And that's why laser rangefinders are only 99.99% accurate right there."

2. Perfect lie, middle of the fairway and there's been rain recently, scream "MUD BALL!"

 

 

1. Shot doesn't go as planned from a tree root, but you still salvage a decent round? "A bone kinda popped out, joint went out of place, but I put it back in."

 

And, just for fun, here's video of one of our all-time favorite golf meltdowns: 

21 go-to excuses for poor golf
November 1, 2016 - 11:00am
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bad golf shots
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Have you ever thought, "this is a golf shot I probably shouldn't try to hit, but I'm going to go for it anyway?" So did these guys.

If you've played golf -- or watched it -- long enough, you've hit and seen your fair share of great shots. That's what keeps us all coming back, isn't it?

Yeah, well this piece is about the complete opposite of that.

This piece is going to detail seven golf shots captured on video that were doomed before they were ever attempted.

7. Dads aren't always the brightest bulbs in the world at times. I can say that as the father of two young boys. As David Feherty might say, we can be "a few french fries short of a Happy Meal."

That's the only way to explain what happens in this first offering as a dad let's his toddler son attempt to hit a golf ball out out of his mouth. Lucky for dad, the equipment was plastic:

 

 

6. Golf trick shots have been all the rage these last few years. A lot of them -- we're looking at the Bryan Brothers -- are fantastic.

However, for those who aren't pros like the Bryan Bros., well, things can guy wrong in a hurry...

... Which brings us to this duo of Rhodes Scholars. One golfer in a bunker, attempting to flop the ball up to his buddy, who will then smash it -- full volley -- with a driver.

The only thing the two didn't count on was the guy in the bunker catching his shot thin. Oops:

 

 

5. The shot itself in this next video is actually rather tame compared to the others on this list. It features a man hitting a tough -- but far from impossible -- shot from along the bank of a pond.

Looks like he picked his head up a little early, though, and his ball goes backward into the water... which leads to the best part of this video -- the meltdown:

 

 

4. Family videos are a treasure. Why dads can't figure out that filming a cute kid attempting to hit a hard object in our direction might lead to something painful, I'll never know.

Like this dad, who thought it would be a great idea to capture his 4-year-old son messing around with a way-too-long for him golf club. Holding the right-handed club left-handed and like a hockey stick, the 4-year-old smacks the ball... directly at dad:

 

 

3. Former NHL star Teemu Selänne spends a lot of time on the golf course these days. Earlier this year, he captured this video of a buddy who attempted a recovery shot from the water's edge.

When you have to stand that close to the golf ball because of a hazard directly behind you, it's probably worth it to rethink your shot selection.

Then again, it would deprive us all of this:

 

 

You rather wanna be one day as Lion than 100years as a lamb

A video posted by Teemu Selanne (@sel8nneteemu) on

 

2. On paper, a bank shot off a railroad tie doesn't seem like a horrible idea. In fact, it seems like a much better idea than taking a penalty for an unplayable lie.

What this next golfer does, however, seems almost impossible. His bank shot goes through his own legs and right into the part of the body no man wants to get hit on his innocent bystander buddy.

This is fantastic (language may be a little NSFW):

 

 

1. Touring professionals will do anything to attempt to save a stroke. After all, it's their livelihood. Jacques Kruyswijk's attempt to save a stroke on the Sunshine Tour in 2015 resulted in a painful shot to his manhood.

Playing from behind a tree stump, Kruyswijk tried to advance his ball forward. It would have been golden had he pulled it off. Instead, it brought him to his knees:

 

 

 

7 golf shots that were doomed before they were struck