March 2, 2017 - 4:08pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Check out this emotional reunion between a father and his three daughters as he surprises them at Topgolf.

It just got real, real dusty in here.

Check out this video posted to the Topgolf Facebook page of a father reuniting at Topgolf with his unsuspecting family after a military tour of duty:

That's just beautiful.

h/t Golf Digest

Father returns from military service, surprises daughters at Topgolf
March 2, 2017 - 2:19pm
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T.J. Auclair
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WGC-Mexico Championship
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It's in the... HOOOOOOOLE! Does it get any better than Mexican soccer broadcasters calling golf?

The ladies and gentlemen of Mexico love their soccer... make that, "fútbol."

Even if you're not a huge fan of the sport, surely you're familiar with how excited the Mexican broadcasters get when they see a goal, right?

Something like this:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if those same announcers covered golf? The late Robin Williams did when he performed his classic, NSFW golf bit years ago.

Said Williams: "I want the guy who does Mexican soccer to do golf one time: The ball is going... The ball is going to the... HOOOOOOOOOOOLE!"

Fast forward to the 3:07 mark:

Well, wonder no more what it would be like.

With the PGA Tour in Mexico City this week for the WGC-Mexico Championship, fútbol broadcasters Antonio Rosiques and Carlos Guerrero were on hand during a practice round to offer their unique commentary... and it didn't disappoint:

I'm all for one tournament per year with commentary like that. Imagine these guys on the par-3 16th at Augusta National on the Sunday of the Masters?


Mexico fútbol broadcasters call golf at WGC-Mexico Championship
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In February, a Florida man used his Cleveland putter to escape the jaws of an alligator. Just recently, Srixon/Cleveland hooked the man up with a new set of clubs, including some sweet, custom wedges.

Last month, we relayed the story about a Florida man named Tony Aarts, who made news when he used his Cleveland Golf putter to fight off a 10-foot alligator that had dragged him into a pond by his right foot.

Aarts -- in Chubbs Peterson style -- hit the gator in its eye socket until the beast let go.

Thankfully, Aarts was able to walk away from the life-threatening ordeal without any serious injuries.

The folks at Srixon/Cleveland Golf took notice of what Aarts did and surprised him at the same course where the encounter took place -- Magnolia Landing Golf & Country Club in North Fort Myers, Fla. -- recently to present him with a new set of golf clubs, which included these awesome, personalized wedges:

Good on Srixon/Cleveland.

Here's to hoping Aarts is chasing only birdies and eagles with the new sticks. 

Man who fought off gator with Cleveland putter presented with new set of clubs
Changes to the rules of golf
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In an effort to make the game faster and easier to play, the R&A and USGA, with help from the PGA of America, proposed a list of rules changes on Wednesday.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association released a draft of modern rules Wednesday aimed at speeding up the game and simplifying some of the game's more complicated rules. There were five proposed changes that we love and can't wait to start using. Here they are:

5. Proposed Change: 'Maximum Score' Form of Stroke Play

Explanation: A player's score for each hole is capped at a maximum set by the Committee, which may be fixed (such as 6, 8, 10, etc.), related to par (such as two times par or triple bogey), or related to the player’s handicap (such as net double bogey).

A player who does not complete a hole (often referred to informally as "picking up") would not be disqualified, but simply gets the maximum score for the hole.

Why we love it: This is sooo much better than putting an "X" on the scorecard, or having that one playing partner who picks up and always says, "Put me down for a..." Whatever. Now you can put them -- or yourself -- down for a definitive number. This rule would also be a relief for those of us who are adamant about playing every stroke through the hole, even if it adds up to a number in the high teens.

RELATED: Golf unveils a modern set of rules to make game faster, easier to play

4. Proposed Change: Use of Distance-Measuring Devices

Explanation: New Rule 4.3 will allow players to use DMDs to measure distance.

But a Committee may adopt a Local Rule prohibiting such use of DMDs.

Why we love it: Many of us may do this already. But seeing as technology in equipment has come such a long way, why should it only be limited to your golf ball and clubs? Instead of walking off yardages, it's easier and -- usually accurate within a 1/2-yard -- to just go ahead and shoot the distance with a laser. It also eliminates human error (provided you or your caddie are in fact shooting the correct target). This may rub some players the wrong way, as they'll no longer have a caddie to blame for an incorrect yardage.

3. Proposed Change: Unplayable Ball in a Bunker (two-stroke penalty)

Explanation: The player would have an extra option allowing relief outside the bunker using the back-on-a-line procedure, but for a total of two penalty strokes (New Rule 19.3b).

Why we love it: Let's face it -- there's nothing worse than arriving at a bunker only to find your ball embedded in the lip. This new rule -- even while enforcing a two-stroke penalty should you decide to take relief outside the bunker -- will prove to be extremely kind to golfers. Think about it: Yes, it's a two-stroke penalty, but chances are you were going to use at least two strokes to get out of that bunker anyway, right? Why not take the penalty and get a clean lie from whatever yardage you're most comfortable with?

2. Proposed Change: Encouraging Prompt Pace of Play

Explanation: New Rule 5.6 would encourage prompt pace of play by recommending that:

Players should recognize that their pace of play affects others and they should play promptly throughout the round (such as by preparing in advance for each stroke and moving promptly between strokes and in going to the next tee).

A player should make a stroke in no more than 40 seconds (and usually in less time) after the player is able to play without interference or distraction.

Committees should adopt a Pace of Play Policy (rather than only say they may do so).

In addition, new Rule 6.4 would expressly allow playing out of turn in match play by agreement, and for stroke play would affirmatively allow and encourage players to play out of turn in a safe and responsible way to save time or for convenience (also known as "ready golf").

Why we love it: Playing "ready golf" has been an "unwritten rule" for years. Getting it on the books just makes a whole lot of sense.

1. Proposed Change: New Procedure for Dropping a Ball

Explanation: Players would continue to drop a ball when taking relief, but the dropping procedure would be changed in several ways as detailed in Rule 14.3.

How a ball may be dropped is simplified, with no limitations on how the ball must be held or how high it must be dropped from; the only requirement would be that the ball be let go from any height above the ground or any growing thing or other natural or artificial object so that it falls through the air, rather than being set down or placed on these things.

Why we love it: This is as close as you're going to get to being able to place your golf ball without actually placing it. Shoot -- it may even eliminate the need to place a ball after two bad drops.  

What's next: The proposal, which now faces six months of public feedback, reduces the number of rules from 34 to 24. Depending on the six-month public comment period, the proposal would be finalized in 2018 and become effective in 2019.

The new rules of golf are here and there are 5 we can't wait to put into play