February 26, 2017 - 3:20pm
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Erik Karlsson
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Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson -- during a round of golf with Jesper Parnevik -- saw the chance to take a photo with a nearby alligator. But before the picture could be snapped, Karlsson got a scare.

Erik Karlsson is the captain and a defenseman for the the Ottawa Senators. He also likes to play golf.

With the Senators in south Florida this weekend for a Sunday tilt with the Florida Panthers, Karlsson met up with fellow Swede Jesper Parnevik for a round of golf at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. on Saturday.

During the round, the group came upon an alligator minding its own business in a water hazard -- not an uncommon sight in that area of the country by any means.

Karlsson saw it as a great opportunity to snap a photo.

Just as he got into place, the gator gave the hockey tough guy the scare of a lifetime:

That was fantastic. 

Alligator spooks NHL star during round with Jesper Parnevik
February 26, 2017 - 2:13pm
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Jhonattan Vegas
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Check out Jhonattan Vegas' ace at the 179-yard, par-3 15th hole at PGA National -- the first hole of the 'Bear Trap.'

The 15th hole at PGA National's Champion Course -- a par 3 -- is the start of one of the most difficult three-hole stretches in golf, affectionately known as "The Bear Trap."

Playing at 179 yards on Sunday in the final round of the Honda Classic, Jhonattan Vegas used a 6-iron and had no problem with the hole whatsoever... he aced it.

Here's the video evidence:

That'll work.

Jhonattan Vegas aces first hole of PGA National's 'Bear Trap'
February 26, 2017 - 12:45pm
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Bryson DeChambeau
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After calling the USGA, "not a good organization" on Friday, Bryson DeChambeau tweeted out an apology on Sunday.

Bryson DeChambeau made headlines late in 2016 and early in 2017 for experimenting with a side-saddle putting stroke.

After the stroke came under scrutiny by the USGA, DeChambeau switched back to a conventional style. When he missed the cut by four shots on Friday at the Honda Classic -- after withdrawing 28 holes into the Genesis Open a week earlier with a hand injury -- DeChambeau expressed his displeasure with the USGA in an interview with Golf Digest reporter Brian Wacker.

"It (was) a long conversation," DeChambeau told Wacker. "But the USGA essentially doesn't like me doing it.

"I'm pretty much done with it. They're not a good organization, and you can quote me on that. I'm part of their family and as family it's very frustrating to see them stunt the growth of the game."

Naturally, the 2015 U.S. Amateur Champion caught some heat for the pointed words he used to describe the USGA.

On Sunday, DeChambeau released a statement via his Twitter account to apologize for his choice of words:

DeChambeau has missed the cut in six of his 11 starts this season, including four of his last five. The only tournament in that stretch where he didn't miss the cut was the WD at Riviera. 

Bryson DeChambeau apologizes for comments made Friday about USGA
February 26, 2017 - 11:56am
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Jason Day
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Citing the flu and a double ear infection, World No. 2 Jason Day withdrew from the WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday.

The World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, which tees off this Thursday, will be without World No. 2 Jason Day.

Day, who was supplanted from his No. 1 spot when Dustin Johnson won last week's Genesis Open at Riviera, cited a double ear infection and flu as the reasons for his decision to miss the first WGC event of the calendar year.

PGATOUR.com published a statement from Day regarding the withdrawal on Sunday:

"I'm truly disappointed to announce that I won't be able to play in next week's World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship. I have a double ear infection and the flu, which precludes me from preparing for and playing in the tournament. I have heard great things about the Mexico Championship and the golf course. I want to thank the Salinas family for their support of the event. I look forward to teeing it up there next year."

Day, the 2015 PGA Champion, is also a two-time winner of another World Golf Championships event -- the Dell Match Play.

Jason Day withdraws from WGC-Mexico Championship