October 29, 2014 - 7:57am
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Sergio Garcia did everything but win on the PGA Tour in 2014-15. Will that change this season?

The PGA Tour 2014-15 season rolls on this week at Kuala Lumpur Golf & CC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ryan Moore is the defending champ after outlasting Gary Woodland in a playoff a year ago. The field includes a lot of big names, highlighted by the likes of Sergio Garcia, Billy Horschel, Jason Dufner, Charl Schwartzel and Davis Love III.

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Here are five players to keep in eye on in the fourth tournament of the new season.

5. Hideki Matsuyama
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T3 Frys.com Open
Reason to watch: I really expected Matsuyama to take off after snagging his first PGA Tour win in June at the Memorial. It's not necessarily that he played poorly after the win -- he only missed the cut once in his next nine starts and played through to the Tour Championship -- but he didn't set the Tour on fire either. Well, in just two starts this season, Matsuyama is already halfway (two) to his top-10 total (four) from last season. After a tie for third at the Frys.com Open, he tied for 10th at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He should be refreshed after a week off. A year ago, Matsuyama tied for 25th at the CIMB Classic. He'll improve on that this time around.

4. Ryan Moore
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Missed cut at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Reason to watch: I'm not going to make a big deal out of that missed cut in Vegas for Moore. It was his first start of the new season. Shaking off the rust. He returns to Malaysia this week as the defending champ after edging Gary Woodland in a playoff in 2013. Moore's CIMB win in 2013 was one of seven top 10s he enjoyed in the 2013-14 season. He's looking to make the Tour Championship for the first time since 2012, so why not get the momentum started at a familiar place?

3. Paul Casey
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
First start
Reason to watch: In 2009, Casey was the No. 3-ranked player in the world. Due to injuries, he slipped down in recent years, but showed signs that things are moving in the right direction over the last several months. Though he didn't have a single top 10 on the PGA Tour in 16 starts during the 2013-14 season, Casey did win in the middle of September at the European Tour's KLM Open. His game is on the rise again and he'll be a player to watch throughout the season.

2. Gary Woodland
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
First start
Reason to watch: Woodland's runner-up finish to Moore at this very event in 2013 proved to be his best tournament of the season. It was one of five top 10s overall. The long-hitting Woodland has made big strides in his short game, and is regarded by many as the best athlete on Tour. Injuries have been a problem at times and that seems to be the only thing holding Woodland back. This two-time Tour winner is one of those players you can envision contending every time he tees it up.

1. Sergio Garcia
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
First start
Reason to watch: The only thing Garcia didn't do on the PGA Tour in 2013-14 is win. In 16 starts, he made the cut 15 times and finished among the top 10 on 10 occasions, including three runner-up efforts and two third-place showings. That's impressive stuff. One of Garcia's rare non-top-10 finishes was a T11 at the CIMB Classic. I like his chances this week. 

2014 CIMB Classic | Five players to watch
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Martin Kaymer can outdrive many of us just using his putter.

When I was growing up in West Texas, one of the games we played on the golf course was to choose a hole and play it with just one club from the peg to bottom of the cup. The biggest challenge was to play the longest par 5 using only your putter.

One of us would occasionally make a par. That was quite a feat, but nothing like what Martin Kaymer – who won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf last month – and Bernhard Langer – who on Sunday – recently accomplished with their putters.

GOLF BUZZ: These youngsters are world-class golf ball jugglers 

As part of a Mercedes-Benz promotion, the two German superstars challenged each other to a long-drive contest using only regulation-length putters. The results, recorded on a Trackman ball flight analysis device, were quite impressive.

Each player got three whacks, and each gained more distance with every swing. The 57-year-old Langer said he was most pleased that he didn't break his putter, but his drives were pretty outstanding  – especially considering that Kaymer is considerably larger and almost 30 years younger. The final result: Kaymer went 212.3 meters (that's 232.17 yards), while Langer's best was 190.2 meters (208 yards).

Here's the video of their showdown:

 

 

Martin Kaymer and Bernhard Langer hit their putters 200 yards
October 28, 2014 - 1:18pm
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Keegan Bradley and Michael Jordan at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

The 2014-15 NBA season tips off tonight. As part of the build-up to the big hoops night ahead, Michael Jordan -- His Airness -- took over the Charlotte Hornets Twitter account for a while on Tuesday, fielding questions from fans using the hashtag "#MJTakeover."

The Chicago Bulls legend is also the owner of the Hornets.

So, you're asking yourself, what does any of that have to do with golf?

Good question.

Here's the answer: 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley was one of those "fans" to shoot Jordan a question.

Bradley has become friends with MJ over the last few years and even wears customized "Air Jordan" golf shoes.

So what was Bradley's question to his golf buddy?

 

As of this posting, MJ -- the king of trash-talking -- had yet to reply to Bradley.

We're guessing he'll find a way to squeak a few more strokes out of Bradley during their next round together.

UPDATE: Jordan has responded. As usual, MJ wins.

Keegan Bradley tosses a question to Michael Jordan
October 28, 2014 - 11:09am
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A single-engine plane crashed into a pond on a golf course after attempting a fairway landing on Monday.

This is something you don't see everyday: An airplane in distress attempts to land in a fairway on a golf course, but misses and winds up in a water hazard.

It might sound crazy, but that's precisely what happened on Monday at a golf course near Dallas.

A single-engine plane landed in a pond at Prestonwood Country Club after its engine failed.

Reporter Claire Cardona from the Dallas News wrote:

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., the plane went down in the golf course at the country club near Plano Parkway and Midway Road. The pilot, who was the only person on board, tried to land on the fairway, but the plane flipped and ended upside down in the pond, said Plano Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Capt. Peggy Harrell.

Miraculously, the pilot was not injured and got himself out of the plane.

h/t Golf News Net 

Plane attempts golf course landing, finds pond instead
October 27, 2014 - 9:46pm
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John Daly and Yao Ming
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John Daly might have to change his "Big John" nickname after meeting up with Yao Ming in China.
John Daly spent the last week over in China playing in the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am and – perhaps more importantly – minging with the celebrities. If you follow him on social media, you saw him post photos with stars like Jessica Alba and Kenny G.
 
Daly posted his most memorable image of the week Monday night, though. As you can see, it shows him standing next to a building on the driving range at Mission Hills. Oh wait, that's no building – it's former NBA standout Yao Ming.
 
"I look like a Mini Me?" Big John asked on Twitter, and the answer to that question is a big fat yes.
 
 
Yao, as NBA fans might remember, stands a cool 7-foot-6. Daly, according to the PGA Tour, checks in at 5-foot 11. That makes Yao 19 inches taller than Daly and, in this photo, he looks every bit of it.
 
"thisguyisbig," Daly added to his tweet, and "andi'mnosmallguy." 
 
No kidding, John. No kidding.
 
Yao, by the way, took up golf a few years ago. Being 7-foot-6 makes getting down to the ball a little tougher, as we can see in this video of Yao from 2012. But he's stuck with the game and, considering how popular he remains, his enthusiasm no doubt is a big boost for golf in China.
 
 
Yao Ming makes John Daly look tiny
October 27, 2014 - 5:31pm
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The golf trick-shot artists Bryan Brothers are at it again in this unbelievable video that incorporates some basketball.

If you've never heard of "Legendary Shots" they're basically the basketball trick-shot version of the golf-trick specialists Bryan Bros. Put the two together and what do you get?

This absolutely, unbelievable, insane video:

There are so many you've-got-to-be-kidding-me moments packed into this five-minute video shot recently at FarmLinks Golf Club in Alabama that you just need to see it for yourself to believe it.

Here's the description of the video from Legendary Shots:

We teamed up with our friends George and Wesley Bryan, otherwise known as the Bryan Bros, for an epic combination of basketball and golf. All of us had a blast making this video, and we are especially grateful for Farmlinks Golf Club for letting us use their course and facilities. Seriously, they gave us each a personal golf cart to use while we were there, how awesome is that?!

Cool, but not nearly as awesome as all these shots! 

The latest outstanding Bryan Bros. trick-shot video