March 15, 2017 - 10:15am
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T.J. Auclair
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Rickie Fowler
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The Arnold Palmer Invitational this week will be the first time the tournament is played since the death of its namesake. There are many tributes we'll see through out the week. This one by Rickie Fowler is one of the coolest.

This week will be an emotional one on the PGA Tour.

For the first time, the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill will be played without its host.

Palmer died on September 25, 2016 -- the Sunday before the start of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. If you remember that week, where the Americans won for the first time since 2008, the red, white and blue also swept the first session of the matches, 4-0. That hadn't been done since Palmer was team captain in 1975.

The King's presence was felt that entire week and every day since. He was golf's first celebrity.

Things haven't been the same without Palmer. A giant like that can't be replaced and will never be forgotten.

There will be countless tributes to the King this week, befitting of a King. This one by Rickie Fowler is pretty cool.

In collaboration with PUMA, Fowler will be wearing these special Arnold Palmer-themed golf high-tops at Bay Hill:

 

 

We often hear about guys that "get it."

That's Fowler.

This awesome gesture isn't the first time Fowler has paid tribute in a very visible way to an icon.

At the 2014 U.S. Open played at Pinehurst, where Payne Stewart won his final major before perishing in a tragic plane accident back in 1999, Fowler wanted to make sure Stewart was still on everyone's mind.

Here's what Fowler wore for the first day of the competition:

 

 

Very cool.
 

Rickie Fowler pays homage to Arnold Palmer with special shoes
March 12, 2017 - 4:58pm
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Adam Hadwin
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Adam Hadwin holed the kind of birdie putt on Sunday at the Valspar Championship that you're not truly expecting to make.

Remember that bad break at the 10th hole we told you about earlier for Adam Hadwin when he hit the flagstick with an approach shot?

Well, the golf gods made up for it at the 13th hole. Check out this massive, 53-foot birdie putt Hadwin knocked down:

 

 

It's a good thing that went in too. Hadwin's playing partner, Patrick Cantlay, made a short birdie putt moments later that would have cut the lead to one shot.

Hadwin, a Canadian in his third season on the PGA Tour, is looking for his first victory.

Adam Hadwin holes 53-foot birdie putt
March 12, 2017 - 4:18pm
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Sometimes you're just too dialed in for your own good. Just ask Adam Hadwin.

Sometimes a player hits a golf shot that's so good, it actually turns out to be too good... and he or she catches a bad break.

That was the case at the 10th hole at Innisbrook on Sunday in the final round of the Valspar Championship.

Leader Adam Hadwin hit just a perfect wedge shot into the green. The yardage was so perfect, it clanked the flagstick and ricocheted considerably further away from the hole than it would have been had it just missed.

Instead of a tap-in for birdie, Hadwin has to settle for a par:

Hate when that happens. 

Adam Hadwin clanks ball off flagstick
March 12, 2017 - 3:18pm
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Struggling with your bunker game? Maybe instead of a traditional sand wedge or lob wedge, you might want to opt for a nearby rake like this guy.

I'm not sure where this video was shot, when it was shot, or who the man is that pulled it off.

All I know is that I saw it on Twitter this afternoon and -- if real and not somehow video altered -- is awesome.

I have a hard enough time escaping a greenside bunker with a sand wedge or lob wedge. Here's this guy not only blasting out with a rake, but dropping it in the cup too.

Pretty sure a "rake" is not a legal club to have in the bag though.

Even still...

How many takes?

The rake job immediately after holing the shot was James Bond-like in its smoothness.  

Man holes out from bunker... with a rake