Mason Nome
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Mason Nome "has dreamed since he was little about someday playing golf for the University of Texas," his father, Craig Nome, said.
Every so often, we see a story in which an ambitious young athlete pledges his allegiance to a college program years before he's eligible to actually do so. Just last month, Little League star Mo'ne Davis of Philadelphia expressed her desire to play college basketball at UConn, even though she's just entered the eighth grade.
 
It's happened again, this time in golf. Just the other day, 13-year-old Mason Nome of Houston announced his intention to play at the University of Texas after he graduates from the Kinkaid School in 2019.
 
"He has dreamed since he was little about someday playing golf for the University of Texas," his father, Craig Nome, told Golfweek, "and he cannot wait to be part of the future of Texas golf."
 
A lot of times, these youthful dreams fade in the light of reality. Nome, however, just might become an integral part of the Longhorns program – which enters this season ranked No. 1 – down the road. 
 
 
The eighth-grader is the second-ranked player in Golfweek's Class of 2019, and has assembled an impressive record in junior events over the past couple of seasons. He won the 11-12 age group at the 2013 Callaway Junior World Championships in San Diego, then tied for 36th in the 13-14 division this July – in his first start since breaking his arm in May.
 
He's got a lot to live up to in his high school career, though. Recent Longhorn product Jordan Spieth – who will make his Ryder Cup in a few days – was one of the best nation's high school players since Tiger Woods. 
 
And the current Longhorns roster includes sophomore Beau Hossler, who led the 2012 U.S. Open before falling into a tie for 29th as a high-schooler, and who just this week helped the U.S. Team win the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan; freshman Scottie Scheffler, a three-time Texas state high school champion who tied for the 22nd in the HP Byron Nelson Championship last summer; and Taylor Funk, a 2013 Florida state high school champion who is also the son of PGA Tour and Champions Tour player Fred Funk.
 
If Nome makes it to Austin, he won't be the first Kinkaid School product to do so. Andrew Priest, a 2014 Kinkaid graduate, is a freshman on the Longhorn squad this fall. And Nome's teammate Cole Hammer, who's a year older, gave a verbal commitment to the Horns last year.
 
The No. 1-ranked Longhorns, coincidentally, are opening their 2014-15 campaign this weekend at the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields in Chicago.
 
13-year-old commits to Texas golf team – and he might be a keeper
September 13, 2014 - 3:48pm
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Adam Scott
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Adam Scott doesn't let a sprinkler head interfere with his concentration Saturday at East Lake.

I don't know what it is with Adam Scott and sprinkler heads, but he's had his share of odd run-ins with them this year.

On Saturday during the third round of the Tour Championship, Scott's ball wound up on the edge of one circling the green at East Lake's No. 14 hole. And here's what happened next:

 

 

That's a pretty impressive birdie, considering the situation.

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Scott wasn't as fortunate at the PGA Championship last month. His approach shot on the sixth hole at Valhalla seemed to be heading directly for the flag when it caught a sprinkler head and ricocheted left. Scott wound up making bogey on the hole.

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Adam Scott chips in from sprinkler head lie
September 13, 2014 - 11:15am
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Danielle Kang
Aiguille du Midi Mountain is in the French Alps, and tops out at an elevation of 12,605 feet.

Recently, we've come across some photos of recreational golfers teeing it up from some crazy places. This time, we've got ones from professional golfers. 

Danielle Kang, a member of the LPGA Tour, and Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods who is currently on the Ladies European Tour, missed the cut at this week's Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France, but that doesn't mean their weekend of golf was done. On Saturday, they ventured to the top of Aiguille du Midi Mountain for some breathtaking photos. 

 

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If they did hit a ball (we can't be sure based on the photos), how far would they hit it? Math textbook question aside, Aiguille du Midi Mountain, located in the Franch Alps, tops out at an elevation of 12,605 feet. According to her LPGA Tour bio page, Kang has an average driving distance of 254.5 yards and Woods' Ladies European Tour bio page says her average is 243.3 yards. Add in what looks like a less-than-favorable lie and the thin air and it gets way too complicated for me. Let's just call it far. 

You have to give them credit for not beeing too bundled up. According to a follow-up Instagram post by Kang, it was minus 2 degrees Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenheit) at the top of Aiguille du Midi Mountain.

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While their performances at the Evian Championship may not be memorable, it sure looks like their trip to France will be.  

Teeing off from a mountaintop
September 12, 2014 - 1:48pm
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Guess the course
Who knows which course this is?

Welcome to our new format for our 'Guess the Course' game. 

Instead of just posting a picture to our Facebook page and using the comments field for your guesses, we've decided to post it all here. Plus, down below, you can find the answer -- no more waiting around to hear what it is. 

So with that said, here's today's photo. It comes to us from a course in an area of the United States that's about to get very popular as soon as all the leaves change color in the fall. 

Can you guess which course it is? 

 

 

 

Here's the answer. Thanks to @sblockard on Instagram for sharing it with us. 

 

Guess the course: Sept. 12, 2014
September 12, 2014 - 1:48pm
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Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods
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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have become friends and rivals.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy recently joined Rachel Nichols from CNN's 'Unguarded,' to talk about their rivalry and friendship.

Which is it?

"Both," Woods said. "First rivals, I think, initially. But we've gotten to know each other over the last few years and we've become pretty good friends."

Later in the interview, Nichols asked Woods which of the two was the face of golf these days with McIlroy having won four majors in the last three years.

"Whether I am, or he is is irrelevant," Woods said. "As competitors and players we just want to win tournaments. He's doing a lot better job at it than I am."

You can watch the clip here:

Rory or Tiger? Who's the face of the game?
September 12, 2014 - 12:32pm
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The spectator didn't get to keep the ball, but he did get a handshake for McIlroy and a fantastic story.

Talk about a hole-in-one. 

Rory McIlroy's drive on the 14th tee during the second round of the Tour Championship at East Lake didn't end up in the cup, but instead the ball found its way into a spectator's pocket. And no, the spectator did not bend down and snatch the ball. Turns out that the ball found him. 

As you can see in the video, McIlroy's drive hit some trees to the right of the fairway and ricocheted the ball straight into the right pocket of the spectator. 

Clearly, McIlroy was a good sport about this wacky shot and had a good chuckle about it. McIlroy got his ball back and then took a drop en route to a par 4 on the hole. 

It doesn't matter what else happens this weekend, it seems pretty safe to say that this is the shot of the week. 

 

Rory McIlroy hits shot into spectator's pocket