By PGA.com staff
Bubba Watson’s chance to impress his favorite NFL team slipped through the two-time Masters champion’s fingers.
Watson, an avid New Orleans Saints fan, attended the team’s training camp last week at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, where he owns a home. Watson tweeted pictures of him with Saints’ coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. But his big moment came on Friday.
In a designed trick play that NOLA.com reported had Watson randomly coming off the sideline onto the field after the ball was snapped, Brees targeted him a deep ball. The pass hit him in the hands. And he dropped it. Stories vary regarding who was to blame for the incompletion that drew boos from spectators.
“He’s blaming me, saying I under-threw him,” Brees told reporters after the practice. “I didn’t want to overthrow him. I thought it was something he could come back to. So he’s saying QB error. I’m saying receiver error. What I really wanted was an over-the-top throw. We’re going to have to practice that. I’m going to have to get him off the course this afternoon and back here for some extra reps.”
By the looks of things, Watson had plenty of fun, though. He spent time signing autographs and taking pictures with fans and the Saints players and coaches. And he even got his hands on the Saints playbook. We're guessing the trick play to Watson is no longer included.
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) July 24, 2014
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On July 14, Keith and Sandy (Hurt) Lemon were married on the ninth hole of the Fostoria Country Club in Fostoria, Ohio. It was a simple wedding, attended by immediate family and followed by a reception at the local Bob Evans.
So what made the happy couple choose the ninth hole as the spot where they wanted to get married? It's the hole where Keith has had all sorts of trouble.
The idea spawned from a round at the course before the wedding.
"We decided to play 18 holes and at the same time discuss plans for a simple wedding," Keith said. "We were almost set to have the wedding at a small church in town when I just finished the ninth hole par-3 with a double bogey and Sandy said we should get married at the ninth tee."
His reaction was about what you would expect.
"My reaction was, you have to be kidding, I play better on a par 5," Keith said.
His bad experiences on the hole weren't enough to sway Keith against the idea.
"We agreed to marry on the ninth because both golf and marriage take work," Keith said.
Three hours after the reception, Keith and Sandy – who met at a meet and greet with high school friends – played 18 holes at Fostoria. So did the wedding help Keith get over the troubles that had plagued him?
"Again, a double bogey on the ninth hole," he said, noting that score was not kept in their post-nuptial round.
Fostoria Country Club has been a special place already for the couple. That's where their second date was four years ago. And they play together every weekend at one of four local courses, including Fostoria.
The course was open during the 10:30 a.m. ceremony, but most of the golfers were on the back nine. The couple had told the manager that they would allow golfers to play through if any showed up in the middle of their 15-minute ceremony.
And what about the honeymoon? Well, that hasn't happened yet, but for good reason. They're going to Akron, Ohio, on Aug. 1 and 2 for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
When former Atlanta Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this Sunday, there more than likely won't be any mention of their exploits on the golf course on their plaques. But there very well could be.
Glavine and Maddux, who helped pitch the Braves to the World Series title in 1995, are both regulars out on the course and both maintain pretty impressive handicaps.
Maddux, who plays most often in the Las Vegas area, carries a 3.9 handicap out onto the course, according to the USGA's Golf Handicap and Information Network. Glavine has his former teammate beat with his 3.4 on a pair of Georgia courses, according to GHIN.
How does Maddux look out there? Take a look at his swing, compared to former Braves teammate John Smoltz's swing.
Not bad for guys who made their living on a baseball diamond. Then again, golf is not something these two picked up after retirement from baseball. Both played regularly on days they didn't pitch, and Maddux now runs a charity outing every year in Las Vegas.
Maddux even competed in the American Century Championship last weekend, finishing 45th. "Mad Dog" has become a staple at the celebrity event, having played in every one since his first year following his baseball career (2009), and finishing a career-best 33rd in 2011.
Glavine hasn't competed in any big events but he still carries the reputation as a golfer. When the announcement was made in January that he and Maddux had been elected into the Hall of Fame (along with former Chicago White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas), the duo appeared on MLB Network to participate in a chipping contest.
(Skip ahead to 1:50 to see Maddux hit first)
The crazy part about this is Maddux and Glavine may not have even been the best golfers on the Braves in the mid 1990s. Smoltz was another avid golfer and has on multiple occasions tried to qualify for the U.S. Open.
Smoltz, who could be inducted into the Hall of Fame as soon as next year, has also competed in every American Century Championship since 2010, and has ended each championship in the top 10.
While not as good as any of the three pitchers, former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was another golfer on those Braves teams. He participated in the past two ACC events following his retirement after the 2012 season. At the PGA Championship last year, Jones talked with PGA.com about his golf career.
If that wasn't enough of a Braves conection for you, there is more. The manager of those teams, Bobby Cox, will also enter the Hall of Fame as a manager this weekend and now sponsors a charity golf outing to benefit the Etowah Valley Humane Society in Cartersville, Georgia.
The Braves were a dominant team in the 1990s with five National League pennants, and probably could have fielded one of the best golf teams during that time if that had been a contest. Instead, those teams will have to settle for one World Series title and a couple Hall of Famers. Not a bad consolation prize.