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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Bryan Bros.
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
October 27, 2014 - 10:50am
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These junior golfers from Finland are second to none in the golf-ball juggling game. See for yourself.

Over the weekend, our Andrew Prezioso was out covering the PGA Junior League Golf Championship at TPC Sugarloaf.

While he was there, he shot a cool video of some of the junior league players juggling golf balls.

Since then, we've had some emails roll in of other impressive golf-ball juggling acts from junior players.

This one from Finland (a video that posted to YouTube in May 2013, but sure hasn't gotten the eyeballs it deserves), in particular, blew us away:


How about those juggling skills?

Well done. 

Junior golfers with serious juggling skills
October 27, 2014 - 10:05am
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The responsibility of making sure a player is hitting the proper shot falls to his or her teammate at the PGA Junior League.

DULUTH, Ga. -- Jim Collins’ official title was Captain of Team California, not coach. After the way his team performed at the 2014 PGA Junior League Golf Championship, it’s clear why his title is captain.

When it comes down to it, the role of coach was really spread out among all the players. The same could be said about the other seven teams who played at TPC Sugarloaf.

With four pairings of teammates on four different holes at the same time, it was a challenge for a captain or assistant coach to be ingrained in every match. But even if they were closely following a certain match, the captains and coaches tended to take a hands-off approach.

“The kids are out there making decisions on their own and coming up with their own strategies on each shot, each hole,” Team Indiana Captain Amy Nickol said. “As captain, I’m out there to give them positive encouragement in between holes. If they’ve got questions, maybe answer them in between holes. But otherwise, they are their own player, they are their own coaches out there.”

Related: Team Tennessee shows off it golf ball juggling

Team New Jersey assistant coach Paul Kaster said he tended to just provide encouragement for his players and help on the greens, but he left the breakdown of shots to his players.

That put the responsibility of making sure a golfer was taking the right approach on his or her teammate and playing partner.

“When you see a teammate going up to hit, you want to make sure they’re ready to hit the ball,” Team California player Macade Mangels said. “You have to think about how they’re going to hit the ball and how you’re going to hit the ball. You have to help line up each other. … When you’re out there, you feel like a coach.”

Collins compared the format of the Junior League to basketball, a sport that he also coaches. With the PGA Junior League being a team format rather than stroke play, players are forced to work together, much like the five players on a basketball court.

That was even more important, Mangels said, especially with Sugarloaf’s fast greens.

“You have to convince them they can make the shot,” he said. “If they don’t think they can make the shot, you have to help them with the process.”

PGA Junior League National Championship: California wins title | Photos

So instead of relying on individual skill and self-analysis, the PGA Junior League brought a different side to the sport. Perhaps that’s what helps to explain why the popularity of the league has doubled from last year to this year. There are now 18,000 participants and 1,500 teams around the country.

“Being able to work with someone else and manage yourself, manage them over the course of four-and-a-half hours under some pressure, that’s a pretty useful skill that can transfer over to a lot of different endeavors,” Kaster said.

It’s that type of communication that can help these players in all aspects of life.

“I think what they really learn is that two heads are better than one,” Collins said. “Maybe that will help them communicate better with their parents. Their parents are telling them what to do and maybe (the kids think) ‘maybe I need to listen a little better do this because two is better than one.’

“As they get into college and later in life and become parents, they are going to remember what they learned.” 

PGA Junior League teaches more than golf