November 22, 2016 - 3:34pm
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Andrew "Beef" Johnston was undoubtedly one of the most memorable characters from PGA Championship week.

This time of year is all about reflection.

Today we're going to look back and revisit nine of our favorite memories from the week that was at Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J., during the 2016 PGA Championship, where Jimmy Walker picked up his first major victory.

9. Phil Mickelson's second-round, even-par 70. How the heck is that on a list of memorable moments, you ask? An even-par round on the second day of the season's last major in ideal conditions for scoring? Well, it deserves a spot on the list for two reasons: 1. Mickelson's awful start; 2. Mickelson's remarkable perseverance.

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Mickelson won the PGA Championship at Baltusrol in 2005, the last time it was contested there. He had high hopes in 2016, coming off a runner-up finish in the Open Championship... and then a first hole, triple-bogey 7 happened to immediately put Lefty behind the 8-ball on Day 2.

He could have packed it in right there. But, he didn't. Mickelson buckled down, got locked in and bounced back with four birdies against one bogey the rest of the way for his even-par total. An awesome display.

8. Andrew "Beef" Johnston... all week long. The man affectionately known as "Beef" endeared himself with fans in arguably the toughest sports market in the country and became a cult hero. He may have tied for 60th by tournament's end, but Beef was the people's champion at Baltusrol.

7. Rich Beem turning back the clock and a very special chip-in for the fans on Sunday. The 2002 PGA Champion at Hazeltine, Beem doesn't play a whole lot of tournament golf these days, spending more of his time as an on-course reporter. At Baltusrol, he showed a flash of brilliance with a 1-under 69 in Round 1. He eventually tied for 73rd, but gave fans this memorable moment on Sunday.

6. The work of the Baltusrol grounds crew. It isn't the most glamorous job in the world and it's probably one of the more thankless, but if it weren't for the effort of these tireless men and women at Baltusrol, the tournament never would have finished on Sunday. Hats off to them.

5. The little kid who got up in Jason Day's face... for a high-five on Friday. Probably my favorite moment of the tournament, personally. Day played his shot from outside the ropes and this little dude didn't miss his opportunity to get a high-five from the world's No. 1 player and defending PGA Champion.

4. Rickie Fowler waits behind the 18th green to congratulate his buddy Jimmy Walker after the win. Just a cool gesture.

3. Jimmy Walker's hole-out birdie for his first birdie of the final day at the 10th hole. Walker needed something to jumpstart his final round and this sure was it.

2. Day's eagle on the 72nd hole to put pressure on Walker. Getting an eagle when you absolutely need it to have any chance at all is no easy feat. Doing it in a major makes the task that much more difficult. Day did it and made Walker sweat. What a finish.

1. Walker's winning moment. It was a short putt and maybe not the flashiest of moments, but it was a putt that Walker had to have after Day eagled up ahead of him. I don't care what the length of the putt is -- when it's to win your first major, the pressure must be like nothing you've ever experienced before.

 

9 of our favorite memories from the PGA Championship
November 22, 2016 - 1:58pm
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This story out of England is sure to make all you lifelong golfers out there without an ace go absolutely bonkers. During her first ever golf lesson, a lady named Becky Marsh did the unthinkable and made a hole-in-one.

How long have you playing golf? Have you made a hole-in-one? If so, how long were you playing before that ace came?

I'll bet you it didn't come as quickly as this woman's from England.

Golf Digest stumbled upon a video posted to YouTube on Nov. 16, showing a lady named Becky Marsh -- during her "first ever golf lesson," the video claims -- making a hole-in-one on a 60-yard, par-3 at the Academy Course at Kendleshire Golf Club in Bristol, England.

The club of choice? A 7-iron. And, as if you weren't already jealous enough that a lady playing for the first time did something you probably never have that carries 12,500-to-1 odds, it was even caught on video:

Are you buying what this video is selling? As Golf Digest notes, it's posted by a a teaching pro named Emma Brown, who actually shot the video. That would seem legit? Plus, Marsh's swing certainly looks like that of a beginner...

... Who has nothing left to experience in golf but disappointment, just like the rest of us!

Great video, great shot and great reaction. If that doesn't make Marsh a golfer for life, I don't know what will. 

Woman makes hole-in-one during first golf lesson
November 22, 2016 - 11:17am
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Ryder Cups produce loads of great moments. Here are 15 of our favorites from the Ryder Cup USA victory at Hazeltine in 2016.

It's a bummer that the Ryder Cup is played only once every two years.

Thanks to all the highlights the matches produce, however, I think it's fair to say there's enough to look back on to hold us over for 24 months. Don't you think?

With the year winding down, we figured it was a great chance to look back at the incredible week that was at the end of September-beginning of October in Chaska, Minn., at Hazeltine National, which saw Ryder Cup USA win for the first time since 2008.

The matches had countless great moments, but here are 15 of our absolute favorites.

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15. The American heckler who drained a putt in Thursday's practice round and taking $100 off Justin Rose in the process. We'd never condone heckling on the course (unless you're with buddies -- then it's encouraged), but this was all in good fun. We're not saying the putt the spectator made here set the tone for the USA at Hazeltine, but we're not saying it didn't either.

 

 

14. The atmosphere on the first tee. What a spectacle. Thousands of fans filling the stands, lining the ropes and singing, cheering and chanting all week long. It was fantastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. The Arnold Palmer remembrance wall attached to the merchandise tent and his bag from 1975 on the first tee. Sadly, Ryder Cup week began just as we learned that the King passed away on Sept. 25 at the age of 87. Both teams, as well as fans, made sure the King's spirit was remembered throughout Ryder Cup week. All of it was such a nice touch -- especially the aforementioned wall where those on site could leave a personal message to Palmer... The wall also traveled to New York for the PGA of America's Annual Meeting in mid-November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, onto particular shots and reactions we loved.

12. Brandt Snedeker fired up. You don't see Sneds like this every week.

 

 

 

 

11. The USA's Friday morning, opening session sweep -- something that hadn't been done in a Ryder Cup since 1975... when Arnold Palmer was the captain (which made this extra special).

 

 

10. When Spieth and Reed removed their hats and placed their right hand over their heart as fans serenaded them with the National Anthem right in the middle of a match. How cool was that?

 

 

9. Bubba Watson's post-win interview. It wouldn't be far-fetched to call the omission of Watson on the USA team a "snub." He was the No. 7-ranked player in the world and did not receive any of Captain Davis Love III's four captain's picks. Instead of moping about it, Watson asked to be a vice captain so he could help the team in any capacity that was needed. He lived up to those words. And he gave a touching interview after the victory for a guy who probably should have deserved to be playing that week instead of driving a golf cart around.

 

 

8. Matt Kuchar's long birdie putt at the par-3 13th hole in Saturday afternoon's Fourballs session. The putt. The reaction. Awesome.

 

 

7. Spieth's, "that's really good, guys" call of an approach shot he hit first thing Saturday morning in the foursomes session. I guess he knew.

 

 

6. Spieth's reaction to pretty much everything his partner, Reed, was doing throughout the week... including this one on No. 7 Saturday.

 

 

5. Reed's hole-out on No. 6 Saturday and the ensuing celebration. Should Reed not qualify for a team on points in the next 10 years, I'm pretty sure he locked up his captain's pick based on his 2014 and 2016 performances. Just off the charts good.

 

 

Let's keep the Reed trend rolling...

4. Reed and Rory McIlroy's epic Sunday singles match. Most notably, the two trading birdies and antics at No. 8.

 

 

3. Reed's 1-up win over McIlroy in that singles match to secure the first point for the USA in the Sunday singles. Reed wanted Europe's best player. He got him. And he beat him.

 

 

2. The Mickelson/Sergio Garcia halved singles match. In all, it saw a mind-blowing 19 birdies made between the pair in 18 holes, including this one from Mickelson on No. 18 (his 10th of the day) to secure the halve.

 

 

1. The USA celebration. Pretty sweet that the decisive point for the USA was secured by Ryan Moore, an 11th hour captain's pick. And, when you haven't won since 2008, the celebration is going to be special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 of our favorite Ryder Cup moments
November 22, 2016 - 8:54am
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Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker were among the players during a World Cup of Golf welcoming ceremony that posed for a picture with a massive snake in Melbourne, Australia.

Players representing 28 countries are in Melbourne, Australia, this week for the World Cup of Golf, including USA teammates Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler.

As part of the welcoming ceremony, some players posed with wildlife from Down Under. Like Belgian teammates Thomas Pieters and Nicolas Colsaerts here with a baby kangaroo:

 

 

Adorable, right?

Well then how do you feel about Walker, Fowler, Joost Luiten and Portuguese team members Ricardo Gouveia and José-Filipe Lima with a MASSIVE snake?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'd prefer to not be within a long par-5 of that thing.

Australian wildlife greets players at World Cup of Golf
November 21, 2016 - 12:27pm
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Rickie Fowler and buddy Danny Lee have been engaged in a prank war with one another for over a year now. Over the weekend, Lee took it up a notch.

Since the Tour Championship in 2015, PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee have been locked in a fantastic prank war.

It all started when after winning for the first time at the 2015 Greenbrier Classic, Lee admitted in a post-round interview that he wished he had a girlfriend.

Fowler then put a nice hashtag on Lee's reserved parking space at the Tour Championship a few weeks later:

Lee responded by doing this to Fowler's car:

 

Can't wait for Rickie Fowler to finish his 2nd round at Tour Championship and see what Danny Lee did to his car

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The shenanigans went back and forth, with Fowler getting Lee good earlier this year at the Players Championship with the 'ol shaving cream in the shoes trick:

 

good one @RickieFowler put shaving cream inside my shoes... @pgatour #playerschamp #howcanipayback

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There were a few other pranks in between, but Lee really, really got Fowler good over the weekend as the two were on their way to Australia for this week's World Cup of Golf.

If you're a frequent traveler, is there anything more annoying while going through airports than waiting in those TSA lines? Yes. There is one thing: When TSA stops you to go through your bag.

Unbeknownst to Fowler, Lee -- standing behind him in the TSA line -- snuck a bottle of water into Fowler's carry-on bag. That set off the detectors in the security line and forced Fowler to step to the side while an agent examined his bag.

A+ troll job by Lee in the video that followed:

Based on the expression on Fowler's face, I get the feeling this won't be the last prank pulled in the war. 

Keep that head on a swivel, Danny.

Rickie Fowler stopped by TSA... because of Danny Lee
November 21, 2016 - 11:54am
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If you need an excuse to not feel guilty about playing golf instead of shopping on Black Friday, we've got seven of them for you.

Black Friday. Some people love it. Others dread it. Whatever your take is, can we just all agree that it results in absolute madness?

Instead of dealing with all that craziness, why not play golf instead?

Here are seven to play golf instead of shopping on Black Friday.

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1. Pegging it on the first tee is far more appealing than long lines and traffic, isn't it? Plus, in many parts of the country there may not be many opportunities left to sneak out for a round of golf before the courses are covered in snow. You don't have to get up at 4 in the morning and be the victim of a stampede.

2. Piggyback on the family time from at home on Thanksgiving and extend it to the course. Less than 24 hours earlier, you and your loved ones stuffed yourselves silly at the dinner table. Why not take the chance to spend a few more quality hours together on the course while also burning off some of those calories?

3. The opposite of the last entry -- and hopefully it doesn't apply to any of you... Playing golf on Black Friday is a chance to sneak away from everyone you might be sick of from spending all that time with the day before! There's no sweeter escape in the world than the serenity of the golf course.

4. Since most people will be shopping, the course shouldn't be too busy. If you're anything like me, you're as excited as a kid on Christmas morning when you arrive at your favorite local course only to find that it's basically all yours. What's better than that?

5. It'll likely be cold outside. Take the opportunity to see your course from a different perspective -- you know, instead of the perspective of a golf cart. For starters, walking will keep the blood flowing and, in turn, keep you warmer. Plus, it'll afford you the chance to spend more time thinking about and mapping out your next shot, while also perhaps noticing beautiful details of the course you may not have noticed before.

6. Play a game different from what you're used to. With a firmer ground, you're going to get more roll. Take advantage of that and your cold hands to play more of the bump-and-run game at your course that you're used to seeing at the Open Championship every summer. Try to focus on hitting shots that stay low and pierce through the wind. You can't believe how fun it is to hit shots with clubs from yardages you'd never even consider when it's 80 degrees with not a breath of wind in the summer.

7. Ever heard of online shopping? Why waste your time fighting the masses at the malls this Black Friday? Hit the links, folks, and then -- later in the day -- hit your keyboard to take advantage of all those deals without costing yourself a cherished late-season round of golf.
 

7 reasons to play golf instead of shop on Black Friday