Royal Troon
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The scene at Royal Troon was breathtaking on Sunday, but few golfers were around to take it in.
Today's been a nice, mild winter day across most of the United States – even the weather in Charlotte and Denver was pleasant for the two big football games. Over in Great Britain, however, today was pretty wintery – and, in some cases, both pretty and wintery.
Exhibit No. 1: the snow that blanketed Royal Troon, as you can see in the photo above and the tweets embedded below. That is just gorgeous. And coincidentally, the snowfall comes six months to the day of the final round of this summer's Open Championship (July 17) right there at Royal Troon.
Troon is somewhat overlooked in discussions of great Open Championship venues, and hasn't hosted the Open since Todd Hamilton's shocking playoff victory in 2004. But its previous champions include Tom Watson, Tom Weiskopf, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Locke, Justin Leonard and Mark Calcavecchia – and, interestingly, the last six Opens at Troon have all been won by Americans. Jordan Spieth, did you know that?
Here are some shots of the shots of the snow at Troon. Freshen up your hot toddy and enjoy:
John McGregor, by the way, is the Chair of the Joint Championship Committee at Royal Troon. And one final note: Down at the Joburg Open in South Africa, three players qualified for the Open today. 
Royal Troon, host of 2016 Open Championship, covered in snow
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Si Woo Kim turned this bunker shot into an eagle hole-out Friday at Waialae.

Stuck in a bunker? That didn't appear to be any problem at all for 20-year-old Si Woo Kim at the 18th hole during Friday's second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club.

Watch as Kim turns this hazard into a highlight. Instead of a nice up-and-down for birdie, Kim goes ahead and makes the eagle instead.





Shortly thereafter, Robert Garrigus showed off some short-game magic of his own at the 9th.





Watch: Si Woo Kim, Robert Garrigus with eagle hole-outs
Brandt Snedeker and Davis Love III
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Brandt Snedeker (l) got a nice high-five from U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III after his eagle chip-in out of the rough on Thursday.
Torrential rains throughout December kept Waialaie Country Club so wet that the mowers were stuck in the barn most of the month. As a result, the PGA Tour players in this week's Sony Open are finding the rough surprisingly thick – it's as much as three inches deep around some of the greens.
That didn't stop Brandt Snedeker and Carlos Ortiz from hitting into the long grass on Thursday – or from escaping in style.
First up was Snedeker on the 351-yard, par-4 10th hole after a stellar 4-under 32 on his front nine. 
The good news: He jacked his brand-new Bridgestone driver almost all the way to the putting surface. The bad news: He wound up just short and left of the green, with his ball sitting down in the thick rough.
Snedeker made a steep swing and got the ball up in the air quickly without it hanging up in the grass. His shot landed softly near the collar of the green, settled down quickly and rolled right into the heart of the cup for an eagle.
Best of all, the person standing closest to Snedeker at the time was none other than U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III. Love gave Sneds a nice high-five, and no doubt Snedeker hopes the Captain made a mental note about this example of his short-game prowess.  
Next up was Ortiz on the 417-yard, par-4 16th hole. His second shot wound up just over the back of the green, but deep down in the thick grass. In fact, it was almost invisible as he set up to hack it out.
Most of us might just hope to get it anywhere close. Ortiz had other ideas – he hit it hard, and it flew directly into the cup for a slam-dunk birdie. That's right, it never touched the green – make sure your volume is on, and you can hear the ball clank off the bottom of the flagstick as it dives into the hole.
Here are the two greenside masterpieces:
Brandt Snedeker and Carlos Ortiz chip in out of thick rough at Sony
January 14, 2016 - 2:37pm
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Jim McLean
In a funny/strange video posted to YouTube, renowned golf instructor Jim McLean (middle) covers a few of the basic rules of golf with the help of -- wait for it -- a pizza pie.

OK, so there are some funny, bizarre golf videos out there on the internet.

This one that I just discovered featuring renowned instructor Jim McLean might be right near the top of the list.

In the video -- a spoof on the Peyton Manning/Papa John's commercials -- McLean is "Papa Jim," and another man (the Manning character) is a rules official.

Using a pizza, the two go over some basic golf rules.

Check it out:


Strange as this video may be, it's a whole lot more fun than reading through the Rules of Golf. 

Renowned instructor teaches basic golf rules... with pizza
January 13, 2016 - 12:06pm
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Boo Weekley
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In his time away from the PGA Tour over the last couple of months, it appears Boo Weekley has been doing a lot of work... on his beard.

Who doesn't love Boo Weekley?

Check out the beard Boo has been working on in his offseason and is rocking this week in Hawaii at the Sony Open:

Epic. But what else would you expect from a guy who once did this in a Ryder Cup?

Check out Boo Weekley's incredible beard