Patrick Reed and Justine Reed
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Patrick Reed and his wife/caddie Justine shared his Wyndham Championship victory last summer.

Most of us first became familiar with PGA Tour player Patrick Reed when he won the Wyndham Championship in a playoff last summer with his wife Justine serving as his caddie. He then won the Humana Challenge in January, this time without his significant other on the bag.

The reason? Justin, we learned, was pregnant with the couple's first child. And though her brother, Kessler Karain, had taken over the caddying duties, Justine still determinedly walked every hole on his march to victory.

The baby, the Reeds said back then, was due around Memorial Day, and they weren't far off. Their daughter – named Windsor Wells Reed – was born Thursday, and news of her birth broke today. 

The family hasn't released any photos yet, but that's okay. And now that the child is here, we'll have to wait and see when, or if, Justine returns to her caddying duties as she's planned.

 

Patrick Reed and wife Justine celebrate birth of daughter
May 23, 2014 - 8:09pm
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Jimmy Walker
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Jimmy Walker's tee shot on the 17th hole at Colonial on Friday hit a bird mid-flight.

Hearing the name "Jimmy Walker" and the word "birdie" in the same sentence is a pretty regular occurrence these days.

But on Friday in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Walker had a different kind of birdie. In other words, he literally hit a birdy.

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At the 387-yard, par-4 17th hole, Walker elected to hit an iron off the tee. He struck the shot well and... it nailed a bird in mid-flight.

 

 

Walker made par on the hole and -- more importantly -- it looks like the bird was relatively unharmed.

Walker, a three-time winner on Tour this season, shot a 2-under 68. At 5 under through 36 holes, he's tied for fourth, just two off the lead.

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Jimmy Walker hits bird at Colonial
May 23, 2014 - 9:05am
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Masters champ Bubba Watson recently took his talents to a putt-putt course and shot this must-see video.

If there's one thing we've learned about two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson over the last couple of years it's that, aside from being insanely talented, he likes to have fun off the golf course -- lots of it.

Mix his talent with his fun off the course and, well, we get this:

Yes. What you just saw was Watson playing backwards on a mini-golf course (if that's what you want to call it), putting from one tee to a different green, across a walkway. And that putt had some serious break to it.

How cool was that?

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Masters champ nails insane putt on mini-golf course
May 22, 2014 - 5:43pm
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Pablo Larrazabal
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Pablo Larrazabal's golf ball settled in an interesting place after a shot in the first round of the BMW Championship on Thursday.

Poor Pablo Larrazabal. The guy can't seem to catch a break lately.

Just a few weeks ago, we brought you this story of Larrazabal getting attacked by hornets and jumping into the nearest pond during the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open.

On Thursday in the BMW Championship at Wentworth, Larrazabal faced another situation -- and thankfully this one was humorous instead of painful.

RELATED: Larraabal attacked by hornets during round on European Tour

Check out Larrazabal's tweet below, where you get an inside look at where his golf ball settled after his third shot on the 18th hole:

Thankfully for the spectator, Larrazabal didn't have to, "play it as it lies," in this instance.

Larrazabal would make par on that par-5 18th for a 3-under 69 that had him tied for 14th in the weather-interrupted first round.

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Scott Brown makes an ace at the $1 million hole, but two days too early.

The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is offering a "Lucky 13/Million Dollar Charity Challenge" for anyone who makes a hole-in-one at No. 13, which Scott Brown did on Thursday. The only problem? The giveaway is only for the two weekend rounds.

Brown's first career PGA Tour ace was with a 7-iron from 154 yards and was the 12th hole-in-one on No. 13 in Colonial's 68-year history.

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Unfortunately, it was also his only hole under par during his entire round. Brown finished with a 4-over 74, which may prevent him from having another opportunity to score the payout.

If someone does repeat Brown's performance on either Saturday or Sunday, the money will be split. One third will go to a Crowne Plaza-sponsored charity, another third to the golfer's charity of his choice -- and the rest of the money will be split between 13 fans, 12 at the tournament and another following the tournament on Twitter.

CROWNE PLAZA INVITATIONAL: Thursday's first-round scores

 

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May 22, 2014 - 12:39pm
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If you demo a Big Bertha drivers or fairway wood between now and June 15, you could win the same dollar amount Phil Mickelson wins in the U.S. Open.

Typically when you demo new golf clubs, you're looking for more consistency and more distance. If you demo Callaway Golf's new Big Bertha clubs from now until June 15 -- the final round of this year's U.S. Open -- you could also be staring at a huge pay day.

On Thursday, Callaway announced its "Big Bertha Payday" promotion. Golfers who demo the brand's Big Bertha drivers or fairway wood at retailers before the final round of the U.S. Open will be entered into a drawing. The winner will receive a lump sum payment of the exact amount Mickelson, Callaway's pitchman, wins at Pinehurst up to a maximum of $1.5 million, the estimated first-place winnings.

Here, Mickelson talks about the promotion:

Golfers that demo a Big Bertha Alpha Driver, a Big Bertha Driver or a Big Bertha Fairway Wood at a participating location will receive a code that they can use to enter for a chance to win the same dollar amount that Mickelson wins at the season's second major championship.

The only time in his career that Mickelson has missed the cut in a U.S. Open was in 2007. In the two U.S. Opens he's played at Pinehurst -- 1999 and 2005 -- Mickelson has finished second and T33, respectively.

For more information and complete terms and conditions visit CallawayGolf.com/BigBerthaPayday.

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You could win whatever Phil Mickelson makes at the U.S. Open