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February 28, 2017 - 12:36pm
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Forty-six years ago today -- Feb. 28, 1971 -- Jack Nicklaus won the PGA Championship at the original PGA National Golf Club.

Forty-six years ago today -- Feb. 28, 1971 -- Jack Nicklaus won the PGA Championship at the original PGA National Golf Club (now known as BallenIsles Country Club (the East Course hosted the PGA Championship), just east of the current PGA National there in Palm Beach Gardens.

The PGA Championship was played in February that year so that PGA National could host while avoiding the South Florida heat in August. So, the 1970 and 1971 PGA Championships were both contested in between the 1970 Open Championship and 1971 Masters.

In 1972, the PGA Championship went back to its August date on the schedule.

IN a 2014 Instagram post, Nicklaus recalled that 1971 PGA:

"The 1971 PGA Championship was uniquely special," he said. "I got to compete in a major on a course virtually in my backyard; it was the last time the PGA Championship was held in February, rather than in August, and most important, the victory came on Feb. 28, my wife Barbara’s birthday. Without her, I would have never been the golfer I was fortunate to become."

"Also, Gary Player stayed with us that week and we had a lot of fun," he added. "That was when Gary claimed to have switched plates with me at the table, in case Barbara put something in his food. Then he was convinced Barbara's prune cake got to him by week's end. It was just a week of good-natured jokes and a lot of fun."

That PGA Championship was the ninth of the Golden Bear's record 18 major championships and the second of his five PGA Championship triumphs.

February 28, 2017 - 9:50am
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Phil Mickelson will join David Feherty for a two-part season-premiere of Golf Channel's "Feherty" next week and if you're a fan of Lefty, you're not going to want to miss a second of this.

Golf Channel's "Feherty" premieres on March 6 at 9 p.m. ET. David Feherty's first guest for the new season is so good, the premiere is actually going to come in two parts.

That's what happens when you get Phil Mickelson -- and from the teasers we've seen, Lefty sure does not disappoint.

Take, for example, this story from the 2002 Ryder Cup at the Belfry.

Mickelson was paired with David Toms in alternate shot.

At the narrow, par-4 16th hole -- with a fairway that was only 14 yards wide -- Mickelson busted a 3-wood right down the pipe.

That left Toms just a 9-iron to a green that feeds everything back toward the hole. No problem for Toms who is lethal with the short irons -- the guy who beat Mickelson a year earlier because of his short irons in the 2001 PGA Championship -- right?

Not so much. Toms hit an awful shot into the lip of a greenside bunker leaving Mickelson with what looked to be an impossible lie.

From there, Mickelson hit a sensational shot that came out of the bunker sideways and then trickled to within 4 feet of the hole. Talk about bailing out your partner.

Before Toms set in to hit the putt, he asked Mickelson, "what do you think?"

Check out this video to hear what Mickelson told Toms. It's priceless:

Also... remember that ridiculous shot Mickelson hit from the pine needles on No. 13 at Augusta National, between trees, on his way to winning the 2010 Masters

Mickelson told Feherty it was, "the percentage play." In other words, "the safe shot."

You have to hear Mickelson's fascinating, if not hilarious, scientific explanation about why it was the safe shot because of "shot dispersion."

There's only one Phil Mickelson.

Never change, Phil. Never change. 

February 27, 2017 - 3:47pm
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Arnold Palmer
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A pair of winged-tip FootJoy shoes worn by Arnold Palmer in the 1958 Masters -- the first of his four Augusta National wins -- sold at auction for $66,000 on Saturday.

How much would you pay for a pair of shoes worn -- and signed -- by Arnold Palmer, specifically a pair he wore on his way to winning the 1958 Masters, the first of his four Masters titles?'s Darren Rovell reports that Palmer's FootJoy winged-foot shoes from the 1958 Masters sold for -- get this -- $66,000 on Saturday by Texas-based firm Heritage Auctions.

From Rovell:

The FootJoy wingtip shoes from Palmer's controversial win at Augusta National in 1958, which were given to a pilot of Palmer's and signed by the golfing legend in 2004, had an original estimate of $15,000, and many in the industry thought even that price would be extremely generous.

"You could have gotten these shoes for $5,000 any time in the last 20 years," said Ryan Carey, co-owner of golf auction house Green Jacket Auctions. "But Palmer's death created a category of people scrambling to get pieces associated with him."

Carey is well aware of this. In December, his company sold one of Palmer's four Masters trophies for $444,012. The original estimate was $250,000.

Palmer died Sept. 25, 2016, at age 87.

Heritage's Chris Ivy told Rovell that interest in Palmer memorabilia has "been huge since his passing" but the shoes "surpassed all our expectations."

Rovell also reported that the $66,000 price is the sixth-highest amount paid for a pair of event-worn shoes by an athlete in auction history.

Ahead of the Palmer shoes? Two pairs of Muhammad Ali boots, two pairs of Michael Jordan shoes and a pair of cleats worn by Johnny Unitas from his final game with the Baltimore Colts.

All of those would be great additions to a mancave if not the mantel of the fireplace in the family living room.

February 27, 2017 - 2:39pm
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Paul McBeth
Over the weekend, disc golfer Paul McBeth tossed a 368-foot ace that was caught on video.

We interrupt our usual traditional golf coverage to give you a look at this extraordinary disc golf ace.

During the Gentlemen's Club Challenge Presented by Innova in Henderson, Nevada, over the weekend, Paul McBeth threw his disc 368 feet and got nothing but basket.

Check it out:


McBeth would finish second to Richard Wysocki.

February 26, 2017 - 5:49pm
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dustin johnson, paulina gretzky
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Paulina Gretzky is pregnant, and the gender of the child was revealed in dramatic fashion.

We've seen celebrities making announcements about their pregnancies on Instagram before. Look no further than Beyonce.

But this brought the creativity to a new level.

Dustin Johnson and fiancé Paulina Gretzky are pregnant with their second child, and took to Gretzky's Instagram page to announce the sex of the child.

But they didn't just come out and say it. While hanging out at the beach, a shirtless Dustin Johnson pulled out a driver and a "ball" that would explode into powder either colored pink or blue.

"We're about to find out what we're having," Gretzky says in the video, though I find it hard to believe they planned this video without the planning of which color powder to have in the ball. Regardless, it's still great.

Then Johnson launches a classic DJ drive, a real 350-plus bomb, and the ball explodes. Blue powder. Johnson holds his arms up as if he's won another major. "Another boy!"



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