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February 16, 2017 - 10:38am
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T.J. Auclair
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It's nesting season for hawks in Florida. For golfers, that can lead to a dangerous situation.

Birdie. Eagle. Albatross. The elusive Condor. Those are the kinds of birds you want on a golf course.

But when it comes to hawks, look out.

A story on focuses on Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, which is warning its players about aggressive hawks infiltrating the property that have been known to attack members.


"Spring is nesting season for hawks, so birds are coming together to build nests and families," said Rehabiliation Supervisor for Audubon Center for Birds of Prey Dianna Flynt. "Nesting season is the only time of year that hawks are aggressive, because they are trying to protect their nest and see humans as predators."

According to the story, 3-4 members were attacked last year with one woman requiring staples in her head.

Hawks and their nests are protected under law, so the golf course cannot legally remove the nest. Instead, they are encouraging people to take proper precaution when coming into the hawk's nesting area.

Flynt said the best way to protect yourself from nesting hawk attacks are by avoiding the area, carrying an umbrella or wearing a hat. The Orange Tree Golf Club sign warns members to do exactly that when they are around the area.

Here's the official warning from Orange Tree Golf Club:


February 15, 2017 - 9:22am
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Still struggling through back spasms that forced his withdrawal from the Dubai Desert Classic after one round two weeks ago and the announcement of his withdrawal last Friday from the Genesis Open and Honda Classic, Tiger Woods -- at the advice of doctors -- also canceled a scheduled press conference for Wednesday.

Tiger Woods -- out once again indefinitely due to back spasms -- was scheduled to meet with the media at the Genesis Open at Riviera on Tuesday.

Woods had been scheduled to play in the event until withdrawing last week, but we still expected to be on site with his charitable foundation being the tournament's primary beneficiary.

On Monday, the presser was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Then, late Tuesday night, it was announced that the Woods presser would be scrapped all together. The 14-time major champion, who did travel to California, was "advised by doctors to limit all activities."'s Bob Harig spoke with Woods' agent Mark Steinberg early Wednesday.

"He is just having a hard time getting these spasms to calm down," Steinberg told Harig. "And he's working on that on an hourly basis. He's got personnel working with him to help pacify that."

Woods made his return to the PGA Tour after a 16-month layoff three weeks ago at Torrey Pines. He missed the cut there and then traveled to Dubai for what was meant to be the second of four tournaments in a five-week stretch.

Woods lasted one round in Dubai before withdrawing due to back spasms, but left the door open for a possible return this week at the Genesis Open and again next week at the Honda Classic.

Last Friday, he canceled those plans, withdrawing from both tournaments. He released this statement:

"My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down. This is not what I was hoping for or expecting. I am extremely disappointed to miss the Genesis Open, a tournament that benefits my foundation, and The Honda Classic, my hometown event. I would like to thank Genesis for their support, and I know we will have an outstanding week."

The chances that Woods will be able to compete in the 2017 Masters seem to be getting smaller by the day.  

February 14, 2017 - 10:59am
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In an open letter to his late father published by the Players Tribune, Billy Hurley III celebrates the life -- and shows forgiveness -- to the man who rocked his family's world by taking his own life in 2015.

You probably know the story by now, but in case you need a refresher, here it is...

PGA Tour pro Billy Hurley III -- a veteran of the Navy -- was elated in 2015 to be playing near his family home in Virginia at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club for the Quicken Loans National.

Before the event teed off, Hurley faced the media to make a plea: help him find his missing father, Willard Hurley Jr., a man who served many years as a police officer in that area of the country and also walked inside those same ropes at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club serving as a security guard for early Presidents Cups in the 1990s.

Hurley III found out that week that his father had actually already been missing for eight days. Totally uncharacteristic of the man who introduced golf to Hurley III.

Just a couple days after Hurley III's plea, his father was found safe in Texas. He told authorities that he was simply, "traveling" and fine.

This was confusing to the entire Hurley family. Their dad had literally just got up and left for no apparent reason -- at least no reason that they could wrap their heads around.

Once he was found, Hurley Jr. still didn't make a trip back home. Just weeks after he was found safe, Hurley Jr. was then found by the edge of the Potomac dead, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Wow. It wasn't the outcome anyone was hoping for to say the least.

Fast forward a year later. The younger Hurley who had been trying to make sense of it all was finally playing some good golf when the Tour stopped at Congressional for the same tournament -- Quicken Loans National -- from a year earlier where it was made public that the elder Hurley was missing.

Wouldn't you know it, Hurley III went out and won the darn thing.


Don't get it twisted: A PGA Tour win isn't worth more than a life. But in this case, it was the ultimate when it came to allowing the healing process to begin. Things came full circle for Hurley III.

That brings us to today, Feb. 14. 2017.

In a beautiful, lengthy letter published by the Players Tribune, Hurley III penned words of forgiveness to his late father.

Wrote Hurley III:

After 18 months of reading stories about your death, our family has decided to focus on something else: your life.

In our minds, the world needs to know the real you.

Hurley III went on to talk about what it was like being raised by the man he so much loved, a proud, dotting dad.

Toward the end, Hurley III summed up the 2016 Quicken Loans victory and what it meant for the grieving family:

Winning a tournament made it O.K. to celebrate life again. It made it O.K. to have joy again. Winning closed a chapter in my life. I would have made it through the grief process without winning, but the fact that I did flipped everything from, "My dad committed suicide," to, "My dad was a great man."

And that's what you were, Dad. You were a great, great man.

It's a sensational letter that's worth your time.