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December 10, 2016 - 11:22am
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T.J. Auclair
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Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer
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On Dec. 10, 1966 -- 50 years ago -- Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer teamed up to win the first of three titles together in the PGA National Team Championship.

With team golf events going on this weekend at the PNC Father-Son Challenge and the Franklin Templeton Shootout, we're going to throw it back 50 years.

On this day in 1966, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer teamed up to win the "PGA National Team Championship" at an amazing 32-under par with rounds of 63, 66, 63 and 72.

At the time, the pair had 14 major championship wins between them. Nicklaus and Palmer also won the event together in 1970 and 1971.

Today, Nicklaus is competing with his son, Jackie, in the PNC Father-Son Challenge, an event the late Palmer used to play in with his grandson, Sam Saunders.

The website www.golfhistorytoday.com also has a list of events Nicklaus and Palmer won together and include this fantastic quote from Palmer: "I don't think either Jack or I would have (decided to come and played together) if we didn't think we had a chance to win. Our plan is to win. If we don't we'll just get on with our lives, and try it again somewhere else."

Here's a video of Nicklaus paying tribute to the King:

 

 

December 10, 2016 - 9:37am
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T.J. Auclair
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Tiger Woods
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During the opening of a new short course in Mexico on Friday, Tiger Woods took time to stop what he was doing and... play catch.

One week after his return to golf following a 15-month layoff to recover from a third back surgery in three years, Tiger Woods was in Mexico on Friday to open a new short course.

While he was there, for whatever reason, he was handed a catcher's mitt and began playing catch with someone.

Here's the video captured by Brent Zepp, PGA Head Professional at Chambers Bay:

Looks like Tiger has a little side-arm action going and he's also bringing a little bit of heat.

Phil Mickelson has been known to play catch in parking lots to loosen up before a round of golf.

Maybe he's got a new friend to toss the ball with? 

December 9, 2016 - 2:32pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Harris English
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What do you do when there's a bee that won't get off the ball you're supposed to hit? That's what Harris English was wondering during Friday's second round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Matt Kuchar and Harris English are partners in this week's Franklin Templeton Shootout. Friday's format for the competition featured a "modified alternate-shot" where both players hit a tee shot, take the best drive and then alternate shots from there until the ball is in the hole.

At the seventh hole, the pair decided to use Kuchar's drive in the middle of the fairway.

There was an issue when English arrived at the ball to play the shot, however. There was a bee sitting on the ball that just would not, well, buzz off.

Here's a look at how the ordeal, which held up play for a few minutes, played out:

Once the bee dilemma was over, the pair birdied the hole to move to 18 under for the tournament and snagged a two-shot lead at the time. 

December 9, 2016 - 1:01pm
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John Daly
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Based on this video from the PNC Father/Son Challenge, it looks like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree from a golf swing perspective for John Daly's 13-year-old son, Little John.

One of the most enjoyable golf events of the season teed off today with the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

John Daly is making his tournament debut this year playing alongside his 13-year-old son, "Little John."

Here's one of Little John's swings on Friday, captured by Golfweek's Kevin Casey:

Casey also shot this video of Little John showing a bit of the fire his old man is known for with a club-slam after a not-so-desirable tee shot:

Back in April, Little John had a birthday message for his dad's 50th, featuring a tee shot Papa JD is familiar with -- off a Coke bottle instead of a tee:

December 8, 2016 - 9:48am
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Rafa Cabrera Bello
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Rafa Cabrera Bello finished his first round of the UBS Hong Kong Open in style on Thursday with a hole-out for eagle on his final hole of the day.

Rafa Cabrera Bello, who made his Ryder Cup debut for Europe earlier this year at Hazeltine, fired a 6-under 64 in the first round of the UBS Hong Kong Open on Thursday.

The round was highlight by what happened at the 10th hole -- Cabrera Bello's final hole of the day -- where he holed out from the fairway for an eagle.

Check it out:

Nothing like being able to leave the putter in the bag as the rest of your group finishes the final hole.