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July 5, 2016 - 12:34pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Danny Willett
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There was no mistaking who Danny Willett was at Wimbledon on Monday. The 2016 Masters champion wore a yellow Augusta National tie along with his green jacket.

Wimbledon -- arguably the most prestigious event in tennis -- is going on right now in England.

In golf terms, it's safe to say that Wimbledon is the "Masters" of tennis. And, in tennis terms, fans of the sport might tell you that the Masters is the "Wimbledon" of golf. Whichever way you decide to look at it, let's all agree that they're both pretty darned big time.

With big-time events come big-time spectators.

At Wimbledon, golfers have come out in droves. Jack Nicklaus is there. Ian Poulter was there. Luke Donald was there. Lee Westwood was there. More will make it there this week before next week's Open Championship.

When one goes to Wimbledon, they get dressed to the nines if they're VIP.

With that in mind, check out the get up from 2016 Masters champ Danny Willett from when the Englishman attended Wimbledon on July 4:


First-time Masters winner sitting next to a record-setting six-time Masters winner? That's not bad either.  

July 5, 2016 - 9:36am
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T.J. Auclair
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Last week, we gave you a list of things that drive us crazy on the golf course. Thank to your incredible response, we've compiled a list of things that drive YOU crazy on the golf course (like when people don't rake the bunker).

Early last week, we put together a list of the nine things that drive us crazy on the golf course. In case you missed it, you can read it here.

Not surprisingly with such a hot-button issue for golfers, our list opened up a can of worms when we shared it on social media. Hundereds responded. People agreed, disagreed and even added to the list. Extra fun, too, was when some tagged friends in the posts to call them out for being guilty of the mentioned infractions. Nice.

Here is our favorite feedback from the story:

From people who hated the list...

Zach Braun: Get over yourself. Honestly I don't really pay attention to what the other players in my group do as long as they are ready to play when it's their turn. Even players talking to each other during my shot has never bothered me.

I think Zach missed the point. It was pretty much about others being ready to hit when it's their turn and also showing a little common courtesy to those who were ready to hit.

Eric Buist: I agree, this article was a big whine piece. I'd rather play with the people criticized in this article than play with the guy who wrote it.

To each his own.

Joe Prevost: Get over yourself!!! It's obvious you would be a nightmare to spend 4 plus hours with. I don't care if people check their phones and do other things as long as it doesn't slow play up for field. Wanting someone to carry an extra ball just in case they lose the first shot? Wow micromanage freaky a bit???

Bobie Beard: Sounds as you have a problem with your game and insecure with abilities. Stop blaming others it's a golf game and learn to separate yourself from actions of others.

Hey, maybe it is just me.

Jason Newsome: Mine is finding out I've been paired up with TJ Auclair.

You're not alone, Jason.

RELATED: Biggest golf course pet peeves | Golf's unwritten rules | Rules on gimmes

From people who added to the list...

Michael J. Spencer: People who pout after hitting bad shots. No one is good enough to pout about their game if we are playing together. It's golf, bad shots happen and I didn't play today to see a grown up sulk for 4 hours on a golf course. Make the next shot.

Preach! This is a great one that probably should have made the original list. Nothing ruins a casual round faster than the 30-handicap who agonizes over every shot he hits as if he was expecting to hit it like Ben Hogan.

Josh Hays: Things that annoy me are more people related... Like the guy saying that technology is the only reason I'm hitting it 30 yards further than him from two tee boxes behind him. It's like no, you're swing stinks and you're uncoordinated so of course that's gonna happen. Also the guy who complains or brings up handicap in a friendly round or any round for that matter. Handicaps are dumb and only bad players worry about them. Also the guys that get grouped with you and won't shut up the entire time. I'm ok with chatter and light convo during my swing but don't tell the punch line of your joke and make your childish buddy bust up laughing as I start my swing. Basically the lack of common sense from people annoys me the most.

Blanco Hernandez: Biggest should be when you hit your shot and actually lose it, sun, dirt/sand or track, and you look over to ask your buddy and see their nose in their phone as they look up with a blank stare and ask, good shot?

Taylor Straton: Agreed. No phones in the holy sanctuary of golf.

Johnny Cruz: If I'm walking in the high stuff with clubs in my hands, kicking leaves -- don't ask me, "Find it?"... As a matter of fact I did. I just thought while we had a group behind us that I'd search for a few rare Civil War coins.

This one deserves a golf clap. Well done.

Jim George: I hate it when the player putting ahead of you uses his putter as a crutch to bend over and get his ball out of the hole leaving a gash in the green in your putting line. I see the pros on TV do this all the time. Can't they just bend over and pick up their ball?

Donna Feldman Olson: One of the first lessons my dad taught me -- always have an extra ball in your pocket when you tee off. I have never understood people that can't grasp that simple concept.

Derek Moore: Having a guy in front of you wait for the green to clear from 280 yards out when he has never hit a ball 230 yards in his life.

Bill Kissick: Honestly, the one thing that bothers me the most, unless it's a once or twice accident, is the group behind me hitting too soon. It's just common sense to look ahead and be sure you're not about to put one across my bow. The other stuff generally isn't worth worrying about.

And great advice on how to stop ^^:

Justin Irish: Really passive way to let them know: place the ball on a tee for them to find. Gets the message across really well in my experience.

Ken Rhodes: You're group is walking off the green... here comes an incoming missle... glare back... "it was an accident. Sorry"... How is it an accident when you make a conscious decision to hit the ball when we're still on the green? You can take the smartest person in the world, put him/her on a golf course and have the potential to turn him/her into a complete idiot!

Satya Ramnarain: That cellphone one is the scourge of every sport, hangout, activity... almost everything we do in our normal day to day lives, is affected by morons on the phone all the time.

Jeff Koolmo: One thing I stress to my son when we play: RESPECT THE GREENS! Treat them as if you were walking on a thin sheet of ice. Don't jump. Don't kick and drag your feet. Don't lean on your putter. Always keep it clean in every way possible.

Brian Richardson: I hate playing partners talking to my ball. I know I just skulled a chip across the green. I don't need you yelling "get down." #keepyourmouthoffmyball

Paul McGraw: Take the USGA advice; play up a tee box. Also keep up with the group in front of you -- pay attention.

Rich Blandford: You forgot, people who don't buy a beer for you when they buy one for themselves.

Tom Elliston: Kindly drive to the next tee BEFORE you score your hole. Don't be a target.

Brandon Durfey: Great article... Guilty of a few like everyone else, but definitely not a habit. These things drive me nuts too.

Tyler Major: I also don't want my playing partner to comment about my putt before I hit it. Sure you had a similar putt. You struggled to get it to the hole. I saw it. You don't have to tell me how slow my putt is going to be.

Jim Lawrence: That 25 handicapper, standing next to the 150-yard marker, who pulls out the range finder... just to be sure.

I would add to that the four 25-handicappers playing together, all with GPS watches on, who see a five-yard differential between their watch to the middle of the green and the 150-yard marker to the middle of the green and ask each other, "So do you think it's 145 or 150?" Who cares? Wouldn't you be delighted to hit it within five yards of your target?!

Jason Riddle: Mine is when I'm putting and someone stands right behind the hole. Drives me nuts.

Victor A. S. Williams: Sunflower seeds on greens blow my mind. It is easier to comprehend and understand black holes, string theory, and the concept of infinity than it is to understand how careless, selfish, and stupid a person has to be to spit hard matter all over a putting green.

Andrew Ulsh: I was an assistant superintendent at a Florida golf course... I have left the industry because of the lack of respect from the golfers towards the golf course. There is a lot of hard work in some very adverse working conditions for you jokers to go out there and treat the course like your personal playground... grow up and learn some respect.

Gary Anderson: 1) Players who hit longer tee shots and drive up ahead of shorter hitters, before they've hit their second shots; 2) Getting unsolicited playing or equipment tips from strangers; 3) Worst: Players who don't repair their damage to course as they play (includes bunker raking).

Don Wichman: Music from the cart. It's happened a few times when being paired up with strangers. Even with music I like it is distracting. I don't think it should be allowed. Not everyone likes rap or country.

Christopher Fagan: When the group behind you pulls all the way up to your cart on tee box when your group is teeing off. Hang back a bit guys.

Mark Shelhammer: Someone giving "lessons" on the course during a round. Usually they're only a little bit better than the person that they're instructing. 

July 4, 2016 - 2:56pm
Posted by:
Matt Craig
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goosinator, timberlin golf course
The Hartford Courant
Timberlin Golf Course in Berlin, Connecticut has a new invention helping them to rid their course of unwanted geese.

Of all the problems that golf courses have, you wouldn't think that goose droppings would be the biggest one.

But the Hartford Courant has the story of one course in Berlin, Connecticut that had such a goose problem that they had to come up with a creative solution.

"It was like a minefield out there from the geese, especially the back nine," course regular James Green, of Berlin, said Friday of gross conditions caused by geese that lived at the course. "It got on your shoes, clubs, cart. It'd get into your car and you'd smell that odor. Terrible."

They started off using leaf-blowers at least once per day to blow all of the droppings off the greens, that is until they bought the $4,000 Goosinator.

The Goosinator is a large, remote-controlled predator that chases geese on both land and water. It's buzzing sound and orange color scares the geese away, and the course has seen a drastic improvement since implementing it.

Check out the video at the link below, it's just as entertaining as it sounds:

If I saw this on the golf course it would probably scare me away too.



July 3, 2016 - 6:17pm
Posted by:
Matt Craig
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Twitter / BrodieSmith21
A man juggles a golf ball while wake surfing, celebrating Fourth of July weekend in the most impressive possible way.

Golf juggling is difficult enough. Wake surfing is difficult enough.

Put them together, and you've got something that's nearly impossible. But not for Brodie Smith, as he showed when he pulled it off on his Twitter and Instagram pages.

I can't even begin to imagine the amount of balance and concentration required to pull this off, especially with the accurate pass at the end.

And they say man can't truly multi-task!

And how is he rewarded? With a face full of lake water.


July 3, 2016 - 2:22pm
Posted by:
Matt Craig
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jordan spieth no-look putt
Twitter / PGATour
Jordan Spieth hits hit mid-range putt on the practice putting green while looking back towards his caddie.

Jordan Spieth has made a career out of making putting look too easy. We've seen him drain long, snaking putts everywhere from Augusta to St. Andrews.

But lest we start to take Spieth's putting prowess for granted, he took it up another level on Sunday before the final round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

On the putting green getting ready for his round, after sinking a couple mid-range putts, he turns toward his caddie Michael Greller and tries one without looking.

h/t to the PGA Tour on Twitter



Money. Expect anything different?


July 3, 2016 - 1:40pm
Posted by:
Matt Craig
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golf trick shot
Two young golfers attempted a trick shot in their back yard, but the results weren't quite what they were hoping for.

Generally two questions come to my mind when I see a golf trick shot on the internet:

1. Is this real or fake?
2. How many attempts did it take to do that?

These questions are important because anyone who has tried a crazy trick shot has figured out that it's not nearly as easy as it looks.

Which was the case for these two young golfers, who didn't quite get the results they were looking for when they attempted a trick shot in what I assume is their backyard.



Unfortunately for them, they don't get a second take.