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September 20, 2016 - 1:38pm
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Ben Crane
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Ben Crane is no stranger to viral internet videos. He may have a new one with this pre-shot dance routine.

Ben Crane, a five-time PGA Tour winner, might actually be better known for his viral videos.

Well, the man who put the "Golf Boys" together is at it again in a new video with a new pre-shot routine:


Working on some new pre shot routines at the @cinkitchallenge. I think I blacked out during this one @kelleyjamesmusic

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Those are some moves. 

September 19, 2016 - 8:34am
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Andrew Johnston
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Andrew 'Beef' Johnston, who became an instant fan favorite this year, earned playing privileges for the 2016-17 season on the PGA Tour via Tour Finals. That means we'll be seeing a lot more of Beef over the next 12 months.

If you're a fan of Andrew "Beef" Johnston -- and really, who isn't? -- here's some good news: You're going to be seeing a whole lot more of him on the PGA Tour in the 2016-17 season.

Beef secured playing privileges on the PGA Tour for the new season thanks to a fourth-place finish in the Albertson Boise Open on the Tour over the weekend (part of the Tour's Finals series). Beef was playing as a non-member, having earned enough PGA Tour dollars in 2015-16 to have placed in the top 200 in the FedExCup standings if he had been eligible.

The top 25 on the Tour Finals money list earn PGA Tour cards, and by earning $54,910 through his first two events (sixth on the list) Beef has already earned enough to play on Tour full time.

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In April, the 27-year-old Englishman won the Real Club Valderrama Open de España on the European Tour and instantly became an internet star with these post-victory comments (skip to the :24 mark):

Johnston, who also finished eighth in the Open Championship, was a little more reserved when he earned his Tour card on Sunday:

Great stuff.

Earlier in the week, Beef was asked what it would be like to be a member of the 2018 European Ryder Cup team.

"Chaos!" he said. "I'd love it man. I'd have loved to play this one in the States. I think it would have been really difficult for you guys (Laughs). But yeah, I'd love to. That's what you want to do. You grow up watching it, and you want to be a part of things like that."

And what if he had made it on the 2016 team teeing off at Hazeltine in less than two weeks?

"I think it'd be great fun man," he said. "Even if they booed me for like three days solid, I'd still have love for them after. It's like part of the tournament, and I think it'd be good fun anyways, and it'd be good trying to silence them for three days. Then maybe having a good hug with them afterwards with them." 

September 15, 2016 - 3:31pm
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Rickie Fowler
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After representing the U.S. at the Rio Games, Rickie Fowler had the Olympic rings tattooed on his forearm.

While many top golfers took a pass on the Rio Olympics, Rickie Fowler couldn't hide his enthusiasm about the opportunity to play for a medal as an Olympic athlete.

Fowler -- one of Davis Love III's Captain's Picks for Ryder Cup USA -- continually showed his support for golf in the Games and was delighted to represent his country in Rio.

Fowler didn't medal in Rio -- he tied for 37th -- but since returning stateside, Fowler continues to rave about the experience and has also teased fellow competitors who passed up the chance to go.

As if it weren't already an experience Fowler will never forget, now he really won't ever forget it, because all he'll need to do is look at his right forearm.

Fowler, along with buddy Sam Dorman who took silver in the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard diving event, visited a tattoo palor this week and had the Olympic rings inked on their right arms.

Dorman tweeted out the finished product:

September 14, 2016 - 11:35am
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Belen Mozo
Playing in a Ladies European Tour event over the weekend in Germany, LPGA Tour player Belen Mozo made a hole-in-one in the final round. Her celebration was almost as good as the shot itself.

Hole-in-one videos are the best.

Yesterday, we showed you maybe the coolest ace ever made early this week by a University of Wisconsin golfer -- a slam dunk.

While the shot was unreal, the celebration (at least what the camera caught) left something to be desired. No knock on the golfer, but he acted like it was something he'd done before and maybe he has. But, speaking for the rest of us hackers: SHOW ME SOME EMOTION!

That brings us to today's hole-in-one video, compliments of Belen Mozo.

Having missed her last five cuts on the LPGA Tour, Mozo took a turn on the Ladies European Tour last week for the Ladies European Masters.

It proved to be a great decision, as Mozo finished runner up at Hubbelrath Golf Club in Dusseldorf, Germany over the weekend, thanks to a final-round 69, which included this ace on the 142-yard, par-3 13th hole:

Now THAT is a celebration! 

FLORENCE, Italy (September 13, 2016) -- The Federazione Italiana Golf (FIG) and the Region of Tuscany acknowledged the 100th anniversary of the PGA of America by honoring CEO Peter Bavacqua at the 2016 US Italia Golf Invitational.

The tournament was hosted by famed tenor Andrea Bocelli and participants included such notables as Jim Anderson, President of Hazeltine Golf Club where the 2016 Ryder Cup will be held later this month.

“I have participated in a lot of golf events and recently came back from Rio where golf returned to the Olympics after 112 years,” stated Peter Bavacqua, CEO of the PGA of America. “The 2016 US Italia Golf Invitational in Tuscany has been one of the most memorable experiences and one I will never forget.”

The tournament program included a private celebrity gala at the Basilica of Santa Croce with performances by famed tenor Andrea Bocelli, The Voice winner Jordan Smith, and music producer David Foster. Other celebrity guests included Nicolas Cage, Evander Holyfield, Reba McIntire, and Stefano Ricci.

Proceeds from the tournament benefited the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammed Ali Parkinson Center.