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December 14, 2016 - 9:41am
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T.J. Auclair
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Ryder Cup
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Dad will not be disappointed this Christmas if he wakes up to find Ryder Cup gear under the tree.

Back in October, the U.S. won its first Ryder Cup since 2008, defeating the Europeans 17-11 at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn.

It was a magical week that will be talked about for years to come.

Was your dad at Hazeltine? If not, was he glued to the TV taking in the action all three days?

Either way, we've got nine Ryder Cup-related gift ideas dad's sure to love for you last-minute shoppers out there struggling to find something that will wow. And the best part? It's not too late to receive any of the items before Christmas. If you place your order in the Ryder Cup Shop by 11:59 p.m. PST on Thursday, 12/15, and choose standard shipping, you can still receive it by 12/23.

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With that, here's our list of nine Ryder Cup gifts, perfect for dad, at a variety of price ranges.

9. 2016 Ryder Cup Full Color Hampton Mug. Does dad love that morning cup of coffee? He'll love it even more in this mug emblazoned with the Ryder Cup logo. It could make a great stocking stuffer at just $12.99.

8. White 2016 Ryder Cup 40" x 20" Official Team USA Golf Towel. One of the biggest investments a golfer makes is in his or her golf clubs. Believe it or not, not all golf towels are created equal. To take the best care of your clubs that you can, you need a waffled towel that holds water and will give your sticks a good cleaning after each shot. This particular towel fits the bill and -- best of all -- it also happens to be the official team towel of the Ryder Cup USA players. Price: $29.99.

7. Men's Under Armour Royal 2016 Ryder Cup Tri-Blend Performance T-Shirt. Who doesn't love a comfy t-shirt? This t-shirt featuring HeatGear technology from Under Armour, which regulates your body temperature and wicks away moisture, has distressed graphics and a vintage look for just $39.99.

6. Men's RLX Navy 2016 Ryder Cup Sunday Active-Fit Jersey Polo. The last time your dad saw this polo, it was likely drenched in champagne. That's because it's the same polo Ryder Cup USA team members wore on the final day of the competition and celebrated in afterwards. Price: $89.50.

5. Men's Polo Ralph Lauren Navy Ryder Cup Pivot Down Jacket. If you have a fashion-forward dad, this is the perfect option. It's also on sale. Originally priced at $264.99, you can snag this jacket for $210.99 now.

4. Men's Ahead Navy USA 2016 Ryder Cup Champions Classic Sandwich Adjustable Hat. Bragging about your team's hardware after a championship is nice, but the best part that comes out of it for fans is the championship gear -- like this unstructured, relax fit, Ryder Cup Champions hat for just $24.99.

3. Black 62" 2016 Ryder Cup Hazeltine Map Umbrella. It doesn't rain on the golf course, but if for some strange reason it did, dad -- and his clubs -- will be covered with this Ryder Cup umbrella for $62.99.

2. Men's Navy/Red 2016 Ryder Cup Cotton Bucket Hat with Oxford Trim. For the "bucket hat dads" out there, this will make for a great accessory the next time he hits the course with his buddies. $24.95.

1. Brown 2016 Ryder Cup Bi-Folding Wallet. Dad needs a place to put those on-course winnings. So why not this Ryder Cup wallet for $24.95?

December 13, 2016 - 1:21pm
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trick shot
There's a fine line between a perfectly executed trick shot and one that fails miserably.

How do you feel about golf trick shots? Awesome? Played out?

If you fall into the latter category, is it at least safe to say they're fun to watch in small doses?

Thanks, or no thanks, to the Bryan Brothers -- masters of the trick shot -- there have been so many imposters the last few years. As is usually the case, the imposter just isn't in the same league as the original.

But, every now and again, we're pleasantly surprised. That was the case with a few trick shots in 2016. And after these impressive shot executions, enjoy our favorite trick-shot videos of the year.

Here are six of our favorites successful trick shots:

6. Bubba Watson juggle and toss at Oakmont. During a practice round at the U.S. Open this past June, Bubba stuck the landing on this impressive trick. First he hits a half-swing flop-shot, juggles the ball mid-air, catches it and then tosses it right into the bottom of the cup. Given the green speeds at Oakmont, the toss into the hole was probably the most eye-popping part of this trick.

5. Jordan Spieth flops a marshmallow into the air and catches it in his mouth. This one took some serious coordination. Also, extra points for nailing it in front of a crowd. It's hard enough to pull off a trick like that with just a camera focused on you. Forget hundreds of eyeballs.

4. Golfer incorporating soccer juggling skills with trick shot. Is this amazing, or what?


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3. Kid knocks candle out of dad's mouth. Don't try this at home, ladies and gents. Probably not the brightest idea on a few levels: 1. having a candle in your mouth; 2. playing golf in the house; 3. playing golf in the house and using the ball to knock something out just inches away from your dad's face.

2. Golfer hits golf ball out of mid-air while standing on roof of a moving golf cart. Level of difficulty on this one is pretty high. Almost reminds me of a dunk contest where the dunker is relying heavily on the timing of his teammate with a lob or toss. Same here.

1. The flip club, swing and strike ball in one motion trick. This shot from a PGA Professional in Utah was hands down our favorite from 2016. We've watched it almost 100 times and still have no idea how he managed to pull it off.

Almost as much fun as a perfectly executed trick shot is watching one that doesn't go according to plan... at all. Like these three.

3. Fairly innocent trick shot attempt becomes expensive. Two guys clowning around in the woods, enjoying some adult beverages. Suddenly they decide to attempt a toss and smash. The toss is delivered beautifully, but as you'll see in a second, the guy holding the driver might have hit it a little "necky" and loses the clubhead on what looks to be a pretty expensive driver.

2. Golfer gets more than golf ball on shot teed up from friend's belt. I have a few friends I trust with my life. I don't trust any of them to hit a golf ball that's in anyway teed up on any part of my body. That's not the case for these two.

1. Ball teed up on man's backside driven into back of man's head. I sure hope this guy is OK. But man, oh man, what a dumb way to get hurt. You have to wonder what these guys were thinking. Best guess? They weren't.