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November 23, 2016 - 11:51am
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It's the thought that counts when giving a gift. When Captain Davis Love III was getting gifts for his Ryder Cup USA team members, he was clearly thinking "BBQ."

There are so many perks that come with being a member of a Ryder Cup team.

One of those is something you, as a fan, may not have even known about.

The captain typically gives his team members a pretty sweet gift. In the case of this year's 2016 USA team, their gift was, well, smokin'... literally.

Love is a huge fan of barbeque and is even a part owner of the wildly popular Southern Soul Barbeque in St. Simons Island, Ga.

For his Ryder Cup team members, Love gifted a Lang BBQ Smoker. As if that wasn't cool enough, each smoker is customized with the Ryder Cup logo.

The smokers were recently delivered to the team members and Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson took to social media to share photos of their new gift:


Let's Smoke some meat!!! Thanks Capt. Love for the kick ace @langbbqsmokers Smoker!!!

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When your smoker looks like a train engine, that's pretty cool.

I'll take a pile of brisket, boys.  

November 23, 2016 - 9:30am
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We reached out to you -- our 394,000+ friends in Facebook Nation -- to ask: What golf moments -- either your own, or those you saw -- are you most thankful for this year?

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone. We recently took a look back at the year that was in golf and noted seven golf moments we were thankful for in 2016.

To piggyback on that theme, we reached out to you -- our 394,000+ friends in Facebook Nation -- to ask the same question: What golf moments -- either your own, or those you saw -- are you most thankful for this year?

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We received a tremendous response, making it clear you all had a lot to be thankful for. Here's a list of our favorite answers:

Mark A. Plavan: Greatest Ryder Cup match of my lifetime!! I am Thankful that I got to play three rounds at Chambers Bay during the Veteran Golfers Association Western Region Qualifier. Awesome course breathtaking views!!

Anita Bengtsson: Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson, the best!

Glenn Meyers: Rory's finish at the Irish Open was incredible.

Cathy Anderson: Ryder Cup this year was so awesome. Was able to take my 18-year-old son who is a big golfer on Saturday and just had the BEST day.

Kevin Monaghan: Sergio and Phil (at the Ryder Cup), Henrik and Phil (at the Open Championship). Obviously! Best golf I've ever seen.

Steve Tamagni: Thankful golf is back in the Olympics.

Earl White: I am thankful for every single golf moment I have!

S Michael Pearson: Wasn't a fan of Reed but he's slowly moving up the charts.

Lindy Edmund: Thankful for being able to be at Hazeltine with my kids for the USA victory. Special.

Jordan Esensten: I am thankful to have played Pebble, Winged Foot, and National Golf Links this year.

Dave Mallon: My son made the all star team in his first year of PGA Junior League. And he sank a 20' birdie putt to win his match!

Simon Jackson: Great Golfers, Great Sportsmen and what an AWESOME match at the Ryder Cup. Rory STILL FED EX CAMP THOUGH!

Jared Seals: I get so emotionally jacked for team golf Patrick Reed had me pounding my chest on this one!

Garrett Kenneth: Dustin Johnson at the US Open was my top spot. Hoping for a repeat when I'm there at Erin Hills!

Jim Boerger: Phil and Sergio paired together on Sunday at the Ryder Cup was also EPIC!

Jon McGowan: One thing I'm truly grateful for is that I happened to record the Ryder Cup, so I'll have the McIlroy/Reed match to watch over and over.

Keith Pederson: Playing a tournament in September with a friend of mine, even though we lost that day. Eight days later he was killed in a car accident.

Boyd Baumgartner: Playing several rounds this past summer with my 23-year-old son. Every moment I got to spend with him was precious to me, regardless of the score.

Timothy Taylor: I am thankful I still get to play with my 78 year old father. (Not so thankful he still wins) and I shoot in the mid to high 80s!

Jim Cook: Playing golf with my wife, dad, me and my 2 sons!! Never take for granted when it will be the last time that this great game can be passed generation to generation!!

Terrence Craig Toutant: The Stenson/Mickelson Duel at Troon was the best golf I've ever watched. I also tied my personal low round of 4-over par this season. Next year I'm nailing par!!

Jeff Berry: For myself -- Made my first hole-in-one and my witness was my 12-year-old son. Watching Others -- Seeing Justin Rose come over and hand his ball to my 9-year-old son on the ninth green at the WGC-Bridgestone (Rose is his favorite). 

November 22, 2016 - 4:34pm
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Andrew "Beef" Johnston was undoubtedly one of the most memorable characters from PGA Championship week.

This time of year is all about reflection.

Today we're going to look back and revisit nine of our favorite memories from the week that was at Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J., during the 2016 PGA Championship, where Jimmy Walker picked up his first major victory.

9. Phil Mickelson's second-round, even-par 70. How the heck is that on a list of memorable moments, you ask? An even-par round on the second day of the season's last major in ideal conditions for scoring? Well, it deserves a spot on the list for two reasons: 1. Mickelson's awful start; 2. Mickelson's remarkable perseverance.

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Mickelson won the PGA Championship at Baltusrol in 2005, the last time it was contested there. He had high hopes in 2016, coming off a runner-up finish in the Open Championship... and then a first hole, triple-bogey 7 happened to immediately put Lefty behind the 8-ball on Day 2.

He could have packed it in right there. But, he didn't. Mickelson buckled down, got locked in and bounced back with four birdies against one bogey the rest of the way for his even-par total. An awesome display.

8. Andrew "Beef" Johnston... all week long. The man affectionately known as "Beef" endeared himself with fans in arguably the toughest sports market in the country and became a cult hero. He may have tied for 60th by tournament's end, but Beef was the people's champion at Baltusrol.

7. Rich Beem turning back the clock and a very special chip-in for the fans on Sunday. The 2002 PGA Champion at Hazeltine, Beem doesn't play a whole lot of tournament golf these days, spending more of his time as an on-course reporter. At Baltusrol, he showed a flash of brilliance with a 1-under 69 in Round 1. He eventually tied for 73rd, but gave fans this memorable moment on Sunday.

6. The work of the Baltusrol grounds crew. It isn't the most glamorous job in the world and it's probably one of the more thankless, but if it weren't for the effort of these tireless men and women at Baltusrol, the tournament never would have finished on Sunday. Hats off to them.

5. The little kid who got up in Jason Day's face... for a high-five on Friday. Probably my favorite moment of the tournament, personally. Day played his shot from outside the ropes and this little dude didn't miss his opportunity to get a high-five from the world's No. 1 player and defending PGA Champion.

4. Rickie Fowler waits behind the 18th green to congratulate his buddy Jimmy Walker after the win. Just a cool gesture.

3. Jimmy Walker's hole-out birdie for his first birdie of the final day at the 10th hole. Walker needed something to jumpstart his final round and this sure was it.

2. Day's eagle on the 72nd hole to put pressure on Walker. Getting an eagle when you absolutely need it to have any chance at all is no easy feat. Doing it in a major makes the task that much more difficult. Day did it and made Walker sweat. What a finish.

1. Walker's winning moment. It was a short putt and maybe not the flashiest of moments, but it was a putt that Walker had to have after Day eagled up ahead of him. I don't care what the length of the putt is -- when it's to win your first major, the pressure must be like nothing you've ever experienced before.


November 22, 2016 - 2:58pm
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This story out of England is sure to make all you lifelong golfers out there without an ace go absolutely bonkers. During her first ever golf lesson, a lady named Becky Marsh did the unthinkable and made a hole-in-one.

How long have you playing golf? Have you made a hole-in-one? If so, how long were you playing before that ace came?

I'll bet you it didn't come as quickly as this woman's from England.

Golf Digest stumbled upon a video posted to YouTube on Nov. 16, showing a lady named Becky Marsh -- during her "first ever golf lesson," the video claims -- making a hole-in-one on a 60-yard, par-3 at the Academy Course at Kendleshire Golf Club in Bristol, England.

The club of choice? A 7-iron. And, as if you weren't already jealous enough that a lady playing for the first time did something you probably never have that carries 12,500-to-1 odds, it was even caught on video:

Are you buying what this video is selling? As Golf Digest notes, it's posted by a a teaching pro named Emma Brown, who actually shot the video. That would seem legit? Plus, Marsh's swing certainly looks like that of a beginner...

... Who has nothing left to experience in golf but disappointment, just like the rest of us!

Great video, great shot and great reaction. If that doesn't make Marsh a golfer for life, I don't know what will. 

November 22, 2016 - 9:54am
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Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker were among the players during a World Cup of Golf welcoming ceremony that posed for a picture with a massive snake in Melbourne, Australia.

Players representing 28 countries are in Melbourne, Australia, this week for the World Cup of Golf, including USA teammates Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler.

As part of the welcoming ceremony, some players posed with wildlife from Down Under. Like Belgian teammates Thomas Pieters and Nicolas Colsaerts here with a baby kangaroo:



Adorable, right?

Well then how do you feel about Walker, Fowler, Joost Luiten and Portuguese team members Ricardo Gouveia and José-Filipe Lima with a MASSIVE snake?







I'd prefer to not be within a long par-5 of that thing.

November 21, 2016 - 1:27pm
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Rickie Fowler and buddy Danny Lee have been engaged in a prank war with one another for over a year now. Over the weekend, Lee took it up a notch.

Since the Tour Championship in 2015, PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee have been locked in a fantastic prank war.

It all started when after winning for the first time at the 2015 Greenbrier Classic, Lee admitted in a post-round interview that he wished he had a girlfriend.

Fowler then put a nice hashtag on Lee's reserved parking space at the Tour Championship a few weeks later:

Lee responded by doing this to Fowler's car:


Can't wait for Rickie Fowler to finish his 2nd round at Tour Championship and see what Danny Lee did to his car

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The shenanigans went back and forth, with Fowler getting Lee good earlier this year at the Players Championship with the 'ol shaving cream in the shoes trick:


good one @RickieFowler put shaving cream inside my shoes... @pgatour #playerschamp #howcanipayback

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There were a few other pranks in between, but Lee really, really got Fowler good over the weekend as the two were on their way to Australia for this week's World Cup of Golf.

If you're a frequent traveler, is there anything more annoying while going through airports than waiting in those TSA lines? Yes. There is one thing: When TSA stops you to go through your bag.

Unbeknownst to Fowler, Lee -- standing behind him in the TSA line -- snuck a bottle of water into Fowler's carry-on bag. That set off the detectors in the security line and forced Fowler to step to the side while an agent examined his bag.

A+ troll job by Lee in the video that followed:

Based on the expression on Fowler's face, I get the feeling this won't be the last prank pulled in the war. 

Keep that head on a swivel, Danny.