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November 22, 2016 - 2:58pm
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hole in one
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
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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.

November 21, 2016 - 12:54pm
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black friday
If you need an excuse to not feel guilty about playing golf instead of shopping on Black Friday, we've got seven of them for you.

Black Friday. Some people love it. Others dread it. Whatever your take is, can we just all agree that it results in absolute madness?

Instead of dealing with all that craziness, why not play golf instead?

Here are seven to play golf instead of shopping on Black Friday.

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1. Pegging it on the first tee is far more appealing than long lines and traffic, isn't it? Plus, in many parts of the country there may not be many opportunities left to sneak out for a round of golf before the courses are covered in snow. You don't have to get up at 4 in the morning and be the victim of a stampede.

2. Piggyback on the family time from at home on Thanksgiving and extend it to the course. Less than 24 hours earlier, you and your loved ones stuffed yourselves silly at the dinner table. Why not take the chance to spend a few more quality hours together on the course while also burning off some of those calories?

3. The opposite of the last entry -- and hopefully it doesn't apply to any of you... Playing golf on Black Friday is a chance to sneak away from everyone you might be sick of from spending all that time with the day before! There's no sweeter escape in the world than the serenity of the golf course.

4. Since most people will be shopping, the course shouldn't be too busy. If you're anything like me, you're as excited as a kid on Christmas morning when you arrive at your favorite local course only to find that it's basically all yours. What's better than that?

5. It'll likely be cold outside. Take the opportunity to see your course from a different perspective -- you know, instead of the perspective of a golf cart. For starters, walking will keep the blood flowing and, in turn, keep you warmer. Plus, it'll afford you the chance to spend more time thinking about and mapping out your next shot, while also perhaps noticing beautiful details of the course you may not have noticed before.

6. Play a game different from what you're used to. With a firmer ground, you're going to get more roll. Take advantage of that and your cold hands to play more of the bump-and-run game at your course that you're used to seeing at the Open Championship every summer. Try to focus on hitting shots that stay low and pierce through the wind. You can't believe how fun it is to hit shots with clubs from yardages you'd never even consider when it's 80 degrees with not a breath of wind in the summer.

7. Ever heard of online shopping? Why waste your time fighting the masses at the malls this Black Friday? Hit the links, folks, and then -- later in the day -- hit your keyboard to take advantage of all those deals without costing yourself a cherished late-season round of golf.

November 21, 2016 - 9:22am
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Billy Horschel
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After playing 72 holes of brilliant golf at the RSM Classic, Billy Horschel earned a spot in a five-man playoff... but he was quickly eliminated after missing a 2-foot putt on the first playoff hole.

Golf is a cruel game. What happened to Billy Horschel on Sunday is all the proof you need.

Horschel, who last won on the PGA Tour in the 2014 Tour Championship (the same year he tore through the FedExCup Playoffs on his way to winning the season-long prize), played great golf last week in Sea Island, Georgia. So much so, that after 72 holes, he found himself in a five-man playoff.

For Horschel, however, disaster struck on the very first hole of said playoff and he was quickly eliminated after missing this kick-in putt:

That's just not fair. But, it happens. And kudos to Horschel for taking it in stride.

Darkness put an end to the playoff on Sunday and it was forced to resume Monday morning. Aside from the obvious -- a chance at a fourth career PGA Tour title -- there's another reason Horschel likely wished he was still around for Monday's resumption of overtime in Sea Island:


Can't the guy catch a break? 

November 19, 2016 - 5:55pm
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Phil Mickelson
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This is the season of giving thanks. Here, we reflect on seven golf moments we're thankful for this year.

During the week ahead, many us will spend time surrounded by loved ones, breaking bread together and being grateful for the opportunity to enjoy each other's company.

Over the course of the next several days, we're all going to have moments of reflection. Maybe it's on the couch after stuffing our faces during Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe it's when we lay down to go to bed at night. But, inevitably, we will have those moments where we look back, reflect and appreciate all those things in life that we're most thankful for.

In the spirit of this season of giving thanks, we decided to list seven golf moments in professional golf that we're most thankful for this year.

7. We're thankful that the delayed penalty Dustin Johnson incurred at Oakmont back in June during the final round of the U.S. Open didn't cost him his first major victory. Man, wouldn't that have been a bummer? Johnson had to spend time in that grueling final round on one of the toughest courses in the world having to wonder whether he was leading, tied for the lead, or trailing all pending on the outcome of a ruling that wasn't finalized until he went in to sign his card. With his superb play to close out the tournament -- along with the help of those who faltered on the closing stretch -- the penalty ended up being a moot, yet much discussed, point.



6. We're thankful for Louis Oosthuizen's ridiculous hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole at Augusta National during the final round of the Masters. There's nothing cooler than seeing an ace, but -- let's be honest -- while they all result "1" not all aces are created equally. That's what made Oosthuizen's so special. His ball flew long and right of the flag. He utilized the backstop on the green to suck the ball back to it's traditional front left Sunday hole location. The ball trickled and trickled and -- OH NO! -- hit the ball of playing partner J.B. Holmes... and then rolled into the bottom of the cup for one of the coolest aces you'll ever see.



5. We're thankful for the interview conducted by 9-year-old Billy with four-time major winner Rory McIlroy. A late entry to be sure since this video didn't drop until this past Friday, but have you seen it? This little kid was just an absolute savage lighting up McIlroy with uncomfortable question after uncomfortable question. To his credit, McIlroy was a champ about the whole thing and took it all in stride with a smile on his face the entire time. If we learned anything from this interview it's that we all need more Billy interviews in our lives.



4. We're thankful for the singles match between Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia at the Ryder Cup. The match may have ended in a "halve" but when two players are playing at the level that this pair did, it's just incredible to watch. Between them, the two tallied an amazing 19 birdies over 18 holes. If they were teammates in a four-ball match, their opponents would not have stood a chance. There were so many great moments in this match-up, but how good was the birdie putt on 18 by Mickelson to secure the 1/2-point?



3. We're thankful for Patrick Reed as a member of Ryder Cup USA. Does anyone -- at least on the U.S. side -- get as fired up for the Ryder Cup as Reed? He's a man possessed when he puts on the red, white and blue. Reed, along with partner Jordan Spieth, was nearly unstoppable at Hazeltine. And the first eight holes of Reed's singles match on the final day with McIlroy was off the charts with the back and forth and the antics. Reed would win the match 1 up to finish the Ryder Cup with a 3-1-1 record. His 3.5 points were the most of any player in the matches.



2. We're thankful for the final day duel at Royal Troon between Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson in the Open Championship. Much like Mickelson's Ryder Cup match with Garcia, he and Stenson raised their respective games so high at the season's final major it was as if they were playing a different course than the rest of the field. Stenson entered the final round with a one-stroke advantage over Mickelson. On the last day, Mickelson fired a 6-under 65 -- a remarkable score on the final day of a major that should have been more than enough to get the job done. But, somehow, Stenson was better. He posted a head-scratching, 8-under 63 to snag his first major title. What a tournament.



1. We're thankful for a U.S. victory in the Ryder Cup. For whatever reason, the Ryder Cup has been a tough nut to crack for the Americans over the last two decades. How bad was it? Up until this year, the U.S. had won just twice since 1995... and one of those was in miracle fashion at Brookline in 1999 when the team overcame a final-day, four-point deficit. Well, 2016 was different. It was a new approach, a new commitment and a blueprint for years to come. Whether you're a fan of the U.S. or Europe, an American victory at Hazeltine was good for the Ryder Cup. And they didn't need a miracle this time, winning by a score of 17-11. It was the first U.S. win since 2008 in the matches. You're not going to win all the time, but when you're losing all the time, it takes a lot of fun out of it. With all the younger players involved on both sides in this most recent Ryder Cup, it's going to be so much fun to watch for years and years to come.