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October 24, 2016 - 7:50am
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T.J. Auclair
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Alvaro Quiro
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Alignment sticks are an excellent tool to use while working on your golf game... unless you miss your intended path like Alvaro Quiros did over the weekend.

Alignment sticks are a fantastic training tool when you're working on your golf game.

Or, they can ruin your equipment.

OK, that last sentence might be a little harsh, but it's exactly what happened to Spain's Alvaro Quiros during a practice session at the Portugal Masters over the weekend.

While attempting to work on his swing plane, Quiros missed his plane and connected squarely with fairway wood to alignment stick.

Here's what it looked like:

Practice isn't always pretty. Kudos to Quiros -- a six-time European Tour winner -- for posting this video to his Instagram account.

Quiros has struggled with his game most of this season. His lone top 10 on the European Tour was a T4 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic back in February. His next-best finish was a T24 at the Shenzhen International in April.

Hopefully he's on track to getting things worked out soon.

October 23, 2016 - 11:40am
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Matt Craig
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Former NBA superstar and current world's tallest golfer Yao Ming displayed his golf skills at the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in Shenzhen, China this past weekend.

It's hard to imagine being 7 feet 6 inches tall. Personally, I'm not sure I could even walk around without tipping over, let alone swing a golf club.

But for Yao Ming, golf has become an activity he has enjoyed frequently since his retirement from basketball. The eight-time NBA All-Star's pitching wedge is reportedly 45 inches long, an inch longer than most player's driver.

This past weekend he put his golf skills on display at the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in Shenzhen, China, alongside LPGA star Natalie Gulbis. Gulbis posted this video on her Instagram page:



Yao Ming swing! He needed breakfast ball can we all relate to that! #missionhills #china

A video posted by Natalie Gulbis (@nataliegulbis) on

While his golf swing may not be ideal, can you imagine how far he would hit it if he took some golf lessons with a bomber like Dustin Johnson? Wow.

Yao also took time to do what he does best, which is making people look miniature in pictures. Here we see golfing legends Gary Player and John Daly.




It sure looks from this angle that Yao's club is tall enough to reach Player's shoulders. For reference, Player is 5 feet 6 inches tall. Here's one more hilarious comparison, captured by on Twitter:



John Daly also posed for a picture.

And this one looks like Daly, listed at 5 feet 11 inches, is standing beside a supersized statue of Yao Ming, rather than Yao himself. Watching the giant from China adopt Daly's swing would sure be a lot of fun to watch.

James Allenby
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James Allenby is taking an interesting approach to pursue a dream.

James Allenby is a 32-year-old professional golfer. He spent seven years playing on PGA Tour Canada with mixed results. As the clock ticks on his career, the former Oregon State golfer has taken a different approach to continue chasing his dream.

Earlier this week, the Canadian pro started a RallyMe page to offset expenses for European Tour Qualifying school. Allenby advanced through first stage during the first week of October and heads to the east coast of Spain on Friday for second stage. With flights, accommodations, entry fees and food the bill is an estimated $6,500.

“I’ve thought of doing it quite a bit in years past, knowing that I’m right around the budget to be able to afford to be out there,” Allenby said. “Up until now, I pretty much could handle my expenses on my own with some help from family. With the expenses of flying overseas, I just didn’t have enough money really to be comfortable going. The end goal is to relieve some pressure. It’s hard enough as it is to go through Q-school without worrying about the money.”

The best amateur golfers receive six- or seven-figure endorsement deals when they turn pro. Others obtain financial backing from investors. Having a rich, generous uncle doesn’t hurt either.

Yet for every golfer like Tiger Woods or Jordan Spieth who signs a deal cementing their financial future, there are dozens like Allenby, who start at the bottom and scrape along from tournament to tournament. Some fulfill their dream of playing on one of pro golf’s major tours. For most, when the money runs out it’s time to quit and move on.

Allenby isn’t ready to put his clubs in the closet just yet.

In seven seasons on PGA Tour Canada, he made 36 cuts in 69 events and earned $72,803. He recorded one top-3 finish and eight top 10s. His best finish on the money list was 18th in 2012.

After missing seven cuts in nine starts and losing his card at the end of 2015, Allenby faced a major decision.

Rather than return to qualifying school and try to regain playing privileges, he returned home this year to hone his swing and improve his mental game. He worked part-time in the pro shop at a par-3 and driving range. He played in smaller pro tournaments close to home.

“I spent the year not worrying about cutlines and score, but focusing on the process of becoming a better player,” he said. “That worked for what I could see at the first stage. I lived on the bubble, knowing that any mistake could cost me. Could really trust my swing knowing the work I put into it. It was pretty fun actually looking back on it, having shots I had to hit great and putts I had to make down the stretch. I was able to execute and it builds the confidence even higher.”

Allenby shot 2-under 286 to advance through the first stage of European Tour Q-school in Italy. If he can survive the second stage which begins Nov. 4th, he’ll at least be guaranteed status on the Challenge Tour, Europe’s version of the Tour.

Allenby chose European Tour qualifying school for two reasons. First, the entry fee was less than half of Tour Q-school. Also, he wants to experience a new culture.

“That’s part of what drives me to play professional golf,” he said. “I want to see new places, meet new people and have other life experiences along with playing competitive golf.”

So far, six boosters have pledged $1,350 to the RallyMe account as of Wednesday morning. Regardless, the final total, Allenby’s air travel is booked for second stage. He doesn’t necessarily consider this an investment in his future. It’s simply an opportunity for friends and fans to help.

But he’s confident in his ability to take the next step toward his goal, at Lumine Golf and Beach Club in Tarragona, Spain, from Nov. 4-7.

“It handles a few things in the short term,” he said. “It’s giving people who have followed me and have interest in me and want to help, basically is all I’m asking for is just for help in any way possible.”

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The wildlife you encounter is one of the many charms of playing golf all over the world. For many, that wouldn't be the case at TPC Kuala Lumpur where a six-foot python was removed from the grounds before the start of Round 2 at the CIMB Classic.

The wildlife you encounter is one of the many charms of playing golf all over the world.

In some cases, however, umm, not so much.

Take Malaysia for instance, where the PGA Tour is this week for the CIMB Classic.

Before the start of Friday's second round, a six-foot python had to be removed from the TPC Kuala Lumpur golf course.

Photos from the PGA Tour Twitter account show the python on a green before it is eventually caught:

If photos like that aren't motivation enough to stay in the fairways and hit the greens -- where you can actually see and make a conscious decision to stay away from a python -- then I don't know what is.  

October 20, 2016 - 12:05pm
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
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Patrick Reed
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Not every golfer has the laser focus of a PGA Tour professional. For that reason, here's a list of 11 things you should never say to a playing partner on the golf course. Please. Just take Patrick Reed's advice and, "Shhhh!"

This is a piece for my fellow weak-minded golfers out there.

Noise doesn't bother me on a golf course, be it music, the grounds crew doing their thing, a cart that comes to an abrupt stop during my backswing -- all good.

I also don't like to blame anyone but myself for poor play or a poor shot.

That said, there are certain lines I've heard from playing partners on the course that irk me. There's nothing I love more than busting chops with friends while chopping my ball around the golf course.

But there are some things that I think need to be off limits and I'm not even including the wishing of "good luck" my buddy Jeff has been giving me a split second before starting my downswing since we were 14 years old.

RELATED: Things that drive me crazy on the course | Biggest golf pet peeves

Again, this is for my fellow weak-minded golfers out there. A lot of you reading this are going to proclaim: "You're a wuss! Get over it! Block it out!"

I totally get it and that's more than fair. But, please, for me and golfers like me, hear me out.

Here's a list of 11 things we really, really don't want to hear on the golf course.

1. "Look out for the water hazard on the left."

Thank you, playing partner, for bringing a hazard to the forefront of my brain that I hadn't even considered until you mentioned it. You've seen me hit my tee shots right all day long. Now it's going to look like there's a magnetic force pulling my ball to the complete opposite side of the course into that hazard.

2. "Put me down for a 6 there."

Why do I have to "put you down" for a specific number? Can't I just put you down for the score you actually totaled on the hole?

3. "I can't believe I just shanked that shot! When's the last time you hit a shank?"

Well, I'm not sure about the "last time" I hit one, but I'm pretty sure the "next time" is right around the corner since you mentioned the word.

4. "I've never seen anything better than a three-putt from the part of the green you're on."

Fantastic. I'm sure I'll have no problem bucking that trend now that you put that out there.

5. "I haven't seen you hit a bad shot yet."

Thanks for noticing. I'm going to dial one up for you right now.

6. "Have you been playing this entire round with just one ball? I'm impressed."

The only way you -- and me -- will be more impressed is if I don't lose the ball on this next shot.

7. "All you need to do is bogey this hole to shoot your career-best score."

At around the 12th hole I realized how well I was playing today and have been doing everything in my power to not think about the score and take it all one shot at a time just like the pros... Until now. Sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, I'm going to make worse than bogey on this hole.

8. "Wait until you see the lie you have in this bunker. Nasty."

I'm sure I'll be able to make that discovery myself once I get there. Thanks, Feherty.

9. "Great try for birdie giving it a run like that. But man, you have a knee-knocker left for par."

Yes, yes. I can see with my own two eyes that I pretty much hosed myself on an easy two-putt par. No need to poor salt on the wound. Now, let me try to pull it together and stroke this 4-footer with all that positive reassurance dancing around in my head.

10. “Don't leave this putt short."

I appreciate you pointing that out. I didn't notice the downhill severity of this putt until you were kind enough to verbalize it. So, if I leave this one short you mean to tell me I'll be faced with a second severely downhill putt and that wouldn't be a good thing?

Got it.

11. "Take your time."

This is one of my favorites. My dad -- the man I have probably played more golf with in my life than anyone else -- has been notorious for this since I started playing at age 5. I'll be playing great (by my standards). Suddenly, I'll hit a shot or putt that has me running a little hot. Just as I address the next shot, without fail, he'll pipe up with, "Take your time, T."

Boom. Kiss of death. Back away, restart the routine and inevitably screw up the next shot as I'm wondering as I play it whether or not I'm taking my time.

This happens most often when I elect to finish out rather than mark my ball. And, most often again, means I still have two putts left to hit.

For fun, here's a video featuring 10 of the best golf rants and tantrums:




October 20, 2016 - 7:59am
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T.J. Auclair
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Jeunghun Wang
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South Korea's Jeunghun Wang turned in an early candidate for "putt of the year" on Thursday with this amazing side-winder for birdie during the first round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia -- the second tournament on the 2016-17 PGA Tour schedule.

The 2016-17 PGA Tour is only five rounds old, but we already have a solid candidate for "putt of the year."

During Thursday's first round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, South Korea's Jeunghun Wang was faced with a side-winding putt from the fringe for birdie at the par-4 14th hole. Wang took a line that was literally 20 feet to the left of where the cup was.

Piece of cake:



Wang would finish his round with a 2-under 70 that had him six strokes behind leaders Derek Fathauer, Keegan Bradley and defending CIMB champ Justin Thomas.

That was almost as impressive as this Jodi Ewart Shadoff putt from the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club, where she literally had her back to the hole: