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October 20, 2016 - 1:05pm
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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 - 8:59am
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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:



October 19, 2016 - 10:21am
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J.B. Holmes
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After helping Ryder Cup USA to a win at Hazeltine, J.B. Holmes enjoyed some downtime with clay shooting and... rattlesnakes.

The last time we saw J.B. Holmes, he was busy helping the Ryder Cup USA team to a victory at Hazeltine -- it's first win since 2008 at Valhalla, which also happened to be the last team Holmes was a member of.

Well, it looks like he's enjoying some downtime now... if you consider run ins with rattlesnakes enjoyable.

Personally, I don't consider that enjoyable at all, but Holmes didn't seem to mind:

Clay shooting sounds like fun.

Close encounters with deadly snakes while clay shooting? Not so much.

Either way, sweet camo Ryder Cup hat, J.B. 

October 19, 2016 - 9:31am
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Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches
The annual Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches are honoring Arnold Palmer with a birdie-a-thon during the tournament. All proceeds raised will go to Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation.

Members of the North Florida and South Florida PGA Sections are taking part this week in the annual Florida PGA Challenge Cup Matches.

This year, however, there's a special twist. In conjunction with the tournament, there is also a birdie-a-thon going on to honor the legacy of Arnold Palmer, who passed away at age 87 on Sept. 25.

Players in the matches, along with friends, family and members have been asked to make a pledge for the birdie-a-thon -- either a flat pledge, or a dollar amount per birdie for Team North Florida -- with all proceeds going to the Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation (Click here if you'd like to make a pledge).

The South Florida PGA Section is participating with its own efforts on this cause too.

MPD Custom Golf out of Chicago has created special, commemorative golf bags for both teams in the competition featuring the PGA of America logo, as well as a logo of the Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation, along with Palmer's name on the bags as this year's "Honorary Captain."

In a note to section members, Rich Smith, Executive Director/CEO of the North Florida PGA Section, explained:

As PGA Members and the leaders of the game today, we have an obligation to honor the Legacy of Mr. Palmer and all that he stood for. He even told us this at his Hall of Fame induction in December of 2010 as you heard in the video message. There is no better tribute to a person that means so much to us, to make our best efforts, our relentless efforts just like he played golf and lived life, to continue supporting his impact beyond the game through Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.

Efforts like this is why the PGA Member is so revered in the industry as the true leaders, and this effort will only elevate that to new highs here in North Florida, as well as around the World if we are successful.

Here's the link to Palmer's touching video message from 2010, mentioned above:



The goal is to raise up to $70,000 in the birdie-a-thon during the tournament and up to $100,000 once all donations are in after the tournament. An official check presentation will happen during the Awards Ceremony at the PNC Father Son in December that benefits the AACF as well, live on NBC to the Palmer Family.

The 2016 Cup Team and Section Leaders will all be there in Palmer Pink presenting the check to Mr. Palmer’s Family.

Davis Love III
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Davis Love III will be one of five inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame's Class of 2017. Love is a past PGA Champion and a two-time Ryder Cup USA captain.
What a month October has been for Davis Love III.
A little more than two weeks after captaining the Ryder Cup USA to a 17-11 victory at Hazeltine in the biennial matches -- its first win since 2008 and just its third since 1999 -- it was announced on Tuesday that Love will be a 2017 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum announced Tuesday that its 2017 Induction Class will comprise of Love, Henry Longhurst, Meg Mallon, Lorena Ochoa and Ian Woosnam.

Those five new members will be enshrined at the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City the week of the Presidents Cup.
Here is the write-up on Love from the World Golf Hall of Fame press release:
In a career that has spanned four decades on the PGA TOUR, Love has notched 22 victories including the 1997 PGA Championship and two victories at The PLAYERS Championship in 1992 and 2003. His quality of play has earned him a place on six U.S. Ryder Cup teams and six Presidents Cup teams. He has captained two Ryder Cup teams, including the victorious 2016 team. Love is a recipient of both the Payne Stewart and Bob Jones Awards.
"Davis is a fixture on the PGA TOUR and has been for decades. He has contributed so much to the image of the game because of who he is, and the way he handles himself. Love is extremely well-respected by the other players, so having him contribute his time and energy to making the organization work better has been a very impactful thing. It makes us all smile to see him get the recognition he deserves and be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame." -PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem

"Davis has an outstanding record not only as a player but as a gentleman. He’s been a tremendous contributor and has been an all-around man for golf. It’s terrific to see him in the World Golf Hall of Fame." -Gary Player
October 18, 2016 - 2:01pm
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Mathias Schjoelberg
After seeing so many incredible golf trick shots over the last few years, we're not easily impressed. However, when we saw the latest from Mathias Schjoelberg we were, well, blown away.

Golf trick shots are a lot of fun to watch, but after the last few years -- especially with the Bryan Brothers setting the bar so high -- they've pretty much been a yawn.

It's not to say they're not impressive, it's just that most of them don't have that "wow" factor anymore.

That is until I saw this from former Arizona State golfer Mathias Schjoelberg and immediately bit my tongue.

Check out how Schjoelberg incorporates some incredible soccer juggling skills into these two golf shots:



It's Sunday and it's funday @golf_gods @golfdigest @houseofhighlights @highlighthub

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Happy Gilmore on point @golf_gods @highlighthub

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I mean, are you kidding me with that stuff?

If Schjoelberg -- and others -- can pump out more trick shots like that, I'm going to have no choice but to get excited about them again.

Schjoelberg is no stranger to this site, by the way. He's had some crazy trick shots we've featured in the past also, like these:



Need to play around a bit as well! #golf #trick #golfer #pgatour #GolfGods #MyBestShot

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Close enough #golf #golfer #asu #asugolf #golfgods

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Just kidding, guess I still got it :):) #golf #golfer #asu

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Getting good at the shots I'll never need. #golf #golfer #asu #asugolf #sundevils

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Sunday funday! #golf #golfer #golfgods #golfgrinders

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