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December 7, 2015 - 12:03pm
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Bubba Watson walks it off after drilling an eagle shot from the fairway.

Bubba Watson spent his Saturday reminding us all what Bubba golf looks like.

Like when he dialed up this shot from the fairway at the first.



Yes, he just got the ball to turn right. After it landed on the green.

Then he found a lucky camerman for his second shot on the par-4 fourth.



So that's what a baby fade looks like.

Watson shot a 9-under on the day, taking him to 19-under and a share of the clubhouse lead after three rounds.



Cal Poly women's golf team
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The women's and men's golf teams at Cal Poly will be transformed for generations by an unprecedented donation from former player William Swanson.
When you think of college golf powerhouses, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo probably isn't the first school that pops into your mind. But it just might climb a lot higher up that list in the future, thanks to a $10 million donation the golf program received this week.
William Swanson, the retired chairman of the Raytheon Company, and his wife Cheryl wrote the big check, the school announced. The gift – which actually totals $10.188 million – is the largest single gift in the history of Cal Poly athletics and is among the largest cash donations ever made to a collegiate golf program.
The men's and women's golf teams will use the cash for scholarships and to establish an operating endowment named the "Swanson Cal Poly Golf Program," according to a news release. The endowment will help the teams – which currently play in the Big West Conference – participate in better national tournaments, increase their travel and recruiting budgets, and buy new equipment.
Swanson played on the golf team while earning his degree in engineering before embarking on a 40-year career at Raytheon. He served as chairman and CEO of the defense contractor from January 2004 to March 2014; he stepped down as CEO in March 2014 and retired from the company in September 2014.
Dustin Johnson's near ace
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Dustin Johnson's tee shot on the par-3 17th hole Friday racked the flag, almost went in for an ace, and settled down an inch or so away.
One of the most rare, and most distinctive, sounds in all of golf is a ball smacking the flagstick at high speed. If you were watching the Hero World Challenge this afternoon, you heard a great example of it courtesy of Dustin Johnson.
DJ hit a screamer off the tee on the par-3 17th hole, and it hit the bottom of the pin 182 yards away with a resounding crack. The ball made contact with the stick just above the hole, and looked to me like it then ricocheted down to the cup, rattled out and settled an inch or two away.
Making the shot even more amazing is that the wind had just recently picked up at the Albany Club – you can see the flag sticking almost straight out in the screenshot above. Yet DJ's shot bored through the wind so accurately that it darn near went in the hole on the fly.
DJ didn't get an ace like Jordan Spieth had on Thursday, but his tap-in birdie was a nice consolation prize. And it was a whole lot better result than the last time he hit a flag on the fly.
In the final round of the HSBC Champions last month, his approach shot on the eighth hole caromed off the flagstick and into a water hazard. That incredibly unlucky break led to a double bogey that pretty much ruined his chance to win. He missed a hole-in-one by inches there, too.
Here's his shot from today:
December 4, 2015 - 10:22am
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Dec. 3) -- Matt Dobyns isn’t leaving much to chance.

Dobyns, who leads in the OMEGA PGA Professional Player of the Year standings, rattled off eight birdies in 10 holes Thursday to take the first-round lead with an 8-under 64 in Event No. 2 of the PGA Tournament Series.

Dobyns made pars on his first four holes and last four holes, but was brilliant in between. Starting at the par-5 fifth on the Dye Course at PGA Golf Club, he made three consecutive birdies, a par, three more birdies, a par and added two more birdies.

Dobyns, who had never seen the Dye Course until a practice round Wednesday, leads by a shot over Benjamin Engle (65).

"I was kind of sleepy early in the round because I’m not used to playing at 7:40,” said Dobyns, the Head PGA Professional at Fresh Meadow Golf Club in Lake Success, N.Y. “But I got a feel for my swing and that’s a course where you can get some wedges in your hand. I did some damage on the par-5s and threw in a few more birdies.”

Dobyns leads Bob Sowards and Alan Morin by 186 points and could clinch Player of the Year with a win Friday. The PGA Tournament Series is worth 25 points for a win, and the player with lowest stroke average receives 100 bonus points.

Engle, who has been a PGA Apprentice Pro at the Woodstock Club in Indianapolis for the last two years, made seven birdies and no bogeys in a round that could have been lower had he not parred both par-5s on the back nine.

“I hit it real well and when I missed a green, the putter bailed me out,” Engle said. “I made consecutive 25- to 30-footers for par on 12 and birdie on 13.”

Micheal Meisenzahl of Medford, N.J. shares third with Shaun Powers of Greenwich, Ct., after 67s.

Sowards, a four-time Player of the Year winner, is tied for fifth with a 68. Sowards is resigned to finishing second.

“I figured if Matt didn’t come down (to South Florida), I was probably going to have to win four tournaments to catch him,” Sowards said. “That’s not going to happen now.”

Ben Polland, who won Event No. 1, shot 72 and is tied for 33rd place.

The PGA Tournament Series is sponsored by Golf Advisor.

Thursday’s first-round scores from Event No. 2 of the PGA Tournament Series on the par-72 Dye Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie:

Matt Dobyns, Lake Success, N.Y. 32-32–64
Benjamin Engle, Indianapolis, Ind. 32-33–65
Michael Meisenzahl, Medford, N.J. 31-36–67
Shaun Powers, Greenwich, Conn. 34-33–67
Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio 34-34–68
Tim Weinhart, Johns Creek, Ga. 32-36–68
Anthony Aruta, Staten Island, N.Y. 33-35–68
Brian Norman, The Colony, Texas 34-34–68
Scott Schulte, Harrison Township, Mich. 33-35–68
Jim Troy, Portage, Mich. 35-34–69
Jeff Sorenson, Blaine, Minn. 33-36–69
Derek Sanders, Destrehan, La. 32-37–69
Carl Cooper, Humble, Texas 34-35–69
Wyatt Worthington, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 35-34–69
Adam Larkin, North Bellmore, N.Y. 32-38–70
Yong Joo, Bristow, Va. 35-35–70
Marshall Talkington, Jackson, Tenn. 36-34–70
Shane Kowal, Woodstock, Ga. 34-36–70
Rob Labritz, Pound Ridge, N.Y. 36-34–70
Andrew Shiflet, Asheboro, N.C. 34-36–70
Frank Bensel, Jupiter, Fla. 34-36–70
Joshua Rackley, Jupiter, Fla. 38-33–71
Pete Catanzaro, Stamford, Conn. 33-38–71
Daniel Augustine, Castle Pines, Colo. 37-34–71
Richard Terga, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 34-37–71
Jeffrey Schmid, Columbia, Mo. 32-39–71
Scott Berliner, Queensbury, N.Y. 37-34–71
Lon Nielsen, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 36-35–71
Daniel Urban, Howell, Mich. 36-35–71
Adam Scrimenti, Pompano Beach, Fla. 35-36–71
Roy Vucinich, Moon Township, Pa. 34-37–71
Dakun Chang, Long Grove, Ill. 35-36–71
Micah Rudosky, Cortez, Colo. 37-35–72
Kyle Bilodeau, West Hartford, Conn. 34-38–72
Matthew Sheperd, Nantucket, Mass. 35-37–72
Danny Lewis, Morrow, Ohio 35-37–72
Eric Smith, Plano, Texas 35-37–72
Ben Polland, Manhasset, N.Y. 36-36–72
Gregory McClimans, Clearwater, Fla. 37-35–72
Troy Pare, Seekonk, Mass. 40-32–72
Dwayne Randall, Clymer, N.Y. 37-35–72
Corey McAlarney, Forest City, Pa. 37-35–72
Austin Gaugert, Lake Geneva, Wis. 36-36–72
Blake Brookman, Seaford, Va. 36-36–72
Mike Vance, Jackson, Tenn. 36-36–72
Rich Berberian, Derry, N.H. 35-37–72
Frank Dully, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 36-36–72
Brett Melton, Washington, Ind. 36-37–73
Shawn Warren, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 34-39–73
Adam Kolloff, Hoboken, N.J. 36-37–73
Andrew Bostrom, North Caldwell, N.J. 37-36–73
Matt Noel, Jupiter, Fla. 38-35–73
Jim Schuman, Scottsdale, Ariz. 39-34–73
John Connelly, Maumee, Ohio 38-35–73
Mike Larkin, Harrison, N.Y. 40-33–73
JC Anderson, O'Fallon, Mo. 37-36–73
Ari Papadopoulos, Avon, Colo. 34-40–74
Mark Summerville, Jupiter, Fla. 36-38–74
Ryan Kalista, Greenwich, Conn. 35-39–74
James Giampaolo, Torrington, Conn. 36-38–74
Gayle Leslie, Miami, Fla. 35-39–74
Patrick Massi, Greenwich, Conn. 35-39–74
Peter Kampmann, Riverside, Conn. 40-34–74
Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas 37-37–74
Steve Parker, Houston, Texas 37-38–75
Matthew Belizze, Bay Shore, N.Y. 35-40–75
John Lynch, Vero Beach, Fla. 36-39–75
Kent St. Charles, Mount Vernon, N.Y. 35-40–75
Joshua Fritz, Port St. Lucie, Fla. 40-36–76
Bill Murchison, Canton, Ga. 38-39–77
Mike Demakos, Port St. Lucie, Fla. 37-40–77
Mark Faulkner, Marion, Ill. 40-37–77
Richard Kelly, Oceanside, N.Y. 37-41–78
Ryan McClintock, Bettendorf, Iowa 40-38–78
Kyle Higgins, Massapequa, N.Y. 39-40–79
Mike Furey, Summit Hill, Pa. 37-42–79
Micah Destival, Dike, Iowa 40-39–79
Brandon Myers, Danube, Minn. 42-39–81
Mark Braziller, Brooklyn, N.Y. 39-45–84
Fred Blumenstock, Boonton, N.J. 39-45–84
Tony Frabizzio, Fairfield, Conn. 43-42–85
Michael Adkins, West Palm Beach, Fla. 41-46–87
G. Sean Schley, Blacklick, Ohio 43-46–89