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Michelle Wie makes a mesmerizing time-lapse video of herself painting

If you like Michelle Wie, or you're an artist who's a fan of the LPGA Tour, you'll probably know that the reigning U.S. Women's Open champion really enjoys painting. She prefers water color and black-and-white drawings, according to Golf World's 2012 profile of Wie, and says painting has become something of a release for her.

Tuesday, Wie used her new GoPro camera to showcase her skills on Instagram. Her painting is a giant skull with a crown and the word "dope" in its mouth, and it's all set to some snazzy music. Turns out she's a pretty good video editor, too.


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Style

It's not just Bernhard Langer's game that's worth imitating

Arguably the most dominant golfer on any tour in 2014 celebrates a birthday today. Happy 57th to Bernhard Langer, owner of two green jackets and a slew of international titles to go with his 23 Champions Tour wins -- five of which he has claimed this year.

Looking back through some old photos of Langer, we realized that the German was quite the swaggy dude in his day. Long before Rickie Fowler was born, Langer was rocking some serious single color set-ups, including the head-to-toe red look he cued up to win his first Masters title in 1985.

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We'd suggest starting with something subtler, but don't be afraid to try out this monochromatic move from the former World No. 1.

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Langer circa 1985.

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Langer circa 2000.

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Langer circa 2002.

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Langer circa 2010.

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Langer circa 2014.

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Instruction

Think teaching 30,000 lessons is a lot? Well, think again.

As of today, I feel like such a slacker.

The newest member of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, Matt Fields, has traveled the world -- Bolivia, India, Taiwan, you name it -- and taught "over 30,000" golf lessons (that's an average of one a day for 82+ years, if you're keeping track).

To give that many lessons, your daily schedule would have to include five students, over the course of two decades, even on the holidays. Either this man is the best multi-tasker or he never takes a break.

"He has experience," said Gilchrist, with whom Fields has reunited after years teaching together at the International Junior Golf Academy, "that is much unparalleled in the game."

You would think.

 
But as it happens passing that 30,000-lessons barrier is more like hitting .300 than .400 over a 162-game major-league schedule. 

Scores and scores of teachers have already reached that plateau. And with another 30,000 lessons, Matt's hobby would match this Hobby's hobby. But he'd still trail a bunch who've surpassed 70,000 lessons.

Ernie Boshers, who's been teaching since 1986, boasts 80,000. The late Jerry Belt's bio cites he stood on the practice tee for all 100K. Just to count that tally, alone, takes 77 hours—sacrificing another 77 possible lessons. But who's counting?

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News & Tours

Missing Links: Haney says Tiger needs practice time more than a coach, and former landfill lands Presidents Cup

Stories of interest you might have missed…

Who will coach Tiger Woods? A better question, a former coach, Hank Haney, says in this story by Bob Harig of ESPN, is will his health allow him to put in the time to return to his former glory? "The biggest thing I see is that you have a cumulative effect of lack of practice," Haney said. "This is the biggest issue as opposed to who is going to coach him next.”

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It might have been built on landfill, but the fact that it has New York City as a backdrop has made Liberty National Golf Course an attractive proposition for the PGA Tour. On Tuesday, it announced it has reached a 25-year deal with Liberty National to host events, notably the 2017 Presidents Cup. The New York Times’ Zach Schonbrun has the story.

The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles virtually would be a home game for Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, who lives less than 40 miles away. Yet he has not yet secured an invitation, standing as he is 11th in European Ryder Cup points with only the Italian Open left to play his way in. He’ll need to finish second or better to wrest from Graeme McDowell the 10th automatic berth on the European team and he is a longshot candidate to be one of Paul McGinley’s captain’s picks, Martin Dempster says in this story in the Scotsman.

“I do not trust the [PGA] Tour,” Mary Kohnke, a former St. Johns County commissioner, said, expressing her concern that the tour’s request for waivers from the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency for a development it might be planning to build adjacent to the TPC Sawgrass will be granted. “The tour’s request… for various waivers to a Planned Unit Development raised the eyebrows — and maybe the hackles — of some Ponte Vedra residents,” Stuart Korfhage writes in the St. Augustine Record.

“The good news for Jim Furyk is that people finally stopped talking about his golf swing that only a mother could love and a father could teach. Now it's whether he knows how to win,” Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press writes in this look at Furyk’s failure of late to fail to close out a victory when leading through 54 holes.

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Health & Fitness

How to stay on track with your workouts

Golfers have known for years that tracking things such as scores and on-course statistics can lead to improved play. Awareness leads to strengthening weaknesses as well as avoiding mistakes. That same concept has finally taken hold in the fitness world as more and more companies are introducing devices that monitor your health-and-fitness activity. According to Forbes, one of the biggest players in this up-and-coming industry is going to be Apple.

The tech giant already has plans for a health app as part of its new operating system. You can read about it here: Apple.com/ios/ios8/health. The app (pictured below) will be included with the new iPhone 6, reports say. There also are rumors swirling that Apple will introduce a multi-function fitness watch, which makes sense since it's difficult to work out with a phone attached to your body or in your pocket.
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Whether you still document your workouts with pen and paper or use an app, the idea of keeping track of your fitness makes a lot of sense—and one of the biggest reasons is motivation. I believe people who monitor their fitness and eating habits are far more likely to work out and make healthier food choices than those who don't.

Ron Kaspriske is the fitness editor of Golf Digest.

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News & Tours

Tiger douses Mark Rolfing with ice water: "I've always wanted to do this to media."

There was a Tiger Woods sighting in Verona, New York on Tuesday, when Tiger spoke at the sponsor reception for friend Notah Begay III's foundation challenge -- the NB3 Challenge.

Woods sat down for an interview with NBC golf announcer Mark Rolfing at one point, and while there wasn't any mention of Tiger's recent split with Sean Foley, Rolfing did ask Woods about his absence from this year's Ryder Cup team.

"It's disappointing, but I've been there before," Tiger said, referring to his absence from the 2008 team. "I'll miss the guys. . .the stories we tell; those are the kind of things we'll remember for the rest of our lives."

But Tiger didn't let Rolfing off too easy. On stage during his talk at the event, Tiger and Begay helped Rolfing and Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Woods, predictably, took Rolfing.

"I've always wanted to do this to media," he said afterwards.

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Stats

You probably didn't notice: Hunter Mahan's remarkable ball-striking streak

Hunter Mahan's win at the Barclays was his first on the PGA Tour in more than two years, but it certainly wasn't just a one-week burst of good play. Following a near five-month stretch in which he finished no better than a T-24 at Congressional, Mahan has been on a ball-striking tear in his last three tournaments.

The Grind: Mahan's big win and Win McMurry's big Ice Bucket Challenge fail

At Ridgewood Country Club, Mahan hit 58 of 72 greens (80.56 percent) to easily lead the field. He hit 15 greens in three of the rounds, including during Sunday's 65 that delivered him a two-shot win. But his play from tee to green was just as impressive in his previous two starts, even if his results didn't show it.

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Mahan tied for the lead in greens hit at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he finished T-15, as well as at the PGA Championship, where he finished T-7. That's three weeks in a row of leading a PGA Tour field in greens hit.

To put that in perspective, no other player on tour in 2014 has led the field in GIR in more than two events total. And Mahan's 78.7 percent clip in his last three starts outpaces the red-hot Rory McIlroy (73.6) in that span by more than 5 percentage points.

Related: Hunter Mahan and the power of positive thinking

The recent stretch has Mahan back to 28th in GIR for the season, which shows how far he had fallen during his slump, and his overall stats from tee to green are closer to what we're used to seeing in recent years. Mahan is eighth in total driving (he was eighth last year and second in 2012) and 12th in ball-striking (he was 11th last year and third in 2012).

Mahan is hoping to be one of Tom Watson's captain's picks for next month's Ryder Cup. Watson has said he's going to look a lot at "gut factor," or the ability of a player to play under pressure. We're not sure where Watson ranks Mahan in that category, but it will be hard to not take a long look at a guy consistently hitting greens at this rate.

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Style

Dagwood Golf accessories won't help you hit it farther, but they will help you better appreciate the game

The way former Adidas designer Anielle Crisanto and filmmaker Tom Henze see it, golf products and accessories have evolved over the last 20 years from a technology standpoint but in the process the quality hasn't necessarily kept up. It's what inspired the duo to launch Dagwood Golf, a premium golf and outdoor accessory brand that aims to alter the way golfers see golf.

Take one look at their website, dagwoodgolf.com and it's easy to see that these guys aren't talking tech. From the development of their first golf glove, Dagwood was less interested in improving your golf stats and more concerned with the things that could add value to your game long after your rounds had ended.

The couple, who live and work together in Berlin, have an undeniable appreciation for quality craftsmanship. Their entire collection, which includes golf bags, shoes, belts, gloves, headcovers, hats and more, is handmade by specialty artisans from Portugal.

Henze and Crisanto derive a lot of their creative direction from classic 1980s street-wear looks (peep the Stan Smith lookin' spikeless golf shoes!). It's those simple street styles, mixed with iconic golf pieces, that yield the brand's timeless and relevant aesthetic.

"We want to be the brand for the golfer who loves golf and is very aware of the fact that playing a game with a friend for five hours is a huge luxury," said Henze in a recent interview with Hong Kong's Minor House blog. "We want to continuously bring products to the game that showcase a similar approach of time, friendship, honesty and quality."

In an age when it seems like all anyone wants to talk about is bigger cups and bifurcation, it's important to recognize a brand that celebrates the idea that everyone from FedEx Cuppers to first timers can all relate: the unexplainable yet undeniable emotional shared experience around the game of golf. Is it stretch to think a leather scorecard holder will make you stop and smell the fresh-cut grass? Possibly. But is it too hard to imagine holding on to something long enough so that you'll have a piece of your game to pass down to someone when you hang up your spikes and their just putting theirs on? I don't think so.

Ultimately, Dagwood won't make you hit it any further but a few of their pieces may help you appreciate some of the games less measurable moments.

Check out some of our favorite Dagwood pieces below.


Leather Scorecard Holder - $85

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Canvas Spikeless Golf Shoe - $205

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Hand Knit Headcovers - $32.50

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Retro Baseball Hat - $63.70

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News & Tours

The Grind: A broken trophy mystery, Tiger and Sean's conscious uncoupling, and Win McMurry's Ice Bucket Challenge fail

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are still in Emmys mode. This week's best lead actor in a drama? Hunter Mahan is an obvious answer. So is Phil Mickelson in the comedy category for the most entertaining 78th-place finish you'll ever see. But best supporting role is a bit more tricky. On Sunday night, swing coach Sean Foley appeared an easy choice as he basked in the glory of his longtime pupil winning the Barclays. But on Monday morning, he was fired by his most famous client, Tiger Woods. Hmm, that's a tough one. Maybe we'll just let the Academy's voters sort it out while we discuss what else is happening in the world of golf.

WE'RE BUYING

Hunter Mahan: The guy who played in the final group at back-to-back majors in 2013 had been missing in action since walking away from the 36-hole lead in Canada last July to become a father, but he picked the perfect time to find his top form again. A Sunday 65 at the Barclays ended a two-plus year winless drought, moved Mahan to No. 1 from No. 62 in the volatile FedEx Cup standings and allowed him to emerge as a likely captain's pick for a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup squad. But Mahan seemed most excited about getting win No. 1 as a dad. Afterward, he was blamed for breaking the Barclays trophy, but another suspect has emerged from this photo. . .

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Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Tiger & Sean's conscious uncoupling: There's no doubt Sean Foley is a great coach, but there's also no doubt the Foley/Woods partnership never quite clicked. Yes, Woods won five times during a Player of the Year campaign just last year, but that season might not even crack the top-10 list for Woods' career. The bottom line? Eight wins in four years for golf's GOAT isn't good enough. Plus, there are questions of whether Woods' new swing is the cause of his back problems. Regardless, this is a smart financial move for Tiger. It has to be really expensive having a full-time coach when you never even play.

Carlos Ortiz: Rory McIlroy has been golf's undisputed best player this year, but Ortiz has been just as dominant on the Web.com Tour. Congrats to the 23-year-old Mexican for making 60 percent more money ($515,403) than any other player on that tour and for earning the automatic promotion to the PGA Tour with his third win of the season at the Portland Open. The bad news? He has to wait for next season. The good news? Next season starts in about a month.

WE'RE SELLING

Jim Furyk: For an eighth straight time with at least a share of the 54-hole lead, Furyk didn't win, running his PGA Tour title drought to nearly full four years. To be fair, Furyk hasn't melted down in any of those tournaments. He's posted a 70.25 scoring average in those final rounds (shooting 69 four times), and his eighth-place finish at the Barclays was the first time he's dropped out of the top four on those eight occasions. Still, that's got to hurt. Even the Jacksonville Jaguars have a better record on Sundays.

U.S. Ryder Cup hopefuls: While Mahan came through with a clutch performance in New Jersey, other big-name bubble boys didn't. Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson and Ryan Moore all missed the cut, leaving them just one more week to try to impress captain Tom Watson. And with Mahan and Keegan Bradley edging out in front of the pack, that means this trio and other Ryder Cup hopefuls are probably playing for just one spot.

Related: The best and worst from 2014's major championships

Lee Westwood: Speaking of Ryder Cup hopefuls, it's looking more likely that Westwood won't be making a ninth consecutive appearance on Team Europe. Jamie Donaldson's win at the Czech Masters took away another spot, and Westwood faded to T-57 at the Barclays, failing to advance to the second round of the playoffs. After winning the Maybank Malaysian Open in April, Westwood, 40, said it was possible that his best golf was still ahead of him. Did he forget to say, "LOL JK"?

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Boston for the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the Deutsche Bank Championship, aka that tournament that ends on a Monday because it's Labor Day.

Related: 7 things you need to know after Week 1 of the playoffs

Random tournament fact: Hunter Mahan will be playing in his 30th FedEx Cup Playoff event this week. He's the only player to have competed in every playoff event since the FedEx Cup started in 2007. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem approves of this fact.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK 

-- Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon will reunite: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Phil Mickelson will hit a shot out of a TV tower: 5-to-1 odds 

-- You will hear that Hunter Mahan consecutive FedEx Cup starts stat a LOT: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK (OTHER THAN HUNTER MAHAN'S DAUGHTER POSSIBLY BREAKING THE BARCLAYS TROPHY)

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Incredibly, Phil Mickelson found the same hospitality area near the fifth hole at Ridgewood Country Club two days in a row. Not incredibly, the tour's ultimate showman decided to hit a shot from there both times. The best part? It inspired a new internet meme, #PhilWasHere. Here's our favorite, but the rest are worth checking out.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"You know, I'm close. And I'm not going to hang my head as I walk away from here. But I chuckle every time I leave the media room because I'm like, it's almost -- everyone expects me to be depressed. I mean, there's a lot worse sh-- going on in the world than me shooting 70 on a Sunday." -- Jim Furyk. Tough to argue with that.

THIS WEEK IN GOLF-RELATED ICE BUCKET CHALLENGES

First, Rory McIlroy risked life and limb to climb on a chair to dump ice water on actress Meghan Markle, who he nominated:

And then, former Golf Channel personality Win McMurry went solo with her own version:

Maybe you should try it again, Win. . . With ice this time. . . You know, just to make it official. . . We'll wait. . .

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING PUTTING HER TRAINING TO USE

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Vonn took a break from the gym to appear on the show "Project Runway." And no, we didn't watch the episode. Yet.

THIS AND THAT

blog-molly-ace-0825.jpgGraeme McDowell and his wife, Kristin Stape, welcomed a baby girl into the world Monday. If he wins a tournament next year, he'll have to keep his eye on her during the trophy presentation. . . . Rory McIlroy said he's "90 percent" sure he'll be in Denver to play in next week's BMW Championship, citing the Broncos/Colts game as a big motivation for going. Not exactly a glowing ad for the importance of the FedEx Cup. . . . Scott Dunlap won the Boeing Classic for his first Champions Tour title. He's the guy who nearly played with Tiger Woods in the final round of the 2000 PGA Championship. . . Apparently, there's going to be a new show called "Sports Jeopardy." I'd be the Ken Jennings of that show. Look at that Scott Dunlap knowledge I just dropped on you! . . . Congrats to GolfDigest.com director of editorial operations Molly Baldwin (pictured) on recording her first hole-in-one. Add another name to the long list of golfers I'm jealous of. . . . And NBC's coverage of the Deutsche Bank Championship means Johnny Miller is returning to the booth. Let's celebrate by looking at this random/funny/ridiculous photo of him!

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RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Did Phil hit it into that hospitality area a second time on purpose?

How did Matthew McConaughey not win the Emmy for "True Detective"?

Where can I get one of those NBC hats?

-- Alex Myers is an Associate Editor for GolfDigest.com. Feel free to email him and please follow him on Twitter since he has self-esteem issues.

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News & Tours

What they said, what they meant: Woods-Foley breakup edition

loop-foley-what-they-said-300.jpgSean Foley exits as the official Tiger Woods swing coach, and while the search begins to find a new instructor, the What They Said, What They Meant algorithm was able to detect a few corrected lines from the quote Foley issued to TigerWoods.com.

Related: The challenge in coaching Tiger

Here is what we fed into our special, trademarked algorithm machine at GolfDigest.com headquarters:

"My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I am appreciative of the many experiences we shared together," Foley said. "It was a lifelong ambition of mine to teach the best player of all time in our sport. I am both grateful for the things we had the opportunity to learn from one another, as well as the enduring friendship we have built. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him."

And here is what the machine spit out:

"My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I'm appreciative of almost all of the many experiences we shared together, except that day at the gym when he tried to get me to bench 300 pounds in front of Lindsey and told me, 'Folesy, you use too much hair gel,'" Foley said. "I am both grateful for the things we had the opportunity to learn from one another, like me hearing all about how he won 14 majors in spite of Butch and Hank, and Tiger learning from me that there are only so many ways a human being can say, 'stop dipping your head at impact with the driver.' I have nothing but respect and admiration for him, well, until he had Mark Steinberg drop the 14-page non-disclosure agreement in my mailbox along with that six-inch rattlesnake."

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