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Michelle Wie visits Golf Digest, reads about Michelle Wie in Golf Digest

By Ashley Mayo

Michelle Wie is in Manhattan this week, so obviously she carved out some time to visit Golf Digest's Times Square offices.  

At one point, after she leaned back in Golf Digest's Editor in Chief's chair and rested her feet up on his desk, I asked her if all the attention ever gets old. "Not when I'm on the cover, no." 

Michelle also signed 50 copies of the magazine. She just announced an Instagram contest, where she'll give away the signed copies to 50 people who post "cool" images of themselves (or their friends) reading Golf Digest.

Post away, Wie fans. Post away.

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Deal of the Week: Embrace your inner rockstar in Las Vegas


October is Las Vegas' golfing sweet spot, with temperatures in the low 80s and off-peak green fees and hotel rates. Plus, college football and NFL games fill the weekends just in case you want to, um, make a wager. 

Walters Golf is making it easy to book a one-stop three-day golf trip in Sin City with its Rock Star Golf Package. You can get three nights at the Hard Rock Hotel and two rounds at Bali Hai Golf Club or Royal Links, two of Vegas' top-rated daily fee courses, starting at $399 per person. The offer is available for trips scheduled between now and December 31. 

The Hard Rock isn't on the Strip, but it's a five-minute cab ride if you're determined to see the other casinos. Stay on property and you can eat sushi at Nobu or people-watch and margarita-consume at the Pink Taco. It'll also still be warm enough to spend an afternoon at Paradise Beach, the Hard Rock's 21-and-over pool/round-the-clock nightclub. If the UV rays don't age you, the looks you'll get from the 22-year-old socialites will. 

Bali Hai and Royal Links are owned by the same group, but they're completely different experiences. Bali Hai sits on the south end of the Strip, and offers an opulent, well-conditioned Florida-type challenge, complete with palm trees and giant powder-sand bunkers. 

Royal Links is a 20-minute drive from the Hard Rock and strip area, and is a "theme course" in the best sense of the phrase. It features reproductions of holes from 11 courses in the Britsh Open rotation, including the Old Course, Carnoustie and Turnberry. They even have a hole from Muirfield, where you can reenact your own version of this weekend's Ryder Cup. 

Bali Hai is convenient, but Royal Links is the more memorable of the two. The package lets you play a round at both, so you won't be forced into a choice. 
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Man tries to hit a fish with a golf club, fails

Outside of the Ryder Cup, it's been a strange week for golfers. First a man snapped all of his clubs in a fit of rage, and then a different man tried to kill an innocent fish with a golf club. He doesn't look as angry as the first guy, but it's not exactly joyful exuberance that brought him to the point of wanting to do this. 

That said, you've got to appreciate the way he regains his footing after almost tumbling into the lake.

(Warning: Graphic language)


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PGA of America President Ted Bishop copies Rickie Fowler, gets "USA" shaved on his head

Yes, really.

"I thought it was great," Tom Watson said in his press conference. "I thought it was terrific. It brings a spirit, a light spirit to the team and I wouldn't be surprised if, heck, even [PGA President] Ted Bishop over here with the PGA puts "USA" on the side of his head if it means we're going to win."

Apparently, that was the nudge that Bishop needed.

Here's how he and Rickie Fowler look together. Practically twins.

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How you can be a Mr. Fancy Pants like Billy Horschel

The $13 million man, Billy Horschel, has certainly made a name for himself over the last few weeks, but the kid's been picking up serious style points ever since he came out on tour.

In 2014, Horschel turned the volume up to 11 when he started serving up all sorts of bold bottoms over the weekends. Through the course of the year we've seen the FedEx Cup Champ look like a stud in everything from octopuses to electric plaids, and if you're trying to pick up on some of his sartorial swag, here's how to start:

1. Nail the Fit.
Whether you're wearing corduroys or camouflage, fit is the most important metric of style. Take your trousers to a tailor if they don't fit you comfortably in the waist, seat and thighs. Make sure they break just on top of your shoes; if you can't see your socks when you crouch to read a putt your pants are too long.

2. Party on the Bottom, Business on Top.
Nothing in your look should fight for attention. If you're wearing a louder look on the bottom, make sure your shirt, shoes and hat all stay on the simple, solid side.

3. Why So Serious?
It's sad enough watching grown men have mental breakdowns mid-round but, there's nothing funnier than seeing a dude in purple pants smash a 7-iron into the turf in frustration. If you decide to work some lighter brighter bottoms into your game, try to reflect that sentiment around your track, too. Who knows, a little levity may just do more for your move than you think.

Check out 5 of our favorite below the belt style statements here:

Nike Navy Muted Camo


RLX Green Frog Floral Print


Puma Orange Sport Lux 5 Pocket


J. Lindeberg White Geo Camo Print

loop-J-Lindeberg-LightGray-Digi-Camo-350.jpgMaide Golf Navy Tech Plaid


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The Grind: Ryder Cup hype, PGA Tour cards, and a famed beauty queen joins the world of golf

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are glad our writing privileges for next year don't come down to the performance at one tournament. That's a lot of pressure to deal with, and sometimes, you just have an off week with typos, bad predictions, or even worse, bad jokes. Hopefully, that's not the case this week as we get caught up on what's been going on in golf and get set for one of the most exciting events of the year. Did you hear the one about the Ryder Cup and the Pope? Never mind. We'll stop.

WE'RE BUYING Tour heroes: Congrats to Derek Fathauer for making his first pro victory a big one at the Tour Championship. Fathauer is now fully exempt on the PGA Tour next year. Also fully exempt in 2014-15? Adam Hadwin and Carlos Ortiz. Also going to the majors after clutch performances? Zac Blair, who finished second, and Nick Taylor, who shot a final-round 63 to earn his PGA Tour card for the first time. These "other" guys on the developmental tour are pretty darn good, too.


Smile, Derek! You're on the PGA Tour!

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Paul Goydos: In his fifth start on the Champions Tour, the popular Goydos picked up his first title. Goydos reeled off four straight birdies on Sunday to beat Fred Funk and Scott Dunlap by one. The "older" guys were battling high winds in Hawaii -- hence, why the winning score was only 19 under par on the senior circuit this week.

New BACK9NETWORK talent: The BACK9NETWORK announced a bunch of new faces will be joining the new television channel, which is set to make its debut on DIRECTV on September 29th. Among the hires, Shane Bacon, Jeff Rude, Matty Blake, and John Maginnes. Oh, and (from top left to bottom right) Erica Bachelor, Will Christien, Katie Sundseth, and Alexis Morgan:


Sorry, guys. There wasn't room to put your pictures in. . . And then there's Caite Upton, not to be confused with former Golf Digest cover girl and supermodel Kate Upton:


However, you may remember her as Caitlin Upton, the Miss Teen contestant from South Carolina, who in 2007 gave perhaps the worst answer to a question in history:

Hopefully, Miss Upton knows a little more about golf than she did about, well, whatever she was rambling about in that clip.

WE'RE SELLING Tour heartbreak: While 50 players were left celebrating with their shiny, new PGA Tour cards on Sunday, there were plenty of others who walked away disappointed. Roberto Castro, who shot a tournament-record-tying 63 at the Players just last year, is heading to Q School after winding up No. 51 by a mere $31.66. That's it?! We hope someone double- and triple-checked that math. Then there's Travis Bertoni, who hit the shot of his life to put himself in position to wrap up a first tour card only to hit the most painful putt of his life. WARNING: This is tough to watch, but kudos to Bertoni for still signing autographs for kids right after.

Rory McIlroy's new driver: We have nothing against the new Nike Vaper Pro (Well, maybe that lime color) Rory was spotted with, but what about the timing of McIlroy potentially putting this in play? Remember when Phil Mickelson changed equipment before the 2004 Ryder Cup? OK, so this isn't nearly as extreme, but it's an easy target for critics if Rory struggles off the tee. And by the way, with the way he's been driving the ball, why change anything? Unless he's going to start driving par 5s routinely with this thing, is it really necessary?

Related: 11 surprising players to compete in the Ryder Cup

Breaking your golf clubs: Especially breaking ALL of your golf clubs. That's what this guy did following what we presume was a pretty rough round. As amusing as this clip was, was it really worth it? Here's some free advice, big fella: It's never the clubs' fault.


Twenty-four of the world's best golfers will be at Gleneagles in Scotland for the biennial grudge match between the U.S. and Europe. It's the Ryder Cup! Get pumped! Rickie Fowler certainly is:


Related: 13 things that only happen at the Ryder Cup

Random tournament fact: U.S. captain Tom Watson won five claret jugs, including four in Scotland. This is supposed to really matter somehow, even though Watson isn't playing and the Ryder Cup is being held on one of the more Americanized courses in Europe.


-- Tom Watson will shave "USA" into the side of his head: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Rory McIlroy is in charge of making sure Europe's players get to the course on time this week: 1,000-to-1 odds

-- Almost captain's pick Billy Horschel will be discussed as much as actual captain's pick Webb Simpson: LOCK


Two days after winning $11.4 million, Billy Horschel's greatest week ever culminated with the birth of his first kid, daughter Skylar. It can't get much better for Mr. September.



"I thought it was too far right but it's all downhill and downwind and it must have luged down the fairway. If all the stars align you can hit it a long way." -- Nicolas Colsaerts after hitting the longest (447 yards!) drive in European Tour history. We think this might qualify as the understatement of the year.


Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline endeared himself to golfers everywhere with this creative touchdown celebration:

The NFL didn't endear itself to golfers everywhere by assessing Hartline with a penalty.



Despite hubby Jason being an Auburn superfan, Amanda has remained true to her college team, Alabama.



As if doing these jumps weren't enough, it appears that Vonn is wearing  a weighted backpack for even more of a challenge. We give up.



The 2015 World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at St. Andrews, deviating from past presentations in St. Augustine, Fla. The "Home of Golf" seems like a pretty fitting place for this. . . . Mi Jung Hur held off Stacy Lewis for her second LPGA title. For Lewis, it was a fifth runner-up of 2014. She's like the Jim Furyk of the PGA Tour -- only she also has three wins this year. . . . Former Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, will deliver a motivational speech to Europe ahead of the Ryder Cup. Apparently, if you follow soccer -- and you're a Manchester United fan like Rory McIlroy -- this is a BIG deal. . . . Congrats to my friends, Ryan and Merrell, on getting married over the weekend in Nantucket. As you can tell from my photo, Nantucket is a DECENT location for a wedding. Something tells me the weather won't be quite as good when I'm in Scotland this week. . .


Will the Presidents Cup Streaker graduate to the Ryder Cup?

Better golf celebrations: U.S. or Europe?

Better golf swing: Kate Upton or Caite Upton?

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

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Tenuous golf connection

The Back9 Network's newest personality once gave the most mystifying beauty pageant answer ever

Why does the name Caite Upton sound familiar? No, not KATE Upton. We're talking about one of the upstart Back9 Network's newest personalities, who will be co-hosting a new show, "Off Par", with comedian and actor Matt Blake.

In addition to now having a remarkably similar name as America's premier supermodel (and a former Golf Digest cover girl), Caite Upton is herself a model who used to go by Lauren Caitlin Upton. She was the Miss Teen South Carolina who in 2007 may have delivered the most regrettable answer in the long history of regrettable beauty pageant answers.

It's a winner.

And for those who prefer it in text form, there's this:

In fairness to Ms. Upton, she has never hid from her viral moment. She went on the Today Show shortly after the Miss Teen USA pageant to revisit her answer (she said she was "overwhelmed"). And her Facebook profile proudly owns up to her past.

"I'm a Model/Host/Actress, former Miss South Carolina Teen USA (Yes, I'm THAT girl) AND Amazing Race finalist!"

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Victor Dubuisson hates the spotlight, so how will he fare at the 2014 Ryder Cup?

PERTHSHIRE, Scotland -- Every Ryder Cup side is a mixture or personalities, temperaments and nationalities. But it is safe to say that no one quite like Victor Dubuisson has ever played in the biennial contest that matches the best golfers from the United States against their European counterparts.

Consider this. When, earlier this year, the 27-year old Frenchman was cutting a wide swathe through the field at the WGC Match Play Championship in Arizona -- along the way hitting a couple of extraordinary and memorable chip/pitch shots from unlikely lies -- he was asked how old he was when he left school. His answer wavered between the ages of ten and 12, before he requested, "no more personal questions." And what was the first thing Dubuisson did after losing the final to Aussie Jason Day? He changed his phone number.

"I know his family story and it was not an easy childhood," says another Frenchman, Thomas Levet, who played for Europe in the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills. "Let's not talk about bad things."

In the months since, not much more information has emerged other than Dubuisson is estranged from his parents and he lives in Andorra "for tax reasons." So he has arrived here at Gleneagles as something of a mystery, certainly to many of his teammates.

dubuisson-huggan-518.jpg"Does anybody really know Victor?" asked Thomas Bjorn.

"It's very difficult to know what to make of Victor," was Lee Westwood's assessment.

"He's a bit of an enigma and just a tough guy to get your head round what he's thinking," said Graeme McDowell, who has actually spent a bit of time with Dubuisson over the last few months.

"For most of the guys on the team, it's the early stages of getting to know him as a person," admitted Henrik Stenson. "I'm sure we will get to know him a bit more."

As you'd expect of a detail-oriented individual, European skipper Paul McGinley has gone out of his way to introduce himself to Dubuisson since it became apparent the Cannes-native was going to make the side. But it clearly hasn't been easy. Asked if Victor's "shyness" poses a problem when it comes to team dynamics, the genial Dubliner did concede that it was "a challenge."

"Not everybody is Ian Poulter," continued McGinley. "My job as captain is to get to know each player, what makes them tick and what their personalities are. I like to get a good profile of them.

"This time last year I didn't know Victor at all. But when he won in Turkey then was second at the match play he was on my radar and I made it my business to get to know him. I think I've done that. He's a really great guy. I like him. He's got flair. He's got charisma. He's got Hollywood looks. There's something special about him and I like the fact that he is different."

The question, however, remains: Is that "good different" or "bad different" when it comes to a team event like the Ryder Cup?

"Match play is my favorite format," insisted Dubuisson when his turn came to face the assembled media. "It's more about the mind. Every few holes you have to change your strategy. But the key is just to play your own game. It's what I do all the time. If you play your own game and you do what you do, usually you won't lose many matches."

Then again, he also admitted to preferring individual sports to team games: "You're on your own and make your own decisions. I don't think I could play in a collective sport."

He ended on a joke though. Asked if he would describe himself as the Greta Garbo of golf, Dubuisson did manage to raise a smile.

"Ask the other players," he said. "I'm a very funny and cool guy. On the course I'm not shy. I just prefer to be quiet and humble rather than the opposite."

Hmmm. Even if that is true, it does sound like Captain McGinley still has some work on his hands. 

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Make The Turn Challenge #29: Walk To Win

Golf is the ultimate lifestyle sport. There are many ways that the game engages our minds, bodies and senses. It's both competitive and social, full of moments of challenge and personal discovery. Perhaps the greatest gift is the opportunity to create experiences limited only to one's imagination, never to be bound by landscape or zip code.

If I think about my greatest days spent on a golf course, the most memorable are always when I've played on foot. Nearly every round as a kid was enjoyed walking and now as I get older, I've re-embraced the notion that a "rolling stone" gathers no moss.

This, of course, wasn't always the case. Somewhere between then and now, I became either tired or lazy. It was too easy to drive my car to the course, only to throw my clubs onto a tinier car, which was then often restricted to the cart path. If someone in my group suggested walking, my excuse was always that my large Staff Bag would be unreasonable to carry. It's safe to say I went the better part of a decade riding out of what I thought was convenience. In reality, all I was doing was robbing myself of the gift of playing the game the way it was meant to be played.

To really soak all you can out of anything, you've got to be present. Nothing allows you to slow down and take notice on a golf course better than walking. I recently re-discovered what it means to play golf and I owe that to slinging the bag over my shoulders and getting after it. Whether it be enjoying the unique design features of the course, feeling the burn in my legs or elevating my heart rate on a steep climb, I now feel more "in" the game than ever.

This perspective isn't meant to slight anyone who isn't physically equipped to play the course entirely on foot. It is saying, if you CAN walk the course, I believe doing so will greatly elevate your enjoyment of the game. If walking isn't possible, simply take this challenge as an opportunity to slow down, get into the moment, and increase your "awareness" as you play.

There are lots of ways to walk. Carry a light bag, get a slick new push cart or even pay a kid a few bucks for the loop. The key, is to start moving and keep moving as long as you can. Commit to playing your next round on foot and you can count this challenge as complete.

Increased Awareness
Improved Fitness
More Enjoyment

Jeff Ritter is the CEO/Founder of MTT Performance. The program operates out of Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. Follow him on Twitter at @mttgolf ... Read
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Europeans begin mind games, misspell Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth's names

It begins.

Two of the three U.S. Ryder Cup rookies fell to some egregious spelling errors on Tuesday at Gleneagles, which is actually fairly impressive considering how straightforward the names actually are. The third rookie -- Patrick Reed -- was spared, presumably because misspelling "Reed" proved a little too difficult.

The sign-makers ignored the "i" before "e" rule to misspell Jordan Spieth's name "Speith," and to make matters worse, followed it by misspelling the easiest name in the world -- Jimmy -- by adding an extra "i": "Jiimmy." Apparently they weren't watching the Masters or the FedEx Cup this year. Game on.

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