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Jimmy Fallon and Cameron Diaz play roller golf, which is now apparently a thing

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Earlier this month, "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon showed off his golf skills by holing a bunker shot on camera. On his show on Wednesday night, his luck wasn't quite as good.

After talking with Cameron Diaz -- a big golfer in her own right -- about her new film "The Other Woman," Fallon invited her to a friendly game of roller golf. The rules were fairly simple: hit the ball around the course even though the score doesn't actually matter. It's all about who finishes first.

Here's a GIF of them teeing off. Also, Cameron Diaz totally crushes it.

After a few random surprises along the way, it's safe to say Diaz took care of Fallon with relative ease, despite Fallon's best attempts to thwart her efforts in the final moments. 

The full video:

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Throwback Thursday: 'A sixteenth century golf enthusiast'

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

The state of golf in the 16th century was a far cry from the flat blim-wearing, big-hitting, big-money game of today.

In the 16th century, people didn't even know what to call it; in the Netherlands they went with "colf," while in Scotland they opted for "gaulf." "Gowf" -- a different Scottish spelling -- was constantly being banned in parts of Scotland, the British Open was still more than 100 years away from being created, and Mary, Queen of Scots was dodging accusations by her enemies that she played golf herself. The horror!

To help paint a clearer picture of what "golve" -- yet another Scottish spelling -- was like back then, here's a picture of an unnamed child 16th century "golf enthusiast," courtesy of Getty Images. 

The full caption:

"Circa 1650, Sixteenth century golf enthusiast with an early golf club and the large ball stuffed with feathers."

We are assuming the young player removed her golf glove for the picture.

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Cheyenne Woods is better than Lexi Thompson -- at throwing out first pitches

By Alex Myers

Cheyenne Woods' fame continues to grow, which means at some point, she was going to be asked to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game. It happened Wednesday night, when Woods, in Tampa for a Symetra Tour event, did the honor before the Rays' game against the Minnesota Twins.

Related: Woods just the latest golfer to follow in the footsteps of a family member

Woods posted a video to her Instagram account and she seemed pretty happy with how the toss turned out:

Not bad at all. Sure, Woods came up a little short, but couldn't the guy catching the ball (We think Brandon Guyer, who Woods took a picture with right before the pitch) have come up with that cleanly? The outfielder was playing out of position, but he's a Major League Baseball player! You've got to come up with that ball! 


In any event, Woods fared much better than Lexi Thompson, who bounced her first pitch at a Miami Marlins game last Friday. To her credit, Thompson joked about it on Twitter after, saying she "threw a grounder" and that she's sticking to golf.

Related: From hornets to cigars, a wild week in golf

So will Woods, but both should keep their throwing arms loose. At a combined 42 years old, these two should be in the spotlight for a while.

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On her 17th birthday, Lydia Ko featured on Time's 100 Most Influential People list

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

She's been called a phenom, a prodigy, and now, by Time magazine, a pioneer.

In its annual list of the world's Top 100 Most Influential People, released Thursday, Lydia Ko featured as one of just five athletes -- and the only professional golfer -- on the list. Jason Collins, Richard Sherman, Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo were the other athletes honored. Ko now joins a short but prestigious group of LPGA golfers to make the list, which includes the likes of Michelle Wie, Yani Tseng, Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam.

"She's leading golf’s youth movement," says Annika Sorenstam, who wrote the item on Ko. "She is responsible for sparking increased interest in our sport not just in her native South Korea and adopted homeland of New Zealand but also among juniors across the globe."

Related: My Shot: Lydia Ko

Ko, who coincidentally turned 17 on the same day the list was released, rocketed into the spotlight after consecutive wins as an amateur at the LPGA's CN Canadian Women's Open in 2012 and 2013. A month before turning pro last October, Ko also finished T-2 in the 2013 Evian Championship -- the final major of the 2013 LPGA season.

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Game improvement: Bring on the rain with this waterproof bucket

By Alex Holmes

No matter who you are, chances are you've got some gear in your game that could use an update. While we don't advise retooling everything at once, trading up a few staples at a time is the ticket to solid style. Each week we'll pull a dud from the dark depths of every man's collection and suggest a simple substitute. Check your nostalgia at the door -- it's time for your tune up.

After such a long, brutal winter we're not about to let a few April showers keep us off the course. Yet while the market is a plenty with rain gear from manufacturers A to Z, the inclement headgear game is a little soft. Sure, you'll find buckets hats from classic golf brands but big logos and chin drawstrings make the look a bit limited (i.e fine around the course but look a little strange on the street on a rainy workday).

So, as we endeavor to slim down your wardrobe and give you pieces that look good on and off the course, might we suggest a hat made by a hat company? A hat company steeped in style and tradition and made in Italy for over the last 150 years.
loop-game-improvement-borsalino-hat-518.jpgBorsalino -- $105

The simple, sophisticated Borslino rain bucket is 100 percent waterproof and rolls up smaller than a hand towel. Stick it in your bag or your brief case if the weather looks dicey and get on your way in style.  
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The Zurich Classic and its impact on the community

By John Strege

The charitable funds raised on behalf of local communities from their associations with PGA Tour events is substantial, as the tour frequently reminds us — $2 billion and counting. What generally is less known is the actual impact these funds can have.

Another Zurich Classic of New Orleans begins today, in the city that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a regional disaster with national implications. On Wednesday, Zurich and its Z Zurich Foundation provided a timely example of the impact.

(Getty Images photo)

It announced that it had made a $3 million grant to St. Bernard Project, a non-profit organization that assists with communities impacted by disasters. The grant is to help create a Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab for the purpose of sharing information on disaster preparedness.

Zurich’s relationship with the St. Bernard Project, incidentally, began five years ago as a result of its title sponsorship of the PGA Tour event.

The tournament was important, say, to Billy Horschel’s career. Horschel (shown above) won for the first time on the PGA Tour in the tournament last year. But, on a larger scale, it has proven at least as important to communities, too.

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Unofficial Guide: Po' boy sandwiches, hurricane drinks and partying in the streets of New Orleans

By Matthew Rudy

New Orleans' French Quarter is something everybody should see at least once. They've been partying in these streets since the late 18th Century, and you'll lose your tourist card if you don't reserve a couple of hours for a stroll and a hurricane (rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup and grenadine) from Pat O'Brien's on Bourbon Street.

But to get the full New Orleans experience, get out of the quarter and visit three places where you'll by outnumbered by locals 10 to 1.

The po' boy sandwich is synonymous with New Orleans, but the version served in many restaurants is homogenized by "French" bread and machine-processed shrimp or beef. Have the sandwich the way it was intended -- with fresh New Orleans French bread and crispy fried shrimp or simmered roast beef dressed with lettuce, pickles and mayo. Why contribute to the shrimp-vs.-beef argument when you can try both? 

The Parkway Bakery and Tavern has operated in the same rugged neighborhood northwest of the Quarter since 1911. It used to feed the workers at the American Can Company. Now, locals line up for the large fried shrimp sandwich, chili and turkey & alligator sausage gumbo. Take your sandwich and Abita lager and sit at one of the picnic tables on the patio. 

South of the Quarter, near the U-shaped bend in the Mississippi River, is Domilise's -- another po' boy institution. Set in a little shack with a small, hand-painted sign, it looks like a place you'd never go into by yourself. Swallow your fear and be rewarded with giant, no-frills beef, shrimp and sausage sandwiches heartily endorsed by noted calorie-counter Mario Batali just last weekend. 

Take a number, order from the board and take your sandwich and root beer to go in the likely event there aren't any open tables. Don't bother to order the small sandwich. The larges are a few bucks more and almost double the size. Get two different kinds and share with a friend.  

The Tour players will be teeing it up at TPC Lousiana in suburban Avondale, a lovely, orderly track through the wetlands designed by Pete Dye with help from Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson. For golf with a lot more charm and soul, take the St. Charles Line streetcar to Audubon Park and play its historic par-62 course, built just after the 1884 World's Fair was held on the site. For $35, you can zip around in three hours and have plenty of time to explore the rest of the day. 

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Golf Datatech: Iron sales stay positive in March

By Mike Stachura

The first batch of the March retail reports from golf industry research firm Golf Datatech are out, and while the numbers for golf balls and metalwoods reflect the sluggish start to the traditional golf season across much of the U.S., the numbers for the most expensive single purchase a golfer makes, a set of irons, continue to be strong.

According to the just-released Golf Datatech figures, sales of irons in March at on- and off-course shops were up 9.3 percent in units and 10.5 percent in dollars, compared to March 2013. It's the eighth time in the last nine months that iron sales showed a jump over the previous year's monthly figures. The average selling price (approximately $603 for a set of eight irons) also was slightly higher than a year ago, and was the highest for any month since last May. 

Those positive irons numbers reflect a recent Golf Datatech study of golfer attitudes, showing increased enthusiasm for purchasing irons. One reason for the enthusiasm: It just might be the case that the thin-face, distance technology that has crept down from drivers to fairway woods and hybrids and now irons is beginning to resonate with golfers' purchasing decisions.

Metalwood sales showed a mixed bag as units were slightly up (1.5 percent), but dollars were noticeably down (7.1 percent). Average selling price for a metalwood was off 8.5 percent from last March. Golf ball sales, traditionally tied to rounds played, were down a little over 1 percent compared to last March.

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Greg Norman as the next Johnny Miller? A closer look at how they stack up

By Alex Myers

Fox officially announced Greg Norman will be its lead golf analyst when the network begins covering the sport at the 2015 U.S. Open. Norman will be Fox's answer to NBC's Johnny Miller, who will work his 20th -- and presumably, final -- national championship this year at Pinehurst. While Norman has never worked as a golf announcer, he shares a lot of similarities with the man to whom he'll undoubtedly be compared. Let's take a look:

Related: Our favorite Johnny Millerisms

Playing careers: Both Miller and Norman are Hall of Famers, won two major championships and yet both are often labeled underachievers considering their immense talents. Miller won 25 times on the PGA Tour to Norman's 20, but Norman's 14 wins on the European Tour crush Miller's one. Both played an aggressive style of golf and were tremendous ball-strikers, with some calling Miller the best long-iron player ever and Norman the best driver of the golf ball.
Advantage: Norman. His 331 weeks at No. 1 in the world give the Shark the edge. Plus, he had longer staying power at the top.

Toughest loss: Miller finished runner-up at the Masters three times, but the 1975 edition in which he lost to Jack Nicklaus by one stands out. Norman also finished runner-up at the Masters three times, with the most painful coming in 1996 when he blew a six-shot lead to Nick Faldo entering the final round.
Advantage: Norman. He also lost a Masters playoff, as well as playoffs in both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. In fact, he is the undisputed king of tough losses in golf. Maybe "advantage" isn't the right word. . . 

Related: What will Johnny Miller do without the U.S. Open?

Away from golf: Miller, a practicing Mormon who has been married to his wife, Linda, for more than 40 years, has led a relatively quiet life when he's not in the booth or designing golf courses. Norman, on the other hand, has been arguably just as successful in business as he was in golf, most famously owning and operating huge clothing and wine companies.
Advantage: This is a tough one. Norman, by choice, has stayed busier away from the course and has done very well. However, he's had a rockier personal life, including two divorces, one of which required a $105 million settlement. Let's go with a push on this and move on. . .

On-course style


Yeah. . . we're going with another push here.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Announcing style: Miller is the one golf announcer people tune in to just to hear what he's going to say. He's opinionated, but fair. Norman hasn't announced golf yet, but he's never been shy about expressing his views. 
Advantage: Miller, obviously. His two decades of experience will be tough to top, but we're willing to give Greg a shot. Norman has already hinted he'll pattern his style after Miller's. "I think Fox and Joe Buck want me to go down that path as well," he told our Ron Sirak. We hope so.

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Rickie Fowler flew in an aerobatic airplane and looked like the happiest person on the planet

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

"Why am I doing this? That's a good question."

That's how Rickie Fowler opens Red Bull's newest video before promptly jumping into a plane with two-time Red Bull Air Race world champion Kirby Chambliss and taking off. But any fears Rickie may have been harboring before the flight seemed to vanish pretty instantaneously. Just look how happy he is when the pilot flies the plane upside down.

Related: Some woman was crazy enough to let John Daly hit a golf ball out of her mouth

Here's the full video:

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