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Video: Manny Ramirez whiffs two more times...on the golf course

Manny Ramirez, former perennial all-star for the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox, struck out 1,813 times in his long career, 16th on the all-time list.

So perhaps we should not be surprised that he is seen here whiffing a few more times, though the game is golf and the ball is stationary. The occasion was the recent David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic, his annual charity event in the Dominican Republic.

Hey, it’s a hard game.

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News & Tours

Paula Creamer looks like she's really enjoying her honeymoon

Paula Creamer married Derek Heath last Friday (12/13/14 was a hot wedding date) in Windermere, Fla. This week, the LPGA star looks like she's really enjoying her honeymoon in "paradise."

Mrs. Heath... Honeymoon.. @beachbunnyswimwear 👍👙❿ᅬ

A photo posted by Paula Creamer (@paulacreamer1) on

After having numerous tropical island experts weigh in (reading some of the comments), we believe "paradise" is Bora Bora. Creamer pokes fun at her feet tan lines, but you don't post a full-body mirrored selfie of yourself in a bikini if you don't think you're looking pretty good.

Related: Creamer gets married and Rickie and Alexis go to the Bahamas

A month ago, Creamer posted this photo of herself working out ("Sweating for the wedding") in preparation for the big day:

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Another quick glance at the comment sections of her two latest photos indicates people are in agreement. Her hard work in the gym has paid off.

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News & Tours

That time sharks invaded an Australian golf course and scared everyone

Between the Australian PGA and the Australian Open, there's been a lot of golf played Down Under recently. So it's only fitting that we return there for Throwback Thursday.

Back in 2011, all the lakes on Carbrook Golf Club in Australia flooded after a heavy storm. Aside from lots of excess water, a group of eight 10-foot-long bullsharks found their way into the pond by the 14th green.

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For whatever reason, the course opted not to remove the sharks (it's a salt-water pond), but they did put up a fairly scary sign. They also added a new tournament to the club's schedule: "The Shark Lake Challenge."

Here's the original segment from Sky News:


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Records & Rarities

This local legend just became the oldest golfer to ever make a hole-in-one

At 103, Gus Andreone was already the oldest member of the PGA of America. Now, he's also the oldest golfer to ever record a hole-in-one.

PGA.com had the story of Andreone's latest feat, a hole-in-one on Wednesday at Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Fla. According to the report, Andreone used a driver from 113 yards for his ace on No. 14 at the Lakes Course to break the previous known record held by 102-year-old Elsie McLean in 2007.

Related: Want a hole-in-one? Head to Bend, Oregon

"I hit it solid and the ball then hit the ground about 30 yards from the green and kept rolling, rolling and rolling," said Andreone, who shot 83 on the 4,535-yard layout and earned an $80 skin for the shot. "It fell into the hole, which was cut on the right middle part of the green. Miracles do happen once in a while."

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Photo: Bob Denney/PGA

Once in a while is right. Andreone's latest hole-in-one was the eighth of his life. His first ace came all the way back in 1939, meaning he gets one about once per decade. Not too shabby.

Here's a Suncoast News Network report from earlier this year on Andreone, who plays three times a week and has been a PGA member for more than 75 years. You go, Gus!

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News & Tours

Guy hits himself in the head with a golf ball, takes sucking at golf to a whole new level

The next time you have a bad round, or three-putt, or do anything on the golf course that you're not very proud of, just think of this video.

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Remember it, revisit it, treasure it, because no matter how poorly you just played, remind yourself that it can always get worse.

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And finally, to the guy in this video: maybe wear a helmet next time?

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: The most entertaining Father-Son duo of all time

The victory by Bernhard and Jason Langer in last weekend's PNC Father-Son Challenge had an element of good fortune in it, given Jason was a late fill-in for his sister, Christina, and that his age, 14, made him the youngest offspring winner in the 17-year-old event.

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No matter how the Langers (above, photo courtesy AP Images) got the win, it's the good vibes created by playing in a family event that are memorable. Father-Son tournaments populate the tournament schedule at any number of clubs and help create some of the game's enduring moments. If you are fortunate to have a son -- or daughter -- who likes golf, getting to play in an annual event with him or her is one of the great bonding experiences you can have.

At many courses Father-Son events are named after a special individual and carry some historical significance. At Willowbrook Golf Course in Winter Haven, Fla., Dexter Daniels Sr., an accomplished Florida golfer, and son Dexter Jr., are the namesake of the Father-Son event, which was held for the 41st time last weekend and won by multi-winners Bret and Marc Dull.

The Donald Ross Junior Championship at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort started in 1947 and is named for the famous architect. Part of the event, which will be held again Dec. 27-30, is a father-son competition for the more then 200 juniors in the field, held in three age divisions. And Father-Son events aren't just held in the U.S. The 26th World Invitational Father & Son Golf Tournament will be played Aug. 5-9, 2015, at Ireland's Waterville Golf Links. (And by the way, the eighth World Invitational Father & Daughter is at Waterville July 23-26, 2015).

As magical as Papa Langer had it at the PNC event (he joined Larry Nelson and Raymond Floyd as dads who won the 17-year event with two different sons), his feat is a step below the roll call of father-son achievers in pro golf. There have been nine father-son duos who have won PGA Tour events: Old Tom and Young Tom Morris and Willie Park Sr. and Jr. all won the British Open; others are Jack Burke Sr. and Jr., Clayton and Vance Heafner, Julius and Guy Boros, Al and Brent Geiberger, Jay and Bill Haas, and Craig and Kevin Stadler.

The last twosome, but likely the most entertaining is Joe Kirkwood Sr. and Jr., both Australian-born. The elder Joe was a serious player in the Jones-Sarazen-Hagen era, but during exhibition tours in the 1930s he put trick-shot routines into his matches and became better more well-known for that than his more than a dozen tournament victories.

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His son was actually named Reginald Thomas but went by Joe Jr. in the 1930s. He played professionally, but in the mid-1940s turned to an acting career, most notably playing a popular comic-book character, Joe Palooka, in both movie and TV roles. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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When Joe Jr. won the Philadelphia Inquirer Open in 1949, it completed the father-son winning combination. Previously at the 1948 U.S. Open at Riviera, the Kirkwoods were the first father and son to make the cut at a major in the modern era, which wasn't matched until Jay and Bill Haas both made the cut at the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. Who has bragging rights is open to interpretation. the Kirkwoods were both in the top 30 (Junior finished T-21 and Senior T-28) but the Haases had a top-10, Jay at T-9 while Bill finished T-40). Seems like a wash to me.


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News & Tours

One chart that proves Bubba Watson is a total beast

Bubba Watson hit the longest drive of the 2013-14 season -- 424 yards -- 27 yards further than the next-longest drive.

That stat in itself is pretty amazing, especially when you consider that Webb Simpson's 397-yard drive came on the seventh hole at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions -- a  downhill, 520-yard par 4 that often records the longest measured drives of the season. But seeing it as a graph truly puts in perspective just how far Bubba Watson hits the ball. Thanks to LowRound.co for designing it:

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Here's a video of that drive, which happened on the 16th hole of the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone.


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Video

This golf trick shot video with a young cancer survivor is the most heart-warming thing you'll watch all day

The Bryan Bros released their latest trick shot video on Wednesday and this time, they had a special helper. Clarkie Carroll is only 12, but he's already been through a lot. And fortunately he's healthy now after undergoing 10 months of chemotherapy to treat a rare form of bone cancer from 2013-2014.

Related: How the Bryan Bros became golf's greatest trick shot team

In the video, Clarkie, who has been known to pull off his own trick shots, plays the role of assistant as the Bryan Bros exhibit heir usual dazzling display of hand-eye coordination at Pinehurst. He also re-enacts the famous Payne Stewart putt at the 1999 U.S. Open and shows off his own sweet swing toward the end of the clip. Check it out:

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News & Tours

A bunch of models are trying to out-golf each other on Instagram, which is fine with us

On Monday, it was Sports Illustrated's swimsuit supermodel Nina Agdal:

My golfshoes are cooler than yours.

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Too far. The ball never listens to me.

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On Wednesday, Brooklyn Decker stepped into the fray.

Killer swing dude. (Notice the ball still. on. the. ground.)

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Who will be next? Stay tuned as this important story continues to develop.

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Celebrity

Larry David talks about being moody on the golf course, the controversial Seinfeld finale and the awful New York Jets

Larry David's love of golf hasn't gone unnoticed. The 67-year-old has teed it up with President Obama and has chatted with David Feherty on the Golf Channel. The show he helped create, Seinfeld, referenced golf quite often throughout its nine seasons. ("Was it a Titleist?")

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Bill Simmons interviewed David for a recent BS Report podcast, and David offered some quintessential Larry David-esque golf wisdom:

-- “Playing well makes you play poorly.”

-- "Last weekend I was playing great, then I tried to match what I was doing and I REALLY fell apart. It was awful."

-- "I'm not good company on the golf course. I'm intense, I'm focused and I'm not all that charming...I'm so moody."

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David seems quite charming to us!

David also talks about that widely disliked Seinfeld finale: "I got so much grief from the Seinfeld finale, which a lot of people intensely disliked, that I no longer feel the need to wrap things up."

And, of course, Simmons and David wrap up their chat by talking about the awful New York Jets: "Good luck with your Jets," says Simmons, "I hope you lose this weekend." "Ugh, I hope so, too," says David.

A tormented soul, on the golf course, in the workplace, and as a sports fan.

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