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Weird golf news of the week: Iowa man gets really creative with golf balls

Ever wonder what people who live on golf courses do with all the balls that get hit into their backyards? Well, you probably wouldn't guess what one Iowa man did.

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Kevin Pingel took nearly 600 balls and turned them into a six-foot, 100-pound statue of a golfer, according to Here's a photo of the structure:


And here's a video of Pingel, who takes being a golf fanatic to another level, discussing his impressive art project:

Pingel said he modeled the statue -- which is becoming somewhat of a tourist attraction in Alta, Iowa -- after the current swing of his favorite golfer, Tiger Woods. Somewhere, Sean Foley just did a fist pump.

(h/t Back9Network)

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Remember that model who tried to get Rory's attention at the WGC? Well, Rory just followed her on Twitter

Remember this woman at the WGC-Bridgestone earlier this month?



This one? The blonde woman who gently adjusted her hair moments after Rory hit his first tee shot on the par-3 15th hole?


Well, if you didn't, everyone else did (it helps that it all happened on national television). And it seems like her apparent attempt to capture Rory's attention worked just as planned. The woman, who we later learned was a model named Ashley Bongiovanni, now has a new Twitter follower: Rory McIlroy. The news was first reported by No Laying Up. Here's the proof:

rory-blond-wgc-twitter-5178.jpgBecause of the two trophies Rory boasts in his new profile picture, it's only natural for us to be interested in this kind of stuff. Already this summer, Rory has been linked with romantic relationships to Irish models Nadia Forde and Sasha Gale.

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Michigan man allegedly impersonates a golf pro, runs up $16,000 tab at posh resort

The concept of seeking a "comp" at a golf resort isn't a new one. Free range balls, perhaps. Or if you've got the right connections, maybe even an entire round. 

A Michigan man recently took that to an extreme when, according to police reports, he constructed an elaborate scheme in which he secured $16,146 in "goods, services and lodging" at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in outside of Pittsburgh in Farmington, Pa. According to a story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jeffrey Paul Cochran of Scottsville, Mich., called Nemacolin and identified himself as Dan Renyolds, a doctor who was seeking to set up a stay for another doctor who was interviewing for a job at a local hospital. The story continues:

Cochran told Nemacolin the visiting doctor is a golf pro, and the resort made arrangements for him to stay at its Falling Rock hotel, police said. Renyolds was to pay for a house account the resort opened to accommodate the fictitious golf pro's expenses, according to the affidavit.

According to the story, Cochran stayed at the resort, which features rooms ranging from $509 to $709 a night, for 13 days, played multiple roundsand made a number of charges in the golf shop.

Pennsylvania state police charged Cochran with theft by deception and theft of services. 

There is no Jeffrey Cochran in Michigan listed in the GHIN system, so we can't say whether or not he posted some suspect scores as well.

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Drop what you're doing and check out this incredible golf-themed video parody of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"

By Alex Myers

The problem with parody songs? Unless you're "Weird Al" Yankovic, they usually come across as cheesy, unfunny, and they are generally not well done.

Not this one.

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Nigel Tait's annual golf buddies trip to Australia has a tradition of featuring parody songs. We're going to assume this rendition of Queen's famed "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the group's best. Check it out:

Tait had help from his golf mates with the lyrics and in the video, but it appears that he was responsible for all instruments, lead vocals, harmonies and sound effects. Very impressive.

"Golfing really matters, anyone can see. Golfing really matters. Golfing really matters to me . . ." Tait swoons near the end of the song.

Related: Rory & Jagermeister: An unauthorized history

We can tell, Nigel. We can tell.


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Rory and Jagermeister: An unauthorized history

By Alex Myers

The pictures of Rory McIlroy and the claret jug have been flowing since his win at Hoylake. And apparently, the Jagermeister has been flowing among his inner circle as well.

Not that we should be surprised.

McIlroy, 25, has had a long, eventful history with the dark syrupy drink, which is impressive. There aren't too many people who could stomach a long history with Jager. We start in 2010, when a 21-year-old McIlroy tweeted this the day after Europe's win over the U.S. at the Ryder Cup in Wales:

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"What a week!! Think I'm still drunk! Jagerbombs out of the Ryder cup! Great banter with euros and Americans last night!"

A "Jager Bomb" is a Jager and Red Bull concoction. It's also the key that unlocks McIlroy's inner dance machine:

Unfortunately, there aren't any photos of McIlroy dancing. Yet.

In a 2011 interview with ShortList Magazine, McIlroy confirmed his game plan when it comes to drinking. Like his strategy on the golf course, it's aggressive:

"I try to start on beer to start off slow, but then I tend to get into vodka Red Bulls and Jagerbombs."

Rory just drinking beer would be like Rory trying to hit all irons off the tee. Rory don't play that!

Then, there was the infamous night of February 17, 2011. It was a Thursday night, but McIlroy, who has a history of Friday struggles on the course, wasn't playing in a tournament that week. First, McIlroy tweeted this:

"5 Jagerbombs before midnight!! #goingtobealongnight"

Then, less than an hour later:

"Up to 10 now!!"

So much for taking it slow! The guy must have been dancing up a STORM that night. The next morning, McIlroy wrote:

"Jagerbombs 1 Rory 0"

Attention, fellow golfers: this is how you beat Rory McIlroy! Jager is his Kryptonite! Friend Lee Westwood, a man known to throw back a pint or two himself, weighed in on McIlroy's drink of choice later that day:

But apparently, Rors didn't learn -- most guys don't until they're 25. After shooting 80 and blowing a four-shot lead on Sunday at the Masters less than two months later, McIlroy posted this picture of him presumably drinking his sorrows away:


And now, three years later under much happier circumstances, Jager appears to still be a big part of McIlroy's night life (so much for that age 25 stat). In this picture tweeted by golf writer Brian Keogh, the licorice-tasting liquor (ugh, my stomach turned just thinking about it) is being poured into the claret jug as McIlroy's mom -- Jagermom? -- watches intently:


McIlroy said he'd drink "everything or anything" from golf's oldest trophy following his victory at the 2014 British Open and it seems like he didn't waste any time doing just that. So what's the score now between Rory and his liquid frenemy? We await a follow-up tweet.

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There's a reason you're not hearing any Beatles songs on ESPN this week

HOYLAKE, England -- "Live and Let Die" to send you to commercial break? Say it ain’t so!

Sure, the 1973 track is a centerpiece of the Paul McCartney live set and has kept pyro-technicians employed for years, but is a James Bond film theme song reflective of the music created by the lads here in Liverpool?

What’s next? George Harrison’s relentless “I’ve Got My Mind Set On You”?
Paul’s painful duet with Stevie Wonder, "Ebony and Ivory"? Or maybe covers of Beatles tunes, like this catastrophic rendition of "Let It Be".

Actually, don’t knock ESPN for using "Live and Let Die" or other solo works by the Beatles. They wanted to play Liverpoolian-themed Fab Four tunes all week during the Open Championship telecast, but even a network valued at $50 billion can’t justify paying the Beatles catalog rightsholders what is expected for proper Beatles songs like "Strawberry Fields", "Penny Lane" and "Hard Day’s Night." 


According to ESPN spokesman Andy Hall, the network looked into playing the right tunes but couldn’t justify the cost. Considering that Mad Men reportedly paid $250,000 for the less-famous "Tomorrow Never Knows" off of the Revolver album, the network might have been looking at a tab higher than the first place winner’s check.

The controlling interest of key Beatles tunes has been especially tough on television networks seeking rights to play classics. Who has final say over the catalog?

Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney in 1985 to buy the Associated Television Corporation (ATV)'s back catalog. Paying $47.5 million for around 200 or so Beatles classics, Jackson’s estate still controls the collection and McCartney has long regretted having tipped the King of Pop to the investment opportunity that was the catalog. 

There is good news, however, for McCartney and Beatles fans. The 1976 U.S. Copyright Act means the credited songwriters will now be able to claim back some of their work in four years, because all songs written prior to 1978 revert to the songwriter after 56 years.

Maybe even in time for the next Open at Royal Liverpool.

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This might be the best golf/baseball hybrid trick shot we've ever seen

By Keely Levins

Sports Center Top 10 Plays tweeted out this vine by David Cramblitt on Tuesday, and we're pretty impressed. 

Obviously the text of the tweet leaves a little to be desired -- come on guys, golf is already fun! But we're not going to let that distract us from how sweet this trick is. 

Cramblitt gets points for creativity (what is that? The former handle of an ax used as a catapult for the baseball bat?) and extra points for adaptability, converting the trick while stepping on the discarded golf club (we're guessing that wasn't planned). 

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9 things you're only going to understand if you've worked in a bag room

By Keely Levins

1. You can unfold a pushcart with the speed and dexterity of a professional Rubik's Cuber. 

2. You kept the members' clubs far cleaner than your own.  

3. You had a lot of putting contests against yourself waiting for the last cart to come in. And  
always pretended you didn't have a life when the player apologized for playing so late. "No, no. There's nothing I'd rather be doing on a Friday night." 

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4. You always felt the need to explain your wad of singles to bank tellers: "It's tip money… From the golf course…"

5. If you didn't approve of the way a member organized their bag, you took it upon yourself to re-arrange it. 

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6. You've pushed electric carts that ran out of juice across the length of a course. And felt like the Hulk doing it. 


7. The playing privileges were so good, you probably would have worked for free. But you would never tell your boss that. 

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8. Whenever a bag came in with head covers on every iron and hybrid, a little piece of you died. 

9. You were 90% sure you and your bag room co-workers ran the course. Until you got promoted to the Pro Shop. 

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Manny Pacquiao receives golf clubs before big fight

Manny Pacquiao is gearing up for a big fight on April 12th. So Callaway sent him some golf clubs. Chad Coleman, social media front man at Callaway and Odyssey, tweeted this photo of Manny today. The boxing phenom's bag consists of a Big Bertha Alpha driver (the same driver Phil Mickelson's playing), Big Bertha 3 and 5 woods, X2 Hot hybrids, Apex Irons, Mack Daddy 2 wedges, and an Odyssey White Hot Pro #1 putter. 

According the Coleman, the clubs were delivered to Pacquiao on April 4th in Vegas. Pacquiao is there training for his much-anticipated fight against Tim Bradley. Makes you wonder why none of the Rocky movies involved golf in the training montages… 

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Amanda Blumenherst's husband sent to minor league camp

By John Strege

First baseman Nate Freiman, husband of retired (or not) LPGA player Amanda Blumenherst, failed to make the Oakland A's opening-day roster, despite a fairly productive spring training, and was sent to the club's minor league camp on Sunday.


Last year, Freiman, 27, hit .274 with four home runs and 24 runs batted in in 208 at-bats for Oakland. He spent the entire 2013 season with the American League West champion A's, who were required to keep him on the major league roster for the entire season after acquiring him with a Rule-5 selection.

There was no such restriction on the A's this year. Freiman, a first baseman used exclusively against left-handed pitchers in 2013, batted .238 this spring, with one homer, but he drove in 11 runs, only one fewer than the team leader.

Blumenherst, who met Freiman at Duke, was a three-time college player of the year there. Late last year, she announced she was stepping away from the LPGA to spend time with Freiman, though she left the door open for a return at some point.

It seems likely that Freiman will return to the A's at some point this season. "I'm sure we will see the 6-foot-8 first baseman again this season," Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote. "The A's know what he can do, and he's popular with his teammates and the coaching staff, a hard worker who is quirky and kind."

(Getty Images photo)

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