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Here's what Tiger Woods will wear* at the Masters (*if he plays in the Masters)

Tiger Woods recently said he hopes to be ready for the Masters. In the meantime, that hasn't stopped Nike from planning what the 14-time major champ will wear if he tees it up at Augusta National.

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On Monday, Nike released scripting for all of its players, including Woods and Rory McIlroy. And this time, in addition to Woods' customary red shirt on Sunday, he'll also be wearing red shoes. Check it out:


Again, though, don't get too excited about seeing those flashy new kicks. Woods has played 47 holes of competitive golf in 2015 and was last seen at a tour event walking off Torrey Pines with a back injury. Still, it's always fun to see these press releases and read awesome sentences like this: "Tiger Woods will open the tournament in TW Vapor Trail Polo paired with the TW Trajectory pant."

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As for Rory, "On Sunday, he will wear the Nike Afterburner Polo with a volt-to-white gradient topped with the Nike Tour Legacy Mesh Cap in volt." Rory won't wear the TW Trajectory pant, but rather the Nike Modern pant in white for every round. Bummer.


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5 things to talk about on the course: March Madness, "The Jinx," and Ellie Kemper

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. March Madness: There's a tendency to overreact to things that just happened, but Thursday might have been the best day in the history of sports. The upsets. The buzzer beaters. The excited announcers not named Reggie Miller (Man, is he bad on TV). Yeah, yeah, your bracket got ruined, but wasn't it worth seeing all that craziness? Oh, and the injured Georgia State coach diving off his chair as his son hits a ridiculous game-winning three to upset Baylor might be the most March Madness thing ever.

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2. "The Jinx": I raved about this HBO documentary last week before the finale -- and then all hell broke lose. In case you missed it, I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say the chilling audio from Robert Durst at the end will leave you stunned. And now there's controversy surrounding the director and producer over the timeline of the film. Regardless of how they put it all together, though, it was riveting and a must-watch if you haven't already.

3. "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt": After finishing "The Jinx," I needed a pick me up and Netflix provided just that with this fantastic new quirky comedy starring Ellie Kemper (Erin from "The Office") and Tituss Burgess, who are both breakout stars. If it feels like "30 Rock," that's because Tina Fey is a co-creator and writer. She's also one of the many great cameos (Hank from "Breaking Bad" is featured prominently in the season's funniest episode). Oh, and the intro mashup/theme song is one of the catchiest things I've ever heard:

4. Chris Borland: The 24-year-old linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers surprised everyone by retiring Monday due to brain-related concerns. That sparked the latest debate over whether or not this is the beginning of the end of the NFL. That kind of thinking seems to be a bit premature, but we can only hope cases like this lead to more awareness about concussions and head trauma. Borland may have walked away from millions, but at least he did it while he was still of sound mind.

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5. Arnold Palmer: Speaking of still being of sound mind and still being a total boss, Palmer is hosting his annual tournament this week at Bay Hill. He also dropped quite the zinger in a press conference when asked about his recent phone call from Tiger Woods. "Who ever told you it was an hour is full of sh*t." It's been more than 42 years since he won a PGA Tour event and yet Palmer made more than $40 million in endorsements last year. Yep, it's still good to be The King.

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Watch the Georgia State golf team completely lose it when their basketball team wins on a last-second shot

In case you were out of the country, Day 1 of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament was incredible. But the highlight of the day belonged to Georgia State, which pulled off a big upset over third-seeded Baylor with a last-second three-pointer.

What made the moment so special -- other than the heroics of a last-second shot from about 30 feet, of course -- was it involved the son of Georgia State's injured head coach, Ron Hunter. As R.J. Hunter's shot went through the net, Ron, who was coaching from a chair after tearing his Achilles following the team's last win (true story), dove to the floor in celebration.

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But it turns out the Georgia State men's golf team had quite the crazy reaction to the shot as well while watching the game on campus. Check it out:

We love seeing school pride like that so much we're not even mad about Georgia State busting our brackets. . . . Go Panthers! And please keep the video camera rolling on these guys for the next game.

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This video of a kitten playing with a golf ball is so friggin cute

Golf is a very serious matter sometimes, full of private country clubs and pressed khakis and unwritten rules. That stuff's all fine, but sometimes, like at the end of a long week, it's nice to just kick back and watch video of a kitten playing with a golf ball.

Look at its soft fur.

And it's little paws.

Happy Friday!

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Erin Walker's rarely used golf swing will make you really jealous

Golf fans are familiar with the powerful swing of Jimmy Walker, who currently leads the FedEx Cup standings. But his wife, Erin, can pack quite a punch on the course, too.

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Not that we should be too surprised. Like her husband, Erin is an accomplished athlete and still regularly competes in show-jumping competitions. But this swing? Wow.

Wait, she plays four times a year and has a swing like that? OK, that's just not fair.

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5 things to talk about on the course: NFL off-season craziness, Apple Watch hysteria, and "The Jinx"

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. NFL moves: Free agency officially began Tuesday at 4 p.m. and all hell broke loose. There were big signings (Ndamukong Suh, Jeremy Maclin, Cary Williams, Julius Thomas, Frank Gore, etc.), big trades (Jimmy Graham, Brandon Marshall, Nick Foles for Sam Bradford, etc.), and even surprising retirements (a 26-year-old Jake Locker?). We'd like to think this is how Graham and his friends reacted to finding out he'd been dealt to Seattle:

Moves before the free agency began (LeSean McCoy traded to the Bills) and after (Darrelle Revis signing with the Jets) have made this the wildest NFL transaction week in recent memory. There's plenty to talk about no matter who you root for. Or you could just talk about the Philadelphia Eagles, who traded their QB and star RB and let their star WR go, then signed two other big-ticket RBs in Demarco Murray and Ryan Matthews. Between the 76ers and the Eagles, what is going on in Philly?!

2. Cavs vs. Spurs: If you stayed up for this classic tilt Thursday night like I did, you were probably pretty tired at work come Friday morning -- but it was totally worth it. Kyrie Irving was sensational, scoring 57 points on 7-of-7 three-point shooting, including one to tie the game at the buzzer of regulation. The Cavs won the instant classic 128-125 in overtime thanks to another Irving three and two bombs from LeBron. The Spurs, led by Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were just as impressive. No one ever seems to talk about them, but the defending champs are just as good as they were last year. Don't be surprised if we see LeBron taking them on in the NBA Finals for a third straight year. Oh, and by the way, Irving is still 22! Me thinks that had a lot to do with LeBron coming home.

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3. Chris Paul: Speaking of guys not getting talked about enough, how come Paul never comes up in MVP conversations? The fiery point guard hasn't missed a game, his Clippers haven't missed a beat since star power forward Blake Griffin went down with a staph infection more than a month ago and he just destroyed MVP-flavor-of-the-month Russell Westbrook on national TV Wednesday night. Show CP3 some love, people! (Is this where I disclose I went to Wake Forest with Paul?)

4. Apple Watch: We now know more about Apple's latest product and that it will be available to consumers April 24! OK, so I don't plan on buying one -- particularly, the gold one, which has a starting price tag of 17 Gs! -- but it seems pretty cool and could be a big help to golfers. On second thought, the Apple Watch looks awesome! (Is this where I disclose that I own shares of Apple stock?)

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5. "The Jinx": If you haven't heard about this six-part documentary/series on HBO, you're in luck because you have plenty of time to get caught up before Sunday's finale. This true story involving the three mysterious deaths surrounding Robert Durst, the son of one of New York City's biggest real-estate tycoons, is spellbinding. Oh, and evidence that could finally solve one of those killings was discovered last week in the penultimate episode. Incredible! Anyway, there's one last episode and it's guaranteed to be great. Wait, I hope I didn't just "jinx" it. . . . Sorry, like I said, I was up late watching that Cavs-Spurs game.

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This snake ate a golf ball because he thought it was a frozen mouse

It's been a big week for reptiles in golf. First a giant alligator walking on a golf course went viral and scared everyone, and now a crafty snake survived a potentially damaging encounter with a golf ball.

According to the Ohio Wildlife Center, a black rat snake was brought into the hospital because of a large lump in its stomach. Turns out the lump was a golf ball that the snake had found in the wild and eaten. Experts say the snake probably mistook the ball for a frozen mouse, or maybe an egg. Apparently, snakes like to sneak into nests and eat whatever eggs they find. Charming creatures.

In any case, the animal hospital surgically removed the golf ball and the snake is ok. They're hoping it'll become an "ambassador for its species" to help raise awareness for its kind.

Here's the full video:

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Watch President Obama read mean tweets about himself on Jimmy Kimmel, reaffirming his love of golf

President Obama appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Thursday night and participated in a popular segment on the show called Mean Tweets. Obama read aloud several nasty tweets directed toward him, and as you might imagine, it didn't take long for his favorite hobby to come up.

Photos: President Obama playing golf

Twitter user @RWSurfergirl asked, "Is there a way we could fly Obama to some golf course halfway around the world and just leave him there?"

To which Obama responded, "I think that's a great idea," drawing big laughs from the studio crowd. He was probably wondering if Hawaii counts.

Anyway, check out the entire clip in which Obama also addresses his gray hair, unstylish jeans, and even a complaint about the price of beer. Say what you will about his politics, but the man is a pretty good sport:

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Tatum Johnson brags about his daddy's big win at Doral in the most adorable way possible

On Sunday, Dustin Johnson pulled off a huge win at Doral with his son in attendance for the first time. And on Tuesday, little Tatum decided to rub it in.

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Apparently, The Great One's grandson is already a great trash talker:

Yes he does 😂⛳ᅬ @djohnsonpga

A photo posted by Paulina Gretzky (@paulinagretzky) on

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5 things to talk about on the course: Russell Westbrook, "House of Cards," and Churro Dogs

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. Russell Westbrook: The Oklahoma City Thunder star is on one of the great tears in recent NBA history and has emerged as a favorite for the MVP. Even more impressive than his recent string of triple doubles is the fact that he had facial surgery (the guy literally had a dent in his face) and came back three days later to drop 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists while wearing a mask. I can't stop watching this play on loop from that game:

The guy is part running back, part point guard, and a total beast:

2. Churro dog: This decadent dessert concoction was actually trending on Twitter when it was announced. Just look at it!

I don't know if that speaks more to our country's weight issues or the lack of excitement over any real baseball news involving the Diamondbacks. And yes, all 1,117 calories look fantastic, but $25? I can get a churro and a frozen yogurt at Costco for $2.25.

3. Harrison Ford: It amazes me that people, especially celebrities, want to fly planes themselves. I know, I know, driving a car is statistically more dangerous, but being up in the air just seems scarier. Thank goodness Ford survived his crash. And thank goodness for golf courses.

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4. Alex Rodriguez: We shouldn't talk about the guy so much, but it's hard not to when the New York media makes him the main story every day and seemingly always in a negative light. A-Rod showed up for Spring Training early and got ripped. He went 0-for-2 against a pitching machine (so did five of his teammates) and got ripped. Then he had a good first game against actual pitching . . . and he still got ripped! Yeah, it's going to be a long season for him in the Bronx.

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5. "House of Cards": I mentioned this political drama last week because its third season was coming out on Netflix that day. Fast forward seven days and . . . I have only two more of the 13 episodes left. Don't judge me. This might be the best season yet because it's the most believable. In other words, there are no more episodes in which the Vice President of the United States pushes a newspaper reporter to her death in a D.C. metro station and gets away with it. At least, not in the first 11 episodes. There are also some great scenes between President Underwood and a very Putin-like Russian president named Petrov. OK, I won't give anymore away. Now excuse me while I make myself a Churro Dog and watch the last two episodes.

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