WATCH: Woman does backlfip into bunker, falls on face

Not sure what this woman was trying to accomplish here but if I was the caddy, I’d be giving one of the most derpeiest faces ever like this one. She was attemtping to do a backflip into a sand bunker and failed which resulted in an awesome faceplant.

 

Luckily for her, the sand was soft so there was no damage done. But who doesn’t want a girl who tries to backflips into bunkers? C’mon!

 

Here’s the video for your amusement:

That was one of the most perfect faceplants you’ll see in a while. But let’s be real, even if she did nail it, she could’ve still slipped and fell thanks to snady sand (Yes, I said that).

And oh, how about that derpy face I was talking about?

 

 

 

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Bae to leave PGA Tour for military after President’s Cup

 

Sangmoon Bae has become a solid PGA Tour golfer getting wins in back-to-back years, winning the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2013 and then winning the Frys.com Open in 2014. However, he may not see a golf course for some time as he will be off to South Korea for military service following the President’s Cup which he will participate in.

He will be serving his conscripted military time for 21 months. The PGA Tour has changed its regulations so that when Bae’s time is done, he can come back to play on the PGA Tour once again.

In 2014, Sang-moon was told that he didn’t spend enough time outside of South Korea for golf career to be exempted from military service. And after several lost appeals, Sang-moon decided to go through with military duties.

Here’s hoping nonthing but the best for Sang-moon and that he’ll be back on the fairways of the PGA Tour soon.

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Jordan Spieth made an insane amount of money this season

When you put on one of the best seasons in golf history, there has to be some kind of bonus after all of the trophies. Well, that’s the case as during the 2014-15 season, Jordan made a whopping $22 million with $10 million of that coming from his win at the Tour Championship at East Lake.

 

In season winnings, he made $12 million, $3 million more than Jason Day and an eye popping $6 million more than Bubba Watson who ranked third. Coming into the season, he had made $4 million but little did he or anybody else know that he’d be walking away from the season with $22 million.

 

And I’m sure a major deal with Under Armour is coming soon to add to the riches. Even crazier, he made a little over $64 thousand per shot under par.

 

See kids, this is what happens when you put your all into your dreams. So never give up!

 

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Rickie Fowler, Danny Lee pranking one another at East Lake

Golf has had its share of characters over the years and this generation is no exception. Rickie Fowler, who has won three times this season and Danny Lee, who has one once this year and has placed high in numurous events this year are both pranking each other at the Tour Championship.

 

Rickie started the duel with the tinkering of Danny’s “reserved parking” sign at East Lake. He wrote “Find Danny a girl” with hearts on top of his name.

That was pretty ice cold. But Slick Rick wasn’t done quite yet.

But DL did manage to get some revenge. He was however caught doing so thanks to the ninja camera of Zach Klein of WSB TV in Atlanta. Oops. Nonetheless, still got the job done like he did when he won the Greenbrier Classic a couple of months ago.

The PGA Tour caught up with Rickie on the prankster fun:

I’m no Cardinals fan, I’m a proud White Sox fan but that hat he’s rocking is straight ballin’. But two bright young stars duking it out on and off the course? That’s just priceless.

Don’t be shocked if this isn’t the end of the Rickie and Danny saga!

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Jordan Spieth’s photobomb is hilarious

Too funny. A couple of women were at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club and decided to take a picture to post on Instagram.

 

Little did they know that there was a two-time major champion and former (Gotta be careful here) world number one golfer in the background. Yup, Jordan Spieth pulls off the silly photobomb with just the best troll pose you’ll see in a while.

 

 

 

Sure, it just looks like a thumbs up but there’s just something hilarious about the moment. He just looks kinda derpy in the background and that’s why it’s so funny.

 

Out at East Lake this weekend? Who knows, maybe you’ll get a photobomb as well…from my guy William McGirt!

 

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The BMW Championship Experience

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With the Tour Championship beginning this weekend, the best players on the planet will duke it out for the $10 million prize. But I wanted to share my experience at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club here in the Chicago area.

As we know, Jason Day won (Yet again) beating Daniel Berger by five strokes for his fourth win in his last six starts. His win has now created one of the most interesting Player of the Year conversations ever on the PGA Tour.

Jordan Spieth was a run away at first but now with Jason Day’s wins, it’s a whole other story. One thing Jordan has is two majors as opposed to Jason’s one major but you can argue that the pace that Jason has one could win him the award as well.

My experience at the BMW Championship was fun. The Tuesday practice round was probably the busiest day for me as that was where I had the chance to take pictures as Saturday, nobody was allowed to take pictures except the photojournalists.

The practice round was pretty fun as you were able to get more close and personal with the players and was a laid back environment. Exploring Conway Farms was interesting as it is quite a hilly course with a cool layout.

The ninth hole was probably my favorite hole on the course. A beautiful hole with a great view for fans and a unique slope on the green that dropped down like a roller coaster on the left side.

With bunkers on the right, it could be a nightmare for those recovery shots as the if you hit a little too far, then that ball is rolling down the slope. Tom Fazio, the designer was quite clever with this layout.

Other things you see are BMW cars which are in the main location, near the putting green where the players practiced as well as motorcycles. Another thing that caught my eye was a putting contest where you get a couple of chances to sink a putt on a cool replica of one of the Conway Farms holes.

 

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Not sure what the prize was because well, I’m an idiot, and idiots don’t know things. It did have to do with the Chick Evans Scholarship Fund (As pictured) which awards scholarships to caddies all around which is very cool and the WGA (Western Golf Association, loooong time organization based in Golf, IL) is heavy duty when it comes to caddies and it’s great.

On the putting green, many fans had the oportunity to see the players up close such as Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson. Of course, when DJ walked past some fans, one fan had to say something about Paulina Gretzky, DJ’s female friend but that’s totally expected and he knew that.

Some other golfers that were putting on the green were Kevin Na, J.B. Holmes, Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia among others. Later on I spotted Henrik Stenson as well working with the flatstick.

Walking over to the driving range, I had the chance to see some players pound golf balls into oblivion. There was also boxes of Lou Malnati’s pizza that was by the range as well for the players (Pizza before practice? Wouldn’t that slow your swing down?).

Some of the players that were there swinging were J.B. Holmes once again, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Tony Finau and then of course, Jason Day. When Jason was setting up, that’s when all the loud whispering started.

“Oh look, it’s Jason Day!”

And he didn’t disappoint, hitting some terrific shots on the range his swing was perfect. No wonder he’s the new number one male player in the world.

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Over at the short game area, I spotted Scott Piercy and Patrick Reed hitting some shots. Scott was chit chatting on the phone as he was taking one-handed practice swings. I asked one of the Green Coat gentlemen (They are called “Green Coats” and are special members of Conway Farms) if he thought I may be able to get a quick interview with Scott and he said “Probably not. The players probably don’t want to be disturbed while practicing”.

Understandable and I was there as a fan and not a media member but was still trying to see if I can get some opportunities as a fan/media member. So I’m sure it was easy for me not to be taken seriously, not to mention I’m only 21 years old and have the face and voice of a 16 or 17 year old.

Nonetheless, it was really cool getting a chance to see these guys up close. Watching Patrick Reed hitting chips and pitches, he was attacking the hole on the green and even holed out one of his shots.

When I went to the ninth hole, I saw Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker working on their short game on the tricky green. Seeing the two best putters on the planet grouped together was very interesting and as expected, there was a solid crowd around the two.

I recorded Jordan’s bunker skills on the ninth and as usual, made it look pretty easy:

 

 

Also had the chance to see the trophies that were on display:

The legendary J.K. Wadley trophy which has been awarded to the winner of the BMW Championship for a loong time.

 

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This is the BMW Championship trophy. You see the winner normally hold both this trophy and the J.K. Wadley.

 

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And of course, *GASP*, the FedEx Cup which the players will be battling for this weekend at East Lake:

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I headed over to the merchandise tent to check out some of the goods that was there. Of course you had some cool polos, golf jackets, hats, etc.

These are some of the hats:

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And here some of the cool Conway Farms T-shirts you were able to get:

 

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Among other things were the cool CF poster and Desk Caddy.

 

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These putter head covers were pretty awesome too. There were some driver head covers as well but apparently the picture didn’t save as I was kinda rapid fire taking pics:

 

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I’m a sucker for cool collectibles and these ball markers were pretty sweet:

 

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Use one for the green, carry one for good luck and use the other for display in your home or office perhaps? Pretty awesome.

This bear also caught my attention, rocking his BMW Championship shirt.

Bears are terrific collectibles:

 

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I wound up getting the bear on Tuesday and the ball markers and the blue hat on Saturday.

The bear’s name is “Da homie Teddy” in case you were wondering.

During my time at Conway, I ran into a gentleman named Dave. He spotted me as I walked past the tiny members-only house which was right across from the final three holes.

Dave is one of the longtime employees of Conway Farms. Best way to describe him is just a cool, real dude.

I told him I was coming back on Saturday and I so I made sure to swing by again. Just a super cool dude.

Since I was a media member disguised as a fan, I made sure to have my audio recorder ready to roll in case of any interview opportunities.

I almost had a quick interview with Kevin Chappel but he said he had to go as his caddy was already off to the races. It was a nice try and at least he did say something which is good.

Another close call was on my out when I spotted Tony Finau and like Kevin, was pretty close but he also had to jet. Then I thought to myself that maybe I shouldn’t had been like “Hey you got a quick minute for an interview?” and should have just been like “Hey Tony, can I ask you a quick question?” and had the recorder ready to roll.

Even one question would’ve been an accomplishment, especially with a young rising star like Tony. Nonetheless, interviews weren’t necessarily the goal here, it just so happens I got close.

The goal here was just to take in the experience and write about it. And quite an experience it was.

And yes, Da Homie Teddy was in my hand when I was trying to talk to Tony. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking!

On Saturday, things we’re definitely more hectic. There was cheering from all over the course so you know a player did something amazing.

It was awfully muddy outside due to the rain in the morning and my Nikes got wrecked. Luckily, I wasn’t rocking my Fubus which are my swag shoes.

Golf Channel crew members and Conway Farms employees were scattered everywhere. Things started to get really crowded over at the beautiful ninth hole where Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson were playing.

And again, the loud whispers started.

“Oh look, it’s Rory and Dustin!”.

Stuff like that.

They both hit OK approach shots on the ninth. I saw Rory again on one of the final three holes and he hit a bomb that split the middle of the fairway. Just an explosive swing.

There was another gentleman I met who was wearim a suit and it turns out he was also a long time employee of Conway Farms. A terrific guy and he said he has been there for a little over 20 years.

I saw many fans running towards the clubhouse like crazy and I had no idea what was going on. Turns out Jason Day and Jordan Spieth were heading back and everyone was trying to get some autographs.

On the way out on Saturday, I saw a large crowd gather around the putting green, waiting for Jordan to sign some more stuff. Jordan was the only one on the green as he had just finished his round.

Overall, the BMW Championship was a solid experience and was at such a beautiful course like Conway Farms with mansions in the backdrop on some holes (Golf stereotypes jokes in 3..2..1..). And Tom Fazio has once again proved why he’s one of the best designers in the business.

Big thanks to the folks at the BMW Championship for giving me the passes for Tuesday and Saturday, to be able to write about this experience.

Hopefully there will be many more in the future! It’s been real Conway Farms!

 

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ICYMI: Chicago Golf Course Allowed Strip Club Outing

OK, I’m not sure if I should be horrified or just laughing my butt off. White Pines Golf Course here in the Chicago area decided it was cool to have a bunch of strippers at one of the more public golf courses around.

 

It just so happens that kids play there and there is a playground that’s right next door. Are the strippers going on the swings after taking some swings on the course half-naked?

 

Whatever the case is, this is a random and hilarious story. Why they decided to have the strip club on a golf course of all places makes this funny.

 

Judging by the pictures, it seems that the strippers and the men who were in their carts, were using the carts as their own little champagne room. As pointed out by Golf Digest, the reporter who kept zooming in on the images is just classic.

 

Here’s the video below:

I can see an outing like this done at a private country club but not at  a public course…..that’s right next to a playground. Yes, eventually children will have to understand how life works sometimes but if anything, the kids might have learned a little too early, depending on how many were at the course or playground that day.

 

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ICYMI: Suzanne Petterson writes apology to Allison Lee

The U.S. Solheim squad as we know completed the greatest comeback in the tournament’s history and one of the best comebacks in golf, period. But, during the Sunday round, there was some controversy between American rookie Allison Lee and longtime LPGA pro Suzanne Petterson who was repping Europe.

 

On the 17th hole, Allison heard Suzanne say that they had conceded the hole so Allison picks up her ball as she thought it was time to move on. Then, that’s when Suzanne came and said that they had not conceded and the point was awarded to Europe after Allison grabbed her ball.

 

This led to both Allison and Suzanne’s teammate Charley Hull to cry over the incident. Knowing the potential outcome of the situation, I can definitely understand the emotion and although Charley was on team Europe, being the class act she is, I can see why she teared up as well.

 

It’s very likely that this controversy lid up the U.S. squad like the Vegas Strip or the Chicago skyline which led to the unbelievable finish that had the young American team raising the Cup in victory. The team featured one rookie (Allison) and four other players that have only made one or two appearances.

 

Here’s the classy apology by the veteran Suzanne Petterson:

I’ve never felt more gutted and truly sad about what went down Sunday on the 17th at the Solheim Cup.  I am so sorry for not thinking about the bigger picture in the heat of the battle and competition. I was trying my hardest for my team and put the single match and the point that could be earned ahead of sportsmanship and the game of golf itself! I feel like I let my team down and I am sorry. To the U.S. team, you guys have a great leader in Juli , who I’ve always looked up to and respect so much. Knowing I need to make things “right,” I had a face to face chat with her before leaving Germany this morning to tell her in person how I really feel about all of this. I wanted her also to know that I am sorry. I hope in time the U.S. team will forgive me and know that I have learned a valuable lesson about what is truly important in this great game of golf which has given me so much in my life. To the fans of golf who watched the competition on TV, I am sorry for the way I carried myself. I can be so much better and being an ambassador for this great game means a lot to me. The Solheim Cup has been a huge part of my career. I wish I could change Sunday for many reasons. Unfortunately I can’t.  This week I want to push forward toward another opportunity to earn the Solheim Cup back for Europe in the right way. And I want to work hard to earn back your belief in me as someone who plays hard, plays fair and plays the great game of golf the right way.

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A pro making a pro move. it’s a Solheim Cup and things can get intense but it was just so kind of her to write such a note.

And Allison, from the times I’ve heard her just seems like such a nice girl and is a rising star in golf. It was great to see her be part of history and help team USA pull off one of the greatest comebacks of all-time.

Now, if only the U.S. Ryder Cup squad can do that at Hazeltine!

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Ace the Golfer: A book for young golf fans

Children’s books have always been a child’s first way of learning how to read. They also are great for parents to read to their kids before bed.

So what about a cheldren’s book that helps introduce kids to golf? Ace the Golfer may be the answer to this question.

Ace the Golfer follows the story of Ace who’s a young boy that plays golf. The story goes through the many things that can b experienced on the golf course, both positive and negative, teaching great lessons through the sport of golf.

Author Miguel Garcia wanted to aim the book to kids from 3-7 years of age and for mothers, fathers, grandparents, etc to read to the little ones in their life. Portions of book sales will go to junior golf programs out in Southern California.

 

The book, as you can tell, has some very beautiful art and the colors just pop out at you. And Aces wardrobe is just too cool and you gotta love the visor!

The big isn’t out yet but there is a Kickstarter campaign for it currently, to help bring Ace the Golfer to life. You can check out the KS page here and pledge as Miguel is offering some great rewards:

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ICYMI: Rickie Fowler’s ball ricochets off Jordan Spieth’s

There’s skill, then there’s luck. That’s what happened during the Thursday round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms.

Rickie Fowler was on Conway’s 16th hole, when his approach landed and bounced off Jordan Spieth’s ball and ended up landing near the cup. The ball seemed as if it was going go way too far but then Rickie was able to have a sigh of relief after the ball did what it did.

Check out the crazy shot below!

That’s nuts. Ricochets have happened before but considering the kind of approach Rickie had made it more interesting. This happened just 14 holes after Jordan got an ace on the par-3 second hole at Conway. It’s all crazy I tell ya!

Yup. All crazy!

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