Max Kieffer Puts Three in the Water on 5th Playoff Hole to Lose Austrian Open

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Poor Maximilian Kieffer, the longtime European Tour player who is still looking for his maiden victory, plays great at the Austrian Open and ends up in a playoff with John Catlin. They play the par-3 18th over and over again, with it looking a couple of times like Kieffer would win. And then on the fifth time playoff hole, well, disaster.

I have the video from the European Tour Youtube page cued up the to the fifth time around here:

Congrats to John Catlin for the win, and keep your head up Max, that win will come.

Patty Tavatanakit holds off Lydia Ko to win ANA Inspiration

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There was some incredible golf played at the ANA Inspiration.  Patty Tavatanakit played great for all four days, and Lydia Ko shot 10-under on the last day to make things a little interesting.  What looked what might have been a boring final round (Patty started with a 5-shot lead) turned into pretty compelling theatre.  There was lots of great golf played, but Patty and Lydia were the show on Sunday.

And of course there is the best victory celebration in all of sport.


In case you missed it, here are the highlights I found on the LPGA Youtube page.

2021 Drive, Chip & Putt

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After a year off because of the pandemic, 2021 marks the return of the Drive, Chip & Putt finals held at Augusta National Golf Club.

Here is a list of the winners.

Division WinnerPoints (D-C-P)
Boys 7-9Lucas Bernstein23 (8-9-6)
Girls 7-9Alexis Card23 (10-3-10)
Boys 10-11Brady Barnum28 (10-8-10)
Girls 10-11Elyse Meerdink21.5 (8-10-3.5)
Boys 12-13Sam Udovich22 (10-10-2)
Girls 12-13Yana Wilson23 (9-10-4)
Boys 14-15Jaivir Pande28 (9-9-10)
Girls 14-15Ali Mulhall28 (10-10-8)

Here is Canadian Alexis Card of Cambridge Ontario hitting a bomb.

To win her division, she made the famous putt on the 18th hole (you know the one that Mickelson made to win his first green jacket in 2004).

And here is Anna Wu, from B.C. chipping in. She finished second to Alexis.

Jaivir Pande holed the last putt to win the boys 14-15 age group.

And the final ceremony.

Congratulations to all of the competitors. These memories will last a lifetime.






Little Rascals Divot Diggers

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By MGM – source, PD-US,

I was looking up something on Youtube, seemingly unrelated, when this popped up in the list of “related” videos.

The Little Rascals, or Our Gang, were a bunch of kids having great adventures, putting on shows, fighting fires, foiling criminals, etc.

I vaguely remember watching “Divot Diggers” episode when I was a kid back when there were Saturday morning cartoons. Overall I would say this is pretty terrible. Enjoy!

Hovland Makes Quadruple Bogey on Final Hole at WGC

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Have you ever had a good round going and then struggle to get it into the clubhouse? Viktor Hovland came to his final hole on Friday only 2 shots behind the leaders, but then broke the cardinal rule of golf by following one mistake with another and another, en route to a quadruple bogey finish.

Here he is trying to escape the brush behind the green, after blading his approach from the fairway bunker.

Here is his shot track. A little bit of a back and forth going on there.


Here is his card.  One of these things is not like the others.

To his credit, Viktor handled with his disastrous finish quite well.




Is Jack Cantin the Next Golf Phenom?

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Well, maybe not the “next”, but definitely a potential future phenom.  Jack has the best swing for the “under 3” division, as judged by Annika and another Jack (Nicklaus).

Highlights from “The Match 3”

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In the third iteration of “The Match” was played on Black Friday. There were a few good lines, the most memorable by Peyton Manning trashtalking Charles Barkley, on the range, and then later in the match when Barkley was trying to burn Manning, but Manning turned it around with a great line about Charles’ swing-thought.

Another great line was by Charles when he told the TNT group to cue up some Law & Order reruns because the match was going to be over early.

In case you don’t know, **SPOILER** Mickelson/Barkley beat Manning/Curry like a drum, winning easily.

Enjoy the highlights (see above), courtesy of House of Highlights on YouTube.  The biggest highlight is that more than $5 million was raised for various causes.

No 2021 Masters Tickets for Me

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The e-mail came back in September, but since it is Masters week, I guess I ought to post the bad new.  Here is the e-mail:

2021 Masters Tickets Selection

We have completed the selection process for 2021 Practice Rounds and Daily Tournament tickets and regret your application was not selected for tickets.

Be sure to visit in June 2021 for details regarding the ticket application process for the 2022 Masters.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Masters.


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