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September 9, 2016

The 10 Most Stunning Female Golfers

Golf is a lot harder than it looks. It takes brains, focus, toughness, physical prowess, and a lot of patience. A LOT. No seriously, it does. If you don’t respect golf, then you will likely change your mind after perusing these following 10 most popular ladies who are taking the game by storm. They are getting the job done via spectacular fitness and raw talent for the sport. And yes, they happen to be physically stunning in nature. Let’s review The 10 Most Stunning Female Golfers.

10 Most Stunning Female Golfers: Lexi Thompson

Not many people can qualify to play in the U.S. Women’s Open at age 12. Subsequently, she was ready to turn professional at age 15. She then went on to set a new record as the youngest winner of an LPGA tournament, while only 16. She won the Dubai Ladies Masters by a whopping 4 strokes in December of 2011, then proceeded to capture her first major title at the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship. In 2013, she reached a world ranking of number 9.

10 Most Stunning Female Golfers: Kathleen Ekey

This 28 year old Cleveland native is as cute as a button. It’s corny sounding but true. After spending her first two years at Furman University, she transferred to Alabama where she would graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies. After college, Ekey turned professional in 2009 and joined the Futures Tour that same year. She finished at the very top of the Futures Tour money list, earning the title of Player of the Year.

10 Most Stunning Female Golfers: Sharmila Nicollet

The native of Bangalore, India, Sharmila Nicollet is one of the tallest golfers on the Ladies European Tour, standing at 6’1″. Nicollet turned professional in 2009 at the age of 18, and is the youngest Indian golfer to qualify for Ladies European Tour. A fun fact about Sharmila? She is a former national sub-junior swimming champion, winning over 70 gold and silver medals in both state and national aquatic meets.

10 Most Stunning Female Golfers: Cheyenne Woods

Yes, there’s something in the name. Cheyenne is the niece of some guy named Tiger. At 25 years of age, the youngster is now a full-fledged member of the LPGA Tour. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 2012 where she won more than 30 amateur tournaments. Her first professional victory came at the SunCoast Ladies Series in August 2012. Her mother is white, and her father is a combination of Asian, Native American, and African-American descent. Cheyenne has stated that “an African American woman has never won on the LPGA, so in general I just feel that golf needs to be more accessible and more inclusive.”

10 Most Stunning Female Golfers: Natalie Gulbis

This American golfer, of Latvian descent, is a seasoned veteran on the LPGA Tour. She’s only 32 years of age, but she has been on the tour since 2002. She has also boosted her celebrity cred by appearing in Celebrity Apprentice, where she tried to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club. Her telvision appearances haven’t stopped there, as she appeared in the tenth season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Oh, and in case you’re interested, she was in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She is pictured wearing only body paint, if you’re into that sort of thing.

10 Most Stunning Female Golfers: Paige Spirinac

Paige is the definition of ‘going viral.’ The SDSU graduate gained acclaim through her visually pleasing Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages. Since her social media presence became big news, she has landed herself on a bevy of sports websites and has been interviewed by Esquire. In addition to helping her team win the Mountain West Conference golf championship, she is also a self-professed comic book nerd (calm down guys), and a trick shot artist in her own right. Just check out Youtube to watch her catalog of creative shots.

10 Most Stunning Female Golfers: Anna Rawson

The beauty from Adelaide is not only a fantastic golfer, but she has the brains to boot. A graduate of USC, Rawson later received her Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School. Golf wise, she competed on the Futures Tour, Ladies European Tour, and eventually the LPGA Tour. The 34 year old might be past her golfing days, but with that Columbia MBA she’s likely to go and have an extraordinary “second” career after golf.

10 Most Stunning Female Golfers: Blair O’neal

She’s been playing golf since the age of 11, and has never set down her clubs since beginning training. By 13, she had started competing for the American Junior Golf Association, traveling worldwide and earning a spot on the Ryder Cup Team in Spain. After attending Arizona State University, Blair received a request from the Golf Channel to appear on the reality television program, Big Break. Despite minimal preparation, she finished in 2nd place, helping to boost her confidence for her pro career. And shockingly, she models as well. Golf.com, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, and Golf Digest are among her many publications. Also, the header on BlairO’Neal.com describes her as a “Golfer and Model.” Way to be multi-talented.

10 Most Stunning Female Golfers: Sophie Horn

Sophie has shown a great deal of talent from an early age. She has been crowned Norfolk County Champion at least 3 times, and also won the Under-21 title at only 15 years old. Horn’s skills far exceed her golf course prowess. She is a qualified Personal Trainer having reached Premier Training Level 3. If you’d like to see her in other places besides this article, check out Sport Magazine, Maxim, Golf Punk, Loaded, and Sports Illustrated. Yes, she’s appeared in Maxim AND Sports Illustrated. How’s that for talent?

10 Most Stunning Female Golfers: Sadena Parks

Parks became the first African American to earn her Tour card through the Symetra Tour and just the fifth African American to earn an LPGA Tour card.

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Shane Bacon golf mailbag: Business is picking up

Shane Bacon golf mailbag: The post-Masters "everyone take a few weeks off to hit the beach" vacation is over, and the PGA Tour is back. Sports News.
May 6, 2016

Shane Bacon golf mailbag

It’s official, the post-Masters “everyone take a few weeks off to hit the beach” vacation is over, and the PGA Tour is back to the grind, with some huge events upcoming as we sneak closer and closer to Oakmont.

Wells Fargo boasts a field of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, while the Players Championship will, as they proudly advertise, present us with the best field in golf. This 2016 season has already been nuts and we haven’t gotten to the busy part of the season.

Yep, that’s right, this stuff is about to get busy, and the players know it. San Antonio is behind us. New Orleans sidestepped Mother Nature as best they could to get 54 holes in, and now it’s time to get back into the season and see who will emerge as the ’16 version of Jordan Spieth (if someone can do that).

You got questions, I’ve got answers, as we dive into another mailbag. If you have questions, send them via Twitter right here https://twitter.com/shanebacon, or write us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/shanebacongolf if they won’t fit in 140 characters.

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Golf Olympic inclusion questioned after high-profile no shows

Golf Olympic inclusion questioned: Australian swimming great Dawn Fraser reignited the debate about whether golf deserved to be part of the Olympics
April 22, 2016

Golf Olympic inclusion questioned

Australian swimming great Dawn Fraser reignited the debate about whether golf deserved to be part of the Olympics after she criticized compatriot Adam Scott’s decision to skip the Rio Games. A gold medalist at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics, Fraser accused the world number seven golfer of putting money ahead of national pride. “Very sorry to hear that Adam Scott cannot fit it into his schedule to play for Australia at the Olympics,” Fraser, 78, wrote on Facebook. “Well done Adam… great to put your country on hold so that you can fulfill your own schedule. “How much money do you want in life? Not showing much for your country… I guess working three jobs a week to secure my place as a Olympic swimmer has given me the strength to say what I feel about sportsmen and women that do this.”

Scott announced this week he would not compete in Rio, where golf will return to the Olympic program after a 112-year absence, because of scheduling conflicts “and other commitments, both personal and professional”.

Golf was brought in for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics onwards, along with rugby, with the International Olympic Committee eager to tap into new markets and win new viewers with the two sports.

Scott is one of three high-profile golfers to have withdrawn from the Games. Fiji’s former world number one Vijay Singh and South African Louis Oosthuizen have also pulled out. “I have always represented South Africa with pride so didn’t make my decision without a great deal of thought,” 2010 British Open winner Oosthuizen said in a statement. “I would like to wish our golfers and all other athletes competing in Brazil all the very best for success.”

Not all top players have turned their backs on the Olympics, however, with world number two Jordan Spieth of the United States hoping to make the journey to Rio.

“When I was really young, I always thought of the Olympians that walked in the opening ceremonies as the greatest-athletes-in-the-world type of thing,” Spieth said.

“But once I chose golf, I didn’t think it would ever be a reality. To be one of those athletes … I would never forget that ceremony and that walk, walking with the American flag … it will be awesome if I can make that team.”

European Solheim Cup player Melissa Reid also harbor hopes of making it to Rio.

“I’d love to be a part of the Olympics,” the part-time snowboarder and soccer player told Reuters.

“I pride myself on being a bit of an athlete and to be part of something as special as the Olympics would be the highlight of my career.”

The Rio Olympics take place from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21, with the men’s golf tournament ending Aug. 14.

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Danny Willett joins PGA Tour after Masters triumph

Danny Willett joins PGA Tour: Britain's Danny Willett has joined the PGA Tour following his victory at the Masters earlier this month.
April 19, 2016

Danny Willett joins PGA Tour

Britain’s Danny Willett has joined the PGA Tour following his victory at the Masters earlier this month.

The PGA Tour announced Willett, 28, has received a five-year exemption on the U.S. tour, taking him through to the end of the 2020-21 season.

The move comes a little over a week after Willett won at Augusta by three shots from Jordan Spieth and Lee Westwood for his first career major.

Willett was awarded 600 FedExCup points for his Masters win which, combined with the 44 he took at the Valspar Championship earlier in the year, place him 27th in the standings ahead of the Valero Texas Open.

The Yorkshireman has begun the 2015-16 season with three top-five finishes in five U.S. tour events, also winning the Dubai Desert Classic, and has risen to number nine in the world.

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Andrew Johnston wins Spanish Open with 1-over tourney

Andrew Johnston wins Spanish Open: Andrew Johnston of England shot a 1-under 70 at Valderrama to win the Spanish Open for his first European Tour victory.
April 18, 2016

Andrew Johnston wins Spanish Open

Andrew Johnston of England shot a 1-under 70 at Valderrama on Sunday to win the Spanish Open for his first European Tour victory.

Johnston finished with a 1-over 285 for the tournament, one shot ahead of Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and two shots in front of tournament host Sergio Garcia, who made a charge with a final-round 4-under 67, the best of the day.

The Spaniard had the lead coming into the final hole after making consecutive birdies on Nos. 16 and 17, but he closed with a bogey to drop out of contention. Garcia also bogeyed the 15th hole. He had six birdies Sunday.

Johnston’s final round included two bogeys and three birdies. He secured the victory by making a difficult short par putt on the par-4 18th.

“I’m pretty speechless, so happy with the way I’ve played,” he said. “I drove the ball well all week, chipped and putted well all week, I struggled a bit with my irons the first three days, but I just kept going and kept digging in, and then on the fourth I found something.”

Johnston’s first win in 63 European Tour tournaments took him to 16th in the Race to Dubai.

“I can’t wait to get back to North Mid [North Middlesex Golf Club], get hammered and see my mum and brother and see them and just celebrate,” the 27-year-old Johnston said.

The strong winds that had made conditions tough during the earlier rounds subsided, and players were able to attack the flags more often.

Luiten, a four-time European Tour winner, needed a birdie on the final hole to tie Johnston but found the greenside bunker with his approach shot.

Defending champion James Morrison of England tied for fourth at 4-over. Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer of Germany bogeyed the final two holes to finish at 5-over in a tie for sixth.

Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France, seeking his first European Tour victory, entered the final round with a one-shot lead but collapsed with a 4-over 75, finishing in a tie for ninth.

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Masters Sunday Brings Big Ratings For CBS

Masters Sunday Brings Big Ratings: A new winner and a final round meltdown brought big ratings for the Masters Golf tournament sunday on CBS.
April 11, 2016

Masters Sunday Brings Big Ratings

A new winner and a final round meltdown brought big ratings for the Masters Golf tournament sunday on CBS.

28 year old Danny Willet donned the green jacket and Jordan Speith blew a 5 shot lead, prompting viewers to tune in by the droves.

Sunday’s round garnered a preliminary 2.5 rating among adults aged 18-49, easily winning the night.

That was accompanied by a 10 share in it’s final half hour. Overnight, The Masters did an 8.5 household rating and a 17 share.

Last year’s Sunday telecast did a 9.6, while 2014’s weighed in at 7.8.

Danny Willett Captures Masters

Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe considering he wasn't even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago.
April 11, 2016

Danny Willett captures Masters after Jordan Spieth’s collapse

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe considering he wasn’t even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago.

No one was more stunned than Jordan Spieth.

Nine holes away from another wire-to-wire victory, the defending Masters champion threw it away Sunday with a collapse around Amen Corner that was shocking even by Augusta National standards. With a five-shot lead heading to the 10th tee, he dropped six shots in three holes and could never catch up.

“It was a really tough 30 minutes for me that hopefully I never experience again,” Spieth said.

Even more painful for Spieth?

He had to go to Butler Cabin and to the 18th green ceremony to present the green jacket to Willett.

“I feel very fortunate to be standing here, and you not putting the jacket on yourself again,” Danny Willett said to Spieth at the trophy presentation.

Danny Willett always had this Sunday circled on his calendar — the due date of his first child. He wasn’t planning to be at Augusta National until his wife gave birth to their son, Zachariah James, on March 30 and sent the 28-year-old Englishman on an improbable path to becoming a major champion.

It was a comeback that ranks among the most surprising at the Masters.

Five shots behind with six holes to play, Danny Willett birdied three of his last six holes to polish off a round that might not get its due because of the unforgettable images of Spieth’s meltdown. Danny Willett closed with a 5-under 67, with no bogeys on his card, to match the best score of the weekend.

He won by three shots at 5-under 283, the highest winning score at the Masters in nine years.

It already was early Monday in England — his wife Nicole’s 28th birthday.

“We talk about fate, talk about everything else that goes with it,” Willett said. “It’s just a crazy, crazy week.”

Danny Willett ended Europe’s 17-year drought at Augusta National, and he became the first player from England in a green jacket since Nick Faldo in 1996.

How fitting.

Twenty years ago, Faldo also shot a bogey-free 67 in a final round remembered just as much for Greg Norman throwing away a six-shot lead.

Spieth was trying to become only the fourth back-to-back winner of the Masters, and the first player in 156 years of championship golf to go wire-to-wire in successive years in a major. And it looked inevitable when he ran off four straight birdies to end the front nine and build a five-shot lead.

This didn’t look like one of those Masters that would start on the back nine Sunday.

But it did — quickly.

Spieth made bogey from the bunker on No. 10. A tee shot into the trees on the 11th, missing an 8-foot par putt. He still had a two-shot lead and only needed to get past the dangerous par-3 12th to settle himself, especially with two par 5s in front of him.

His 9-iron sailed to the right, bounded off the slope and into the water. His wedge from the drop area was fat, and Spieth turned his head as the ball plopped into the water again. He had to get up-and-down from a bunker just to make a quadruple-bogey 7.

“It was a lack of discipline to hit it over the bunker coming off two bogeys, instead of recognizing I was still leading the Masters,” Spieth said.

The turnaround left him dazed. Spieth was five shots ahead on the 10th tee and three shots behind when he walked to the 13th tee.

Danny Willett poured it on with a shot into the 14th to about 4 feet, and a tee shot on the par-3 16th to 7 feet for a birdie that stretched his lead. Spieth still had a chance when he birdied both par 5s to get within two shots, and then hit his tee shot to 8 feet behind the hole on the 16th. But he missed the birdie putt, and when he hit into a bunker and failed to save par on the 17th, it was over.

Spieth had led after seven straight rounds at the Masters, a streak that ended in a most cruel fashion. He shot 41 on the back nine for a 73, and was runner-up for the second time in three years.

Lee Westwood, playing with Willett, closed with a 69. He made eagle on the 15th hole to get within one shot of the lead, and then three-putted the 16th hole to fall away. Westwood has played in 72 majors without winning.

Dustin Johnson also had an outside chance, even after four putts for a double bogey on the fifth hole. He missed eagle putts from 15 feet and 20 feet on the par 5s on the back nine, and then took double bogey on the 17th. Johnson closed with a 71 and tied for fourth with Paul Casey (67) and J.B. Holmes (68).

Smylie Kaufman, one shot out of the lead in his Masters debut, closed with an 81.

Danny Willett moves to No. 9 in the world. He once was the leading amateur in the world, only for his professional career to be slowed by back injuries. But he began to show his form on a big stage last year in the Match Play, and by winning in Dubai this year.

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Woods facing monumental challenge after Masters withdrawal

Fantasy League Golf: Tiger Woods faces a monumental challenge to get back to his best, according to nine-time major champion Gary Player.
April 5, 2016

Fantasy League Golf

Fantasy League Golf: Tiger Woods faces a monumental challenge to get back to his best, according to nine-time major champion Gary Player.

Woods, whose career has been plagued by back problems in recent times, has not played a competitive tournament since last August’s Wyndham Championship.

And he will be absent from Augusta this week after revealing on Saturday he is not physically ready to compete in The Masters.

The American’s decision will raise further doubts as to whether he can get back to the kind of form that saw him win 14 majors – including four green jackets.

And Player, himself a three-time champion at Augusta, told Omnisport: “One man is never bigger than the game of golf. Throughout time there have been all these icons. Golf continues to go on. That’s life.

“Obviously I would love to see Tiger Woods come back and play well. He was on the way to being the best player the world had ever seen before he had his problems.

“No one likes to see a man have problems. I hope he comes back and does well. He’s got a monumental challenge ahead of him.

“We’ll see what happens but I hope it turns out well for him.”

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Adult Swim Golf Classic

Adult Swim Golf Classic: Professional golf champions John Daly and Adam Scott go head to head in this televised charity golf championship, set in 1966.
April 4, 2016

Adult Swim Golf Classic

Adult Swim Golf Classic: Professional golf champions John Daly and Adam Scott (as portrayed by actors Jon Daly and Adam Scott) go head to head in this televised charity golf championship, set in 1966.

The special airs on Friday, April 8th at 11:30pm on Adult Swim.

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Poulter finishes third in Puerto Rico

Poulter finishes third: Failed to convert his overnight lead into victory at the Puerto Rico Open, finishing tied third behind Tony Finau and Steve Marino.
April 1, 2016

Poulter finishes third

Poulter finishes third:Ian Poulter failed to convert his overnight lead into victory at the Puerto Rico Open, finishing tied third behind Tony Finau and Steve Marino.

The Englishman, who has not won a PGA Tour title since 2012, carded a level-par 72 in the final round.

That left him one off the leaders, who were separated by a play-off – American Finau beating his compatriot Marino with three successive birdies.

“It’s slightly disappointing,” said Poulter, 40.

“I’m continuing to work on the game to try and improve and I know if I rectify a couple of poor shots then my game will improve.

“Obviously, hitting shots slightly too far right at certain times is costly.”

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