Bunker Mentality

  • Swing thoughts, lip outs and even a bad bounce are annoying problems on the golf course, but nothing compares to what a Long Island resident encountered while golfing in Cancun, Mexico.

    50-year-old Edward Lunger was playing the Iberostar Cancun Golf Club when an errant golf shot forced him to climb into a bunker.

    The bunker had some unusual yellow hazard tape, but without a sign Lunger just figured it was the markings of a hazard and went into the bunker anyway.

    The next thing that happened will put the fear in any golfer attempting to hit a shot near water in the future.

    Lunger said a female

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  • A golf course in the US has been forced to apologise after it created a grossly insensitive 9/11 discount promotion.

    The Tumbledown Trails swiftly went from proudly unveiling its new promotion - with an ad even placed in a local paper - to threatening to close altogether on September 11 after a predictably vicious backlash.

    Close to 3,000 people died on 9/11, so it was not remotely surprising that the following promotion sparked outrage and upset many.

    “Nine holes for just $9.11! 18 for $19.11, which barely makes sense, but it's got 9/11 in it! We'll even throw in a cart!” the promotion read.

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  • Former world number one Luke Donald will donate $1,000 (£640) for each birdie and $2,000 (£1,280) for every eagle he makes in this week's BMW Championship in support of The First Tee of Greater Chicago youth development programme.

    The 35-year-old Briton studied in the state of Illinois, at Northwestern University, and now lives in Chicago.

    "Through The First Tee youngsters discover how skills essential to success on a golf course can also help them flourish in life and I am intent on raising as much money as possible for them," Donald said in a news release on Monday.

    "I receive so much

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  • Williams says he and Woods made up at The Open

    When Tiger Woods was at his prime, his absolute prime when any major he entered seemed liked an inevitable victory, there was one man who always stood beside him.

    Steve Williams was on the bag for Tiger during 13 of his 14 major championship wins, huffing the bag when Woods played the game at a level the likes we've never seen before, but the two had an ugly split back in 2011 as Tiger was battling plenty of off the course problems and Williams had taken up the bag of pal Adam Scott while Woods was sidelined with injury.

    The two parted ways in a similar fashion that you see husband and wife do

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  • Getting a hole-in-one is a dream for every golfer. Even some tour pros have never enjoyed the special thrill of getting an ace, while most amateurs go their entire lives without ever seeing the ball disappear into the cup from the tee.

    In other words it's amazing enough even when there's nothing riding on it. So how must it feel when an average hacker gets a hole-in-one with $1,000,000 at stake?

    The man to ask about that is Jeff Barton, an amateur golfer from New Mexico who was playing in a charity tournament at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club near Albuquerque when he sank the amazing shot that you

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  • What was the best Major of 2013?

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    The four Majors of the season are over, but that doesn't mean we have to stop talking about them. With the US PGA Championship wrapping up on Sunday, we take a look back at all four Majors and rank them in order of excitement considering the courses, the contenders and the final round.

    4. PGA Championship - Usually the one that ends with the most excitement each season, this Sunday at Oak Hill didn't lack big names, it just lacked that moment and that shot that pushed someone over the edge or lost the tournament for them. Jason Dufner played a great round on Sunday to snag

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  • While Jason Dufner was a picture of calm after winning the USA PGA Championship at Oak Hill, Lee Westwood reacted rather differently to a nightmare round on Sunday.

    Westwood started the day in the top ten and with an outside chance of finally landing a Major, but carded a six over-par 76 to finish in joint 33rd place - just the latest in a long line of flops at the game's biggest tournaments.

    The Worksop-born star evidently decided to drown his sorrows and took to Twitter at 4am New York time (9am in the UK) to respond to some of his critics in fearsome fashion.

    Clearly indicating at one point

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  • Mickelson plays into night to iron out flaws

    This was a Phil Mickelson you almost never see.

    The happy swashbuckler who greets everyone with a grin after every round wordlessly hurried through a throng of reporters and well-wishers and sprinted up the stairs of a bridge. He lifted up his cap and pushed his hand through his hair as he went, nervously walking toward a nearly vacant driving range. The press would have to wait. The autographs would have to wait.

    Lefty was in shock.

    For more than 30 minutes he stayed out there on the range at Oak Hill, ironing out the flaws of a 1-over 71 that left him six strokes back after Round 1 of the

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  • Colin Montgomerie was again savaged on social media on Thursday after he criticised Tiger Woods's perfectly acceptable first round at the PGA Championships, saying the world number one "lacked the belief to win".

    Indeed, Monty could even be found passing on some advice to his fellow Brit Lee Westwood, who continues in his quest for a first Major title at the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

    "When he finally walks through that, he'll walk through it..." muttered Montgomerie as Sky Sports' expert pundit during the first round of the golf season's final Major near New York.

    While Monty's advice

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  • And the PGA Championship winner is …

    Each major championship the Devil Ball golf guys try to pick a winner. Normally it's a swing and miss (Jay had Graeme McDowell at Muirfield while Shane had Ernie Els), but this PGA Championship is set up for some big names making moves so hopefully we can at least make contact.

    Here are your 2013 PGA Championship "expert" picks ...

    Jay Busbee -- Hunter Mahan. Yes, I know we all think Tiger's going to walk, but Mahan would be a worthy addition to this year's major winners. He's ready, as evidenced by his late-Sunday starts in recent majors. And he's got the requisite good-guy storyline after

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