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November 4, 2014 | 2:25 p.m.

VIDEO: Dane swings world's longest golf club

Brentley Romine

It's safe to say that this guy is going to need a bigger golf bag.

Karsten Mass of Denmark set a Guinness World Record for swinging the longest usable golf club. Mass' driver is 14 feet, 5 inches long and he can hit it more than 180 yards.

Watch him swing the club above.

UPDATE: It turns out Michael Furrh, of Arlington, Texas, broke the record with a 20-foot, 6-inch driver. He ended up hitting the ball 63 yards in the air. Check it out:

Categories: Teeing Off
Julie Williams

At the start of an eight-man playoff Monday for the final spot in the Sanderson Farms Championship, Camden Backel’s name seemed the one that didn’t belong. But Backel, 17, held his ground. The unknown teen from Madison, Miss., will tee it up later this week at the PGA Tour event after advancing from that horse race.

Backel advanced from a pre-qualifier on Friday with 67, then returned Monday for an open qualifier at Lake Caroline Golf Club in Madison, Miss. Only four spots were available for the 86-man field. Backel posted 7-under 65 (which included 10 birdies) to ...

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November 2, 2014 | 11:05 a.m.

Jimenez scores 13 on par 4, hits water 4 times

Andy Zunz
Miguel Angel Jimenez finished the BMW Masters with a 13 on a par 4.
Miguel Angel Jimenez finished the BMW Masters with a 13 on a par 4.

Take heart, weekend golfers. Even the best players in the world can melt down on a single hole now and again.

Miguel Angel Jimenez was the victim Sunday at the European Tour's BMW Masters in Shanghai, China. Jimenez, a 21-time winner on the European Tour, made a 13 on the par-4 ninth, his final hole.

He found the water four different times en route to finishing the hole with a 9-over 13 that capped off a round of 16-over 88 at the Lake Malaren Golf Club. Jimenez's 88 was the worst score of the tournament, but he still ...

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Brentley Romine
Danielle Kang made her second hole-in-one – and won her second car – in eight days, acing the par-3 17th hole during the second round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Danielle Kang made her second hole-in-one – and won her second car – in eight days, acing the par-3 17th hole during the second round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Danielle Kang might need to get a bigger garage.

Kang made her second hole-in-one in eight days, acing the par-3 17th hole during the second round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship. The 158-yard hole-out with a 7-iron earned Kang an Audi A6 T2.0.

"Everyone was saying, "Are you kidding me? Again? Another car?" Kang told The Associated Press.

Kang, 22, made a hole-in-one during the first round of last week's Blue Bay LPGA when she holed an 8-iron from 155 yards at the par-3 17th. For that hole-in-one, Kang won a Buick LaCrosse.

This season, Kang has three ...

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Andy Zunz
Christopher Ross during his playing days at Eastern Michigan (2005-09).
Christopher Ross during his playing days at Eastern Michigan (2005-09).

No matter how many times it happens, Christopher Ross' double-eagle reaction will always look something like this: "Your club goes up in the air, you throw your hands up, you yell and your buddies give you a high five."

At the start of 2014, Ross had never made an albatross. That changed quickly when he holed his 185-yard second shot on a par 5 during a recreational round in early January at Reunion (Fla.) Resort's Palmer Course. Ross was playing with his brothers.

Then, things got unreal.

Ross, who played at Eastern Michigan from 2005-09, was chasing a fourth ...

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Julie Williams
Marc Leishman hits his tee shot at No. 6 at The Players Championship in 2010.
Marc Leishman hits his tee shot at No. 6 at The Players Championship in 2010.

One of the memorable holes at TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is undergoing a reshaping. The closing gauntlet remains intact, but the large live oak that stands just off No. 6 tee – the one with a low-hanging branch that prevents a tee shot that rises too quickly – is being removed.

The tree, estimated by the PGA Tour to be 80 to 120 years old – was being removed Thursday because of disease and old age. There is an 8-foot crack in its trunk, which creates a safety hazard.

This post appeared on TPC Sawgrass' Twitter page early ...

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James Achenbach
Golf trainer and stretching expert Roger Fredericks speaks at the 2014 World Gold Fitness Summit.
Golf trainer and stretching expert Roger Fredericks speaks at the 2014 World Gold Fitness Summit.

CARLSBAD, Calif. – The definition of golf fitness is changing before our eyes.

To some expert trainers, proper breathing and posture are just as important as strength and power. Perhaps more.

Here at the World Golf Fitness Summit, organized by the Titleist Performance Institute, a presentation was made Tuesday on the best techniques for breathing and posture. The implication was that individuals play better golf and shoot lower scores with correct breathing and posture.

Sign me up.

The cast of characters on the breathing bandwagon is long and highly acclaimed. Golf trainer and stretching expert Roger Fredericks (fredericksgolf.com) even presented ...

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Brentley Romine
Michael Jordan and Keegan Bradley during the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Michael Jordan and Keegan Bradley during the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Michael Jordan is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player in the game's history. He proved Tuesday – at the expense of PGA Tour pro Keegan Bradley – that he has a pretty good sense of humor, too.

Jordan owns the Charlotte Hornets, who will help kick off the NBA season Wednesday night by hosting the Milwaukee Bucks. To celebrate the occasion, Jordan took over the Hornets' official Twitter account (@hornets) on Tuesday.

One of his tweets:

Bradley, who frequently plays golf with Jordan at The Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla., quickly responded:

That's when "His Airness ...

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October 28, 2014 | 10:56 a.m.

VIDEO: Finnish juniors put on a wedge show

Brentley Romine

Recreational golfers know the old trick of bouncing a golf ball on their wedge to be an effective time killer in the middle of a painfully slow round – not to mention an impressive trick. A pair of young Finnish golfers have taken it to a new level, to the point that a video they created looks like the golf version of a Harlem Globetrotters performance.

The two young men, Jaakko Lahtela and Perre Papunen, filmed this video in 2013 as part of a contest. Based on the difficulty of some of their tricks, it's hard to imagine that anyone ...

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Categories: Teeing Off, Junior
James Achenbach
Tom Pernice plays a shot at the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.
Tom Pernice plays a shot at the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Telling the truth is not always a high priority in professional golf.

Why? In the heat of battle, nobody wants to unnecessarily criticize or offend other players or coaches.

However, take golfers and their instructors away from the course, ask them to reflect on what they know best, and the conversation can be eye-opening.

Instructor James Sieckmann and Champions Tour player Tom Pernice have worked together for 19 years. When they showed up Monday at the World Golf Fitness Summit, it was just another opportunity to talk about their field of expertise: the short game.

"If you ever ...

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Brentley Romine

How far can you drive a golf ball? Now, how far can you drive a golf ball with a putter?

Martin Kaymer and Bernhard Langer showed their driving skills with the flatstick during a recent long-drive challenge put together by Mercedes-Benz, which sponsors both players.

Each player had three attempts. Langer reached 208 yards while Kaymer took the title with a 232-yard drive.

To compare, Kaymer finished 50th on the PGA Tour last season in driving distance (294.9 yards). Langer ranked 10th in that category on the Champions Tour (280.8).

Andy Zunz
The 2014 Speedgolf World Championships was held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
The 2014 Speedgolf World Championships was held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

For those who think golfers aren't real athletes, consider the concept of Speedgolf.

The 2014 Speedgolf World Championship was played at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort this weekend, and produced some absurd statistics.

Champion Eri Crum of Boise, Idaho, carded a 4-over par 76 Sunday at the Bandon Dunes Course, and he did it in 46 minutes, 1 second. Break down that pace, and it works out to an average of just more than 2 minutes and 30 seconds per hole.

Crum, a former Stanford teammate of Tiger Woods, did not make a birdie in his 4-over performance, but parred ...

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James Achenbach
Connor Powers' swing looks a little unorthodox, but it allows Powers to generate tremendous clubhead speed.
Connor Powers' swing looks a little unorthodox, but it allows Powers to generate tremendous clubhead speed.

CARLSBAD, Calif. – It’s the new golf, and it’s all about power and speed. The fastest swingers aren’t worried about traditional golf swings.

Connor Powers, 26, weighs 240 pounds but moves quickly and delicately. As he jitterbugs and swivel-steps in a corner of the practice range at Aviara Golf Club, other golfers stop to watch.

His dance and coordination routine is performed before every practice session, and it almost always draws a crowd.

“Why do people always want to look at me?” Power asks. “Don’t they know it’s something I do to get better?”

Apparently not ...

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Golfweek Staff
Ted Bishop, pictured in 2012, apologized for his recent comments on social media Friday after being removed as PGA of America president.
Ted Bishop, pictured in 2012, apologized for his recent comments on social media Friday after being removed as PGA of America president.

Ted Bishop, the PGA of America's 38th president, was removed from office Friday for having made “insensitive gender-based statements posted yesterday on social media," according to a statement by the PGA.

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Shortly after the announcement, Bishop released a statement in which he apologized for his comments.

Here is the full statement:

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I want to apologize to Ian Poulter and anyone else that I might have offended with my remarks on social media that appeared on October 23, 2014. Particularly, I have great remorse that my comments contained the words “little girl” because ...

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Categories: Teeing Off, Pro, Top Stories
Andy Zunz
In the latest bout of Ryder Cup drama, Ian Poulter was the target of social-media barbs delivered by PGA of American president Ted Bishop on Thursday.
In the latest bout of Ryder Cup drama, Ian Poulter was the target of social-media barbs delivered by PGA of American president Ted Bishop on Thursday.

PGA of America President Ted Bishop made news Friday after he used Twitter and Facebook to criticize Ian Poulter.

Bishop called Poulter out for comments Poulter made about Nick Faldo and Tom Watson in his new book, "No Limits," which was released this week. At one point, he called Poulter a "Lil Girl."

Here are some notable reactions from the golfing world following Bishop's comments:

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