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Rickie Fowler came through in the clutch on Monday, holing out from 111 yards with a pitching wedge — which he had borrowed from Luke Donald — in a special 19th hole charity challenge at Old Palm Golf Club that benefited the Ernie Els for Autism event. Oh, yeah, and it was worth $1 million. Yep, Fowler’s ace raised a million bucks for Els’ charity.

The reaction to the moment — in a video captured by Old Palm assistant pro Derek Swoboda — is priceless:

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Sophie Gustafson: honesty the only policy.

Sophie Gustafson endured a difficult day at the US Women’s Open Friday, shooting a dismal 77 at Blackwolf Run to scrape inside the cut-line.

The score tells its own story – specifically one of a player struggling to come to terms with the season’s most demanding layout – but it neglects to touch on a couple of issues, not least the Swede’s spiky collision with a former US Open champion.

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Karrie Webb hugs founder Marilynn Smith after finishing the final round of the Founders Cup

With the NCAA men’s basketball tourney happening concurrently, golf didn’t receive much notice last week, which is a shame because the LPGA pros had their first domestic tournament of the year, staging a very special event, not to mention altruistic. Karrie Webb, who took home the trophy three weeks ago in Singapore, came from behind and fired a six-under 66 to win the inaugural LPGA Founders Cup, beating Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome by a shot.

In somewhat of a juxtaposition to the Most Overhyped Interclub Match in the World, the ladies played for free. Well, not entirely — the Founders Cup honored the tour’s pioneers and donated $1 million to charity, with half going to The LPGA Foundation and its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and the other half to the top-10 finishers’ designated charities. (Yes, I realize the MOIMITW gives six-times that to charity, but the guys are also paid six-digits just to play in it.)

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