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Well played: Peter Jacobsen’s caddie’s good deed

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A story originally reported in the World-Herald and on Omaha.com caught Omaha native Troy Martin’s eye.

28-year-old Kelsey Ratigan had her golf clubs stolen from the trunk of her Ford Fusion.

When Martin, who caddies for the irrepressible Peter Jacobsen on the Champions Tour, came across the story, he resolved to do something about the injustice.

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The former Tour winner said: “I saw her comment that she liked Nike irons, and it just hit me so hard. I thought that we needed to get this young lady back golfing as soon as possible. I told Peter [Jacobsen] about it and he said, ‘Absolutely, we’ll get on it right away.’”

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The pair connected with Nike Golf and arranged for a complete club fitting at nearby Tiburon Golf Course, and Ratigan was hooked up with some new weaponry.

A hat tip also to Tiburon’s head pro, Cody Gorsett, who tossed in a free round at the course so Ratigan could put the clubs to use immediately.

“I am beside myself with joy, and I’m so grateful for everything Troy and Peter did for me. It’s not very fun to sit home in the summer when you could be out golfing. My boyfriend would go out, and I would kind of shed a tear.”

After testing out her new equipment, Ratigan, who played varsity softball, said “I just got (done) hitting some balls at the range, and everything felt so perfect.”

Well played, Martin, Jacobsen, Nike and company.

(h/t Omaha.com)

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  1. Tim

    Oct 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    This is a great story. She’s a golf fanatic like most WRX-ers, and it’s a happy ending.

    Kudos to Martin, Jacobsen, Nike and Gorsett!

  2. golfraven

    Oct 14, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I guess her golf trousers were stolen too because jeans on a golf course are a big no go.

  3. Bob

    Oct 13, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Because when you’re pretty the slings and arrows of misfortune aren’t allowed to effect you.

    • Brian

      Oct 14, 2015 at 8:51 am

      She’s not even that beautiful, dude. Ease up. It’s more about who her friends are. She probably has a great attitude and people like her.

    • Troy

      Oct 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Bob,

      The article I read said she worked 50-60 hour weeks and during her little time off her escape was sports. A thief stole all of her athletic gear from her car. If a few phone calls can change a persons outlook on things, I hope everybody would do it.

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

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All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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