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PGA Golfer Steve Elkington

Under Fire

For Homophobic Michael Sam Joke

2/25/2014 9:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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PGA golfer Steve Elkington is getting hammered on Twitter right now ... after making a joke about Michael Sam throwing a purse at the NFL combine.

The 51-year-old Australian -- who won the PGA championship in '95 -- wrote, "ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine ... No one else expected to throw today."

Moments after the tweet, the backlash began ... with Steve's followers going off on the golfer. Here's a sample:

-- "You are TRYING TO MAKE SURE YOUR PUBLICIST keeps his job aren't you?? Good luck motherf*ker. See your apology at 11 on ESPN."

-- "BREAKING: Irrelevant golfer makes awful joke"

-- "Homophobia is hilarious (to a sh*tty old white dude)."

-- "let me get this straight - a golfer is making jokes about a football player's manliness?"

There's more ... but you get the point.

Paulina Gretzky

Walk Down Mammary Lane

Before She Got Engaged

8/19/2013 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Paulina Gretzky
's engagement is great news ... for one man -- that golfer dude who snagged the Great One. Sorry, we mean ... the Great One's daughter.

The rest of us are stuck with the Internet ... which, luckily, is laced with absurdly hot Paulina pics.

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Paulina Gretzky

Engaged ...

Men Everywhere Depressed

8/18/2013 12:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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As if the world wasn't bad enough ... smokin' hot Paulina Gretzky has dashed the hopes and dreams of men worldwide ... by getting ENGAGED to pro-golfer Dustin Johnson.

Paulina announced the terrible news on Instagram Saturday -- posting a pic of the giant diamond rock on her ring finger, captioned "Never been happier."

The couple has only been dating since early 2013 -- but, really, who wouldn't lock that down?

Now, a final farewell, to Paulina's almost-hitched assets ...

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Jason Dufner

Yeah, My Wife is HOT!!

8/14/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jason Dufner knows he's scoring way over his head -- not by winning the PGA Championship, but by landing his smoking hot wife ... and he's not shy about it.

Jason's been the talk of the sports world ever since his lady, Amanda Dufner (who's kinda Evangeline Lilly-ish), joined him on the 18th green last Sunday to celebrate his first victory in a major tournament.

0813-jason-dufnerDuf -- who won't be confused with golf studs Adam Scott or Dustin Johnson -- was in NYC on Tuesday when we asked what everyone's been thinking: How did YOU score HER?

It was posed more delicately than that, but check out JD's answer ... you gotta love this guy!

Chick's dig confidence ... and the long ball.

77-Yr-Old Golf Legend

I Was Born to Strip Naked

for ESPN 'Body Issue'

6/28/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0627_gary_player_getty77-year-old pro golfer Gary Player didn't do a lick of extra training for his naked debut as the oldest man ever in ESPN's "Body Issue" -- dude says he's been in tip-top shape since birth ... aka the '30s ... yeah, he's that old.

Gary tells TMZ, “I did not do anything special for the shoot" ... other than busting his hump working outdoors on his farm in South Africa everyday for a few months prior to dropping trou for ESPN.

He added, "I was already relaxed, tanned and ready to go.”

Before Gary flashed the family jewels for the shoot 2 weeks ago in Miami ... he says ESPN treated him like a king and provided a serious spread of his fav foods -- including crudités, fresh fruit, hummus, salad, and herbal tea. No wonder GP's in great shape.

As for the whole naked thing, Gary says it didn't bother him one bit -- "I was relaxed and confident in my own skin to do this."

Work it.

US Open Champ

Winner Winner ...

Lobster Mac Dinner

6/17/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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US Open winner Justin Rose -- the first English golfer to win the tournament in 43 years -- definitely isn't Jewish ... because he celebrated his historic victory last night with the least Kosher meal of all-time.

The owner of The Gypsy Saloon in West Conshohocken, PA, tells TMZ, 32-year-old Rose and his crew dropped by last night after he took the title -- beating out Phil Mickelson by two shots -- and ate "like a king."

We're told the kitchen had been closed for hours by the time Rose and his team got there, but the owner fired everything back up just for the new champ ... dishing out heaping plates of lobster mac and cheese, strawberry and caprese salad, calamari, wings, NY strip steak, chicken, pasta, and eggplant rolls.

No surprise, we're told Rose was in great spirits the entire meal -- chatting up the waitresses and other customers -- and the champagne did flow.

We're told Rose was with a party of 6 (including his wife) and the bill came to $550 ... plus a "very generous" tip. The trophy didn't leave his side for a second.

As for Tiger Woods ... dude didn't even crack the top 10.

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Adam Scott

Wins Golf Tournament

With Tiger Woods' Ex-Caddie

8/7/2011 5:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Adam Scott won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this afternoon with former Tiger Woods caddie Steve Williams on his bag ... while Tiger finished tied for 37th.

Afterward, Williams called it "
the best win of my life."

Ouch.

Tiger Woods

I'm Sorry for Being a SPITTER

2/14/2011 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tiger Woods has finally issued an apology for launching a big, fat loogie on the green at a major golf tournament this weekend ... admitting the saliva bomb was "inconsiderate."

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It all went down at the Dubai Desert Classic -- and after the incident, golf officials announced Woods would be fined for breaching the tour code of conduct.

So far, no word on how much cash Tiger will have to cough up for the spit shot.



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