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Jason Day's Mother-In-Law 'Thank God Ellie's Okay' ... After LeBron Collision

12/18/2015 12:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1218-Jason-Day-Ellie-Day-GETTY-01DON'T BLAME JASON DAY for not protecting his wife from that crazy collision with LeBron James at the Cavs game ... so says Jason's mother-in-law who says they're all just glad Ellie's okay. 

Ellie Day suffered a concussion and was carried out of the arena on a stretcher after James accidentally ran into her at the game ... while she and her pro golf star hubby were courtside. 

Some critics have gone after Jason -- saying he should have done SOMETHING to shield her from the blow ... but Ellie's mom says it's wrong to point the finger at Jason. 

"I don't blame [Jason] at all," Lucy Knapp tells TMZ Sports

"I love Jason very much. He's a wonderful father and husband. He also a great son-in-law. He cares about his family very much."

"I just thank God that she's okay."

Lucy says she cried when she saw the incident on television and refuses to watch the replays -- but says Ellie appears to be doing well and is now resting and recovering at home. 

Tiger Woods Elin's One Of My Best Friends ... I Shoulda Been Honest With Her

12/3/2015 7:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1203-tiger-elin-getty-01Tiger Woods says he STRONGLY regrets lying to his ex-wife about all the cheating back in the day -- but says they've moved past it ... and now Elin Nordegren is "one of my best friends."

The golfer opened up to Time Magazine ... saying if he could change anything about 2009 ... "it would be having a more open, honest relationship with my ex-wife."

Of course, Elin kicked Tiger to the curb that year after learning he had been banging an army of skeezers behind her back. 

But now, Tiger says he's busted his ass ... and worked hard to rebuild his relationship with the mother of his 2 children. 

"Having the relationship that I have now with her is fantastic. She’s one of my best friends. We’re able to pick up the phone, and we talk to each other all the time. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then."

When asked if there was anything he would've done differently ... Woods said, "When it comes down to it, right down to it, it’s just having a more open, honest relationship with my ex-wife when we were married."

"Our frustrations would have come out if we had talked about it and been open and honest with each other. Which we are now, and it’s absolutely fantastic."

Woods says he's already spoken with his kids about why he and Elin are no longer together -- explaining, "Guys, the reason why we’re not in the same house, why we don’t live under the same roof, Mommy and Daddy, is because Daddy made some mistakes."

"We’re all human. We all make mistakes. But look what happened at the end of it. Look at how great you are. You have two loving parents that love you no matter what."

PGA Championship K-9 Down ... Sheriff's Dog Dies in Hot Car

8/13/2015 1:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0813-k9-facebookThe PGA Championship was hit by tragedy -- a Sheriff's K-9 overheated in a patrol car and died in the line of duty.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office says the dog, named Wix died when he was left in a patrol car assigned to golf tournament being held in Kohler, Wisconsin. The Sheriff says the engine was running while Wix was in the car ... but the AC unit failed. Wix's partner Deputy Lemberger eventually found him unresponsive.

The AC wasn't the only problem -- according to the Sheriff the car's K-9 heat alarm also failed. We're told the system is supposed to put the windows down and sound an alarm when the car temp gets too high. An investigation has been launched.

Wix was a 3-year-old male Malinois who'd been with the department since April 2014.

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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'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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