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Graeme McDowell
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Graeme McDowell shared a resounding hand slap with a fan after the youngster hit a shot for him on Wednesday.
The British Masters gets underway Thursday morning at Woburn Golf Club in England, but the shot of the tournament might already have been struck.
During his practice round earlier today, Graeme McDowell found himself in a little tree trouble. The shot he faced looked extra tricky, so the former U.S. Open champ and Ryder Cup hero asked for a little help.
Up stepped a little guy named Rhys, who showed no fear. And without so much as a practice swing, Rhys took G-Mac's club and whacked the ball right back out into play.
And as good as the shot was, the high-five that the two shared after was even better.
McDowell made a fan for life and, hey, golf might have found a new star. Looks like young Rhys is someone we all ought to keep an eye on.
October 6, 2015 - 8:48am
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T.J. Auclair
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Kjeragbolten boulder
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We've seen impressive golf trick shots. But this one from 3,245 feet above the ocean in Norway from a popular BASE jumping site -- Kjeragbolten boulder -- made us gasp.

We've seen our share of golf trick-shot attempts where we think, "that's probably not a great idea."

This one, however, tops them all -- literally and figuratively.

Check out Sigurdur Hauksson (an Icelander living in Norway, as he describes himself in his Instagram profile, @officialg0lfer). Hauksson is performing his trick shot from 3,245 feet above the ocean on Kjeragbolten boulder -- a glacial deposit wedged in a crevasse at Kjerag mountain in Rogaland, Norway, and a popular spot for BASE jumping:


Most impressive trick-shot ever? I'm not qualified to answer that, but I wouldn't argue against it. It had to take incredible composure to concentrate on anything other than balance from up that high.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy talks all things numbers in a new video looking back over his season.

Rory McIlroy's tee shots spent plenty of time in the air over the last season.

And so did the actual Rory McIlroy: 350 hours, to be exact.

The kind folks at Santander Bank have done all the numbers geeks in the world a big favor. They've added up some pretty impressive statistics racked up by the pro golfer this year.

In a video posted this week on YouTube, McIlroy helps break down those stats.

We're talking all of them -- exercise repetitions, nights spent in hotels, airports visited.

Impressive? Yes.

Watch here:





Hands down our favorite quote from McIlroy in the video?

"I'm not complaining."

(Also, that's a lot of interviews.)


October 5, 2015 - 9:22am
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Shane Battier
Retired NBA star Shane Battier is a big fan of Oakland Hills.

Retired professional basketball star Shane Battier loves golf, but he apparently loves his home state of Michigan even more. 

When asked Sunday on social media about his favorite course, Battier didn't hesitate:



The Duke alumnus and native of Birmingham, Mich., was at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., recently to play a round with the winners of his Take Charge Foundation charity challenge. The money raised goes to fund college scholarships for at-risk students.

In case you're wondering about Battier's swing, here's a video the NBA put together several years ago of him getting golf lessons:





Blake Nakagawa practices from the sand trap in his home state of Hawaii. Photo via @blake_nakagawa

Let's be honest.

When most of us were 4 years old, the only sand we were playing in had four sides and was plopped in the middle of our neighborhood playground.

Not so for 4-year-old Blake Nakagawa.

He prefers his sand play on the golf course, as evidenced here:



Nakagawa lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.

And according to his Twitter bio he's a "golf enthusiast, avid soccer player, great surfer, awesome little brother."

He plays tournament golf, too. And wins.



You can follow the phenom-in-training here.

Keep playing in the sand, Blake.

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Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda
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Jessica Korda and sister Nelly were on the tee box when they got the power.
I don't know if you're a fan of Dubsmashes, but I think some of them are great. One of the funniest ones I've seen is Jordan Spieth's "playoffs" rant. Seeing as Spieth made his Dubsmash right before the FedExCup playoffs, then went out and smashed the playoffs, maybe now he does want to talk about the playoffs.
But I digress. I'm here today because I have a new brand-new favorite. This one stars LPGA Tour player Jessica Korda and her younger sibling Nelly, who is on the fast track to joining big sis on the circuit.
The two are obviously working hard on their power game when they're overcome by "The Power." That song, by the way, came out back in 1990, before either 22-year-old Jess or 17-year-old Nelly were born.
Here you go. Power up:
And if their Dubsmash has you wanting to hear the original song again, here it is: