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March 22, 2017 - 1:41pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Rory McIlroy
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Soren Kjeldsen hit a solid 332-yard drive at the WGC-Dell Match Play... but was outdriven by his opponent, Rory McIlroy, by 78 yards.

Yesterday, we told you about the whopping 490-yard drive Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson claimed to have hit.

Today, Rory McIlroy did his best impression of The Rock, booming a drive a remarkable 410 yards in his first round match at the WGC-Dell Match Play against Soren Kjeldsen.

Kjeldsen, by the way, didn't hit a short drive. His traveled 332 yards -- or, 78 yards behind Rory.

Wow.

Here's a look at Rory's drive:

We also love this tweet from Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson, from what looks to be another zipcode:

March 21, 2017 - 2:53pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson claims to have hit a 490-yard drive during the filming of his HBO show, "Ballers."

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson touts himself as, "The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment/Sports Entertainment."

We're not going to disagree. The man is a physical specimen.

Turns out that along with his talents on the football field at the University of Miami, the ring in the WWE and his acting on the big screen, Johnson also has time for a little golf. He must, because what you're going to read next is going to blow your mind.

Johnson posted a photo to Instagram today claiming that he hit a 490-yard drive while shooting a scene for his HBO show, "Ballers."

 

 

As Johnson noted, the longest drive on record is a 515-yard smash from back in 1974.

That drive was hit by a man named Mike Austin.

This from Golf News Net:

The longest drive ever measured is credited to Mike Austin, who hit a 515-yard drive on Sept. 25, 1974 in the National Seniors Open Championship, the pre-cursor to the U.S. Senior Open. Austin, who was 64, hit the drive on a 450-yard par 4 at Desert Rose Golf Club in Las Vegas. The club was at 2,000 feet above sea level and the estimated wind on the hole that day was a 35mph helping wind.

People might find it hard to believe that a man, who presumably doesn't play a ton of golf with all his other obligations, could smack a drive nearly 500 yards.

Take a good hard look at that photo though. Are you going to tell THAT GUY he's full of it? 

March 19, 2017 - 5:31pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Marc Leishman
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Watch as Marc Leishman holes a monster 51-foot eagle putt on Bay Hill's 16th hole to take the lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Just when all eyes were on Rory McIlroy making a Sunday run in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a steady Marc Leishman jumped in to steal the show.

Check out this 51-footer Leishman knocked down for an eagle and sole possession of the lead at 11 under.

 

 

Will that prove to be the difference at Bay Hill? We'll know soon.

March 19, 2017 - 5:24pm
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Adam Hadwin
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Adam Hadwin's tee shot at Bay Hill's par-3 17th made a beeline for the hole on Sunday. The flagstick, however, prevented the ball from dropping in the hole for an ace.

Canadian Adam Hadwin has been dialed in lately. He won for the first time in his PGA Tour career last weekend in the Valspar Championship and carried the momentum over to Bay Hill this week.

If it's possible to be "unlucky" for not snatching an ace, then Hadwin is now the posterboy.

Check out this tee shot Hadwin hit on the 17th hole at Bay Hill on Sunday in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

It hits the green, tracks for the hole the entire way and then...

Rejection! How does that not go in?!

Hard to feel bad for a guy who has already carded a 59 and won a tournament already this year, but the Golf Gods did him wrong on that shot.