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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
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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
Jessica Korda via Twitter
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:
 
 
 
 
 
Garth Mulroy watches his second shot on the par-4 16 at St. Andrews.

We all know golf is a game that both gives and takes away.

So it was for South Africa's Garth Mulroy during second round play of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Mulroy was playing his second shot on the par-4 16th.

His shot looked good all the way, taking two firm bounces on the green and up to the flagstick.

Then this happened:

 

"I think there's a goalkeeper in there!"

Posted by European Tour on Friday, October 2, 2015

Given and taken away indeed.

Mulroy would go on to make his putt for birdie.

After two rounds he is at 9-under, 2 behind the leader Jimmy Mullen.

Jamie Dornan
European Tour via Twitter
Jamie Dornan usually sets his fans' hearts aflutter, but he gave himself palpitations with his eagle at St. Andrews on Thursday.
 
Jamie Dornan is best known as the star of "Fifty Shades of Grey," but there was nothing grey about the actor's final shot of the first round in the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Thursday. The tournament, if you're not familiar, is a pro-celebrity event similar to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 
 
Dornan hit a booming drive down the 18th fairway on the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, and his ball wound up just short of the big green. Even though he was down in the swale in front of the green, he pulled out his putter and gave the ball a rap.
 
 
The ball tracked up the hill and made a big arc from right to left – and dropped confidently into the cup for an eagle. Dornan, in disbelief, dropped his putter and covered his eyes. 
 
As the TV commentator said, that's a shot Dornan will never forget. But we shouldn't be too surprised he pulled it off – after all, he is from Rory McIlroy's hometown of Holywood, Northern Ireland.
 
Here's his beauty of a putt: