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Brad Fritsch
Brad Fritsch makes par from a very wet stance on No. 18 Saturday.

Brad Fritsch knew he needed an eagle on the 18th hole Saturday to make the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. But there was a problem. His tee shot landed just inches from the edge of the lake on the left side of the fairway, leaving him a 130-yard shot to the green with no stance -- at least not on dry ground.

So with that in mind, Fritsch took off his socks and shoes, rolled up his pants legs and here's what happened next:


It didn't go in the hole, but it landed on the green. And Fritsch was able to two-putt from there to save par.


Carly Booth and Jeremy Dale
Carly Booth via Instagram
Carly Booth puts just the right touch on this flop shot over Jeremy Dale's head.
Many golf fans became aware of Carly Booth when she appeared wearing not a whole lot in the 2013 "Bodies We Want" edition of ESPN the Magazine, but the 21-year-old Scot has been an accomplished golfer for almost a decade.
She won her first women's title at age 11, was ranked as Europe's top female junior in 2007, became Britain and Ireland's youngest Curtis Cup player at 16 in 2008, and twice played in the Junior Ryder Cup. She turned professional at 18 in 2010, and already owns two Ladies European Tour titles.
And, it turns out, she's got a flop shot that even Phil Mickelson might covet. She showed it off the other day during an appearance with Jeremy Dale, a British instructor and trick-shot artist in his own right. 
As you can see in the Instagram video that Booth posted, she positioned Dale just a few feet in front of her, then took a full cut with a wedge – she gently lofted the ball directly over his head and it came to rest just a few feet behind him. 
Dale flinched a little bit, but I give him serious credit for remaining as steady as he did – no disrespect to Booth, but I don't think I could hang in there with any golfer in the world taking such a big swing so close to me.
And while you enjoy Carly's video, here's a bit of trivia for you: Her father, Wally Booth, was a prominent amateur wrestler and a bouncer/doorman at the Cavern Club in Liverpool when the Beatles were getting started. The Fab Four asked him to accompany them on their first trip to the United States, but he turned them down because he was training for the 1964 Olympics. He won the British championship, but an injury kept him out of the Olympics.
Jason Millard
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Jason Millard called a penalty on a shot he attempted a week ago, resulting in disqualification from the U.S. Open.

You want a prime example of the "honor code" in professional golf? Check out what Jason Millard did Saturday, just five days before the start of the 2014 U.S. Open.

A week after shooting two rounds of 68 during the Memphis sectional, Millard reported a self-imposed penalty for grounding his club in a bunker on the 18th hole at the Colonial Country Club's North Course -- which results in a disqualification from playing at Pinehurst No. 2.

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"I'm pretty sure I grounded my club in the bunker," Millard was quoting as saying in an Associated Press brief. "I didn't see anything for sure, but I felt something and I saw a small indentation. It happened so fast, I really don't know 100 percent, but deep down, I believe I did. I couldn't find peace about it. For five days, I practiced and I couldn't get it off my mind. It's heart-breaking, but what I was feeling in my heart didn't feel right. It's the right decision and I am sticking with it."

"We commend Jason for bringing this matter to our attention," said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the championship committee. "At this time, we have no recourse but to disqualify him under the Rules of Golf and specifically Rule 34-1b."

Most of the reaction around the golf world was first one of shock, then respect and admiration.

Millard, who turned pro in 2011, was replaced in the field by Sam Love, the second alternate from the Memphis qualifier. Millard missed the cut in the Honda Classic in March, his only PGA Tour start of the season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

John Daly
As Peter Kostis noted Saturday, John Daly's power comes from his wide arc, not because he swings hard.

Swinging harder rarely helps your ball go farther, unless you're trying to hit it farther out of bounds.

Peter Kostis analyzed John Daly's swing on the practice range Saturday between the second and third rounds of the FedEx St. Jude Classic during the CBS broadcast, and you might be surprised to learn how balanced it really is, despite Daly's imposing frame.



As Kostis notes, Daly's power is generated from the large arc of his swing, so he doesn't have to speed up the club to create additional clubspeed. All he's trying to do is make clean contact.

That's a great observation, as most amateurs think if they swing harder, they can generate more clubhead speed. That may be true, but it also creates additional issues with timing and getting the club square at impact. PGA professionals will agree: What good is extra distance if you can't control it?



June 6, 2014 - 7:26am
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T.J. Auclair
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The GAME GOLF device and sensors can track all your stats throughout a round of golf.

There are some tremendous tools available for those serious about improving their respective golf games. One such gadget is GAME GOLF.

GAME GOLF is a small, light weight device worn on the player's belt with individual sensor tags that attach to the butt end cap of each club. The tags -- when tapped against the device on your belt -- records every shot played during a round of golf using GPS and motion sensing technology. By simply tapping the GAME GOLF sensor tag to the device worn on the waist, the GAME GOLF device automatically records course, location on the hole, club used and club distance. After the round, you simply uploads the data via computer to for post-round analysis, which can also be viewed via a mobile app or web platform.

This week it was announced that the product has been officially approved as "Allowable under The Rules of Golf," which means it can now be used in competition.

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The GAME GOLF web platform and the mobile app recreates your round of golf for the purposes of allowing you to see, share, compete and compare data with a PGA Professional or your group of friends.

"We designed GAME GOLF specifically to allow golfers to capture their round of golf automatically without disrupting the pace of play or interrupting the golfer's focus," said John McGuire, GAME GOLF CEO. "GAME GOLF's unique 'tag-and-go' process becomes part of the golfer's pre-shot routine and is designed to be a performance trigger. The tags were designed under 2 grams of weight, as anything above that effects the performance of the club in a negative way. Following the round, golfers can go to and re-live each shot, view stats and data, and have the ability to share in a fun, socially driven way."

A tool aimed at growing the game of golf, GAME GOLF is for the golfer who wants to improve using technology that will allow them to learn the true distances of each of their clubs and gather stats like fairways hit, greens in regulation, number of putts and more. GAME GOLF is a fun, interactive system that can connect golfers in any geographic locations to compete and share their round.

GAME GOLF is currently available in golf specialty stores, online at and exclusively at Apple retail stores in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland, with plans to continue growth across the globe. Retail Price is $249.

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Phil Mickelson at the FedEx St. Jude Classic
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Phil Mickelson got up and down with his trademark flair at the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Thursday.

Phil was being the Thrill again on Thursday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic – and that meant he executed one of his trademark flop shots. No matter how many times I see him do this, it never ceases to amaze me.

Mickelson hit his tee shot pure on the 198-yard, par-3 fourth hole at TPC Southwind – only to see his ball land hard and bounce way into the thick stuff over the green. That left him with an almost impossible recovery – a downhill lie, 62 feet from the flag with not a lot of green to work with.

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For you and me? Forget it. For Phil? A full wind-up, a mighty swing, an audible swoosh as his club swept through the grass and a gorgeous shot popped almost straight up and finished a few feet from the hole. One putt later, Mickelson walked off with a well-deserved par en route to his opening 3-under 67.