Every shot counts. And, during the course of a tournament, one of those shots likely stands out above the rest.
James Nicholas can attest to that.
Nicholas won the New York State High School Championship by a single shot on Monday.
The victory for the Scarsdale High senior may not have been were it not for an incredible shot Nicholas pulled out of the bag in the tournament's opening round.
Playing the 17th hole at Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course on Sunday, Nicholas found himself in the pond to the left of the green.
According to GolfDigest.com, he proceeded to remove his shoes and enter the pond to play the shot even though half of the ball was submerged. What happened next was a near miracle:
— lohudgolf (@LoHudGolf) June 2, 2015
How about that? Unfortunately, Nicholas didn't convert the putt, but he most likely saved himself a stroke by playing from the water instead of going to the drop zone 125 yards back.
It reminded me of this shot that Bill Haas hit on the 17th hole of the 2011 Tour Championship in a playoff against Hunter Mahan on his way to winning the tournament and the FedExCup:
According to lohud.com, Nicholas will play football and golf at Yale.
Over the last couple of years on the PGA Tour, Keegan Bradley has been making a fashion statement with his custom Air Jordan golf shoes.
Bradley is a regular golf buddy of NBA legend Michael Jordan when the two are home in South Florida.
If you were jealous of Bradley's on-course Air Jordan shoes, well you don't have to be anymore.
Nike announced on Monday that, "as a celebration of Michael Jordan's well-known passion for golf," Jordan Brand would be releasing the Jordan Flight Runner Golf shoe.
Since retiring from basketball, Jordan has fueled his competitive drive on the golf course, inspiring Jordan Brand designers to create this new performance silhouette. The limited-edition offering combines one of Jordan Brand's premium training styles, the Jordan Flight Runner 2, with Nike Golf's innovative Nike Free-inspired tooling.
"The Jordan Flight Runner Golf is the perfect combination of Jordan and Nike innovation coupled with Michael’s love for the game of golf," said Larry Miller, President, Jordan Brand. "This is the same formula that helped us create some of the most iconic shoes over the past thirty years and we are excited to bring Jordan Brand energy to the golf course."
The Jordan Flight Runner Golf will be available this month in a black and grey colorway, exclusively on Jordan.com.
Chad Coleman is the Social Media Manager for Callaway Golf (a fantastic follow on Twitter too, @HashtagChad). In his role, Coleman is often tasked with coming up with ideas for incredibly cool things.
From the vantage point of what you, the reader, are about to see, this has to be one of the coolest.
For Coleman, you would think it was more petrifying than anything else.
In the video below -- a Callaway ad shoot in Columbus, Ohio, site of this week's Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour -- recent Colonial winner Chris Kirk hits a backwards flop-shot.
What separates this particular video from others, however, is the fact that Coleman is just a few feet in front of Kirk, kneeling down with a camera above his head to capture the shot.
So was Coleman shaking in his sneakers? I mean what if Kirk thinned it? From that close, Coleman would likely be suffering serious consequences.
"To be perfectly honest, I wasn't really nervous at all," he told me. "This guy is so good that the chances of him hitting it thin are slim to none. I was more thinking about what an awesome photo I was going to get from it!"
And an awesome photo it was, as you can see at the top of this page.
Here's the video of the remarkable shot:
Here's a video of me filming Chris Kirk hitting a backwards shot today at our ad shoot in Columbus. HOW?!?!
Posted by Chad Coleman on Monday, June 1, 2015
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