Golf Buzz

June 6, 2016 - 10:49am
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia climbed a tree to play a shot during the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

After seeing that amazing recovery shot by Dustin Johnson on the 10th hole at Muirfield Village in the Memorial over the weekend, it got us thinking about other spectacular recovery shots in recent years.

Here are nine of our favorites:

The "chip" from Tiger Woods in the 2005 Masters. Given the circumstances, this is arguably the greatest shot in the game's history. As Woods was staring at what would have been an amazing par, he instead went ahead and made the most unlikely of birdies on the par-3 16th hole at Augusta National on his way to winning the Masters.


Miguel Angel Jimenez on the Road Hole. One of the most daunting holes in all of golf -- the 17th at St. Andrews, the Road Hole -- has had an endless list of victims through the years.

RELATED: Best recovery shots from the 2015 PGA Championship

In the 2010 Open Championship, Jimenez found himself over the green in three shots and up against the wall along the road. No problem:


Bill Haas from the water in the 2011 Tour Championship. Remember this? There was only $10 million hanging in the balance -- the bonus given to the winner of the PGA Tour FedExCup playoffs.

Haas calmly entered the water to the left side of the 17th green at East Lake Golf Club and delivered this remarkable shot to set up a short par. He would go on to defeat Hunter Mahan to win the tournament and the $10 million bonus:



Victor Dubuisson makes two incredible par saves from the desert at the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. This little-known Frenchman -- who would go on to be a force for Europe in that year's Ryder Cup -- channeled his inner Seve Ballesteros in the Match Play Championship to pull off two of the most impressive up and downs you'll ever see.


Vijay Singh on the 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the 2001 Players Championship. Check out how creative Singh got with his putter for this spectacular hole-out from just off the green:


Phil Mickelson on No. 18 in the 2008 Colonial. OK. It's said that trees are 90 percent air, but you're just not supposed to be able to do what Mickelson did here on his way to winning the tournament -- on the final hole no less:


Phil Mickelson from a cart path at Doral in 2013. When it comes to Lefty, we always expect the unexpected. But, to nail this up-and-down from a cart path for birdie was something special... even for him:


Rory McIlroy goes lefty at the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf. After getting a little unlucky with his tee shot, McIlroy had to play his second shot on the par-5 17th at Port Royal left handed so not to stand in the water. He had a remarkable recovery on his way to a par:


Sergio Garcia from a tree at Bay Hill. If there's anything you should have learned in this piece, it's that players loathe having to give away shots. There's arguably no shot that highlights that thinking more so than this one from Sergio Garcia -- in a tree -- during the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational, going one-handed and backwards:



June 6, 2016 - 8:12am
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
Dustin Johnson
PGA TOUR Facebook
Dustin Johnson probably made out a lot better on this recovery shot than he ever could have imagined.

Along with the talent that comes with being a PGA Tour player, you also have to have a high degree of creativity. You need to be able to "see" shots that others can't even fathom.

And, if we're being 100 percent honest, it also takes a good bit of luck.

That brings us to what Dustin Johnson did on the 10th hole Sunday during the final round of the Memorial Tournament.

After his tee shot sailed left into some bushes, Johnson's only option -- without taking a penalty stroke -- was to try and poke the ball out of the bushes back into play.

So, that's what he did... And this is what happened:


How about that? Sometimes the cart path can be your friend.

After taking free relief from the path, Johnson hit his approach to 12 feet and two-putted for bogey.

Johnson finished the Memorial alone in third, one-shot out of a playoff. 

June 1, 2016 - 8:14am
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
jack nicklaus
PGA of America archive
On June 1, 2016, Jack Nicklaus celebrates 50 years of PGA Membership.

Today, June, 1, 2016, is a special day in the history of Jack Nicklaus, as it marks his 50th anniversary as a PGA of America member.

“For a half century, Jack Nicklaus has been one of golf's great ambassadors -- both on and off the golf course," said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. "From his 18 major championships, to his community involvement and charitable efforts, the Golden Bear has touched millions of lives around the globe. His direct impact on our Association, its members and our Championships, has been profound. On behalf of our 28,000 PGA Professionals, I want to congratulate Jack on 50 years of PGA Membership.”

Nicklaus himself credits much of his success to the late Jack Grout, known as the Golden Bear's "first, and only, teacher."

"Fifty years and I am as proud as ever to be among the men and women who provide the foundation for the game of golf and shape its future," said Nicklaus. "My lifelong golf instructor, Jack Grout, was perhaps to me the best example of what a PGA Professional represents. He was a friend first and a mentor second in a game that is built upon creating and fostering relationships. He fueled the fire in me to be the best that I could be, on and off the golf course. Outside of my parents, I can't think of someone who helped impact my young life more than Jack Grout.

"PGA Professionals like Jack, and so many others before and after him, help sustain the game by teaching golf's core principles -- lessons that range from the fundamentals of the swing to the fundamentals of character," Nicklaus added. "Throughout generations, countless exceptional individuals have worn the PGA of America badge. It’s my honor to be considered among them. I’m thankful for everything the PGA has done for me, but more important, all they have done for the game of golf, and I wish them many years of continued success."