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July 1, 2016 - 9:12am
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T.J. Auclair
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Peachtree City Police Department and Peachtree City Fire Rescue Facebook page
It's not everyday that an airplane lands on a golf course. But that's exactly what happened at Planterra Ridge Golf Club, a public course in Peachtree City, Ga., on Wednesday, when a 17-year-old pilot, Sierra, was forced to emergency land her single-engine plane right by Planterra Ridge's 11th tee box.

It's not everyday that an airplane lands on a golf course.

But that's exactly what happened at Planterra Ridge Golf Club, a public course in Peachtree City, Ga., on Wednesday, when a 17-year-old pilot, Sierra, was forced to emergency land her single-engine plane right by Planterra Ridge's 11th tee box.

Miraculously, Sierra walked away unscathed and the plane itself didn't look as if it had much more than some bruising -- and that goes for the golf course too, which is also amazing.

The Peachtree City Police Department and Peachtree City Fire Rescue were so impressed with Sierra's ability to stay calm and land the plane that they praised her via their Facebook page:

 

You can read more about what happened from the 11 Alive news site

Here's one more photo (photo by Ben Plummer):

July 1, 2016 - 8:35am
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T.J. Auclair
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Dan Patrick Show
Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Samuel L. Jackson told the story of when he once beat Tiger Woods while playing the Old Course at St. Andrews.

This may be hard to believe, but actor Samuel L. Jackson once beat Tiger Woods in a round at the Home of Golf -- The Old Course at St. Andrews.

Jackson, a certified golf nut who has been rumored to demand time to play golf while filming movies, joined the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday and talked about how it all went down in Scotland years ago.

Jackson explained that he and Woods were playing in the Dunhill Cup and Woods said to him

"I beat him once when I was a 16," Jackson said. "He had to give me all my 16 shots. It was the first time I played St. Andrews. I played with Tiger there when the Dunhill Cup was actually an international competition. The first day I played with him, the second day I played with Daly. The day I played with Tiger he said, 'Follow me.' I was a 16, I shot 78 and he shot even par. I win."

Here's the video:

Isn't that the great thing about golf? The handicap equalizes everything so you can play with and have a competitive match with anyone... even arguably the greatest player to ever play the game.

That said, I think I'm going to go ahead and call "shenanigans" on Jackson's alleged 16 handicap. Come on. A 16 handicap shooting a 78 at St. Andrews while playing with Tiger Woods?

Of course, having seen Pulp Fiction countless times, I would never call Jackson a "sandbagger" to his face. 

June 30, 2016 - 4:59pm
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Matt Craig
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Golf Channel
Gregory Bourdy is swarmed by bees after hitting a shot during round one of the French Open.

As PGA Tour players look to transition to links-style golf in preparation for the Open Championship, a few of the game's best have opted to play in the French Open at Le Golf National, including Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Danny Willet.

Experts always say that links golf brings a whole new set of challenges, but this probably isn't what they had in mind.

During round one, Danny Willett and Gregory Bourdy had to deal with a swarm of bees on the 12th fairway. Captured by Golf Channel.

And by the tone of the announcers, it didn't even seem like an uncommon occurance. In fact, their reaction was, "it could've been worse, at least it wasn't hornets."

 

What? If that's me I'm running like a wild person whether it's bees or hornets.

That was until I saw this other video of what hornets can do. While the bees were a mild inconvenience, the hornets will make you strip down and jump in a lake.

 

How would you react if bees swarmed you while you're playing golf? Or, heaven forbid, hornets?

 

June 29, 2016 - 4:09pm
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Matt Craig
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Of course J.R. Smith has a pretty golf swing.

Every so often we are reminded how truly talented professional athletes are.

Especially those from the NFL and NBA.

This applies to the golf course, where a lot of players like to spend their off-seasons. NBA star Steph Curry is a scratch golfer, as is Philadelphia quarterback Sam Bradford. Andre Iguodala, Curry's teammate on Golden State, claims to have dropped his handicap 20 strokes in the last few years despite only playing in the summers.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith is no exception. Here he is showing off some serious clubhead speed - with Dustin Johnson's driver - on the range at Firestone Country Club, site of this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. 

 

 

 

And yes, he had a shirt on.

 

June 29, 2016 - 1:49pm
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Matt Craig
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Samuel L. Jackson is both an avid golfer and fan of the game.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson is a huge sports fan, and can have an intelligent conversation about anything from Lebron James' legacy to badminton in Vietnam.

In a recent interview with The Undefeated, he talked about both of those things, but chose golf without hesitation when asked what sport he plays now.

And his reasoning makes perfect sense:

Golf’s the perfect game ... Golf’s the one game where you’re absolutely responsible for everything that happens. The ball’s sitting there, you have a club in your hand, you have to move that ball a specific distance and a specific direction. If you do it great, you get all the credit. If you do it bad, you get all the credit. Nobody’s playing defense — none of that. It’s just you and the ball.

That was the case during a 2010 pro-am in Ireland. Nice escape, Samuel:

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Billy Hurley III's neighbors welcomed him home after his first PGA Tour victory by decorating his house.

Billy Hurley III's victory at Congressional Country Club on Sunday was one of the best stories in golf this year.

The 34-year-old Naval Academy graduate won his first PGA Tour event at the Quicken Loans National, a tournament located near Washington D.C. and rooted deeply in honoring military personnel.

The victory also came 10 months after the death of his father.

"It's been a hard year," Hurley said. "It's been a really hard year, so it's nice to have something go well."

In addition to the sentimental value, the win earns Hurley $1,242,000, a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour and berths into the Open Championship, the PGA Championship, and next year's Masters.

To celebrate the victory, Hurley's neighbors welcomed him home by decorating his house with balloons and congratulatory signs.

 

 

Hurley also shared a screenshot of his phone, showing off 233 text messages. It's certainly a day he'll never forget.