There's a video making the rounds on social media this morning of Phil Mickelson playing a flop shot backwards that's pretty amazing.
A flop shot backwards? Yes. The pin is behind Mickelson and -- aiming away from the hole -- he takes a mighty swing, the ball sails over his head (backwards) and settles within a few feet of the cup.
The video is said to have been shot on Monday at Royal Aberdeen where Mickelson was taking in a practice round before defending his title in this week's Scottish Open.
Here it is:
We've seen Mickelson hit this shot many times before. Very cool, but not as cool as this one from his instructional video:
Come on, Phil. Seriously?
When I first stumbled upon this story, I thought for a minute that it had to be a leaked script for a new sports-inspired Disney movie.
Turns out the story of John Singleton is, indeed, real life.
And it's awesome.
Singleton is a 30-year-old factory worker -- resin plant mixer -- at Advanced Electrical Varnishes in Birkenhead, England.
Borrowing two wedges from a friend, Singleton earned a spot in next week's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool via a qualifier at Hillside Golf Club in Southport last Tuesday.
Singleton shot rounds of 72-66 in the 36-hole qualifier before advancing in a playoff.
The only question left was whether or not Singleton would be able to get the time off of work to play in the Open.
His boss came up aces.
Singleton was granted two weeks off -- this week so he can practice and next week so he can compete. On top of that, his boss wanted to be fair to the other workers.
"Because we cut John some slack we thought we ought to cut everybody else some," Richard Tweddle said. "We gave them a day's holiday and said if they want to take it on Thursday and go to the Open we would buy them tickets."
How cool is that?
Head golf professionals wear many hats. Among their duties? Organize tournaments, give lessons, mentor assistant professionals, run a pro shop -- the list goes on.
One duty you wouldn't expect to find on that list is "life saver." However, you can now add that to Josh Gardner's resume.
Gardner, the head golf professional at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, quickly sprung into action when he saw something you don't see everyday on the golf course this past Saturday.
As he was giving a lesson, Gardner noticed a minivan coming down a hill behind him. Moments later, it went airborne and plunged into the middle of a pond on the course.
Gardner immediately directed one of his assistants to call 911. Gardner called out to the driver several times, but when he didn't get a response, he made the decision to jump into the water.
"He wasn't responding so I just made the choice to go into the water," he said.
"(The minivan) started to go down, I could see the water level rising in it."
Gardner said he swam out about 20 metres to the van, which was sinking in water he estimates was about 12 metres deep.
"I swam in through the driver's side window and got his seatbelt off," he said.
"The water was coming in strong, it was up to his chest."
Gardner safely got the driver -- a man in his 40s, who emergency crews believe experienced a medical situation before the crash -- back to dry land.
With a belief that there may be another person in the minivan, Gardner jumped right back into the water to inspect. It turns out the driver was the only occupant.
"It's a great feeling (to have helped save him), but I just did what anybody would do," Gardner told the Calgary Sun. "It was an emotional day, but it was a best case scenario for that situation."
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