Golf Buzz

October 1, 2015 - 10:25am
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T.J. Auclair
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Ernie Els
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Everyone misses a short putt now and again. But, you don't expect to see a player at the caliber of Ernie Els miss one that's this short.

Nobody's perfect, especially on the golf course.

When it comes to missing short putts, we've all been there.

But this one that Ernie Els -- a four-time major winner -- missed at the Dunhill Links on Thursday is hard to believe considering the caliber of player he is.

Check it out:


Yikes. That didn't even hit the hole.

Watch it again and pay attention to the stab he takes at it with his right wrist. That doesn't exactly look textbook.

At least he didn't do this after missing the shorty (maybe he felt like doing this though):



Mathias Schjoelberg
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This trick shot from Mathias Schjoelberg requires balance as well as hand-eye coordination.
Over the past several months, my colleague T.J. Auclair has brought us several eye-popping trick shots from former Arizona State golfer Matthias Schjoelberg. But T.J.'s been busy lately, so I'm taking it upon myself to share Schjoelberg's latest scintillating shot. 
Schjoelberg, who has embarked on career as a tour player, took to Instagram recently to show us a shot that requires a lot of balance as well as hand-eye coordination. 
Off a mat at a practice facility, I'm presuming in his native Norway, Schjoelberg gently wedges a ball up right in front of him. We've seen LPGA Tour star Brittany Lincicome do something similar by hitting a golf ball so that a piece of candy sitting on top of it pops up and she catches it in her mouth.
It's not snack time for Schjoelberg, though. After he pops his ball up, he steps beneath it – and gingerly catches it on his upper back. Amazing! And then, to top the trick off, he rolls the ball off his back, and whacks it out onto the range. 
I've seen soccer players kick a ball up and nestle it onto their upper backs, but never a golfer. This trick might not be as spectacular as some of the others we've featured, but I think this one is pretty cool. 
Take a look:
September 30, 2015 - 10:27am
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Jason Day
Jason Day stars in a story of his life, entitled "Never Say Die."

One of Jason Day's sponsors -- RBC -- has put together a documentary on his life, and it's well worth the 10 minutes of your time, even if you know much of the back story.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR?: Jason Day before the Tour Championship

And if you don't know how Day overcame adversity to reach the world's No. 1 ranking, you can't help but pull for him after watching this.

Here's the video:




MAKING DAY'S PUTTER: TaylorMade takes you behind the scenes

There are no words, especially if you've had the opportunity to chat with one of the most engaging, friendly and considerate people in the sport.

September 29, 2015 - 10:09am
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Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth puts a special identification mark on his Titleist golf balls, for two reasons.

Here's something I'll bet you didn't know.

Jordan Spieth has a very specific way of marking his golf balls, as you'll see in this awesome video posted on YouTube by Titleist.

AWARD WINNER: Spieth named PGA of America's Player of the Year

It's not only something he can easily spot when identifying the ball on the course, but it helps his mental game as well.




WINNER'S BAG: The equipment Jordan Spieth used to win the Tour Championship

That's a great tip from the PGA of America's Player of the Year: Use everything at your disposal to maintain your focus on every shot. 

September 28, 2015 - 7:19am
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Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth amused himself Sunday by skipping golf balls across a pond.

Because a $10 million payday for winning the 2015 FedExCup title at East Lake Golf Club didn't seem all that challenging, Jordan Spieth used some of his warmup time before Sunday's final round doing a few trick shots for the camera.

WHAT'S IN THE BAG?: Jordan Spieth's winning equipment

Check out this video of him skipping golf balls across a pond:



Spieth may not be able to walk on water, but he can skip golf balls across it.

FEDEXCUP REACTION: PGA Tour players send social messages to Spieth

Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth captured two trophies and capped off a $22 million season, on Sunday, which prompted many of his PGA Tour peers to take to social media to remark on his achievement.
At the mere age of 22, Jordan Spieth has gone where no golfer had gone before. On Sunday, he capped off his season for the record books by winning both the Tour Championship and the $10 million FedExCup bonus while amassing an unprecedented $22 million in earnings – $22,030,456, if you want to get specific.
Even after a relatively short time on the PGA Tour circuit, Spieth is one of the game's most popular players. And needless to say, many of his fellow professional golfers took to social media to react to his accomplishment. Here are some of their responses, from the silly to the sincere: