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Pothole golf
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In the city of San Luis Potosi, cyclists have created their own golf game utilizing the many potholes in the streets.
When I was a kid, my grade-school friends and I often would play golf around our neighborhood. We'd each get one club – 5-iron was always my go-to stick – and whack tennis balls or wiffle balls or occasionally even real golf balls toward holes we'd set up in neighbors' flowerbeds or storm drains or vacant lots or wherever. Some of the holes were quick and easy, others stretched many hundreds of yards and required dozens of shots.
It was a lot of fun, and it was a great way for us to ease ourselves into real golf without having to actually get on a real golf course.
Down in Mexico, a group of bicyclists have created something similar. In the city of San Luis Potosi, the streets are so filled with potholes that cycling on them is much more of a challenge than a pleasure. So the cyclists came up with a game – they play their own form of mini-golf using the potholes as golf holes.
They began playing a few years ago, in part to highlight the shoddy condition of the streets. Over time, their casual contest got more serious – well, a little more serious – and it has evolved into an annual event called the Urban Golf Tournament. We kids played down virtually empty small-town streets; these guys play on busy city streets with traffic serving as their biggest hazard. 
In the video from Golf Digest posted below, you can see some of the action. The happy result of the tournament is that the city has begun repairing some of the streets, and the concept has spread to other cities – yet another example of how people are using golf to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
October 30, 2015 - 8:08am
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T.J. Auclair
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Ernie Els
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Ernie Els has been having a difficult time with putts from short length this month... like tap-in length. It happened again on Friday at the CIMB Classic.

Oh no. Not again. Check out this missed putt by Ernie Els from the second round of the CIMB Classic on Friday:



Unfortunately for the Big Easy, that's not even the most maddening short-putt miss this month.

Don't believe me?


Els still managed to shoot a 69 on Friday and is tied for 52nd. 

Scott Piercy
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The sight of his long birdie putt disappearing into the cup prompted a fist pump from Scott Piercy on Friday at the CIMB Classic.
On Thursday, we saw Scott Brown make an awesome hole-in-one – for which he won a brand-new car – on the par-3 15th hole at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Malaysia. And just a little bit ago, Scott Piercy drained an impressive birdie putt on the same hole.
Brown made his ace with the pin on the far right side of the wide, shallow green on the 199-yard hole. Piercy – the first-round leader – hit his tee shot today to almost exactly the same place – but the flag was way over on the left side.
No worries, though. Piercy played it perfectly and his 55-foot putt was a no-doubter as it curled right to left and into the cup. That birdie was his fourth in his first six holes of the day – he started on the back nine – and he is in a tussle for the top spot with Brendan Steele and Justin Thomas as the second round plays on.
Here's his putt. And if you missed it, I've put Brown's hole-in-one right below it:
Scott Brown
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Scott Brown's hole-in-one earned him handshakes and high fives from the caddies and other players in his group on Thursday.
Well, I just finished writing about all the fantastic eagle putts we've seen on the par-5 fifth hole at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Malaysia tonight when Scott Brown put them all in the shade.
The fifth-year PGA Tour player made a hole-in-one on the 199-yard, par-3 15th hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, and he made it with authority. His tee shot streaks directly at the pin, lands with a thump on the front part of the green, bounces a couple of times and bangs hard off the flagstick before it drops right in.
Brown was putting together a good-but-not great round, but the ace really made his day. It capped off a 4-under 68 that put him tied for 14th as the first round wound down.
The ace is the third of Brown's PGA Tour career, but his second in the span of two months. That one came in August at the Wyndham Championship, where Brown just happened to be playing with none other than Tiger Woods, who gave him a hearty high-five for his effort. This one came with something a little better: a brand-new BMW i8 electric sports car. You can see it below the video.
Here's Brown's shot of the day. Check it out:
Adam Scott
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Adam Scott had plenty to smile about after he curled in a 45-foot eagle putt on Thursday at the CIMB Classic.
The PGA Tour is playing overnight tonight (our time, anyway) in Malaysia, in the sixth edition of the CIMB Classic. The 78-man field includes players from both the PGA Tour and the Asian Tour jousting for a $7 million purse.
Scoring on the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club layout, on which the event is being played, is pretty low as I write this, a little after the midway point of the first round. But one thing is standing out: the players are eating up the par-5 fifth hole.
It measures 518 yards, according to the PGA Tour website, but plenty of the players are hitting it in two, and there have been numerous eagle opportunities – and several of them are cashing in.
The common denominator on many of the successful eagle putts is that they're coming from the left side of the green over to the pin midway back on the right. As you can see in the videos below, Adam Scott, Daniel Summerhays, Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley all have drained eagle putts from between 40 and 70 feet from the same general direction.
The best of the bunch, in my view, is Scott's. At 45 feet, it's one of the shortest of this impressive group, but Scott had to negotiate a significant left to right break along a ridge that bisects the green. Scott rolls it confidently, and it dives right into the heart of the cup – I'd wager it's the best putt he's made since his recent switch away from his beloved broomstick putter.
Here they are:
Jordan Spieth
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A team of 25 artists put together this awesome likeness of Jordan Spieth over a span of two days in downtown Dallas.
What Jordan Spieth did on the golf course this year is downright amazing. What might be even more amazing is the huge mosaic of Spieth swinging a golf club that AT&T has created in his hometown of Dallas.
The designers created an incredible likeness of the sport's new superstar out of 24,152 golf balls – all on tees and all festooned with an AT&T logo. The video below shows how they put it together, and it is mesmerizing.
A team of 25 workers began assembling the mural on Sunday in the Main Street Gardens in downtown Dallas, and finished it on Monday, according to The Dallas Morning News. AT&T is planning to disassemble it tonight, the newspaper said, adding that it also could be featured in an advertising campaign, the newspaper said.
AT&T revealed the mural on social media by saying that Spieth's season was a work of art. You can't argue with that – or with the fact that is is an amazing way to honor their new ambassador.