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August 3, 2015 - 10:26am
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Rory McIlroy
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Back in June at PGA Championship Media Day, Rory McIlroy teamed up with the Bryan Bros. for a trick-shot video at Whistling Straits.

Our favorite trick-shot duo -- the Bryan Bros. -- had a very special guest for their latest video... world No. 1, Rory McIlroy.

The Bryan Bros. and McIlroy joined forces at Whistling Straits in mid-June during Media Day for the 2015 PGA Championship, which tees off next week (before McIlroy's injury, of course).

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While there weren't any "new" tricks in this video, which doubles up as an ad for McIlroy's sponsor, Bose, it was still pretty neat to see McIlroy partake.

See it for yourself here: 

 

August 2, 2015 - 2:34pm
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Zach Johnson
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Zach Johnson shows off a very unusual way to use the Claret Jug.

Open Championship winners find unusual ways to use the Claret Jug, the winning trophy. Most of the time, it's a pretty handy beverage container.

But Zach Johnson is from Iowa, where the "tall corn grows." So after winning this year's Open Championship and earning possession of the Claret Jug, here's how he decided to use it:

 

 

A corn holder? That's got to be a first. What would Old Tom Morris think of that?

August 2, 2015 - 1:23pm
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods pulled off an amazing shot Sunday from this seemingly impossible lie.

It turns out Tiger Woods may still have a little bit of magic left in the golf bag.

NEARLY HOLED: Tiger Woods comes inches away from a hole-in-one

Words can't describe what Tiger did from this seemingly impossible lie Sunday at the Quicken Loans National, so just watch the video for yourself:

 

 

Unfortunately, Woods still wound up making bogey on the hole.

Tiger started out the final round with five birdies in his first 10 holes, but then began giving strokes back -- including the 12th.

 

August 1, 2015 - 4:09pm
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods watches his tee shot at No. 16 land inches from the hole.

After shooting a 66 Friday at the Robert Trent Jones course, Tiger Woods expected more of the same on Saturday.

That wasn't to be the case, unfortunately, as Woods played "Army golf" -- left, right, left, right -- for much of the front nine, scrambling to make seven consecutive pars before settling for a 1-over 37.

LOST SEASON: Tiger Woods running out of chances to redeem 2015

It didn't get much better on the back, as Woods continued to struggle with his woods off the tee. However, his iron play was solid -- and Tiger finally recorded his first birdie of the day at No. 15.

Then he stepped to the tee at the par-3 16th and proceeded to hit this gem:

 

 

Woods came within seven inches of recording his first competitive hole-in-one since 1998 and finally added a decent highlight to an otherwise dreadful day. Tiger wound up with a 3-over 74 Saturday, taking himself out of contention.

August 1, 2015 - 2:49pm
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Rickie Fowler
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Rickie Fowler prepares to putt from 70 feet on the fourth hole Saturday.

From 70 feet away on a monster green, most of us are thinking, "Just get the ball close enough to the hole to avoid a three-putt."

Rickie Fowler obviously doesn't think that at all. Watch this birdie attempt from 70 feet on the par-3 fourth Saturday during the third round of the Quicken Loans National:

 

 

Fowler started walking well before the ball reached the hole. Perhaps he was just planning on marking it once it stopped. But there's also the possibility he knew it was on line the entire way.

CHUG-A-LUG: Rickie buys the beer after his hole-in-one

In either case, just a "routine" birdie for Rickie. And a nice comeback from a bogey on the previous hole.

Chauncey Billups
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Chauncey Billups began playing golf because he was looking for an activity where he could spend quality time with friends but still be home with his family in the evenings.
 
As part of his transition out of professional basketball, Chauncey Billups began playing golf about five years ago. Now that he's retired as a player and working as an analyst for ESPN, he's enjoying the game on a more regular basis.
 
He recently played a round with Vic Lombardi, the sports director at Denver's CBS affiliate, as part of Lombardi's "19th Hole" program, and shared some thoughts on the game as he and Lombardi made their way around Cherry Hills Country Club.
 
Billups – a Denver native who made five NBA All-Star teams during a 17-year career that included winning the 2004 NBA Championship with the Detroit Pistons – says he began playing golf because he was looking for an activity where he could spend quality time with friends but still be home with his family in the evenings. 
 
"It's fantastic for camaraderie. That's one of the main reasons why I started," he explained. "When basketball was over, I could still get out there with the fellas, hang out, compete and just have a good time."
 
 
talks One obstacle Billups has had to overcome, he explains, is that "every single thing I was taught (in basketball) is counterproductive in this sport. Strength, speed, overpowering your opponent." 
 
Even so, he's steadily worked his scores down into bogey-golf range. His best score so far, he says, is an 85, but confidently says he'll beat that this summer.
 
Billups showed up for his round with golf balls emblazed with "Mr. Big Shot" – the nickname he earned during the Piston's championship season. So what's the best "big shot" he's ever had on the golf course?
 
"I chipped one in from 70 yards. I felt like it was a hole-in-one," he says. "I went crazy, man!"
 
"The 19th Hole" airs on KCNC-TV after the station's coverage of the Quicken Loans National on Saturday. You can also watch anytime on the station's website.