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February 21, 2015 - 4:56pm
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Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore pulls out his driver at the drivable 10th hole -- and nearly aces it.

The 10th hole at Riviera Country Club is billed as a drivable par-4. And on Saturday in the third round of the Northern Trust Open, Ryan Moore proved that with an amazing tee shot.

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Watch how close this comes to being a hole in one. And then how far it rolls after nicking the flagstick:

 

 

Angel Cabrera, in the group already on the green, just shakes his head at where Moore's ball winds up.

Moore putted the ball onto the green from there, but then missed the six-footer for his birdie, settling instead for a par.

Golf is truly an unfair game at times.

 

Hideki Matsuyama has wowed us several times from the fairway already this season with hole outs for eagle. On Friday in the second round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, he almost pulled off another amazing shot.

This time, Matsuyama's tee shot on the 10th hole wound up behind a row of trees, leaving him no direct line at the flag. No problem -- as you can see here:

 

 

Earlier this month, Matsuyama holed out from a sand-filled divot at TPC Scottsdale, so he's no stranger to making the most out of a bad situation.

 

February 20, 2015 - 4:56pm
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Boise State
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Boise State's women's golf team scores the winning points, this time with a trick shot.

Not to be outdone by the recent trick shot video produced by the San Diego State women's golf team, the Boise State women have come up with a unique golf video of their own.

This one, however, has an interesting twist. It uses golf clubs and a golf ball to recreate one of the greatest moments in school history -- the two-point, trick play conversion in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl that gave the Broncos a 43-42 victory over Oklahoma.

You have to watch this to appreciate it:

 

 

The blue field. The football jerseys over the golf skirts. The coach with the headset. The instant replays in slow motion. The over-the-air broadcast of the actual play. It's all perfect.

Who's next?

 

Bryan Brothers at driving range
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The Bryan Brothers utilized a range picker for a two-player trick shot in their latest video.
Earlier this week, the Lady Aztecs of San Diego State played their way into the pantheon of great trick-shot videos with an excellent example of teamwork. And now, the reigning kings of the trick-shot universe have responded.
 
Yes, the Bryan Brothers are back with yet another two-minute collection of eye-popping stunts. This time, however, they've taken their cameras and their amazing hand-eye coordination to a driving range, where they make use of a bunker, chipping targets and even the range picker.
 
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No need for me to spend any more time describing it – just sit back, relax and enjoy:
 
 
Michelle Wie
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Michelle Wie shared this photo from the set of "Hawaii Five-0." She said the entire experience was impressive.
 
Let's see … TV coverage of the second round of the Northern Trust Open ends at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, and coverage of the third round of the Women's Australian Open doesn't start until 11:00. 
 
So what should any good golf fan watch in between? How about a little "Hawaii Five-0?" The CBS crime drama set in Honolulu airs at 9:00 p.m. ET, and this week's episode features a guest star with whom we're all pretty familiar – Hawaii's own Michelle Wie.
 
Yes, the Big Wiesy now can add "actor" to her resume, as she has a cameo role. Unfortunately, she's not playing some criminal genius wreaking havoc across the balmy islands. 
 
Instead, she's appearing as herself. In the episode, "Five-0" boss Steve McGarrett (played by Alex O'Loughlin) approaches her for some tips on how to beat fellow cop Lou Grove (Chi McBride) in a charity tournament.
 
 
Her appearance came about after she met another "Hawaii Five-0" actor, Daniel Dae Kim, at the U.S. Women's Open last summer. Wie, we remember, earned her first major title that week at Pinehurst, and she filmed her part in mid-December while on vacation back home.
 
"The entire shoot was impressive – the actors, the crew, just everything. The actors were so polished and smooth in their delivery," she told USA Today. "I had more dialogue than I had anticipated, which made me a little nervous. Overall, it was just a cool experience and it's always cool to do things that benefit Hawaii."
 
I'm sure Wie does a good job, but I have to say I'm disappointed that the episode doesn't also feature former LPGA Tour player Grace Park giving lessons to "Five-0" officer Kono Kalakaua, who is, of course, played by actress Grace Park.
 
Think of the fun the scriptwriters could have had with that! Oh well, maybe next year. Meanwhile, "Book 'em, Wiesy."
 
February 19, 2015 - 12:17pm
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Scott Piercy
Scott Piercy wound up having four consecutive bunker shots on his first hole Thursday at the Northern Trust Open.

PGA Tour pros make bunker shots look so easy, most of the time. They'll even say they'll aim for the sand, just because it's an easier up-and-down than from deep rough.

For the rest of us, getting stuck in the sand is no day at the beach. And perhaps we can add Scott Piercy to that list.

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Piercy started play at the Northern Trust Open on the tricky par-4 10th hole at Riviera Country Club. It's one of the top "risk-reward" shots on the circuit -- reach the green with your driver and you're looking at possible eagle. But the green is surrounded by deep bunkers which will inevitably catch any wayward tee shots.

And that's apparently what happened to Piercy. According to the PGA Tour's shot tracker, his 307-yard drive found the left rear greenside bunker, about 34 feet from the hole.

Then things went from bad to worse -- and worse -- and worse.

Piercy's second shot skipped over the green some 70 feet and landed the bunker on the opposite side of the green, 56 feet away. His third shot traveled 79 feet back into the original bunker, now 25 feet from the hole. And shot No. 4? You guessed it -- right greenside bunker, 27 from the hole.

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Piercy finally got himself on the putting surface with his fourth bunker shot of the hole and made the seven-foot putt for a double-bogey 6.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video will leave you speechless:

 

 

Obviously, that bad hole carried over for Piercy, as he bogeyed the next two holes and wound up going out in 43. He righted the ship somewhat by birdieing No. 1, but a double at No. 8 followed by a bogey on the last left him with a completely forgettable 9-over 80.

That's definitely not the way you want to start your day. But nearly every weekend hacker can commiserate, especially when his buddy offers him a towel and suntan lotion.