PGA Champion and Auburn alum Jason Dufner had a special patch added to his golf bag for next week's Open Championship.
New bag patch showed up, just in time for my departure to the UK.. pic.twitter.com/Tp6Ts25Rqa
— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) July 9, 2014
The orange patch with the No. 43 stitched in blue is in remembrance of Philip Lutzenkirchen, who wore No. 43 for Auburn.
Lutzenkirchen, 23, a member of Auburn's 2010 national championship-winning football team, died in a car accident June 29 outside La Grange, Ga.
Lutzenkirchen played tight end at Auburn and was one of the best in the school's history at that position. He holds the school record for most touchdown catches by a tight end with 14, is second in total receptions with 59 and third in receiving yards with 628.
On the day of the tragic accident, Dufner tweeted this picture with Lutzenkirchen:
Links golf is sometimes referred to as a ground game. And, based on the bounces, understandably so. If you really, really crush a drive that finds the fairway, it can be like pounding a drive on a tarmac.
That's precisely what Rory McIlroy did on Thursday at Royal Aberdeen in the first round of the Scottish Open.
On the same hole that Phil Mickelson made that wild birdie from the cart path -- No. 13 -- McIlroy smashed a drive that found its way on to the green on the 436-yard hole.
That's nearly four-and-a-half football fields with one swing!
McIlroy would two-putt for birdie. He finished the round with a course record 7-under 64 to take the early clubhouse lead.
Not a bad start for McIlroy with a coveted major on the docket for next week.
Some might argue that the degree of difficulty of a shot from a cart path isn't all that bad. I'm not one of those people.
Sure, the ball is lying perfectly and all, but if you chunk a shot from a paved cart path there's no give. Instead of creating a divot, you're likely creating two broken wrists and a severely damaged club.
Unless you're someone like Phil Mickelson.
In the first round of the Scottish Open on Thursday, Mickelson's tee shot on the par-4 13th hole at Royal Aberdeen came to rest on a cart path within a few feet of an outhouse.
Mickelson took out a wedge and proceeded to do what you'd expect him too -- hit a beautiful shot into the green with a ton of spin to within a few feet of the hole to set up a ho-hum birdie.
Was it as impressive as the backwards flop shot he hit in a practice round the other day? Probably not. But it was still pretty cool.
Mickelson, defending champion of the Scottish Open, finished with a 3-under 68.
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