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November 10, 2015 - 11:08am
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Yao Ming
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Chinese golfer Haotong Li barely comes up to Yao Ming's shoulders.

At 7-foot-6, ex-NBA star Yao Ming pretty much towers over anyone he meets. And that includes Chinese golfer Haotong Li.

Li, who considers himself to be fairly tall, had the opportunity to play a round of golf with Ming during Tuesday's pro-am tournament before this week's BMW Masters. And Li was compelled to tweet a few photos of their size difference:



With size 18 feet, you have to wonder where Ming buys golf shoes. And can you imagine the extra-extra-extra large size of that golf glove? Do they really make golf shafts that long?

Even though we've featured Ming before, it's always amazing to see the comparison between a normal-sized human being and a giant.

November 10, 2015 - 10:38am
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November 8, 2015 - 2:23pm
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K.T. Kim
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South Korea's K.T. Kim takes aim on the 17th hole during Sunday's HSBC Champions.

K.T. Kim had one of those stretches of holes in Sunday's final round of the HSBC Champions most golfers can only dream about.

After bogeying the par-4 15th, the South Korean went birdie-ace-birdie-par-eagle over his next five holes.

Want to see the hole-in-one? Here it is:



It's like the ball tracks right at the hole the entire way, as if there's a homing beacon. Forget distance or feel. The next big evolution in golf ball manufacturing should be GPS.

November 8, 2015 - 2:08pm
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Dustin Johnson
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Dustin Johnson can only watch as his shot directly at the pin on the eighth hole caroms into a water hazard.

There's an old adage in golf that the breaks eventually even out. But it's hard to imagine what Dustin Johnson did to deserve this.

In Sunday's final round of the HSBC Champions, Johnson hit this approach shot to the green perfectly, and got perhaps the most unlucky result of the year.

It caroms off the flagstick and rolls directly into a water hazard.



Johnson was in contention for the victory at the time, and wound up with a double-bogey 7. Despite shooting 71, he wound up four shots behind eventual winner Russell Knox. And had this to say post-round:



Roberto Castro
Roberto Castro had the happy task of lifting his ball out of the hole after knocking it in from 122 yards away.
For the second day in a row, Roberto Castro is your leader at the PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship. He owes part of his advantage to a fantastic eagle he rang up in today's second round.
Castro reached the par-4 eighth hole at Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi with a one-shot lead. A nice tee shot left him 122 yards away from the flagstick, which was tucked into the front-left portion of the green.
Castro took a full swing with a wedge, and threw the ball 15 feet or so beyond the flag. The ball hit hard, then backed directly down the hill and into the cup. That's exactly how you do it.
You can see his shot a the 22-second mark of this highlight video. Watch and learn:
Tom Brady
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When talking about long passing versus short passing this week, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady used a golf analogy.
With "DeflateGate" firmly pushed into the background, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are putting together another excellent season in the National Football League. The Pats are 7-0 heading into this Sunday's game with the Washington Redskins.
If there's a shortcoming in Brady's repertoire, most observers agree, it's that he's a little weak throwing long balls. Brady, a master of the short passing game, acknowledged that fact earlier this week, according to a story on WBZ-TV in Boston, and then compared throwing passes to hitting golf balls.
"Like hitting a wedge or a driver – it's the same swing," said Brady, an avid golfer in his spare time. "One is just there's a little nuance to it that's maybe a little different. I haven't hit the driver as well as I've probably hit the wedges, but if I can hit the driver a little better, it'll make things easier on our team."
That makes perfect sense. And it's worth noting that, according to the story, Brady has improved his success on passes from 21-30 yards significantly this season over last year. But now that he's comparing golf and football, what I really want to see is him showing off his swing on the football field like New York Giants punter Brad Wing did last week.
And if you want to take a look at  Brady's golf swing, here it is, complete with a breakdown from PGA instructor Scott Schroeder: