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October 19, 2015 - 9:04am
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T.J. Auclair
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Emiliano Grillo, Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy -- in the lime green shirt -- reacts after nearly getting plunked by a Emiliano Grillo tee shot during the third round of the Open on Saturday.

In case you missed it over the weekend, Open winner Emiliano Grillo nearly smoked Rory McIlroy with a tee shot on the 296-yard, par-4 17th hole Saturday.

Not realizing the green hadn't yet cleared on the short par 4, Grillo ripped a tee shot just left of the green that came within inches of hitting McIlroy. You can see the video here (go to the 23-second mark):

McIlroy, who was having a difficult week with the putter, later joked that had the shot hit him, it would have "put me out of my misery."

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Fortunately for Grillo, he overcame what could have been a bad situation to claim his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday in a playoff over Kevin Na.

"I didn't want to be the guy who almost hit Rory McIlroy this week," Grillo told the media after his win. "Kind of wanted to have this trophy and everybody know me because I have the trophy, and not because I almost hit him."

October 18, 2015 - 1:56pm
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Amy Yang
Amy Yang almost can't believe it after finishing with nine consecutive birdies in Sunday's final round.

Golf is filled with rare feats: aces, albatrosses and 59s. But Amy Yang's final round Sunday at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship might have been rarer still.

No one on the LPGA Tour had ever birdied every hole on the back nine in one round -- until Yang did it at Sky 72's Ocean course. Here's the approach and putt she had to sink to achieve that rare feat:



Yang's 27 tied the lowest nine-hole total in LPGA history. Her nine consecutive birdies matched the record set by Beth Daniel in 1999, and her 62 tied the course record set by Sung Hyun Park on Thursday.

Despite her outstanding, record-setting round, Yang still finished in a tie for fourth, two shots behind winner Lexi Thompson. 

Even Yang was stunned and surprised by her hot finish, according to the quote she gave the Associated Press afterward.

"I don't know what just happened. Just can't believe. Shots were great. Early in the week I was shaky, but I don't know, this back nine was crazy good."

October 16, 2015 - 9:02am
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T.J. Auclair
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bunker shot
You know, just because you don't have to be creative enough to execute a pot-bunker shot the conventional way.

As if a shot out of a pot bunker wasn't difficult enough, how about executing a gorgeous shot... from between your legs?

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That's what Jonathan Day of Essex was able to pull off in this Instagram video:


Trick shot Wednesday #trickshot #golftrickshot

A video posted by Jonathan Day (@jonathan_day1610) on



h/t Geoff Shackelford

Jarrod Lyle
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Jarrod Lyle canned a 64-year-wedge shot for eagle immediately after John Huh had dropped in an eagle of his own from 122 yards on Thursday.
This being the first week of the new PGA Tour season, you might think the players would be a little rusty – especially those who didn't make it all the way through the FedExCup playoffs. Judging by the scores we saw on Thursday, that's not the case.
Two in particular who were flashing some serious mid-season form were John Huh and Jarrod Lyle, who combined for what will surely go down as one of the 2015-16 PGA Tour season's best highlights. 
Playing in the same group, the two hit their second shots up toward the green on the par-5 16th hole. Huh was off in the right rough, 122 yards out, when he pulled out a wedge and took a full swing. The ball landed on the front of the putting surface, hopped a couple times and rolled right into the hole for an eagle.
Next up was Lyle, in the left side of the fairway about 64 yards out. He took his cut, and the ball also landed on the front part of the putting surface. And then, just for drama's sake, it hopped slightly past the hole, then backed right in.
Two shots, two eagles. Done, and done.
I'm not sure which one I'd call the shot of the day. Huh's eagle was from twice as far, but the odds of Lyle canning his shot immediately on top of Huh's seem astronomical. Maybe we need to go to a sudden-death wedge-off!
Here are their shots. Watch them for yourself, and you make the call:
Nick Watney
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Nick Watney's approach shot from 263 yards out on Thursday peeked into the cup but didn't quite fall.
John Huh and Jarrod Lyle hit the two best shots of the day on Thursday at the Open, when – playing in the same group and hitting their shots one after the other – they both eagled the par-5 16th hole at Silverado from long distance.
The clear runner-up, however, belongs to Nick Watney, who had an eagle of his own – because he missed a rare double eagle by a hair. 
Watney's tee shot on the par-5 18th hole found the fairway and left him 263 yards from the flag. He pulled out a fairway metal, and gave it a rip. His ball sailed straight, and landed on the front part of the putting surface, but a long way from the back pin position.
The ball tracked right at the flag like it had radar, though, and hit the front left part of the cup. Had it been rolling a teeny bit slower, it would have fallen right in for a double eagle. 
It peeked down into the hole, but its momentum carried out the back side and it stopped about a foot away. He tapped in for an eagle and finished his day with a 4-under 68 that wasn't bad but was almost a whole lot better.
Check it out:
Callaway Golf/San Diego Padres
Petco Park in San Diego will be transformed from a baseball field into a unique golf course for one weekend in November.
Major League Baseball season is over – it is for my teams, anyway – but Callaway and the San Diego Padres have come up with a fantastic reason to visit Petco Park next month. They're building an actual nine-hole golf course inside the park, and it'll be open to the public on Nov. 5-8.
Each hole will play in a different part of the park, from the dugout to the upper deck, and will feature a unique theme along with a chance to win prizes from snacks to a new Callaway Great Big Bertha Driver. Players will finish their round in The Loft presented by Budweiser, which will be transformed into a Callaway clubhouse and will give golfers the chance to relax, have some snacks, watch other golfers and even shop for souvenirs.
The course begins on a putting green in the Padres' dugout. From there, golfers will move to the upper deck, where they'll hit shots down onto the field from various locations for holes 2 through 5. 
No. 6 will tee off on the field level, while No. 7 will move to the Batter's Eye out in centerfield. No. 8 will feature some putting in the bullpen, and the final hole will be on the rooftop of the Western Metal Supply Co. building.
Green fees start at $100 for twosomes ($50 per player) and $200 for foursomes. The cost includes a nine-hole round for each golfer, as well as parking, snacks and beverages along the course, and a limited edition "The Links at Petco Park" hat.
Platinum twosomes and foursomes are also available for $400 and $800, respectively. In addition to the standard package, upgrades will include a limited edition Padres-branded Callaway club for each golfer and tickets to a 2016 Padres game.
The course will be reserved for media and corporate use on Nov. 5, and will be open to the public Nov. 6-8. Callaway will provide clubs and balls for players to use, and tee times can be reserved at:
"Playing a nine-hole course at a venue like Petco Park with Callaway golf clubs and balls will be a once-in-a-lifetime round, and we are excited to be a part of it," said Callaway Senior Vice President of Marketing Harry Arnett.