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Emiliano Grillo
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Emiliano Grillo and Jordan Spieth share an interesting connection to a handful of other young players.
After he won the Open in a playoff Sunday night, Emiliano Grillo naturally received a number of congratulatory messages on social media. But one stood out – it was from Jordan Spieth.
How, you wonder, are Spieth – the current world No. 2 and a two-time major winner in 2015 – and  Grillo – a Tour graduate from Argentina – connected? The answer lies in their age. Both are members of the exclusive PGA Tour club known as the "Class of 2011."
That's High School Class of 2011, which is already looking like it will go down in golf history as one of the greatest producers of golf talent ever. The half-dozen or so members of this group are all friends and have kept tabs on each other as they've rocketed their way up the ranks.
Grillo's victory earned him this shoutout from Spieth:
Thomas – who fell one shot short of the playoff between Grillo and Na – also chimed in, but was not quite as effusive:
Thomas, it must be noted, did congratulate Grillo in person afterward. Apparenlty, the two celebrated by trying to put each other in a headlock.
And, just to make you feel totally inadequate about your own golf game, here's a quick rundown of the accomplishments to date of the Class of 2011:
Spieth (7/27/1993): World No. 2, reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion, member of 2014 Ryder Cup team, won a record $22 million in total prize money after capturing the FedExCup crown last month.
Grillo (9/14/1992): World No. 36, won the 2015 Tour Championship a couple weeks ago before winning the Open on Sunday in his debut as a full-fledged PGA Tour member, giving him victories in each of his last two starts. He also lost a playoff at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open, where he got into the field on a sponsor's exemption.
Daniel Berger (4/7/1993): World No. 42, was named the 2014-15 PGA Tour rookie of the year after winning more than $3 million and finishing 11th in the final FedExCup points. Played at Florida State for a couple of years, then spent a year on the Tour before making the PGA Tour. He finished second at the BMW Championship, and lost a playoff at the Honda Classic in 2015.
Justin Thomas (4/29/1993): World No. 62, earned more than $2.2 million last season and finished 32nd in the final FedExCup points. He tied for fifth at the John Deere Classic and tied for fourth at the Quicken Loans National in back-to-back starts last summer. Played his college golf at Alabama, then played one year on the Tour before making the PGA Tour. 
Patrick Rodgers (6/30/1992): World No. 106, played at Stanford, and was a 2011 Walker Cup teammate of Spieth's and a 2013 Walker Cup teammate of Thomas'. Won the 2015 Colombia Championship on the Tour, and tied for second at the Wells Fargo Championship. 
Ollie Schniederjans (6/15/1993): Was ranked as the world's top amateur for 41 straight weeks at Georgia Tech, where he was a three-time All-American and a two-time ACC Player of the Year. He turned professional after the British Open last summer, where he tied for 12th.
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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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:
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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: