You've heard golf announcers talk about "using the backstop" of the green's slope to help a wedge or chip shot roll back closer to the pin?
Well, here's a perfect example of it from Jim Furyk on Saturday during third-round action at the Northern Trust Open. Furyk is 41 feet away on the par-3 sixth hole at Riviera when he chips his ball well over the flagstick. But watch what happens after it lands!
Just a routine birdie, right?
Country music star Jake Owen loves golf. And golf apparently loves Jake Owen.
At the recent Waste Management Phoenix Open, Owen - with the help of a record-setting crowd (and more specifically, the likes of David Feherty, Gary McCord, Rickie Fowler, Ryan Moore, NBA legend Julius ("Dr. J") Erving and a host of others) took part in one of the great sing-a-longs in golf history. No other music video can touch this for showing the fun and passion that golf can bring - with the help of a guitar and a catchy tune. Great work by our friends at @golfmix.
Owen, at one time harbored ambitions on becoming a professional tour player. An injury forced him to music - and well, that has worked out pretty well for him. Still, according the GHIN, he sports a low single-digit handicap index out of the Golf Club of Tennessee. Though I doubt he'll make as big a mark on the course as he does on stage, he's doing a pretty good job of integrating these two avocations.
In addition to his presence at the WMPO, he is scheduled to perform at TPC Sawgrass during The Players Championship week in May.
You can read more about Jake Owen and his golf life here (h/t Back 9 Network)
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