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Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson blasted a ball out of a "water bunker" and darn near holed the shot.
Bubba Watson is spending this week in Japan, where he's playing in one of the Japan Golf Tour's most prestigious events, the Mitsui Sumitumo VISA Taiheiyo Masters. It almost always draws a handful of prominent international stars, and its past winners include Gay Brewer, Jerry Pate, Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, Greg Norman, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke.
Bubba might or might not add his name to that impressive list of winners, but he did something today that I'll bet none of those superstars has done. He blasted a ball out of a "water bunker," and darn near holed the shot.
In the video Bubba posted to social media late Tuesday night from the Taiheiyo Club, he tosses a ball into a greenside pond filled with water about an inch deep. He then strides in there after it, takes a quick peek at the pin and splashes it out.
The ball flies high, lands softly very near the pin and comes to a stop quickly, eliciting hoots and applause from the gallery. Even more impressive – he doesn't even get wet.
We're not surprised that Bubba is making a splash in Japan this week. We just didn't know it would be literally.
November 10, 2015 - 11:56am
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This persistent fox just can't stop swiping a golfer's headcover.

It's an episode of Dora the Explorer, in real life. Watch as this persistent fox keeps swiping this golfer's headcover:



The best part? When the fox gets his revenge as the poor man slips and falls while being chased.

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: