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April 20, 2015 - 8:33am
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S.Y. Kim
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Sei Young Kim chipped in on the final hole of regulation to force a playoff in the Lotte Championship, then sank a long-iron shot from more than 150 yards out for the victory.

As far as last-minute dramatics are concerned, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything in golf more special than what S.Y. Kim did Sunday on the LPGA in the Lotte Championship in Oahu on Saturday.

Playing the 18th hole in regulation, Kim needed a par to force a playoff with Inbee Park.

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After hitting her tee shot in the water, it wasn't looking good for Kim... and that's when the fireworks started.

From just off the green, Kim managed to chip in for an incredible par to earn her spot in the playoff. That was sensational, but the grand finale was still to come.

On the first hole of the playoff with Park -- playing the same hole -- Kim found the fairway with her tee shot, barely clearing the water.

Then, from 154 yards out with an 8-iron in her hands, Kim couldn't have dreamed up a a better ending -- she holed the shot for eagle and a walk-off win.

Here's video of the chip-in, followed by the tournament-ending eagle:


April 19, 2015 - 10:18am
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Brendon Todd almost can't believe his final chip of the day found the bottom of the cup.

Talk about finishing a great round in style.

Brendon Todd was already well on his way to shooting the best round of the day Saturday in the third round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town when his ball landed just shy of the green at No. 18. Nearly everyone in the crowd -- and television commentators alike -- thought just getting the ball close to the hole for a nice up-and-down would suffice.

Q&A: Brendon Todd

But Todd obviously had other ideas. Watch:



There's something magical about the 18th at Harbour Town. It's the same hole where Matt Kuchar holed out from the bunker on the final hole to win the tournament last year.

April 18, 2015 - 12:15pm
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Stephen Curry and Ahmad Rashad
Stephen Curry chats about his dream golf foursome with NBA TV's Ahmad Rashad.

NBA MVP candidate Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors sat down recently with NBA TV's Ahmad Rashad to discuss, among other things, his golf game.

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During a segment on NBA TV's One-On-One with MVP candidates, Curry -- who doesn't get to play much during the basketball season -- admitted he's a scratch golfer when he plays frequently. And when asked to choose his "dream foursome," here were Curry's three picks:

  • Tiger Woods
  • President Barack Obama
  • Michael Jordan

"I've been on the same course with MJ," Curry said during the interview. "But never actually played with him. Those other two guys, they obviously could probably tell some great stories about their journeys.

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"I probably wouldn't be able to focus on my game with all the storytelling going on in that group."

Rashad -- who worked at the Golf Channel and Back 9 Network -- was suitably impressed with Curry's choices.

"That may be the best group I've ever heard," Rashad said.

Watch the entire interview here, beginning at the 27-second mark.

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Tom Watson stood on the 18th tee Friday knowing he needed a birdie to make the cut - so he did.
Tom Watson added to his exceedingly lengthy list of accomplishments on the PGA Tour Friday, making the cut at the RBC Heritage at the age of 65 years, 7 months and 13 days. 
Even cooler, in my book, is the fact that Watson stood on the 18th tee at Harbour Town knowing that he needed a birdie on the final hole to make the cut – and he did it by hitting the green on the daunting last hole and draining the clutch 4-foot birdie putt. That gave him a 1-under 70 to go with his opening 72, and he made the cut on the number.
"First of all, I hit the best drive I've hit all week," he said afterward. "Put it just short of the water, and then I had 156 yards to the hole, and I hit a solid 8-iron that did exactly what I wanted it to do. … Didn't hit the greatest putt but the ball went in the hole, and made 3 to make the cut."
Watson calls himself an "old guy," but mostly he continues to be an amazing guy. He also made two PGA Tour cuts last year, tying for 35th at the Greenbrier Classic and tying for 51st at the Open Championship. He opened with a 71 last week at the Masters, but followed it up with an 81.
Watson won the RBC Heritage twice, in 1979 and 1982, and has finished in the top 10 there seven times. This is his 25th start at Harbour Town, a course he likes because of the challenge it offers.
"I love the narrowness of it," he said. "And from the standpoint of left to right, you really have to be accurate with your iron play. And when they get really firm, it's really a great test of golf." 
If you're wondering if Watson is the oldest player to make a PGA Tour cut, the answer is not quite – or, maybe we should say, not yet. He's still chasing Sam Snead, who made his last cut at 67 years, 2 months and 21 days.