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July 16, 2016 - 10:56am
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Matt Craig
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Andrew "Beef" Johnston's video on Saturday morning with his five-year-old niece was his cutest and funniest yet.

Whether it's the beard, the nickname, or the infectious smile, Andrew "Beef" Johnston is a fan favorite.

Following him on the golf course is fun, but following him on social media is where the real entertainment comes out. Most of the time, you can find him living up to his name by posting pictures of him just devouring large amounts of beef.


Thank you @kenstewartsrestaurants for the tomahawk last night.

A photo posted by Andrew 'Beef' Johnston (@beefgolf) on


But lately he's been on a real hot streak. He grabbed headlines starting a few weeks ago at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, when he actually teed up a cheeseburger and smashed it with his driver.


So this happened today!

A video posted by Andrew 'Beef' Johnston (@beefgolf) on


Next he revealed to us the story behind his one-of-a-kind nickname. It may not be the epic story we were expecting, but between Johnson's accent and giggling I still got a kick out of hearing it.



But Beef's video from Saturday morning was the best yet. By far.

His five-year-old niece got to do what we've all probably wanted to, and that's play with his beard. She wasn't shy about her criticism however, calling it "hairy" and "lumpy."

How great is this?


This is Wat I did yesterday afternoon. My niece is funny

A video posted by Andrew 'Beef' Johnston (@beefgolf) on


July 16, 2016 - 8:57am
Posted by:
Matt Craig
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Matt Jones has a history of finding himself in interesting situations at major championships, the latest of which forced him to use a miniature putter.

We've already seen this week the perils of your ball finding the bottom of one of the deep bunkers at Royal Troon. But Matt Jones showed us on Saturday that sometimes narrowly missing the bunker can be just as bad or even a worse position.

As his ball came to rest just inches outside of a bunker, Jones had no choice but to stand with both feet in the bunker and the ball near his waist. He kept his wedges in his bag and choked down on his putter, with his hands placed about three quarters of the way down the shaft.

The miniature putter didn't work out well the first time, with the ball traveling only about three feet. However, Jones learned quickly how to weild his new tool and used it again to get the ball near the hole.



And of course it would be Matt Jones, who has a history of finding himself in interesting situations at major championships.

Remember last year's PGA Championship, when Jones hit an approach shot from the carpet of the hospitality tent?




July 16, 2016 - 8:02am
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T.J. Auclair
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Jason Day
It happens to all of us... even the No. 1 player in the world. Check out this shank that Jason Day hit in the third round of the Open Championship.

Need something to make you feel better about your own golf game?

We've got you covered. Check out the world's No. 1-ranked player -- Jason Day -- hitting a shank on the 12th hole at Royal Troon in the third round of the 145th Open Championship on Saturday:

We've all been there. It's not fun to do, or fun to watch.

Day bogeyed the hole to drop back to 2 under for the day and 1 under for the tournament.

People were having fun with Day's shank on Twitter just minutes after it happened:



July 16, 2016 - 4:58am
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T.J. Auclair
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Brandt Snedeker
Attempting to pitch out back into the fairway, Brandt Snedeker's plan at the par-4 ninth on Saturday was derailed when the rough snagged his club and sent the ball directly into a TV tower.

"Don't follow a bad shot with another bad shot. That was always my philosophy."

That was some insight given by five-time Open Champion Tom Watson, who would know, as he offered up some commentary from a TV tower as Brandt Snedeker prepared to hit his second shot on the par-4 ninth at Royal Troon on Saturday.

After a pulled tee shot, Snedeker found himself in some nasty rough. He tried to pitch the ball back into play. A lot of times in golf, what you try to do and what you actually do are quite different.

We're thinking that's what happened to Snedeker. His attempted pitch out when sideways and hit the TV tower just right of where he was playing his shot from:



Snedeker would go on to bogey the hole. 

July 16, 2016 - 4:30am
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T.J. Auclair
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Bubba Watson
Lots of fun stuff can happen in links golf -- like this fortuitous bounce Bubba Watson got after a not-so-great shot off the side of a sprinklerhead.

On the par-5 fourth hole at Royal Troon on Saturday morning in the third round of the Open Championship, Bubba Watson was the beneficiary of one of the all-time great bounces you'll ever see.

None too pleased with his low 6-iron second shot from the middle of the fairway 206 yards out, Watson groaned at the attempted draw that didn't draw... only to watch his ball take this amazing bounce off a sprinklerhead, kick virtually 90 degrees and roll on up to the green within 15 feet of the hole:



Wow. What a break. And what good is a great break if you can't capitalize? Watson did capitalize for a two-putt birdie, one of three birdies on his front nine.

July 15, 2016 - 1:01pm
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Matt Craig
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The eighth hole at Royal Troon, the "postage stamp," always promises plenty of highlights and lowlights.

If I was a spectator at this year's Open Championship at Royal Troon, I would camp out at the eighth hole all day.

The "postage stamp" hole is only 123 yards, so there's always a chance for a hole-in-one lurking. Yet it's tiny 2700 square foot putting surface and five coffin bunkers also cause some incrediblely frustrating situations for the players.

Both of those were on display Friday. In the morning, when winds were calm and the rain was light, the hole was playing as the easiest on the course.

This lead to three really good chances for holes-in one, from Phil Mickelson, Martin Kaymer, and Jim Furyk.

Then as the day went on, the winds began to hit 25mph and stronger, and the hole became a nightmare for players. Jordan Spieth was among a handful of players who found the deep bunkers around the green and had a hard time getting out.
However, Spieth's effort seemed merciful compared to the adventure Shugo Imahira went on at the eighth hole.
Bubba Watson found his way into that same bunker on the right side of the green, but was able to pull off one of the more impressive shots of the entire day.
The postage stamp never disappoints. I can't wait to see what else it has in store for the players going into the weekend.