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August 7, 2015 - 2:08pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Mike Clayton
It's not so much the missed putt that's embarrassing in this video. Everyone misses a short one now and again. Instead, it's the aftermath of the short miss.

Fridays just seem to drag on in the summer months, don't they?

Specifically if you're stuck at your desk, counting down the seconds until your weekend begins and you're able to go enjoy that glorious sunshine.

Well, to help you pass the time, I've got a gem of a video clip for you.

The itself isn't anything new. It's been on YouTube for years, but has resurfaced on Twitter a lot lately.

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So, here it is. Check out what happens when Aussie golfer Mike Clayton missed a short putt:

What's the ruling on that? For the answer, we turn to this excerpt from the book "999 Questions on the Rules of Golf" by Barry Rhodes (according to his website,, in March 2008, Rhodes "became the first person to achieve a 100% correct mark on the public Advanced Rules of Golf Course examination, run by the UK Professional Golfers Association (PGA)."):

Q.537: After missing a short putt Mark throws his club in the air in frustration. Unfortunately, he doesn’t catch it cleanly on the way down and it falls onto his ball, moving it away from the hole. What is the ruling?

Answer: Mark is penalised one stroke for moving his ball in play and must replace his ball. Rule 18-2a.

Note: If equipment of the player or his partner causes the ball to move the player incurs a penalty of one stroke and the ball must be replaced.

Rhodes further explains that Clayton did not incur further penalty when the ball his his arm.

"Decision 1-4/12 confirms that when a single act results in one Rule being breached more than once the player only incurs a single penalty," he wrote.

The entire explanation by Rhodes is an interesting read that you should check out here.

We hope this never happens to you! 

August 7, 2015 - 9:38am
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Michelle Wie
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Bored while sidelined with a hip injury that forced her withdrawal from the Ricoh Women's British Open recently, Michelle Wie decided to go for a new look.

Do blondes have more fun? Michelle Wie is going to find out.

Wie, the 2014 U.S. Women's Open champ, has been suffering through hip injuries all year. Because of the injury, she was forced to withdraw from the Ricoh Women's British Open two weeks ago.

So what do you do when you're bored and unable to work on your craft?

For Wie, the answer is this...

So what do you think?

Bored while sidelined with a hip injury that forced her withdrawal from the Ricoh Women's British Open recently, Michelle Wie decided to go for a new look.

August 7, 2015 - 8:54am
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Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy Instagram
Friday morning on Instagram, Rory McIlroy posted a photo of the inside of a jet with emojis suggesting his final destination is the U.S. -- perhaps Whistling Straits?

For the third consecutive day, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy has dropped another big hint that he's going to give it a go next week in the 97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Two days after posting a video to Instagram of his workout and one day after posting a photo and a video to Instagram of his healing ankle and swing with a driver, respectively, McIlroy posted this on Friday morning:

It's not just a great-looking private jet. It's also a message with emojis left for us to decipher.

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We're not rocket scientists in these parts, but upon examination it sure looks like McIlroy is telling us he has boarded a flight in Portugal headed to the U.S., he's happy about it (the thumbs up), we can't make out the next two emojis, but that last one of a golf flag has us pretty excited.

As I wrote in this space yesterday -- I can't wait until Rory is back on the course, but I just hope he isn't coming back too soon. For golfers of his caliber, missing a major championship must be like a child having to miss Christmas morning.

If there are any more hints forthcoming, we'll keep you posted.  

Jordan Spieth logo
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This Jordan Spieth could soon be seen on a wide variety of Under Armour golf apparel and accessories.
Will Jordan Spieth become the next Tiger Woods? In at least one way, he will.
For years, Woods has sported Nike gear with his own TW logo. And now, Under Armour has applied for trademarks of a logo for Spieth, the company's star client.
In a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Under Armour submitted the design you can see above – it is essentially a pair of "J"s that together make an "S." 
The company plans to use the logo on a wide variety of apparel and accessories, it said in the filing, which was first reported by Darren Rovell at 
Spieth signed with Under Armour in 2013, and recently signed a new agreement that keeps him with the up-and-coming sports apparel company through 2025. Spokesmen for Spieth and Under Armour didn't comment on the fiiling, but apparel and accessories featuring the new Spieth logo are expected to hit the market next year.
With the official unveiling of his new logo, Spieth will join the roster of Under Armour athletes with their own line of personalized products that also includes Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
August 6, 2015 - 8:59am
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T.J. Auclair
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy -- sidelined since early June after suffering a "total rupture of an ankle ligament" -- is using Instagram to show us all he might be back sooner than we think.

Rory McIlroy is either going to Whistling Straits to defend his PGA Championship title next week, or he's a master at teasing the world of golf.

Just yesterday, McIlroy posted a video to Instagram of a workout while putting all of his weight on his injured left ankle -- an injury he suffered while playing soccer in early July that resulted in a total rupture of a ligament in his ankle.

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And today?

Not long after posting a photo of the progress his ankle has made from 4 1/2 weeks and 3 1/2 weeks (as you'll see below, 4 1/2 weeks looks like someone stuffed a small cantaloupe in his ankle), McIlroy also posted a video of himself ripping a driver.


4 and a half and 3 and a half weeks ago respectively... I've come a long way since.

A photo posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on


Feels good to hit the driver again!

A video posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on


So what are we to make of all this? Why would McIlroy be posting it if he's not playing next week?

I, for one, am delighted to see his recovery appears to be going incredibly well. That said, I sure hope he's not rushing himself back from injury. Hopefully he's learned from Tiger Woods that, ultimately, that can only make things worse.

If you're reading this, Rory, we can't wait for you to get back on the course, but please only come back when you're 100 percent! 

August 6, 2015 - 8:14am
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U.S. Kids Golf
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We all love a good flop shot. Check out this one where a 7-year-old girl flops it right over the head of a brave woman standing just a few feet in front of her.

Is there a cooler shot in the game of golf than a perfectly executed flop shot?

Didn't think so. While Phil Mickelson has proven himself a master of the flop over the years, he's certainly not the only player in the world who can pull it off.

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To prove that, we turn to this video posted to Facebook by U.S. Kids Golf:


Her name is Vinny, she's 7 years old...and she hits flop shots like this. #USKidsGolf

Posted by U.S. Kids Golf on Wednesday, August 5, 2015


That was a little girl named Vinny, just 7 years old, flopping it over the head of a woman standing just a few feet in front of her. And kudos to the woman (her mom, perhaps?) for standing still even when Vinny received last-second instructions to, "think about fnishing high, Vinny."

Well done.