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August 2, 2015 - 2:23pm
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods pulled off an amazing shot Sunday from this seemingly impossible lie.

It turns out Tiger Woods may still have a little bit of magic left in the golf bag.

NEARLY HOLED: Tiger Woods comes inches away from a hole-in-one

Words can't describe what Tiger did from this seemingly impossible lie Sunday at the Quicken Loans National, so just watch the video for yourself:



Unfortunately, Woods still wound up making bogey on the hole.

Tiger started out the final round with five birdies in his first 10 holes, but then began giving strokes back -- including the 12th.


August 1, 2015 - 5:09pm
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods watches his tee shot at No. 16 land inches from the hole.

After shooting a 66 Friday at the Robert Trent Jones course, Tiger Woods expected more of the same on Saturday.

That wasn't to be the case, unfortunately, as Woods played "Army golf" -- left, right, left, right -- for much of the front nine, scrambling to make seven consecutive pars before settling for a 1-over 37.

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It didn't get much better on the back, as Woods continued to struggle with his woods off the tee. However, his iron play was solid -- and Tiger finally recorded his first birdie of the day at No. 15.

Then he stepped to the tee at the par-3 16th and proceeded to hit this gem:



Woods came within seven inches of recording his first competitive hole-in-one since 1998 and finally added a decent highlight to an otherwise dreadful day. Tiger wound up with a 3-over 74 Saturday, taking himself out of contention.

August 1, 2015 - 3:49pm
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Rickie Fowler
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Rickie Fowler prepares to putt from 70 feet on the fourth hole Saturday.

From 70 feet away on a monster green, most of us are thinking, "Just get the ball close enough to the hole to avoid a three-putt."

Rickie Fowler obviously doesn't think that at all. Watch this birdie attempt from 70 feet on the par-3 fourth Saturday during the third round of the Quicken Loans National:



Fowler started walking well before the ball reached the hole. Perhaps he was just planning on marking it once it stopped. But there's also the possibility he knew it was on line the entire way.

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In either case, just a "routine" birdie for Rickie. And a nice comeback from a bogey on the previous hole.

Chauncey Billups
Chauncey Billups began playing golf because he was looking for an activity where he could spend quality time with friends but still be home with his family in the evenings.
As part of his transition out of professional basketball, Chauncey Billups began playing golf about five years ago. Now that he's retired as a player and working as an analyst for ESPN, he's enjoying the game on a more regular basis.
He recently played a round with Vic Lombardi, the sports director at Denver's CBS affiliate, as part of Lombardi's "19th Hole" program, and shared some thoughts on the game as he and Lombardi made their way around Cherry Hills Country Club.
Billups – a Denver native who made five NBA All-Star teams during a 17-year career that included winning the 2004 NBA Championship with the Detroit Pistons – says he began playing golf because he was looking for an activity where he could spend quality time with friends but still be home with his family in the evenings. 
"It's fantastic for camaraderie. That's one of the main reasons why I started," he explained. "When basketball was over, I could still get out there with the fellas, hang out, compete and just have a good time."
talks One obstacle Billups has had to overcome, he explains, is that "every single thing I was taught (in basketball) is counterproductive in this sport. Strength, speed, overpowering your opponent." 
Even so, he's steadily worked his scores down into bogey-golf range. His best score so far, he says, is an 85, but confidently says he'll beat that this summer.
Billups showed up for his round with golf balls emblazed with "Mr. Big Shot" – the nickname he earned during the Piston's championship season. So what's the best "big shot" he's ever had on the golf course?
"I chipped one in from 70 yards. I felt like it was a hole-in-one," he says. "I went crazy, man!"
"The 19th Hole" airs on KCNC-TV after the station's coverage of the Quicken Loans National on Saturday. You can also watch anytime on the station's website.  
July 31, 2015 - 3:10pm
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Billy Hurley III
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Willard Hurley Jr., father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III and missing for 12 days, was found safe and sound in Texas, "fine physically and is simply traveling."

Willard Hurley Jr., father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III, has been located and is safe.

It was a sigh of relief for the family and anyone else who say the younger Hurley's emotionally-charged press conference on Tuesday before the start of the Quicken Loans National in Gainesville, Va., not far his hometown of Leesburg.

Hurley pleaded for the help of the media and the public in locating his father, who had been missing from the family home for nine days.

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A report by USA Today's "For the Win" blog, says Leesburg, Va., police have located the elder Hurley in Texas:

"Willard (Bill) Hurley was located safe and sound this afternoon in Texas after a citizen recognized him from earlier media releases. The citizen contacted the local police department who responded to confirm his identity," Leesburg (Va.) police spokesman Jeff Dube wrote in a statement.

Dube said on Friday that Willard Hurley told a detective he is "fine physically and is simply traveling."

"Mr. Hurley did not wish to reveal the reasons behind his departure," Dube added.

In his tearful plea just a few days ago, Billy Hurley III said: "I'm coming to you guys for help. Last Sunday, nine days ago, he took some clothes, took some cash, and no ones heard from him since … No one know why he left, he’s been married to my mom for 30 years and now he’s gone. I just want to let him know that: Dad, we love you and we want you to come home. We have no idea where he is … I just found out so hopefully he checks for my score or my tee time and realizes it’s time to come home."

Thankfully, Hurley Jr. was found safe and sound, but still with a lot of unanswered questions.

July 31, 2015 - 11:52am
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Nick Watney
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Nick Watney made a par on Friday that was equal parts unusual and remarkable -- he got up and down from behind a cluster of port-o-potties.

On the third hole at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on Friday in the second round of the Quicken Loans National, Nick Watney found himself in an undesirable position -- directly behind a cluster of port-o-potties.

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Check out this shot that Watney flushed from the toilets:


How about that?

Watney would make the putt for par.