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July 1, 2016 - 10:17pm
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T.J. Auclair
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In the second round of the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship on Friday, Zac Blair hit what might just be the three shortest consecutive shots you will ever see from a professional.

You ever get one of those fluffy lies in the rough around the green? You know what I'm talking about -- the real delicate kind where you don't want to get too cute but you really have no choice?

Well, that's what happened to PGA Tour player Zac Blair in the second round of the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev., on Friday.

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Playing the 12th hole at Montreux, Blair hit what will undoubtedly be the three shortest consecutive shots you will ever see from a PGA Tour player.

Check it out:

 

What was that? About 5 feet total for three consecutive shots?

Fortunately for Blair, the Barracuda Championship uses a modified Stableford Scoring System meaning he could take no worse than a double bogey, which allowed him to pick the ball up after the third shot.

Either way, yikes.

Despite the double bogey at 12 -- one of two on the day for Blair -- he was tied for 35th after 36 holes and easily made the cut.

July 1, 2016 - 9:56am
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Reddit
Check out this impressive, two-club, solo-act trick shot by a construction worker.

We've seen our share of impressive golf trickshots over the past few years, but this one we stumbled upon on Reddit might be right near the top of the list... if it's real.

The thing that I love most about this trick is it requires two golf clubs and it's a solo act. As you can see, a construction worker -- hardhat and all -- juggles a golf ball with one club, bounces it off a rock and then smokes it with a driver toward the Freedom Tower in the distance:

 

 

July 1, 2016 - 9:36am
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T.J. Auclair
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YouTube
Check out this video of a waterjet cutting through a variety of golf balls like a hot knife cutting through butter.

Have you ever wondered: Can a waterjet cut a golf ball in half?

Neither have I.

But thankfully, for your viewing pleasure and mine, someone else did ponder that, tried it and posted the video to YouTube:

That's one powerful stream of water.  

July 1, 2016 - 9:12am
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Peachtree City Police Department and Peachtree City Fire Rescue Facebook page
It's not everyday that an airplane lands on a golf course. But that's exactly what happened at Planterra Ridge Golf Club, a public course in Peachtree City, Ga., on Wednesday, when a 17-year-old pilot, Sierra, was forced to emergency land her single-engine plane right by Planterra Ridge's 11th tee box.

It's not everyday that an airplane lands on a golf course.

But that's exactly what happened at Planterra Ridge Golf Club, a public course in Peachtree City, Ga., on Wednesday, when a 17-year-old pilot, Sierra, was forced to emergency land her single-engine plane right by Planterra Ridge's 11th tee box.

Miraculously, Sierra walked away unscathed and the plane itself didn't look as if it had much more than some bruising -- and that goes for the golf course too, which is also amazing.

The Peachtree City Police Department and Peachtree City Fire Rescue were so impressed with Sierra's ability to stay calm and land the plane that they praised her via their Facebook page:

 

You can read more about what happened from the 11 Alive news site

Here's one more photo (photo by Ben Plummer):

July 1, 2016 - 8:35am
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Dan Patrick Show
Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Samuel L. Jackson told the story of when he once beat Tiger Woods while playing the Old Course at St. Andrews.

This may be hard to believe, but actor Samuel L. Jackson once beat Tiger Woods in a round at the Home of Golf -- The Old Course at St. Andrews.

Jackson, a certified golf nut who has been rumored to demand time to play golf while filming movies, joined the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday and talked about how it all went down in Scotland years ago.

Jackson explained that he and Woods were playing in the Dunhill Cup and Woods said to him

"I beat him once when I was a 16," Jackson said. "He had to give me all my 16 shots. It was the first time I played St. Andrews. I played with Tiger there when the Dunhill Cup was actually an international competition. The first day I played with him, the second day I played with Daly. The day I played with Tiger he said, 'Follow me.' I was a 16, I shot 78 and he shot even par. I win."

Here's the video:

Isn't that the great thing about golf? The handicap equalizes everything so you can play with and have a competitive match with anyone... even arguably the greatest player to ever play the game.

That said, I think I'm going to go ahead and call "shenanigans" on Jackson's alleged 16 handicap. Come on. A 16 handicap shooting a 78 at St. Andrews while playing with Tiger Woods?

Of course, having seen Pulp Fiction countless times, I would never call Jackson a "sandbagger" to his face. 

gregory bourdy bees
Golf Channel
Gregory Bourdy is swarmed by bees after hitting a shot during round one of the French Open.

As PGA Tour players look to transition to links-style golf in preparation for the Open Championship, a few of the game's best have opted to play in the French Open at Le Golf National, including Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Danny Willet.

Experts always say that links golf brings a whole new set of challenges, but this probably isn't what they had in mind.

During round one, Danny Willett and Gregory Bourdy had to deal with a swarm of bees on the 12th fairway. Captured by Golf Channel.

And by the tone of the announcers, it didn't even seem like an uncommon occurance. In fact, their reaction was, "it could've been worse, at least it wasn't hornets."

 

What? If that's me I'm running like a wild person whether it's bees or hornets.

That was until I saw this other video of what hornets can do. While the bees were a mild inconvenience, the hornets will make you strip down and jump in a lake.

 

How would you react if bees swarmed you while you're playing golf? Or, heaven forbid, hornets?