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July 5, 2015 - 2:52pm
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St. Andrews
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A bird's eye view of St. Andrews, courtesy of the Open Championship and a remote-controlled drone.

Here's something to whet your appetite for the next major championship on the schedule.

The Open Championship posted this video on its Twitter feed Sunday of the Old Course at St. Andrews -- from a drone's perspective:



Included in the video are some awesome panoramic views of the Home of Golf: the famous Road Hole, the historic home of the Royal and Ancient and the 18th fairway and green, with the shops and buildings located right across the street.

And something that doesn't show up well on television coverage -- it's amazing how close the sea is to the Old Course. 

St. Andrews ought to be on every golfer's bucket list.


July 4, 2015 - 8:51am
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Michelle Wie was just one of the many golfers to wish America a happy 239th birthday.

Golfers from all around the world took to Twitter and Instagram on Saturday to wish America a happy 239th birthday.

With the third round of the Greenbrier Classic being held on Saturday (leaderboard), some golfers had to trade barbeques for golf clubs (which is still a pretty good trade). But that didn't stop them from showing off their patriotic side.  





A toast to America. #4thOfJuly

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Happy 239th birthday America!! Hope everyone has a fun and safe day celebrating! #ProudtobeanAmerican #MERICA

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July 3, 2015 - 2:04pm
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July 3, 2015 - 12:01pm
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Paul McGinley
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Nine months after leading Europe to victory in the 2014 Ryder Cup, Paul McGinley has begun tweeting.

Paul McGinley, the man who led Team Europe to a 16.5-11.5 victory at the 2014 Ryder Cup, has officially joined Twitter. 

Using the handle @mcginleygolf, McGinley sent out his first tweet on Friday morning. 

Maybe most impressively, McGinley's account was verified by noon on Friday and he already had more than 2,000 followers. 

The question lingers about how McGinley will use his new outlet. It would be great to see him follow in some other golfer's footsteps and have some fun on social media. 

Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson plans to swap the Stars and Bars for the Stars and Stripes on the roof of the General Lee.
As we've seen in recent days, the controversy over the flying of the Confederate flag has touched many aspects of society, including sports. And as someone who works in the golf business, I must admit I had wondered whether Bubba Watson would do anything about the Confederate flag that adorns the roof of the General Lee.
On Thursday, we found out. Watson – who's playing in the Greenbrier Classic this week – took to social media to announce that he's planning to repaint the roof of his "Dukes of Hazzard" car, covering the Confederate flag with an American flag.
Here's his tweet:
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Shaquille O'Neal was able to make a 'free throw' with a golf ball.

By now, we've all seen Shaq struggle to hit a golf ball at the Pro-Am portion of the Greenbrier Classic. On Thursday, videos surfaced that helped redeem him. 

The first shows Shaq celebrating after demonstrating what it looks like when a very, very large man makes contact with a golf ball. Naturally, that celebration pays homage to one of the best in the history of golf, Chi Chi Rodriguez's sword dance. 




Never again will you have to wonder what Shaq's golf swing looks like.

A video posted by PGA TOUR (@pgatour) on



If Shaq is taking requests for his next celebratory dance, I would like to submit Miguel Angel Jimenez's post-ace moonwalk

Things got even better for The Diesel when the PGA Tour posted a video of him making a 'free throw.'



Shaq's free throw percentage is improving.

A video posted by PGA TOUR (@pgatour) on


A notoriously bad free-throw shooter -- he retired with a 52.7 career shooting percent from the charity stripe -- Shaq was often intentionally fouled by opposing teams instead of giving him easy baskets. He also lampooned his struggles in the film 'Scary Movie 4.'

Maybe if he had practiced with a golf ball, he could have been an even better basketball player. Now there's a scary thought.