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Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed threw one in the cup at the fifth after hitting his tee shot in the rough.

Patrick Reed went from the rough to the cup - the bottom of the cup - on hole No. 5 during final round play of the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.

Reed drove the ball into the rough off the tee and was left with 168 yards to the pin.

He was in the plush stuff, too.

A swing, solid contact, and that signature sound of ball meeting flagstick.

Here's how it happened:



The eagle followed a birdie and put Reed at 9-under for the tournament and 2-under on the day.


September 7, 2015 - 1:34pm
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Dizzy Golf Challenge
There's a new game that's fun for everyone not partaking -- the Dizzy Golf Challenge. Check out this guy who drives a golf ball into his own face.

Anything that involves getting dizzy before swinging a stationary object, usually isn't a great idea -- OK, maybe with the exception of a piñata. At least if one of those things gets busted open there's candy everywhere.

In the video you're about to see, the only thing that gets busted for this dizzy golfer is... his own face.

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This video, entitled, "The Dizzy Golf Challenge" has taken the internet by storm over the last several days.

According to the description on the video, here's how the challenge works: "The challenge is simple. Spin around your driver five or six times and try whacking the golf ball. The end results in good times."

And here's the accompanying video, providing an ideal example of why you probably want no part of this challenge:



Unfortunate and painful outcome. 

Chris Kirk eagles No. 17 at TPC Boston.
Chris Kirk served up an eagle from the fairway during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Sunday afternoon, Chris Kirk's ball was positioned nicely in the fairway of No. 17 at TPC Boston.

Anywhere close to the hole would have been nice.

Instead, with 137 yards left, he launched this highlight-reel shot:





Now that's how you use backspin.

We're giving bonus points for the casual club-toss-to-caddy move, too.

Kirk won last year's Deutsche Bank Championship.

The eagle helped him to a 4-under 67 on the round. He is 3-under for the tournament.

Full leaderboard action can be found here.


September 5, 2015 - 3:58pm
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Bill Haas
Bill Haas stands over this 68-footer for eagle Saturday at the 18th hole.

Bill Haas had two goals this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship -- advance to the next round of the FedExCup playoffs and put himself in position to earn a spot on the Presidents Cup team.

A putt like this during Saturday's second round will certainly move him closer to both:



Haas' eagle putt, a 68-footer, was dead in the heart of the cup. And after shooting a 2-over 73 on Friday, it allowed him to move inside the cut line at that moment. Haas is currently 11th in the Presidents Cup standings, and would love a chance to play for his father Jay, this year's U.S. captain.

MIT driverless golf cart
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In a recent test, MIT's autonomous golf carts were outfitted with computers, off-the-shelf laser rangefinders mounted at different heights and a camera.
From the sounds of things, companies like Google are making steady progress in developing cars that can get around just fine without drivers. For us golfers, though, the real quest is for self-driving golf carts, and there's good news on that front as well.
The smart kids at SMART – the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology – recently completed an experiment in which they outfitted golf carts with self-driving technology and tested them out in a large public garden in Singapore. According to the MIT News Office, the six-day test saw the autonomous vehicles ferry 500 tourists "around winding paths trafficked by pedestrians, bicyclists and," it noted, "the occasional monitor lizard."
The researchers also tested out an online booking system that allowed the tourists to schedule pickups and dropoffs at 10 different stations scattered around the garden, with the carts constantly rerouted to handle all the requests.
"We would like to use robot cars to make transportation available to everyone," said Daniela Rus, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. "The idea is, if you need a ride, you make a booking, maybe using your smartphone or maybe on the Internet, and the car just comes."
We have to note that this experiment didn't include any golf-related action, but it's not much of a stretch to envision the day when carts could pick golfers up at the clubhouse, roll right up to the first tee, and then move around the course with the players doing nothing more than telling the cart when and where to stop. With the right kind of sensors, the carts might even be able to help find wayward golf balls.
The autonomous golf carts were outfitted with computers, off-the-shelf laser rangefinders mounted at different heights and a camera and, the researchers said, they had to jockey for position on the garden's paths along with everyone else. The obstacle-collision system encountered only one difficulty – when a large, slow-moving monitor lizard crossed the path of one of the golf carts.
"It was this stop-and-go game over who's going to do what," said Rus.
"The cart was a joy to ride in," said Matt Mason, a professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, who served as a passenger during the trial. "It drove all over the place. It avoided all the obstacles we put in its path.  And it did it without a lot of intrusive machinery."
The SMART researchers will formally present a paper on their experiment this month at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. SMART is a collaboration between MIT and the National Research Foundation of Singapore, and includes lead researchers from both MIT and several Singaporean universities, chiefly the National University of Singapore and the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Here's a brief video on the project:
September 3, 2015 - 2:42pm
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy -- back to No. 1 in the world -- makes his first start this week since a 17th-place showing at the PGA Championship.

The PGA Tour travels to Norton, Mass., this week for the Deutsche Bank Championship -- the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs at TPC Boston.

While the ultimate goal for any player in the field is to win this week, there will also be a lot of jockeying for position in the FedExCup standings. Only the top 70 players in the standings advance to the BMW Championship after this week.

All eyes will be on Jason Day. His win in the Barclays on Sunday equaled his third victory in his last four starts. He's red hot. Jordan Spieth is also back in action after a missed cut at Barclays and Rory McIlroy returns for the first time since the PGA Championship.

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Here are the five players to keep an eye on.

5. Brooks Koepka
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the Waste Management Phoenix Open
Reason to watch: Up until last week's missed cut at the Barclays, Koepka has been one of the hottest players on Tour with five top-10 finishes in his last eight starts, including a T10 at the Open Championship and a T5 at the PGA Championship. Koepka is one of the brightest young stars playing on the PGA Tour today. Koepka begins this week at No. 16 in the FedExCup standings. He's also on the outside looking in when it comes to the Presidents Cup -- No. 19 in those standings. Koepka needs a big week.

4. Rory McIlroy
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Winner of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play and the Wells Fargo Championship
Reason to watch: McIlroy promised at the PGA Championship that he would not have returned from his ankle injury if he weren't ready to play. And, likely rusty, his 17th-place showing was more than respectable. Since then, he lost his No. 1 ranking to Jordan Spieth and then regained it when Spieth missed the cut at Barclays. I have to believe that competitive side of McIlroy is getting a little annoyed with all the attention Day and Spieth have -- deservedly -- been receiving lately. Look for McIlroy to make a statement at TPC Boston, where he won in 2012.

3. Jimmy Walker
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won Sony Open in Hawaii and the Valero Texas Open
Reason to watch: After a blistering start to the PGA Tour season, Walker has cooled off in recent months. His best finish in six starts since a T2 at the AT&T Byron Nelson is a T21 at the Quicken Loans National. Even with the not-so-spectacular play of late, Walker enters this week No. 7 in the FedExCup standings. I expect him to turn a corner this week at TPC Boston where he tied for ninth a year ago.

2. Henrik Stenson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Barclays
Reason to watch: Stenson -- winner of the 2013 FedExCup Playoffs -- is coming into this week off the strength of a second-place showing at the Barclays, which ties for his best performance this season. In 13 starts on the PGA Tour, he has yet to miss a cut and is currently No. 4 in the FedExCup standings. Stenson has a history of playing well at TPC Boston, having won in 2013. Furthermore, his four PGA Tour wins came in a World Golf Championship, the Players and two playoffs events. He steps his game up for the biggest tournaments of the season and this is one of them.

1. Jason Day
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the Farmers Insurance Open, the RBC Canadian Open, PGA Championship and the Barclays
Reason to watch: Who would be crazy enough to bet about this guy right now? Day is on fire. The only thing he lacked prior to this season was the ability to close out a tournament. That's no longer an issue. Since winning his first major, it doesn't seem Day has any interest in putting it on cruise control. He's got the pedal to the metal. Oh, and at TPC Boston? He already has a runner-up finish and a tie for third. 

Here's how my five to watch fared at last week's Barclays:

5. Jason Day -- Won
4. Jordan Spieth -- Missed cut
3. Justin Rose -- T16
2. Matt Kuchar -- T39
1. Dustin Johnson -- T9