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September 11, 2016 - 1:25pm
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Matt Craig
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UC Davis golf, ben corfee, cellphone light golf
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UC Davis golfer Ben Corfee was aided by the cell phone lights of teammates, competitors, coaches, and volunteers while trying to finish out his round in near darkness.

Some golf tournaments don't allow cellphones on their premises. If that were the case during The Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University Golf Club, then we wouldn't have had this dramatic finish.

Hat tip to Golfweek for bringing us the incredible story of Ben Corfee, a golfer from UC Davis who was trying to finish his second round of the day when darkness descended.

“It was getting pretty dark (when the final group was) on the 16th hole and the tournament committee allowed players from all groups to get shuttled in golf carts for the last three holes,” UC Davis head coach Cy Williams told Golfweek in an email, “so the guys were hustling to finish.”

By the time Corfee's group hit their approach shots onto the 18th green, it was far too dark to continue. His playing partners decided to wait until the next day to finish, but Corfee decided he wanted to finish out from 10 feet. With the help of cellphone flashlights from teammates, competitiors, coaches and volunteers, the green was lit with cellphone light.



And he did not disappoint, draining the putt.


The putt is reminiscent of the final putt of regulation from "The Greatest Game Ever Played," which opted for car headlights in lieu of iPhones, the round being played in 1913 and all. While I couldn't find a YouTube clip of that, here's one of my favorite moments involving golfer versus darkness. In this case, golfer won soundly.




September 9, 2016 - 12:29pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth is one of those players who makes the short game look particularly easy (and it isn't). He displayed his expertise during the second round of the BMW Championship on Friday.

Jordan Spieth is a short-game wizard.

Playing the par-5 15th hole (his sixth of the day) at Crooked Stick in the second round of the BMW Championship on Friday, Spieth -- running a little hot after a double bogey on the hole prior -- was over the green, up by the bleachers and in the rough in two shots.

Not an ideal spot.

But, when you're Jordan Spieth, ideal or not... it doesn't matter.

Spieth went ahead and grabbed those two shots back -- thank you very much -- with this chip-in for eagle:

Yep. That'll work. That shot moved Spieth into a tie for seventh at 6 under.  

September 9, 2016 - 7:46am
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T.J. Auclair
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Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson isn't afraid to attempt any kind of a golf shot. He proved that once again in the first round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick on Thursday with this remarkable recovery from behind a row of railroad ties.

Phil Mickelson wasn't about to get railroaded by some railroad ties on the par-3 sixth hole at Crooked Stick in the first round of the BMW Championship on Thursday.

After going deep with his tee shot, Mickelson was faced with an interesting situation for his second shot. Rather than even inquire about his options, Mickelson felt comfortable enough to go ahead and hit the shot.

This is how it unfolded:



Naturally, Mickelson made the putt for yet another ridiculous par save to add to his resume. 

September 8, 2016 - 12:17pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Phil Mickelson
If you haven't seen this before, it's worth taking a few minutes to see Phil Mickelson -- with the enthusiasm of a used car salesman -- demonstrate how to hit some ridiculous golf shots.

Phil Mickelson, who will make his 11th consecutive start for Ryder Cup USA in just a few weeks at Hazeltine, has always been a fan favorite.

It's understandable too, given his personality, all-or-nothing approach to the game and the fact that he possesses the most worthless autograph in the game today (that's a compliment -- another way of saying he's signs more autographs than anyone and it isn't even close).

Mickelson's enthusiasm is generally pretty evident whether it's in the form of smiles, fist pumps or his patented thumbs up.

Well, the same goes for his instructional videos.

The clips you're about to see below aren't new. They're from Mickelson's DVD series, "Secrets of the Short Game."

Luckily for you -- and especially me -- they resurfaced when I was looking for something today and I couldn't help but scribble some words about them.

The shots you're about to see are amazing, but they're nothing without Phil's sell job -- he's got the excitement of a used car salesman shooting a commercial for the public assess channel.

If it weren't for his incredible 42 PGA Tour wins -- including five majors -- I'd almost think Phil missed his calling.

Here's Phil showing you how to fool your buddies with a crazy bunker shot:

And here's Phil showing you how to hit that famous backwards flop shot:

My favorite Phil lines in that second video:

"The backwards flop shot! This shot is fun!"

"Oh! Come on, baby! Do it! Awww... I misread it."

Phil is the best. 

September 7, 2016 - 10:04am
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T.J. Auclair
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods announced on Wednesday that he hopes to return to the PGA Tour for the first time since August 2015 this October in the PGA Tour's 2016-17 season-opening Safeway Open.

The wait is over... we think.

Tiger Woods took to his website,, on Wednesday to announce that he hopes to play in the 2016-17 PGA Tour season-opener Safeway Open, Oct. 13-16, at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.

This is promising news for Woods, who hasn't played on the PGA Tour since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015 (where he finished T10). Until now, Woods has repeatedly said there was "no timetable" for his return from back surgery.

It appears now, however, that we have a timetable -- at least a tentative one -- for the 14-time major champion.

Before all that, Woods will serve as an assistant captain to Davis Love III in the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Here is the full statement from Woods:

Tiger Woods said Wednesday that he hopes to play in the Safeway Open, Oct. 13-16, at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. Woods also intends to compete in the Turkish Airlines Open, Nov. 3-6, in Antalya, Turkey, and the Tiger Woods Foundation-run Hero World Challenge, Dec. 1-4, at Albany in the Bahamas. He will participate in the Tiger Woods Invitational presented by USLI, Oct. 10-11, on the Monterey Peninsula.

"My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do," Tiger said. "Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.

"I'm looking forward to going to California for my foundation event and Safeway. I'm also excited to return to Turkey and Albany. It could be a fun fall.

"It was difficult missing tournaments that are important to me, but this time I was smart about my recovery and didn't rush it. It was great spending time with my children Sam and Charlie, and also working on a lot of projects including golf-course design, the upcoming 20th anniversary of my foundation and my book about the 1997 Masters. But I missed competing. I want to thank all the fans for their kindness and concern. I've been a pro about 20 years, and their support has never waned."