Would you trust anyone to hit a golf ball while you're standing directly in the line of fire?
I don't care if it's Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones, or Phil Mickelson. My answer would be, "Absolutely not!"
Well, depending on how much money is involved, if I'm being honest.
That said, I'm not sure there's a large enough sum of money (there probably is) that could get me to stand roughly 10 feet in front of a hacker who's ripping drivers.
But different strokes for different folks, evidenced by this video:
That guy is crazy!
As it turns out, this was all part of a promotion for The Golfers Club in Umhlanga, South Africa.
East Coast Radio's Darren Maule is the man firing the shots at his breakfast show stuntman -- according to the YouTube description.
The stuntman's name? This is beautiful... "Kevlar Kev."
The PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain, is hosting this week's final stage of European Tour Qualifying School. Q-School is always grueling, as players live and die with every shot seeing as every stroke taken could determine one's employment status for the next season. For some, tournament golf might not be in the cards.
For American John Hahn, who has decided to take his path to the top ranks of the game through Europe rather than the Web.com Tour in the U.S., Tuesday was huge.
Hahn entered the fourth round of European Tour Q-School 104th out of 150 players at 4-over par and in desperate need of a big move.
Well, the former Kent State golfer whose lone PGA Tour start was a missed cut in the 2013 U.S. Open, did just that, firing a record low score of 12-under 58.
That's right -- a 58! That "record" however is unofficial, seeing as the round was played with preferred lies.
— EuropeanTourQSchool (@ETQSchool) November 18, 2014
Come on! We need a little more emotion than that after a birdie on the final hole for a 58!
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) November 18, 2014
At the time of this post Hahn, 25, had soared 90 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 14th as the result of his work. It was a big deal on many levels -- only the top 70 and ties after four rounds of European Tour Qualifying School make the cut for the final two rounds where the top 25 and ties earn their Tour cards for the 2015 Race to Dubai.
Hahn, 8 under through 72 holes, was five shots off the lead at the time of this post. Hahn's best career finish in 22 starts on the European Tour was a tie for third in February at the Africa Open.
Here's a look at Hahn's scorecard, which featured 12 birdies and no bogeys. Seven of those birdies came on the back nine, where Hahn fired a 28:
Hahn's stunning round understandably elicited some congratulatory tweets from other top players:
58 at the school for @_JohnHahn . Round of applause or a big Hahn'd!
— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) November 18, 2014
Social media is a powerful tool. If you're a sports nut, you can personally connect with your favorite athletes with just a few strokes on your keyboard.
And, at times (like today), us fans can get a cool inside look that prior to Twitter we may have heard about but never actually seen.
Over the weekend in the Turkish Open on the European Tour, Ian Poulter had a commanding lead with 36 holes to play. Poulter struggled mightily in the third round, carding a 75. He bounced back with a 67 on Sunday, but missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff with eventual winner Brooks Koepka.
On Monday, two-time major champ Greg Norman sent a tweet Poulter's way:
@IanJamesPoulter Mate noticed something in your putting when I watched you yesterday. Easy fix.
— Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) November 17, 2014
It's not uncommon for players to offer one another advice. We just aren't used to seeing it play out on Twitter.
For his part, Poulter seemed happy to hear Norman's thoughts:
I will give you a call @SharkGregNorman. Thanks Poults.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) November 17, 2014
Pretty cool to get an inside look at that.
Post-round victory celebrations shouldn't surprise us, not after Bubba Watson's late-night trip to Waffle House after winning this year's Masters.
But after winning the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday, following the trophy ceremony and photos, Brooks Koepke boarded a plane for what he thought would be a routine flight. Instead, the sponsor presented him with a very large sheet cake for his win.
TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN: Brooks Koepka rallies to post first European Tour victory
Here's a photo snapped by fellow touring pro Pablo Larrazabal and posted on Twitter:
— Pablo Larrazabal (@plarrazabal) November 16, 2014
At least Koepka didn't have to try and slice that cake with a tiny plastic knife. And that's definitely an upgrade from a tiny package of roasted peanuts.
Plus, there's nothing wrong with having wi-fi at 30,000 feet.
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