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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Tiger Woods rebounded from a double bogey to finish his round with three consecutive birdies.

If there was a defining moment in Tiger Woods' first round of the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday, it came on his walk to the seventh hole.

Woods had tallied four birdies and one bogey heading to the sixth hole -- his 14th of the day. He already had tallied four birdies and avoided any bogeys except for one on No. 17. But his strong day could have come undone when his shot from the bunker went well over the green and led to a double bogey to fall back to 1-under. 



Instead of unravelling, Woods responded with a birdie on 430-yard, par-4 No. 7. That helped spark a run of three consecutive birdies to wrap up his round at 4-under-par 66. 

His ending to the round showed the importance of being able to move past one bad hole. Granted, that's easier said than done, but it is possible according to Nathan W. Joseph, a PGA Professional at Bethesda Country Club.

"In a situation like that when you're under pressure and need to finish your round on a high note, you have to think back to shots from either that round or prior rounds," Joseph said. "You have to find something that will help you when you're under pressure." 

Of course, it also helps to get a bit fortunate at those times. Woods got one during that round-closing hot streak as his putt on No. 8 ran slightly past the cup, then hung on the lip for a brief second before falling in.



The biggest difference between Woods' outcomes on No. 6 and the rest of his day? His ability to accurately hit his tee shot. On the sixth, Woods hit his drive 325 yards and was stuck in the rough, about 150 yards away from the hole. His second shot left him in a greenside bunker, and in a fight just to save par. 

After that point, Woods never placed his opening shot more than six yards away from the hole. That helped ensure that he didn't two-putt and helped him raise his total to seven birdies on the day. 

And if you do find yourself in a bad situation like Tiger was on No. 6 -- and let's face it, who won't be? -- it's always a good idea to review that hole after your round so that you can (hopefully) avoid a repeat in the future. 





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Greenbrier owner Jim Justice gave a $100 bill to every fan on the 18th green after George McNeill's ace.

Update: Greenbrier owner Jim Justice is handing out a lot of cash today.

Justin Thomas made a hole in one on the the 175-yard, par-3 18th hole during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic this afternoon, meaning that fans sitting along the 18th green got an additional $500 in cash. That brings the total to $600 per fan, if the fan had been there the whole day. 

Earlier in the day, George McNeill made an ace and fans received a $100 bill from Justice. If one more is made in the rest of the tournament, fans will take home an additional $1,000. 





Last year, McNeill aced the eighth hole in Round 4 of the Greenbrier Classic.

July 2, 2015 - 9:19am
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July 1, 2015 - 1:57pm
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Shaquille O'Neal
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Shaquille O'Neal played in the Greenbrier Classic Pro-Am on Wednesday and his opening tee shot wasn't pretty.

If you think, "Shaquille O'Neal playing in the Greenbrier Classic Pro-Am" sounds funny, wait until you see this swing in this video captured by's Jason Sobel:


Whiff City.

But, it looks like the Big Aristotle has some serious clubhead speed. While he didn't make contact with the ball, he did blow it off the tee.

I wonder how Shaq would fair in disc golf.

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Bubba Watson
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Just a few days after picking up his second win of the season, Bubba Watson will enjoy the comfort of his own bed while competing in the Greenbrier Classic.

The PGA Tour heads to White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., this week for the Greenbrier Classic.

Much like last week at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., the Greenbrier's Old White Course is another one of those places where players can go crazy low.

Here's a look at the five players you'll want to keep an eye on this week.

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5. Jonas Blixt
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T13 at the CIMB Classic
Reason to watch: Blixt has missed the cut in 11 of 18 starts this season, including six of his last seven. So, you ask, why are we watching him? Fair question. Because his luck -- if not his game -- has to turn at some point. He won this very tournament two years ago. When you're low on confidence, I'd imagine playing a place where you've had success has to be at least a little uplifting.

4. Scott Stallings
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Second at the Farmers Insurance Open
Reason to watch: Stallings has become one of those players on the PGA Tour who, while he may not contend every time he tees it up, if his name is on the first page of a leaderboard late in a tournament, you'd better watch out. His victory at the 2011 Greenbrier Classic was the first of his three wins on Tour. He's a streaky player who has been in a rut lately, missing the cut in seven of his last nine starts. To me, Stallings is the type of player where it doesn't matter what form he's in, it's possible for him to snap out of a funk at any time. Why not this week?

3. Graham DeLaet
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Fourth at the Travelers Championship
Reason to watch: The Canadian -- still in search of his first PGA Tour win -- enters this week coming off his best finish of the season, a T4 at the Travelers Championship. Like the two players listed above him here, DeLaet can be very streaky. Injuries have held DeLaet back in recent years. If it weren't for that, he'd likely be considered one of the best players on the PGA Tour without a victory. He'll snag that "W" soon.

2. Bill Haas
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the Humana Challenge
Reason to watch: I'm not a huge fan of anonymous polls, but the one earlier this year that identified Haas as the most "underrated player" on the PGA Tour couldn't have been more accurate. Maybe it's laidback demeanor and quiet confidence that fools us all, but Haas is a stud. He's got six wins on the PGA Tour and he only turned 33 years old just over a month ago. He has always played well at Greenbrier, including a playoff loss in 2011. A win this week would be his second of the season and -- most likely -- assure him a spot on his father's U.S. Presidents Cup team in Korea later this year.

1. Bubba Watson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the WGC-HSBC Champions and the Travelers Championship
Reason to watch: I'm sticking with the hot-hand this week. The winner from Sunday has a home at the Greenbrier. Aside from winning a major, I can't imagine anything better than winning a tournament, heading home and being able to play the next tournament on a course you love while enjoying the comfort of your own bed. That's what Watson gets this week.

Here's how my five to watch fared last week at the Travelers Championship:

5. Marc Leishman -- T39
4. Hunter Mahan -- CUT
3. Kevin Streelman -- CUT
2. Bubba Watson -- Won
1. Brandt Snedeker -- T10