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June 25, 2015 - 8:43am
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Martin Kaymer
Faced with a third shot on a par 5 from a pond, chances are most of us aren't thinking "birdie is in play." That's not how Martin Kaymer thinks. He proved it Thursday.

The BMW International Open is taking place on the European Tour this week in Germany.

Martin Kaymer is playing the event in his home country. He had four birdies in Round 1 on Thursday, including the incredible one you'll see below from the par-5 ninth hole (his final hole of the day), on his way to an even-par 72:


That was quite the adventure. What a recovery shot. And a heck of a way to end a round. 

Jordan Spieth and Ben Crenshaw
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Ben Crenshaw, who practiced with Jordan Spieth at the Masters, says Spieth's popularity could go into "hyperspace" if he wins the Open Championship.
As a fellow multiple major winner and former Texas Longhorn, Ben Crenshaw is something of a mentor and inspiration to Jordan Spieth. He also knows Spieth's game as well as anyone.
And, Crenshaw firmly believes that Spieth can capture the third leg of the Grand Slam at St. Andrews next month.
"I think it is entirely possible," Crenshaw told columnist Kirk Bohls of The Austin American-Statesman. "I'm very excited for his chances."
Crenshaw is so bullish on Spieth because he believes Spieth's game is a great fit for the Old Course.
"I think he's plenty long, but he knows positioning is more vital than length," Crenshaw explained. "There are a million ways to play St. Andrews, and that will fascinate him to no end."
Spieth, in case you're wondering, has played one round at St. Andrews. That was back in 2011, when he was part of the U.S. Walker Cup team that played up the road at Royal Aberdeen.
"It's one of my favorite places in the world," he said of St. Andrews in his news conference after winning the U.S. Open. "I remember walking around The R&A clubhouse and seeing paintings of royalty playing golf, and it was dated 14-whatever, 1460-something. I'm thinking, our country was discovered in 1492 and they were playing golf here before anyone even knew that the Americas existed."
Spieth said he plans to rest up a bit, then play the John Deere Classic – which he won in 2013 by holing a 44-yard bunker shot in a playoff for his first PGA Tour victory. At age 19, that victory made him the youngest player to win on the PGA Tour in 82 years.
He'll then hop on the Sunday night charter flight from the John Deere to the Open Championship as he's done in each of the past two seasons, no doubt filled with confidence.
"I've proven to myself that I can win on a British-style golf course now," he said at Chambers Bay. "Now I take it to the truest British-style golf course of any in the world. And I'm just excited for the opportunity coming then."
And if he were able to add the third leg of the Slam? 
"It is already stratospheric," said Crenshaw of Spieth's fame and popularity. "If he wins that, that would put it in hyperspace. We're talking American Pharoah." 
June 24, 2015 - 12:23pm
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The 29th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, where six divisions titles were decided, brought together outstanding student athletes and produced many special memories. Tune in to Golf Channel, Wednesday, July 1, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET, and relive some of those moments in the 2015 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship Highlight Show.

Replays will also air on Golf Channel: Tuesday, July 7, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET; and Tuesday, July 21, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET.

The program features the thrilling conclusion of the three-day Championship, held in May at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The show includes segments featuring:
• Earl Cooper, PGA – Wilmington (Del.) Country Club
• Tiana Jones, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
• Loritz “Scooter” Clark, Bethune-Cookman University Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach
• The Chua Sisters
• Tribute to golf pioneers Charlie Sifford, Calvin Peete and Pete Brown
• William White, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, N.C.

June 24, 2015 - 10:42am
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Brandt Snedeker
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Brandt Snedeker has finished in the top 10 in each of his last three starts on the PGA Tour, including an eighth-place showing last week in the U.S. Open.

After a thrilling U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest, the PGA Tour travels cross-country to the east coast for this week's Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

Kevin Streelman returns as the defending champion to one of the most well-attended events on Tour dating back to 1952.

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Birdies and eagles will be much easier to come by at TPC River Highlands than what we saw over the weekend at Chambers Bay. Heck, sometimes four rounds in the 60s won't even earn a player a top-30 finish -- just ask Freddie Jacobson. He tied for 31st a year ago with rounds of 69-69-69-67. Players need to take it deep at the Travelers, which is why it's so much fun for fans to watch.

With all that, here are the five players to keep an eye on this week.

5. Marc Leishman
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T5 at the Memorial
Reason to watch: The Aussie has three top-10 finishes this season and is a former winner in Cromwell. His T5 at the Memorial at the start of the month was his best finish of the season, one in which he made a decision to take a pass on the Masters and missed over a month of action while tending to his then very sick wife, who nearly died (since then, she has recovered). I think Leishman is in the midst of kick-starting his season. Sure, he missed the cut last week at Chambers Bay, but so did a lot of the bigger names. He'll be much more comfortable at TPC River Highlands.

4. Hunter Mahan
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T3 at the Open
Reason to watch: Outside of that T3 at the Open way back in October, it's been a relatively quiet season for Mahan. He did collect back-to-back T9s in the Masters and the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship, but hasn't done much else. I think we'll see that all change this week at TPC River Highlands at a tournament he won in 2007, was a runner-up in in 2008 and had a T4 in 2009. That's a solid three-year run. Mahan is one of those players who can string along tons of birdies, which is why this course suits him so well.

3. Kevin Streelman
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Second at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Reason to watch: You'd be hard-pressed to find a player more excited to be in Cromwell this week than Streelman. The tournament's defending champion, the Travelers Championship was also Streelman's second career win and second in as many years. Players on the Tour take great pride in stringing together seasons that include a win. Streelman is looking to make it three consecutive seasons as a winner. While there's still plenty of time left for him to accomplish that, this week figures to be one where he's got to be licking his chops.

2. Bubba Watson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the WGC-HSBC Champions
Reason to watch: Hard to believe, but it was only five years ago that Bubba Watson snagged his maiden PGA Tour win at the Travelers Championship. My, how things have changed since then. The long-hitting lefty is now a two-time Masters champ and has also collected wins on two other classic PGA Tour courses -- Torrey Pines and Riviera. Bubba has cooled off a touch since a blistering start to the season and his missed cut at the U.S. Open last week was his first MC of the year. I think he'll atone for that this week just outside Hartford, where -- along with the win -- he also has a T2 and a fourth-place showing.

1. Brandt Snedeker
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Reason to watch: Snedeker is enjoying a fine 2014-15 season -- one that includes seven top-10 finishes in 18 starts, including the last three in a row (T2 at Colonial, T6 at Byron Nelson and eighth at the U.S. Open, thanks to a hard-charging, 2-under 68 in the final round). Snedeker is the type of player who can be a force when the putter is hot. And, as we've seen so far this season, it's been hot quite a bit.

Here's how my five to watch fared last week at the U.S. Open:

5. Ernie Els -- T54
4. Rickie Fowler -- Missed cut
3. Rory McIlroy -- T9
2. Jordan Spieth -- Won
1. Phil Mickelson -- T64 

Jordan Spieth
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Winning this trophy on Sunday led Jordan Spieth to create the pair of Instagram posts below.
At this point, I don't have much to add to everything that's been said and written about Jordan Spieth's victory at the U.S. Open on Sunday. But he posted a photo on Instagram earlier today that is pretty darn cool – his U.S. Open trophy and his green jacket getting acquainted.
And below that is a cool Instagram video he shared of his name being engraved on the trophy. What an unforgettable few days it's been for golf's newest superstar.

This was a nice introduction last night! Dream come true

A photo posted by Jordan Spieth (@jordanspieth) on


Really a cool moment last night! Incredible teamwork to make this possible. Unforgettable Fathers Day with dad!

A video posted by Jordan Spieth (@jordanspieth) on

June 23, 2015 - 11:09am
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Lenexa sinkhole
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A large hole has consumed a large portion of the 13th fairway of Canyon Farms Golf Club.

Heavy rains this month are being blamed for a massive sinkhole that appeared on a golf course in Lenexa, Kan., over the weekend. But that hasn't stopped the course from being in business -- or golfers from playing that hole. Workers at Canyon Farms Golf Club arrived to find a large portion of the 13th fairway missing. Or rather, down in a sinkhole. How big? The hole is estimated to be about 10 feet in depth, and from the aerial videos taken, the grass is still in place. According to story from KMBC-TV in Kansas City, the course was built over a vacated limestone mine, which may offer some explanation why the ground gave way so suddenly. Course workers have placed fences and barriers around the affected area -- and the teeing ground has been moved up to the other side of the sinkhole, allowing the hole to be played as a shorter par-4. You can view the news video from the Associated Press here. Still photos don't do this hole in the ground enough justice. It's definitely not the first time -- or will be the last -- that sinkholes have created havoc for golfers. Just this year, a sinkhole created a massive hole at Top of the Rock/Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Mo. And another one made a mess of this Scottish course.