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June 25, 2016 - 3:33pm
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Matt Craig
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It may only be Saturday, but I've already found your shot of the week.

And it comes from the 46-year-old Ernie Els, who's in the hunt to win the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club this week with improved putting and stellar iron play.

Sometimes the Big Easy just makes it look so...easy?



We've seen Els be good for so long, sometimes we take it for granted. But no matter how you look at it, that's a pretty solid way to pick up two strokes.

On top of that, Justin Ray of the Golf Channel has it down as his longest hole-out on tour since 2010.


Els finished the round with a six-under-par 65, completing his first bogey-free round in his last 115 rounds.


June 25, 2016 - 2:51pm
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Matt Craig
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With the entire course under water and heavy damage to many buildings on the property, the PGA Tour has decided to cancel July's event.

Due to the extreme flooding in the West Virginia area, the Greenbrier Classic scheduled for July 7-10 has been cancelled.

“We are heartbroken by the devastation that the residents of West Virginia are experiencing at this time and the reports of lives lost due to the terrible flooding,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem in a statement. “Cancelling  The Greenbrier Classic is certainly the most prudent course of action as our foremost concern is the well-being of those who are having to live through this tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

“All of our focus needs to be on helping all of the people of our great State. So many have lost loved ones, their homes, and have no place to go,” said Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier.

The floods, which have left at least 18 people dead, have been described as "unbelieveable." The resort has been forced to shut down until further notice.





In terms of what this means for golf, one event is taken out of a summer schedule that is compressed due to the Olympics.

However, the cancellation of the event leaves one less chance for players to earn Ryder Cup points. See the current Ryder Cup points rankings here.

Bubba Watson, who lives at the Greenbrier, was on hand during Friday's floods and posted several pictures and videos to his Twitter account.




But it doesn't look like the Watson family has lost their spirits amid the devastation:



June 24, 2016 - 10:33am
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Matt Craig
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Bubba Watson has made one thing pretty clear during his PGA career: he likes cool vehicles.

First it was "Bubba's Hover," a golf cart using hovercraft technology. But now it appears his interest has returned to the pavement.

Watson posted a picture on his Twitter page yesterday showing off an all-black jeep that will undoubtedly turn some heads.

Or maybe it's a tank? It's hard to tell.

The word "building" makes me think this was custom made, which is believable considering the massive frame and giant tires. Unfortunately I don't think this one is allowed on a golf course.

Still, how fun would it be to go off-roading in this vehicle?




June 23, 2016 - 1:24pm
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Matt Craig
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How young is too young to start your kids on golf?

One 16-month-old toddler has decided he's going to start himself, and has gotten creative in his practice methods.

Using a plastic golf club, young Sam Blewett activates his family's ice machine, letting the ice fall onto the floor where he can then use the ice cubes as golf balls.

(h/t GolfDigest)


OK I grant you that his grip isn't ideal. But the contact is solid, I love the clubhead speed, and look how well he keeps his head down! He's got a little time to learn the rest.

And don't try and get in the way of Sam's practice routine, as this dog soon found out.



Think Sam is a one-trick pony with the ice? All that practice on the living room floor has translated nicely to the plastic ball in the backyard.



When your 15mth old has a better golf swing than you @gregblewett214 @golfgrinders @golf_gods #golf #golfer

A video posted by Katheryn Blewett ❤️ (@katherynblewett) on


I may be going out on a limb, but 16-month-old Sam Blewett may be a a better golfer than Tiger Woods was at 16 months. Ladies and gentleman, I present your favorite for the 2034 PGA Championship.

June 23, 2016 - 10:33am
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Ken Griffey Jr. is known to have one of the sweetest swings in baseball history.





But there's some uncertainty as to whether playing baseball helps or hurts your golf swing. The fundamentals are different, and baseball players have been known to struggle with their golf swings just like the rest of us.

But Ken Griffey Jr.? He's not struggling. He showed off his golf swing at the Quicken Loans National pro-am on Wednesday, and it was just as smooth as his baseball swing.

Griffey has been making the rounds on the golf course, playing in the pro-am at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Washington two weeks ago and now at Congressional.



Would you expect anything different?

June 22, 2016 - 12:14pm
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Many people have gone on golfing trips before, but I don't think there's ever been one quite like this. Many have done family road trips, but this one may top them all.

I'm talking about the "2016 Johnson's Wisconsin Mini-Golf Challenge." Let me fill you in.

Thanks to a column from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jim Stingl, we learned that Tim Johnson and his sons, Ben and Noah, got creative when it came to a family vacation. In the course of one week, they set out to play every mini-golf course in the state of Wisconsin.

The idea started as a leisurely stroll around the state, playing a few courses here and there, but the idea grew into a plan that included Tim writing to over 80 Chambers of Commerce around the state to identify every mini-golf course possible.

Then on June 12, they set out, hitting 16 courses per day from 10 a.m. to sundown. They traveled 2,837 miles and played at least one hole from 113 mini-golf courses.

They made bright colored T-shirts and decorated their van, documenting the trip with pictures on their own Facebook page. Here's a quote from the Stingl column:

"It was fun," Tim, who works as a restaurant waiter, said after they finished. "You got to see the nice beautiful adventure-style courses with the waterfalls and the terrain, mountains and slopes. And then you have your mom-and-pop plywood with 2-by-4s and the old windmills and the old everything else."

Here's a map with a pin signaling every course they visited. Greatest golfing trip of all time?