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July 25, 2015 - 10:49am
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Former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio played golf on Saturday.

It's a busy weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., with the Class of 2015 being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Yet that didn't get in the way of two of the inductees getting in a round of golf.

On Saturday morning, former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio and pitcher Randy Johnson, who pitched for six teams but most prominently the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, played golf roughly 24 hours before they see their plaques get put in the Hall of Fame. 



Craig Biggio and @rj51photos hit the links on this beautiful Saturday morning. #HOFWKND

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Maybe most surprisingly, we haven't seen any evidence of John Smoltz joining his class members on the course. Smoltz, a scratch golfer who has competed professionally, was a member of the Atlanta Braves teams in the 1990s that featured fellow Hall of Famers and golf enthusiasts Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. 

That's not to say that Smoltz didn't have golf on his mind this weekend. On Friday, the Baseball Hall of Fame had a Twitter question-and-answer session with some of the inductees and naturally, the conversation with Smoltz turned to golf. 




July 24, 2015 - 5:10pm
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July 24, 2015 - 10:15am
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Robert Allenby
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There was an ugly scene at the Canadian Open on Thursday, when PGA Tour veteran Robert Allenby got into a confrontation with his caddie. Their versions of what played out are very different.

In case you missed it yesterday in the first round of the RBC Canadian Open, Australian golfer Robert Allenby once again found himself in an odd situation.

You can read all about what happened here. Long story short, Allenby had a disagreement with his caddie after a poor shot. According to Allenby, the argument escalated quickly and he essentially feared for his safety because of the intensity of his caddie, Mick Middlemo.

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As a result, Allenby fired Middlemo mid-round and used a spectator as his looper for his final nine holes on his way to a 9-over 81. (UPDATE: On Friday, Allenby withdrew from the Canadian Open.) 

In part, Allenby told

"And I said, 'Look, you need to slow down. I mean just calm down.' And then he just got right in my face as if he wanted to just beat me up," he said. "I said, 'Stop being a such and such and calm down and get back into the game.' And he just got even closer and closer, and I just said, 'That's it, you're sacked.' I said, 'I will never have you caddie ever again.' And we never spoke for the rest of the (first nine), and when we got to 18 we walked off, and he said some smartass remark to me, and I said, 'You don't deserve to be caddying out there.' And he just got right in my face and threatened me, so I said, 'Go.' So he left." caught up with Middlemo. His version of this bizarre story is a tad different than Allenby's.

Earlier this year, Allenby alleged while playing in Hawaii that he was kidnapped, beaten and robbed -- claims that have been met with skepticism by law enforcement (a man in Hawaii -- who used Allenby's credit card -- was recently sentenced to a jail term).

Middlemo told "I just wished it had never gone this far. But he is again using the media to make himself look like the victim."

So here's Middlemo's version of events on Thursday, which a source following the group verified to

"The discussion was only about waiting for the wind to die down and hit the 8-iron; the 7-iron was never discussed. Not once. He came up 10 meters short of the front of the green. ... He hit a bad shot.

"He said, 'I can't believe this fat (expletive),' loud enough for everyone to hear. There's a lot as a caddie I can take but a personal attack like that. ... If this was an office in any country in the world, that would be considered bullying. ... I can take it if you call me the worst caddie in the world, tell me I'm horrible at picking clubs, but there's a line you just can't cross."

Fox Sports Australia is reporting this is the fourth time a caddie has walked off the course on Allenby.

"He’s just a bully," Middlemo told Fox. "He likes to bully caddies. You couldn’t get away with that in any workplace in the world, but somehow he thinks it’s appropriate on a golf course.

"It’s the worst I’ve ever heard. But it’s not like I’m the first guy this has happened to with him. I’m the fourth caddie to walk off the golf course with him." 

July 24, 2015 - 9:31am
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Michael Jordan
When it comes to dunking a ball, there's never been anyone better than Michael Jordan... and that includes golf balls.

The internet is a beautiful place. Sometimes you're just browsing and stumble upon a gem.

That's what just happened here.

Since this was posted seven years ago (and, based on the clothing it likely happened even years before that), I'm late to the game for sure.

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So, if you're like me, take 15 seconds to enjoy this Michael Jordan slam dunk... not the kind you're used to seeing from Air Jordan. Instead, this one happened on a golf course from a bunker.


Based on Jordan's basketball career, we can only assume this shot was a match winner given his reaction.

Next time I'm in the sand, I wanna be like Mike. 

Jason Day
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Jason Day found plenty of friends to celebrate with after his eagle out of the rough Thursday at the RBC Canadian Open.
Jason Day didn't let his near-miss at the Open Championship on Monday affect his play in the RBC Canadian Open today. Day, who finished one shot out of the playoff at St. Andrews only three days ago, carded a very nice 68 to open the RBC Canadian Open.
The clear highlight of his day – and of the entire first round – was the 94-yard shot he holed for eagle out of the thick rough on the par-4 10th hole. Even better was the way he celebrated.
After realizing that his shot had curled into the hole for a 2, Day jubiliantly flung his club into the air and high-fived his caddie. Then he went over to the cheering gallery and proceeded to high-five several of them before making his way up to the green.
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July 23, 2015 - 10:02am
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golf blooper
Golf can make us look foolish at times. Like when you attempt an impossible bunker shot, fall down, roll backwards in the bunker and then get hit with your own ball... like this guy.

We've all been there. You hit a shot to an elevated green that comes up just short and find yourself absolutely hosed on a lie in a bunker at a ridiculous angle to the delight of your playing partners.

It happened recently to this poor soul while playing at St. Andrews Beach in Melbourne, Australia. And, since bloopers on the golf course are always infinitely funnier when they don't happen to you, you should get a kick out of this.

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Here's video of a man attempting a nearly impossible bunker shot. But that's not the best part...


How about that? Talk about taking a tumble.

And to add insult to injury, the ball hits the man when he finally bottoms out in the bunker.

The video was posted to YouTube on July 15 by a man named Joel Graham. The video description identifies the man as Graham's "old man" and the file name is "golf bloopers - broken rib."

We sure hope the man didn't really break his rib. It sounds like the folks in the background may have suffered injuries too from excessive laughter.  

I love the sincerity in the voice of the man choking on giggles when he asks, "Are you OK?"