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March 7, 2015 - 5:29pm
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A scuba diver holds aloft the club Rory McIlroy tossed into the lake Friday at Trump Doral's Blue Monster.

An enterprising scuba diver waded into the lake Saturday where Rory McIlroy chucked his Nike 3-iron into the water the day before in a fit of anger, and emerged with a prize.

SPLISH, SPLASH: Rory McIlroy tosses club in lake after bad shot

Here's what NBC's cameras caught on video:



At this point, details are unknown. Some questions are obvious: Was the diver hired by the course? It would be a serious lapse in security to have a fully wet-suited man with a breathing tank slip unnoticed through the gates. And the fact that the cameras were rolling at that time -- when golf was being played on other parts of the course -- leads one to believe that perhaps the recovery efforts were known beforehand.

Not that we're saying anything's fishy. Just check eBay tomorrow to be sure.

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In any case, it's cool that the diver was able to find McIlroy's lost piece of equipment, especially since Marcel Siem reportedly launched one of his own clubs into the drink earlier in the day.

March 7, 2015 - 3:29pm
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Dustin Johnson walks toward the hole Saturday after his ace.

The Blue Monster at Trump Doral is just that -- one tough golf course that seems to be inundated with water. But two golfers got their revenge Saturday in the third round of the Cadillac Championship, making almost identical holes-in-one at the Par-3, 227-yard fourth hole.

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First, Dustin Johnson stepped up with this shot:



D.J. couldn't have putted that ball any straighter. It was like it was on a mission to find the bottom of the cup.

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Not long after, in fact just two groups later, J.B. Holmes stepped up to the same tee box and here's what happened:



Almost an instant replay. Cue up the celebration and repeat.

March 6, 2015 - 3:13pm
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Rory McIlroy got a little hot under the collar at Trump National Doral on Friday and took it out on a long-iron.

If we've learned one thing over the last two days at the WGC-Cadillac Championship it's this: Trump National Doral is playing hard. Real hard.

And that's frustrating the world's best players -- perhaps none more so than world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

RELATED: Scores from Doral | McIlroy hits drive in infrared | Flopped flop-shot

On the par-5 eighth hole, from the center of the fairway, McIlroy pulled his second shot left with a long iron and into the water.

Immediately after the ball splashed, McIlroy uncharacteristically launched his club into the water.

Check it out here (via a Shane Bacon Vine):

NBC Golf Channel on-course reporter Roger Maltbie asked McIlroy's caddie -- J.P. Fitzgerald -- which club McIlroy tossed.

According to Maltbie, Fitzgerald replied, "a Nike."

McIlroy would make bogey on the hole to drop back to even par for the round and 1 over for the tournament.

McIlroy will not be able to replace that club for this round and will have to play the final 10 holes with just 13 clubs in the bag.

The Rules of Golf state that: "If, during a stipulated round, a player's club is damaged other than in the normal course of play rendering it non-conforming or changing its playing characteristics, the club must not subsequently be used or replaced during the round."

In this case, McIlroy threw the club so far into the water it was unretrievable.

Oh, and from our friends @NoLayingUp... here's McIlroy tossing the club in the water in infrared:


March 6, 2015 - 12:45pm
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David Price, Justin Verlander and Tim Melville appear ready to play some golf.

Of the many deductions you can make about the game of golf, there are two that come into play here.

1. Golfers generally gravitate toward bright and unusual clothing choices.
2. Baseball players, particularly pitchers, generally gravitate toward golf -- especially given a warm March afternoon in central Florida.

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So with those two hypotheses in mind -- may I present to you Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and David Price of the Detroit Tigers, along with spring training callup Tim Melville, all decked out for an afternoon of golf near Lakeland on Thursday afternoon:


Ready for golf today! #oldschool @davidprice14 and Tim Melville

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We know Verlander has some skills -- he participated in the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and has been invited to play at Augusta National. And according to Melville, Vroom hit some dandies:





Will the Tigers trio continue their golf outings once the season starts? Hard to know, but they'll be following in some pretty impressive footsteps. Former Tiger farmhand and soon-to-be Hall of Famer John Smoltz -- a scratch golfer in his own right -- was instrumental in setting up tee times for his fellow pitchers on the Atlanta Braves staff.

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That group included Russ Ortiz, who now runs a golf clothing business in Arizona.

The urge to golf is strong in baseball pitchers. As is the urge to wear funny outfits.


March 6, 2015 - 10:25am
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Check out this Rory McIlroy swing of the driver in infrared.

One of my favorite Twitter accounts to follow for golf is @NoLayingUp.

They refer to themselves as "golf fanalysts" and they're always posting funny stuff and inventing hashtags such as, "#TourSauce" (basically the art of anything dramatic in the game -- club twirls, holding a pose, tossing a club, etc.), and "#PrayForTedScott" in reference to the caddie for Bubba Watson, who has been on the receiving end of many an outburst by the two-time Masters champ.

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Along with all the funny stuff, @NoLayingUp also puts out some really cool stuff -- like this infrared Vine of a Rory McIlroy swing with a driver that was posted today. Check it out: 


March 6, 2015 - 9:01am
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Thongchai Jaidee made a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 eighth hole at Trump National Doral on Thursday, which included a rare shot that wound up behind the six-time European Tour winner.

Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee had one devil of a time on Trump National Doral's par-5 eighth hole in Thursday's opening round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Jaidee was 3-over par for the round when he made his way to the eighth tee -- his 17th hole of the day. Moments later, scorecard disaster struck for the six-time European Tour winner (and 13-time Asian Tour winner, which is second all time).

Here's a little play-by-play, showing you how Jaidee made a quadruple-bogey 9, which included one of the strangest -- and cruelest -- shots you'll ever see a professional golfer hit (more on that, with video, in a minute).

RELATED: Scores from Doral | Koepka's flop-shot hole out | Bubba's eagle

Jaidee's tee shot traveled 270 yards into the left rough leaving him 241 yards for his second shot. He hit the second shot 188 yards into more rough, leaving him a 105-yard third shot.

Splash. The third shot found the water. After taking a penalty stroke, Jaidee prepared to hit his fifth shot from the rough on a bank near the water, just 30 feet from the hole.

And that's where things got really, really ugly.

Jaidee lashed at the ball to hit a flop shot. It was a flop all right.

The ball went straight up in the air. When it eventually hit dry land, it bounced backwards and then Jaidee watched helplessly as it rolled into the water behind him.

Here's a look:



Jaidee had to take another penalty stroke, hit his seventh shot on the green and two-putted for the crushing 9. He bogeyed his final hole -- the par-3 ninth -- for a 6-over 43 on his inward nine and a final score of 8-over 80.

It wasn't all bad news for Jaidee on Thursday. He also made this spectacular par on the par-4 third hole: