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Rickie Fowler
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Rickie Fowler's reaction to his extra-long eagle putt was low-key, but his putt was worth shouting about.
After a 1-over 72 at the Shriners Hospitals Open on Thursday, Rickie Fowler teed off today with some serious ground to make up. It wasn't happening early in his round, though, and he made the turn in even-par 35.
He birdied Nos. 10 and 12, though, and was clearly revved up on the par-5 13th hole. After a good drive, his second shot found the green, but was almost 80 feet off to the left of the flag. The putting surface there is fairly flat,  but he had to traverse a ridge about 30 feet from the hole.
Fowler took a huge backswing – even the TV announcers commented on it – and gave his ball an extremely solid rap. The ball rolled, and rolled, and rolled – then banged off the back of the cup and dove into the hole. Had it not hit the cup, it likely would have rolled five feet past.
His reaction was pretty subdued,  but you know he had to be loving it. Just watch the video all the way to the end – his smile finally breaks through when he gets a fist bump from his playing partner, Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III.
Fowler went on to birdie Nos. 15 and 18 and finished up with a 6-under 65 that, as I write this, has catapulted him 86 spots up the board with the final groups still finishing up.
Here you go:
Everything Apple Pro via YouTube
Does an iPhone make a good golf club? The answer is pretty clear.
I don't know about you, but I put my iPhone through a fair amount of abuse – unintentionally, most of the time. Despite all the drops, falls and other calamities that have happened to it, it's still in fairly decent shape. My wife, by contrast, tends to dropkick hers about once a week, and it is definitely showing some serious wear and tear.
One thing neither of us has ever done, however, is play golf with our iPhones. And by that, I don't mean playing a golf game on my phone. I mean, actually strapping an iPhone to the face of a metal wood and taking a full swing at a golf ball.
But that's exactly what the guy who goes by the handle "Everything Apple Pro" did in a new video he's posted on YouTube. 
Over the past couple of years, "Everything Apple Pro" has created a series of videos in which he tests the physical limits of iPhones by dropping them from heights, shooting them with an AK-47 and even trying to blow them up with explosives.
Earlier today, he posted this latest video in which he smashes golf balls with various models of iPhones attached to full-size golf clubs. The results of his awkward yet enthusiastic swings are, well, expected – the phones certainly don't make very good golf clubs. In fact, I was a little surprised that he was surprised at how much destruction he caused.
So, clearly, the lesson is: Don't try this at home – or anywhere else. And when you play golf, be sure to keep your phone tucked into your pocket. As Bruno Mars says, "If you don't believe me, just watch."
October 23, 2015 - 12:50pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Would-be golf clubs thief triple bogeys his getaway by tripping, smashing face on concrete.

Karma is a beautiful thing, isn't it?

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In this latest piece of poetic justice, a would-be golf clubs thief makes off with nothing more than a bruised ego and -- by the looks of things -- a terribly bruised face as he eats concrete on the dash to the getaway car:


Nice spot by Alex Myers over at As Myers notes, the commentary on the video is just fantastic, highlighted by this burn: "The hazard on this course? Concrete to the face."

Jason Dufner
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Jason Dufner's chip looked like a sure birdie – until its path was diverted.
I know I'm kidding myself, but I like to think I'd score better if I always played in conditions as pristine as those we so often see on the PGA Tour. Lush fairways, smooth bunkers, perfectly manicured greens – I mean, who couldn't go low on that?
The conditions on the tour are usually as good as it gets, that's true. But they're not perfect, through no fault of anyone's – as Jason Dufner found out on Thursday at the Shriners Hospitals Open.
Dufner had knocked his ball up onto the apron in front of the green on the par-4 10th shot, and was decided to chip from about 68 feet away. He pulled out a wedge and hit what looked like a perfect shot.
The ball landed softly, and was tracking right toward the flag – when it hit a spike mark, then hopped up and to the left. It eventually settled back down, but hit the front-left part of the cup and stayed out. He tapped in for his par, but no doubt felt like the course robbed him of a birdie right there.
I show you this not to denigrate the course conditions – spike marks are gonna happen on even the most perfect of greens, especially late in the day – but just as a reminder that we all have to deal with the unexpected sometimes, and that handling adversity is a crucial part of posting your best possible score.
Justin Thomas
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At 5-foot-10 and 145 pounds, Justin Thomas gets more out of his drives than anyone else on the PGA Tour.
Maybe this is grounds for revoking my man card, but I wasn't familiar with until today – when the site posted a story that answered a question I had pondered. And that is: Who is, pound for pound, the PGA Tour's longest driver?
I mean, we all know the circuit's biggest bombers are big, athletic dudes like Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland. And yet, 160-pound Rory McIlroy, who's certainly as fit as anyone on tour but is far from large, also ranks right up there among the big dogs.
But the PGA Tour is full of guys who are normal sized, or even smaller, and still pop it out there pretty darn far. Do any of them get more out of their drives than, say, DJ or Woodland? 
The answer, it turns out, is yes – and we know this thanks to BroBible, which calculated driving distance divided by weight.
The winner, according to their math, is second-year player Justin Thomas, who averages 303.2 yards per drive despite weighing in at only 145 pounds. That gives him an average drive of 2.09 yards per pound.
The rest of the top five are:
2. Carlos Ortiz at 1.99 yards per pound (289.40 yards and 150 pounds)
3. Rickie Fowler at 1.98 yards per pound (296.80 yards and 150 pounds)
4. Will Wilcox at 1.98 yards per pound (296.60 yards and 150 pounds)
5. Derek Ernst  at 1.97 yards per pound (295.10 yards and 150 pounds)
Now, none of these guys can threaten DJ, who averaged 317.7 yards per drive in the 2014-15 season. But – as BroBible points out – Thomas' average is only 14 yards less than DJ's despite DJ having six inches and 45 pounds on him. 
That is darned impressive – even if Thomas says so himself:
Coldwell Banker
C.B. Macdonald's mansion at Chicago Golf Club includes 6,020 square feet of living space, and a unique place in the history of American golf.
Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., owns the distinction of being the site of the United States' oldest 18-hole golf course. Charles Blair Macdonald, often regarded as "the father of American golf," founded the club and built the course in the early 1890s, and built a mansion there in 1897.
And now, that mansion is up for sale.
The five-bedroom house – known as Ballyshear – offers 6,020 square feet of living space and sits on a 1.77-acre plot. Designed by architect Jarvis Hunt, it "anchored a colony of homes occupied by members of Chicago society, who congregated around the golf club between the 1890s and the 1910s," according to The Chicago Tribune.
Its listing on describes the house as "the epitome of a refined country lifestyle in the heart of Wheaton." It goes on to say "this magnificent home combines the timeless elegance of beautifully preserved architecture with the modern amenities of an active family home" and notes that "the rich story of Ballyshear reveals much about the history of Chicago, the city's privileged, and the history of golf in America."
The house includes four full baths, three half baths, two fireplaces, a library, hardwood floors and a theater room on the top floor. Outside are a tennis court and in-ground pool.
"Four huge pillars, with Corinthian capitals, edge a semi-circular platform to form the porch, the whole making the front entrance," House Beautiful magazine said about the house in May 1899, according to The Tribune. "This imposing porch is the most conspicuous feature of the exterior of the house, and gives it its character."
Macdonald and his family only lived in the house for a few years before moving to New York in 1900. He rented it out for a while, and sold it in 1905, said The Tribune, which adds that Ballyshear has had seven owners since then.
Macdonald is one of the key figures in the history of golf in the United States, and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. His original nine holes at the Chicago Golf Club, which he built in 1892, made it the first golf course west of the Allegheny Mountains, and when he added a second nine the next year, it became the country's first full-length course. 
Macdonald also played a key role in creating the U.S. Golf Association, and served as vice president after it was founded in 1894. He also won the inaugural U.S. Amateur Championship in 1895, making him the first official national champion. His 12 & 11 defeat of Charles Sands in the final remains the largest winning score in the event's history.
Macdonald went on to design some of the United States' most prominent early courses. Among them are National Golf Links in Southampton, N.Y.; Yale Golf Club in New Haven, Conn.; St. Louis Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.; and the Old White course at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. He also created the course at the Mid-Ocean Club in Bermuda.