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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods' 85 on Saturday was three shots higher than the 82 he shot in the second round of the Phoenix Open in January.
I'm not trying to rub it in, but Tiger Woods' 85 on Saturday at the Memorial was by far his worst score as a professional. It was, as Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press reminded us, three shots higher than the 82 he shot in the second round of the Phoenix Open in January, which led to him taking a two-month break from competition until he could get his game in order. 
Woods ended his front nine with back-to-back double bogeys for an outward 42. Then on No. 18, he hooked his tee shot into the water, flubbed two chips from short of the green and took a quadruple-bogey 8. 
You can read much more about his round here. And if you missed it, the PGA Tour put together a video package recounting Tiger's travails. Even given his recent struggles, you almost have to see the way that quadruple bogey unfolded to believe it.
June 5, 2015 - 3:19pm
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Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth has been on fire all season long, so it was no surprise to see him hole this 48-foot eagle putt on Friday at the Memorial.

It's pretty safe to say that Jordan Spieth is the hottest golfer in the world these days. And when you're the hottest golfer in the world, you tend to do things like this:


That was a 48-footer that dropped for eagle at Muirfield Village's par-5 fifth hole in the second round of the Memorial this afternoon.

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Spieth, looking to become the first three-time winner on Tour this season, moved to 7 under for the tournament with the eagle (he was 8 under at the time of this post after a birdie on No. 7).

So how good has Spieth been this season? He's got eight top-10 finishes in 15 starts, including the Masters win. He's been a runner-up on three occasions, including a T2 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational after the Masters.

That's awesome stuff.

June 5, 2015 - 12:56pm
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson has a knack for pulling off unbelievable shots. Add this one to the highlight reel, which set up a short eagle putt.

If you love a good Phil Mickelson highlight -- and who doesn't? -- then you're going to want to check out his second shot into the par-5 seventh hole at the Memorial today.

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Mickelson absolutely smoked a 2-iron from 270 yards out (270 yards!) to within three feet of the hole:


Mickelson would make the short eagle putt to get to 4 under for the tournament.

June 5, 2015 - 12:35pm
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Rickie Fowler
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Kids love Rickie Fowler. One fan loves him so much, he actually walked into a creek at Muirfield Village today to retrieve a Fowler water ball.

Few players in golf have a bigger fanbase than Rickie Fowler.

And sometimes, they'll go to great thanks to get a piece of Fowler, whether it's for an autograph, a high-five or a selfie.

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But, you'd be hard-pressed to find a fan more dedicated than this one who -- dressed in Fowler garb -- decided to walk into a creek at Muirfield Village during the Memorial today to snag a wayward Fowler shot.

Check it out:


Hopefully the kid can get the ball signed by Fowler for the effort.

June 5, 2015 - 8:17am
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Jason Dufner
Check out this long, winding putt that Jason Dufner put the perfect touch on in Round 1 of the Memorial on Thursday for an unlikely eagle.

After the first round of the Memorial on Thursday, 2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner had his name near the top of the leaderboard thanks to a 6-under 66.

The round included this incredible, roller coaster eagle putt from 59 feet on the par-5 15th hole:

That eagle gave Dufner a share of the lead at 8 under, but he made a double-bogey 6 on the 18th hole to drop back to 6 under.

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Even so, Dufner should be encouraged by his start. His tie for eighth a week ago at the AT&T Byron Nelson was just his second top-10 finish of the season. It looks as though he's carrying some momentum into this week.

Cheyenne Woods and Drake
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Cheyenne Woods spent some time with Drake after his concert in Toronto earlier this week.
Drake is one of Cheyenne Woods' favorite performers, and he just happened to be playing a concert in his hometown of Toronto earlier this week. So Woods – an LPGA Tour rookie and the niece of Tiger Woods – asked her manager to track down a few tickets.
Done, and done. Woods, accompanied by fellow players Sadena Parks and Jaye Marie Green, attended the show, and met Drake afterward. Drake even posted a photo of himself with her on his Instagram account – thrilling her, and getting her 500 new followers to boot!
Clearly the good feelings she got from the show carried over to today's first round of the Manlife LPGA Classic in nearby Cambridge, Ontario. She went out and shot a course-record 63 to grab the first-round lead. Later in the day, Cristie Kerr and P.K. Kongkraphan tied her.
"I have always been a huge Drake fan," Woods said afterward. "I listen to him when I warm up, off the course, everything. When I saw that he released his tour schedule, I looked at it to see if any of the cities matched up with our Tour stops."
If you're curious, her favorite song from the concert was "Know Yourself," from his latest album, "If You're Reading This It's Too Late."
"How can you not get hyped about that song?," she said.
We can say the same thing about her first-round score. Here's how good it was:
--It's the first time she has led after any round on the LPGA Tour
--It easily surpassed her previous best score, which was a 65 at the 2014 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
--It tied the Whistle Bear Golf Club course record, set by Matt Bettencourt and Jon Mills at the 2005 Canadian PGA Championship


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