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July 8, 2015 - 11:58am
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy posted this picture Wednesday of his foot in a cast, while watching tennis from Wimbledon.

Rory McIlroy will not defend his Open Championship title.

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In an Instagram post Wednesday, the world's No. 1 player wrote this, along with posting a photo of his left foot in a cast:

After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. I’m taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100% healthy and 100% competitive. Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can.... In the mean time, come on Andy!!!



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McIlroy is obviously cheering on Andy Murray, Scottish tennis pro. who was playing Vasek Pospisil in one quarterfinal match at Wimbledon. On the bright side, Murray won and will face Roger Federer in the semis.



July 7, 2015 - 8:52am
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Miguel Angel Jimenez
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Was the Most Interesting Man in the World bored with tennis, or just catching a quick nap at Wimbledon?

Miguel Angel Jimenez is jokingly referred to as golf's Most Interesting Man in the World, mainly because ... he is.

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But even the Most Interesting Man in the World has to catch a nap where he can, as evidenced by this tweet from Ian Poulter on Monday:




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Both golfers and their wives were attending The Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club -- one of tennis' most prestigious tournaments -- just a couple of weeks before St. Andrews hosts the Open Championship, one of golf's most prestigious tournaments.

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Hopefully, Jimenez will have caught up on his sleep by then.

Robert Streb
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Robert Streb was forced to use a sand wedge on the green after breaking his putter Sunday.

It's not the literal definition of a "sand save," but in Robert Streb's case, his sand wedge might have turned out to be a better putter than his putter.

Streb's putter broke at the base of the shaft when he tossed it towards his bag on the ninth hole during Sunday's final round of the Greenbrier Classic. Unfortunately for Streb, he was still within one shot of the lead at the time. 

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But that's where the trusty sand wedge came to the rescue, as this video shows:



In fact, Streb made this long birdie "putt" on the following hole to move him into a tie for the lead.






And three holes later, Streb steps up with another chance to grab a share of the top spot:





And just to prove a point, after three-"wedging" the 17th hole for a bogey, Streb hit his tee shot on No. 18 to this distance, and once again, wedged in the clutch:




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Streb eventually wound up in a four-way tie and advanced to a sudden-death playoff. That meant he could replace the broken putter with one in his locker. However, in an odd twist of fate, Streb never needed to pull the second putter out of the bag. He missed the 18th green and chipped from the rough -- but was eliminated by birdie putts from playoff winner Danny Lee and David Hearn.



Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson got his first eagle of the week on No. 16.

Bubba Watson hasn't had the best day on the greens during the fourth round of the Greenbrier Classic, so he decided to keep his putter in the bag and finish things up with an iron. From 121 yards away. 

Take a look at the video of Watson's great shot on No. 16 that gave him his first eagle of the weekend. 



The shot moved Watson to 2-under for the day, and 9-under for the tournament -- good enough to put him in the top 20 with two holes to play.

July 5, 2015 - 2:52pm
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St. Andrews
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A bird's eye view of St. Andrews, courtesy of the Open Championship and a remote-controlled drone.

Here's something to whet your appetite for the next major championship on the schedule.

The Open Championship posted this video on its Twitter feed Sunday of the Old Course at St. Andrews -- from a drone's perspective:



Included in the video are some awesome panoramic views of the Home of Golf: the famous Road Hole, the historic home of the Royal and Ancient and the 18th fairway and green, with the shops and buildings located right across the street.

And something that doesn't show up well on television coverage -- it's amazing how close the sea is to the Old Course. 

St. Andrews ought to be on every golfer's bucket list.