Golf Buzz

December 8, 2014 - 8:40am
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T.J. Auclair
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods has been a master of the short game for nearly two decades. However, that wasn't so much the case last week at the Hero World Challenge.

Chunk City, population Tiger Woods.

At least that's how it felt watching Woods in the Hero World Challenge last week, his first start since the PGA Championship in August after being sidelined with back injuries and surgery to correct those issues.

As any serious golfer can attest (no matter the level of ability), "touch" is the first thing to go after a lengthy layoff. And, in the case of Woods, it also doesn't help when you're trying to tweak your swing.

Adam Sarson (@Adam_Sarson) shows us in this series of .gifs that Woods had a total of nine mis-hit chips in his four rounds at the Hero World Challenge where he tied for 17th (last place) at even par.

The guys at (@NoLayingUp) also put together this Vine of Tiger's Thursday chunks:

And here are two Vines from the same hole at Isleworth -- No. 13 -- on Sunday:

While it's great to see Tiger back on the course, if we learned anything last week it's that the short game isn't nearly as easy as he's made it look for so many years. 

h/t CBS Eye on Golf


December 7, 2014 - 6:58pm
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Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy, left, spent some time before the game on the field with Jeffrey Luria and MLB starts Justin Verlander and Mike Trout.

One of the top NFL games this weekend is the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The matchup certainly caught the eye of Rory McIlroy. 

Before the game started, McIlroy hung out on the field with Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Luria, and Major League Baseball stars Justin Verlander and Mike Trout. For those of you keeping score, the trio of athletes have combined for four major titles, two Vardon trophies, two American League Most Valuable Player awards and two American League Rookie of the Year awards.



Once the game started, the 25-year-old Northern Irishman watched the game from a box. 




December 7, 2014 - 11:55am
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Golf fail
This attempt to practice a full golf swing didn't turn out well, at least for the light bulb.

It's OK to practice your golf swing inside on bad weather days, but choose where you're going to practice wisely.

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This poor man didn't -- and things went badly on the follow-through. Watch:



Low ceilings with light fixtures that hang down? Not a good idea.

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But getting some swings in when the weather turns bad is a great idea. Just pick a room with a higher ceiling -- or get outside for a few minutes.

December 7, 2014 - 7:45am
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Dawie van der Walt
Dawie van der Walt prepares to hit his drive on the second hole Sunday.

Not long ago, the Discovery Channel show "Mythbusters" disproved the adage that "trees are 90 percent air." On average, they showed only a quarter of golf balls hit at a tree make it through unscathed.

But on Sunday at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, Dawie van der Walt did that experiment one better. He used a tree to pull off an amazing "hidden ball trick."




If you remember, Sergio Garcia did that one better in the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational, going up into a tree to hit his ball, which had lodged in the branches.

Still, all myth-busting aside, it's impressive to think the branches of a tree seem to be the perfect place to capture a well-struck golf ball falling from the sky.

Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth cracks a rare smile after draining a 45-foot putt on the final hole Saturday at Isleworth.

The tournament is called the "Hero World Challenge," and Jordan Spieth put on a superhero-like performance Saturday.

RUNNING AWAY: Jordan Spieth leads Hero World Challenge by seven strokes

He made nine birdies en route to a third-round 63. But he may have saved the best for last with this 45-foot bomb on No. 18. Watch:



That not only put Spieth seven shots ahead of the field, but his 20-under total broke a record for the lowest three-round total in Tiger Woods' charity event.

Considering the way Spieth tamed a tough Australian Open field with a final-round 63 last weekend, there's no one hotter in the game right now than the young Texan.


Morgan's trick shot
This shot by Morgan is more a cool trick shot than a "fail."

We're always on the hunt for cool golf videos, and here's one that fits the bill.

This is the Challenge Hole at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla. Visitors get a chance to put one close from 132 yards out at an island green. The best shots are recorded on an online leaderboard and monthly prizes are awarded.

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Sounds easy, right? Well, here's a shot from last month that didn't quite reach the green -- but it's not a "fail" at all. To be honest, knocking the tee out from under the ball in that situation takes more skill than just hitting it flush.

Check it out:




Way to go, Morgan. And thanks to pmcsurf1 for uploading that.