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Phil Mickelson keeps his 2016 highlight reel going with this chip-in during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Off the green on the par-5 18 at Pebble Beach Golf Links?

When you're Phil big deal because you can do this:



The birdie put him in a tie for the lead after 9.

Thank you, Pacific Ocean. For providing the perfect backdrop for some Mickelson magic.

Phil would go on to get up and down out of the greenside bunker on his next hole.

PLAYING THROUGH: Phil Mickelson chips in four times at Career Builder Challenge

February 13, 2016 - 3:12pm
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Bubba Watson congratulates Mark Wahlberg on an extraordinary tee shot Friday.

The celebrities at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am are there because ... well, they're celebrities. But some of them have pretty good golf games, too.

Take Mark Wahlberg, for example. Partnered with Bubba Watson, the former "Marky Mark" and talented actor put this tee shot within inches of an ace at the par-3, 153-yard third hole at the Monterey Peninsula course on Friday.





Nicely done by one lefty with the other watching. Worthy of the fist bump. And a easy birdie tap-in.

Wahlberg showed Saturday he can handle the flatstick from long distance as well. Check out this putt from way downtown at Pebble Beach's 13th.




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Haydn Porteous kept his clothes mostly dry at the Tshwane Open, and his score mostly good.
Most of us learned about Haydn Porteous when he seemingly came out of nowhere to win the European Tour's Joburg Open a couple weeks ago. The 21-year-old South African might not win this week in the Tshwane Open, but he certainly had a couple of highlight-reel moments in his opening round.
And both involved him shedding some, or almost all, of his clothes.
First, Porteous hit his second shot on the par-4 fourth hole into a swampy hazard just off the green. Wanting to keep his clothes clean and dry, he stripped off his shirt, shoes and socks, and rolled his pant legs up above his knees. He took a big, wet whack at the ball, but it wasn't quite big enough – his ball popped up into the air but didn't have enough oomph to clear the bank in front of the green, and he wound up with a double bogey. 
Amazingly, he followed that up with three straight birdies before finding himself in a somewhat similiar situation on the par-3 eighth hole. This time, he shed his shoes and socks, and took his swing – this one not only made it up onto the putting surface, but it hit the pin with a resounding thwack and stopped a foot or so away. Porteous strolled up in his bare feet and tapped the shortie for a not-so-routine par.
Despite the "watermarks" on his scorecard, he managed an even-par 70 and is tied for 23rd heading into Friday's second round. Here's his stripdown and scramble:
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Chevron CEO John Watson celebrated a long-distance eagle on the iconic 18th hole at Pebble Beach on Thursday.
The field at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am this week is pretty stacked – Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are just some of the stars on hand out on the Monterey Peninsula. So it makes perfect sense that the best shot we've seen so far has come from an amateur.
John Watson, the CEO of oil giant Chevron, knocked in a gorgeous wedge shot from out in the fairway on the iconic 18th hole at Pebble Beach. His shot is just perfect – nice, high, and even cooler because as the camera pans up the ball bisects an airplane contrail. It lands softly on the green, spins smartly to the left and rolls right into the cup.
A lot of the amateurs at Pebble Beach are verrrry amateur, if you know what I mean. Watson most definitely is not. He plays to a handicap of 2, is a member of Augusta National, and was the captain of the golf team at California-Davis back in his college days. I'm not sure whether the current low gasoline prices are good or bad for his golf game, but he was certainly dialed in on that shot today.
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February 10, 2016 - 5:53pm
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The time is now for potential U.S. Ryder Cup team members to start rallying around one another. U.S. Captain Davis Love III said the team building has already begun and will continue in the months leading up to the matches at Hazeltine in September.

The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn., is just 33 short weeks away.

On the eve of his 29th AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am start on Wednesday, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III talked about the playbook he is building for the American side that will have the team as relaxed as possible, as it tries to win the Ryder Cup for just the third time since 1999.

"We're grabbing ahold of these guys early on," Love said. "Once they're solid (looking like a lock to make the team), we can start talking about practice and team building. I've already done that with Jordan Spieth, Zach and Dustin Johnson... And at the Honda Classic in March, we're going to have a dinner with a bunch of guys. This is all part of our team building. We're not going to wait until the clothes fitting at Memorial to get together for the first time."

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Love said that unlike his first go around as captain, he finds himself paying close attention to the points standings much earlier.

"There's been a lot of movement already," he said. "I've been watching from the start of the year -- Jordan got off to a great start. Jason Dufner, who I've talked about before, that was a great win for him (at CareerBuilder Challenge) to go from 32nd to eighth. Kevin Streelman, Harris English -- it's good to see them playing well and moving up. Rickie Fowler has been playing great wherever he plays. And I get to play three rounds with Brandt Snedeker this week like I did at the Sony... These guys are motivating me to do a good job."

Love is hoping this early investment in the team from the top right on down to the players will pay big dividends seven months from now.

He knows that -- as it always does -- the outcome will come down to putting, an area where the Europeans have excelled in recent history.

Love seemed poised for victory with his team at Medinah taking a healthy 10-6 lead into the Sunday singles, but the Europeans made a remarkable comeback to shatter those dreams.

"When the pressure gets on, it's harder to make putts," Love said. "That's what it comes down to. We're going to prepare the best we can and try to be relaxed this time."

After a lopsided defeat at Gleneagles in 2014, Love is hoping this year's team goes into the matches not just as prepared as possible, but also as cool and collected as possible.

"I don't think the players look back -- they look at it as an opportunity," Love said. "Dufner said it best to me at the PGA last year: 'I want to play on a winnning Ryder Cup team. It's a goal of mine.' They don't care about the past. These guys have maybe played in one or two and I know they're looking forward to winning one.

"I like what I'm seeing. Their attitudes are great," Love added. "They're not looking backwards. They're looking forward. They want to win." 


February 10, 2016 - 2:57pm
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Today at 5 p.m. ET, live from Pebble Beach, Calif., the U.S. Ryder Cup Facebook page will stream 2016 U.S. Captain Davis Love III's press conference.

Be sure to tune in to the Ryder Cup Team USA Facebook page at 5 p.m. ET today for a live press conference from Pebble Beach, Calif., with 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III.

Just seven months away, the 2016 Ryder Cup will be played at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn.

The U.S. is looking for its first Ryder Cup win since 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky.

It's anticipated that Love will talk about the recent play of Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler -- who look to be locks at this point -- as well as Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson and others.

You can see the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings here.