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November 9, 2014 - 10:45am
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Bubba Watson
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This shot from the bunker put Bubba Watson in a playoff at the HSBC Champions.

Not only did this shot give Bubba Watson an eagle, but it also forced a playoff at the HSBC Champions that he would go on to win. All of this came after he saw his two-shot lead with three holes fade away. 

Here's the video of Watson's shot: 

The shot is even more impressive when you consider that he had to stop his swing on his first attempt when a camera distracted him. 

This isn't the first incredible shot we've seen from Bubba at Shanghai. During the third round, Watson nearly carded an albatross on the eighth hole. He missed that by inches but then had to settle for birdie after two putting. 

Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson finished with a birdie on No. 8 after two putting.

Bubba Watson finished the third round two shots off the lead. He came inches from possibly being tied with Graeme McDowell had things broken his way. 

On the par-5 603-yard eighth hole, Watson's second shot just missed the hole by inches. He ended up two-putting and carding a birdie 4. 



That was his third birdie of the day and moved him 9-under for the weekend.

His back nine was just as up and down as his adventure on No. 8. He made a double-bogey 6 on the 10th hole, and made birdie on four of the final five holes. 

Ryan Ruffels
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Ryan Ruffels will play his college golf at Arizona State if Phil Mickelson has anything to say about it.
Ryan Ruffels was standing on the practice green in Australia on Wednesday when his phone rang. The 16-year-old high school junior pulled out his phone and answered it.
"Hey," the voice on the other end of the line said, "it's Phil Mickelson."
Yes, it was Phil Mickelson – the Phil Mickelson, who called Ruffels to talk up his alma mater, Arizona State. The Sun Devils, by the way, are coached by a guy named Tim Mickelson, who just happens to be Phil's brother.
"I was out here putting and I got this call from an international number and I jumped on my phone and he said, 'Hey, it's Phil Mickelson,' " Ruffels told The Sydney Morning Herald. "I thought one of my mates from school was giving me a prank call.
Mickelson chatted with the youngster for an hour, and the two made plans to meet when Ruffels travels to the United States in a few weeks.
Ruffels was impressed by the unexpected call from Mickelson, but not overwhelmed. As one of the top junior players in Australia, he's already played practice rounds with the likes of Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy.
I'm just starting to get some exposure to those big players and it's great," Ruffels said. "They've obviously won majors and that's something I'm trying to do when I'm older, so learning the ropes from them is pretty cool."
Ruffels, now based in Melbourne, was born in the United States but moved to Australia five years ago when his dad got a job as the tennis coach at the Australian Institute of Sport. He won the age 15-17 division in the World Junior Championship in July, and finished fourth in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship last month.
And about this time a year ago, he became one of the youngest players ever to earn a top-25 finish in the Australian Open – where he got to know Rory McIlroy, who won that tournament. He's planning to try the Australian Open again in a few weeks, and that's one more reason for us to pay attention.
Jurassic Par
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Dinosaurs on the PGA Tour? Writer/illustrator Austin Light thinks that'd be a great movie.
The pantheon of memorable golf movies includes such titles as "Caddyshack," "Tin Cup" and "Happy Gilmore," but as far as I know there's never been one that starred dinosaurs.
A writer/illustrator named Austin Light has come up with an idea for one, however. He calls it "Jurassic Par." 
The drawing above is his idea for a scene from the film, the plot of which he describes as: "Two dinosaurs set out to prove they're more than just killing machines. Thanks to a loophole in the rules, they find a spot on the PGA Tour and golf their way to the top of the food chain."
Light came up with his prehistoric PGA Tour plotline by reimagining popular movie titles, but with one letter missing. The idea first appeared on Reddit, and Light not only came up with almost two dozen titles but also drew scenes from each of his imaginary movies.
He shared them on the Twistedsifter website, where they appeared yesterday.
He has some other funny non-golf ones, too – I especially like the musical "Obocop" and the dramatic "Pup Fiction." "Jurassic Par" is No. 6 on the page as you scroll down through his entries.
November 7, 2014 - 2:20pm
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longest usable golf club
Michael Furrh
Michael Furrh, of Arlington, Texas, is now a three-time Guinness World Record holder for longest "usable" golf club -- a 20-foot, 6-inch driver that he hit 63 yards in the air.

Earlier this week, we brought you the story of Michael Furrh, the Arlington, Texas, man who set the new Guinness World Record for longest "usable" golf club with a 20-foot, 6-inch driver.

Furrh, a Caddie Master/Event Director for Caddie Club Golf, actually held the Guinness Record in 2013 with a 14-foot, 2 1/2-inch driver that he hit over 146 yards.

In September, Karsten Maas of Denmark achieved a new record for longest "usable" golf club with his 14-foot, 5-inch driver that went just over 180 yards.

Naturally, Furrh was looking forward to reclaiming his record and that's what he did on November 3 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Dallas. See the official video from the Guinness World Record feat below:

All told, Furrh's shot carried 63 yards. We caught up with him to learn more about the world-record setting club.

"I build all my own clubs," Furrh told us. "I used steel shaft extentions to lenghten the club, and it weighed a total of 52 ounces."

That's a 3 1/4-pound golf club -- heavy stuff. On top of setting the record, Furrh -- a golf professional since 2002 -- wanted to maintain the integrity of the golf swing. He explained to that people who have attempted the record in the past have done so with a hockey-style swing.

"I was making a great effort to swing the club in a conventional golf method taking a full backswing," Furrh said. "I broke two ribs in an accident two weeks before the record so it was extra special to bring this Guinness World Record back to Rolling Hills Country Club, Rolling Hills Membership and all of Texas."

Furrh tells us the new record club length of 20 feet, 6 inches was actually a surprise to the 30 or so family, friends, media and members that were in attendance.

His first attempts of the day were with a 19-foot, 5-inch graphite driver weighing 36 ounces.

The existing record was broken with a shot that carried 89 yards, as measured by Mike Rausch of Golf Ect with a Foresight Sports GC 2 Launch Monitor.

After that, Furrh pulled out the 20-foot, 6-inch club that he built in the cart barn at Rolling Hills, which he says takes up five parking spaces.

On the first swing, he hit the ball 45 yards on the fly to establish another record. After a few more shots, his longest carried 63 yards.

"I've had this club built for quite a while and I've been waiting for someone to hit a long club," he said. "Now everyone sees my response with this 20-foot monster. Just wait and see what I have lined up for my next swing." 

November 7, 2014 - 11:31am
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T.J. Auclair
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Adam Scott
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Adam Scott was 4-under through six holes on Friday in the HSBC Champions before playing two holes in 6-over par.

Typically, players like Adam Scott absolutely devour par-5 holes.

On Friday in the HSBC Champions, however, it was a par-5 hole that feasted on Scott.

Scott was cruising along with four birdies in his first six holes at Sheshan International in Friday's second round before hitting a huge speed-bump at the par-5 eighth hole.

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First, Scott sent a tee shot left of left and into the trees. He took a drop on a forward tee box, and -- with a 3-wood for his third shot -- found the fairway. Now, playing his fourth shot, Scott found the rough short of the green behind a hazard.

From there, Scott chunked his chip and it rolled back into the hazard. He took a second drop on the hole and was shooting seven. Scott's seventh shot found the green and he two-putted for the quadruple-bogey 9.

Here's video of Scott's adventure.

The next hole wasn't all that pretty for the world's No. 2-ranked player either. He made a double-bogey. So, after going 4 under in his first six holes, Scott was then 6-over in a two-hole stretch.

He also bogeyed the 11th hole, but bounced back with an eagle at the par-5 14th hole and a birdie at the par-4 16th hole to finished with an even-par 72. He'll head into the weekend at 2 under, eight shots behind 36-hole leader Graeme McDowell.