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July 1, 2015 - 1:57pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Shaquille O'Neal
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Shaquille O'Neal played in the Greenbrier Classic Pro-Am on Wednesday and his opening tee shot wasn't pretty.

If you think, "Shaquille O'Neal playing in the Greenbrier Classic Pro-Am" sounds funny, wait until you see this swing in this video captured by's Jason Sobel:


Whiff City.

But, it looks like the Big Aristotle has some serious clubhead speed. While he didn't make contact with the ball, he did blow it off the tee.

I wonder how Shaq would fair in disc golf.

July 1, 2015 - 10:14am
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T.J. Auclair
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Bubba Watson
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Just a few days after picking up his second win of the season, Bubba Watson will enjoy the comfort of his own bed while competing in the Greenbrier Classic.

The PGA Tour heads to White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., this week for the Greenbrier Classic.

Much like last week at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., the Greenbrier's Old White Course is another one of those places where players can go crazy low.

Here's a look at the five players you'll want to keep an eye on this week.

RELATED: Greenbrier Classic tee times | Watch: Disc golf hole-in-one

5. Jonas Blixt
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T13 at the CIMB Classic
Reason to watch: Blixt has missed the cut in 11 of 18 starts this season, including six of his last seven. So, you ask, why are we watching him? Fair question. Because his luck -- if not his game -- has to turn at some point. He won this very tournament two years ago. When you're low on confidence, I'd imagine playing a place where you've had success has to be at least a little uplifting.

4. Scott Stallings
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Second at the Farmers Insurance Open
Reason to watch: Stallings has become one of those players on the PGA Tour who, while he may not contend every time he tees it up, if his name is on the first page of a leaderboard late in a tournament, you'd better watch out. His victory at the 2011 Greenbrier Classic was the first of his three wins on Tour. He's a streaky player who has been in a rut lately, missing the cut in seven of his last nine starts. To me, Stallings is the type of player where it doesn't matter what form he's in, it's possible for him to snap out of a funk at any time. Why not this week?

3. Graham DeLaet
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Fourth at the Travelers Championship
Reason to watch: The Canadian -- still in search of his first PGA Tour win -- enters this week coming off his best finish of the season, a T4 at the Travelers Championship. Like the two players listed above him here, DeLaet can be very streaky. Injuries have held DeLaet back in recent years. If it weren't for that, he'd likely be considered one of the best players on the PGA Tour without a victory. He'll snag that "W" soon.

2. Bill Haas
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the Humana Challenge
Reason to watch: I'm not a huge fan of anonymous polls, but the one earlier this year that identified Haas as the most "underrated player" on the PGA Tour couldn't have been more accurate. Maybe it's laidback demeanor and quiet confidence that fools us all, but Haas is a stud. He's got six wins on the PGA Tour and he only turned 33 years old just over a month ago. He has always played well at Greenbrier, including a playoff loss in 2011. A win this week would be his second of the season and -- most likely -- assure him a spot on his father's U.S. Presidents Cup team in Korea later this year.

1. Bubba Watson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the WGC-HSBC Champions and the Travelers Championship
Reason to watch: I'm sticking with the hot-hand this week. The winner from Sunday has a home at the Greenbrier. Aside from winning a major, I can't imagine anything better than winning a tournament, heading home and being able to play the next tournament on a course you love while enjoying the comfort of your own bed. That's what Watson gets this week.

Here's how my five to watch fared last week at the Travelers Championship:

5. Marc Leishman -- T39
4. Hunter Mahan -- CUT
3. Kevin Streelman -- CUT
2. Bubba Watson -- Won
1. Brandt Snedeker -- T10  

July 1, 2015 - 8:21am
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Tim Hortons
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A Timbit on a golf tee: A great way to celebrate Canada Day.

Americans are well-aware of the significance of July 4, but to our friends up north, July 1 is a special day.

The Dominion of Canada was created by an act of confederation on July 1, 1867. And Canada Day is the celebration of that event.

So what does golf have to do with Canada Day? Well, Tim Hortons -- which to Canadians is as obiquitous as McDonald's is to Americans -- posted this tweet of a Timbit on a tee, which sums up the holiday perfectly:



Happy birthday, Canada. Have a coffee and a doughnut on us today.

June 30, 2015 - 1:19pm
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Microsoft Band
Microsoft and TaylorMade are teaming up for a new golf tracking app for the Microsoft Band.

In the market for a new fitness tracker but not sure which one to buy? If you're looking for a golf tracking app, perhaps the Microsoft Band may be the way to go.

Microsoft and TaylorMade recently announced plans to offer a golf tracker for Microsoft Band. 

Here's a quick synopsis, according to Microsoft's landing page:

As you play your round, get all the information you need on your Microsoft Band. The built-in GPS detects which hole you’re playing and finds your range, while advanced sensors track your strokes, steps, heart rate, and calorie burn. After your round, Microsoft Health helps you analyze your fitness and game stats.

And because you’re playing with Microsoft Band, you can stay connected while you play. Your band notifies you about important texts, emails, and calls.

Golf global positioning systems -- or GPS -- have been available for some time, and some even strap to your wrist. But this might be the first time a fitness tracker has offered a specific app for golfers.

When will it be available? "Coming soon," according to Microsoft. However, there is a short video that explains some of the features the new app will offer when it's ready for public use.

June 30, 2015 - 10:21am
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T.J. Auclair
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disc golf
Even if this is the only disc golf shot you ever see, I can assure you it will be the best -- a hole-in-one that needs to be seen to be believed.

I've got to be honest -- I've heard of disc golf, but until today, I had never understood what it actually is, or how it's played.

That said, I'm fairly confident in stating that this is the greatest disc golf "shot" you will ever see in your life (even, if like me, it's likely to be the only disc golf shot you ever see in your life).


This "ace" was made by a gentleman named Dave Feldberg on the third hole during the final round of the 2015 Maple Hill Open. The hole was described as a "365-foot, S-tunnel" shot with a "Lucid Enforcer" -- which I think is a fancy way of saying, "frisbee."

That was awesome.

h/t CBS Sports Golf


June 28, 2015 - 5:14pm
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Danny Lee
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Fans examine the driver Danny Lee gave a young fan during Sunday's final round.

Fans at the ballpark can keep foul balls, but for the most part, sports equipment stays in the field of play until the contest is over. That's not to say players don't hand out broken bats, batting gloves, basketball shoes -- like the ones Bubba Watson got from Kevin Durant -- after the fact.

And we've seen professional golfers hand out items during a round. Rory McIlroy made this kid's day by giving him a golf ball. And Phil Mickelson is known for giving signed golf gloves to spectators he may have hit with an errant shot.

But an unbroken driver? In the middle of a round? That's a new one.

But Danny Lee apparently got so fed up with his driver during Sunday's final round of the Travelers Championship that he handed it to a young fan and walked away.

Check out the surprised look on everyone's faces afterward:




It was definitely and up-and-down day for Lee, who finished with four birdies and five bogeys for a 1-over 71. And no, Lee wasn't allowed to replace the club, not that it seemed to matter in the end.