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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy addresses the ball in the bunker before holing the shot Saturday.

Who needs a sand save statistic when you can do this instead?

Rory McIlroy found himself in the greenside bunker at the par-4 10th hole Saturday -- some 35 feet from the hole -- during his match with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama. He had just given back a hole at the ninth, and this could have been a pivotal point in the match.

Instead, watch what happens:



McIlroy went on to win the hole, and eventually the match by a score of 6 and 5, moving the world's No. 1 player in the Cadillac Match Play quarterfinals.

Unfortunately for Rory, it also means he probably won't get to use the tickets he bought for Saturday night's Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight in Las Vegas.

May 1, 2015 - 12:37pm
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Patrick Reed
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After missing a short putt in the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship on Thursday, Patrick Reed used his putter to smash the ball away in disgust.

Nobody likes to miss a short putt -- especially the pros.

"Short putt" standards for the pros are a little longer than the rest of us.

Take Patrick Reed in his match against Danny Willett in the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship on Thursday for instance.

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Faced with a 6-7-foot putt for par to halve the hole, Reed missed to go 2-down in the match.

Instead of picking the ball up and moving ahead to the 11th tee, a frustrated Reed scooped the ball up with the back of his putter, flipped it in the air and hit it like a Major League Baseball slugger.

We can't tell by this Vine, but assuming there were indeed fans in the area, this probably wasn't very safe:


Reed wound up losing the match, 2&1.

I much prefer this Match-Play version of Reed:


May 1, 2015 - 9:12am
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The PGA of America announced on Friday that Kiawah Island's Ocean Course will host the 2021 PGA Championship.

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (May 1, 2015) -- The PGA of America announced today that it will conduct the 2021 PGA Championship on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

The 103rd edition of the Championship in August 2021 returns to the renowned Pete Dye-designed oceanfront layout in South Carolina after its first visit in 2012, when Rory McIlroy captured the Wanamaker Trophy by a record-setting margin. The Ocean Course is one of four venues to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships – the Ryder Cup (1991), the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (2007) and the PGA Championship. The Ocean Course also hosted the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship.

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“Ever since The Ocean Course was introduced to the world, it has been a supreme test for the greatest players in golf,” said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. “From a down-to-the-last putt thriller of a Ryder Cup in 1991 to Rory McIlroy closing a record-setting performance in the 2012 PGA Championship, there has never been a shortage of thrills on The Ocean Course. We anticipate that tradition of excellence continuing in 2021 at the PGA Championship.”

The PGA Championship also is the only one of golf’s four majors to be hosted in South Carolina. The announcement was made with Kiawah Island Golf Resort Chairman Bill Goodwin.

“It’s an honor to have the PGA Championship returning to The Ocean Course and Kiawah Island,” said Goodwin. “We have enjoyed dramatic finishes and premier Champions each time the PGA of America elected to bring an event to the island. We will do all that we can to provide the best possible conditions for the world’s best players and make the experience memorable to golf fans of South Carolina and to thousands of visitors worldwide.”

The PGA Championship, the only all-professional major, features one of the deepest international fields in golf. Since 1994, it has perennially featured the most top-100 players in the Official World Golf Rankings of all golf Championships.

The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in North America – 10 along the Atlantic Ocean with the other eight running parallel to those.

Designed from a ribbon of pristine sand dunes stretching nearly three miles along the Atlantic Ocean at the eastern end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course is a par-72 layout that can be extended to 7,676 yards, and is reminiscent of the great seaside links of England and Scotland.

May 1, 2015 - 8:51am
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We've seen plenty of golf ball juggling acts over the years. But nothing -- and I mean nothing -- tops the performance you'll see in this video.

The most famous golf ball juggling act -- hands down -- came courtesy of that Tiger Woods Nike commercial from years ago, which you can see here.

But, is it the best golf ball juggling act? After seeing what I saw this morning, I'd have to say no chance.

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Check out this video from some French golfers who could probably have their own golf juggling traveling act if they were so inclined:


Merci à Kenny et Romain d'avoir fait une démonstration pour nos jeunes espoirs d'Aquitaine!

Posted by Philippe Uranga on Wednesday, April 29, 2015


That was amazing. The level of concentration, the poise -- this video had it all. I could watch it all day.

That truly was amazing. I remember late last year we had a video of a couple of junior golfers in Finland with a similar routine, but this one takes it up a notch.

Another one of or favorites came from Tiger's niece, Cheyenne Woods, who imitated her uncle in the Nike commercial.

But, for my money, this latest video is far and away the best.

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Jason Hamilton went to great lengths - or should we say heights - to try and recover Lydia Ko's golf ball Thursday at the North Texas Shootout.
Earlier this week, Lydia Ko announced that she would donate her winnings from the North Texas Shootout to the earthquake victims in Nepal. For a little while today, it looked like she might also need to set up a medical fund for her caddie.
For her third shot into the par-4 14th hole, Ko found a large evergreen tree between herself and the green. She thought she could loft a wedge over the tree, but didn't quite hit it hard enough and her ball lodged in a branch high up in the tree.
When it became clear the ball wasn't going to come down on its own, caddie Jason Hamilton leaped – or perhaps we should say climbed – into action. Up the tree he went, and we say up, we mean up.
"Not being able to see it from the ground, I thought I'd better get up there," he said afterward. So he "climbed up and shook the tree as well as I could for about three or four minutes."
Despite his effort, the ball refused to budge. Fortunately for Ko, a rules official declared that, because it was the "unanimous consensus" of those witnessing the shot that the ball was indeed stuck in the tree, then she could go ahead and declare it an unplayable lie instead of a lost ball. 
Both declarations result in a one-stroke penalty, according to the Rules of Golf. But if the ball had been declared lost, she would have had to play her next shot from the spot where she hit her original ball into the tree. By declaring it unplayable, she was able to take relief from the tree.
"I didn't know he was that good at climbing trees," Ko smiled, adding that "it's good to know that my caddie is always there to support me and to do what's best for me."
Hamilton admitted that "it was a little hairy" being so high up in the tree, and said he was "hanging on pretty tight" because he didn't think about how to get down until he was already up there. But he managed to scramble back down to the lowest branch, and then stuck his dismount.
Crazily enough, Hamilton said this wasn't the first time a player he was caddying for had stuck a ball way up in a tree. It happened out in Palm Springs, he said, but it was one of those "spiky palm trees, and I wasn't going up that one."
Good call, Jason, and great job today. Unfortunately, Ko took a triple bogey on the hole en route to a first-round 75.
Here's the video of his arborial excursion:
April 30, 2015 - 9:02am
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The Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox played in an empty Camden Yards on Wednesday, so announcer Gary Thorne decided to call an at-bat as if he were calling a shot at the Masters.

In case you missed it on Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles played the Chicago White Sox in an empty Camden Yards.

Because of the riots in the Charm City, the game was played with no fans allowed. It was a first for Major League Baseball.

The Orioles won the game 8-2, in what can only be described as the strangest situation you'll ever see in the big leagues. I mean, here you had all stars on the field playing in front of a crowd of... nobody.

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In an effort to make the best of the situation, there were some funny happenings.

For starters, White Sox centerfielder Adam Eaton tried to lighten the mood before the game with this tweet:


Then there's this Vine of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph signing fake autographs for fake fans before the game:


But, from a golf perspective, this was my favorite. Orioles announcer Gary Thorne, playing off the silence of an empty stadium, decided to lower his voice, soften his inflection, and call an at-bat as if he were an announcer at Augusta National during the Masters:


Good stuff.

And, lastly, here's one more tweet from Eaton after the unusual experience:


We agree. All the best to our friends in Baltimore.