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Rickie Fowler
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Jordan Spieth shared this video of Rickie Fowler playing from the rough at Baltusrol.

What do you do if you miss the cut at The Barclays?

More golf, of course.

So it was for Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.

Saturday, the pair played Baltusrol in Springfield, N.J. in what Spieth called a "missed cut pillow fight round."

Spieth posted this Instagram video of Fowler digging deep - literally - from a muddy rough.



Missed cut pillow fight round today at Baltusrol but still some good action from @rickiefowler

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Baltusrol is the site of the 2016 PGA Championship.

And it's never too early to start practicing.



A little @PGAChampionship practice round today with @jordanspieth and our tour loopers

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Brian Harman shot two aces during the final round of The Barclays.

There are those who dream of shooting a single hole-in-one.

Then there is PGA Tour player Brian Harman, who made two -- 12 holes apart -- during Sunday's final round of The Barclays.

After holing out on the 196-yard par-3 third, Harman served up this gem on the 228-yard 14th:





According to the PGA Tour, Harman joins two others who have carded two aces in a single round, most recently by Yusaku Miyazato at Reno in 2006.


Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson faces away from the hole for this backwards flop.

It wouldn't be a PGA Tour event without Phil Mickelson performing some sort of magic.

And that was the case again Saturday during the third round of the Barclays at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J.

Faced with a shot in a deep swale, Lefty decided to pull out the old standby -- the backwards flop:




Well, sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. Mickelson resorted to a more conventional shot to reach the green, and converted the up-and-down.

Just another routine par for Mickelson. Ho hum.

August 29, 2015 - 1:44pm
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Matteo Manassero
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Matteo Manassero tees it up on the Monza starting grid.

Matteo Manassero posted an intriguing photo on his Twitter account Saturday.

He's shown driving a golf ball on the front straightaway at the famed Monza race course, where a different kind of "driving" takes place.

Here's the tweet:



In case you're wondering what it says in English, according to the accompanying translation: "A very special experience after a day of practice to the @Autodromo_Monza grid @ItalianOpen!"

Just like auto racing, keeping it straight and between the fences is pretty much the object in golf. However, golfers would rather wind up in the short grass for their next shot, while Formula 1 racers would rather keep all four wheels on the pavement, if possible.


August 29, 2015 - 12:54pm
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Research study
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Heading to the course? You might want to get a cup of Joe to go.

Before heading out to the course for your next round, you might want to go ahead and grab a cup of coffee or a caffeinated drink.

That’s the findings of a recent study done by a group of Auburn University researchers into the possible influence of caffeine on golf-specific performance and fatigue.

It was posted on the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal page of the American College of Sports Medicine website.

The researchers studied 12 male golfers with single-digit handicaps in a two-day, 36-hole tournament. Half received a caffeine supplement — roughly equal to the caffeine in an average cup of coffee — before their round and then again at the turn. The others received a placebo.

Then they checked a number of normal golf variables, including score, driving distance, fairways and greens in regulation, and putting. In addition, they recorded heart and breathing rates. The golfers were also asked to assess their own feelings of energy and fatigue, alertness and concentration.

When the results were tabulated, the numbers were surprising. The group taking the caffeine supplements averaged a score of 76.9, while those with the placebo averaged 79.4. The caffeinated group averaged two more greens in regulation and more than six yards better in driving distance, on average.

They also claimed to feel more energy and less fatigue, even though the heart and breathing rates showed no substantial measurable difference.

The conclusion? According to the research paper, “a moderate dose of caffeine consumed before and during a round of golf improves golf-specific measures of performance and reduces fatigue in skilled golfers.”

Two things to take from the study: One, they studied “skilled golfers,” so it’s hard to know if the average mid-handicapper can expect any benefit at all, other than a pressing need to find a bathroom. Two, other studies have shown too much caffeine can increase heart rate and blood pressure, accentuating the yips.

Even worse, other side effects from over-caffeination can include headaches, insomnia, anxiety and stomach distress. So as always, check with your doctor. Or your local Starbucks.

The abstract of the study is available here.