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August 28, 2015 - 7:57am
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Peter Malnati
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Peter Malnati from the Tour was willing to get dirty -- and wet -- to hit a shot out of the water in the first round of the Portland Open. He got dirty and wet, but what about that shot out of the water?

The Tour is Oregon this week for the Portland Open.

With the Tour Championship right around the corner, players are doing anything they can to save shots and make it to the season finale.

And I mean anything.

Take, for instance, what happened on the par-3 12th hole in Thursday's opening round. Peter Malnati is currently No. 4 on the Tour's money list and a lock to make the season finale. Even still, when he sees a chance to save a stroke or two, he's going to take it.

RELATED: Check out Peterson's back-door eagle | FlingGolf blends golf and lacrosse

In this situation, it backfired.

After a poor chip sent Malnati's ball to the water's edge, he removed his socks and shoes, rolled up his khakis and walked into the hazard to attempt what would have been a miracle shot.

Instead, this happened and Malnati went on to make a quadruple bogey 7:


While the shot attempt was cool, my favorite part of the video -- hands down -- was the commentary from Malnati.

"Are you kidding me? All of that for that?"

Who hasn't been there? Malnati opened with a 4-over 75 that has him T135 through 18 holes.

August 28, 2015 - 6:07am
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John Peterson
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John Peterson and his caddie shared a high-five after his 74-yard wedge shot took the long road to the bottom of the cup on Thursday at the Barclays.
After two shots on the par-5 16th hole at The Barclays on Thursday, former LSU standout John Peterson stood 74 yards from the flag. So he hit a wedge a good 94 yards.
Sounds like a disaster in the making, doesn't it? But Peterson knew exactly what he was doing. The green slopes from back to front, and Peterson was hoping to use the backboard to bring his ball back toward the pin in the front-left portion of the putting surface.
He hit the backboard, all right, and his ball did more than just funnel down toward the flag – it zoomed back down the hill, banged off the flagstick and dropped into the cup for a welcome eagle.
That eagle came after two straight birdies, and that 4-under stretch propelled Peterson to an even-par 70 in his opening round. He's tied for 47th after the first round of the PGA Tour's FedExCup playoff opener in New Jersey.
Here's the shot:
August 27, 2015 - 3:34pm
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FlingGolf players use a stick that's a cross between a golf club and a lacrosse stick to throw golf balls around a golf course.
By now, we all know about FootGolf – kicking a soccer ball around a golf course. There's even mini-FootGolf. But do you know about FlingGolf?
FlingGolf is a blend of golf and lacrosse, only without the bone-crushing hits. Players use a lacrosse-inspired stick to fling a regulation golf ball around a regulation golf course, and apparently this new hybrid sport is taking off.
One of the newest places to welcome the game is the Pipestem Resort State Park in West Virginia, which has an 18-hole championship course and a nine-hole par-3 layout. 
"The great thing about Fling Golf is that it can be played on the same course as regular golf, without any modifications, and without any adverse impact on the course itself," Kim Hawkins, the park's activities coordinator, told the Associated Press. "It's sort of like skiing and snowboarding – two different ways of doing the same thing on the same course."
FlingGolf was created by Alex Van Alen of Massachusetts, who grew up playing both golf and lacrosse, and devised the game after throwing a few golf balls with a cestus – the curved racquet that jai alai players use. He then spent a few years designing what he calls Fling Sticks – a cross between a lacrosse stick and a golf club, it has a handle on one end and a small basket on the other.
He started marketing his sticks last summer, and now sells them in three different lengths – 41 inches, 44 inches and 47 inches – at a cost of $150 to $200. Most players use two hands, and make their swings using a "Happy Gilmore" running technique – some players can fling their balls as far as 200 yards. And once you're on the green, you use the clubhead to push the ball toward the hole.
FlingGolf is now available in more than 40 states, according to the company, including the Villas at Grand Cypress in Orlando, which boasts 45 Jack Nicklaus-designed holes and has hosted eight LPGA Tour events over the years.
"It's a great opportunity to get people who don't play golf out on the course," PGA Professional Joe Angelino, the director of golf at Grand Cypress, told WOFL-TV in Orlando recently. He also notes that golf and FlingGolf are so compatible that people can play both in the same foursome, and that facilities don't have to make any modifications to their golf courses.
The game is also easy to pick up. "After 15 minutes on the practice range, most folks are ready to hit the course," said Hawkins at Pipestem. "I'm not a good golfer, but I've played a lot of softball. It didn't take me long to get the hang of Fling Golf."
Here's the report from WOFL-TV:
Henry Johnson
"I think it's good exercise and I enjoy the companionship," of his thrice-weekly golf game, says 100-year-old Henry Johnson.
Just a few days ago, we shared with you the story of 98-year-old Bill Doi, who still plays golf at least once a week in Minnesota. Now, we're one-upping ourselves.
We just ran across Henry Johnson, who still plays golf three times a week – at age 100!
According to a recent story from WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, Johnson and two golf buddies play nine holes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Danville Golf Club. 
Johnson picked up the game back in the 1940s, and says that, all these years later, he's still not slowing down. In fact, he counts on golf to keep himself active and happy.
"I think it's good exercise and I enjoy the companionship and all those good things," he said in the WDBJ piece.
Along with providing camaraderie and competition, Johnson and two playing partners all have their roles in the group.
"We all look out after each other," said James West Mathieson, who often plays with Johnson. "Henry bends over and picks up the ball because I can't bend over. Stewart can't hear so I can hear where everything goes, and Stewart has good eyes so he knows where the balls go."
The veterans admit they don't always follow all the rules, but even so they remain among the club's most popular players. In fact, the club even threw Johnson a surprise luncheon recently to mark his 100th birthday.
"Been very, very blessed and lucky too," he said, "and I'm very thankful."
Here's the WDBJ-TV report: