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Jordan Spieth takes aim at the flagstick on the eighth hole Saturday.

When Jordan Spieth's game is on, look out.

He notched his second eagle of the day -- and third of the tournament -- at the 17th hole Saturday during the third round of the John Deere Classic. You have to see this shot to appreciate how good it is:



Spieth almost did the same thing earlier in the round on the eighth hole. Instead, he got a very unfortunate bounce off the flagstick:



A PGA Tour official had to help repair the ballmark that was right next to the hole. No matter -- Spieth calmly sank the putt anyway for his second birdie of the day, to go along with an eagle on No. 2.

July 11, 2015 - 12:42pm
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Andrew Johnson finished the third round of the Scottish Open with a 1-over par 71.

There are certain things you can probably learn from playing with Miguel Angel Jimenez. Andrew Johnson learned one of the most important lessons. 

Related: Miguel Angel Jimenez gives youth golf lesson after Scottish Open round

The 26-year-old from England finished his third round at the Scottish Open by making an eagle on 18 to card a 1-over par 71. While the shot was impressive, it was his celebration that really stole the show. 



And it got a thumbs up from the Mechanic himself, playing in the same group.

Now Johnson needs to copy what to do when your shot doesn't find the bottom of the cup, as Professor Jimenez demonstrated earlier in the round.


Miguel is so good with his irons, he's upset when he doesn't hole out. #AAMScottishOpen

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Callaway Mack Daddy 3 wedges
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They circular weight ports in the back of each Mack Daddy 3 wedge allow Callaway the company the freedom to reposition weight for better shot-making.
Callaway's Mack Daddy family of wedges has become so popular on the PGA Tour and among everyday golfers that its next generation is both bigger and better.
The Mack Daddy 3 Milled wedges, of course, follow the current Mack Daddy 2 generation, and offer three different sole grind options, along with a variety of custom choices for finishes, shafts and grips. As with the previous Mack Daddy wedges, the new MD 3s were designed by Callaway's famed club builder Roger Cleveland, and the company calls this the most complete wedge line it has ever produced. 
They have a high toe profile and a semi-straight leading edge, and the circular weight ports in the back of each wedge allow the company the freedom to reposition weight for better shot-making, especially out of the deep rough. They also have what Callaway calls Progressive Groove Optimization that optimizes spin for each loft.
The grooves milled into the faces are designed to create a smoother spin transition from irons to these wedges. The narrower 30V grooves in the pitching and gap wedges are best for shots that require a steep angle into the ball, while the 20V grooves in the sand wedges are designed for full shots and bunker shots. And the wider 5V grooves in the lob wedges provide better control for shots out of the rough and around the green.
Callaway also has focused on the sole grinds as much as the face grooves. The three available are:
--the C-Grind creates a thinner contact area on the sole, and is designed for firmer conditions and versatility around the green. The grinding on the heel and toe allow for a number of shots, Callaway says, especially those shots where you need to open up the face and keep the leading edge low.
--the S-Grind is the line's most versatile option. Callaway says it's best for a wide range of conditions, shot types, and swings ranging from steep to sweeping. It'll dig a moderate-sized divot.
--and finally, the W-Grind creates a slightly wider sole, which the company says its preferred in softer conditions – bunkers, most notably – and for golfers with a steeper swing. It'll take a larger divot.
A handful of players have put the MC 3 wedges in play at this week's John Deere Classic. They'll be available for pre-order in mid-August in lofts from 48 to 60 degrees, and will be available at retail on Sept. 4. 
Here's a video:
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Miguel Angel Jimenez gave a golf lesson to a group of kids after his second round at the Scottish Open.

The most interesting man in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez, has a lot of interests as you might expect. He's a dance aficionado. He's a beast in the gym. He's a savvy shopper. He even knows how to plan the perfect wedding.

Now you can add shaper of golf's future. 

After Jimenez posted a second-round 65 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Friday, Jimenez stayed at the course to give a lesson to a group of young golfers. 





We can only hope that Jimenez showed these kids the proper way to warm up. 



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Jordan Spieth posted an even-par 71 in his first action in two weeks.

It took a while for Jordan Spieth to get things going at the John Deere Classic.

Spieth was even par through 22 holes and was on the wrong side of the cut line. He admitted that he struggled through a "rusty round" with his even-par 71 on Day 1, and made par on his first four holes on Friday. Of course, it's hard to keep a golfer of Spieth's caliber down for too long so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he then went to card a birdie on four of his next six holes, then followed that up with an eagle to move into the top 10. 

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The scary part of Spieth's start is that it shows just how powerful of an enemy that rust is. If it can happen to Spieth, it can happen to you. Maybe it already has.

In the case that you find yourself not touching your clubs for a while, what's your best shot at getting your game back up to speed as quickly as possible? We reached out to PGA Professional David P. Grier at Yinglings Golf Center to get some tips for your warm-up to help you knock off the rust quickly. 

Of course, doing these won't guarantee instant success -- "It all depends on the student and on the situation," Grier said -- but following this advice should help get you primed for your next round after a layoff.

1. Start with pitch shots. These shots will help make the difference between having a short putt for birdie and having to double- or triple-putt for bogey or worse. Grier recommends hitting as many of these shots as possible before your round. "These shots will lengthen your backswing and build to your fulll swing," Grier said. "... If you can't pitch, you can't play."



2. Get in a lot of stretching. After taking some time off, your body will probably not be used to all the motions that are needed for a complete golf swing. Stretching will get you loose and limber for your round, regardless of how much time you've taken off. "You'll need to get your body in shape for more golf," Grier said. 



3. Make sure your short game is ready to go. If you have your pitch shots working well, you'll need to make sure you are able to make the putts to keep your score low. Grier also recommended this since working on this area, as well as pitch shots, will help you transition into full swings. "This should be part of your standard warm-up as well," Grier said. 



Par-6 hole at Penati Golf Resort
This marker on the tee box of the 15th hole of the Legends course at the Penati Golf Resort warns of what lies ahead.
Here's a first: The course hosting the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge on the European Challenge Tour – Europe's version of the Tour – has a hole that this week is playing as a 783-yard (716 meters) par 6.
Needless to say, it's the first par 6 ever on either the Challenge Tour or the European Tour. It also measures out as the longest hole either of those two tours has ever tackled – besting the 705-yard, par-5 16th hole on the North Course at GreenEagle Golf Club, which hosted the 2010 ECCO Tour Championship in Germany.
The hole is the 15th on the Legend Course at the Penati Golf Resort in Senica, Slovakia. That course hosted the event last year, too, but tournament organizers played the hole as a long par 5.  This is the first time it's played to its full 783-yard length.
There are precious few par-6 holes elsewhere in the world, so almost none of the players have any experience on how to play this particular one. The prevailing view seems to be to think of it as a loooonnng par 5 and consider it a huge birdie opportunity.
"If you don't mess it up, there's going to be a lot of low scores there this week," Ricardo Gouveia, who won last week's Challenge Tour event, told "It's pretty much the same as playing the par 5, you end up playing in from more or less the same area."
And in fact, the hole was the easiest on the course in Thursday's first round, playing to a 5.36 stroke average. The players carded 14 eagles and 82 birdies along with 50 pars and 10 bogeys. No one scored worse than a bogey, but almost everyone had something to say about their experience.