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June 18, 2016 - 12:54pm
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John Daly
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John Daly gives the people what they want. A few days ago, it appears one man wanted Daly to hit a golf ball out of his mouth -- so he did.

We take a short break from our U.S. Open coverage to bring you this video of John Daly hitting a booming drive...

But, instead of teeing it up in the ground, Daly is hitting it off a tee that's being supported by a man's teeth (h/t @EllingYelling on Twitter):

 

I don't care how good a player a major champion like Daly is -- no one's using a driver (are any club for that matter) to hit a ball teed up from my mouth.

June 18, 2016 - 12:27pm
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Michael Campbell
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Former U.S. Open champ Michael Campbell tried to demonstrate how quick the fairways are at Oakmont earlier this week. He executed it to perfection, as a ball he threw from the fairway wound up in the hole.

Michael Campbell, who won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, is at Oakmont this week working as a commentator for Fox Sports Asia.

Earlier in the week, he was showing viewers just how fast the roll out is on fairways on the course. To demonstrate, he threw a golf ball from the middle of the fairway on the first hole and let it run out.

Well, quite frankly, Campbell could not have executed it any better.

Check out this Hail Mary that ends up in the bottom of the cup:

 

June 18, 2016 - 10:54am
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It's still early on Saturday at Oakmont in the 116th U.S. Open, but it already feels like there's been a week's worth of highlights.

If you're not tuned into the U.S. Open this morning, you're missing out -- big time.

Along with Rory McIlroy making a huge move up the leaderboard early in his second round, it seems the rest of the field is trying to squeeze in as many highlights in as short amount of time as possible.

In a span of less than 1 hour there have been three eagle hole-outs at Oakmont.

First, check out this pitch-in from an awkward lie from Romain Wattel:

 

Not long after that, Japan's Yusaku Miyazato did this on No. 18:

 

And, not to be outdone, France's Gregory Bourdy went from fairway to bottom of the cup on No. 11:

 

All this action and the day, really, has just begun! 

Sergio Garcia
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Sergio Garcia hit into the ditch on No. 9 and nearly lost his footing getting out.

At the U.S. Open, many fans are looking at Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, or maybe even Andrew Landry as favorites to win at Oakmont on Sunday. 

What about Sergio Garcia? 

The winner of the Byron Nelson this year is quietly hanging around the leaderboard at 2-under, two shots back. However, his round (and tournament) could have gone horribly wrong on his final hole of the day, the par-4, 9th. 

After an errant tee shot put him in the ditch, Garcia had to punch a shot back into the fairway and climb out of the thick hazard.

 

 

Then, he found himself staring at bogey after his third shot landed some 50-feet from the cup.  

And then this happend...

 

 

Yea, it was just for par, but maybe...just maybe...the golfing gods are on Sergio's side at Oakmont. The Spaniard has never won a major, despite finishing second four times in his career, most recently in 2014.

Could this finally be the tournament for the kid that famously dueled Tiger at the PGA Championship...in 1999!!?? 

June 17, 2016 - 5:26pm
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As the weather cleared at Oakmont, Friday thankfully was a full day of action. The players took advantage of the soft scoring conditions and hit some shots that wouldn't otherwise be possible.

Here's a collection of the best shots from first and second round action on Friday at the U.S. Open:

How about this slam dunk from Matt Marshall?

 

 

 

 

Jim Furyk seems to always play well in his home state of Pennsylvania. Check out this bomb from off the green.

 

 

2007 U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera shows you can still make birdie if you miss the fairway.

 

 

Phil Mickelson may be the best wedge player of all time, and he showed it off here with this near hole-out.

 

 

Jamie Donaldson showed off his short game chops with this chip-in.

 

 

As the drama picks up over the weekend, there's no doubt plenty more highlights are in store for golf fans everywhere!

June 17, 2016 - 1:45pm
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Rob Labritz
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We all know about practicing on the driving range, but what about practicing on the course? PGA Professional Rob Labritz has some fantastic on-course practice methods to help you lower scores.

The definition of golf is to get the ball in the hole in the least number of shots possible. To that end, you have 14 tools (clubs) at your disposal.

This latest bit of advice from PGA Professional Rob Labritz is going to dial you in to each one of those tools and help you understand that each one of your clubs is like an adjustable wrench -- it's not meant for just one type of shot, but multiple shots from a variety of distances with a variety of trajectories.

So, how do you accomplish that? For this practice, Labritz says you'll need to move away from the driving range, chipping area and practice green and over to the course itself.

Have you ever heard a PGA Professional say, "don't hit balls, hit shots?" That's the purpose of this.

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"I want you to go out and play a round with just 2-3 clubs, including your putter, and play from the forward tees," Labritz said. "You can use whichever three you'd like, but for those trying this for the first time, I would recommend a mid-to-long iron, a wedge and a putter. You're going to play all 18 holes with just those three clubs. The less clubs you carry, the more creative you'll get forced to be."

The point of this, Labrtiz explained, is to help you learn how to manufacture golf shots.

"It takes away that idea of, 'I have to hit this club from this distance,' and brings in your ball-striking skills and shot-making ability," he said. "Let's say one of your three clubs is an 8-iron, a club you maybe typically hit 140 yards. But, you're 100 yards away. You're going to have to work on how to hit that 8-iron from 100 yards while controlling the distance you want it to travel, the trajectory and the amount of roll out it has once it hits the ground."

Don't get frustrated. When you start out, it's almost a sure thing you're not going to hit it exactly as you'd like. That's why it's called, "practice."

If there is just one thing to focus on with each of these shots, however, Labritz says it's to pay attention to holding your finish. You know when you see your favorite Tour player holding the pose at the end of a gorgeous swing? Yeah, they're not just doing that for the cameras.

"Holding your finish does a couple of things," Labritz said. "One, it provides you a good look at your shot and allows your brain to accept the shot -- good or bad. You're not learning anything when you give up on the finish. Holding that finish teaches you just as much what to do as what not to do. And two, if you're holding that finish it means you're in balance -- in balance at address, at impact and then the finish."

Also with this drill, you're going to teach yourself how far you can hit a shot with a certain club with a 1/4 swings, 1/2 swings and 3/4 swings. Imagine how much easier that will make it for you the next time you play a round with all your clubs.

How nice will it be when you're faced with that 140-yard shot with an 8-iron, but there's a tree branch in the way and then you realize, "hey, I can hit my 6-iron 140 yards and much lower, so that branch won't even be a factor?"

"At that point," Labritz said, "you're dialed in."

Along with creativity, shot-making and ball-striking, there's one more valuable lesson this on-course practice is going to teach you, which is most important of all.

"It makes your brain think more about how to play the golf course than about executing a golf swing," Labritz said. "At the end of the day, the ultimate goal is to play the course in the least amount of shots possible."

Rob Labritz, who has played in four PGA Championships (he was low-Club Professional in 2010 at Whistling Straits), is currently the Director of Golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in BedFord Hills, N.Y. He was also the PGA Met Section Player of the Year in 2008 and 2013, as well as the Westchester Golf Association's Player of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2015. You can learn more about Labritz at www.RobLabritz.com and you can follow him on Twitter, @Rlabritz.