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Russell Grove and Taylor Robert
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Russell Grove used two golf balls, two clubs, and one buddy on a dirt bike for a very unusual trick shot.
 
Rickie Fowler is without a doubt the most accomplished golfer who has a motocross background, but he's not the only one. Just recently, we came across Russell Grove, Taylor Robert and Pat Smage, motorcycle champions whose careers span motocross, X Games competition and even enduro racing.
 
Grove looks to be the big golf enthusiast of the bunch – he posted shots of him playing TPC Scottsdale and attending the Waste Management Phoenix Open last month on social media – and a budding trick-shot artist to boot. He's recently starred in a couple of trick shots that we've never seen before – mostly because they incorporate very cool dirt bikes.
 
In the first one I’m posting below, Smage rides his bike down onto a little seesaw, which flips a golf ball and a can of Red Bull up into the air. Grove hits the ball in mid-air, while Robert catches the Red Bull can, pops it open and takes a drink. Nice.
 
 
The second one, though, is the jewel. Grove is standing out in the desert with two golf balls stacked on a range mat. Robert comes roaring up on his bike and, just as he reaches the mat, Grove takes a full swing – the bottom ball goes flying out into the scrub, while the top one pops straight up into the air.
 
At that moment, Robert pops a nose-wheelie, and Grove yanks another club off his bike. Robert drives away and Grove smacks the fast-falling top ball with his new club. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a trick shot!
 
Robert "made his first caddie loop today and did quite well," Grove noted on Instagram. Could be a career in golf awaits both these guys down the road.
 
Here are the videos. Be sure you turn your sound on for full effect:
 
 
 
 
Tiger Woods is working on getting stronger and more flexible, according to Wednesday's post to his web site.

A week after he posted a video on social media showing him practing in a simulator, Tiger Woods added an update Wednesday to his website.

WOODS WORKING?: Tiger posts video of him practicing

In it, Woods states "there is no timetable on my return to competitive golf." He also wrote that he and son Charlie have three-hole chipping contests, with the loser having to do push-ups. However, Tiger didn't comment on how many times he's been on the short end of those games, only that his "short game feels pretty sharp."

Here's the full transcript of what Woods wrote:

As I announced last week, I am starting to feel a lot better. I have been chipping and putting at home, and recently started hitting 9 irons. That's been so nice. After all, Florida is the Sunshine State.

My son Charlie and I compete in just about everything and have three-hole chipping contests. The loser has to do push-ups. My short game feels pretty sharp.

The big thing right now is trying to get stronger and more flexible. Sitting out as long as I did, some weakening occurred, and I have a lot of work ahead of me.

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While there is no timetable on my return to competitive golf, I want to play this game at the highest level again. In order to do that, I have to get healthy.

I've received many nice calls and texts from my fellow PGA TOUR players and want to thank them for their support and encouragement. It's a fraternity out there, and we're all in this together. 

Today, I am excited to be outside Houston to host a special member day for the official opening of The Playgrounds and The Place at Bluejack National. The Playgrounds is a 10-hole short course where the focus is on fun and family. The vision is to attract multi-generations to promote socializing with family and friends and introduce new players to the game. Players can practice there too, and it challenges golfers of all skill levels to learn to hit a variety of shots.

We will also celebrate the opening of The Place, just the third Nike Performance Center in the world. I'm grateful to Nike for its support.

The front nine at Bluejack National is now open, and I am very appreciative for the nice reviews. I couldn't be more proud of how it is turning out. The back nine is scheduled to open in late April. 

That's all for now. As always, thanks so much for your great support. Without a doubt, I have the best fans in the world.

Take care.

-- Tiger Woods

March 2, 2016 - 10:20am
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Matt Kuchar
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Matt Kuchar prepares to chip from half-court Tuesday night in Miami.

When it comes down to making otherworldly shots from behind the 3-point arc, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is unmatched. Plus, he's a pretty big fan of golf -- as evidenced by his off-day trip to Augusta National Golf Club last month.

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But let's see Curry do what Matt Kuchar was able to pull off for charity Tuesday night during a break in the Miami Heat's game against the Utah Jazz. With a wedge and a wiffle golf ball from half-court, Kuchar finds nothing but net in this video courtesy of the Fox Sports Heat broadcast:

 

 

Lucky shot? Not according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press. Kuchar repeated his $5,000 performance shortly thereafter.

 

 

What's next? Kuchar vs. Curry in a golf game of HORSE?

John Daly
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John Daly will turn 50 on April 28, and will make his PGA Tour Champions debut in early May, according to the senior circuit. Daly will make his senior debut at the Insperity Invitational, which is set for May 6-8 at the Woodlands Country Club outside of Houston.
 
Daly hasn't yet commented on the Champions Tour's announcement.
 
The two-time major champion hasn't yet played an event on the current PGA Tour schedule, but made 10 starts on the PGA Tour in 2014-15. He played the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the European Tour in January, but missed the cut.
 
 
February 28, 2016 - 3:31pm
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Justin Thomas made a fantastic eagle from just off the green on the third during the final round.

Justin Thomas must have been saving up some greenside magic as his round got under way Sunday.

After going par-par to start, he missed the green on his second at the par-5 third.

Never fear. These guys are professionals. As they like to remind us with shots like these.

 

 

The eagle took him to 6-under for the tournament.

But back-to-back bogeys on the next two holes put him back to 4-under.

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