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September 15, 2014 - 9:19am
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T.J. Auclair
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Davis Love III
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The 1993 Ryder Cup marked the first of six appearances -- as a player -- for Davis Love III.

The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles is almost here. The matches tee off from Scotland next Friday.

To help get you ready, we'll be highlighting "flashbacks" in Ryder Cup history.

Today's offering comes from the 1993 Ryder Cup at the Belfry in England, where the U.S. won 15-13.

That was Tom Watson's first year as a U.S. Captain and -- to date -- stands as the last time the U.S. won on foreign soil. It was also the last time the U.S. retained the Ryder Cup (or, won two in succession).

Europe took a one-point advantage into the Sunday's singles matches, but the U.S. won the singles session, 7 1/2-4 1/2.

Sit back, relax and enjoy this day-by-day breakdown:

September 14, 2014 - 1:17pm
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Rory McIlroy
All of Rory's 55 consecutive putts were from the same spot 10 feet from the cup.

Well, I've run out of fingers and toes on which to count.

While practicing before the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake, Rory McIlroy made 55 consecutive putts from 10 feet. That's right, 55 in a row. 

That alone is an impressive accomplishment. When you see all 55 made in 44 seconds, it looks even more amazing. 

That video is just further proof of why Rory is the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world right now. 

In case you were wondering, Guinness World Records does not list an entry for most consecutive putts made. Maybe Rory should submit this video. 

Related: Man creates longest "usable" golf club

McIlroy entered the final round tied with Billy Horschel for the lead at 9 under. They were two shots clear of Jim Furyk.  

Want to be able to practice like Rory? We can't guarantee that you'll make 55 putts in a row, but this video should help you out. 

 

Greg Norman
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Greg Norman severely injured his left hand on Saturday in a chainsaw accident.

Never change, Shark. 

One day after severely injuring his left arm in an accident with a chainsaw, Greg Norman showed that he is not letting the incident get him down. 

In an Instagram post on Sunday morning, Norman wrote "Thank u all for your concern & good wishes. All well the morning after the accident. Here I am at the scene of the crime... w/my new fashion statement!"

 

 

On Saturday night, Norman posted a photo to Instagram, showing him lying in a hospital bed with a pink foam cast on his arm. At the time, all we knew was what he said in his caption -- that he had an accident with a chainsaw and nearly cut off his left hand. 

Related: Greg Norman almost cuts off hand in chainsaw accident

The Associated Press released a story on Sunday morning with quotes from Norman, who said he was cutting branches on some trees at his Jupiter Island, Fla., home when the weight of one of the branches caused his left hand to move toward the chainsaw blade. According to the AP, the blade hit Norman just below the wrist, where you'd wear a wristwatch -- and somehow it missed cutting his artery by a fraction of an inch.

"Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off," Norman was quoted as saying. "I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am."

Some of the comments left on Norman's original Instagram post and on PGA.com's Facebook page wished Norman well and implored him to hire someone to do his yard work for him. Norman said that wasn't even a consideration for him. 

"When I'm on a ranch, I love to run the bulldozer, the grader, whatever. I like doing stuff. I never ask anybody to do that for me if I can do it myself," he said.

The former world No. 1 hasn't played competitively in two years and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2007. 

September 14, 2014 - 11:08am
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Andy Sullivan
Andy Sullivan's ace on the 15th hole at the KLM Open earned him a trip to outer space.

Back your bags, Andy Sullivan. You're leaving this planet. 

Thanks to his ace on the 15th hole at the KLM Open in The Netherlands, Sullivan has won a trip to outer space.  

 

The prize was only offered on the par-3 15th. Thirteen other golfers finished with a birdie on the hole on Sunday, but only Sullivan will be taking the trip on Lynx Mark 1, courtesy of XCOR Space Expeditions. 

Related: KLM Open offers trip to space for hole-in-one

According to BBC, Sullivan plans on taking his 30-minute flight to 330,000 feet (100 kilometers) above the Earth's surface. To help give some perspective on that, NASA lists that mark as the start of outer space though it is still within the Earth's atmosphere. 

Sullivan is a 28-year-old Englishman who finished third at the KLM Open. There are no career victories listed on his European Tour profile page.

Greg Norman
Greg Norman via Instagram
Greg Norman posted a shocking photo on Instagram late Saturday, showing him lying in a hospital bed with his left arm all bandaged up. The photo indicates that he almost severed his left hand while using a chainsaw earlier in the day.
 
"Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected. I was one lucky man today," he wrote. "Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand."
 
All the info we have on the incident at this point is contained in that social media message. I'll guess that the 59-year former world No. 1 was working on his Jupiter Island, Fla., property when the accident happened.
 
The Shark is well known as an outdoors kind of guy, and it's no surprise that he would pick up a chainsaw and do some work himself. Here's hoping the injury isn't too serious, and that he's up and around again as soon as possible.
 
UPDATE: Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press reports that Norman "was cutting back trees in his South Florida home when the weight of a branch pulled his left hand toward the chain saw. He said the blade hit him just below where a person would be wearing a wrist watch. He said doctors told him it missed his artery by a fraction of an inch."
 
"Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off," Norman said. "I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am."
 
Mason Nome
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Mason Nome "has dreamed since he was little about someday playing golf for the University of Texas," his father, Craig Nome, said.
Every so often, we see a story in which an ambitious young athlete pledges his allegiance to a college program years before he's eligible to actually do so. Just last month, Little League star Mo'ne Davis of Philadelphia expressed her desire to play college basketball at UConn, even though she's just entered the eighth grade.
 
It's happened again, this time in golf. Just the other day, 13-year-old Mason Nome of Houston announced his intention to play at the University of Texas after he graduates from the Kinkaid School in 2019.
 
"He has dreamed since he was little about someday playing golf for the University of Texas," his father, Craig Nome, told Golfweek, "and he cannot wait to be part of the future of Texas golf."
 
A lot of times, these youthful dreams fade in the light of reality. Nome, however, just might become an integral part of the Longhorns program – which enters this season ranked No. 1 – down the road. 
 
 
The eighth-grader is the second-ranked player in Golfweek's Class of 2019, and has assembled an impressive record in junior events over the past couple of seasons. He won the 11-12 age group at the 2013 Callaway Junior World Championships in San Diego, then tied for 36th in the 13-14 division this July – in his first start since breaking his arm in May.
 
He's got a lot to live up to in his high school career, though. Recent Longhorn product Jordan Spieth – who will make his Ryder Cup in a few days – was one of the best nation's high school players since Tiger Woods. 
 
And the current Longhorns roster includes sophomore Beau Hossler, who led the 2012 U.S. Open before falling into a tie for 29th as a high-schooler, and who just this week helped the U.S. Team win the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan; freshman Scottie Scheffler, a three-time Texas state high school champion who tied for the 22nd in the HP Byron Nelson Championship last summer; and Taylor Funk, a 2013 Florida state high school champion who is also the son of PGA Tour and Champions Tour player Fred Funk.
 
If Nome makes it to Austin, he won't be the first Kinkaid School product to do so. Andrew Priest, a 2014 Kinkaid graduate, is a freshman on the Longhorn squad this fall. And Nome's teammate Cole Hammer, who's a year older, gave a verbal commitment to the Horns last year.
 
The No. 1-ranked Longhorns, coincidentally, are opening their 2014-15 campaign this weekend at the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields in Chicago.