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July 3, 2015 - 11:01am
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Paul McGinley
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Nine months after leading Europe to victory in the 2014 Ryder Cup, Paul McGinley has begun tweeting.

Paul McGinley, the man who led Team Europe to a 16.5-11.5 victory at the 2014 Ryder Cup, has officially joined Twitter. 

Using the handle @mcginleygolf, McGinley sent out his first tweet on Friday morning. 

Maybe most impressively, McGinley's account was verified by noon on Friday and he already had more than 2,000 followers. 

The question lingers about how McGinley will use his new outlet. It would be great to see him follow in some other golfer's footsteps and have some fun on social media. 

Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson plans to swap the Stars and Bars for the Stars and Stripes on the roof of the General Lee.
As we've seen in recent days, the controversy over the flying of the Confederate flag has touched many aspects of society, including sports. And as someone who works in the golf business, I must admit I had wondered whether Bubba Watson would do anything about the Confederate flag that adorns the roof of the General Lee.
On Thursday, we found out. Watson – who's playing in the Greenbrier Classic this week – took to social media to announce that he's planning to repaint the roof of his "Dukes of Hazzard" car, covering the Confederate flag with an American flag.
Here's his tweet:
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Shaquille O'Neal was able to make a 'free throw' with a golf ball.

By now, we've all seen Shaq struggle to hit a golf ball at the Pro-Am portion of the Greenbrier Classic. On Thursday, videos surfaced that helped redeem him. 

The first shows Shaq celebrating after demonstrating what it looks like when a very, very large man makes contact with a golf ball. Naturally, that celebration pays homage to one of the best in the history of golf, Chi Chi Rodriguez's sword dance. 




Never again will you have to wonder what Shaq's golf swing looks like.

A video posted by PGA TOUR (@pgatour) on



If Shaq is taking requests for his next celebratory dance, I would like to submit Miguel Angel Jimenez's post-ace moonwalk

Things got even better for The Diesel when the PGA Tour posted a video of him making a 'free throw.'



Shaq's free throw percentage is improving.

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A notoriously bad free-throw shooter -- he retired with a 52.7 career shooting percent from the charity stripe -- Shaq was often intentionally fouled by opposing teams instead of giving him easy baskets. He also lampooned his struggles in the film 'Scary Movie 4.'

Maybe if he had practiced with a golf ball, he could have been an even better basketball player. Now there's a scary thought.  

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods rebounded from a double bogey to finish his round with three consecutive birdies.

If there was a defining moment in Tiger Woods' first round of the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday, it came on his walk to the seventh hole.

Woods had tallied four birdies and one bogey heading to the sixth hole -- his 14th of the day. He already had tallied four birdies and avoided any bogeys except for one on No. 17. But his strong day could have come undone when his shot from the bunker went well over the green and led to a double bogey to fall back to 1-under. 



Instead of unravelling, Woods responded with a birdie on 430-yard, par-4 No. 7. That helped spark a run of three consecutive birdies to wrap up his round at 4-under-par 66. 

His ending to the round showed the importance of being able to move past one bad hole. Granted, that's easier said than done, but it is possible according to Nathan W. Joseph, a PGA Professional at Bethesda Country Club.

"In a situation like that when you're under pressure and need to finish your round on a high note, you have to think back to shots from either that round or prior rounds," Joseph said. "You have to find something that will help you when you're under pressure." 

Of course, it also helps to get a bit fortunate at those times. Woods got one during that round-closing hot streak as his putt on No. 8 ran slightly past the cup, then hung on the lip for a brief second before falling in.



The biggest difference between Woods' outcomes on No. 6 and the rest of his day? His ability to accurately hit his tee shot. On the sixth, Woods hit his drive 325 yards and was stuck in the rough, about 150 yards away from the hole. His second shot left him in a greenside bunker, and in a fight just to save par. 

After that point, Woods never placed his opening shot more than six yards away from the hole. That helped ensure that he didn't two-putt and helped him raise his total to seven birdies on the day. 

And if you do find yourself in a bad situation like Tiger was on No. 6 -- and let's face it, who won't be? -- it's always a good idea to review that hole after your round so that you can (hopefully) avoid a repeat in the future. 





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Greenbrier owner Jim Justice gave a $100 bill to every fan on the 18th green after George McNeill's ace.

Update: Greenbrier owner Jim Justice is handing out a lot of cash today.

Justin Thomas made a hole in one on the the 175-yard, par-3 18th hole during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic this afternoon, meaning that fans sitting along the 18th green got an additional $500 in cash. That brings the total to $600 per fan, if the fan had been there the whole day. 

Earlier in the day, George McNeill made an ace and fans received a $100 bill from Justice. If one more is made in the rest of the tournament, fans will take home an additional $1,000. 





Last year, McNeill aced the eighth hole in Round 4 of the Greenbrier Classic.

July 2, 2015 - 8:19am
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