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William Rainey
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College of Charleston golfer William Rainey loves to incorporate many non-golf props into his trick shots.
If you read the Golf Buzz on any kind of regular basis, you know we love trick shots. And I mean we loooovvve them.
 
You know who else loves trick shots? Our friends at the fabulous Pinehurst Resort, that's who. They've posted an item on their blog highlighting William Rainey, a freshman golfer at the College of Charleston with quite a knack for jaw-dropping trick shots.
 
In that post, they included Vine videos of three of Rainey's best shots – including one that features a football and a baskeball hoop and another that utilizes a variety of household items set up strategically in a hallway.
 
We encourage you to drop on over to the Pinehurst blog to read more about Rainey, who helped the Cougars win their first conference title in a dozen years this spring. To whet your appetite, here are a couple of his trick shots for you to enjoy:
 
 
 
Jason Day
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The Players Championship will mark the fourth tournament that Jason Day has withdrawn from in the last two months.

Citing a nagging thumb injury that has sidelined him for much of 2014, Jason Day has withdrawn from the Players Championship.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Day aggravated the injury at the Masters and will miss at least a few more weeks.

Currently No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings, the 26-year-old Aussie becomes the fourth top-50 player to drop out of next week's Players: World No. 1 Tiger Woods recovering from back surgery, while Victor Dubuisson (No. 23) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (No. 33) both have decided not to enter.
 

Martin Flores Eagle
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Martin Flores has made five cuts in 10 events this season, finishing in the top 25 each time.

Making an eagle on a par 5 is rare. Making one on a par 4 is rarer still.

Martin Flores on Friday became one of the fortunate few to accomplish the later.

Flores, a nine-year professional from Fort Worth, Texas, who opened with a solid 67 on Thursday, vaulted to the top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard with a torrid start to his second round that was highlighted by an eagle-2 at the 426-yard, par-4 11th hole at Quail Hollow.

Flores, who began his round with a birdie on the par-5 10th, flew his wedge-shot approach at 11 just below the hole, then watched as the ball hopped past the pin a few feet and spun back into the cup. The eagle improved his score to 9 under par and lifted him into the lead.

Watch his incredible shot here.

 

Amazingly, the above was Flores' second hole-out for eagle this season. At the Shell Houston Open he did it on the par-4 eighth hole.

 

 

Ian Poulter's car collection
Ian Poulter via Twitter
Ian Poulter is considering shaking up his collection of supercars.

Anyone who follows pro golf a little bit knows that Ian Poulter is one serious gearhead. As he has shown us in numerous photos over the years, the Orlando-based Englishman owns multiple eye-popping supercars, many of them Ferraris.

On Thursday, though, he topped even himself by sharing a photo of his entire – at least I think it's his entire – car collection, which is posted above and in the tweet below. It shows seven cars – five of them Ferraris, with a Rolls Royce Ghost in the back left and a Ford GT-40 in the back right.

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As you can see in the tweet, Poulter is considering shaking up his collection by parting ways with the Rolls – and he says, possibly replacing it with a Bentley later this year. He's got his eye on a Mulsanne, but if it were me, I'd have to go with the Continental GT. 

Poulter catches a lot of flak on Twitter from people who seem to be jealous of his collection or who disapprove of his spending so much money on cars that he admittedly seldom drives. In his defense, few assets appreciate more consistently than top-of-the-line supercars. As much as he's spent amassing his collection, he very likely could sell any or all of these babies for more – and probably much more – than he paid for them.

Meantime, there's no reason that my old buddy Poults couldn't lend me that Enzo sitting front and center in the photo for a little while. I'll take real good care of it, I promise!

 

 

Cobra BiO Cell Pro drivers
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The 440cc titanium head of the new Cobra BiO Cell Pro driver comes in Black, Blue Aster and Vibrant Orange.

Last month, Cobra Golf added a special limited-edition green driver to its family of BiO Cell clubs. Now, the company is at it again, this time rolling out another special edition – this one a Pro version of its flagship big stick.

The titanium head of the BiO Cell Pro driver measures 440cc – making it slightly smaller than the 460cc head of the standard model – and is engineered to deliver more distance and workability, the company says. The key to that increased distance, they explain, is the extremely low center of gravity that promotes faster ball speeds, lower spin and a higher launch. 

"This Pro Driver was designed for golfers with a strong swing that yields high launch and high spin," said Director of Product Marketing Jose Miraflor. "To help these golfers play at their best, we created the BiO Cell Pro driver, our lowest CG ever to deliver unmatched distance and performance."

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Like the other members of the BiO Cell family, the Pro utilizes Cobra's MyFly8 adjustable loft technology, which allows golfers to choose from eight loft/trajectory settings, while its SmartPad delivers a square face at address regardless of the loft/trajectory setting. It also uses Cobra's E9 Face technology to remove weight from the face and reposition it low and back to deliver increased distance.

The BiO Cell Pro Driver carries a suggested retail price of $399, and is available in a right-handed version. It features a Lamkin ACE 3Gen 360 Grip along with a Matrix Red-Tie 6Q3 shaft in regular, stiff and x-stiff. Golfers also can choose from the Diamana D+ 72 or the PXV Tour 52 custom shaft options at no extra charge. And because it's from Cobra, you know it comes in several bold color choices – Black, Blue Aster and Vibrant Orange.

 

April 30, 2014 - 2:47pm
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Ashton Eaton
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The passion golf provides for Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton while guided by PGA Professional Todd O'Neal of Creswell, Ore., is one of the may segments of "Beyond the Green."

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- "Beyond the Green," a look at how golf and PGA Professionals have nurtured future leaders and transformed lives, will be presented in a series of documentary-style profiles by CBS Sports, Saturday, May 3, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.

The hour-long special highlights the healing powers of golf in helping people overcome life's challenges as well as featuring PGA Professionals who are committed to growing the game.

"Beyond the Green," produced by the PGA of America and narrated by CBS Sports commentator Bill Macatee, precedes coverage of the Wells Fargo Championship. The opening 30 minutes chronicles "Building Future Leaders," including an in-depth look at a PGA Junior League Golf team through the eyes of PGA Professional Jim Poole of Avon, Ind., and his twin sons Mark and Luke. Other stories include the mentoring by PGA Professional Joe Simpson of Flint (Mich.) Boys & Girls Club member Journei Daniels; the bonding between Lester Bell of Dallas, Texas and the family of PGA Professional Ira McGraw; and overcoming a disability by John Paul George of Juno Beach, Fla., the son of professional Tour caddie Derek George.

The final 30 minutes of "Beyond the Green" presents four compelling segments that include the career transformation of PGA Professional Will Robins of Citrus Heights, Calif., following surviving an unprecedented natural disaster. Also featured are two mothers returning to golf through the Get Golf Ready program while coached by PGA Professional Del Ratcliffe of Charlotte, N.C.

"Beyond the Green" also focuses on the healing powers of the game experienced by Turner Fordham of Dalton, Ga.; finding a new mission as golf ambassador by former Marine Lance Cpl. Tim Lang of Ann Arbor, Mich.; coached by PGA Professional Jim Estes of Olney, Md., co-founder of the Salute Military Golf Association; and the passion golf provides for Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton while guided by PGA Professional Todd O'Neal of Creswell, Ore.