July 1, 2014 - 12:40pm
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Bryan Brothers
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Need a reason to get pumped for today's World Cup Round of 16 match between the U.S. and Belgium? Here are the golf-trick shot Bryan Brothers to help you out with their "World Cup Edition Part 2."

You probably don't need any help getting fired up for this afternoon's Round of 16 World Cup match between the U.S. and Belgium.

But just in case, our favorite golf-trick shot friends -- the Bryan Brothers -- have released their "World Cup Edition Part 2."

RELATED: Meet the Bryan Brothers | Trick shot with live alligator | Compilation

Check it out:

As you can see, unlike Part 1 which featured many dazzling shots with a soccer ball, Part 2 focuses on the golf ball.

Once again, we're impressed. 

Bryan Brothers World Cup Edition Part 2
July 1, 2014 - 11:26am
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Tom Watson
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In an announcement at the Greenbrier on Tuesday, five-time Open Champion Tom Watson was granted an exemption into the 2015 Open at St. Andrews -- the 40th anniversary of Watson's first Open win at Carnoustie.

The R&A held a press conference this morning at the Greenbrier -- site of this week's Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour -- to make a couple of major announcements.

First, Royal Birkdale will host the Open Championship in 2017 and Carnoustie will host it in 2018.

RELATED: U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson's blog archive

Second, 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson was extended an exemption to play in the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews. It will be the 40th anniversary of Watson's 1975 Open win at Carnoustie -- the first of his five Open victories.

"I certainly appreciate, more than you will know, the R&A for this exemption," said Watson, who never won the Open at St. Andrews. "This is something very special to me to be able to finish out my career. This is the place I want to finish my career and playing the Open Championship."

Barring a top-10 finish -- either this year, or next -- it will also be Watson's last Open Championship. The R&A grants exemptions to the top-10 finishers from the previous year's Open, and to any past Open champions who have finished in the top 10 in the previous five years.

Watson was the runner up at Turnberry in 2009, losing in a playoff to Stewart Cink.

Watson extended exemption to 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews
July 1, 2014 - 10:36am
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Bubba Watson, PING G30
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Masters champ Bubba Watson is expected to put PING's new G30 driver in play this week at Greenbrier. No surprise, it's really pink.

This week, Masters champ Bubba Watson will debut his new PING G30 driver at the Greenbrier Classic.

According to a report from Golfweek's James Achenbach, PING is expected to begin selling the G30 driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons in early August.

At this point, wrote Achenbach, just the driver and fairway woods are available on the PGA Tour and PGA European Tour.

PGATour.com equipment writer Jonathan Wall took this splitscreen image of the PING's standard G30, alongside the "Bubba Watson" inspired model:

Check out Bubba Watson's new driver
July 1, 2014 - 9:28am
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Sergio Garcia
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Sergio Garcia -- along with a crew from TaylorMade -- recently surprised unsuspecting golfers at Bethpage Black with a gift of new SLDR S drivers.

You've seen commercials over the years with star golfers surprising unsuspecting weekend warriors at the local muni over the years -- whether it was the old Tiger Woods/Buick commercials, Phil Mickelson/Ford, or the newer Tom Watson/MasterCard commercials.

Well, the folks at TaylorMade stepped it up a bit. They visited the mother of all munis -- Bethpage Black in New York, site of two past U.S. Opens, as well as a future Ryder Cup and PGA Championship.

RELATED: Star golfers accept the "Ice Bucket Challenge"

TaylorMade also brought along one of its star endorsers -- Sergio Garcia.

During the stunt, Garcia shows up on a crowded Bethpage driving range and then announces he and TaylorMade have a gift for all the golfers there -- a fitting for a free SLDR S driver.

It didn't stop there. As golfers made their way to the first tee just below the famous Bethpage Black sign that reads: "WARNING -- The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers" -- they were met by a gallery, standard bearers, Golf Channel's Tripp Isenhour on the mic to announce each player for the full on PGA Tour Experience.

As you'll see below, the fans were blown away.

It also looks like Garcia built up some good will with the fans at Bethpage. In 2002, he was heckled relentlessly for excessive waggles before he hit each shot. Fans were literally counting the number of waggles before Garcia pulled the trigger. 

Garcia, TaylorMade surprise golfers at Bethpage Black
Stacy Lewis Ice Bucket Challenge
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World No. 1 Stacy Lewis accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from new U.S. Women's Open champion Michelle Wie.

Summer is officially here, and everybody's looking for ways to keep cool both on and off the course. One of the craziest ways is the Ice Bucket Challenge.

I'm not exactly sure where or when this started, but over the past several days a multitude of pro tour players have begun challenging each other to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads. The protocol seems to be that someone challenges you, and you have 24 hours to accept or make a donation to charity.

If you agree, you must drench yourself and capture it on social media. Then you get to call out someone else, and the chain just keeps rolling.

PGA INSTRUCTION: Putt like Michelle Wie, but don't try to mimic her stance

Both male and female players have embraced the Ice Bucket Challenge, but I have to give the LPGA contingent the most credit for their enthusiasm and the fact that many of their top players – including Michelle Wie, Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen – have done it.

I was especially impressed with Wie. I mean, her week began with her first major title at the U.S. Women's Open and ended with a bucket of ice water over the head on the practice range in Arkansas.

You can catch up with this ridiculous, hilarious fad by searching #IceBucketChallenge on Twitter. In the meantime, here are some of the LPGA's best drenchings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Bucket Challenge the new cool, or cold, thing in pro golf
Seung-Yul Noh
Seung-Yul Noh hits a perfect flop shot Sunday for a clutch up-and-down.

In most instances from the fringe, golfers are taught to land the ball on the green quickly and let it roll to the hole.

But Seung-Yul Noh faced a situation Sunday that required him to go up and over a ridge that bisected the green at Congressional Country Club's No. 5. So he pulled a page from Phil Mickelson's bag of tricks and went for the flop shot. Here's the result:

With that putt for par, Noh escaped danger and kept from putting a big number on his scorecard early in the round. He played the shot with the clubface open, just as if he was hitting out of a bunker. It's exactly how PGA professional Quinn Griffing describes hitting that kind of shot in this instructional video:

 

 

Watch: Seung-Yul Noh executes a textbook flop shot