May 10, 2015 - 11:36am
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy takes a full cut but his ball hasn't moved.

The best golfers in the world sometimes make this game look so easy, it's hard to imagine them having trouble on a shot that would give a weekend hacker fits.

Take Rory McIlroy, the world's No. 1-ranked golfer, for example. On Saturday during the third round of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, he faced this daunting flop shot from the rough surrounding the ninth green.

And here's what happened. Take a whiff, literally:



At least in our case, our flaws and foibles are rarely witnessed by thousands of spectators, let alone millions on television.



Watch: Even Rory can whiff a chip
Caleb Watson
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Move over, Johnny Miller. Caleb Watson tells it like it is, especially when it comes to Dad's putting.

Out of the mouths of babes, literally.

After finishing Saturday's third round of the Players Championship, Bubba Watson posted this short video to Twitter of his son Caleb's opinion of Dad's play:



Hey, sometimes the truth hurts, particularly when it comes from a family member who's familiar with your game and isn't afraid to pull his punches.

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Sounds like Caleb may grow up to be a golf instructor, or perhaps even a golf commentator. Move over, Johnny Miller!



Caleb to Bubba: 'Your putting is disgusting'
John Daly
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John Daly tends bar before Friday night's Chicago White Sox game.

John Daly got to fill pitchers Friday night but missed out on the first pitch.

Rain interrupted Daly's plans to throw out the honorary first pitch at Friday night's Chicago White Sox game, but he more than made up for it by tending bar at the ChiSox Bar and Grill at U.S. Cellular Field for thirsty patrons.

Check out this tweet:



The White Sox made him a custom jersey for the evening:



In case you were unaware, the "91/95" stands for his 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 Open Championship victories, not the speeds of his fastball. 


Daly fills pitchers, but no first pitch
Will MacKenzie
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Will MacKenzie showed the gallery where on the clubface he hit his chip shot up the path and onto the green on the par-3 17th hole at the Players Championship on Friday.
Will MacKenzie has never made the cut at The Players Championship and, alas, he won't make it this year, either.
But that shouldn't take away from his amazing experience on the island-green 17th hole today. The pin was way back and a little left of center, about 174 yards from the tee markers, so MacKenzie aimed that direction.
His shot went sky-high and drifted just a tiny bit left – and, somehow, landed on the pilings surrounding the green with a mighty "thonk." His ball took a huge bounce and, somehow again, landed on the narrow walkway to the green – that path is only about five feet wide. It bounced a few times up the path and settled into the long grass.
From there, Willy Mac faced a delicate chip back to the pin, which he hit with aplomb. He bounced the ball right up the path and onto the green and right up near the flag. That left him with a three-footer, which he drained for what Golf Channel analyst Gary Koch called "an all-world par."
It was certainly the par of the day, if not the week. Take a look:
Will MacKenzie's excellent adventure on No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass
May 8, 2015 - 1:33pm
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Tiger Woods
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Playing the par-4 seventh hole at TPC Sawgrass on Friday -- his 16th of the day -- Tiger Woods was faced with an incredibly difficult shot and pulled off arguably his best shot of the season.

As the announcers point out in the video clip below, this shot that Tiger Woods faced at the par-4 seventh hole was a 10-out-of-10 in terms of difficulty.

Check it out:


That was some vicious swing by Woods. What a shot.

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He missed the ensuing putt, however, and settled for a bogey to move back to even par for the day and 1-over for the tournament, hovering right around the cut line.

Woods did have one more birdie opportunity ahead at the par-5 ninth hole at the time of this post.

Woods hits his best shot of the season
May 8, 2015 - 11:30am
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Javi Colomo
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Needing a birdie on his final hole -- a 329-yard par 4 -- to make the cut on the European Tour Friday, Spain's Javi Colomo did two better than that with the Tour's first-ever ace on a par 4.

For touring professionals, hovering around the cut line late on a Friday afternoon is no fun.

Playing the 329-yard, par-4 ninth hole -- his 18th of the day -- in the second round of the AFRASIA Bank Mauritius Open on the European Tour Friday at Heritage Golf Club, Spain's Javi Colomo needed a birdie to make the cut.

Talk about pressure.

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Colomo put a mighty lash on the ball with his driver. Seconds later, his round was over and he safely made the cut -- he didn't need to hit a second shot, or a putt... Colomo aced the hole to record the first hole-in-one in the history of the European Tour, an albatross, for a 2-under 69.

Here's some of what he told


"It's the first time in my life I hit an unbelievable driver, very high with a little cut," said Colomo.

"I tried to stop the ball on the green and the ball found the hole. I needed a birdie to make the cut, double eagle is just fantastic.

"I did a good job for 36 holes -- I deserved to play the weekend. After the three putt on eight, I was very angry. I thought I could hit a good driver and make eagle or birdie."

In the history of the PGA Tour, there has only been one ace on a par 4. Andrew Magee turned the trick with a hole-in-one on the par-4 17th hole at TPC Scottsdale in 2001, when his ball actually ricocheted off the putter of Tom Byrum up ahead on the green.

In a pro-am for the McGladrey Classic last year, Jason Kokrak scored an ace on a 409-yard par 4, but it's considered "unofficial" as it did not come during the course of the tournament.

We're hoping video of Colomo's awesome feat will surface soon. 

Colomo's feat stole the spotlight from Thorbjorn Olesen, who made five birdies in six holes to open a one-shot lead. 
Olesen's run of birdies from No. 4 to No. 9 propelled him to 9-under 133 overall, and the second-round lead at Heritage Golf Club on the Indian Ocean island. It's the Dane's first tournament in three months after hand surgery. 
Olesen leads Pelle Edberg (66) halfway through the new, tri-sanctioned European, Asian and South African tour event. Thomas Aiken (66), Dean Burmester (68) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (67) were tied for third, another shot back. 
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the Race to Dubai's highest-ranked player in Mauritius, withdrew after an opening-round 77. 
Olesen shared the first-round lead with Wang Jeung-hun and Carlos Pigem, and despite some early progress from Pigem, claimed it for himself with another strong day. It didn't start too strong, with bogeys on his first and third holes, but Olesen recovered for that clutch of birdies at the back end of his opening nine. 
Sweden's Edberg moved into contention with an eagle and four birdies to move up 12 places. 
Aiken holed a long uphill putt for the first of three birdies in his last four holes, to join fellow South African Burmester and England's Fitzpatrick in the pack chasing Edberg and Olesen. 
George Coetzee, the highest-ranked player at the tournament, carded six birdies and two bogeys, good enough to move up into an eight-way tie for sixth, four shots behind Olesen. 
The Associated Press contributed to this post.
European Tour player aces par-4 final hole to make cut