September 9, 2016 - 8:46am
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Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson isn't afraid to attempt any kind of a golf shot. He proved that once again in the first round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick on Thursday with this remarkable recovery from behind a row of railroad ties.

Phil Mickelson wasn't about to get railroaded by some railroad ties on the par-3 sixth hole at Crooked Stick in the first round of the BMW Championship on Thursday.

After going deep with his tee shot, Mickelson was faced with an interesting situation for his second shot. Rather than even inquire about his options, Mickelson felt comfortable enough to go ahead and hit the shot.

This is how it unfolded:



Naturally, Mickelson made the putt for yet another ridiculous par save to add to his resume. 

Phil Mickelson executes incredible shot from behind railroad ties
September 8, 2016 - 1:17pm
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Phil Mickelson
If you haven't seen this before, it's worth taking a few minutes to see Phil Mickelson -- with the enthusiasm of a used car salesman -- demonstrate how to hit some ridiculous golf shots.

Phil Mickelson, who will make his 11th consecutive start for Ryder Cup USA in just a few weeks at Hazeltine, has always been a fan favorite.

It's understandable too, given his personality, all-or-nothing approach to the game and the fact that he possesses the most worthless autograph in the game today (that's a compliment -- another way of saying he's signs more autographs than anyone and it isn't even close).

Mickelson's enthusiasm is generally pretty evident whether it's in the form of smiles, fist pumps or his patented thumbs up.

Well, the same goes for his instructional videos.

The clips you're about to see below aren't new. They're from Mickelson's DVD series, "Secrets of the Short Game."

Luckily for you -- and especially me -- they resurfaced when I was looking for something today and I couldn't help but scribble some words about them.

The shots you're about to see are amazing, but they're nothing without Phil's sell job -- he's got the excitement of a used car salesman shooting a commercial for the public assess channel.

If it weren't for his incredible 42 PGA Tour wins -- including five majors -- I'd almost think Phil missed his calling.

Here's Phil showing you how to fool your buddies with a crazy bunker shot:

And here's Phil showing you how to hit that famous backwards flop shot:

My favorite Phil lines in that second video:

"The backwards flop shot! This shot is fun!"

"Oh! Come on, baby! Do it! Awww... I misread it."

Phil is the best. 

How spectacular are these Phil Mickelson instructional video clips?
September 7, 2016 - 11:04am
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods announced on Wednesday that he hopes to return to the PGA Tour for the first time since August 2015 this October in the PGA Tour's 2016-17 season-opening Safeway Open.

The wait is over... we think.

Tiger Woods took to his website,, on Wednesday to announce that he hopes to play in the 2016-17 PGA Tour season-opener Safeway Open, Oct. 13-16, at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.

This is promising news for Woods, who hasn't played on the PGA Tour since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015 (where he finished T10). Until now, Woods has repeatedly said there was "no timetable" for his return from back surgery.

It appears now, however, that we have a timetable -- at least a tentative one -- for the 14-time major champion.

Before all that, Woods will serve as an assistant captain to Davis Love III in the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Here is the full statement from Woods:

Tiger Woods said Wednesday that he hopes to play in the Safeway Open, Oct. 13-16, at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. Woods also intends to compete in the Turkish Airlines Open, Nov. 3-6, in Antalya, Turkey, and the Tiger Woods Foundation-run Hero World Challenge, Dec. 1-4, at Albany in the Bahamas. He will participate in the Tiger Woods Invitational presented by USLI, Oct. 10-11, on the Monterey Peninsula.

"My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do," Tiger said. "Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.

"I'm looking forward to going to California for my foundation event and Safeway. I'm also excited to return to Turkey and Albany. It could be a fun fall.

"It was difficult missing tournaments that are important to me, but this time I was smart about my recovery and didn't rush it. It was great spending time with my children Sam and Charlie, and also working on a lot of projects including golf-course design, the upcoming 20th anniversary of my foundation and my book about the 1997 Masters. But I missed competing. I want to thank all the fans for their kindness and concern. I've been a pro about 20 years, and their support has never waned." 

Tiger Woods announces he hopes to play 2016-17 PGA Tour season-opening event
September 7, 2016 - 10:03am
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Jimmy McMullen
In an effort to raise money for the Folds of Honor, PGA Professional Jimmy McMullen in North Carolina set out to play 400 holes in a 24-hour period on Sunday and into Monday.

PGA Professional Jimmy McMullen, from Triad, N.C., played more golf on Sunday and Monday of this week than most people will play all year.

In a 24-hour stretch that began at 5 p.m. on Sunday -- right on through the nighttime hours, using a glow-in-the-dark golf ball -- McMullen played a mind-blowing 400 holes... the equivalent of just over 22 18-hole rounds of golf.

It wasn't because McMullen was trying to set any kind fo a crazy record. It was all for a cause.

Each Labor Day in the golf world is also known as Patriot Golf Day, where facilities across the country raise money for the Folds of Honor.

Here's the Folds of Honor mission statement:

"Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble mission. To stand in the financial gap of the more than one million dependents adversely affected by war, providing educational scholarships to the children and spouses of those killed or disabled while serving our nation."

In that vein, McMullen played his 400 holes in 24 hours with supporters donating money per hole played, or per bogey made. McMullen's goal was to raise $5,000 for the Fold of Honor.

"We don't support the military enough," McMullen said. "We have a limited amount of people who are brave enough to do that."

Here's a video feature on McMullen's noble trek:



PGA Professional plays 400 holes in 24 hours to raise money for Folds of Honor
european tour, hickory clubs, lee westwood, danny willett
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Lee Westwood, Danny Willet, and Miguel Angel Jimenez faced off with Paolo Quirici, 2013 World Hickory Champion, using the old wooden clubs in a two-hole exhibition.

A lot has been made about the advancements in technology in golf, and the impact they have had on the relative talent level of today's players. Allow me to summarize: modern technology helps.

Many people have imagined what would happen if we had today's players play with hickory clubs of the past. Well imagine no more, thanks to a European Tour event celebrating the 70 year anniversary of the European Masters.

The event included a two-hole exhibition using hickory clubs, with four of the tour's best: Lee Westwood, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Danny Willet, and 2013 World Hickory Champion Paolo Quirici.

Personally, my favorite part of the event were the retro outfits.





Watch European stars face off with hickory clubs
September 2, 2016 - 9:08pm
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson is known for many things, including his incredible touch when it comes to the difficult flop shot. But what he managed to do Friday in the Deutsche Bank Championship could arguably his best effort yet.

Phil Mickelson has long been the undisputed "King of the Flopshot."

That said, what the five-time major champion did on the 18th hole at TPC Boston in the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday was just absurd.

Over the green and just outside a lateral hazard in two shots on the par 5, Mickelson faced an incredibly delicate third shot over a bunker with virtually no green to work with.

Check out what he did with it:

Are you kidding me?

Just a ho-hum up-and-down for birdie 4.

Mickelson shot a 4-over 75 in Round 1 and he's currently T93 in the 97-man field. Even on a day when he struggled, it's amazing to see the shot he pulled off on his final hole.  

Phil Mickelson pulls off insane flop shot at TPC Boston