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Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings loves golf in part "because it develops you mentally."
 
Tuesday was the craziest day on the National Football League calendar, with a plethora of high-profile trades and free-agent signings. Amid all the hullabaloo, however, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings was probably thinking about – golf.
 
Jennings is quite the golf nut – he played some during his youth, but really got into the game during his rookie year with the Green Bay Packers and has pursued it ever since. 
 
He's also been inspired to see people from all walks of life, and parts of the world, succeed in the game. To see "different guys [like Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh] come on strong and be able to play at such high levels," he said in a Q&A on ESPN.com, "it gives us a confidence that you know what, we can play this game, too."
 
As he got into golf, "it became one of those pastimes that I was able to network and spend a lot of time with guys, get to know them better, and even work on my own game," explained Jennings, who led the Vikings with 59 receptions for 742 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
 
 
"It is one of those games that is very competitive and it is almost like an inner competition because you don't even have to compete with anyone else," he added. "You are competing against yourself. Like the last time you were out, or the last ball you just hit, or the last putt. Different things like that."
 
Because he can only get the sticks out part of the year, he's never gotten his scores to the level he would like. But he knows what he needs to improve from his level of shooting in the high 80s and low 90s: More consistency.
 
And even if his scores aren't what he'd prefer, Jennings enjoys his time out on the course.
 
"I love it because it develops you mentally. If you allow it to get to you, you will become mentally weak," he said. Golf " allows you to become mentally strong if you allow the frustration to kind of subside, and you can allow the mistake and take the failure, to not get frustrated.
 
"That is what it does for me," he added, "that is why I enjoy it."
 
Golf great for networking and competition, says Vikings receiver Greg Jennings
March 8, 2015 - 1:31pm
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Donald Trump and Rory McIlroy
Donald Trump returned Rory McIlroy's 3-iron on Sunday at Trump Doral.

Like "The Lord of the Rings," "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones" and "Back to the Future," the Saga of Rory McIlroy's Chucked 3-Iron has become a trilogy.

The story so far from the Cadillac Championship at Doral's Blue Monster ...

FRIDAY: Club thrown | SATURDAY: Club retrieved

On Friday, McIlroy tossed the offending club into a lake parallel to the eighth hole after a mishit.

On Saturday, a scuba diver showed up, waded into the water and retrieved the club.

On Sunday, course owner Donald Trump walked out to the practice area where McIlroy was warming up and presented the world's top-ranked player with the missing 3-iron, saying "nobody should play with 13 clubs, that's unlucky."

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See the video here:

 

 

Based on the snippets of conversation heard during the video, it sounds as if McIlroy will give the club back to Trump at the end of the tournament -- possibly to be placed on display at the course, or to be auctioned off for charity.

 

Rory gets his 3-iron back
March 7, 2015 - 6:29pm
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Cadillac Championship
A scuba diver holds aloft the club Rory McIlroy tossed into the lake Friday at Trump Doral's Blue Monster.

An enterprising scuba diver waded into the lake Saturday where Rory McIlroy chucked his Nike 3-iron into the water the day before in a fit of anger, and emerged with a prize.

SPLISH, SPLASH: Rory McIlroy tosses club in lake after bad shot

Here's what NBC's cameras caught on video:

 

 

At this point, details are unknown. Some questions are obvious: Was the diver hired by the course? It would be a serious lapse in security to have a fully wet-suited man with a breathing tank slip unnoticed through the gates. And the fact that the cameras were rolling at that time -- when golf was being played on other parts of the course -- leads one to believe that perhaps the recovery efforts were known beforehand.

Not that we're saying anything's fishy. Just check eBay tomorrow to be sure.

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In any case, it's cool that the diver was able to find McIlroy's lost piece of equipment, especially since Marcel Siem reportedly launched one of his own clubs into the drink earlier in the day.

Rory's club recovered
March 7, 2015 - 4:29pm
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Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson walks toward the hole Saturday after his ace.

The Blue Monster at Trump Doral is just that -- one tough golf course that seems to be inundated with water. But two golfers got their revenge Saturday in the third round of the Cadillac Championship, making almost identical holes-in-one at the Par-3, 227-yard fourth hole.

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First, Dustin Johnson stepped up with this shot:

 

 

D.J. couldn't have putted that ball any straighter. It was like it was on a mission to find the bottom of the cup.

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Not long after, in fact just two groups later, J.B. Holmes stepped up to the same tee box and here's what happened:

 

 

Almost an instant replay. Cue up the celebration and repeat.

Watch: Identical aces at Doral