T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Meet the Bryan Brothers -- golf's trick-shot artists
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | 2:19 p.m.
We've been fascinated with George Bryan IV and his brother, Wesley, the last few weeks here on PGA.com.
The Bryan Brothers are making a name for themselves, along with friend Shaw James, as incredible, golf trick-shot artists.
The initial splash came when this video surfaced:
Pretty amazing, right? At the time of this post, that video had close to 1 million views.
Since then, the Bryan Brothers have released more mind-boggling videos, including the latest, where they display their incredible accuracy by hitting shots and knocking items off a traffic cone.
We wanted to learn more about how this trick-shot stuff came to be, so we reached out to George for a little Q&A.
PGA.com: Tell me a little about you guys.
George Bryan IV: I'm 26 years old and currently a professional golfer helping my dad with his golf academy and also play one-day Carolina Mountain Tour events. The last three years, I mainly played on the eGolf Professional Tour. Me and Wesley, who's 24, both played collegiately at the university of South Carolina. He'll be playing on NGA Tour and eGolf Professional Tour events this year. Shaw James, 23, is a recent graduate of Newberry College where he played on the golf team.
PGA.com: So you guys aren't just trick-shot artists? You can actually play?
George Bryan: Yeah. We can play. I was a three-time All-American at USC and competed in one Web.com Tour event so far. I've also played in six USGA events.
Wesley was a very highly-ranked amateur during his amateur career and has competed in 10 USGA events. He was All-SEC two times -- so we have a little bit of game!
PGA.com: Tell us about the latest video.
George Bryan IV: This video just shows basically us hitting some pretty small targets. Instead of hitting the ball in mid-air, we are going to show we are versatile and hit them from a stationary position.
PGA.com: Are all the videos shot in the same place?
George Bryan IV: Yes. Everything has been shot at my dad's golf academy, the George Bryan Golf Academy headquarters in Chapin, S.C. We have different opportunities and venues that we will be taking our trick shots to in the near future.
PGA.com: Some people claim these videos can't be real. What do you say to that?
George Bryan IV: Well we would tell those guys to come watch us do them in person! They are 100 percent real and we are lucky enough to have someone like Wesley with incredible hand-eye coordination!
PGA.com: Are you guys surprised at the reaction you've gotten to these videos?
George Bryan IV: We honestly didn't know what to expect. We knew we had some cool stuff and that people would enjoy watching them we just didn't know it would get this popular this fast.
PGA.com: How did you start hitting trick shots and decide to post them in the first place?
George Bryan IV: We actually just started messing around with a buddy, Patrick Koone, and we saw that we could hit a lot of tough shots. So we posted to Facebook and Instagram and all of our friends loved them. So we decided to expand and make them better and now we're posting them to YouTube.
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