October 7, 2014 - 1:33pm
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Jarrod Lyle
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Australian Jarrod Lyle will be making his first PGA Tour start since 2012 after Monday-qualifying for the Frys.com Open this week. Lyle is a two-time cancer survivor.

If you're a fan of comeback stories -- who isn't? -- here's one that's tough to beat.

Australian Jarrod Lyle, a two-time cancer survivor, has Monday-qualified for this week's Frys.com Open at Silverado.

Many figured Lyle and his story would be enough to garner a sponsor's exemption. When that didn't happen for the Frys.com Open, Lyle decided to do what he's always done -- fight for a spot.

RELATED: Lyle's emotional comeback | Lyle makes cut in first start back

Lyle shot a 66 in qualifying, and then got through an eight-man playoff for four spots.

Lyle, 33, hasn't played on the PGA Tour since the 2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic. He has already received a sponsor's exemption into next week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

Lyle is a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour. His best PGA Tour finish was a fourth-place showing at the 2012 Northern Trust Open.

His most memorable shot on the PGA Tour came on the famous par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, where Lyle wowed the wild crowds with a hole-in-one:

 

Two-time cancer survivor qualifies for Frys.com Open
Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods looks out at the progress being made on the sixth hole at Bluejack National.

We're used to seeing Tiger Woods in his blood-red Sunday shirt and dress pants, so it's almost a shock to see him dressed casually in blue jeans and playing in the dirt.

Woods posted seven photos on his Facebook page Monday afternoon from last week's trip to Bluejack National Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas, as he checked on progress of construction of what would be the first course designed by him to open in the United States.

You can see the entire set of photos here.

The photos were captioned with each hole, and the album was entitled: "Excited to be back at Bluejack National and see how great things are progressing along."

According to the Tiger Woods website, the course is expected to be ready for play by the fall of 2015. It's the former location of Blaketree National Golf Club, but Woods is revamping the entire 755-acre site to his specifications. 

Here's how the new course is described on tigerwoods.com:

Strategically, Woods said the golf course will require players to think and make decisions throughout their rounds. Successfully challenging hazards will reward players with preferred angles of play for their next shot. He said green contours will be kept simple to allow for fast speeds, and the areas around the greens will be maintained firm and tight to promote shot options and creativity from the chipping areas.

 

Tiger puts on his work duds to inspect Bluejack National progress
October 6, 2014 - 9:04am
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Brandt Snedeker
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Brandt Snedeker took skeet-shooting to a whole new level in this video.

Are you ready to be impressed?

Brandt Snedeker just posted a video on Twitter explaining how easy it was to shoot skeet. So, he decided to try something else -- hit the skeet with a 4-iron golf shot:

Here's the video:

That was pretty cool.

Yes, we suppose it's possible that Snedeker has just as much skill in editing video, but we're going to go ahead and say it's still more likely this is legit. Pro golfers probably don't have the time or inclination to put together trick shot hoaxes in their spare time.

Snedeker goes skeet-shooting... with a 4-iron
October 6, 2014 - 8:38am
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Webb Simpson
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Here's some great video of Webb Simpson apparently dancing at a recent wedding.

Elaine Benes has nothing on Webb Simpson when it comes to dance moves.

Below is video posted by Michelle Tesori, showing her husband Paul (Simpson's caddie) and Simpson dancing at a recent wedding:

Yikes.

Simpson is a high-handicapper on the dance floor.

It reminded us of these sweet moves by Elaine in Seinfeld:

Watch: Webb Simpson dancing -- we guess -- at a wedding
October 6, 2014 - 8:09am
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Rory McIlroy
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This putt on the 17th hole at St. Andrews on Sunday -- one of the most famous holes in the world -- didn't go according to plan for Rory McIlroy.

The 17th at the Old Course at St. Andrews -- the Road Hole -- is one of the most recognizable holes in all of golf.

It can also be one of the most excruciating... a fact that world No. 1 Rory McIlroy learned the hard way during Sunday's final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

McIlroy's second shot came up well short of the green on the 17th hole. No problem -- a pitch and a putt to save par, you might think.

But that's the beauty of links golf, especially at the game's birthplace. There are so many options, and usually the wisest of those options is to keep the ball low. So, even though he was 40 yards off the green, McIlroy elected to putt.

The only thing standing between McIlroy and the hole? The hellish Road Hole Bunker.

Here's McIlroy -- the best player in the world today -- doing what we would most likely do faced with a similar predicament:

That's right -- the best player in the world putted his ball into the Road Hole Bunker.

Though he got up and down from the bunker for an admirable bogey, it was a costly blunder. McIlroy finished in a tie for second, one shot behind winner Oliver Wilson. 

Rory McIlroy putts ball into 'Road Hole' bunker
Ashrita Furman
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Ashrita Furman uses an unconventional split hand grip to whip his record-breaking driver at the ball.

The man who holds the Guinness World Record for most Guinness World Records just couldn't let this one go without a fight.

New Yorker Ashrita Furman, who claims to have broken more than 500 Guinness World Records since 1979, saw that Denmark's Karsten Maas used a club 14 feet, 5 inches long to set a record for the world's longest usable club. So Furman set out to beat it.

WORLD'S LONGEST DRIVER: Karsten Maas shows how he swings it

Furman created a graphite and steel driver with a Callaway Big Bertha club head that's 18 feet, 5 inches long and weighs 7.5 pounds, or four feet longer than Maas'. Not surprisingly, Furman couldn't grip this club with a regular golf grip or swing it higher than his waist. But the Guinness World Record doesn't account for form. It just states "longest usable club." So when Furman recently used his monster driver to hit a ball about 25 meters -- about 82 feet -- that was enough to break Maas' record.

Here's the video from the Guinness folks:

 

 

So after that, there are many questions to be answered.

Who's next to try and eclipse Furman's new mark? Is there a 20-foot driver swinger out there, waiting to be discovered? And even more importantly, how does one get an 18-foot golf club to the course in the first place?

 

Longest usable golf club record falls again