Sometimes you make your own luck. Sometimes it's made for you.
During Saturday's third round of the Travelers Championship, co-leader Bubba Watson pulled a 7-wood so far right that it could have wound up out of bounds. But watch the video to see what kind of a lucky break Bubba got.
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The sound of ball hitting tree is very evident in the audio.
Faced with a long bunker shot -- much better than what Watson probably expected when the ball left his club -- Watson dumped it into a greenside bunker near the lake. Faced then with a rare "double sandy," Watson put it within four feet and calmly sank the putt for a "routine" par.
Charity golf tournaments have hole-in-one prizes all the time, usually for something like a new car or a vacation -- and rarely does anyone actually make an ace to win. If someone does hole out, they're usually won by someone in the community but not particularly well-known elsewhere.
But the Nashville Sports Council Golf Tournament on Thursday not only featured an unusual prize, but it was won by Beau Brinkley, who just happens to be the long snapper for the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
According to this story in the Nashville Tennesean, Brinkley aced the par-3, 182-yard eighth hole at Gaylord Springs. And since the tournament was sponsored by Jack Daniel's, Brinkley won himself an entire barrel of single barrel select premium whiskey -- both the contents and the barrel.
How big is a barrel? Well, it holds about 250 bottles of whiskey. Brinkley mentioned later in an interview with ESPN that he'd like to keep the barrel as a reminder of his once-in-a-lifetime shot. And a lifetime of shots, as well.
Although since the traditional celebration for a hole-in-one is drinks on the house, Brinkley's supply of whiskey could already be dwindling.
I've seen my share of meltdowns on the golf course, but this one takes the cake.
The Telegraph has the story of a 49-year-old man named Dave Sayers from Newcastle-under-Lyme, England. Sayers had a bit too much to drink during a charity golf outing.
Running hot after a few bad shots, Sayers told the Telegraph his plan was to dump the clubs in the trash bin. They didn't fit, so he did the next, ahem, logical thing.
"I went to put my head in the bin, but then I couldn't get it out," he said.
Oh, and the best part of this for all of us? There's video of the incident:
The next time things get bad on the golf course, just remember -- there's a good chance it won't be "have my friends rub vaseline on my head so I can get it out of a trash can" bad.
The 17th hole at TPC River Highlands, a 420-yard par 4, is one of the trickier holes on the closing stretch at the Travelers Championship. Water guards the entire left side of the hole.
Needless to say, a good drive is a must. And, if you hit a solid drive, you might even get a little lucky and do what Martin Laird did this morning:
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How about a nice little, eagle-2 to pencil in on the scorecard?
The BMW International Open is taking place on the European Tour this week in Germany.
Martin Kaymer is playing the event in his home country. He had four birdies in Round 1 on Thursday, including the incredible one you'll see below from the par-5 ninth hole (his final hole of the day), on his way to an even-par 72:
That was quite the adventure. What a recovery shot. And a heck of a way to end a round.