July 12, 2015 - 5:45pm
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Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie reacts after her drive on the par-4 16th hits the flagstick for a near ace.

Tournament officials for the U.S. Women's Open moved up the tees on No. 16 Sunday, making it a reachable par-4. And Michelle Wie wowed the crowd with this drive that ricocheted off the flagstick:



Wie wound up with an eagle.

And despite being in obvious distress from an aching hip that's been bothering her nearly all season, Wie didn't let that bother her on that shot.

Watch: Wie nearly aces par-4
Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth takes aim at the flagstick on the eighth hole Saturday.

When Jordan Spieth's game is on, look out.

He notched his second eagle of the day -- and third of the tournament -- at the 17th hole Saturday during the third round of the John Deere Classic. You have to see this shot to appreciate how good it is:



Spieth almost did the same thing earlier in the round on the eighth hole. Instead, he got a very unfortunate bounce off the flagstick:



A PGA Tour official had to help repair the ballmark that was right next to the hole. No matter -- Spieth calmly sank the putt anyway for his second birdie of the day, to go along with an eagle on No. 2.

Watch: Spieth takes aim at flag -- twice
July 11, 2015 - 1:42pm
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Andrew Johnson finished the third round of the Scottish Open with a 1-over par 71.

There are certain things you can probably learn from playing with Miguel Angel Jimenez. Andrew Johnson learned one of the most important lessons. 

Related: Miguel Angel Jimenez gives youth golf lesson after Scottish Open round

The 26-year-old from England finished his third round at the Scottish Open by making an eagle on 18 to card a 1-over par 71. While the shot was impressive, it was his celebration that really stole the show. 



And it got a thumbs up from the Mechanic himself, playing in the same group.

Now Johnson needs to copy what to do when your shot doesn't find the bottom of the cup, as Professor Jimenez demonstrated earlier in the round.


Miguel is so good with his irons, he's upset when he doesn't hole out. #AAMScottishOpen

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Johnson copies MAJ's dance moves
Miguel Angel Jimenez
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Miguel Angel Jimenez gave a golf lesson to a group of kids after his second round at the Scottish Open.

The most interesting man in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez, has a lot of interests as you might expect. He's a dance aficionado. He's a beast in the gym. He's a savvy shopper. He even knows how to plan the perfect wedding.

Now you can add shaper of golf's future. 

After Jimenez posted a second-round 65 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Friday, Jimenez stayed at the course to give a lesson to a group of young golfers. 





We can only hope that Jimenez showed these kids the proper way to warm up. 



The most interesting golf instructor in the world
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Jordan Spieth posted an even-par 71 in his first action in two weeks.

It took a while for Jordan Spieth to get things going at the John Deere Classic.

Spieth was even par through 22 holes and was on the wrong side of the cut line. He admitted that he struggled through a "rusty round" with his even-par 71 on Day 1, and made par on his first four holes on Friday. Of course, it's hard to keep a golfer of Spieth's caliber down for too long so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he then went to card a birdie on four of his next six holes, then followed that up with an eagle to move into the top 10. 

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The scary part of Spieth's start is that it shows just how powerful of an enemy that rust is. If it can happen to Spieth, it can happen to you. Maybe it already has.

In the case that you find yourself not touching your clubs for a while, what's your best shot at getting your game back up to speed as quickly as possible? We reached out to PGA Professional David P. Grier at Yinglings Golf Center to get some tips for your warm-up to help you knock off the rust quickly. 

Of course, doing these won't guarantee instant success -- "It all depends on the student and on the situation," Grier said -- but following this advice should help get you primed for your next round after a layoff.

1. Start with pitch shots. These shots will help make the difference between having a short putt for birdie and having to double- or triple-putt for bogey or worse. Grier recommends hitting as many of these shots as possible before your round. "These shots will lengthen your backswing and build to your fulll swing," Grier said. "... If you can't pitch, you can't play."



2. Get in a lot of stretching. After taking some time off, your body will probably not be used to all the motions that are needed for a complete golf swing. Stretching will get you loose and limber for your round, regardless of how much time you've taken off. "You'll need to get your body in shape for more golf," Grier said. 



3. Make sure your short game is ready to go. If you have your pitch shots working well, you'll need to make sure you are able to make the putts to keep your score low. Grier also recommended this since working on this area, as well as pitch shots, will help you transition into full swings. "This should be part of your standard warm-up as well," Grier said. 



Three tips to knock the rust off your golf game
Hell Bunker at St. Andrews
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Course workers laid in new sod faces and dropped in 60 tons of new sand during the rebuilding of the Hell Bunker at St. Andrews.
The Open Championship returns to St. Andrews next week, and the grounds crew has been busy for months getting the Old Course into tip-top shape. Atop the to-do list was rebuilding as many as 50 of the course's 112 bunkers – including the famed "Hell Bunker" on the par-5 14th hole.
The Hell Bunker is the second most famous bunker on the Old Course, behind only the "Road Bunker" on the 17th hole. It is also one of the world's biggest – it is 6 ½ feet deep and covers more than 300 square yards – and has captured more than its share of golfers who dared to challenge it. 
Among them is Jack Nicklaus, who made a quintuple-bogey 10 on the hole back in the 2000 Open Championship after straying into its cavernous maw. Small consolation, but Nicklaus wasn't in contention at the time. Back in 1933, though, Gene Sarazen was trying to defend the Claret Jug when he entered Hell and came out with an 8 – and missed out on a playoff by a single shot.
"Rebuilding such a vast bunker differs from the others on the course," Greenkeeper Martin Turna explained in a post on the St. Andrews Trust website. The Hell Bunker's sod face is so tall, and the bunker itself so big, that refurbishing it is a multi-step process that began with removing all the sand, digging out the sod in the face and lifting the turf above the bunker.
The workers used a "spirit level" to make sure the layers of sod in the bunker's face were laid in evenly – "this was a hugely important consideration throughout the build," he wrote. The bunker was built up to about three quarters of its height and then left for couple of weeks to bed in before the reconstruction was completed.
If you've ever been in any of the big bunkers at St. Andrews, they feel like their faces are straight up and down. In fact, they're slanted at a 65-degree angle, which Turna said is the standard angle for rough and fairway bunkers on the Old Course.
And though the Old Course is, well, old, the Hell Bunker was rebuilt in a state-of-the-art fashion. Its new floor contains more sand – 60 tons of sand, in fact – and less clay to aid in drainage and help it dry up faster after it rains. 
Also, the bunker got its own TV camera. Until now, only the Road Bunker had a TV camera embedded in its face, but several of the bunkers remade over the past year – including the Hell Bunker – were outfitted with camera ducts as well.
Here's a very cool time-lapse video of the Hell Bunker rebuild:
Hell Bunker at St. Andrews rebuilt ahead of Open Championship