Alan Shepard
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Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard completes experiments on the moon before his famous golf shots.

Talk about an out-of-this-world golf experience.

On Feb. 6, 1971 -- 46 years ago today -- Alan Shepard pulled out a makeshift six-iron he smuggled on board Apollo 14 and hit two golf balls on the lunar surface, becoming the first -- and only -- person to play golf anywhere other than Earth.

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The first American astronaut in space was named commander of Apollo 14 and wanted to do something special while on the moon. So he contacted a local club pro in Houston, who connected the head of a six-iron to the shaft of a piece of rock collecting equipment. Shepard then covered the club with a sock so it wouldn't be discovered before launch.

Only a handful of people in NASA knew of Shepard's plan when, after an extended excursion on the lunar surface, he pulled out the club, dropped two balls on the moon and proceeded to do this:

 

 

Shepard shanked the first ball, but estimated his second shot traveled more than 200 yards. Even though it seemed like a stunt at the time, Shepard admitted there was some science involved. With little atmosphere and much lower gravity, golf balls on the moon should travel much farther than on the earth.

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Shepard eventually donated the club to the USGA Museum in 1974. A replica is in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. He eventually retired from the space program and lived in a home overlooking Cypress Point in Pebble Beach, Calif. He died in 1998.

Remembering Alan Shepard's lunar golf shots, 46 years later
February 5, 2017 - 1:34pm
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It looks like Jack Nicklaus is pulling for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. Jack's grandson, Nick O'Leary, is a tight end for the Buffalo Bills and was high school teammates with Patriots third-string quarterback, Jacoby Brissett.

Jack Nicklaus, the greatest major champion in golf history, wished the New England Patriots good luck in Super Bowl 51 via his Instagram account on Sunday.

The Patriots square off against the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons later today.

Nicklaus, it turns out, has a rooting interest in the four-time Super Bowl Champion Patriots.

The Golden Bear's grandson, Nick O'Leary, is a tight-end for the Buffalo Bills. O'Leary's high school teammate was Jacob Brissett, who happens to be New England's third-string quarterback.

Brissett saw action early in the season for the Patriots when quarterback Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension and Pats back-up Jimmy Garoppolo was out with an injury.

Brissett was the losing quarterback when O'Leary's Bills took down the Pats, 16-0 back in week 4 -- one of just two losses on the season for the Patriots in what was the last week of the Brady suspension.

Here's the post from Nicklaus:

Jack Nicklaus wishes New England Patriots 'good luck' in Super Bowl 51
February 4, 2017 - 4:50pm
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A golfer thought it would be funny to document his buddy's bunker troubles, but his heckling was met with a golf ball to the face.

Anyone who doesn't believe in the "golf gods" need only to ask Phil Mickelson.

It always seems that the ball rolls just so, or bounces just right, as to even out the universe. Well in this case the golf gods came for a little payback, when one golfer pulled out his phone to observe the bunker woes of his golfing buddy.

"You're so bad," we hear him say, as his friend sets up for his shot. Next thing he knows, the ball is flying towards him at full speed. Ouch.

Never mess with the golf gods.

(h/t to mailonline for the video and golfdigest for the find)

 

 

Critical fan gets beaned by bunker shot
February 4, 2017 - 12:53pm
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World No. 1 Jason Day tried out a left-handed driver at the practice range Friday, and the results were even better than you'd expect.

Jason Day is the No. 1 player in the world. He's also right-handed.

But how good could he really be left-handed? Surely he would struggle to hit a driver while facing the opposite way, right?

Well it turns out, the answer is no. Not only did he not struggle, but he can pipe it 285. And thanks to former PGA Tour player David Lutterus, we have video evidence. Could he make the PGA Tour left-handed? I wouldn't bet against it.

I can't tell whether I should be impressed, or feel bad about how poorly my driver game is in comparison. Either way it's worth a watch.

 

JD 285 lefty #wow @jasondayofficial

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Could Jason Day play on Tour left-handed?
February 3, 2017 - 11:54am
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