September 8, 2014 - 11:29am
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Sunday Night Football guests
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Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Graeme McDowell were some of those in attendance Sunday night at the NFL opener in Denver.

The Ryder Cup competition is now less than three weeks away, and a few members of both squads got their competitive juices flowing at Denver's Mile High Stadium on Sunday evening, watching the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts.

The content came just an hour or so after the final round of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills, so players like Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson were on the hand for the game.

Fowler finished tied for fourth at the BMW, and was definitely hanging out with some familiar faces afterward:

 

 

For the second consecutive day, McIlroy four-putted the 12th hole at Cherry Hills, but that didn't keep him from enjoying one of the more unusual distinctions when it comes to "football." He was at Manchester United's Premier League opener -- the sport Americans refer to as "soccer" -- on one side of the pond last month, and now watched Peyton Manning pick apart the Colts defense in both teams' NFL opener.

It appears Bubba Watson was able to get to the stadium in time for the pre-game festivities, as evidenced by this tweet:

 

 

Watson might be more inclined to grab a seat at the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, but he'd definitely be sitting on the opposite side of the stadium from the guy who won Sunday. Billy Horschel was dressed in orange and blue all weekend, but not because he was trying to influence local fans. 

It's one of them Florida-Georgia things.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the guys will have the same opportunity to play sports hooky at the Tour Championship at Atlanta's East Lake. Looking at the weekend calendar, on Sunday, the Braves are in Texas to play the Rangers and the Falcons are at Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. On Saturday, Georgia's at South Carolina and Georgia Tech's home against Georgia Southern, but that game has a noon ET start. 

On one hand, that's too bad. On the other, golf could be the only game in town.

Ryder Cup stars ready for some football
September 7, 2014 - 3:33pm
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Rory four-putts again
Rory McIlroy demonstrates the perfect pose for four-putting the same hole two days in a row.

We swear we aren't pulling a fast one on you. 

For the second day in a row, Rory McIlroy four-putted at the 12th green, this time for a double-bogey 5. On Saturday, he made triple.

 

It's really shocking to see the No. 1 ranked player do this once, let alone twice. Combine McIlroy's stature, the fact that he did it yesterday and that he seemed to earn some good karma earlier Sunday and this one is just stunning. 

Related: McIlroy four-putts No. 12 on Saturday

Then again, one of the best in the world finding himself in a bad position in back-to-back days isn't unprecedented. All you have to do is look back to The Barclays when Phil Mickelson ended up taking a shot from the grandstand in consecutive rounds. At least Rory's adventures didn't inspire a meme. Yet.

Rory can rest easy knowing that he doesn't have to putt there again on Monday. 

 

 

 

McIlroy four-putts No. 12 again, no joke
September 7, 2014 - 2:39pm
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Young fan reaction
This young fan did a terrific happy dance after getting a ball from Rory McIlroy.

It doesn't matter who wins the BMW Championship, I don't think anyone is going home happier than this young fan. 

As Rory McIlroy walked past the seventh hole, he quickly handed his golf ball to a boy in a green shirt. That simple gesture produced one of the happiest reactions I've ever seen. 

It seems safe to say that McIlroy made a lifelong fan today. It doesn't matter if he was trying to get a ball from every golfer who walked by -- there's no way you celebrate like that and then don't become a fan. 

I just wish we could see how he would celebrate getting a golfer's cell phone number

Watch Rory make a young fan's day
Gunsan Country Club
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Brian Riley poses next to the hole sign for Gunsan's par-7, 1,100-yard third hole.

We get some amazing and incredible golf photos from fans -- everything from panoramic seaside holes to picturesque mountainside courses. But every once in a while, we'll get something so unusual that it makes us do a double-take.

For example, Brian Riley sent a photo of himself standing next to a hole marker, with this caption:

I don't always golf the longest hole on planet Earth, but when I do, I make double bogey. Gunsan Country Club ROK.

Well, thanks to Google, here's a description of Gunsan Country Club from the VisitKorea website:

"Gunsan Country Club is a golf course featuring 81 holes (18 holes for the members and 63 holes for the public) on the site of an abandoned salt field that spans over 1,060 acres. It is the only course in Korea where all the holes are surrounded by lakes; around 380 acres or 36% of the course is comprised of lakes, and the holes are connected by 26 bridges. It has some of the longest golf holes in the world, including a Par 7 hole (1,004m) and a Par 6 hole (661m). The 18-hole private golf course features classic American style, while the public golf course offers more variety."

Think about that for a moment: You're talking about one hole that's six-tenths of a mile in length. And it's the No. 1 handicap hole on the course, for good reason. 

I'm not certain what "classic American style" refers to, but it sounds interesting. And the idea of having to hit a driver and four fairway woods in a row to reach the green in regulation is fascinating (and probably very frustrating). Still, Brian appears to have a smile on his face after carding a 9, so it must be something to try at least once.

 

Par-7, 1,100-yard hole provides challenge to long hitters in South Korea
Ryder Cup in watercolor
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France's Yves Perron has captured the two 2014 Ryder Cup team captains in a beautiful watercolor painting.

Scotland's Gleneagles promises to be a spectacular site for the 2014 Ryder Cup matches for both players and fans alike. And who better to capture the feeling of the spectacle than a talented French painter?

Yves Perron -- a newspaper cartoonist at one point in his career, according to his biography -- has three passions: watercolor painting, World War I and golf. And it's no surprise that he's combined those passions into some amazing works of art.

He's done several pieces on golf, combining overhead views of the course, portraits and a sense of history, to give the artwork added value. As you can see, he's already geared up for the Ryder Cup in three weeks, having painted a scene with both U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson and Team Europe's Paul McGinley.

Some of Perron's other golf-related artwork can be found at his website here.

According to his bio, colorwater painting "is both a demanding and a flexible medium that requires a permanent thinking of color design and perfect drawing. You need to be ready when you paint a water color."

Perron, born in 1964, has now settled his easel in Montlouis-sur-Loire, close to Tours, in the Loire valley. Right in the middle of vineyards and castles, it is a special atmosphere and a wonderful light which undoubtedly makes it a fertile ground for artists. 

Merci beaucoup, Yves!

French artist creates amazing Ryder Cup watercolor
September 6, 2014 - 4:33pm
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Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy watches in amazement as putt No. 3 spins left out of the cup. He went on to triple-bogey the hole.

Ever have one of those holes where the ball just refuses to go in the cup? Rory McIlroy shares your pain.

Showing that bad holes can happen even to the top-ranked player in the world, McIlroy four-putted from five feet for a triple bogey on the Par-3 12th hole during Saturday's third round of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills.

BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: Billy Horschel fires third-round 63 for lead

After hitting his tee shot in the right rough, McIlroy chipped out to within five feet of the hole. And then the trouble started.

Just watch the video and see if it brings up nightmares of holes you wish had never happened:

And yes, just like most of us, McIlroy was perturbed -- and talented enough -- to drop-kick the offending ball into the greenside water hazard with his putter.

Plus, the bad luck lasted just one hole. McIlroy one-putted for birdie at No. 13 to get one of those shots back.

LEFTY OPTS OUT: Phil Mickelson withdraws before third round

At least Rory has some well-known company. Rickie Fowler pretty much did the same thing during a 2010 family barbecue at Walt Disney World's Fantasia Putt Putt course. Watch:

 

 

 

In Fowler's defense, those are some crazy undulations in that green.

 

Watch: Rory four-putts from five feet