August 21, 2015 - 10:05am
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Julian Jax
Julian Jax shows off his trick-shot skills with this over-the-shoulder putt.

Julian Jax, a 5-year-old from California, may be the youngest golf trick shot artist in the business, as evidenced by this impressive over-the-shoulder putt submitted to us via Twitter.

At first, it just looks like Julian is aiming the wrong direction, but then watch what happens:



According to the contributor, Julian is a lefty from Walnut Creek, Calif., and a big fan of Phil Mickelson. This video was taken at Diablo Creek Golf Course.

If Julian keeps this up, he might just be chasing Phil's records some day.


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August 20, 2015 - 12:31pm
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Luckily, no one was injured when the piece of a commercial airplane fell from the sky and landed on a Charlotte, N.C., golf course on Wednesday.

Imagine you're enjoying a nice, peaceful round of golf when suddenly, something falls out of the sky and lands on the green.

Now, imagine that something is a piece that fell off of a commercial plane.

That's exactly what happened at a Charlotte, N.C. course on Wednesday when, "A small panel from an American Airlines flight fell from the plane as it was preparing to land in Charlotte and landed near some golfers on a course in Mount Holly," reported.

RELATED: Wyndham Championship leaderboard | Tiger holes out on first hole, shoots 64

Here's more from the report:

According to American Airlines, Flight 1910 was landing in Charlotte from Dallas when it lost a small panel door prior to landing.

A WBTV viewer says he was golfing with two other men at the Green Meadows Golf Course when they saw an object "falling from the sky, twirling around in circles and land approximately 40 yards to the right of the green" near the 7th hole. It happened around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Thankfully, no one on the ground, nor on the Airbus A321 were injured when the plane lost one of its panel doors that "covers the hydraulic servicing area."

h/t Golf News Ne

Piece of plane falls from sky, lands on golf course
August 20, 2015 - 7:29am
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Just when it looked like par would be a great score for Tiger Woods on his opening hole of the Wyndham Championship, he went ahead and gave us some vintage Tiger Woods.

OK, so it's only the first hole in the first round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., but what a start for Tiger Woods.

Woods, who has struggled with his game pretty much all season long, looked to be in trouble yet again on his opening hole at Sedgefield Country Club. Short and left of the par-4 first hole in two shots, Woods was faced with a difficult third.

RELATED: Wyndham Championship leaderboard | Woods makes first Greensboro start

With all the fans that turned out to watch Woods in his first start in the tournament, he decided to give them some vintage Tiger.

Check out this shot:

Fantastic. That's one heck of a way to make a birdie.

Woods needs a big week. He'll need to finish no worse than second to qualify for next week's FedExCup Playoffs opener, the Barclays.

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August 19, 2015 - 11:43am
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PGA Champion Jason Day will be live on Periscope via the PGA Championship Twitter account (@PGAChampionship) this afternoon to answer fan questions from 2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET.

PGA Champion Jason Day will field questions from fans live today from 2:45-3:30 p.m. ET on Periscope, via the PGA Championship Twitter handle, @PGAChampionship.

Tweet your questions to Day with the hashtag, #AskPGAChamp.

PGA Champion Jason Day to answer fan questions on Periscope today
August 19, 2015 - 10:38am
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The Wyndham Championship was the site of Brandt Snedeker's first PGA Tour win in 2007. Will it also be the site of his latest Tour win come Sunday evening?

With a scintillating PGA Championship -- the final major of the season -- now behind us, attention turns back to the PGA Tour and the race for the FedExCup Playoffs.

This week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., is the final regular-season event, so surely players are there to either improve their standing, or crack into the top-125 to earn a spot in next week's Barclays.

Tiger Woods is playing in this event for the first time in his career. He's going to likely need to finish no worse than second to sneak into the PGA Tour's postseason.

RELATED: Wyndham Championship tee times | Week's best equipment photos | Top PGA shots

Here are the five players I'll be watching closely this week.

5. Webb Simpson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T2 at Wells Fargo Championship
Reason to watch: Webb Simpson is so found of the place where he won his first PGA Tour event in 2011, that he and wife, Dowd, named their third child, a daughter, "Wyndham Rose." Luckily for his daughter, Webb's first win didn't come at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas (which also happens to be the site of his last win on Tour in 2013). This is a tournament Simpson always seems to play well in. Since his victory, his worst finish in his next three starts was a T22. He finished T5 a year ago. At 49th in the current FedExCup standings, Simpson is a lock for the Barclays, but he'll be looking to improve his position at one of his favorite events on the PGA Tour schedule.

4. Justin Thomas
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T4 at the Sanderson Farms Championship and Quicken Loans National
Reason to watch: All indications are that Thomas is poised to join the group of elite young players on the PGA Tour. The one thing that the others have that Thomas doesn't to this point is a victory. His season best to this point was a T4 at the Sanderson Farms Championship last November at the start of the wraparound schedule and another T4 recently at the Quicken Loans National. All in all, Thomas has seven top-10 finishes this season. He's currently No. 36 in the FedExCup standings and looking to rise. Thomas' only other start in the Wyndham Championship was as an amateur in 2009. He tied for 78th.

3. Billy Horschel
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Third at the Valero Texas Open
Reason to watch: Horschel, the reigning FedExCup champion after a magical end to the 2013-14 season, enters this week in a much better spot than he was at this time a year ago -- 43rd. Some figured that Horschel's late-season heroics a year ago would truly propel him this season. It hasn't been a bad season, but it also hasn't been exceptional. If last year is any indication, we could assume that the exceptional stuff is still to come. Horschel hasn't missed a cut since the Masters, so he's been playing solid golf. Now he just needs to string together four great rounds -- something, in his own words, he has yet to do this season.

2. Bill Haas
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the Humana Challenge
Reason to watch: Currently 23rd in the FedExCup season, it's been a nice season for Haas, who snagged his sixth PGA Tour win overall back in January. That was one of four top-10 finishes this season in his 20 starts. While he has yet to win the Wyndham Championship, the 2011 FedExCup Champion has three top-10s in the tournament, including a T2 a year ago. Haas needs to get things going if he plans on making dad Jay's U.S. Presidents Cup team on points -- he's currently No. 15 in the standings. The top 10 make it on points.

1. Brandt Snedeker
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Reason to watch: The Wyndham Championship is a special tournament for Snedker -- currently No. 13 in the FedExCup standings. It was the tournament where Snedeker claimed his maiden win on the PGA Tour in 2007. Since then, Snedeker has added six more wins, including the 2012 Tour Championship on his way to winning the FedExCup that season. In his last seven starts, Snedeker has four top-10 finishes, highlighted by a T2 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He also finished T12 last week at the PGA Championship. Snedeker is in a nice spot standings-wise for the playoffs right now, so he can breathe easier than most and perhaps that will free him up for some fun, aggressive golf.

Here's how my 10 to watch fared last week at the PGA Championship:

10. Rory McIlroy -- 17th
9. Jim Furyk -- T30
8. Zach Johnson -- Missed cut
7. Martin Kaymer -- T12
6. Bubba Watson -- T21
5. Phil Mickelson -- T18
4. Rickie Fowler -- T30
3. Jason Day -- Won
2. Jordan Spieth -- 2nd
1. Dustin Johnson -- T7 

5 players to watch at the Wyndham Championship
Zach Johnson took a selfie with the Wrigley Field scoreboard in the background, while Jordan Spieth showed off his left-handed form in Texas.
Golf season is far from over, but baseball was the game of the day for not one but two of game's best players on Tuesday, as both Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson threw out the first pitch at Major League games.
Early in the afternoon, the Masters and U.S. Open champion announced on Twitter that he'd been drafted for first-pitch duty by his hometown Texas Rangers, who were facing the Seattle Mariners. Not long thereafter, the British Open champ revealed that he would be doing the honors for the Chicago Cubs before their tussle with the Detroit Tigers.
And before he threw his pitch, Johnson threw down the gauntlet – challenging Spieth to a friendly wager: Whoever threw the best pitch would receive a free dinner from the loser, with ESPN deciding the winner.
The two – who are actually good buddies – engaged in a little back-and-forth smack talk throughout the afternoon.
Finally, it was time to put up or pay up. Johnson took the hill at Wrigley, accompanied by some serious golf bling – the trophies for the BMW Championship, the FedExCup, the Western Golf Associaton and, of course, the Claret Jug. Very nice.
Johnson, however, lost a few style points because we couldn't find a better video of his pitch. Even from this upper-deck angle, however, the "crafty veteran" does a pretty good job.
Spieth – who always looks so put-together that it's almost shocking to see him with his jersey untucked – matched Johnson's effort with an easy strike. And, no doubt you noticed, Spieth is one of those lefties who happens to play golf right-handed.
Over the course of the day, the bet was changed from dinner to the loser makes a $5,000 donation to the winners' foundation. And as was the case in two of the four majors this year, Spieth was proclaimed the champion and Johnson accepted his fate gracefully.
Even better, Johnson's sponsor Transamerica got on board and volunteered to match Johnson's donation. So, all in all, it turned out to be a great day for golf, charity and baseball. And if the Cubs and Rangers should somehow make it to the World Series, we expect a rematch – in the same ballpark.
Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson bet on whose MLB first pitch is best