February 7, 2015 - 1:41pm
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Chad Campbell had no trouble getting himself off to a tremendous start in Saturday's third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

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Facing a 143-yard downhill shot from an elevated tee on the par-3 third hole, Campbell took aim and proceeded to do this:

 

 

It was Campbell's third ace on the PGA Tour.

Campbell aces No. 3 at Torrey Pines
February 7, 2015 - 10:23am
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Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones at the top of his backswing in a 1930 slow-motion film.

Thanks to today's technology -- and a tip of the hat to the folks at CinePost via YouTube -- we have the opportunity to view Bobby Jones' incredible golf swing in slow motion, a feat that had to have been state-of-the-art back in 1930.

According to the original introduction cards on the 16 millimeter print, the swings were filmed at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, Jones' home course. The action is approximately 200 times slower than normal speed -- the camera was able to capture 3,200 images per second. The PGA of America commissioned cameraman C. Francis Jenkins to film Jones in action, apparently for later use as a teaching tool.

Watch as Jones hits a driver and long iron:

Today's golfers could learn a thing or two from Jones' balance and rhythmic swing, captured 85 years ago.

WATCH: Bobby Jones' swing in slow motion
Steph Curry
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NBA all-star point guard Steph Curry daydreams about golf during his games - but, he promises, only when he's on the bench.
 
Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about golf when you're at work? Me, too – and I work in golf.
 
You know else does that? Steph Curry, the all-star point guard for the Golden State Warriors. He admitted it in a recent interview for "In-Depth with Graham Bensinger," and blamed one such occurrence on none other than Bubba Watson.
 
During a game in Orlando, Curry noted that Watson was sitting courtside across from the Warriors' bench. While he was on the bench – and not while he was in the game, he stressed – Curry said he began "picturing myself what would it be like being Bubba Watson, playing in the Masters, playing the best courses in the world."
 
Curry, who learned the game from his father – longtime NBA player Dell Curry – as a kid growing up in Charlotte, also revealed that swing tips sometimes pop into his head while he's on the bench or during timeouts.
 
Surprised? Don't be – Curry is a self-admitted golf freak, who says that at times during the offseason he can even play some scratch golf.
 
 
"In the offseason, I have a very defined golf schedule," in which he plays three or four times a week, he explained. "I'm very competitive, but golf is a game that keeps you humble and i really appreciate that."
 
During the NBA season, however, Curry's golf game necessarily goes on a bit of a hiatus. 
 
"I only play three times or so during the season," he said. "You're traveling and with practice schedules and games, it's tough to find that two-, three-, four-hour block of time to go play."
 
As you might expect, Curry's game diminishes "pretty significantly" during the basketball season. And ironically, he says, his first round of the offseason is usually his best round. 
 
"That," he laughed, "gets my hopes up."
 
The video isn't embeddable, but you can see more of Curry talking golf with Bensinger on Yahoo.com.
 
 
 
 
NBA star Steph Curry daydreams about golf during games
February 6, 2015 - 10:13am
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Tiger Woods
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Sunday's withdrawal from the Honda Classic marked the sixth time in his professional career that Tiger Woods has withdrawn from a PGA Tour event.

Tiger Woods withdrew after playing 11 holes in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday, citing back pain caused in part by a weather delay for coastal fog in La Jolla, Calif.

Woods's early exit marked the eighth time in his PGA Tour career that he's withdrawn from a tournament and the sixth time he's done so in the last five seasons. That number is nine if you include the 1995 U.S. Open, where a then 19-year-old Woods -- an amateur at the time -- withdrew after injuring his wrist while playing a shot from deep rough at Shinnecock Hills.

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Here is a breakdown of Woods's withdrawals on the PGA Tour, in chronological order:

- 1998: Woods withdraws before the start of the Kemper Open due to a back injury

- 2006: Woods withdraws before teeing off in the third round of the Nissan Open citing the flu

- 2010: Woods withdraws from the Players Championship after eight holes in the final round citing a neck injury

- 2011: Woods withdraws after nine holes in the first round of the Players Championship citing a knee injury

- 2012: Woods withdraws from the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral after 12 holes in the final round citing a left leg injury

- 2014: Woods withdraws after 13 holes in the final round of the Honda Classic citing lower back spasms

2014: Woods withdraws after eight holes in the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational, citing lower back spasms. 

- 2015: Woods withdraws after 11 holes in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open, citing back pain.

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Tiger Woods withdrawals through the years
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 -- 44 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, 44 years later
Andres Gonzales and Tom Brady jersey
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Andres Gonzales wasn't happy about having to wear a Tom Brady jersey at Torrey Pines, but fulfilled his obligation on Thursday.
 
Keegan Bradley is a huge fan of his hometown of Boston's sports teams. If you don't believe me, just go take a peek at his Twitter timeline for the last month or so – it's dominated by New England Patriots' talk.
 
Andres Gonzales, a native of Washington state, is a proud member of the Seattle Seahawks' 12th Man brigade. So, naturally, the two made a little wager on the Super Bowl – the loser had to wear the jersey of the winning team's quarterback.
 
On Thursday, Gonzales paid up. 
 
 
Both players are out in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open, so Bradley got Gonzales an old-school Tom Brady jersey, and he sported it out at Torrey Pines. Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel snapped the right-hand photo.
 
The left-hand photo is from Gonzales himself, and he posted it on Instagram with this caption: "Least excited I've ever been to pay a bet. Wearing the wrong #12 to the range and first tee. @Keegan_Bradley @travismathew #goseahawks"
 
Here's a quick video of Bradley presenting Gonzales with the jersey, and Gonzales strolling around Torrey Pines with it on:
 
 
 
 
Keegan Bradley wins Super Bowl bet, puts Tom Brady jersey on Seahawks fan Andres Gonzales