February 9, 2017 - 9:47am
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golf trick
As if skipping the ball across the pond wasn't difficult enough, check out how this duo finished off their trick shot.

If you're of the belief that trick shots have become annoying, we don't blame you.

However, you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't check out this effort. It is unbelievable.

A left-hander skips a golf ball across a pond and nails his target -- a paver. The ball bounces up in the air off the paver and another golfer on the other side of the pond crushes the ball out of mid-air.

Check it out here:


That was phenomenal. Wonder how many takes it took. Judging by the divots, it was at least a few... understandably.

This skip-across-the-pond trick shot is amazing
February 8, 2017 - 1:40pm
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Sergio Garcia
We've seen golfers take down drones with shots before, but this effort by Sergio Garcia -- with a driver -- might be the best yet.

We've seen videos before where golfers use drones as skeets and shoot them out of the sky.

This one with Sergio Garcia posted by TaylorMade Europe, however, might just be my favorite.

The guys at TaylorMade had some fun with Garcia by posting signs on the drones to poke fun at the Spaniard -- stuff like, "Second again?" and "Sergio S***ks."

It takes a little while for Garcia to get dialed in, but once he does, those drones get destroyed.

My favorite came at the 2-minute mark when he absolutely pulverizes a drone with a rising driver.

That. Was. Awesome. (But not for the drone or whomever had to pay for it).  

Sergio Garcia obliterates drone with driver
February 8, 2017 - 12:28pm
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frozen pond
Playing a golf shot off a frozen pond isn't a good idea. But bouncing the ball off said frozen pond? That's a different story and can lead to a tremendous outcome.

Playing golf in the winter months -- if you can stand the frigid temperatures -- can have its advantages.

The biggest advantage, aside from monster drives that bounce forever on those frozen fairways, is there are virtually no water hazards to be found... instead, they've turned to ice.

When that's the case, you can get a little more creative than usual with your shots where those hazards come into play.

Take this lad for instance. Rather than hit a touchy wedge shot over the frozen pond to a pin with not much green to work with, he elected to pitch the ball into the middle of the pond, bounce it off the ice and stick it close (h/t Golf.com):



Well played.

There are also times when you might think a frozen pond makes for an opportunity to save a penalty stroke, but it actually isn't... Like this guy we wrote about in December with his frozen pond shot gone wrong:



I think I like the idea of bouncing the ball off the ice more than playing a shot while standing on it.

Watch this guy use frozen pond to execute terrific golf shot
February 8, 2017 - 11:22am
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pebble beach, golf, weather
Pebble Beach was not pretty -- the weather that is -- during a practice round on Tuesday ahead of this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The seventh hole at Pebble Beach -- one of the most famous holes in the world -- is a par 3 that plays just over 100 yards and is downhill.

Should be a piece of cake, especially for the best players in the game, right?

It's easy to get lost in the hole's beauty with the Pacific Ocean wrapping around its right side and all around the back of the green. The waves crashing into the cliffs along the edges of the green are breathtaking.

But, at the end of the day, it's still a short shot...

... Unless weather is, umm, not ideal.

That was the case on Tuesday as players and their pro-am partners were going through a practice round for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

"The sea was angry that day, my friends" as George Costanza once said in Seinfeld (or as Ernest Hemingway wrote in "The Old Man and the Sea."

Thanks to social media, we were able to see just how nasty it was out there.

Tony Finau -- one of the biggest hitters in the world -- need a 5-iron from 106 yards to reach the green:

Charley Hoffman hit the green from 112 yards, also with a 5 iron:

And how about this tweet from AP golf writer Doug Ferguson of Jerry Kelly and Aaron Rodgers?

Any other place in the world, these conditions probably make for a miserable day of golf. But, as Hoffman said, it proved to be, "Some of the most fun I have ever had on the course." 

Players tackle Pebble Beach's short, par-3 seventh in nasty conditions
Tiger Woods
It was 17 years ago today, Feb. 7, 2000, that Tiger Woods overcame a 7-shot deficit with seven holes to play at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

If, like most of us, you're bummed out about the recent setback in the return of Tiger Woods -- back spasms that forced his withdrawal after one round in Dubai last week and have his future unclear -- allow us to take you back to a happier time in Tiger's career.

On this day 17 years ago,Feb. 7, 2000, Woods remarkably overcame a seven-shot deficit with seven holes to play to defeat Matt Gogel in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to claim his sixth consecutive PGA Tour victory.

That win allowed Woods to tie Ben Hogan, who won six consecutive starts in 1948, for the second-longest streak in professional golf history. Byron Nelson holds the all-time record with 11 consecutive wins in 1945.

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Tiger's win at Pebble that year marked the 17th of his career. Since then, he has won an eye-popping 62 more times. The Pebble triumph was also the second of Tiger's nine wins for the 2000 season, which also included the first three legs of the "Tiger Slam" -- the U.S. Open (also played at Pebble Beach that year, a major Woods won by a record 15 strokes), Open Championship and PGA Championship. He would complete that slam with his win at the Masters in 2001.

Woods fired an 8-under 64 in the final round and it included this incredible eagle hole-out at the par-4 15th from 97 yards:

Gogel, of course, gave Woods a little help with four bogeys over his final nine holes to lose by two.

"I'm not the first pro that has struggled on the back nine at Pebble, and won't be the last," said Gogel, 28 at the time. "Trying to win a golf tournament for the first time, battling the emotions, it was quite a test." 

17 years ago today, Tiger Woods overcame 7-shot deficit with seven to play at Pebble Beach
February 7, 2017 - 12:53pm
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Sam Snead
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On Feb. 7, 1962, Sam Snead became the first -- and only -- male to win a LPGA event.

Here's something you may not have known about the PGA Tour's all-time wins (82) leader, Sam Snead: On this day -- Feb. 7 -- in 1962, Slammin' Sammy became the first and only male to win an LPGA event.


Snead was in the field at the 15-player field at the Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational played at Palm Beach Golf Club -- a par-3 course -- in 1961 and 1962.

In 1961, the field boasted 24 men and women. Louise Suggs won that event by one stroke and Snead finished third, two shots behind.

But in 1962, Snead prevailed by five strokes over Mickey Wright. Patty Berg, Kathy Whitworth and Betsy Rawls were also in the field, where Snead was the only male of the 15 players who teed it up.

Snead's winning total was 5-under 211 in the event which featured four rounds over two days.

It's been written that Snead won "about $1,500" in the victory, but as www.golfhistorytoday.com notes, it came at a cost.

According to a Palm Beach Post report:

"The last three holes (of the opening round) were played with the knowledge that his expensive little inboard runabout boat was slowly sinking, just a wedge shot from the course, in Lake Worth."

So there you have it -- the time Sam Snead won an unofficial LPGA event. 

Sam Snead remains only male to have won LPGA event