March 21, 2017 - 2:53pm
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
@therock on Instagram
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson claims to have hit a 490-yard drive during the filming of his HBO show, "Ballers."

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson touts himself as, "The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment/Sports Entertainment."

We're not going to disagree. The man is a physical specimen.

Turns out that along with his talents on the football field at the University of Miami, the ring in the WWE and his acting on the big screen, Johnson also has time for a little golf. He must, because what you're going to read next is going to blow your mind.

Johnson posted a photo to Instagram today claiming that he hit a 490-yard drive while shooting a scene for his HBO show, "Ballers."

 

 

As Johnson noted, the longest drive on record is a 515-yard smash from back in 1974.

That drive was hit by a man named Mike Austin.

This from Golf News Net:

The longest drive ever measured is credited to Mike Austin, who hit a 515-yard drive on Sept. 25, 1974 in the National Seniors Open Championship, the pre-cursor to the U.S. Senior Open. Austin, who was 64, hit the drive on a 450-yard par 4 at Desert Rose Golf Club in Las Vegas. The club was at 2,000 feet above sea level and the estimated wind on the hole that day was a 35mph helping wind.

People might find it hard to believe that a man, who presumably doesn't play a ton of golf with all his other obligations, could smack a drive nearly 500 yards.

Take a good hard look at that photo though. Are you going to tell THAT GUY he's full of it? 

'The Rock' (yes, that one) smashes 490-yard drive
March 19, 2017 - 5:31pm
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
Marc Leishman
@PGATOUR on Twitter
Watch as Marc Leishman holes a monster 51-foot eagle putt on Bay Hill's 16th hole to take the lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Just when all eyes were on Rory McIlroy making a Sunday run in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a steady Marc Leishman jumped in to steal the show.

Check out this 51-footer Leishman knocked down for an eagle and sole possession of the lead at 11 under.

 

 

Will that prove to be the difference at Bay Hill? We'll know soon.

Marc Leishman drops 51-foot eagle bomb for Bay Hill lead
March 19, 2017 - 5:24pm
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
Adam Hadwin
@PGATOUR on Twitter
Adam Hadwin's tee shot at Bay Hill's par-3 17th made a beeline for the hole on Sunday. The flagstick, however, prevented the ball from dropping in the hole for an ace.

Canadian Adam Hadwin has been dialed in lately. He won for the first time in his PGA Tour career last weekend in the Valspar Championship and carried the momentum over to Bay Hill this week.

If it's possible to be "unlucky" for not snatching an ace, then Hadwin is now the posterboy.

Check out this tee shot Hadwin hit on the 17th hole at Bay Hill on Sunday in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

It hits the green, tracks for the hole the entire way and then...

Rejection! How does that not go in?!

Hard to feel bad for a guy who has already carded a 59 and won a tournament already this year, but the Golf Gods did him wrong on that shot.
 

Adam Hadwin's potential ace gets rejected by flagstick
March 19, 2017 - 5:07pm
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
Rory McIlroy
@PGATOUR on Twitter
Rory McIlroy didn't let a little try trouble get in the way of a sensational birdie at the par-5 16th on Sunday.

On Sunday at Bay Hill, it appears Rory McIlroy is picking up right where he left off with Saturday's 7-under 65 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

McIlroy has played aggressive golf all day with a handful of drives over 360 yards -- including one that went 383 yards.

His birdie at the par-5 16th hole put him at 4 under for the day and gave him a share of the lead at 10 under.

McIlroy was behind a tree at 16 after his tee shot, but check out how he navigated his way around the tree and then the brilliant pitch that set up the birdie:

Pulling out all the stops just like Arnold Palmer would.
 

Rory McIlroy makes ridiculous birdie at Bay Hill's 16th
March 19, 2017 - 3:11pm
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
Marc Leishman
@PGATOUR on Twitter
Professionals often times make birdies look easy. Marc Leishman's ball made this one look like a lot of work.

Marc Leishman had a birdie try from about 15 feet at the par-5 fourth hole in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on Sunday.

He put a good stroke on the putt, but the ball decided to take the scenic route before eventually dropping in for a birdie:

A 360 into the cup. That'll do.

Marc Leishman's ball does 360 before dropping in the cup
March 19, 2017 - 1:45pm
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
Zach Johnson
@PGATOUR on Twitter
Just when it looked like a bunker shot by Zach Johnson was going to zoom past the hole, it hit the ball of Johnson's playing partner and redirected its path right into the hole for a birdie.

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

Zach Johnson, a two-time major winner, is no doubt good (better than most, in fact).

But on Bay Hill's 17th hole in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, Johnson was extremely lucky.

Plugged in a greenside bunker after his tee shot at the par 3, Johnson blasted out. The ball had some serious pace and looked as though it would run well past the hole.

Instead, it hit the ball of Johnson's playing partner, Byeong Hun An, took a sharp left and dropped directly into the center of the cup for an unlikely birdie:

Johnson will take it.

As cool as that was, nothing comes close to touching the bank-shot ace Louis Oosthuizen made in the final round of the Masters a year ago:

I mean, come on.
 

Zach Johnson banks bunker shot off playing partner's ball and into the hole