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December 11, 2016 - 3:09pm
Posted by:
Matt Craig
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weird golf moments, funny golf moments, golf moments 2016
There are some things that happen on the golf course that are really, really strange. Let's celebrate the best of 2016.

The word "weird" is hard to define. It's really something that you just know when you see.

Golf is a game that brings out the best, worst, and weirdest in all of sports. Here's the best 2016 had to offer.

7. Spencer Lavin's absurb club throw. "Whoops!" sums it up much better than I ever could. If you take weird to mean funny and unique, then look no farther then watching Lavin's club slip out of his hand and fly out of the atmosphere. The antics only phase him for a moment, before returning a laser focus to where his ball is headed. That's a true professional.


6. The capybaras emerging at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio. The return of golf to the Olympics was a tremendous success. The venue was in Brazil, but it might has well have been Mars with these mystery monsters stalking the premises. The beasts were perfectly described in our "Top 9 animal encounters" piece as "part dog/part beaver/part PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM ME."


5. Rory McIlroy taking 6 shots to get out of a pot bunker. If weird to you means, "there's no way that just happened," then I got one for you. During a practice round for this year's Open Championship, Rory McIlroy found the famous "postage stamp bunker" on Royal Troon's eighth hole. It took McIlroy six shots to escape the bunker, an adventure captured by Sky Sports on Facebook Live.

The fun starts around the 5:30 mark:


4. Phil Mickelson hitting a ball through a fence, with the reverse end of a hybrid. Only Phil would attempt this shot. After finding his ball sitting beneath a metal fence on the outside of the property, because of course, Phil decides to play the ball instead of taking a drop, because of course.



Not only did Mickelson hit this shot with the reverse side of his hybrid, slamming the fence on his follow through, he actually got the ball back into play. Because of course!


3. How did Phil Mickelson's putt for 62 not go in? Speaking of Phil, how in the world did that this putt during the opening round of this year's Open Championship to shoot the lowest score in major championship history not drop!? After the round, Mickelson was asked if he believed in the golf gods. "I didn't, but now I do now." It literally hurts me to rewatch this.




2. Ryder Cup heckler comes out of the crowd to win $100 on bet. Professional golfers have to deal with hecklers all the time. But during the practice rounds of this year's Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan decided to call out one heckler who was hyping up his own short game. With a $100 bill lying next to the ball, the fan went ahead and sunk the putt in front of an uproarious crowd. In addition to the money, the stunt earned him a spot on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."


1. Brooks Koepka's drive landing on Thomas Pieters' father's backpack at the Ryder Cup. Fans watch the Ryder Cup every two years expecting to see something they've never seen before. Well this year Koepka gave the fans just that, although not quite exactly how they expected. On the drivable par 4 fifth hole, Koepka's drive flew wide, landing on top of the backpack of a spectator.

That would be wild enough, but it gets even more weird when you learn that the man wearing the backpack was none other than the father of Koepka's competition: Thomas Pieters. What are the odds? For the full video and close up images click here.

December 10, 2016 - 12:22pm
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
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Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer
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On Dec. 10, 1966 -- 50 years ago -- Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer teamed up to win the first of three titles together in the PGA National Team Championship.

With team golf events going on this weekend at the PNC Father-Son Challenge and the Franklin Templeton Shootout, we're going to throw it back 50 years.

On this day in 1966, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer teamed up to win the "PGA National Team Championship" at an amazing 32-under par with rounds of 63, 66, 63 and 72.

At the time, the pair had 14 major championship wins between them. Nicklaus and Palmer also won the event together in 1970 and 1971.

Today, Nicklaus is competing with his son, Jackie, in the PNC Father-Son Challenge, an event the late Palmer used to play in with his grandson, Sam Saunders.

The website also has a list of events Nicklaus and Palmer won together and include this fantastic quote from Palmer: "I don't think either Jack or I would have (decided to come and played together) if we didn't think we had a chance to win. Our plan is to win. If we don't we'll just get on with our lives, and try it again somewhere else."

Here's a video of Nicklaus paying tribute to the King:



December 10, 2016 - 10:37am
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
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Tiger Woods
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During the opening of a new short course in Mexico on Friday, Tiger Woods took time to stop what he was doing and... play catch.

One week after his return to golf following a 15-month layoff to recover from a third back surgery in three years, Tiger Woods was in Mexico on Friday to open a new short course.

While he was there, for whatever reason, he was handed a catcher's mitt and began playing catch with someone.

Here's the video captured by Brent Zepp, PGA Head Professional at Chambers Bay:

Looks like Tiger has a little side-arm action going and he's also bringing a little bit of heat.

Phil Mickelson has been known to play catch in parking lots to loosen up before a round of golf.

Maybe he's got a new friend to toss the ball with? 

December 9, 2016 - 3:32pm
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
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Harris English
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What do you do when there's a bee that won't get off the ball you're supposed to hit? That's what Harris English was wondering during Friday's second round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Matt Kuchar and Harris English are partners in this week's Franklin Templeton Shootout. Friday's format for the competition featured a "modified alternate-shot" where both players hit a tee shot, take the best drive and then alternate shots from there until the ball is in the hole.

At the seventh hole, the pair decided to use Kuchar's drive in the middle of the fairway.

There was an issue when English arrived at the ball to play the shot, however. There was a bee sitting on the ball that just would not, well, buzz off.

Here's a look at how the ordeal, which held up play for a few minutes, played out:

Once the bee dilemma was over, the pair birdied the hole to move to 18 under for the tournament and snagged a two-shot lead at the time.