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July 3, 2016 - 1:40pm
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Matt Craig
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Two young golfers attempted a trick shot in their back yard, but the results weren't quite what they were hoping for.

Generally two questions come to my mind when I see a golf trick shot on the internet:

1. Is this real or fake?
2. How many attempts did it take to do that?

These questions are important because anyone who has tried a crazy trick shot has figured out that it's not nearly as easy as it looks.

Which was the case for these two young golfers, who didn't quite get the results they were looking for when they attempted a trick shot in what I assume is their backyard.



Unfortunately for them, they don't get a second take.

July 2, 2016 - 5:32pm
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Matt Craig
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Ted Hillary of Michigan recorded a pair of aces in the same round.

I'm a young golfer, so I have plenty of rounds ahead of me, but I'm still a little disappointed I've never had a hole-in-one.

I realize that it's mostly luck, but it has to be one of the best feelings in the world to see the ball disappear from back on the tee box.

My point is, I'd settle for one in my entire career. But then I heard about Ted Hillary, who sunk two holes-in-one in the same round. Two in the same round? Someone's been living right!

WZZM 13 out of Grand Rapids had the story. Playing at Thousand Oaks Golf Club in western Michigan, Hillary aced the 142-yard seventh hole. Then he stepped up to the 15th hole and knocked down a 162-yarder.

As word spread around the grounds, people gathered in the clubouse to congratulate Hillary after his round.

What a day. How would you react if this happened to you?


July 2, 2016 - 2:37pm
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Matt Craig
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Yoenis Cespedes showed off some nice short-game touch at his youth golf clinic.

New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has made his love for golf clear in recent years, even going so far as to say that he'd like to be a professional golfer once he retires from baseball.

On Friday, Cespedes used that love of golf to help grow the game and give back to some young New York Mets fans. He held a youth golf clinic at Park of the Americas in Corona, New York.

Cespedes says he picked up golf in 2013, teaching himself how to play and trying to play twice per week. He says he usually shoots between 78 and 82.

h/t to for covering the story, and Anthony DiComo for grabbing some video:

“I’m a baseball player, but I think in this case, it’s not about baseball or golf,” Cespedes said via an interpreter. “It’s about these children, about helping them better themselves as athletes, about picking a sport and continuing with that.”



If there's one thing we know, it's that Cespedes has plenty of power. And from what I can see, he has some nice short-game touch too.

Who knows? Maybe he could make it as a pro golfer after all.

July 2, 2016 - 1:18pm
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Matt Craig
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Jason Day and his wife Ellie pose with the Larry O'Brien trophy.

Last month's NBA championship was kind of a big deal.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Cleveland Cavaliers brought home the title, marking the city's first major professional championship since the Browns won the NFL Championship in 1964.

The Larry O'Brien trophy has since been making appearances all around the state, and is on display at Firestone Country Club, hosting this week's WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

Fans are given a chance to take a picture with the trophy, on display Saturday and Sunday near the front gate, but are given strict instructions not to touch it. Jason Day, an avid Cavaliers fan, and his wife Ellie were among those who seized the opportunity.

“I just took a photo with the NBA Finals trophy, and it was great,” he said. “Ellie took a photo with me, and LeBron James didn’t come and tackle us, so that was a neat thing.”


Seeing championship trophies at golf tournaments is turning into a trend, with the Stanley Cup making an appearance at the U.S. Open a few weeks ago.

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was also caught at a golf course this week, trying out Dustin Johnson's driver.

Here's the full experience, thanks to PGA Tour on Twitter.

July 1, 2016 - 10:17pm
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T.J. Auclair
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In the second round of the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship on Friday, Zac Blair hit what might just be the three shortest consecutive shots you will ever see from a professional.

You ever get one of those fluffy lies in the rough around the green? You know what I'm talking about -- the real delicate kind where you don't want to get too cute but you really have no choice?

Well, that's what happened to PGA Tour player Zac Blair in the second round of the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev., on Friday.

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Playing the 12th hole at Montreux, Blair hit what will undoubtedly be the three shortest consecutive shots you will ever see from a PGA Tour player.

Check it out:


What was that? About 5 feet total for three consecutive shots?

Fortunately for Blair, the Barracuda Championship uses a modified Stableford Scoring System meaning he could take no worse than a double bogey, which allowed him to pick the ball up after the third shot.

Either way, yikes.

Despite the double bogey at 12 -- one of two on the day for Blair -- he was tied for 35th after 36 holes and easily made the cut.