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October 8, 2015 - 9:13am
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T.J. Auclair
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Woody Austin
One of the most hilarious moments in Presidents Cup history happened at Royal Montreal in 2007, when Woody Austin went to extreme lengths to try and save a hole for the U.S.

In the spirit of this week's Presidents Cup, it seemed appropriate to go back into the archives for a classic moment in the event for Throwback Thursday.

The year was 2007, Day 2 of the competition at Royal Montreal in Canada. Woody Austin, a 43-year-old Presidents Cup rookie, pulled his drive into the water on the short, par-4 14th hole.

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Since it's match play and you never know what can happen, you've got to sometimes attempt shots you might not otherwise even think of playing.

So, that's what Austin did. And this, for our entertainment, was the result:


I can tell you firsthand from being there for the tournament, it was not warm. At all. For that effort, Austin certainly earned the nickname, "Aquaman."

That dip in the pond along with stuff like breaking a putter over his head makes Austin a YouTube legend.


Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson raised his arms in triumph after blasting out of the bunker and into the hole on Day 1 at the Presidents Cup.
The 2015 Presidents Cup got off to a rollicking start for the Americans on Thursday in South Korea, as the United States jumped out to a quick lead in foursomes. Unfortunately for the International team, most of their best shots were scrambling approach shots after wayward drives.
Over at Team USA, Phil Mickelson was paired with Zach Johnson, and early going the two were lighting up social media because they were shaking hands old-school after their good shots and hole wins. They were steady, if not spectacular, in their match against Australia's Jason Day and Steven Bowditch.
And then, after Zach dumped his tee shot into the greenside bunker on the par-3 13th hole, Phil did this:
As the crowd exploded, the two veterans shook hands one more time. Way to go, pard. Put 'er there.
UPDATE: About 15 minutes after Mickelson's bunker blast, Johnson hit a magical wedge shot of his own. His reward: Another hearty handshake.
Graeme McDowell
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Graeme McDowell shared a resounding hand slap with a fan after the youngster hit a shot for him on Wednesday.
The British Masters gets underway Thursday morning at Woburn Golf Club in England, but the shot of the tournament might already have been struck.
During his practice round earlier today, Graeme McDowell found himself in a little tree trouble. The shot he faced looked extra tricky, so the former U.S. Open champ and Ryder Cup hero asked for a little help.
Up stepped a little guy named Rhys, who showed no fear. And without so much as a practice swing, Rhys took G-Mac's club and whacked the ball right back out into play.
And as good as the shot was, the high-five that the two shared after was even better.
McDowell made a fan for life and, hey, golf might have found a new star. Looks like young Rhys is someone we all ought to keep an eye on.
October 6, 2015 - 8:48am
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T.J. Auclair
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Kjeragbolten boulder
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We've seen impressive golf trick shots. But this one from 3,245 feet above the ocean in Norway from a popular BASE jumping site -- Kjeragbolten boulder -- made us gasp.

We've seen our share of golf trick-shot attempts where we think, "that's probably not a great idea."

This one, however, tops them all -- literally and figuratively.

Check out Sigurdur Hauksson (an Icelander living in Norway, as he describes himself in his Instagram profile, @officialg0lfer). Hauksson is performing his trick shot from 3,245 feet above the ocean on Kjeragbolten boulder -- a glacial deposit wedged in a crevasse at Kjerag mountain in Rogaland, Norway, and a popular spot for BASE jumping:


Most impressive trick-shot ever? I'm not qualified to answer that, but I wouldn't argue against it. It had to take incredible composure to concentrate on anything other than balance from up that high.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy talks all things numbers in a new video looking back over his season.

Rory McIlroy's tee shots spent plenty of time in the air over the last season.

And so did the actual Rory McIlroy: 350 hours, to be exact.

The kind folks at Santander Bank have done all the numbers geeks in the world a big favor. They've added up some pretty impressive statistics racked up by the pro golfer this year.

In a video posted this week on YouTube, McIlroy helps break down those stats.

We're talking all of them -- exercise repetitions, nights spent in hotels, airports visited.

Impressive? Yes.

Watch here:





Hands down our favorite quote from McIlroy in the video?

"I'm not complaining."

(Also, that's a lot of interviews.)


October 5, 2015 - 9:22am
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Shane Battier
Retired NBA star Shane Battier is a big fan of Oakland Hills.

Retired professional basketball star Shane Battier loves golf, but he apparently loves his home state of Michigan even more. 

When asked Sunday on social media about his favorite course, Battier didn't hesitate:



The Duke alumnus and native of Birmingham, Mich., was at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., recently to play a round with the winners of his Take Charge Foundation charity challenge. The money raised goes to fund college scholarships for at-risk students.

In case you're wondering about Battier's swing, here's a video the NBA put together several years ago of him getting golf lessons: