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Watch Sergio Garcia add to his list of ridiculous recovery shots by hitting a totally submerged ball and making par

It's been awhile since Sergio Garcia added to his win total on the PGA Tour. But in the meantime, he's been racking up some remarkable recovery shots.

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In Thursday's opening round at the Honda Classic, Garcia found the water with his tee shot on the par-5 18th hole at PGA National. Yet with the ball completely submerged, Garcia was able to knock it back into the fairway -- after putting on his rain gear to protect that crisp, white shirt, of course. Check it out:

Garcia would save par, although it didn't keep him from shooting a rough four-over 39 on his first nine holes. It also didn't take away any of the sting of not being able to recover from bad drives on the final two holes at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday when he made back-to-back bogeys to miss out on a playoff by one shot.

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On the bright side, Garcia has become quite the escape artist in the past two years. Aside from his watery blast today, there was this pinpoint 3-iron bunker shot in under/between trees and a TV tower last Saturday on No. 13 at Riviera:

And of course, his famous shot at Bay Hill in 2013 after he climbed a tree to get to his ball:

Say what you will about Sergio Garcia, but the man is an escape artist.

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Hannah Davis becomes the latest Sports Illustrated swimsuit model to take up golf

A couple weeks ago, we were disappointed when a golfer didn't grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue. After all, Nina Agdal had been on the front of the magazine the year before and Kate Upton, who got lessons with Arnold Palmer and appeared on the December 2013 cover of Golf Digest, had the honors the two years prior.

But now, there's nothing for us to gripe about. Instead, we're beaming with pride over how prevalent golf has become (This year's edition also featured former Georgetown golfer Kelly Rohrbach) in the lives of the most beautiful bikini-clad women in the world.

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On Wednesday, this year's cover girl, Hannah Davis, officially took up the game, which makes it four years in a row(!) that a golfer has appeared on the cover. Check out the video Davis Instagrammed of her raw, but promising swing:

First time golfing! #dontbringatennisplayergolfing

A video posted by Hannah Davis (@hanni_davis) on

Davis displays plenty of power and she gets good height on the ball, but her balance could use a little work. With posture like this, though, we're betting she figures it out:

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Watch Ryan Moore lip out a potential hole-in-one on Riviera's par-4 10th hole and get really frustrated

Ryan Moore hit the best drive of the week at the Northern Trust Open on Saturday. Unfortunately, he wound up getting one of the worst breaks of his career.

Moore went with driver on Riviera's famed 10th hole during the third round and it looked for a moment like he had made the PGA Tour's second ever hole-in-one on a par 4. But the ball lipped out and trickled away. Then it trickled some more. And more. And it didn't stop until it had rolled about 50 feet away into a collection area off the green. Here's the incredible clip:

When Moore saw what happened, he threw his hands up in the air and tossed his driver in frustration. We don't blame him. As Geoff Shackelford points out, changes made to Riviera's 10th in 2009 "have tainted the hole's reputation."

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Moore probably felt even worse after he wasn't able to get up-and-down for birdie. He walked away with a disappointing par, made bogeys on three of his next four holes, and wound up four shots off the lead after three rounds.

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This women's college golf team trick shot video is pretty sweet

Trick shot videos have been popping up everywhere lately, but right now the biggest source for those videos, the Bryan Brothers, have been busy appearing on Golf Channel's "Big Break." In their absence, another crew of golfers has put out a trick shot video: the San Diego State University Women's golf team.

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The majority of videos have been starring male golfers, so it was refreshing to see this video start gaining some traction.


It's cool that it's not just golf. The girls throw in an assortment of gymnastics maneuvers, a little soccer move, a nice mix of teamwork and solo shots, and they use their outfits as props. Also, I will now definitely have Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" stuck in my head for the rest of the day. 

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Let's take a moment to marvel at Mickey Wright's sublime golf swing

Mickey Wright turned 80 on Valentine's Day, which is as good an excuse as ever to study the swing Ben Hogan famously described as the best he ever saw.


It's fair to say women's golf in general doesn't get the attention it deserves, but that is even more the case with Wright, who won a ridiculous 82 tournaments in her LPGA career, but decided to retire at age 34 because she never quite enjoyed the attention. 

"I’m not real good as far as wanting to be in front of people, glorying in it and loving it,” Wright said once. “I think you have to love that to make that kind of pressure tolerable. It finally got to where it wasn’t tolerable to me.”

But it's not as though Wright doesn't still like to contribute to the game. One of the most interesting revelations in a worthwhile ESPNW profile of Wright by former Golf World senior editor Bill Fields is that the Hall of Famer has been corresponding with 12-year-old Lucy Li, who played in last year's U.S. Women's Open at age 11.

"I made a couple of comments which she seemed to take to," Wright told Fields. "I mentioned a couple of technical points, but the main thing was just don't get messed up with too much instruction and keep doing what you're doing."

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This PGA Tour pro already won Valentine's Day with a Pebble Beach proposal

We all know these guys on the PGA Tour are good. Apparently, they're also pretty romantic.

Take rookie Mark Hubbard, who proposed to girlfriend Meghan McCurley on Thursday after holing out on No. 18 at Pebble Beach. A golf tournament might not scream romance, but Saturday is Valentine's Day, and is there a more beautiful place in the world than Pebble Beach?

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As soon as Hubbard, 25, wrapped up his opening round, a marriage proposal flashed up on the big screen around the green and a shocked McCurley was encouraged to go inside the ropes and meet him. Then Hubbard did the usual -- got down on one knee, mumbled a few words and popped the question -- in an unusual setting with a crowd watching (although not a huge crowd since he's Mark Hubbard and he was playing in the final group of the day).

Proposing in public, especially at athletic events, is risky, but McCurley immediately said yes. Go Mark! Check it out:

Even more impressive is that Hubbard kept his emotions together enough to par the final five holes and finish with an even-par 72. But on 18, his nerves almost got to him when he ran his birdie putt about three feet past the hole.

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"I was like, man, it would really suck to three-putt right now," he told PGATour.com. "So I was pretty glad I made that second one."

Eh, something tells us he would have gotten over it.

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Watch Golf Digest's Editor-in-Chief's ridiculously clutch shot on national TV

At Golf Digest, Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde is our boss, so we understand we run the risk of looking like hopeless suck-ups for gushing about his shot on national television during the first round of AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 

In fact, who's to say we wouldn't have had the same reaction had Jerry, say, chunked his tee shot into the bunker?

Fortunately, Tarde didn't do that. Instead, he did this:



Golf Digest Editor-In-Chief @jerrytarde knocking it stiff on national TV.

A video posted by Luke Kerr-Dineen (@lukekerrdineen) on


Tarde's approach with his Ping hybrid on the famed 17th at Pebble Beach landed in the collar in front of the green, then rolled up to about six feet short of the flagstick. What course management! What touch! Did we mention he's our boss?!

Alas, the man is not perfect. If you must know, Tarde missed the birdie putt, but he and pro partner Bill Lunde still had a stellar first day, finishing with a net 64, and now sit T-14, which helps keep alive hopes of making the 54-hole cut.

Twenty-five amateur teams will advance to play on Sunday. We hope he stays alive as long as possible so we can continue to goof off in his absence watch him play great golf.


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Video: Tiger Woods does a passable impression of Tiger Woods, chips in for par

Lest we forget that at one point Tiger Woods was a halfway decent golfer, we give you this fleeting reminder from his first round of the Farmers Insurance Open. After bogeying his first hole of the day and before he bogeyed his third, Woods managed this deft play out of the rough on the par-4 11th of the Torrey Pines North course.

 

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This woman with ALS draining a long putt on live TV will be the coolest thing you see all day

Branden Grace's remarkable recovery shot at the Qatar Masters grabbed the early lead for pro golf's shot of the year, but we're declaring the competition in the amateur ranks over for 2015.

Meet Madeline Kennedy, an avid golfer who was diagnosed with ALS 30 months ago. Kennedy has lost the ability to walk, but she has kept on playing golf thanks to a specialized cart that helps her stand up to hit the ball.

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Inspired by Kennedy's fight with this awful disease, Worthington Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla., held an event to raise money for ALS research. And when WINK-TV News (CBS) showed up to do a live report from the course with Kennedy, she struck this amazing putt on her first try:

How about that?! The putt was officially measured at 77.6 feet, but we're going to round up and call it an even 78. Nice job, Madeline. Oh, and out of curiosity, how much do you charge for putting lessons?

(h/t thegolfnewsnet.com)

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Watch Jim Furyk channel his inner LeBron James with golf tee toss

On Thursday, Callaway Golf tweeted a video of Jim Furyk mimicking LeBron James' pre-game chalk toss by tossing a handful of golf tees. We can only hope this will act will appear in a future commercial -- and on the first tee box of an actual tournament at some point.

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How does Furyk's take compare to when LeBron does it? Let's take a look at James igniting the crowd before the Cleveland Cavaliers' opening game this season:

Overall, it's a nice effort, Jim. But to really nail it, you need to gaze to the sky and hold your arms a little wider apart like James does for a more dramatic effect. Here's a more helpful visual:

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Furyk didn't win a tournament in 2014 so he's not in the field this week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. On the bright side, that gives him more time to practice his new pre-opening shot routine.

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