Justin Rose hit one of the greatest shots in major the history of the Open Championship in 1998, holing out from the rough on the 18th hole. This moment was recaptured with the use of Legos.
When Justin Rose holed out from the rough at the 1998 Open Championship as a 17-year old, it was one of the great shots in tournament history. Rose would go on to finish in fourth, but go on have a legendary career which includes 18 worldwide wins, a U.S. Open, and an Olympic gold medal.
Not only that, he finished runner-up at this year’s Masters, losing to Sergio Garcia as we all know by now.
A man recreated Rose’s special shot in 98′ with a set of Legos. It was recaptured in a unique, and colorful way. And just to think, at the time, Rose wasn’t that far removed from the age of kids who played with Legos.
Only with Legos, video games and such can we see anyone hole out with one hand. This is what you see in the video as mini J-Rose is a god, making the shot look easy.
It was a shot for the ages, and little did anyone know Rose would become a legend in this sport. This clip is a fun way to celebrate the finish of the first round of The Open. It’s going to be a great weekend at Royal Birkdale.
Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! I can’t recreate magical moments in golf history with Legos, but I can make a dude sink a tap-in putt for birdie with Legos (to win The Open, mind you….)!
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— The Open (@TheOpen) July 19, 2017
It’s always amazing to get an ace on the golf course. It’s the one single play event that you can place on your wall like a trophy.
However, it’s even better when you get an ace on a legendary course during Open Championship week. That’s what Kevin Na did on the 14th hole at Royal Birkdale.
Although it wasn’t during tournament play, it was a shot that was full of swagger. What I mean is, Na started heading for green immedietly after hitting his shot. He knew it was a good one and you can tell by his reaction.
That’s the best, when you hit a shot so crisp, that you just know it’s a great one. Much like baseball players when they blast home runs. A lot of times, they can just feel it, hence the reason you see the always lovely bat flips.
When you hit an excellent drive off the tee, you’ll the club twirl. In Na’s case, he did the “oooo wee baby” walk off.
Great way to kick things off for The Open. Well played Mr. Na.
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H̶O̶L̶E̶-̶I̶N̶-̶O̶N̶E̶ ̶F̶O̶R̶ ̶R̶Y̶A̶N̶ ̶F̶O̶X̶!̶
Regulation par for Ryan Fox 😬 pic.twitter.com/eDGCzRiT5t
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) July 16, 2017
When we think of great plays in golf, we usually think of guys who hit pin seeking missiles and drill 30ft putts. However, it’s hard to top an amazing recovery shot, and this one is about as good as it gets, courtesy of Ryan Fox.
Although it’s always fun to see long drives in the fairway, and deadeye birdie putts, but a lot of times, the recovery shots can be just as pretty. Just ask Ryan Fox, who, at the Scottish Open hit one of the best recovery shots you’ll ever see.
He got himself an ace. Excuse me, he got himself a “pace” or a “par-in-one” if that makes sense.
After hitting his tee shot out of bounds, Fox had to tee it up again. However, this time, the ball magically found the bottom of the cup.
This makes you wonder. If this happened to you, do you still cherish it as if you got a hole-in-one? Or do you view as a lucky shot and move on?
Honestly, I’d say, cherish it. You can at least say that you did hole out from the tee on a par-3 (rhymes).
Of course, if you do get yourself an ace, then you can put the “pace” to bed. If anything, you’ll still have a great story to tell.
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— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 14, 2017
When we think of one of the wildest golf swings on earth, one of the first names we think of is NBA legend, Charles Barkley. This time though, it’s a slightly different ball game, as he has an improved swing with a unique technique.
Charles Barkley was one of the most dominant players in NBA history, known for his rebounding and scoring. However, the sport of golf hasn’t been kind to Sir Charles, as he had one of the craziest swings in the game’s history.
Now, going with a unique cross-handed swing, it’s much smoother, and without the infamous pause on his downswing. Barkley’s old swing was so famous, there’s a clip on YouTube that has reached over 900,000 views. It was a swing that shocked many golf and sports fans.
Although his new swing might look odd, due to it being cross-handed, it still looks good enough to get the job done. As the great Arnold Palmer once said, “swing your swing”.
There is no proper way to swing a club. It’s whatever you feel most comfortable with, and Barkley has found it. Way to go, Chuck.
Posted in Fun Golf News, Golf Videos and tagged Charles Barkley, Charles Barkley Golf Swing, Golf by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
. I have so many questions to ask him. The first one is why? What’s the urgency? Did you forget your normal pair of shoes? pic.twitter.com/54apY7OoH0
— Taylor Ford (@_TFORD) July 11, 2017
There are plenty of ways to kill time at an airport while awaiting your flight. You can mess around on your phone, read a book, eat some grub, or you can work on your golf game.
Huh? Work on your golf game?
That’s what one traveler did, as he was chilling at an airport in Scotland. He decided to do a little putting around, as he clearly is looking forward to the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
There are actually a couple of airports that feature putting greens, such as Palm Beach International Airport. The Palm Beach spot is home to an eight hole green.
The fact that this dude decided to putt it on the solid airport floor is awesome. Not to get too deep but, one of the dope things about golf is that you can play it virtually anywhere.
It’s obvious that you aren’t going to hit drives or your 9-iron at the airport. But, the one aspect of the game you can safely enjoy, is putting. All you’re doing is rolling a ball, that’s all.
It just continues to prove my point that golf is the most versatile sport on earth. You can play at the airport, your house, the beach, the city, the mountains, abandoned locations (although much riskier), etc. Heck, you can even play it on a golf course. who knew?
So, all I have to say to this gentleman, is, keep doing you, man. One of the few ways we can make golf cool again is by taking the sport where people least expect it. That includes an airport baggage claim.
Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! If it’s golf, or anything related to the “cooler” side of golf, I’m tweeting it, retweeting it, etc! If you see a dude wearing a dark blue fedora hitting putts on the green at the Palm Beach International Airport then it’s probably me! Or not….
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It's been an emotional journey for @ChessonHadley.
— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) July 9, 2017
Chesson Hadley was one of the hot young players coming onto the PGA Tour in 2014. He didn’t disappoint either, winning his first tournament on tour that year, netting him the Rookie of the Year award.
Since then, Hadley has quietly fallen off the map, but some great play on the always competitive Web.com Tour led him to get his third win on the tour defeating former University of Texas star, Beau Hossler. Now, after his victory, he has regained him PGA Tour status, earning his card once again.
The emotion clearly got to Hadley, as he cried into his hat. Moments like this makes you want to give a round of applause.
You worked so hard to make it the PGA Tour the first time, and played well. But then, some struggles led you back to the Web.com Tour, one of the most ferocious tours in all of golf with its rich depth of hungry young golfers.
After his win at the LECOM Health Challenge, Hadley can safely press the refresh button on his career. With a tour card back into his inventory, this gives him opportunities to potentially capture a major championship.
His best finish was a tie for 61st at the 2015 PGA Championship. His only other major appearance was at the 2014 Open Championship where he missed the cut.
With him being on the PGA Tour again, he’ll not only have a chance to redeem himself at those majors, but can also try his hand at the Masters and U.S. Open.
For now, there’s no doubt that Hadley is feeling a sigh of relief.
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Posted in Golf Videos and tagged Chesson Hadley, Golf, PGA Tour, Web.com Tour by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
As the Greenbrier Classic is making an amazing return to the world of golf after an awful flood occurred last year, the comparison between last year and this year is insane. The PGA Tour shared the jaw dropping side by side photos of the flooded Old White TPC compared to this year’s clean and beautiful venue.
These two photos of The @GbrClassic are just one year apart.
The first tee looks a bit different this year. pic.twitter.com/cq8kJX2NEG
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 6, 2017
The Greenbrier truly is one of the most beautiful golfing locations in the United States. To see it in such a mess was sad to see, but it’s great to see the legendary Greenbrier Classic has made a triumphant return.
As we look back at it, we can say that the course had the largest water hazard in the world for a brief time. The last time the Greenbrier Classic was played, it was back in 2015 when Danny Lee won it.
Certainly for any photojournalist, it has to be a chilling experience to take a picture of the flooded course, and then take another of it after it’s been cleaned up. The Greenbrier is not only home to the Old White TPC, but is home to the oldest course in the United States, Oakhurst Links, a beautiful nine hole track.
It’s just great to have the course back and the tournament back. However, don’t you dare try to find a flooded ditch so you can hit flop shots out of.
My best advice would be to hit flop shots IN the flooded ditch. Hey, it could make for fun target practice.
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Posted in Golf Photos and tagged Golf, The Greenbrier Classic, The Old White TPC by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
The Open Championship is truly the most historic tournament in all of major golf. What is it about the tournament that is so magical? The courses play a huge role in it.
The Open Championship is near yet again, six times and golf’s oldest major championship will take center stage at the legendary Royal Birkdale Golf Club. With the Masters and U.S. Open being won by Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka respectively, anybody can come out and win the coveted Claret Jug.
But, what is it about The Open Championship that captures the hearts of golf fans all over the world? One of the magical things about the tournament is the rich history of the event, which dates all the way back to the 1860’s.
This alone, adds to the intrigue, as you walk to links lands, and feel the history beneath your feet. Each course tells a story, as you dive into a fairy tale filled with Kings, Queens and noble knights.
The tournament is so old, that there are courses that were Open Championship hosts, that folks may have forgotten about. In particular, Musselburgh Links, a nine hole course, that has hosted The Open, but last hosted in 1889.
That just shows how long this great tournament has stretched. Not only that, Prestwick, the legendary course which was where the tournament was born, has hosted The Open 24 times but the last one, incredibly was all the way back in 1925.
With Royal Birkdale being the host course this year, it’s a course that has brought fans many memories. From Arnold Palmer’s win in 1961 Open, to Mo Martin’s amazing victory at the 2014 British Women’s Open, Birkdale has become one of the most recognizable courses when it comes to golf’s oldest major.
No doubt that this Open at Birkdale will be another dandy, with the richest depth of talent in recent golf history, anybody can come out on top. With world number one Dustin Johnson and U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka among the favorites, Royal Birkdale can definitely favor the powerful hitters off the tee.
One thing’s for sure is that, The Open Championship never fails to thrill us. If the duel between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson last year at Royal Troon wasn’t and indication of The Open’s greatness, then I’m not sure what is.
The walk to the 18th green at Royal Birkdale, with its iconic clubhouse staring down at you, is truly one of greatest walks in golf. We as fans, eagerly await to see who makes the triumphant walk come that Sunday, to raise the Claret Jug in victory.
The breathtaking courses, history, players, and fans, is what truly makes The Open Championship special. July 20th can’t come soon enough for the 146th tournament.
You can follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! I don’t have a Claret Jug, but I do have a jug of sweet tea!
Posted in Opinions and tagged Golf, Royal Birkdale, The Open Championship by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
Golf is one of the most versatile sports in the world. There are numerous ways the game can be enjoyed, and one of those options is with the putter.
To celebrate the world of sniping with the putter, the sports gods created minigolf. Infinite Minigolf is a game that showcases the wackiness and fun of the smaller variation of golf.
The game is the successor to Planet Minigolf, a fairly popular game on the PS3, that featured many golf holes designed by the community. This helped keep the game fresh, with new ways to play everyday. It also help make the online experience very enjoyable, and I personally put some solid hours into that game.
It’s also yet another game that is added to fairly rich library of golf games that are available now. Infinite Minigolf is part of the new generation of golf games, as we transition into a golden age of gaming, where the industry is stronger than ever before.
I had the chance to do a little Q&A with with Desiree Frost at Zen Studios, to talk about the new minigolf game that will release sometime this Summer. Enjoy.
Colin Mieczkowski: What made you guys come up with the idea for Infinite MiniGolf?
Desiree Frost: Infinite Minigolf was greatly inspired by Zen’s fans! Zen Studios released Planet Minigolf in 2010 on PlayStation Network which was loved by many players and is still widely played today! Zen received such inspired ideas and feedback from players that we were motivated to bring the audience the long-awaited follow-up minigolf experience.
CM: Are you guys golf fans, minigolf fans, or just enjoy making fun games?
DF: YES! – to all the above. There are a ton of Minigolf fans here at Zen Studios. In fact, one member of the team wants to open a real life Minigolf course some day! Of course, the common denominator among each of us is that we love to make fun games!
CM: What are some main courses or locations players can play on?
DF: This is our favorite part of Infinite Minigolf – there are an infinite amount of possibilities! Not only are there beautifully designed themed worlds within Infinite Minigolf to explore, but we have also implemented a course curation process that allows players to search for courses that best match their interests! If a player is in search of the most challenging, or maybe the most creatively designed courses, they have access to them. The possibilities of playable courses are endless!
CM: How much emphasis did you guys put into player customization?
MK: Through gameplay, players can unlock awesome minigolf gear and wearables to modify their character’s style to best suit the player’s personality. There are a ton of cool items to collect in the game!
CM: We know about the game’s deep course designer, what are some of the main things players can look forward to as they dive deep into creation?
DF: Again, the endless possibilities inspired by the course creator is Zen’s favorite part of Infinite Minigolf! Players should be excited to see a lot of their feedback and ideas implemented in this portion of the game. The best thing to look forward to in the course creator is the freedom to create to the limits of their imagination! Players construct the courses from beginning to end, creating the course layout, scheming course obstacles, decorating with a ton of fun objects for each theme, and even furnishing their courses with power-ups of their choosing. Once the course has been created, it can be shared with the game community for all to play.
CM: VR has become a major hit, how excited are you guys about making the game compatible with the PlayStation VR?
DF: Zen has had the opportunity to make several VR titles, so when we developed Infinite Minigolf we were excited to bring the beautifully designed game to life in a whole new way, immersing players into the fantastic worlds of Infinite Minigolf. It is also a lot of fun to build courses in VR – you have this feeling that you are a real-life creator and all of these tools are at your fingertips.
CM: Will players be able to use the PlayStation Move motion controller when in PS VR mode?
DF: At this time, we are evaluating the technology to see what would best compliment this particular game.
CM: Will there be events or tournaments players can participate in when playing online?
DF: Players will have the opportunity to host their own custom matchups with friends, but at this time, organized tournaments are not an available feature in Infinite Minigolf.
CM: Are there any popular features returning from Planet MiniGolf from the PS3 days?
DF: Yes! Again, Infinite Minigolf was inspired by Zen’s fans, and through their feedback we identified which features were most important to them. Infinite Minigolf players will find features from Planet Minigolf reimagined for an elevated minigolf experience.
CM: Finally, is there a release date for the game, and where can fans go to learn more about Infinite MiniGolf?
DF: We are working hard to finish the game, we will have a release date soon! Stay tuned to our blog, social media or www.infiniteminigolf.com for upcoming announcements.
Colin Mieczkowski is the founder of the GP Golf Report and has written about golf, video games and basketball among other topics. He can be followed on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio and can also be read at Pro Golf Now.
Posted in Golf Video Games, Previews and tagged Golf Video Games, Infinite Minigolf, Zen Studios by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
— Greg Coleman (@colemangreg) June 28, 2017
If you’re excited that it’s Friday, here’s a video that’ll make your day even brighter. Two children tried to recreate the now famous celebration between Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller, after their thrilling win at the Travelers Championship. In case you were wondering, Spieth defeated Daniel Berger with a hole out from a greenside bunker in a playoff.
The kids failed but it was too cute to even matter, as hats were being thrown as the two boys celebrated their own PGA Tour victory. The trophy they won? Everybody’s hearts.
Oh, and the tackle at the end? Priceless. Happy Friday!
Posted in Golf Videos and tagged Golf, Jordan Spieth, PGA Tour, Travelers Championship by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.