Who is the Trickiest?
Calling all trick shot artists! It’s time to get those creative juices flowing because Rory McIlroy has issued a worldwide trick shot challenge to all you golf magicians out there. Just record your most impressive trick shot video and upload it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #RoryTrickShot. McIlroy plans to watch them all and then select his favourite. Whoever wins will get the opportunity to join the Northern Irishman for a round of golf at the Irish Open pro-am on July 5th!
What a great idea to promote and generate interest for his foundation’s tournament. Perhaps Golf Canada should take a page out of the four-time major winner’s playbook and issue a similar challenge for this year’s Canadian Open at Glen Abbey!
The Case of the Missing Clubs
Miami — We see stories of various airlines losing tour players’ golf clubs all the time. It happened to Russell Henley in 2015 prior to the Masters, Graham DeLaet that same year just days before the British Open, and Emiliano Grillo at the Olympics last year. Normally, the airlines find the clubs and deliver them just in time for the event — although in DeLaet’s case, his clubs were returned to him covered in protein powder! However, there was no happy ending last week for PGA Tour Latinoamerica player Michael Buttacavoli, who was forced to withdraw from a U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Florida on Monday after American Airlines misplaced his clubs. The 29-year-old Buttacavoli, who took the red-eye flight early Monday morning from Ecuador in order to make his 7:26 AM tee time at Jupiter Hills Club, was understandably agitated.
American Airlines located Buttacavoli’s sticks later that day and delivered them promptly to the Miami Beach native, who had to then fly the following morning to the Dominican Republic for the Puerto Plata DR Open. On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the airline released a statement to Fox News about the incident, claiming that Buttacavoli’s luggage actually arrived with his flight but was never picked up by the golfer! “Our scan data shows that both of his checked bags were on his flight,” the representative said. “Both bags came off within the CBP area, since this was an international arrival. The golf bags were not claimed by the passenger.”
Horschel the Hot Headed
Memphis — The last time that Billy Horschel threw a club in disgust after a shot, it ended up accidentally hitting his caddie.
The former Florida Gator drew some criticism on social media for that outburst and, as a result, you would have thought that Horschel’s club throwing days were over. However, the 30-year-old apparently did not learn his lesson, as we saw on Thursday at the St. Jude Classic when Horschel tossed his putter into the air following a near miss on his second last hole of the day. Perhaps the golf gods intervened at this point to teach the Florida native a lesson because when his putter hit the ground, the head of the club snapped clean off of the shaft. Left without a flat-stick to complete the hole, Horschel took out a fairway wood and still managed to sink his putt for a par!
The 2014 FedEx Cup champion also used his fairway wood to putt on the final hole and, incredibly, made yet another par! Horschel finished the week in a tie for fourth place at 8-under par, two strokes back of winner Daniel Berger.
Golf Tantrum of the Week
Speaking of outbursts, check out the reaction of this guy — who looks suspiciously like Blue Jays centre fielder, Kevin Pillar — after he shanked his shot out of the rough.
That is some serious clubhead speed. It’s a shame that the young man can’t figure out how to harness that power in his golf swing.
Video of the Week
This footage of a man chasing his motorized golf cart down a hill is the funniest video that we have seen in weeks.
Trick Shot of the Week
Looks like we have our first two challengers for Rory’s trick shot competition!