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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Golf

Watch: Bryson DeChambeau saves his first ever hole-in-one for Masters

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau is one of the best golfers in the world, but he entered the final round of the Masters on Sunday having never experienced a hole-in-one. That changed before the day was over.

DeChambeau gave the fans at Augusta National their first big highlight of the day with a hole-in-one on the 16th.

As Jim Nantz mentioned on the CBS broadcast, it was the first ever hole-in-one of the 25-year-old’s life. To make the story even more remarkable, DeChambeau missed a hole-in-one on the same hole by about an inch earlier in the tournament. While he’s not going to win a green jacket this year, DeChambeau is leaving Augusta with one of the highlights of his golf career.

Tiger Woods waking up ridiculously early for final round at Masters

Tiger Woods

The Masters moved up its schedule for Sunday’s final round due to the possibility of severe weather later in the day, and Tiger Woods has given us an idea of just how much of an impact that will have on the golfers.

Tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees, with the leaders teeing off at 9:20 a.m.

Since the tee times are beginning so early, Tiger said Saturday that he will be waking up around 3:45 a.m. to get his routine started.

Tiger shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and will enter the final round as part of the last threesome, joining Tony Finau (also -11 for the tournament) and Francesco Molinari (-13). For comparison, Molinari said he would probably wake up in the 6:00 a.m. hour.

This is a great spot for Tiger to be in, especially after Friday’s scare.

Watch: Security worker nearly takes out Tiger Woods at Masters

Tiger Woods trips

Tiger Woods came up hobbling after hitting a shot at the Masters on Friday because he was tripped by an overeager security worker.

Woods was hitting his second shot on the par 4 14th hole from off the fairway. He lined up his shot through trees and ended up on the green with a great shot. Unfortunately, Tiger came up limping and was shown grimacing in pain.

A video replay showed that Woods was clipped by a security worker who slipped while racing over to try and keep the crowd back and away from Woods.

The worker was not trying to go Grayson Allen on Woods but was rather just trying to do his job well. Instead, he nearly took out the golfer.

Tiger ended up sinking a putt for birdie on the hole and did not seem bothered by the scare.

Watch: Zach Johnson accidentally hits ball with practice swing at Masters

Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson had a moment at the Masters on Friday that every casual golfer can relate to, but fortunately it did not cost him anything.

As he was getting ready to hit his tee shot at the 13th, Johnson accidentally hit his ball while taking a practice swing. It bounced off the tee box marker and a few feet in front of him, at which point the 2007 Masters champion turned to his playing partners and asked, “What happens there?” Be aware that there is a curse word in the video:

As Johnson’s group informed him, there was no penalty for the bizarre gaffe because it clearly happened while he was taking a practice swing.

The most impressive part of the sequence is that Johnson then stepped up and bombed a perfect drive down the middle of the fairway. A less experienced golfer may have been rattled after something like that happened, but Johnson seemed unfazed.

Brooks Koepka sticks it to weight loss critics with brilliant first round

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka answered critics of his recent weight loss with a brilliant first round at the Masters on Thursday.

Koepka shot a six-under 66 to tie for the lead with Bryson DeChambeau after the first day of play. The stellar start was likely a relief for Koepka, who has faced criticism for losing so much weight.

Koepka won his second consecutive US Open last year and also won the PGA Championship. Then he went out and dropped around 20 pounds off his muscular frame, with some rumors suggesting it was due to a desire to look better for an ESPN The Magazine “Body Issue” photoshoot.

Golf Channel commentator Brandel Chamblee ripped Koepka for the weight loss.

“For him to change his body for vanity reasons, for a vanity shoot, is the most reckless self-sabotage that I have ever seen of an athlete in his prime,” Chamblee said.

The weight loss had some effects as Koepka has been shorter off the tee since dropping the weight in November. He also acknowledged this week that he may have gone too far with his weight loss efforts. He cut down to 1,800 calories per day, which sapped him of energy.

“But I wanted to do it and try to lose some weight, and maybe went about it a little too aggressively for just a long period of time and the intensity of what I was doing,” Koepka said.

Whatever the reason for the weight loss, Koepka seems to have things back on track at Augusta National. The 28-year-old is seeking his first green jacket and fourth major win.

Watch: Bryson DeChambeau narrowly misses hole-in-one, eagle

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau finished a great first day at the Masters on Thursday that saw him shoot six under for the round, but he’s probably thinking about what could have been.

DeChambeau nearly had a hole-in-one on the 172-yard par-3 16th hole. His 8-iron rolled inches past the hole:

He still ended up with a birdie on the hole. Then on the par 4 18th, DeChambeau nearly sank an eagle shot from 196 yards:

The flag stick was not kind to him. Upon watching the replay on ESPN, DeChambeau exclaimed, “Oh my gosh, I guess I should have pulled the flag stick!”

DeChambeau still birdied the final four holes and picked up six birdies overall on the back nine. He finished the round with an impressive six-under 66.

Jason Day aggravates back injury picking up daughter

Jason Day was forced to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month because of a back injury, and it appears the ailment became an issue for him once again at the Masters on Thursday.

Day needed medical attention on the second hole of the first round at Augusta National, and ESPN reported that he was heard saying “oh, my back” after picking up his daughter before the round started.

This isn’t the first time we have seen Day hampered by an injury during a major championship, and it’s a shame to see another one so early in the Masters. Hopefully he’s able to work through it and keep playing.