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Maria Sharapova Taking Up Golf?
Maria Sharapova is one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all-time — could golf be the next sport she conquers?
Sharapova, the 5-time women’s major champion, has recently taken up the game and took to Twitter to share some of her progress:
My first golf lesson. Hopefully not my last pic.twitter.com/xhKMYplMnv
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) August 2, 2015
Sharapova certainly seems to be enjoying the game — and while her swing doesn’t look like much right now, she is a world-class athlete. And tennis players always seem to be good golfers and vice versa, so it stands to reason she’ll figure it out soon.
And in case you’ve forgotten, the folks at Golf Channel took the liberty of sharing a bunch of Sharapova’s best Instagram photos — just in case your memory needed to be jogged. [h/t Golf Channel]
Augusta’s Master or Pimento Cheese Passes Away
His name doesn’t appear on any leaderboards or record books, but the golf world lost someone very important.
Nick Rangos, the man responsible for the pimento cheese recipe used in Augusta National’s world-famous pimento cheese sandwiches passed away on August 1, in South Carolina. He was 86.
For more than 40 years, Rangos was responsible for the cheese the patrons tasted in their sandwiches.
[h/t Golf Digest]
Rory McIlroy has been grinding it out, trying like hell to get his ankle back in shape by next week so he can try and defend his PGA Championship title.
For McIlroy, the last month or so has been filled with little on-course activity and a lot of time in the gym. With just a few days to go before the world’s best head to Whistling Straits, McIlroy is trying to join them:
A video posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on
It certainly looks like Rors is making progress — but walking Whistling Straits would certainly be a test for that ankle. Expect an update in the coming hours from him or his camp.
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John Daly as U.S. Ryder Cup Captain? Why it Should Happen
On Monday, the internet was abuzz with word that John Daly would like to a Ryder Cup captain someday. I’ve had some time to let this digest — and I think it’s probably the best idea in the history of Ryder Cup golf. Read More
For everything he’s accomplished in his illustrious PGA Tour career, Tiger Woods has never shot 59.
As you might imagine, he has come close — but his best chance to join the illustrious group of guys in the 59 Club came at one of his favorite tracks and in a tournament that he’s flat-out dominated over the course of his career — the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational:
It didn’t end up being a 59, but it was a course-record-tying 61 and helped him to his eighth career victory in the event.
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