21
Jul

Open champ and Man United fan Rory McIlroy booed by Liverpool locals

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Rory McIlroy dominated the Open Championship this past weekend, leading from start to finish en route to his third major golf championship of his career. But the 25-year-old did make one grave error: He took a moment during his acceptance speech to mention his allegiance to football club Manchester United.

The problem? The Open was held at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake. Whoops!

Needless to say, the Merseyside locals were none too pleased:

That’s a one-stroke penalty, Roy!

27
Feb

Sydney Leroux attempts ‘Happy Gilmore’ golf swing, fails miserably

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Anybody who ventures out to the driving range must attempt at least one “Happy Gilmore” swing. That’s just common knowledge. But while Adam Sandler makes it look all too easy in the cult classic, some of us know the struggle is real. Take United States women’s national team star Sydney Leroux for example:

It’s a good thing Leroux is wearing Richard Sherman’s “Don’t you ever talk about me” shirt, or else we might be tempted to give her some abuse for this.

She did get the hang of it, though (on her 29th try):

(H/T Deadspin)

12
Sep

Andriy Shevchenko not nearly as good at golf as in soccer

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2004 Ballon d’Or winner Andriy Shevchenko made his professional golf debut on Thursday, and it went rather, shall we say, sub-par. (Ba-dum tssshhh).

Playing at the Kharkov Superior Cup, a second-tier Challenge Tour tournament in his native Ukraine, Shevchenko posted a Day 1 score of 12-over 84, bogeying eight out of the front nine holes. That kind of day probably ruins Sheva’s chances at making Friday’s cut, but he can take solace in the fact that he did beat a few others, including Poland’s Pawel Japol, who managed to shoot a mind-boggling 37-over.Yikes.

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Ukraine’s all-time leading goalscorer previously took part in Pro-Am rounds at the PGA Championships and the Irish Open, where he must have collected quite a few tips from playing partner Rory McIlroy. Yet, the former Chelsea and AC Milan star clearly has some work to do if he is to reach his goal of playing golf at the next Olympics.

22
Jun

USMNT legends at Carlos Bocanegra’s celebrity golf tournament

Former United States men’s national players reunited for a good cause Friday during Carlos Bocanegra’s golf charity event to raise funds to build soccer fields near Bocanegra’s hometown in Southern California.

The former US captain, who is trying to regain a spot on the national team, is among 35 players on the American preliminary roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup next month. 

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15
May

Watch out, Tiger!

Real Madrid stars Raphael Varane, Gonzalo Higuain, Fabio Coentrao and Mesut Ozil took a day off from the pitch to play a round of FootGolf. Yes, golf with a soccer ball.

According to worldfootgolf.com and footgolf.info, FootGolf has been around for many years and is played in over thirty countries. Just as in golf, the main purpose of the game is to get the lowest possible number of kicks into a hole. Sounds easy, right?

Check out how the Real Madrid players ventured during their FootGolf session. Certainly looks like fun if you have that kind of time.