The new documentary The Short Game follows eight talented young golfers from around the globe as they compete in one of the toughest youth tournaments in the world: the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, NC. One of those kids is Zamokuhle Nxasana (pronounced Zam-oh-coo-lay Nox-ah-sana, or Zama for short), a 9-year-old from South Africa who dreams of becoming a professional golfer. When we meet him in the movie, it’s the year 2012 and he’s preparing for his second trip to the tournament. His goal for the tournament is a simple one: Be better than last year.
With his upbeat personality and great attitude toward the game and tournament, Zama is one of the standout kids in The Short Game. In October, he talked with Sports Illustrated Kids from his home in South Africa about golf and the experience of being in the movie.
For a lefty, everything went right for Phil Mickelson on Sunday when he hoisted the claret jug as British Open Champion, inching himself one step closer to the ultimate prize: the Grand Slam.
Mickelson hadn’t made much of a mark on this tournament until his big win Sunday – not even cracking a top-10 finish in all his years of playing. Yet, the golf gods were on his side Sunday as he wedged himself among the leaders and finished with four birdies on his final six shots to claim his first British Open victory.
With the British Open now under his belt, along with his 2004 Masters win and 2005 PGA Championship win, the only major tournament he’s still missing is the U.S. Open. Seventh time’s got to be the charm for Mickelson as he’s found himself runner-up a whopping six times (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013). If he’s able to claim a U.S. Open victory, he’ll make his name among only five other golfers who have been able to complete a career Grand Slam.
Here’s look at the Grand Slam winners through the ages:
Tiger Woods is all about the funny these days. First, there was the chuckle-worthy spot for his new video game, and today we get this commercial featuring Woods and his new teammate on the Nike Golf squad, Rory McIlroy. The two take turns hitting incredible shots off the tee that keep landing in the cup, be it a cup on the golf course or a cup on a wedding table.
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Being a legend in one sport doesn't necessarily translate to success in another. Former NFL running back Marshall Faulk learned that lesson the hard way from golf great Arnold Palmer. Palmer pokes fun at Faulk spending so much time "at the beach" as he struggles to hit a ball out of a bunker, but is kind enough to offer him the beverage that is named after him. All of this is to help promote the new video game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14.
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