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Why Rickie Fowler shouldn’t be upset at his terrible first pitch

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Rickie Fowler threw out the first pitch at the Houston Astros game on Thursday, and as he admitted to MLB.com, it didn’t go very well.

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“It was actually a little embarrassing. It was high, not what I was looking for,” Fowler said. “…their analytics guy said it was 70 (mph). I wanted to cruise one, I wasn’t trying to throw it. So I’m happy it came back at 70.”

But here’s why he shouldn’t be upset.

Michael Jordan played professional baseball and nearly put one in the first row. Nolan Ryan was one of the greatest pitchers who ever lived, and not only did he not paint the black, he nearly missed the stadium. All-time great athletes struggle to throw a strike on their first pitch attempts, while others make throwing a baseball 60 feet 6 inches look like brain surgery.

That’s why Fowler’s high heat really isn’t that big of a deal.

He chucked it 70 mph when he was only trying to cruise one down broadway. He showed athleticism, humility and didn’t completely embarrass golfers everywhere. Imagine if we had Adam Scott out there walking halfway to the plate doing Aimpoint, or Jason Day taking 10 minutes to throw the pitch? It could have been way worse for Fowler and the sport of golf. So head up Rickie Fowler, you did just fine.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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