Phelps sinks 159-foot putt in Scotland

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We might have been too harsh on American swimmer golfer Michael Phelps after he and partner Paul Casey finished day one of the Alfred Dunhill Links pro-am in 160th place (out of 168) after shooting a par 72.

On Friday the 18-time gold medalist made up for his performance with probably the best shot of the day from either an amateur or pro when he sank an amazing 159-foot putt (now measured) for eagle on the par 4 sixth hole at Kingbarns Golf Links in St. Andrews, Scotland.

We could describe it, but better to just let you watch for yourselves:

Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

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