When PGA Tour journeyman Ken Duke pulled his approach shot into the trees on the tenth hole of Sunday's Travelers Championship, he had to think his chances of winning the tournament were diminishing quickly. But much like golfers can catch a bad break after hitting a good shot, he caught a good break after hitting a bad shot when his ball emerged from the tree and landed inside six feet from the hole. Capitalizing on the good fortune, Duke drained the birdie putt, and then looked up as if to thank the tree, on his way to shooting a closing round 66 that found him in a tie with Chris Stroud. No trees were needed later when he hit an impressive approach shot just feet from the pin on the second hole of the sudden death playoff, as the 44-year-old went on to win his first tournament on the PGA Tour.
No-look passes are quite common in the sport of basketball, but you don't see them very often in baseball. Which is why when the Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez did a no-look, back-handed toss to make an out in Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox, it was rather impressive. To make things even more extraordinary, it was only the fourth time Martinez, normally just a designated hitter, played first base all season. So while he definitely earned himself some time in the highlight reels, the acrobatic maneuver may have very well earned him more playing time out on the field as well. The Tigers beat the Red Sox, 7-5.