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I've been tasked with the impossible: Ranking golf's 9 greatest achievements, in order. How do you even do that?

Who is this schmuck to decide which is better than the other when just about any one of us would dine on a haggis-only diet everyday for the rest of our lives to have accomplished just one of them?

With the realization that ranking these achievements in an order all of us could agree on, is nearly as difficult as reaching just one of the feats that follow. As I run to take cover, here goes nothing...

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(about 6,300 miles)

This will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but Tiger Woods — one of the most prolific golfers of all time — has played a lot of golf in his career. In a recent story, we discovered that golfers travel the most distance per season of any major sport.

So, we wondered, how far has Tiger walked in his professional career?

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Shinnecock Hills Golf Club preview

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – This will be an old-school U.S. Open. There’s no other way to put it. After all, we’re at the site of the United States’ second national championship and on a course that was one of the USGA’s five founding clubs.

They’ve been playing golf at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club since 1891. This is the only course to host a U.S. Open in three separate centuries.

We’re at a traditional site and the fairways are lined by the tournament’s trademark thick rough. Ballstriking is always important at a U.S. Open, and this week will be no exception, but Shinnecock Hills also puts high demands on a player’s short game.

The three modern U.S. Opens at Shinnecock Hills were all won with memorable performances around the greens.

Raymond Floyd, winner of the 1986 U.S. Open at Shinnecock, was so good around the greens that he wrote a book on the subject. It paid off in the first round’s difficult conditions.

When he hit his first-ever hole-in-one at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley on Wednesday, Michael Thompson was naturally thrilled. When he aced a hole at Massanutten Resort in Stonewall, Va., within a 24-hour span, he was almost speechless.

"It was 19 hours," the 40-year-old IT consultant from Towson said. "A lot of guys wait 19 years for a hole-in-one. It's just wacky."

Thompson used a Titleist Vokey 54-degree wedge from 117 yards on Hole No. 11 at Hayfields at about 7:30 p.m. while competing in the club's weekly twilight men's league. The next day, he pulled out a Vokey 58-degree wedge from 105 yards on Hole No. 15 on Massanutten's Woodstone Meadows course at about 2:30 p.m.

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Can Brooks Koepka defend his U.S. Open title?

Will Phil finally get his first U.S. Open win?

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GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Dustin Johnson returned to his TaylorMade Spider Tour putter at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, but for a brief moment during THE PLAYERS Championship, 17-time PGA TOUR winner mixed things up and inserted a new Spider Mini mallet.

TaylorMade believes Mini could be a good option for the golfer seeking a mallet in a smaller overall footprint. While the head size was reduced by 15 percent, when compared to Spider Tour, the putter still offers high-MOI properties and stability at 355 grams.

The reduction in head size results in a more forward CG — 37mm to 30mm away from the leading edge — which in turn allows the head to release through the hitting area like a blade putter.

"Spider Mini gives golfers a brand-new look and feel while still remaining very much a part of the Spider Tour family," said TaylorMade Tour manager Chris Trott. "It has the same Pure Roll insert and presents many of the same features that make Spider such a successful putter, but it is delivered in a scaled-down shape for those seeking a smaller footprint without sacrificing stable, high-MOI performance."

Last October, the European Tour announced it would implement a 40-second shot clock at the Austrian Open.

Well, the Austrain Open takes place this week and I absolutely love the idea.

Each player gets 40 seconds to hit a shot (50 seconds if he is first to play the approach, chip or a putt). Players will get a one-shot penalty for each bad time. Each player has two time extensions he can use to take twice the time allowed for that shot.

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