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268 yard par 3 ... to third base

How much money would you pay to be able to hit a golf ball off a 34-story building into the baseball field at Petco Park? I know how fun it is just to hit golf balls down the street I live on and pray that the ball doesn't take out a car or small child, so this would have to be right up there with one of the coolest things a person could ever do. And as it turns out, some dude actually did hit a golf ball off a 34-story building into the baseball field at Petco Park... and his name is Briny Baird. Seriously, that's his name and he is a PGA golfer. Really...

P.F. Chang's sponsored the event, the proceeds going to the San Diego Navy/ Marine Corps Relief Society. Here's how it worked. If Baird hit the center of the bull's-eye with any of his 10 tries, Americans were to receive a free wrap (with entree order) and the society would gather $2,000. The inner ring meant $1,000 per ball, the outer ring $500 per ball.

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Well, Baird hit into the center circle twice and scored on eight of his 10 shots, meaning he earned $17,500 for charity. The restaurant chain upped it to $25,000.

Practicing with Baird before the real thing was Padres General Manager Kevin Towers, who put a couple of shots real close.

Baird was asked how this compared to the famed Island Hole, No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass, where golf balls have a way of getting washed at The Players Championship in Florida, up I-95 from Baird's home in Jupiter.

"I'd say the 17 at Sawgrass is probably easier," Baird said. "With a little bit of wind, this would be harder. I'll blame not getting them all in on my caddie, and he's a thousand miles away."

Damn, and no P.F. Chang's anywhere near where I live.

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