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March 28, 2017 - 6:43am
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T.J. Auclair
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Adam Scott
Here's a look at seven great moments at the Masters over the last decade -- like this birdie putt by Adam Scott on the 72nd hole in 2011.

We're a just a little excited for the season's first major -- The Masters -- to tee off next week in Augusta, Ga.

With that in mind, we dug up seven great moments from Masters week at Augusta National over the last decade.

7. Adam Scott's birdie putt on No. 18 in 2013. At the time, it looked like this putt might be the one that would win Scott his first major and -- more importantly -- the first green jacket for an Australian. As it turned out, Argentina's Angel Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion, would force a playoff that Scott would eventually win. But, this putt was special as you can see based on the reaction from the otherwise typically reserved Scott.



6. Charl Schwartzel's finish in 2011. When you do something that's never been done by a winner in Masters history, it's a big deal. That's precisely what Schwartzel did in 2011. The South African rallied at just the right time to essentially steal the tournament from Adam Scott and Jason Day by birdieing each of the final four holes. A collective 4 under on 15, 16, 17 and 18 at Augusta National with the pressure that comes during the final round of the Masters? That'll work.



5. Phil Mickelson tree shot on No. 13 in 2010. On his way to winning his third Masters, Mickelson pulled off one of the great shots in tournament history with his second shot into the par-5 13th hole. After his tee shot sailed right into the pine straw, Mickelson found his ball sitting directly behind a pine tree, obstructing his view -- and angle -- to the green. In his typical go-for-broke style, Mickelson proceeded to hit the shot of the tournament, carving the ball around the tree, onto the green and within 5 feet of the hole to set up an unlikely eagle putt. He would miss the eagle try, but tapped in for a birdie on a hole that truly could have been a disaster had that second shot gone wrong. He would go on to win by three shots over runner-up Lee Westwood.



4. Jordan Spieth's record-tying performance in 2015. In his first Masters a year earlier, Spieth was tied for the lead with 2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson. When the dust settled on that final round, Spieth would be the runner-up -- quite the feat for a Masters rookie. That's not how Spieth looked at it, however. Instead, it was one that got away and a defeat he looked forward to avenging quickly. Twelve months later, he avenged it in a big way -- a record-tying way. No player got within three shots of Spieth in the final round. When he signed for a 2-under 70 that Sunday, Spieth equaled the tournament scoring record -- 18-under 270 (initially set by Tiger Woods in 1997) -- for a four-stroke victory over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose and his first major championship. It was the first of two consecutive major wins for Spieth, who also finished T4 at the Open Championship and runner up at the PGA Championship that year.



3. Bubba Watson's wedge shot on No. 10 in 2012 playoff. After missing the fairway wide right at the par-4 10th hole on the second hole of a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen, Watson found himself in a terrible spot for his approach. In a place where most probably would have punched out back into the fairway, Watson somehow managed to hook a wedge through a shoot and onto the green within 9 feet of the cup. Once Oosthuizen made bogey, Watson needed two putts for his first major championship victory all set up by the most incredible of shots at the most crucial time. He cleaned up the par and snagged the first of his two Masters wins in a three-year span.



2. Louis Oosthuizen's albatross on No. 2 in 2012. OK, so we just covered how Oosthuizen lost the playoff to Watson in 2012. Well, the fact is, he wouldn't have even been in position for a playoff if it weren't for a Masters-first that occurred very early in the final round. Beginning the final round two shots behind Peter Hanson, Oosthuizen soared into an early lead with this shot, which was just the fourth albatross in Masters history (the first caught on camera) and the first on the second hole.



1. Louis Oosthuizen's ace on No. 16 in 2016. For a guy who has never won the Masters, Oosthuizen's name sure is popping up quite a bit on this list. He tied for 15th at the 2016 Masters, but it included this hole-in-one in the final round on the par-3 16th, one of the coolest shots you'll ever see... and not just because it was an ace. But because it was a bank-shot ace. Remember this?



March 26, 2017 - 5:44pm
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T.J. Auclair
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alligator, golf
Hit your ball next to an alligator and the reptile might just eat it as a couple of golfers in Florida learned over the weekend.

Why golfers mess with alligators, I'll never know.

Just last week, PGA Tour rookie Cody Gribble gave a gator a tail-pat at Bay Hill, sending it into the nearby lake.

Now, we have this video out of Cape Coral, Fla., from Fox 4.

Fox 4 reported that a couple of golfers ran into a gator on the third hole during their round on the Long Marsh course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club in Rotonda West, Fla., on Saturday.

According to Daniel McNamara, one of the golfers in the group, his playing partner's ball landed near the gator (definitely looks like it was intentionally tossed to us).

Here's what unfolded:



Leave the gators alone, people.


March 26, 2017 - 3:51pm
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Jon Rahm
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Jon Rahm looks to be coming back to Earth in his championship match with Dustin Johnson at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship. But this par at the par-3 seventh, is one for the lowlight and the highlight reel.

Dustin Johnson and 22-year-old Jon Rahm have both impressively marched their way to the finals of the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship.

However, unlike his previous six matches, not much is going Rahm's way in the championship match against the world's No. 1-ranked player.

Through six holes, Johnson had already mounted a 4-up advantage.

Finally, at the par-3 seventh, Rahm managed to twist an embarrassing putt into one heck of a par... just what he needed to halve the hole and put the bleeding on hold.

As you'll see below, Rahm faced a massive birdie putt. He ran it so far past the hole that the ball actually ran off the green.

But from there...

Terrific par. 

March 26, 2017 - 3:20pm
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Hideto Tanihara
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Japan's Hideto Tanihara was all square in his consolation match with Bill Haas at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship on Sunday through six holes. But with a hole-in-one at the par-3 seventh, Tanihara quickly went 1 up.

If you hadn't heard of Japan's Hideto Tanihara before this week's WGC-Dell Match Play Championship at Austin Country Club in Texas, he's making sure you won't forget it.

After bowing out in the semifinals -- taking world No. 1 Dustin Johnson to the 18th hole for the first time all week -- Tanihara squared off against Bill Haas in the consolation match.

With the tilt all square through six holes, the pair reached the par-3 seventh. Haas teed off first and hit a decent shot.

Then it was Tanihara's turn. His tee shot was perfect... so much so he instantly snatched a 1-up advantage thanks to a hole-in-one -- just the fourth in tournament history:

Did you see how far that thing rolled? Talk about firm and fast greens.

What a shot.

March 26, 2017 - 11:18am
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Jon Rahm
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In a week filled with epic drives at Austin Country Club's par-5 12th hole, Jon Rahm added another on Sunday with a smoked 426-yarder.

The 12th tee at Austin Country Club has been more like a launchpad at this week's WGC-Dell Match Play Championship.

Players are just absolutely nuking their drives on the par-5 hole.

In Sunday's semifinal match between Spain's Jon Rahm and Bill Haas, Rahm hammered his tee shot a blistering 426 yards.

After that amazing drive, Rahm had just 146 yards for his second shot. His club of choice for the approach? A gap wedge.

That's right -- a 569-yard par 5 and the player hits driver, gap wedge to roughly 15 feet.

Rahn would miss the eagle try, but cleaned up a 4-footer for birdie to halve the hall with Haas and keep the match all square (at the time).