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Rickie Fowler was mobbed by spectators and his fellow players when his ball dropped into the hole for an ace on Monday.
Not often can you say that the biggest golf shot of the week happened on a Monday, but that is definitely the case today – Rickie Fowler made a hole-in-one at a pro-am tournament for the Els for Autism Foundation, and that triggered a $1 million donation to the charity from software maker SAP.
The event, which took place at the Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens – just catty-corner from PGA National, home of the Honda Classic – featured a number of prominent PGA Tour players. But Fowler stole the show with a most unlikely ace – a one-hopper into the cup on the 113-yard, par-3 "bonus" 19th hole after the pro-am had ended.
In fact, as Tim Rosaforte reported on the Golf Channel later, Fowler had already changed shoes and thought he was done for the day when his opportunity for the $1 million prize arose. He borrowed a wedge from Luke Donald, got a ball and swung away.
Fowler's ball dropping into the hole touched off a riotous celebration among the players and spectators. Event host Ernie Els lifted Fowler into the air as Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen and many others rushed into congratulate him.
Rickie's reaction: "Pretty cool."
Later in the day, Fowler posted a photo of the celebration – that's it at the top of this page – on Instagram, and captioned it: "Epic Monday! One of the coolest moments in my life making a hole in one earning $1,000,000 for @ernieelsgolf #ElsForAutism."
We certainly can't argue with that. What a shot, what a day, and what a fantastic way to help the Els for Autism Foundation continue its work in autism research.
Here's one of the better videos we've seen of the shot, as well as some other reactions:
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Jimmy Walker holed out for eagle Sunday on the par-4 17th at Trump National Doral.

Jimmy Walker's had a stretch of forgettable Sundays this winter. He shot 77 in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open to fall out of contention, then struggled to a 72 at Pebble Beach two weeks later. He missed the cut at the Northern Trust and after a third-round 79 at the Honda Classic, was able to salvage a 72 on Sunday at PGA National.

But Walker's game returned to a sharper focus at Trump National Doral in the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He put together one of the best rounds of the day, making five birdies and capping things off with this sterling shot from 83 yards out on the par-4 17th.




Walker finished with a 6-under 66, including 32 on the back nine, as he gained 11 positions on the field.

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Bubba Watson's putter was on fire Sunday, as evidenced by this 61-footer for eagle.

Bubba Watson's putter was making magic in Sunday's final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral. Consider this 61-foot putt for eagle on the par-5 eighth hole.

Just lagging it close for birdie? Watson will have none of that when he's charging for the lead.




Billy Horschel
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Sometimes you just have to give yourself a hand when you make a greenside save.

We know Billy Horschel likes to have fun on the golf course.

Today he went next level after driving his ball in the water and then missing the green on the par-4 third.



{Insert golf clap here}

The last time we got to see Horschel's celebration skills on full display was earlier this year at Torrey Pines when Colt Knost made a ridiculous putt in the wind.

The good-natured social media exchanges between Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth are alive and well.

If you were a kid watching TV in the 1990s - or a parent watching their kids watch TV in the 1990s - you know what "Blue's Clues" is.

And you know who Steve Burns is - the super amiable host of the Nickelodian hit kid's show.

Well Rickie Fowler indulged in a little retro-teasing of Jordan Spieth this weekend with this post on Instagram.



#SteveSpeith #JordanBurns #wheresBlue? Assist goes to @annie_verret haha

A photo posted by Rickie Fowler (@rickiefowler) on


Point Fowler. Bonus point for the #stevespieth hashtag.

Now we wait to see how Spieth responds. Although he may be bald (explanation on that here) before he gets payback.

RELATED: Spieth, Fowler play practice round at Baltusrol

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas
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Either Jordan Spieth (l) or Justin Thomas could be minus some hair if they go through with a proposed bet on Saturday.
Looks like it we won't see a bald Justin Thomas any time soon.
Despite their young age, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are longtime friends and rivals on the golf course. They're grouped together in Saturday's third round at the Cadillac Championship, and their pairing might bear a little extra attention.
It appears are discussing a wager – whichever of the two of them scores worst has to shave his head!
Now, let me be clear – we are not sure if this bet has been accepted. Spieth suggested it late Friday night on Twitter, and Thomas responded with a joke. That seems to be the end of the conversation, but a lot of their friends chimed in – mostly with jokes about how both players are follically-challenged – and the pressure might be on to go through with it.
We'll just have to tune in and find out. Their tee time is 12:15 pm ET, and you can bet we'll be there. Meanwhile, here's the tweets: