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Ryan Moore
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Ryan Moore's chip shot out of the thick greenside rough on the par-3 17th hole went right into the cup for a birdie.
Do you know why short irons and wedges are called "scoring clubs?" It's because, if you master them, your scores will greatly improve. 
And if you needed any validation of that, you're getting it in the second day of the Dell Match Play, where players have been chipping in for eagles, birdies and pars consistently throughout the day.
Here's just a few of them:
--Ryan Moore holed a 26-foot chip shot from the thick greenside rough for birdie on the par-3 17th hole.
--Jamie Donaldson canned a 27-foot chip from the first cut for par on the par-4 15th hole. 
--Anirban Lahiri knocked in a 35-foot sand shot from a deep greenside bunker for birdie on the par-3 fourth hole.
--And the best we've seen all day, Chris Wood lofted a beautiful blast for birdie from another deep greenside bunker from 85 feet on the par-4 eighth hole.
Part of this is because the greens at Austin Country Club are in great shape. But mostly, it's because these guys have mastered all the various chip shots they need around the green. That's something we all should take note of.
Here are these four excellent chip-ins:
Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler
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Jason Dufner celebrated in classic Dufner fashion after his opening tee shot on Wednesday at Austin Country Club.
One of the more entertaining matches of the first day of the Dell Match Play featured Rickie Fowler and that noted comedian Jason Dufner. The Dufman, perhaps surprisingly, knocked his drive on the first hole a good 25 yards past Fowler – and then celebrated with the subtlety we've all come to expect from him.
Nice flex, there, Jason. Rickie got a good chuckle out of it, too, and the pair went on to halve the hole before Dufner won the match 2&1. 
Here's Dufner in action, and below it some other noteworthy shots from today.
Plane crash on golf course
Christian Dell, an 18-year-old pilot, brought his single-engine plane down on the Tallgrass Golf Course near Wichita, Kan., after its engine died.
So, kids, what did you do over Spring Break? Christian Dell and Nicole Klusener, a couple of high school students from Wichita, Kan., survived a plane crash – in part because they landed on a golf course.
Dell, 17, and Klusener, 18, had saved money to rent the single-engine M20C-Mooney for a Spring Break trip to Nashville, Tenn. All had gone well until they were about to land back in Wichita – not far from the airport, the plane's engine sputtered, then died.
A high school senior, Dell is a certified pilot, and he used his training to bring the plane down under control. During his descent, he avoided power lines, houses and trees before crash-landing on the 14th hole of the Tallgrass Golf Course, which is in the middle of a large residential development. 
"I just remember trying to restart the engine, frantically turning the key, pumping the throttle," Dell told KWCH-TV in Wichita. "So I decided we were going to make it to the runway. I turned back and there was just no way we were going to get there." 
The landing was pretty rough, and both kids sustained some serious scrapes and bruises. But they're both okay, and thankful they were so low to the ground when the engine cut out.
And amazingly, this is the second plane piloted by a teenager to crash-land on a golf course in the span of a couple weeks. On March 5, an 18-year-old pilot made an emergency landing on the course at the St. Petersburg Country Club in Florida.
The teenaged pilot in that incident was flying from Lakeland to Manatee County in a 1939 TaylorCraft single engine plane when it developed mechanical issues, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The vintage aircraft landed on the 12th fairway, and no injuries were reported.
March 23, 2016 - 2:49pm
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