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July 14, 2016 - 7:01am
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T.J. Auclair
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Louis Oosthuizen
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For the second time in three major championships this season, South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen has recorded a hole-in-one. Here's his latest from Thursday on the 14th hole at Royal Troon in the first round of the British Open.

Louis Oosthuizen is making holes in one at majors a "thing."

Back in April in the final round of the Masters, the 2010 British Open Champion did this on the par-3 16th -- a unique, bank-shot ace:

 

 

Playing the 178-yard, par-3 14th hole at Royal Troon in the first round of the British Open on Thursday, Oosthuizen did this with a 6-iron for the first ace at Royal Troon since 1997:

 

 

 

 

Are you kidding me? Two aces in three majors this season?

Wow.

The ace pulled Oosthuizen back to even par for the day.

July 14, 2016 - 5:31am
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Colin Montgomerie
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Not all par saves are created equal. With that, we present to you this fantastic 50-foot par putt Colin Montgomerie holed during the first round of the Open Championship at Royal Troon on Thursday.

This week is a home game for Colin Montgomerie.

Monty, a three-time major winner on the 50-and-over circuit, reckons he could throw a ball from his childhood home to Royal Troon. In recognizing Montgomerie's close ties to Troon, the R&A scheduled him to hit the opening tee shot of the 145th Open Championship on Thursday.

Monty wasn't going to let that be the lone highlight of his day (and it wasn't much of a highlight anyway, considering he double bogeyed the hole).

At 2 under through 12 holes, check out this par saver Montgomerie knocked down on the par-4 13th:

 

 

Yeah. That works.
 

July 14, 2016 - 4:21am
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Patrick Reed
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Patrick Reed holed out for an eagle 2 on the par-4 third hole at Royal Troon in the first round of the Open Championship on Thursday.

Something about golf in Scotland just seems to bring out the best in Patrick Reed.

Reed was the star of Ryder Cup USA in 2014 at Gleneagles with a 3-0-1 record in his debut (a losing effort for the U.S.). On Thursday in the first round of the Open Championship, he made two quick pars on holes 1 and 2 before this beauty at No. 3:

That right there is an eagle 2.

Reed followed that with a birdie at No. 4 to get to 3 under through four holes and right near the top of the leaderboard. 

rory mcilroy royal troon, the open
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Rory McIlroy took six shots to escape the bunker at the 8th hole, the famous "postage stamp."

There's two things we know for certain about Royal Troon. First, you do not want to miss the green on the 8th hole. Second, it's pretty difficult to hit the green on the 8th hole.

They call it the "postage stamp" for a reason, and the small green accounts for the signature hole on the course. Surrounding the tiny patch of short grass are a handful of deep and intimidating bunkers.

Rory McIlroy decided to try out one of these bunkers during his practice round on Tuesday, and found out just how difficult they can be.

It took McIlroy six shots to escape the bunker, an adventure captured by Sky Sports on Facebook Live.

The fun starts around the 5:30 mark:

 

Once again, you do not want to find the bunkers on the 8th hole at Royal Troon. It's a story to follow as The Open starts on Thursday.

 

mercedes-benz golf cart
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Mercedes' new luxury golf cart will show off all of its features on a tour of the world that includes The Open.

What do you want your golf cart to be able to do?

If you answered this question with, "anything," then I think I've found the golf cart for you. Mercedes-Benz teamed up with Scandanavian company Garia to create a luxury golf cart that has all of the features you could think of and more.

The cart's sleek design is to be as low and sporty as possible, and includes LED headlights, a dimpled grille, and a carbon-fiber roof.

Features include a built-in refridgerator, a spoiler on the back that doubles as a golf bag holder, a storage tray for balls, and a touchscreen infotainment system.

The infotainment system is loaded, and to hear gizmag.com explain it sounds more like a space shuttle than a golf cart.

The high-resolution 10.1-in touchscreen is divided into two halves; the upper half is dedicated to displaying information such as speed and remaining range as well as control of functions like drive mode (yep, there's "eco" and "sport' modes), headlights and windshield wipers, while the lower half of the screen is for golf information, such as course layout with cart position and digital scorecard. There are also a few apps, including a weather app for tracking what's going on above.

The Golf Car includes an audio system with Bluetooth connection and frame-mounted speakers for smartphone-based music listening. Mercedes also mentions the possibility of adding a more robust set of smartphone-connected features through the onboard infotainment system.

 

Rudolph "Hubby" Habjan, a PGA Hall of Famer and mainstay of Illinois golf, passed away peacefully July 5th at the age of 84. 

Habjan dedicated his life to growing the game of golf, spending 42 years at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, Illinois where he was named the 1965 PGA Golf Professional of the Year and the 1989 Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year. After serving in a variety of leadership roles for the Illinois PGA, Habjan was the Vice President of the PGA of America from 1974-1976 and later was inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame in 2005. 

In addition to his teaching abilities, Habjan was a gifted golfer and talented club maker. He competed in three major championship, including two PGA Championships and a British Open, and operated a custom golf club business from his small workshop at the Onwentsia Club. His club-making skills gained so much notoriety, Habjan also earned a place in the Professional Club Makers Hall of Fame in 1998. 

We wish all the best to his wife, Lynn, children Tim, Bruce, Cindy, and to his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.