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March 13, 2015 - 11:55am
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In the latest Bryan Bros. trick-shot video, George and Wesley incorporate a moving golf cart and a gong.

Whenever the Bryan Brothers -- George and Wesley -- put out a new trick-shot video, you immediately wonder: what have they done this time?

Well, this time they used a golf cart as a prop to juggle and toss the ball before it's absolutely smashed.

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Check it out here:

What will they think of next? We'll stay tuned.

March 13, 2015 - 9:26am
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Rory McIlroy, Tom Brady, Augusta National
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Four-time major champ Rory McIlroy and four-time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady met on Thursday evening and will play Augusta National together today.

On Thursday night, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy posted a photo to his Facebook page that just oozed with greatness.

The four-time major winner posed arm-and-arm with arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time, four-time New England Patriots Super Bowl champ, Tom Brady (By the way, there's no "arguably the greatest" in regard to Brady when it comes to this writer, who is filing this post from his home, 25 short miles from Gillette Stadium).

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Here's the post:

 

 

How good is life for these two? Just a casual round at Augusta National on tap for Friday. That's a great way to get the weekend started early. 

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A new 10,000-square-foot clubhouse will cap off an $8 million renovation of Maryvale Golf Course in Phoenix, Arizona.
Phoenix is hopping this time of year – the NBA's Suns and NHL's Coyotes are in full swing, 15 Major League Baseball teams are in the heart of spring training and, of course, all the golf courses are packed with golfers enjoying the gorgeous spring weather.
 
All the golf courses but one, that is.
 
The Maryvale Golf Course in west Phoenix is quiet this spring – but for a great reason.
 
The 54-year-old municipal facility – it's owned by the City of Phoenix – is closed for a significant renovation, and will reopen in the fall with an entirely new identity: the home course of the men's and women's golf teams at Grand Canyon University, whose campus is a few miles away.
 
 
Grand Canyon, whose teams play NCAA Division I golf in the Western Athletic Conference, is funding the $8 million facelift as part of a 30-year agreement with the city. The course, which was built in 1961, is set to reopen in October under a new name that the school will select, and the school will manage the course and pay all its operating costs.
 
The renovation is being done by Scottsdale-based course architect John Fought, whose renovation of Phoenix Country Club a decade ago impressed both the City of Phoenix and Grand Canyon.
 
"At Phoenix Country Club, he put a premium on preserving its old-school styling," said Jesse Mueller, the course's new director of golf. "John is very well known for his classic style, and we're all very excited to work with him to create a golf experience that everyone can enjoy, while also making it challenging for the collegiate players."
 
 
The renovation is all-encompassing – it entails a complete renovation as Fought will transform the course from a 6,500-yard par 72 to a 7,200-yard par 71. A 10,000-square-foot, two-story clubhouse with golf shop and locker rooms also is being built.
 
Among the most notable of Fought's upgrades are elevating the greens, adding some undulation to the flat fairways and rebuilding – and sometimes relocating – the course's 80 bunkers. The original routing by William F. Bell (perhaps best known for his design of the South Course at Torrey Pines) will be retained.
 
Even as it aged, the course maintained its popularity as a public golf facility and one of the most affordable and walkable course in the Phoenix area. Green fees, which are set by the City of Phoenix, will remain unchanged (fro $16 to $3) after the renovations, and GCU plans to launch an extensive youth program at the course.
 
"We want to make west Phoenix a golf destination," Mueller said. "This will just give people another reason to come to this side of town. … Our intent is to make Maryvale Golf Course a tremendous community asset as well as a tremendous university asset."
 
March 12, 2015 - 10:46am
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Morton Madsen
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Morton Orum Madsen celebrates after his ace.

Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen had a two-hole closing stretch Thursday at the Tshwane Open that he won't soon forget. He recorded back-to-back eagles -- one a hole-in-one -- at Pretoria Country Club to finish with a 63.

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On the par-3 eighth hole -- playing about 135 yards -- Madsen hit this perfect wedge shot that landed behind the hole and then made a beeline for the cup:

 

 

Some golfers might have a letdown on the next hole. Not Madsen. The 26-year-old native of Denmark promptly eagled the 549-yard par-5 ninth to close out a great day at the office.

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If a bogey on the last hole of your round may make for a sleepless night, imagine how restful you'll feel after going eagle-eagle.

March 12, 2015 - 9:14am
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We all love a good celebration after holing an important putt, but this might be a bit over the top.

On of the great things about golf is that there's always a shot or putt to get excited about no matter your level of ability.

But this? This celebration for what looks like nothing more than a 10-foot putt might be a bit much (h/t Golf.com).

The video was posted to YouTube on March 8 and is said to have happened at The Dragon's Tooth golf course in Fort William, Scotland.

 

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My best guess is that the course was closed that day due to rain -- note the overflow of water in the bunker. And that guy? I'm just going to assume he's Dragon Tooth's version of Carl Spackler in Caddyshack (he certainly has the look down) and was sneaking in a few holes because he didn't think "the really heavy stuff's comin' down for quite a while."

We're used to seeing winners of the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship take a plunge in Poppie's Pond... but at least that's a pond -- and that's after they win the tournament.

So, all around, strange but funny celebration from Scotland's Spackler.

Here's a look at some of the otherwise stunning views that sweep across Dragon's Tooth, which -- according to its website -- was named No. 1 in Scotland's Best 9-hole Golf Courses by Bunkered Magazine in 2013. 

 

Carol Robertson
Carol Robertson had five career holes-in-one until Monday – when she made two more in quick order.
We've featured several memorable hole-in-one stories here on PGA.com lately, and we're always looking for more. Here's another feat that belongs in the pantheon of the unforgettable.
 
On Monday, Carol Robertson, the women's golf coach at Virginia Tech, was playing at Celebration Golf Club near Disney World in Orlando, Florida, when she made not one but two holes-in-one. And, according to Dan Steinberg at The Washington Post, she did so in the span of a mere three holes.
 
The first one came on the par-3 third hole, but no one – she was playing with Assistant Coach Russell Abbott and two of her Hokies players – saw the ball actually go into the hole because the cup was obscured from their view. 
 
The group got to stage a true celebration at Celebration two holes later, on the 162-par, par-3 fifth hole. Making the occasion even more memorable was that Robertson joked about making another one before she hit her shot.
 
 
"I play par 3s pretty fast," she told her playing partners. "I'll just go ahead and make a 1 on this one, too."
 
Even she didn't think it would actually happen, though. And when it did, the entire foursome erupted. 
 
"I just kind of dropped my club and hit the ground," Robertson said. "Everybody's just high-fiving, getting their cameras out, taking pictures."
 
And while her two-aces-in-a-three-hole stretch is obviously a once-in-a-lifetime feat, Robertson is no stranger to stellar golf.
 
 
She came to Virginia Tech from Old Dominion in the summer of 2013 to start the women's golf program after an outstanding playing career that included winning the 2006 Virginia State Amateur Championship and reaching the finals of the 2010 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur. She was a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year at James Madison, and won the conference championship in 2003.
 
In addition, her father, Charles Green, is a past president of the Virginia State Golf Association. Her older brother Chuck played collegiately at Washington and Lee, while her younger brother, Garland was a four-year letter winner on the Hokie men's golf team.
 
Even so, she still hasn't gotten over her amazing accomplishment
 
"You just know they're so rare to begin with, but for it to happen two times in one round?," she told Steinberg. "You just never give up, because you never know when they're coming."
 
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