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Justin Thomas
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Justin Thomas watches the flight of his ball on the 13th hole Sunday at Quail Hollow.

Justin Thomas thought he had an ace at Quail Hollow's 13th hole Sunday but the flagstick had other ideas.

Check out this tee shot:



You can hear Justin begging for it to go in. Tap-in birdie? That's nice, but an ace is definitely much more memorable. Sort of like this shot later in Thomas' round, perhaps:



That's one heck of a breaker, but the ball tracks right at the hole the entire way.

Colt Knost
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Colt Knost needed a late birdie to make the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship – and made an ace instead.
At the point when Colt Knost lumbered up to the 17th tee box at Quail Hollow this afternoon, only seven people had made birdies on the 227-yard par 3 all day long. Knost was below the cut line, and in desperate need of birdie of his own. 
He didn't get one, though – instead, he got a rare ace on the middle hole of Quail Hollow's vaunted "Green Mile" closing stretch.
Knost got a little lucky – not because he made a hole-in-one, but because his ball was motoring speedily along when it collided with the flag, popped up and dropped into the hole. Had it not hit the pin so square, it likely would have bounced several feet away. 
Sadly, the burly Texan didn't moonwalk like Miguel Angel Jimenez did earlier today when he made an ace in the Spanish Open, but he did let out a mighty roar. According to the TV announcers, his ace was the tournament's first on any hole at Quail Hollow since Jay Williamson got one on No. 6 in 2008.
Buoyed by his big shot, Knost went on to birdie the 18th to complete a 4-under 68 and get to 1-under 143 through 36 holes. Several players are still out on the course, but he now looks safely into the weekend.
Here's his ace – and be sure you turn your volume on:
May 15, 2015 - 1:42pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Arizona State
We've already seen the "over-the-shoulder" shot. Now, behold the "backwards, over-the-shoulder" shot. Incredible.

OK. So a few weeks back, I came across the Instagram page of Arizona State golfer Mathias Schjoelberg from Norway.

As you may recall, Schjoelberg has the ability to hit some ridiculous trick shots, the likes of which I'd never seen before.

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Like the rest of you counting down the minutes until the weekend begins, I decided to procrastinate a bit and head back over to Schjoelberg's Instagram page, just to see if there was anything new.

Lucky for me -- and now you -- there was this:


Should have picked the easier shot . #golf #golfer #golfgods #golfgrinders #golfballed #galfapp #whistlesports

A video posted by Mathias Schjoelberg (@mathiasschjoelberg) on


It's similar to the others we saw back in April, but what separates this from those other ones is just the speed in which Schjoelberg hits the shot. There's no delay whatsoever -- he just gets down and thrashes at it. Plus, instead of "over-the-shoulder," Schjoelberg goes "over-the-head" with this effort.

How the heck does he do it?

There was also this cool video of Schjoelberg juggling a golf ball... while holding his camera phone near his face so we can see his perspective.


Taking a break from studying to my finals #golf #golfer #golfgods #galfapp #golfgrinders

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May 15, 2015 - 10:17am
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Miguel Angel Jimenez
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Some people win money or a fancy new car for a hole in one. On Friday, Miguel Angel Jimenez won 288 beers for his European Tour record-tying ninth ace. And he did a moonwalk after it dropped.

Just when you thought Miguel Angel Jimenez couldn't get anymore interesting, he walked away with one of the most interesting hole-in-one prizes I've ever seen on Friday.

Playing the par-3 eighth hole at Real Club de Golf El Prat in the Open de España on Friday, Jimenez matched Colin Montgomerie's all-time European Tour record with his ninth ace in competition.

Typically, anyone who scores a hole-in-one has to buy drinks (a rule I always thought was a little backwards). Jimenez, who never has a problem buying drinks, likely will not have to buy any this time around.

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For his hole-in-one, Jimenez collected a prize of 288 bottles of beer. That number represents the four-round par total at the tournament (Real Club de Golf El Prat is a par 72).

Check out video of the ace below and pay attention, as the announcers mention how a few years ago, Jimenez won 100 bottles of wine for an ace in Portugal.


I love the moonwalk to celebrate the ace. You wouldn't expect that from anyone... except Jimenez. 

Kira Kazantsev
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Kira Kazantsev manages to squeeze some golf in among all her Miss America duties.
Earlier this year, we learned that reigning Miss World Rolene Strauss is an enthusiastic golfer. Soon after that, we saw several Miss Universe contestants try their hand at the game at Doral – and in high heels.
And now, we complete our beauty queen trifecta – we learned that reigning Miss America Kira Kazantsev is not only an avid golfer, she's playing in this week's BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Tour.
Kazantsev, a 23-year-old from New York City who's a graduate of Hofstra University, is paired with lucky duck Kevin Tway. They teamed up for a 68 on Thursday and a 69 on Friday, which has them pretty deep in the field – but because of her presence, they were also one of the most popular groups on the course.
And as it turns out, Kazantsev is managing to squeeze in some golf even during her packed Miss America schedule. She also played a charity event in Dallas a couple weeks ago, and another one in California a week before that.
No word on how she scores, but she always looks like she's having fun out there. Take a look at these shots from the Miss America Instagram feed –and note that they like to use the hashtag #theresheswings. That is excellent:

Thanks for the good luck charm, little man! @bmwcharityproam #ThereSheIs #MissAmerica2015 #LoveMyJob

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Great day at the Rancho Murieta @cmnhospitals golf tournament! #ThereSheSwings #MissAmerica2015 #CMNHospitals #RanchoMurieta #NorCal

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Jamie Donaldson
European Tour Weekly via Twitter
"I didn't think my divot was that big," Jamie Donaldson joked when he saw the spot in the turf where the plaque commemorating his Ryder Cup-clinching shot at Gleneagles would go.
All right, my fellow Americans, this is gonna sting a little. But we can get through it together, I promise.
On Wednesday at Gleneagles, Jamie Donaldson and Europe's Ryder Cup management team reunited to install a plaque at the site where Donaldson struck the shot that clinched the golden chalice.
In case you've repressed the memory better than I have, Donaldson was 146 yards out on the par-4 15th hole on the PGA Centenary Course in his Sunday singles match against Keegan Bradley. He stepped up and hit a wedge to about a foot from the flag.
Bradley conceded the birdie putt, giving Donaldson a 4 & 3 victory – and, more importantly, giving Europe the point it needed to retain the cup. Ultimately, the European Tour voted that shot as its Shot of the Year.
On Wednesday, Donaldson joined with European Tour Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, Gleneagles Managing Director Bernard Murphy, and a small audience to walk that fateful hole one more time and install a dinner plate-sized plaque out in the fairway.
"I didn't think my divot was that big," Donaldson joked when he saw the spot in the turf where the plaque would go.
The circular plaque, titled "The Winning Shot" and containing the logos of the Ryder Cup and Gleneagles, reads:
"It was from here that Jamie Donaldson secured the winning point for Europe in The 2014 Ryder Cup. His drive of 293 yards left 146 yards to the pin. Jamie played a wedge and the ball finished a foot from the hole and was conceded by Keegan Bradley."
"I'll definitely never get tired of talking about that shot," Donaldson said. "It was such an amazing moment for me, but more importantly for the team. Everyone had put so much effort into that week, so it was nice to get our just rewards at the end of it. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better finale."
I think it's great when golf courses commemorate famous moments, whether it's the Sarazen Bridge on the 15th hole at Augusta National, the Wall of Champions at Colonial, or even the plaque at Kingwood Country Club near Houston that marks the site of Roy McAvoy's miracle shot in "Tin Cup." 
And, hey, maybe we'll get our own plaque at Hazeltine.
Here's a couple tweets from the ceremony, and below is Donaldson's amazing wedge shot.