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March 30, 2015 - 2:31pm
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Price is Right
An 84-year-old woman sank a putt on the Price is Right and won herself a brand new car.

Last Friday on the Price is Right, an 84-year-old woman named Margaret played the game "Hole-in-One" for a chance to win a new $16,000 car.

As host Drew Carey demonstrated, it's pretty much a straight away putt to the hole, no gimmicks, no windmills, no undulations.

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After Carey knocked in his putt, Margaret stepped up for her chance to win. The first putt wasn't all that great, so Carey flipped the sign for the name of the game over to reveal, "Hole-in-Two" giving Margaret a second chance.

With a unique putting stance, Margaret crushed the second effort. It rammed the back of the cup and dropped in. Here it is: 


March 29, 2015 - 2:30pm
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Romain Wattel
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Romain Wattel of France was stunned when he chunked a chip in the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II on Sunday. Even more stunning? His very next shot went in.

If you're the average golfer, what's the first thing that goes through your head after chunking a chip shot?

If you're like me, the first thought is, "Oh, man. Please don't do that again."

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I'm not sure what Romain Wattel of France was thinking when he chunked a chip in the final round of the Trophee Hassan II on the European Tour on Sunday, but I can tell you he didn't do it again.

Check out this remarkable recovery from the 24-year-old:


Now that's a quick bounce-back if I've ever seen one.

Wattel finished the tournament in second-place, one behind winner Richie Ramsey

March 29, 2015 - 1:54pm
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John Peterson
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There's unlucky and then there's what happened to John Peterson on the par-3 13th hole at TPC San Antonio on Sunday.

The number "13" has always been considered, "unlucky."

That number did nothing to help its reputation on Sunday during the final round of the Valero Texas Open.

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Here's John Peterson's gorgeous tee shot on the 232-yard, par-3 13th hole:


That's just not fair. That thing looked good all the way.

Incidentally, Peterson made an ace on the 180-yard, par-3 13th hole during the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club:


So, at least for Peterson, "13" isn't always unlucky. 

Following his round, Peterson tweeted about the near ace and the one that dropped at Olympic Club:


March 29, 2015 - 7:07am
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Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady
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Luke Donald and Keegan Bradley may have had the coolest Saturday in the history of any sports fans.

How did you spend your Saturday?

For Keegan Bradley -- a monster sports fan -- it was about as good as it gets.

The 2011 PGA Champion started his day with a casual round of golf in the Bahamas with good buddy Luke Donald... and Michael Jordan and Tom Brady.

RELATED: Michael Jordan owns Keegan Bradley on Twitter | MJ is Bradley's mental coach

How about that? Bradley famously wears custom-made Air Jordan golf shoes and he and Donald routinely play rounds with Jordan when they're all home in Florida. So, that portion of the foursome -- while extraordinary -- may not have been all that special for Bradley.

But having Brady -- the four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback of the New England Patriots -- among the group? That had to be crazy since Bradley is a diehard Pats fan.

Here's a picture of the foursome that Donald posted on Instagram:


Oh... and the day didn't end there. Post-round, the guys hit the basketball court, as you can see in this video below:


Wow. Golf, followed by a pick-up basketball game with MJ and arguably the greatest quarterback of all time? The only thing that could have made this day any better would have been to finish it off with Brady tossing the pigskin.

Maybe they did that too. 

March 28, 2015 - 4:00pm
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson came this close to making the third albatross in a two-week span on the PGA Tour.

One week after the PGA Tour experienced back-to-back albatrosses, Phil Mickelson nearly made it a trio Saturday during the third round of the Valero Texas Open.

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On the par-5 14th, Lefty's approach from 258 yards heads for the green and makes a beeline for the hole.

Watch the video:




Last weekend at Bay Hill, Daniel Berger made the first albatross in Arnold Palmer Invitational history on Saturday. The next day, Zach Johnson matched that feat.

On Thursday, Aaron Baddeley holed his tee shot on the 336-yard par-4 17th -- but because his original tee shot went out of bounds and he took an penalty -- it only counted as a 3.

There have been fewer than 125 albatrosses recorded on the PGA Tour since 1970.

Larry Fitzgerald
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Larry Fitzgerald takes aim at the "Extreme 19th" green, which is in the lower left corner of the photo.

What do NFL wide receivers do during their offseason? Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals apparently loves golf and travel, and combined both of those in a day he'll not soon forget.

On Saturday, Fitzgerald tweeted this image of himself hitting a tee shot:



What makes this particular shot special is that Fitzgerald's playing the "Extreme 19th" hole at The Legend Golf & Safari Resort in the Entabeni Safari Conservatory, Limpopo Province, South Africa. It's billed as the highest and longest par-3 hole in the world.

It's 395 yards from tee to green, although it seems way longer than that -- based on the fact that the tee is 1,300 feet on top of a mountain. The green is in the shape of the continent of Africa -- and it takes the ball more than 20 seconds to traverse the distance.

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With that in mind, the balls have tracking devices and a spotter with a two-way radio is located near the target. There's a $1 million bonus for anyone who can ace it -- no one has yet -- although several birdies have been recorded. The average score is reported as 15, although we're guessing that may not take into account the sheer number of balls lost in the veldt.

It requires a helicopter ride to and from the tee. But obviously, Fitzgerald is neither afraid of heights or the cost. According to sources, it's about $1,000 per foursome just to play this hole -- although that includes the helicopter ride for you and your equipment, six balls, a souvenir cap and glove, and a DVD to show you were there.

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That's one way to avoid the snowbirds hanging around the Valley of the Sun this time of year.