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October 13, 2015 - 10:25am
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Holes in one
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Luckily for us fans, the cameras were rolling for a number of the 43 aces recorded on the PGA Tour during the 2014-15 season. Here's a look at eight of our favorites.

Throughout the course of a season, there are countless jaw-dropping shots executed by the best players in the game.

Many of those are, in a word, "perfect" -- as in requiring just one shot from tee to green, a hole-in-one.

The 2014-15 PGA Tour season saw a total of 43 aces, including two each by Billy Hurley III, Andres Romero and Brian Harman (who had both of his in a single round!).

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Here's a look, with video, of my eight favorite aces from this past season.

8. Dustin Johnson on the 227-yard, par-3 fourth hole at Trump Doral in the third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, a tournament he would go on to win.


7. And, just three groups later, J.B. Holmes went and did the same thing on the same hole!


6. Check out Patrick Reed with a hole-in-one on the 188-yard, par-3 16th in the third round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston. I can't get enough of the fist pump.


5. Justin Thomas, who was a Rookie of the Year finalist, snagged his first ace on the PGA Tour with this beauty at the Greenbrier on the par-3 18th hole -- a 175-yarder -- in the opening round of the Greenbrier Classic. How cool is the commentary from Thomas? "Go in, please. Please go in." Doesn't happen often, but sometimes the ball listens.


4. It's hard to call one ace better than another ace. They're all incredible. But, this one from Billy Hurley III in the second round of the Open at Silverado's par-3 15th hole was pretty ridiculous. The ball nails the flagstick and could have been sent in any direction as a result. Instead, it dropped into the center of the hole.


3. What better way to end a round of golf than with a hole-in-one? That's precisely what Rickie Fowler did in the opening round of the Quicken Loans National. Playing the back nine first, Fowler's round came to a close on the 200-yard, par-3 ninth at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club where he delivered a terrific walk-off ace. Now that'll make dinner taste extra delicious.


2. Stupid. That's the best way to describe what Brian Harman did at the Barclays. In the final round of the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, the former University of Georgia golf star nailed not one, but two holes in one. Here's a look at the second one. Harman's face says it all, "Are you kidding me?"


1. Jordan Spieth wasn't going to let the season pass without getting in on the hole-in-one party. The PGA Tour and PGA of America Player of the Year Award winner picked up an ace in the opening round of the BMW Championship -- the third leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. Spieth aced the 196-yard, par-3 second hole.



Danny Adams
It took Danny Adams a while to check out the many special features on his new golf cart.
Danny "Sire" Adams doesn't play golf, at least not yet. But what happened to him last week deserves to be shared right here on a golf website.
Adams, 14, is a freshman at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla. He's also battling brain cancer, and has undergone three operations as part of his treatment. 
As a result, he's not able to ride a bike. So, in hopes of finding a way to hang out with his friends, he asked for a golf cart. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Triad Golf Carts of North Carolina came through.
Boy, did they.
Triad didn't just build the youngster a golf cart – they created a one-of-a-kind model decked out with an amazing list of features. Not the least of them is its paint scheme – Danny is a big fan of the "Call of Duty: Black Ops" computer games, so Triad came up with special matte black paint scheme to match the games.
The cart also features 14-inch wheels, rear struts, a lift kit, LED underbody lighting, and even a 7-inch touchscreen DVD player and surround-sound stereo. The seats are carbon fiber, and embroidered into the seatbacks is #SireStrong, the motto the Adams family uses as its rallying cry.
The custom cart took Triad approximately 95 hours to construct, as opposed to about 40 hours for a normal model, company owner David Parrish told The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. The cart cost about $14,500, and the drive to raise the funds was led by Polen Capital in Fort Lauderdale.
"This is the No. 1 cart to ever come out of our shop," said Parrish said. "We went to the extreme for this cart."
The youngster figured he was getting a cart when he arrived at the Make-A-Wish event, but was speechless when his custom ride was unveiled.
"This is nice – this is very nice," he said. "I didn't expect a TV to be here and the lights – they glow in the dark."
Here's a report from WSVN-TV as Danny received his new ride:
Sammy Schmitz
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As the video shows, Sammy Schmitz didn't realize he had made a hole-in-one until he had walked off the tee box.
One of the year's most unusual golf feats happened last Thursday, when Sammy Schmitz made a hole-in-one on the 290-yard par-4 33rd hole of the finals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The unlikely ace put the 35-year-old health services company executive from Minnesota 3 up with three holes to play, and he closed out the victory on the next hole.
Even better, the U.S. Mid-Amateur winner traditionally gets a spot in the next year's Masters, so Schmitz's ace essentially sealed his trip to Augusta National.
The only thing missing – a video record of the hole-in-one.
Over the weekend, however, one surfaced – at least sort of. The videographer clearly wasn't covering the action, but happened to catch Schmitz teeing off – and, even better, his reaction when everyone realizes the ball actually went in the hole. As you can see, Schmitz hits his shot and entire group starts walking for several seconds before the ball finally finds the cup and the gallery around the green explodes.
Give it a look – it's fun to see. And you can read our original report on the amazing incident by clicking here.
October 12, 2015 - 1:58pm
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Dick Kramer, PGA Member and longtime PGA Head Professional at Bonneville Golf Course in Salt Lake City, died Friday at 96.

He retired at 81 and was inducted into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame in 1998. He retired from Bonneville in 2000.

According to the Hall of Fame's website, Kramer "was born and raised in Salt Lake City and was an all-state performer at Granite High School in 1937 in both football and basketball and played both sports at the University of Utah.

"He was named head professional at Bonneville in 1943, and except for a two-year stint in the Navy, has held that position through his induction date into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame.

"He won many professional tournaments on the Utah circuit, and also won the Idaho Open. He is also recognized as an outstanding golf teacher.

"He served as President of the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA and has received the Professional of the Year Award and a Special Achievement Award from the Utah Section of the PGA.

"He has conducted the Salt Lake City Amateur since 1943 and the City Parks Open from the early 50s.

"Bonneville has been the training ground for thousands of golfers and many of those them have continued to serve golf in all facets of the industry. He trained many youngsters to be club professionals and greenskeepers."

According to the obituary in the Salt Lake City Deseret News, Kramer was survived by a son, eight grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

October 12, 2015 - 1:46pm
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Rory McIlroy
After watching an Irish rugby player fail miserably in an attempt to hit a drive, Rory McIlroy -- and everyone else on the tee -- couldn't contain their laughter.

Rory McIlroy met with the Irish Rugby team this morning and, as part of the visit, gave some golf tips on the driving range.

Luke Fitzgerald, a winger and fullback on the Rugby pitch, was McIlroy's first student.

RELATED: Golf buddy rejects friend's eagle attempt just before it drops in hole

As you'll see here, there's a lot of work to be done:


How about that? The ball traveled about and inch and the driver went a good 25-30 yards.

McIlroy and Fitzgerald's teammates seemed to love it though.

October 12, 2015 - 11:53am
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Eagle rejection
We're all for good pranks among golf buddies on the course, but this one crosses the line (even if it's still funny since it didn't happen to us).

If you're the average golf hack, few things are as exciting on the course as having a putt for eagle -- even if it's a lengthy try.

According to this video posted to YouTube on Sunday (h/t For the Win), that's precisely what this poor soul was facing -- a lengthy eagle try, potentially his first eagle ever.

As you'll see below, the ball was tracking toward the hole. That's where, "potentially his first eagle ever" because we'll never know if the ball was going to drop in.

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Why? His golf buddy who was filming the eagle attempt decided at the last second to shatter his friend's golf dreams by kicking the ball away from the cup.


So mean. Yet so funny.

The reaction was priceless.