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January 13, 2015 - 10:03am
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T.J. Auclair
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Patrick Reed
It takes some special things to happen to win on the PGA Tour. This shot was just that for Patrick Reed on Monday.

Before Monday evening, there had been only three players in the past 20 years on the PGA Tour to reach four victories before the age of 25.

Their names? Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia.

With his playoff victory over Jimmy Walker at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua's Plantation Course Monday, you can now add 24-year-old Patrick Reed to that prestigious list.

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If there's one shot that defined Reed's latest win, it was this 80-yard eagle hole-out on the 16th hole:

Reed trailed Walker by four shots before holing that shot. A birdie at the par-5 18th gave Reed a share of the lead with Walker at 21-under par and when Walker failed to make a lengthy birdie putt, the two went to a playoff, which Reed won playing the 18th hole again -- the first and only hole of the playoff.

Reed talked to about his early success and joining that incredible group of players with four wins before the age of 25.

"I think it's just because I'm stubborn. I don't really care," he said. "I go out there and just kind of focus on my golf game, and I don't really care what anyone else is doing or however anyone else hits the shot. I just know how I can do it, and you know, what works for me and what makes me allows it to be more consistent under pressure."

Reed has been a lightning rod for the last year because of what comes out of his mouth -- the "top-5" comment after his win at Doral; the shushing of the European crowds in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in the fall; and the gay slur in China in November (which he directed at himself and apologized for following that round, saying, "My passion to play well got the best of me and my word choice was unacceptable.").

While in comic-book terms, Reed might be the villain to -- say -- Rory McIlroy's superhero, there's no denying the fact that Reed has established himself as a big-time player.

Monday was just the latest example.  

January 12, 2015 - 9:34pm
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Patrick Reed
Stewart Cink had the same thing happen to him last year at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

After finishing his late push to force a tie with Jimmy Walker at the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions with a birdie, Patrick Reed got people talking as Golf Channel cameras caught this peculiar tan line as he walked off the 18th green. And as you might expect, Twitter nation responded.

Related: Hyundai Tournament of Champions leaderboard









We'll just chalk this up as a byproduct of playing in Hawaii - and wearing a hat. Stewart Cink had the same thing happen to him last year at the Sony Open in Hawaii, which also caught fire on social media.

In fairness to Reed, his forehead tan was probably the last thing on his mind (pun slightly intended) at the end of the round. He had a very strong closing push that was helped in part by this eagle on No. 16



And in the end, it was Reed who got the last laugh by beating Jimmy Walker on the first playoff hole

Jason Day
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Jason Day was the fourth golfer to card an 11-under 62 since the tournament went to Kapalua in 1999.

Jason Day once again proved that sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. 

While chasing the course record at the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Monday's final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Day hit his second shot off of a railing, whice redirected his golf ball toward the hole. That left him with an up-and-down for birdie to tie the record of 11-under 62. 

Related: Hyundai Tournament of Champions leaderboard

Day came pretty close to making an eagle on the hole but left his third shot a few yards short. 



Chris Kirk also turned the feat earlier in the day. Kirk, who was the first one to tee off in the final round, finished his round in less than three hours.

A total of four players now have carded a round of 62 in the event's 16-year run in Maui. 

January 12, 2015 - 3:49pm
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Ducks vs. Bucks
Oregon's Ben Crane and Ohio State's Jack Nicklaus in their school colors.

Oregon and Ohio State are preparing to meet Monday night for the college football playoff national championship. But which team can boast about being the best on the golf course? We break down the numbers for you.

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Ohio State: 119 wins (Jack Nicklaus 73, Tom Weiskopf 16, John Cook 11, Joey Sindelar 7, Jerry McGee 4, Ed Sneed 4, Ted Tryba 2, Chris Perry 1, Chris Smith 1)

Oregon: 16 wins  (Peter Jacobsen 7, Ben Crane 5, Tom Shaw 4)

Advantage: Buckeyes


Ohio State: Two words: Golden Bear. Enough said. Add Weiskopf's 1973 Open victory just to pile on

Oregon: Jacobsen has six top-10 finishes in majors, including a pair of thirds in the PGA Championship, although he has won the U.S. Senior Open and Senior Players Championship. Crane's best major finish is a tie for ninth in the 2004 PGA Championship.

Advantage: Buckeyes

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Ohio State: Cook won the senior event at Pebble Beach and finished 22nd in Champions Tour standings. Sindelar had one top-10 finish on the Champions Tour.

Oregon: Crane won the FedEx St. Jude Classic by one stroke over Troy Merritt, capping a season in which he recorded two top-10s and finished 60th in the FedExCup standings. Jacobsen had one top-10 finish and was 56th in the Champions Tour standings. 

Advantage: Ducks


Ohio State: Cook is the all-time money leader for Ohio State alumni with $12.6 million earned. Nicklaus is a distant fourth at $5.7 million, which tells you a lot about the exponential rise in purse money in recent years. Nicklaus made $33.33 in his first pro tournament, an amount that probably wouldn't cover lunch at the course now.

Oregon: Crane has earned $19.3 million in 14 seasons on the PGA Tour, and at 38, is still going strong.

Advantage: Ducks

January 12, 2015 - 1:00pm
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Drive, Chip and Putt Championship
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Registration for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will begin on Thursday, January 22.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Jan. 12, 2015) -- Today the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America officially opened the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship by announcing the qualifying schedule for young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. The qualifying schedule is available on the event’s website,

Registration for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will begin on Thursday, January 22, also at

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This youth golf development initiative will again include boys and girls ages 7-15, who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. In only its third year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will provide playing opportunities throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers -- 40 boys and 40 girls -- will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 3, the eve of the 2016 Masters.

The breakdown and schedule of the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying is as follows:

Local (May/June/July/August):
- 255 host sites spread throughout all 50 states
- 3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue

Sub-Regional (July/August):
- 50 host sites spread throughout 45 states
- 2 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue

Regional (September):
- 10 host sites in 10 defined regions
- 1 junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue

National Finals (April 3, 2016):
- 80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club

The venues that will host the 10 regional qualifying events include several USGA Championship and PGA Championship sites: Chambers Bay Golf Course (University Place, Wash., site of the 2015 U.S. Open conducted by the USGA), Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, Md.), Golf Club of Houston (Humble, Texas), Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minn., site of the 2016 Ryder Cup), Medinah Country Club (Medinah, Ill.), Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, Pa., site of the 2016 U.S. Open), The Country Club (Brookline, Mass.), Torrey Pines Golf Course (La Jolla, Calif., site of the 2021 U.S. Open), TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Valhalla Golf Club (Louisville, Ky., site of the 2014 PGA Championship).

For a full list of qualifying venues at the local and sub-regional level, or for more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, please visit

January 12, 2015 - 9:47am
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underwater hole-in-one
This might just be the most unique hole-in-one video you'll ever see.

OK. So this isn't the greatest hole-in-one video I've ever seen, but it's certainly the most unique.

It's not "official" because it was made on a makeshift "course" (if that's what you want to call the ocean) with a five-gallon bucket as the hole, but you need to see it nonetheless.

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So, here it is:

These Australian guys who call themselves, "How Ridiculous," posted the video on Saturday.

A quick visit to their YouTube page shows that they're notorious for "tricks" in a variety of sports.

Fun video.

h/t CBS Eye on Golf