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Ha Na Jang is pretty handy with the putter as a martial arts weapon, as evidenced by these "golf ninja" moves.

Chi Chi Rodriguez has delighted us for years with his "bullfighting" swordplay after a particularly good putt.

But Ha Na Jang may have done him one better Saturday after sinking the winning putt at the LPGA's Coates Golf Championship in Ocala. Jang goes full golf ninja here after her first LPGA tournament victory.



This has been one great winter for the South Korean. A week ago in the Bahamas, Jang recorded the LPGA's first albatross for an ace.



And her enthusiasm should come as no surprise. The LPGA put together a highlight reel of her fist pumps from last season.



All in all, a thoroughly entertaining result for a thoroughly entertaining golfer.




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Brian Gay's ball was this close to being an ace at the par-3 16th stadium hole.

Many of the more than 200,000 golf fans who packed TPC Scottsdale for Saturday's third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open were looking for a reason to roar. And for the ones surrounding the par-3 16th, only a hole-in-one would do.

They unfortunately were denied this day. But there were definitely more than a few close calls that sent the decibel meter rising, none closer than this shot by Brian Gay.



Charley Hoffman nearly set off bedlam with this shot.



And then there was Anirban Lahiri, who put this tee shot right on target, drawing a huge roar.




Of course, an ace was on everyone's mind, but the crowd also enjoyed Brian Harman's birdie effort just fine.



And what the heck happened here to Webb Simpson? That's highway robbery of the highest sort.



In any case, another highlight-filled day for the sunshine-splashed and well-hydrated Phoenix Open crowd.


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Matt Every gets congratulations after his eagle hole-out Saturday.

The rowdy fans surrounding the 16th hole get most of the attention at TPC Scottsdale, but the shot of the day Saturday during the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open may have come from the other side of the course.

Matt Every was 209 yards from the hole on No. 2 after his tee shot skittered off into the desert. But then he pulled off this amazing shot.



Just to get it back onto the fairway would have been quite an accomplishment. But to hole out? That's a mighty fine highlight.


February 5, 2016 - 3:54pm
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Jack Maguire sets up to his his tee shot at the 12th hole Friday at TPC Scottsdale.

Playing in only his second PGA Tour event, Jack Maguire made his first ace.

Hitting a 7-iron at the par-3, 192-yard 12th hole during Friday's second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Maguire's shot ran true once it landed on the green.



It was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise forgettable week for Maguire, who shot 83 in the first round and had back-to-back bogeys before stepping up to the tee for his hole-in-one. Even with the ace, he was 12-over-par for the tournament to that point and in a three-way tie for last, 12 shots off the cutline.

February 5, 2016 - 11:51am
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Facing a tough shot from behind a tree on Friday during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Justin Thomas snapped his 8-iron in half on said tree during his follow through.

Playing the par-5 15th hole at TPC Scottsdale in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday, Justin Thomas found himself directly behind a tree for his second shot after a wayward drive.

Using an 8-iron to attempt a pitch back out into the fairway, Thomas snapped the club against the tree on his follow through. He was, however, able to advance his ball just short of the fairway and went on to make a par.

RELATED: Broken club -- What's allowed under the rules?

Here's a look at the shot:

Because Thomas damaged his club in the course of play, he is allowed to replace it under the rules of golf.

Rule 4-3a: If a player's club is damaged in the normal course of play, he has three options. One, he can continue to use the club for the remainder of the round. Two, he can repair it or have it repaired without unduly delaying play. Three, if the club is unfit for play, he can replace the damaged club with any club, with three caveats: you can't borrow a club from anyone playing the course, you can't fix it by carrying around spare parts and you can't delay play while making the switch.

February 5, 2016 - 10:40am
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One day after stating his negative feelings toward the course where the Waste Management Phoenix Open is played, the TPC Scottsdale fans let Bubba Watson have it when he arrived at the par-3 16th hole on Thursday.

Bubba Watson, a runner-up in each of the last two years at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, banking over $1 million in those two starts, admitted earlier this week that -- well -- TPC Scottsdale isn't exactly his favorite venue on Tour.

"I don't like it," Watson said Wednesday. "I'm not going to PC it. I don't like it at all."

He wasn't done there.

"Obviously, I'm here because of my sponsors and everything," Watson said. "I love coming here. It's always great weather. Used to have a house here. It's always beautiful coming here and playing here."

As the Associated Press reported:

He reiterated that he's only playing the tournament out of loyalty to Phoenix-based Karsten Manufacturing, the maker of his Ping equipment, and sponsors Oakley and Stance Socks.

"I just mentioned why I'm here," Watson said. "I've got three beautiful sponsors that love it here."

Ouch. Honesty is the best policy, but maybe not so much when you're talking about the venue that features the rowdiest crowds -- and hole (the par-3 16th) -- on the PGA Tour.

Watson tried to backtrack on his words via Twitter before his first round Thursday:


But, that wasn't enough for the fans at No. 16 who showered Watson with boos when he arrived in the first round. The damage had been done and theyy let the two-time Masters champ know about it:


Despite all the boos, Watson birdied the hole and shot an opening 2-under 71 that had him very much in contention.