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Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar rattled the flag stick on this bunker shot during the final round of the RSM Classic.

The sun came out during Sunday's final round at the RSM Classic.

And so did the Tour players' arsenal of stellar shot making skills.

Leading off some of our favorites from the day is this bomb of a birdie putt from Brett Stegmaier - the kind that just seems to roll for days before it disappears.





Scott Stallings made a late scoring surge on the par-5 14th.

At this point in the day, he was taking a go-for-everything approach.

And when it pays off, it looks like this.



Next up: Matt Kuchar, who rarely sees a bunker he can't tame.



Graeme McDowell was on a roll with shots like this.



Pressure? What pressure?

And finally. The one they were chasing all day, Kevin Kisner.

A 31-foot putt for birdie? No problem.



And this is why we just can't stop watching.

Smylie Kaufman
Smylie Kaufman was on target with this shot on the par-3 17.

Add Smylie Kaufman to the list of players who have flirted with a hole-in-one at this week's RSM Classic.

Kaufman was at the 189-yard par-3 17th when he dialed up a stellar shot.

Wind helping, a hard bounce to his right on the green and so it went - in almost.



You could tell by that pause at the end of his follow-through.

Kaufman knew it was good.

He would make the birdie putt and finish his day at 8-under.

Kaufman won his first Tour event last month at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

ON POINT: Byrd hits ball within inches of an ace | Now that's a flop shot | Chappell for the eagle

November 21, 2015 - 3:11pm
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Rob Oppenheim
Rob Oppenheim made the flop shot look easy during the third round of the RSM Classic.

Phil Mickelson may be the king of the flop shot, but 35-year-old rookie Rob Oppenheim may have just earned himself a spot in the king's court.

Oppenheim short-sided his second shot on the par 4 369-yard eighth hole during the third round of the RSM Classic.

It would have been nice to have gotten the ball anywhere near the hole from his position behind the green.

Then this piece of perfection happened.



The birdie took him to 9-under on his round.


Jonathan Byrd
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Jonathan Byrd hit his tee shot on the par-3 17th hole exactly pin-high on Friday.
Earlier today, we nominated Kevin Chappell's hole-out from a bunker for eagle as our shot of the day at the RSM Classic. A little later, Jonathan Byrd almost made us change our minds.
Byrd missed a hole-in-one by an inch on the 192-yard, par-3 17th hole on the Seaside Course. The hole was playing 192 yards, and Byrd hit a pretty draw and let the breeze carry it right at the flagstick.
And I mean right at it. The ball bounced hard, checked up and settled down pin-high, just an inch or so to the right of the cup. 
As the TV announcers noted, anytime J-Byrd knocks it close on a par 3, we immediately think of arguably the greatest ace in PGA Tour history – his hole-in-one in a playoff to win the 2010 Invensys Classic in Las Vegas. Aces are fairly common on the PGA Tour, but a sudden-death hole-in-one is a rare bird.
Byrd also made a gorgeous ace on a 215-yard par 3 at Innisbrook during the Valspar Championship last March. You can see his close call, and those two aces right here:
Kevin Chappell chips in from bunker for eagle to take lead at RSM Classic
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Kevin Chappell and his caddie shared a handshake after Chappell grabbed the lead with an eagle from the bunker.
The second round of the RSM Classic still has a few hours to go this afternoon, but I've already got a pretty good idea of what the shot of the day is – Kevin Chappell's hole-out from a bunker for eagle to take the lead.
Chappell went for the green with his second shot on the 566-yard, par-5 15th hole on the Seaside Course. Instead, his ball chased into a long, narrow greenside bunker, finishing up short and left of the green and leaving him a tricky 45-yard shot up to the flag.
He had to get his ball up over a knee-high lip yet still hit it far enough to reach the pin. He didn't take a lot of sand, and generated just the distance he needed – the ball flew about two-thirds of the way to the pin, bounced a couple times and curled slighty to the right – and right into the hole for the unlikely eagle.
That bumped to him to 11-under and put him atop the leaderboard. He parred his final three holes for a 65, and is still on top as the second round plays out.
Here's his shot: