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Danielle Kang
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Another week. Another ace. Another car for LPGA Tour player Danielle Kang.
The 22-year-old American made her second hole-in-one in eight days on Friday, acing the 158-yard 17th hole with a 7-iron in the second round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. For her special shot, she received an Audi A6 T2.0. 
It'll go nicely with the Buick LaCrosse she won last Thursday for her hole-in-one at the Blue Bay LPGA in China, where she knocked in her tee shot on the 155-yard 17th hole with an 8-iron.
Those two aces give the former Pepperdine star three on the LPGA Tour this season (her first one came at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii in April) and four in total for the year (the fourth came in a non-competitive round. Her three tournament aces tie the LPGA Tour record for most in a season set by Tracy Kerdyk in 1991 and matched by Charlotta Sorenstam in 2002. 
Kang – the U.S. Women's Amateur champion in both 2010 and 2011 – now owns eight aces for her career. She wasn't in off the course at the time I wrote this up, so no comment from her yet. We'll update this post when we hear from her and find out how her plans to open up her own car dealership are coming along.
UPDATE: "I was actually thinking about a hole-in-one, because I've been touching that car, I really wanted the car," Kang admitted after her round. "It was a right to left, so I wanted to aim a little right of it but then I caught it okay, and then it hit the fringe, like the collar, and it just kicked straight in and just rolled, tracked all the way into the hole.
"It's pretty awesome," she added. "I was standing there and we all screamed. Jodi (Ewart Shadoff) and I were talking about how first week [after an ace] you get a congratulations, second week everyone is just going to yell at you."
Making the moment even more memorable was the fact that Kang made her big shot in front of several other players who were waiting on the tee. 
"There was some swear words in there," Kang laughed. "My friend, Lizette Salas, was in the back, and everyone was saying: 'Are you kidding me? Again? Another car?'" 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

TPC Sawgrass 6th hole
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The live oak tree overhanging the sixth tee at TPC Sawgrass forced many a player to rethink his drive.
If you've watched The Players Championship over the years, you've no doubt noticed the live oak tree that leans in over the right side of the sixth tee box. Even if you didn't, the players certainly did, because it forced many of them to alter their tee shots to get around its outstretched branches.
On Thursday, however, the most noteworthy tree on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass bit the sawdust. The tree – which's Brian Wacker reported was somewhere between 80 and 120 years old – was cut down. Disease and old age had produced an eight-foot crack in the trunk, Wacker wrote, which made the tree a safety concern.
"The live oak on the sixth hole was one of the more recognizable trees on the golf course and influenced the tee shots of amateurs and professionals alike from the time the golf course opened in October of 1980," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. "There simply was no way to save it, as much as we would have liked to."
The tree might be gone, but it won't be forgotten. Pieces from its trunk will be displayed at TPC Sawgrass. 
Here's a video of Rory Sabbatini, in the 2011 Players Championship, working a drive under the tree, and a tweet showing its demise:
October 30, 2014 - 1:54pm
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Bryan Brothers
The Bryan Brothers took their latest trick-shot effort to the beach.

The Bryan Brothers just keep pumping out the great trick-shot content this week.

On Monday, they put out their best compilation to date. On Wednesday, they released a glow-in-the-dark video via Golf Digest.

Today, there's this from Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, S.C.:


October 30, 2014 - 1:00pm
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Harbor Shores
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The 10th hole at Harbor Shores is considered to be one of the hardest greens in golf.

We all know that putting is key to any good round of golf. Some putts are easy, others are, well, not so much. 

You may have seen this video (golfer makes insane 3-foot putt) we shared Thursday morning of what should have been an easy 3-foot putt turned into a wild adventure. That got us thinking, what's the wildest and craziest putt you've ever faced. 

So we posed this quesiton to our fans on Facebook, and here are our nine favorite responses.

1. John Simmons: My second junior tournament I was up 1 stroke on the 17th. I had a 40-foot double breaker downhill and nailed it. Won the tournament.

2. Jim Holthus: Had six footer playing in 35- to 45-mile hour wind. I aimed 6 feet right, tapped it and wind blew it in.

3. Greg Elk: Once had about a 90-foot putt with about 20 feet of break. I hit it, and it was on-line. And bam holed that sucker for eagle on a par 5. Lucky it went dead center because I definitely hit it too hard. Hit the back of the cup, jumped about a foot in the air and landed in the hole. Will never forget that one.

4. Justin Russell: Had a 100 footer for bird, and told my buddy 5 bucks if it drops. I drained it to the sound of a lot of family names..

5. John Dresko: Legacy GC, Henderson, Nev. Pin front left, ball back right. Par 5, 40-foot downhill with 10 feet of break left to right. Hit it too hard, but it dove right into the cup for an eagle. If it kept going, it would have been rinsed.

6. Linda Kawaguchi: 151-foot putt that I made in one. Angel park, Las Vegas, Nev., at the putting course with a balcony full of spectators!

7. Robert Bicknell: 90-foot, triple break downhill with green speed that day measuring 12 on the stimp.

8. John Davis: Wicked Stick at Myrtle Beach. At the 14th hole I just hit front of green, said I hope to get within 5 feet of hole hitting to the back right 60 feet with a 10-foot break and a .05 percent chance of holing it. It went in center cup at a perfect speed. Best putt I ever hit.

9. Bryn Evans: First time I ever hit a 35-foot putt like a 2 footer Cascata near Las Vegas. Didn't believe the fore caddie when he said hit it like it's a 2 footer. Drained it and still one of the best/memorable birdies I've ever made.






October 30, 2014 - 8:51am
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Trick shot, golf, putting
What's cooler than nailing a ridiculous long putt? How about nailing that same ridiculous putt twice with one stroke?

Remember that crazy video last week of the guy with the three-foot birdie putt in Scotland who chose to take the scenic route to knock it in? Click here if you need to refresh your memory.

In the spirit of that story, we put together a piece asking readers to share their wildest putt stories.

We read many a great tale based on your submissions.

But, there was one that stood out among the rest. It was from an Australian man named Matt Field.

Field wrote up this brief description before linking to a video: "I like to make simple things difficult..."

And, here's the video:

That was pretty cool.


I tracked down Field to learn more about the video. As it turns out, there was a purpose to what many of us might consider a trick putt.

"Putting the two balls is just a part of my practice to make sure I've got the putter face square," Field told "I got a bit bored so decided to try something different."

Field pulled off the "double putt" at Brookwater Golf Club in Queensland, Australia.

"Brookwater has a heavily sloped practice green so I thought 'why not?' The putt was about six feet, but I hit it about 20 feet past, up the hill and back in the hole. It took me about 10 attempts."

And when the two balls finally dropped into the cup?

"The people on the club balcony thought I was a bit weird when I high-fived myself!" Field said. 

October 29, 2014 - 12:12pm
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Olympia Fields pin flag
The Olympia Fields pin flag features four wings representing the original four courses at the club.

When you go to a golf event, what’s your go-to souvenir? For a lot of people, it is a commemorative pin flag.

We talked to Sam MacKenzie, director of grounds at Olympia Fields Golf Club, Olympia Fields’ pro shop and Justin Mengel, the 2015 PGA Championship director, to get more information about pin flags. And this is what we learned.


Olympia Fields: There have been a few different variations of the flag featuring the club’s logo, but the ones currently in place feature the club’s original logo. The decision on which ones to use went to MacKenzie, and it came down to personal taste. The original logo features four wings to represent the four courses Olympia Fields originally had before some debt during World War II forced the club to sell some of its property, MacKenzie said.

PGA Championship: Each year brings with it a new flag design to create what Mengel called a “personalized flag” for each tournament. Part of the annual change is applied to the PGA Championship logo to keep up with the PGA’s brand strategy. For instance, this past year’s pin flag featured some argyle elements to it, which could also be seen in all the PGA Championship advertisements and other material.

Quick Nine: Golfers tell us about their wildest putts

Length of use

Olympia Fields: The club replaces the pin flags once per year. The old ones are usually a bit faded and tattered, and they get put out to the driving range. After a year there, they are usually discarded.

PGA Championship: The flags get swapped out once per tournament, usually after the second round depending on the weather. Sometimes, an extra set is used before the event for special events like media day. The used flags – except for the one on the 18th green, which is given to the winner -- are given as a gift to either PGA Championship staff, members of the host club or grounds crew.


Olympia Fields: Pin flags are most commonly sold in nine packs, so MacKenzie will purchase three packs for an 18-hole course. Those extra flags are necessary in case any of them get stolen or damaged, or are awarded as a memento to a golfer who hit a hole-in-one on that hole.

PGA Championship: Two full sets of pin flags for the 18 holes are ordered from a its long-time supplier, a company called Standard Golf at a price of roughly $16 per flag. The order will usually be placed in the late spring for that year’s tournament.


Olympia Fields: The pro shop ordered 250 pin flags, featuring a different variation of the course logo, to sell to golfers for around $30 in 2014. So far, the shop has sold 200 of those flags. But with the course set to host next year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, the shop will increase its inventory.

PGA Championship: The average number of commemorative pin flags sold is about 10,000 per year. They are identical to the ones used on the course and are often used for collecting autographs or framing. They have always been one of the more popular keepsakes for spectators.

Related: Get your PGA Championship gear here