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February 23, 2015 - 12:45pm
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Worst winter weather
Golfers are a hardy lot, as evidenced by these contributed photos.

To say golfers are a bit fanatical might be putting it a bit mildly, in an endearing way. No matter the weather -- if the course is open and playable -- chances are you'll find someone willing to tee it up.

We asked our Facebook followers this question over the weekend: "What's the worst winter weather you've played golf in, and what did you shoot?"

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Here are some of our favorite responses, including some who enjoyed the experience and others who probably would pass, given another chance to stay inside, warm and dry. The entire list can be found here.

Scott L Moyes: I played in 30 degrees and a hail storm and shot a 30. Then I played the second hole.

Scott Schoedler: 30 degrees. Hard frozen turf and couldn't hold greens. Ball would bounce like it was a cart path. Hit a ball fat and felt like I broke my left wrist.

Erik Watson: Nick N. Kristin and I played in the Yukon Classic at Smoky Mountain Golf Club in Newport, Tenn. This tourney is played rain or shine, every year on Super Bowl Weekend. We started at 30 degrees with 15 mph winds and snow a blowin' and we were the only team in the tourney without a cart cover. Greens were like an ice rink and we finished last.

Ted Forde: Must have been minus-3 or -4 up at Mouse Valley in Scotland. Played the small course and it was so cold I hit an eight-iron second shot onto the par-4 first green, which was in the shadows of trees. Green was like concrete and ball bounced about 30 feet in the air in the bushes behind, never to be seen again.

Bob Bransdon: Durango Hills in Las Vegas, 28 degrees at tee time, 34 when the round concluded. 

Mike Osterbur: Played in 33-degree weather this past December, in Illinois. Can't remember the score -- I'm still thawing out.

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Patrick Cronen: 20 degrees in Orlando when I was playing the Space Coast Golf Tour: crazy cold and windy.

Victor Israel Graulau Jr.: I played 18 at a military golf course. The temperature was 55 at tee time, and dropped 30 degrees, along with a stiff wind, which probably dropped the temperature another 5-8 degrees all before we hit the back nine. I ended shooting a 50 on the back nine. shot an 98.

Alan Chard: 34 degrees, but the course we play at has covers on the carts and I have a heater, which makes it pretty nice inside the cart if you keep it zipped up.

Bill Stevenson: Started off at 40 degrees. As we played, temperatures kept dropping and clouds moved in on us. By the seventh hole, it began to snow. By the 10th, it came down heavy and temps had hit 30 degrees. We cut to the 18th and finished out.

Beverly Burling: Some course in northern Michigan in May. Snow and sleet coming at us sideways. I remember the last hole and my teammate telling me on a ten foot putt, "I'll give yours if you give me mine." They did give us pizza, however.

Tim McIntyre: Played once in December in Pittsburgh. A friend of mine hit a nice high short iron into the green, green was frozen solid, ball bounced like it had landed on concrete. The course probably should not have been open.

Steve Zastrow: I played in about 35 degrees. As we played, it got colder and a snow shower hit. Miserable conditions. Wasn't fun.

Jim Fathead Elkin: Played 30 degrees before. Never again!

Stuart McGillivray: Three below zero at my old club, Greenburn. It was so cold, even our bags started freezing up.

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Ken Dyer: Sleet, rain, snow and cold. Done it all but regretted doing it at the time, but will do it again.

Susan Currie: Four degrees, it was in Utah last year in March! Froze my hiney off!

Justin Gomez: It was like 20-30 degrees and really windy and I only made it through four holes and I called it quits. I am a south Texan!

John T. Smoot: I don't remember the temp, but one of my playing partners hit a ball and it split into two halves.

Donald DeCain: I'd say about 34 degrees. Not too bad except for my hands. I'm in New England, gotta take 'em when you get 'em.

Chris Poulsen: -2° C and scored a 68 (-4).

Lekimble Moore: 17° in Van Buren, Ark. Shot from tee box, off the frozen pond, onto the fairway! Is that even legal? Well, I took it anyway.

James Luke: -4 C. Started snowing, could drive it 400 yards because the ground was rock-hard frost like concrete

Jimi Thompson: 30 degrees with about 20 mph wind so it felt colder. Had to stop on the back nine but was issued a SNOW CHECK because the greens were un-puttable.

Darryl W. Moreland: I played all four seasons in one day. Arrived at course under sunny skies. Started raining then it turned to sleet, then turned to snow, then back to sunshine. I never stopped playing. It was about 25 degrees with wind.

Keith Grisco: Below freezing. They wanted us to wait to tee off until it got to 40 degrees, but it never did, not even close. It was a lake course and the wind was rippin' cold!

Tim Brummett: Regularly play when it's in the low 30s F and play two-man scrambles with scores in the 70s. Love winter golf!

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Gene Spalding: Below freezing with the lakes at Lincoln Park frozen over. Hit a ball on the lake on No. 9 and it bounced all the way out the other side.

John Camping: Indiana, Brookshire GC, playing with my dad, think it was Christmas eve around that time. It was snowing, sleeting, but we managed to finish nine holes. I was about 10 years old -- great day at the course because playing with my dad in the snow, priceless.

Di Thomas: Putted the ball and it became larger and larger as it collected the snow as it went. Picked up after that and went in the clubhouse for a hot chocolate.

And then there are the people who just have to have the last word ...

Brian Kirkland: I live in California so I think the coldest was a crispy 45 in the a.m. and by 9, it was 72.


February 22, 2015 - 6:06pm
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Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia stares at the 12th green almost in disbelief after an incredible birdie hole-out.

When Sergio Garcia's approach shot at No. 12 Sunday skipped left off the green and down in the heavy rough, the odds seemed long that he could even get up and down just to save par. Instead, Garcia pulled off the shot of the day.

Watch and be marveled at the sheer majesty of a maestro in action:





Garcia's birdie gave him the outright lead -- at that point. Unfortunately, Garcia had three bogeys after that -- including critical ones on Nos. 17 and 18, that left him one shot out of the playoff.

It was the second consecutive day that Garcia's had to pull magic out of his golf bag. On Saturday, he somehow escaped a nearly impossible leave by pulling off a "Seve-like" shot from a bunker next to the 10th green, which allowed him to save par.

CHANNELING SEVE: Watch Sergio's unreal "sand save"



February 21, 2015 - 5:44pm
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Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia lines up his shot from the bunker on the 10th hole back to the 13th fairway.

We've seen Sergio Garcia pull off some amazing shots -- from a tree, around a tree, off a tree and the like -- but his "sand save" Saturday during the third round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club was something to see.

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His tee shot at No. 13 was so far off line, it landed in a greenside bunker on the 10th hole (just moments after Ryan Moore's tee shot struck the flagstick and rolled off the green there).

With a television tower blocking everything to his right and a line of eucalyptus trees to his left, Garcia had a narrow opening in which to thread his ball back into the fairway. 

Just watch how precise this shot winds up being:



Nothing routine about that par.


February 21, 2015 - 4:56pm
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Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore pulls out his driver at the drivable 10th hole -- and nearly aces it.

The 10th hole at Riviera Country Club is billed as a drivable par-4. And on Saturday in the third round of the Northern Trust Open, Ryan Moore proved that with an amazing tee shot.

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Watch how close this comes to being a hole in one. And then how far it rolls after nicking the flagstick:



Angel Cabrera, in the group already on the green, just shakes his head at where Moore's ball winds up.

Moore putted the ball onto the green from there, but then missed the six-footer for his birdie, settling instead for a par.

Golf is truly an unfair game at times.


Hideki Matsuyama has wowed us several times from the fairway already this season with hole outs for eagle. On Friday in the second round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, he almost pulled off another amazing shot.

This time, Matsuyama's tee shot on the 10th hole wound up behind a row of trees, leaving him no direct line at the flag. No problem -- as you can see here:



Earlier this month, Matsuyama holed out from a sand-filled divot at TPC Scottsdale, so he's no stranger to making the most out of a bad situation.


February 20, 2015 - 4:56pm
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Boise State's women's golf team scores the winning points, this time with a trick shot.

Not to be outdone by the recent trick shot video produced by the San Diego State women's golf team, the Boise State women have come up with a unique golf video of their own.

This one, however, has an interesting twist. It uses golf clubs and a golf ball to recreate one of the greatest moments in school history -- the two-point, trick play conversion in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl that gave the Broncos a 43-42 victory over Oklahoma.

You have to watch this to appreciate it:



The blue field. The football jerseys over the golf skirts. The coach with the headset. The instant replays in slow motion. The over-the-air broadcast of the actual play. It's all perfect.

Who's next?