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October 12, 2015 - 10:53am
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T.J. Auclair
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Eagle rejection
We're all for good pranks among golf buddies on the course, but this one crosses the line (even if it's still funny since it didn't happen to us).

If you're the average golf hack, few things are as exciting on the course as having a putt for eagle -- even if it's a lengthy try.

According to this video posted to YouTube on Sunday (h/t For the Win), that's precisely what this poor soul was facing -- a lengthy eagle try, potentially his first eagle ever.

As you'll see below, the ball was tracking toward the hole. That's where, "potentially his first eagle ever" because we'll never know if the ball was going to drop in.

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Why? His golf buddy who was filming the eagle attempt decided at the last second to shatter his friend's golf dreams by kicking the ball away from the cup.


So mean. Yet so funny.

The reaction was priceless. 

The United States retained the Presidents Cup with a 1-point victory.

After taking home the 2015 Presidents Cup with a one-point victory, the U.S. team won big with their party game, too.

As evidenced by this end-of-evening Twitter post from Bubba Watson, the party was hardy, too.

Watson was joined earlier in the evening by U.S. team assistant captain Fred Couples and a festive International team member Adam Scott.



Yes, that's Adam Scott. Dressed as a kangaroo.

Zach Johnson posted his own celebration photo.

He was surrounded by U.S. team captain Davis Love III, Matt Kuchar, and some of Jordan Spieth.



So much win on and off the course this week.

Including this from-the-umbrella par from Phil Mickelson.

Here's how the final leaderboard looked.

Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson tees off during the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea.

It was, no doubt, a long week for everyone involved with the 2015 Presidents Cup.

The tournament would come down to Sunday play and one more singles match - Bill Haas vs. Sang moon-Bae.

The United States held on to win by one point - more on that here - and the celebration began.

Factor in some jet lag - the bi-annual event was held this year in South Korea - and the rigor of team play, and you've got some tired U.S. players.

Also a tired trophy? 

Yes, according to Bubba Watson.



#Bedtime indeed. 

Nothing like sleeping on a win.

WATCH: Phil's umbrella par save | Kirk's final day clutch putt

October 11, 2015 - 5:31am
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Good things come to those who wait, especially when it comes to golf.

Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press had this brief in his Saturday column:

Joe Fletcher from Akeley, Minn., playing at Tianna Country Club in Walker, scored his first hole-in-one after 50 years of golf, acing the 158-yard, No. 11 hole, with a driver. He's 90 years old.

So many cool things in that one sentence. One, just the fact that Mr. Fletcher is still playing golf at 90. Two, that he didn't start playing until he was 40, and has continued since. Three, that he can hit his driver with that kind of control!

Congratulations, and continued good health.

Chris Kirk
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Chris Kirk's crucial putt on the final hole led to a shocking reversal in his match on Sunday at the Presidents Cup.
After the United States raced out to a 4-1 lead on the first day of this Presidents Cup, few would have predicted that the event would come down to the final hole of the final match of the Sunday singles. That it did was due in large part to a series of clutch putts from players on both teams throughout the crucial singles showdowns.
None of those putts was bigger than the 15-footer for par that Presidents Cup rookie Chris Kirk made on the final hole. With India's Anirban Lahiri only about three feet away, Kirk knew he had to make his putt for a critical half-point – he poured it right in, and flashed an uncharacteristic display of emotion with a fist pump.
Shockingly, Lahiri then missed his shortie, giving Kirk the match victory and giving the United States an unexpected full point in a moment that many believe was the turning point on this tense final day.
Kirk's putt was memorable, as were several others on this final day. Here are some of the best:
J.B. Holmes
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Big-hitting J.B. Holmes showed his deft tough from the greenside rough in the Sunday singles.
Like many courses on the PGA Tour, the layout at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea boasts wide fairways and not-too-tough rough (at least for the pros) alongside those fairways. Where this course really gets challenging is on the sides and in back of the greens.
Much of the grass surrounding the putting surfaces is deep and grabby, and probably thicker than tournament officials planned for given the rain of the last couple days. That's why we've seen more great shots out of the bunkers this week than out of the greenside rough.
But J.B. Holmes showed us how to handle the gnarly grass during his singles match with Hideki Matsuyama. His second shot on the par-4 10th hole missed the green by about four feet, and settled down so far that you couldn't even see it as he stood over it preparing to hit. 
Holmes blasted it out, forcefully but delicately. It bounced once in the first cut – exactly where he wanted it to land – and the grass slowed the ball's momentum just enough for it to settle down and roll right into the cup for a birdie that won the hole.
Here it is:
Phil Mickelson also holed one from off the green Sunday, on the par-4 11th hole. His wasn't quite as impressive as Holmes', but is still worth a look: