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December 7, 2014 - 7:45am
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Dawie van der Walt
Dawie van der Walt prepares to hit his drive on the second hole Sunday.

Not long ago, the Discovery Channel show "Mythbusters" disproved the adage that "trees are 90 percent air." On average, they showed only a quarter of golf balls hit at a tree make it through unscathed.

But on Sunday at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, Dawie van der Walt did that experiment one better. He used a tree to pull off an amazing "hidden ball trick."




If you remember, Sergio Garcia did that one better in the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational, going up into a tree to hit his ball, which had lodged in the branches.

Still, all myth-busting aside, it's impressive to think the branches of a tree seem to be the perfect place to capture a well-struck golf ball falling from the sky.

Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth cracks a rare smile after draining a 45-foot putt on the final hole Saturday at Isleworth.

The tournament is called the "Hero World Challenge," and Jordan Spieth put on a superhero-like performance Saturday.

RUNNING AWAY: Jordan Spieth leads Hero World Challenge by seven strokes

He made nine birdies en route to a third-round 63. But he may have saved the best for last with this 45-foot bomb on No. 18. Watch:



That not only put Spieth seven shots ahead of the field, but his 20-under total broke a record for the lowest three-round total in Tiger Woods' charity event.

Considering the way Spieth tamed a tough Australian Open field with a final-round 63 last weekend, there's no one hotter in the game right now than the young Texan.


Morgan's trick shot
This shot by Morgan is more a cool trick shot than a "fail."

We're always on the hunt for cool golf videos, and here's one that fits the bill.

This is the Challenge Hole at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla. Visitors get a chance to put one close from 132 yards out at an island green. The best shots are recorded on an online leaderboard and monthly prizes are awarded.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: Bryan Bros. holiday trick shot compilation

Sounds easy, right? Well, here's a shot from last month that didn't quite reach the green -- but it's not a "fail" at all. To be honest, knocking the tee out from under the ball in that situation takes more skill than just hitting it flush.

Check it out:




Way to go, Morgan. And thanks to pmcsurf1 for uploading that.

Brendon Todd
European Tour/YouTube
Brendon Todd watches the flight of his ball on the par-3 16th Saturday.

We all know it's purely coincidence -- mainly because the golfers have no idea what the commentators are saying -- but it seems like nearly every time someone spouts a fact on a golf broadcast, the opposite immediately occurs.

Seconds after "he hasn't three-putted all tournament" is usually the exact time the golfer in question misses from close-in range. Or "he's perfect in fairways hit today" is about the time the dreaded slice strikes.


So when Brendon Todd stepped up to the Par-3 16th hole Saturday in the third round of the European Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge, here's what the commentator said -- and watch what happened next:


Maybe golf analysts have "superpowers of suggestion." But if that was the case, Todd's ball would have gone in the cup instead.

Still, it's one heck of a coincidence -- and one heck of a golf shot by Todd.

John Daly and Anna Cladakis
John Daly via Twitter
John Daly popped the question to girlfriend Anna Cladakis after six years of courtship.
It's pretty safe to say that John Daly will never forget this weekend. 
For starters, he's over in Turkey, where he's playing in the Beko Classic, a 54-hole pro-am event that is sanctioned by the PGAs of Europe. And on Friday, he shot a 63 to grab the second-round lead in a field that also includes fellow major winner Darren Clarke.
That good news about Big John's game, however, pales to his great news off the course – Big John took to social media to reveal that he's engaged to his longtime girlfriend Anna Cladakis, who was a promotional director for Hooters when they met. They've been a couple since 2008, and Cladakis can often be spotted in Daly's gallery decked out in outfits that match his eye-popping Loudmouth Golf apparel.
This marriage will be the 48-year-old Daly's fifth, and the engagement comes as Daly's life is stable and his golf game is on the upswing. He made 10 cuts in 15 PGA Tour starts last season, and his tie for 29th at the recent Sanderson Farms Championship was his best result on the big tour since mid-2012.
Daly made no mention of a wedding date. We'll keep our eye out for that bit of news as we say congrats and best wishes to the happy couple.
Tiger Woods and Martin Kaymer
Courtesy of JibJab
Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods use a snowman for cover as Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott pummel them with snowballs in this second 2014 holiday eCard from JibJab.
About this time last week, we showed you a holiday eCard from the folks at JibJab featuring Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Patrick Reed in a spirited sled race.
Today, we saw the follow-up. This one stars Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Adam Scott, who are delightfully smashing each other with snowballs. At one point, Phil buries Tiger in a huge pile of snow, and poor Adam suffers the worst fate of them all.
You can see the whole snowball fight by clicking here.
The first eCard was sponsored by the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and this one's sponsored by The Players Championship. That makes us suspect there might be a few more on the way before Christmas – and, if so, that'll make the holiday season just a little bit brighter for all us golfers.