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April 30, 2015 - 9:02am
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The Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox played in an empty Camden Yards on Wednesday, so announcer Gary Thorne decided to call an at-bat as if he were calling a shot at the Masters.

In case you missed it on Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles played the Chicago White Sox in an empty Camden Yards.

Because of the riots in the Charm City, the game was played with no fans allowed. It was a first for Major League Baseball.

The Orioles won the game 8-2, in what can only be described as the strangest situation you'll ever see in the big leagues. I mean, here you had all stars on the field playing in front of a crowd of... nobody.

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In an effort to make the best of the situation, there were some funny happenings.

For starters, White Sox centerfielder Adam Eaton tried to lighten the mood before the game with this tweet:


Then there's this Vine of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph signing fake autographs for fake fans before the game:


But, from a golf perspective, this was my favorite. Orioles announcer Gary Thorne, playing off the silence of an empty stadium, decided to lower his voice, soften his inflection, and call an at-bat as if he were an announcer at Augusta National during the Masters:


Good stuff.

And, lastly, here's one more tweet from Eaton after the unusual experience:


We agree. All the best to our friends in Baltimore. 

Ben Martin and Matt Kuchar
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Ben Martin (left) put Matt Kuchar down to stay with a 243-yard hole-in-one on Wednesday in the Cadillac Match Play.
Ben Martin walked up to the tee box on the 17th hole at Harding Park all square with Matt Kuchar in their first-round match at the Cadillac Match Play Championship. He walked off the tee box 1 up.
How, you ask? Well, Martin aced the 243-yard par-3 hole with a mighty cut of a fairway wood.
Kuchar, for his part, high-fived Martin and went on to birdie the hole himself. Both players parred the 18th,  so the 1-up victory went to the underdog, who entered the week ranked No. 67 in the world and is in the field largely on the strength of his victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas last fall. 
Up until this year, Martin's ace would have essentially knocked Kuchar out of the tournament. But under the new format, both live to play again on Thursday and Friday before anyone is eliminated.
The PGA Tour reports that this is Martin's eighth career ace, and comes in his first round in the match-play format since the 209 U.S. Amateur, where he made it all the way to the final before losing.
The hole-in-one is our shot of the day, edging out a Gary Woodland's gorgeous 127-yard hole-out for eagle on the par-4 14th hole. Woodland went on to defeat Jimmy Walker in 19 holes.
Here's Martin's ace, with Woodland's eagle below:
April 29, 2015 - 11:38am
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On Friday, May 1, at 10 a.m., the PGA of America will pay a visit to Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina to make a major golf announcement.

You can follow the announcement live, right here on

Previously, Kiawah Island's Ocean Course has played host to the 1991 Ryder Cup, 2005 PGA Professional National Championship, 2007 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, and most recently, the 2012 PGA Championship won by Rory McIlroy.

April 29, 2015 - 10:18am
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Tiger Woods took to Twitter on Wednesday morning and made some announcements regarding his playing schedule for the summer of 2015. Good news: We'll be seeing a lot more of him.

Tiger Woods took to Twitter Wednesday morning to announce his schedule for the summer.

Based on the tweet, his game seems to be in shape, as he'll be playing quite a bit:


Woods announced last Friday that he'd be playing in the Players Championship, which tees off next week. He won that tournament in 2013 and was unable to defend a year ago as he recovered from back surgery.

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The list of events Woods announced he will be playing in on Wednesday morning isn't surprising. They're all events he's played in before and -- with the exception of the Greenbrier Classic -- has won multiple times. What was surprising is that Woods announced all of them at the same time, as he typically waits for the PGA Tour's Friday deadline to commit to the following week's tournament (rules are different for the majors).

We don't suspect that this is the complete schedule for Woods this summer, as it only brings us to August 2, the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

The PGA Championship is notably missing from the tweet. That takes place at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, August 13-16. Also not on the list is the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where Woods is an eight-time champion -- presumably because he is not yet eligible for that event, which requires a tournament win in the last year, or a top-50 world ranking one week and two weeks prior to the event.

Woods, currently, is ranked No. 116 but will have plenty of time to improve on that given how much he'll be playing.