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Jamie Dornan
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Jamie Dornan usually sets his fans' hearts aflutter, but he gave himself palpitations with his eagle at St. Andrews on Thursday.
 
Jamie Dornan is best known as the star of "Fifty Shades of Grey," but there was nothing grey about the actor's final shot of the first round in the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Thursday. The tournament, if you're not familiar, is a pro-celebrity event similar to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 
 
Dornan hit a booming drive down the 18th fairway on the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, and his ball wound up just short of the big green. Even though he was down in the swale in front of the green, he pulled out his putter and gave the ball a rap.
 
 
The ball tracked up the hill and made a big arc from right to left – and dropped confidently into the cup for an eagle. Dornan, in disbelief, dropped his putter and covered his eyes. 
 
As the TV commentator said, that's a shot Dornan will never forget. But we shouldn't be too surprised he pulled it off – after all, he is from Rory McIlroy's hometown of Holywood, Northern Ireland.
 
Here's his beauty of a putt:
 
 
Gus and Betty Andreone
The PGA of America
PGA Life Member Gus Andreone and his wife Betty marked Gus's 104th birthday with personalized jerseys.
 
If any of us ever needed a reminder that golf is a game we can enjoy our entire lives, we only need to look to Gus Andreone. The oldest living PGA Professional, Andreone celebrated his 104th birthday on Wednesday. 
 
And, of course, he made sure his celebration included some golf at his longtime club, Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Fla.  
 
 
Those who know him wouldn't have expected anything else – seeing as how Andreone still plays four or five times a week. He even made his eighth hole-in-one last year – becoming the oldest person known to have made an ace.
 
Andreone's friends at Palm Aire threw a birthday bash for Andreone, where and his wife Betty enjoyed the big day. Among his gifts were his-and-her jerseys with "Andreone" and "104" on the back – Gus even wore his out on the course. 
 
 
Along with golf, Andreone says the secrets to his longevity are sticking to his daily routine, doing mental exercises like crossword puzzles and, most of all, "don't be a couch potato." That's great advice for all of us, no matter our age. 
 
"The worse thing in the world is to be sitting still and doing nothing," said Andreone, who became a PGA member in 1939. "Every morning before I get out of bed, I do a certain set of exercises that help my knees, back and hips. It works for me." 
 
Golf obviously continues to play a big role in Andreone's life, and he remains eager to share his love of the game with others.  
 
"Golf has been wonderful to me," he said, "and I hope that I can inspire others to pick it up."
 
October 1, 2015 - 10:25am
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Ernie Els
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Everyone misses a short putt now and again. But, you don't expect to see a player at the caliber of Ernie Els miss one that's this short.

Nobody's perfect, especially on the golf course.

When it comes to missing short putts, we've all been there.

But this one that Ernie Els -- a four-time major winner -- missed at the Dunhill Links on Thursday is hard to believe considering the caliber of player he is.

Check it out:

 

Yikes. That didn't even hit the hole.

Watch it again and pay attention to the stab he takes at it with his right wrist. That doesn't exactly look textbook.

At least he didn't do this after missing the shorty (maybe he felt like doing this though):

 

 

Mathias Schjoelberg
Mathias Schjoelberg via Instagram
This trick shot from Mathias Schjoelberg requires balance as well as hand-eye coordination.
 
Over the past several months, my colleague T.J. Auclair has brought us several eye-popping trick shots from former Arizona State golfer Matthias Schjoelberg. But T.J.'s been busy lately, so I'm taking it upon myself to share Schjoelberg's latest scintillating shot. 
 
Schjoelberg, who has embarked on career as a tour player, took to Instagram recently to show us a shot that requires a lot of balance as well as hand-eye coordination. 
 
Off a mat at a practice facility, I'm presuming in his native Norway, Schjoelberg gently wedges a ball up right in front of him. We've seen LPGA Tour star Brittany Lincicome do something similar by hitting a golf ball so that a piece of candy sitting on top of it pops up and she catches it in her mouth.
 
 
It's not snack time for Schjoelberg, though. After he pops his ball up, he steps beneath it – and gingerly catches it on his upper back. Amazing! And then, to top the trick off, he rolls the ball off his back, and whacks it out onto the range. 
 
I've seen soccer players kick a ball up and nestle it onto their upper backs, but never a golfer. This trick might not be as spectacular as some of the others we've featured, but I think this one is pretty cool. 
 
Take a look:
 
 
September 30, 2015 - 10:27am
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Jason Day
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Jason Day stars in a story of his life, entitled "Never Say Die."

One of Jason Day's sponsors -- RBC -- has put together a documentary on his life, and it's well worth the 10 minutes of your time, even if you know much of the back story.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR?: Jason Day before the Tour Championship

And if you don't know how Day overcame adversity to reach the world's No. 1 ranking, you can't help but pull for him after watching this.

Here's the video:

 

 

 

MAKING DAY'S PUTTER: TaylorMade takes you behind the scenes

There are no words, especially if you've had the opportunity to chat with one of the most engaging, friendly and considerate people in the sport.