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Ian Poulter
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Facing a difficult par putt on the ninth hole at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, Ian Poulter somehow knocked it in to extend his bogey-free streak at the Players Championship to 37 holes.

When Ian Poulter reached the par-5 ninth hole at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the Players Championship on Sunday, he had gone 36 consecutive holes without a bogey... an incredible feat on the difficult Peter Dye course.

Typically with Tour pros, you'd think they'd escape with a par on a par 5 at worst.

But Poulter's third shot wasn't ideal from 109 yards out and his 35-foot putt for birdie only made it about halfway to the hole.

He was left with this tricky 17 1/2-footer for par:

What a save. Make that 37 straight holes without a bogey. At 8 under, Poulter was just one shot off the lead at the turn.

His putter right now is looking like the one Americans are used to seeing in the Ryder Cup. 

Dustin Johnson
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There are a lot of ways to play the drivable par-4 12th hole at TPC Sawgrass. But the way Dustin Johnson played it on Sunday is like nothing we've seen this week.

Aside from the par-3 17th, the short, par-4 12th has been the most talked about hole at TPC Sawgrass this week during the Players Championship.

Changes have been made to the hole since last year, most notably making it a drivable par 4. However, because of the water on the left side of the green with a closely-mown slope, many have shied away from going for it off the tee, electing instead to lay up and take their chances with a wedge.

And then there's world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

The way he played the hole on Sunday is unlike anyone else this week.

Johnson basically snap-hooked a fairway wood off the tee. It went so far left it was actually left of the water.

From the rough some 50 or so yards away, Johnson shot the ball over the water and within inches of the hole for a ho-hum birdie that was anything but ho-hum.

Here it is:

Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson told caddie, Bones, precisely the type of shot he wanted to hit into the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday and then went ahead and executed it.

While discussing how to approach his tee shot at the daunting par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the Players Championship on Sunday, Phil Mickelson told his caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay that he wanted to play a "rip draw sand wedge" into the back-right hole location.

Sounds like a fun shot that very few of us can even comprehend.

So, in typical Phil fashion, that's exactly what he did.

This shot had it all. For a second, it looked like he might make an ace. A second later, it looked like the ball might meet a watery grave.

But, it hung up in the fringe.

And then, Mickelson knocked down the putt for a birdie -- his 17th career deuce on that hole at the Players.

That birdie putt Mickelson at 1 under for the day and 3 over for the week. 

May 14, 2017 - 12:14pm
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Billy Hurley III
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Billy Hurley III was probably thinking "lag it up and tap in for par" when he faced a 50-footer at the par-4 12th hole on Sunday. Instead, he knocked it in for an unlikely birdie.

Billy Hurley III isn't going to win the 2017 Players Championship, but the birdie he made on the par-4 12th hole in Sunday's final round will certainly give him something to smile about.

The revamped 12th hole at TPC Sawgrass is now a driveable par 4, but -- like many players this week -- Hurley laid up with an iron off the tee.

His second shot from the fairway, just 111 yards to the pin, was less than ideal, leaving him 50 feet to negotiate for a birdie.

Rather than lag up and hope for a two-putt par, Hurley went ahead and did this:

When you hit a putt like that one, you've got to feel like you stole one, no?