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Rickie Fowler salutes the crowd after his clutch chip-in at No. 17 Sunday.

Clinging to a one-shot lead Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Championship, Rickie Fowler needed a momentum swing down the stretch. And boy did he ever get one.

Faced with a delicate little chip from the fringe on No. 17 -- just moments after Rory McIlroy had eagled the 18th to add to the pressure -- watch what Fowler does in response:

 

 

That birdie pushed Fowler's advantage to two, and he needed all of it. Thomas Pieters had an eagle putt on the final hole that could have tied Fowler and sent the tournament into a playoff, but it came up just inches shy. 

That allowed Fowler -- who parred the final hole -- to walk away with a one-shot victory, his fourth over a nine-month span.

That was the second time Fowler had stepped up big. Earlier in the round, he made a double bogey and immediately found himself facing a shot from the bunker on the next hole. But he was more than equal to the task:

 

 

 

Fowler's win certainly caught the attention of 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III.

 

 

January 23, 2016 - 5:30pm
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Phil Mickelson is a magician with a wedge in his hands. On Saturday in the CareerBuilder Challenge, he holed out for the fourth time this week.

Phil Mickelson is deadly with a wedge in his hand -- this is nothing groundbreaking.

In the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge on Saturday, Mickelson holed out for the fourth time this week.

Here's his gorgeous birdie chip on the par-4 10th hole at the Stadium Course that helped Lefty move to 15 under:

 

It's just not fair how easy he makes it look. 

January 23, 2016 - 5:00pm
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Amateur player Jeff Ellis recorded the third ace of the week -- and the second by an amateur -- in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge on Saturday.

For the second time in as many days on the same hole, an amateur player at the CareerBuilder Challenge has made a hole-in-one.

Playing the 168-yard, par-3 13th hole at PGA West's Stadium Course in Saturday's third round, amateur Jeff Ellis snagged an ace:

 

Amateur Jake Pumphrey turned the trick on Friday, as did PGA Tour player Nick Taylor, who snagged his ace at the Stadium course on the 205-yard, par-3 sixth.

So, if you're keeping track at home, the amateurs have out-aced the pros 2-1 so far this week.
 

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Chesson Hadley gets congratulations after holing out for eagle on the 18th Friday at La Quinta.

There are eagles to be had at La Quinta this week, and Chesson Hadley wants in on the action.

After taking a double-bogey at the par-3 17th, watch Hadley earn his redemption with this approach shot on the par-4, 426-yard 18th:

 

 

On Thursday, Bill Haas kicked off his round with this eagle at the first. Later, Phil Mickelson found the range with this flag-hunting wedge shot that spun back into the cup. And earlier Friday, Nick Taylor made back-to-back eagles, including this hole-in-one on the sixth hole at TPC Stadium.

 

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Nick Taylor hands out high-fives after his hole-in-one Friday at the TPC Stadium course.

Nick Taylor made an eagle on the fifth hole of the TPC Stadium course Friday during the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge. So you could assume he might suffer a little bit of a letdown stepping up to the next tee, right?

Wrong. Taylor grabbed a 5-iron at the 205-yard par-3 sixth, and proceeded to put another sweet swing on the ball. And here's what happened

 

 

 

Talk about playing the hill, and the break of the green, perfectly. The ball just curls into the cup, as nice as could be.

Back-to-back eagles, including a hole-in-one? That's something to add to the resume.

January 22, 2016 - 3:59pm
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Jake Pumphrey (purple shirt), playing in the amateur portion of this week's pro-am at the CareerBuilder Challenge, scored a hole-in-one during Friday's second round of play.

A couple of times per year, the amateurs get to tee it up with the pros in an actual PGA Tour event.

This week's CareerBuilder Challenge is one of those events where a pro-am is built in to the tournament proper -- not just the usual Wednesday pro-am played before a tournament.

That means that an amateur player named Jake Pumphrey will have a story to tell for life.

Playing the 168-yard, par-3 13th hole at PGA West's Stadium Course in Friday's second round, Pumphrey scored a hole-in-one:

 

Unlike most amateurs, Pumphrey has video evidence to back it up. If I were him, I'd have that thing playing on an endless loop in the family play room until the end of time.