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March 29, 2015 - 2:54pm
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T.J. Auclair
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John Peterson
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There's unlucky and then there's what happened to John Peterson on the par-3 13th hole at TPC San Antonio on Sunday.

The number "13" has always been considered, "unlucky."

That number did nothing to help its reputation on Sunday during the final round of the Valero Texas Open.

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Here's John Peterson's gorgeous tee shot on the 232-yard, par-3 13th hole:

 

That's just not fair. That thing looked good all the way.

Incidentally, Peterson made an ace on the 180-yard, par-3 13th hole during the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club:

 

So, at least for Peterson, "13" isn't always unlucky. 

Following his round, Peterson tweeted about the near ace and the one that dropped at Olympic Club:

 

March 29, 2015 - 8:07am
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T.J. Auclair
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Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady
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Luke Donald and Keegan Bradley may have had the coolest Saturday in the history of any sports fans.

How did you spend your Saturday?

For Keegan Bradley -- a monster sports fan -- it was about as good as it gets.

The 2011 PGA Champion started his day with a casual round of golf in the Bahamas with good buddy Luke Donald... and Michael Jordan and Tom Brady.

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How about that? Bradley famously wears custom-made Air Jordan golf shoes and he and Donald routinely play rounds with Jordan when they're all home in Florida. So, that portion of the foursome -- while extraordinary -- may not have been all that special for Bradley.

But having Brady -- the four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback of the New England Patriots -- among the group? That had to be crazy since Bradley is a diehard Pats fan.

Here's a picture of the foursome that Donald posted on Instagram:

 

Oh... and the day didn't end there. Post-round, the guys hit the basketball court, as you can see in this video below:

 

Wow. Golf, followed by a pick-up basketball game with MJ and arguably the greatest quarterback of all time? The only thing that could have made this day any better would have been to finish it off with Brady tossing the pigskin.

Maybe they did that too. 

March 28, 2015 - 5:00pm
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson came this close to making the third albatross in a two-week span on the PGA Tour.

One week after the PGA Tour experienced back-to-back albatrosses, Phil Mickelson nearly made it a trio Saturday during the third round of the Valero Texas Open.

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On the par-5 14th, Lefty's approach from 258 yards heads for the green and makes a beeline for the hole.

Watch the video:

 

 

 

Last weekend at Bay Hill, Daniel Berger made the first albatross in Arnold Palmer Invitational history on Saturday. The next day, Zach Johnson matched that feat.

On Thursday, Aaron Baddeley holed his tee shot on the 336-yard par-4 17th -- but because his original tee shot went out of bounds and he took an penalty -- it only counted as a 3.

There have been fewer than 125 albatrosses recorded on the PGA Tour since 1970.

Larry Fitzgerald
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Larry Fitzgerald takes aim at the "Extreme 19th" green, which is in the lower left corner of the photo.

What do NFL wide receivers do during their offseason? Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals apparently loves golf and travel, and combined both of those in a day he'll not soon forget.

On Saturday, Fitzgerald tweeted this image of himself hitting a tee shot:

 

 

What makes this particular shot special is that Fitzgerald's playing the "Extreme 19th" hole at The Legend Golf & Safari Resort in the Entabeni Safari Conservatory, Limpopo Province, South Africa. It's billed as the highest and longest par-3 hole in the world.

It's 395 yards from tee to green, although it seems way longer than that -- based on the fact that the tee is 1,300 feet on top of a mountain. The green is in the shape of the continent of Africa -- and it takes the ball more than 20 seconds to traverse the distance.

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With that in mind, the balls have tracking devices and a spotter with a two-way radio is located near the target. There's a $1 million bonus for anyone who can ace it -- no one has yet -- although several birdies have been recorded. The average score is reported as 15, although we're guessing that may not take into account the sheer number of balls lost in the veldt.

It requires a helicopter ride to and from the tee. But obviously, Fitzgerald is neither afraid of heights or the cost. According to sources, it's about $1,000 per foursome just to play this hole -- although that includes the helicopter ride for you and your equipment, six balls, a souvenir cap and glove, and a DVD to show you were there.

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Troy Merritt's 2-iron
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"Hit it off the tee and it caved in," Troy Merritt said Thursday night on Twitter.
 
Thursday was a day unlike any we've seen in I don't know how long. First, we had the crazy wind at the Valero Texas Open that drove the morning wave's scores through the roof – and blew Dudley Hart's chip right back to him.
 
Then we had Aaron Baddeley's crazy OB/hole-in-one. Then we had Phil Mickelson's 8-iron breaking in half during a seemingly routine bunker shot.
 
And then, after we thought the day was done and things were finally calming down, came this: Troy Merritt broke the face of his 2-iron. And as you can see from the photo above the tweet below, Merritt didn't just crack his iron's face, he flat out blew a hole in it. 
 
In fact, I've never seen an iron disintegrate like this one.
 
 
"Hit it off the tee and it caved in," Merritt said Thursday night on Twitter. 
 
"Just a whisker toward the toe," fellow PGA Tour player Josh Teater tweeted, no doubt with a smile, in response.
 
"Extremely rare and unfortunate, but it does happen," said Wilson Golf, which made the club, on Twitter. "It will be remedied with a new 2-iron … ASAP."
 
According to the PGA Tour's ShotLink tool, Merritt's tee shot still managed to travel 155 yards off the tee on the par-4 hole – it didn't quite reach the fairway, but turned out fairly well given the damage to the face. He went on to bogey the hole en route to a 2-over 74.
 
 
 
 
Aaron Baddeley
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Aaron Baddeley aced the par-4 17th hole at TPC San Antonio on Thursday - on his second try.
 
There has only been one hole-in-one on a par-4 hole in PGA Tour history – by Andrew Magee back in 2001. Aaron Baddeley knocked his tee shot into the hole on the par-4 17th hole in the Valero Texas Open on Thursday, but it only counted for a birdie 3.
 
In surely one of the flukiest holes ever played, Baddeley hit his tee shot on the 336-yard hole way left and out of bounds. So he took a penalty stroke, teed up another ball – and knocked it right into the hole.
 
 
"I just thought I'd just hit it straight and so I hit it and started walking and then heard the crowd going nuts," Baddeley said afterward. "I was like, wait, I just made birdie."
 
The birdie helped to boost Baddeley to a 4-under 68, which left him one shot off the lead after the first round. 
 
There's apparently no video of his shot, but the graphic below from the PGA Tour illustrates what happened: