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May 14, 2017 - 5:53pm
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Rafa Cabrera Bello
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Rafa Cabrera Bello's "2" on the par-5 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday was the first on that hole in Players Championship history.

Rafa Cabrello Bello hit a golf shot he'll never forget on Sunday.

Playing the par-5 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the Players Championship, the Spaniard holes his second shot from 181 yards for an albatross.

It was the first "2" on the 16th hole in tournament history. It was the third albatross in tournament history. Hunter Mahan (hole 11) and Peter Lonard (hole 2) each made one in 2007.

Here's a look at the thing of beauty:

That shot immediately moved Cabrera Bello from 2 under to 5 under.

What a shot.

Also awesome?

Cabrera Bello's celebration where he accidentally threw his club in the water:


Yuta Ikeda
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The tee shot that Yuta Ikeda hit on the par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday needs to be seen to be believed.

Just when you think you've see it all on the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass, along comes Yuta Ikeda.

Playing just 129 yards on Sunday, Ikeda hit a beauty. However, it took a big bounce on the firm green and looked doomed for the drink.

Incredibly, the ball hit the railroad tie on the back side of the green and somehow -- instead of bouncing into the water -- bounced back onto the green.

Check it out here:

With that tremendous good fortune, Ikeda was left with a 21-footer for birdie.

He would two-putt for par and probably laughed all the way to the 18th tee. 

May 14, 2017 - 5:12pm
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Louis Oosthuizen
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Louis Oosthuizen drained a long eagle putt at the par-5 11th hole Sunday to get back near the top of the leaderboard in the final round of the Players Championship.

Just when it looked as if 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen was beginning to slip away in the final round of the Players Championship on Sunday, he went ahead and nailed a long eagle putt at the par-5 11th to soar back into contention:

Oosthuizen's putt measured 34 feet, 5 inches. It got him back to even par for the day, 8 under for the tournament and two back of leader Si Woo Kim.

May 14, 2017 - 4:36pm
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Rory McIlroy
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It hasn't been the best week on the course at TPC Sawgrass for Rory McIlroy -- back pain included -- but he made a brilliant par at the par-4 14th on Sunday.

In his first start as a married man, Rory McIlroy has shown signs of rust -- and has admitted to playing through an ailing back -- at the Players Championship.

The former world No. 1, who will undergo a MRI on Monday back in Belfast, made the cut at TPC Sawgrass and was battling to salvage something on Sunday.

That included this sweet chip-in for par at the par-4 14th hole:

That was from just shy of 27 feet. 

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: