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December 17, 2015 - 1:00pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Pete Vassello
Pete Vassello
Reader Pete Vassello sent in this photo after a special golf trip with his brother who is battling cancer.

Sure, we all know about all the great moments in professional golf throughout 2015 -- Jordan Spieth's performances in the majors, Jason Day's dominating win at the PGA Championship, Rickie Fowler at the Players. The list goes on.

But what about you, the golf fan? What was your greatest personal golf moment of 2015?

We posed that question to our 340,000+ strong friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation.

With over 100 responses, there were many, many noteworthy golf moments and accomplishments.

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Here are 10 of our favorites:

10. "No. 1 -- Winning tourneys with my Dad! (No. 2 my Hole-in-one)." -- Aaron Duncan

9. "In our company league I made it to the fringe of the green in three shots (a par 3 hole). After I was on the fringe I kept hitting over the green, one side to the other. After doing this four times, I sunk a 45-foot putt for an 8. Just stood there and laughed like crazy." -- Greg Dobson

8. "Earlier this month on a par 4 I hit my second shot into the water. After a drop I hit a choked wedge 95 yards that hit just short and right of the hole, it bounced once and spun left into the hole for a par. I just stood there laughing." -- Jim Benjamin

7. "Shot even par for the first time this year!! Not only the highlight of my year but of my life!" -- Karl Groeger

6. "Sunk a 50-yard roll with a putter from well in front of the No. 16 green at Hazeltine National. Yep -- a 150-foot putt." -- Ruth Travis

5. "While playing an uphill par 5 on Roanoke Country Club in NC, I hit a big drive. My second shot was the best 3-iron I ever hit... to a blind hole. When we reached the summit my ball was nowhere to be found. After searching the grid with no luck, my Dad reached in the hole saying I found it! Double eagle." -- Mike Cooper

4. "Have been playing golf for 13 years and had no hole in ones prior to 2015, where I had my first 2 hole in ones, 40 days apart from each other! My second one was the last shot I hit while living in Arkansas before moving to Denver!" -- Scott Crawford

3. "Qualified for the 2016 Senior PGA! First professional major!" -- Clark Spratlin

2. "Watching my 9-year-old win the local Drive, Chip and Putt... priceless." -- Mark Reardon

1. "I played five rounds of golf last week with my brother who is battling cancer. He drove 850 miles to visit (golf) with me for the week." -- Pete Vassello  

December 17, 2015 - 11:18am
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Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth
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Asked by a fan who would win a wrestling match between himself and Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy offered up this priceless reply: "Me, obviously. [Spieth] might win the putting competition though."

On Thursday, Rory McIlroy took to Facebook for a video chat with fans from the Facebook Dublin office.

You can see the entire video below, but of note was this gem when a fan asked McIlroy who would win a wrestling match between he and world No. 1 Jordan Spieth," "Me, obviously. [Spieth] might win the putting competition though."

 

Thanking my 1m fans!

Posted by Rory McIlroy on Thursday, December 17, 2015

 

San Antonio Spurs Kiss Cam
San Antonio Spurs via Twitter
Every now and then, a Kiss Cam couple catches our attention, usually for a smooch attempt that turns into a disaster.
 
I'm not a big fan of those Kiss Cams at sporting events, mostly because we've already seen just about everything we're gonna see. Heck, even President and Mrs. Obama have been on Kiss Cam.
 
Every now and then, though, a Kiss Cam couple still catches our attention, usually for a smooch attempt that turns into a disaster. Such was the case Monday night at the Clippers-Spurs game, where Kyle Collins – the assistant men's golf coach at the University of Texas-San Antonio – and his girlfriend found themselves on camera during the pregame warm-ups.
 
 
The couple smiled and waved to the camera, but – as you can see in the video below – that was about as far as things went because, clearly, one of them is not a fan of the ol' PDA. Finally, though, the camera crew pulled out their secret weapon – they superimposed some mistletoe on their shot – and the valiant Collins finally got his kiss.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After almost nine decades of playing golf, Joe Sepic's game is really rounding into form.
 
Sepic, 98, made his second hole-in-one last week, when he rolled a 3-wood shot into the cup on the 115-yard, par-3 second hole at the Cypress Links Golf Course in St. Petersburg, Fla. Coincidentally, he got his first ace on the same hole back on March 13, 2012, at age 94.
 
That first hole-in-one was a long time coming – 84 years, to be precise.
 
 
Sepic began playing golf at age 12 – back in 1929 – near Pittsburgh, and has hit the links almost every week since then. In fact, when he retied at age 62 and moved to Florida, he said his goal was to play as much golf as possible. 
 
He now plays twice a week and, according to The Tampa Bay Times, still plays from the white tees rather than the senior tees at the 27-hole Cypress Links facility. And until he injured an ankle a few years ago, he always walked and never used a cart.
 
With his second ace under his belt, Sepic says, his goal now is to become the oldest player to ever record a hole-in-one – the existing record was set last year by a 103-year-old.
 
He's got a few years to go before he can pursue that goal but, he told the newspaper, "hopefully, it won't take me another 90 years."
 
Tom Watson
Tom Watson waves to the crowd after his final Open Championship last summer.

Instagram gave golf fans plenty of gifts in 2015.

There were the requisite selfies with trophies.

Some now-classic moments from the year's major championships.

And no shortage of behind-the-scenes snapshots from our favorite players.

We've narrowed down our favorites to the Top 10.

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10. Jordan Spieth with the lead, all the way.

Spieth's wire-to-wire performance would be a sign of a career-defining year to come.

 

@jordanspieth leads wire-to-wire to win his first green jacket.

A photo posted by PGA.com (@pgacom) on

   

 

9. A little thing called back-to-back majors.

After winning the Masters, the major Spieth has said he most wanted to win, he went on to capture the U.S. Open title at Chambers Bay by a one-stroke margin.

 

@jordanspieth is the 1st player to win @themasters and #USOpen in the same year since @tigerwoods in 2002.

A photo posted by PGA.com (@pgacom) on

 

8. The ruptured ligament heard around the world.

While playing a pick-up soccer game with friends, Rory McIlroy injured his ankle, taking him out of contention for the Open Championship and putting a damper on much of the rest of his year.

 

7. Fairwell to a champion.

Tom Watson won the Open Championship five times in his career. He would play his final rounds at St. Andrews, a fitting end at the Home of Golf.

 

The five time champion crosses Swilcan Bridge one last time.

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6. The beginning of a beautiful (social media) friendship.

In what would become the longest Open Championship to date, Zach Johnson claimed the Claret Jug after a three-man playoff.

 

Eight years after winning the green jacket, Zach Johnson adds the Claret Jug to his trophy case.

A photo posted by PGA.com (@pgacom) on

 

5. This is how you do a practice round ahead of a major.

Jordan Spieth took full advantage of his practice time at Whistling Straits. Despite his eventual loss to Jason Day, his gracious reaction of "the best loss I've ever had" would become a highlight of its own.

 

Check out @JordanSpieth having fun at #WhistlingStraits today (via @JustinThomas34 on Twitter).

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4. Day wins.

Jason Day summed up his first major this way: "I knew today was going to be tough, but I didn't realize how tough it was going to be."

 

Hard work pays off #Respect #PGAChamp

A photo posted by PGA.com (@pgacom) on

 

3. A Solheim Cup comeback for the ages.

It would come down to the singles matches. But the U.S. team rallied for a one-point victory and its first win in Europe since 2009.

 

2. Well played, Mr. Spieth.

They were just strolling through a practice round at East Lake. Then Jordan Spieth showed off his photobomb skills.

 

A photo bomb to remember from @jordanspieth at the @playofffinale. Nice one, Mr. Spieth!

A photo posted by PGA.com (@pgacom) on

 

1. Now on the range, Dash Day.

Dash Day has won over crowds on more than one 18th green. He's also showing off his golf game, just like dad.

 

Like father, like son. (Via Ellie Day on Twitter) #DashDay

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Check out more of our Best of 2015 picks:

PGA Championship at Whistling Straits | Animal encounters | Trick shots

Blue Wahoos' award
Bubba Watson via Twitter
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, of which Bubba Watson is a part-owner, won the Southern League's prestigious Organization of the Year Award.
 
Bubba Watson won an award the other day, and it had nothing to do with golf or philanthropy, two areas in which he excels. Minor League Baseball's Pensacola Blue Wahoos, of which Watson is a part-owner, was honored as the Southern League's Organization of the Year.
 
Watson shared a shot of the award – which names him, his co-owners and the club's top officials – on social media Tuesday night. The Blue Wahoos won the award in Watson's first season as a part-owner.
 
Watson grew up in Bagdad, Florida, about 20 miles from where the Wahoos play their home games, threw out the first pitch at a Wahoos game in 2014, and bought into the franchise last January. He talked about buying into the team in this video interview.
 
 
The Wahoos were selected for this prestigious honor in a vote of the Southern League's general managers. The team, which joined the AA circuit in 2012, recently was chosen as the "Best View in MiLB," and welcomed its millionth fan during the 2015 season.
 
"Watson made multiple appearances in Pensacola this season, only adding to the fan experience when he jumped on a dunk tank to support local charity," according to a story on the Blue Wahoos' site announcing the award. "The Blue Wahoos have fully ingrained itself with the local community and have provided the springboard to grow the downtown Pensacola area into a popular destination."
 
Way to go, Bubba. And way to go, 'Hoos.