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TaylorMade and Star Wars
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In a galaxy far, far away, this TaylorMade golf ball became a movie star.
Finally, it's here. The new "Star Wars" movie – its official name is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" – premieres tonight. And the world of golf, like worlds throughout our solar system, are getting in on the fun.
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Just remember, StormTroopers are people too. #starwars

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The things we will do for our spouse... @jimmywalkerpga remember this next time I ask for a horse! #nicebuns

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December 17, 2015 - 4:10pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Tiger Woods
The birdie chip that Tiger Woods made at the 16th hole in the final round of the 2005 Masters on his way to victory might be his most famous shot to date. Thanks to some special effects, a Reddit user reimagines the shot without one key element: the ball.

In a career filled with dramatic highlights, it's difficult to pick out just one shot by Tiger Woods that stands above the rest.

But, ask 100 people and chances are a good number of them would agree that if you had to pick one shot, it would be the chip on the par-3 16th at Augusta National that Woods hit in the final round of the 2005 Masters, which he would go on to win.

You remember the shot. Tiger aimed left, about 25 feet above the hole before delivering the sweetest chip shot these eyes have ever seen. The Nike ball stopped right on the edge of the hole while Woods, caddie Steve Williams and all the gathered patrons held their collective breath before the ball died into the cup for birdie.

Well, Luke Kerr-Dineen over at USA Today's For the Win golf blog found Reddit user Randysgoiter, who put an interesting spin on of the most famous shots in golf history.

So what did Randysgoiter do? He took the ball out of the video.

Check it out here:


It almost looks as though Woods and the patrons are rehearsing what they would do in the unlikely event that Woods were to execute the shot to perfection in the tournament.

Well, he did. Here it is with the ball:


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 Facebook Nation.

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

2015 BEST OFS: Celebrities | Animal encounters | PGA Championship videos

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
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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."