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Bud Cauley
Bud Cauley is congratulated by Tom Watson after making a hole-in-one on No. 18 Sunday.

Greenbrier's Old White TPC was the place for a pair of aces in Sunday's final round.

First, George McNeill -- who had strung together four consecutive birdies -- made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 234-yard eighth hole. Here's a virtual representation of McNeill's shot, and his scorecard at the time:

 

 

Less than an hour later, Bud Cauley stepped up to the teeing ground at No. 18, and here's what happened:

 

 

A walk-off 1 on the final hole of the tournament, completing a round of 6-under 64, and even more special, a handshake from golfing legend Tom Watson, who happened to witness the shot. Here's Cauley's tweet afterward:

 

Ian Poulter
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Ian Poulter and son Luke take in the Formula 1 race Sunday from Silverstone.

It shouldn't be a surprise that PGA Tour golfers love to follow other sports when they're not on the course.

Several got up early Sunday to watch the men's singles final at Wimbledon. Others have shown an interest in the World Cup. And then there's Ian Poulter.

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Poulter loves cars. And so instead of trying to get a practice round in before the Open Championship later this month, Poulter and son Luke went to Silverstone to watch the Formula 1 race.

Check out some of his tweets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got to love a guy who loves speed. One word of warning, however. If you ever get a chance to play with Ian Poulter, it's best not to let him drive the golf cart.

Oliver Goss
Oliver Goss' ball teeters near the edge of the cup Saturday at the Par-3 18th hole.

Oliver Goss is a native of Australia, played collegiate golf at Tennessee, was runner-up at the 2013 U.S. Amateur and was the only amateur to make the cut at the 2014 Masters. The 20-year-old turned pro after the 2014 U.S. Open, missed the cut at the Travelers and was tied for the lead at the midway point of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional last weekend.

So he's pretty good. How good? Watch how close Goss comes to recording his first professional ace on the 18th hole Saturday at Greenbrier:

 

 

You would think gravity would have come to Goss' rescue. Or at least sheer momentum. Instead, the tap-in birdie makes up for the bogey he made the hole before and leaves Goss with an excellent way to finish up a 2-under 68 for the third round.

 

Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker drains a 41-foot boomerang for birdie Saturday at Greenbrier.

Steve Stricker hasn't decided whether he'll make the trip across the pond for the Open Championship in 10 days. But after dropping a 41-footer for a birdie on the first hole Saturday at Greenbrier, Strick just might have made up his mind.

Watch how much this putt breaks left to right. From this camera angle, the hole is actually just past Stricker's right elbow when he lines up:

Dead center in the heart of the cup for a birdie, and a high-five to boot. That's the way you'd like to start off a round.

Jack Nicklaus at Wimbledon
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Jack Nicklaus and Rod Laver enjoy the gentlemen's singles semifinals Friday at Wimbledon.

What did you do for Independence Day? Play a little golf? Watch some fireworks? Go on a picnic? Fire up the grill? 

Jack Nicklaus didn't get a chance to do any of that, but his Fourth of July was definitely memorable. Nicklaus spent Friday afternoon in London, watching the gentlemen's singles tennis semifinals at Wimbledon from the royal box with tennis legend Rod "The Rocket" Laver.

Check it out:

 

 

Hot dogs and apple pie or strawberries and cream. Either way, having a conversation with two of the biggest stars of their respective sports in the 1960s would have been an amazing way to spend July 4th.

Bubba Watson's July 4th golf shoes
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Bubba Watson will wear a special Stars and Stripes-festooned pair of golf shoes on the 4th of July.

A lot of golfers wear special-edition products over the course of a season. One of the coolest things we've seen this year is the pair of shoes that Bubba Watson will wear Friday at the Greenbrier Classic.

These Fourth of July beauties are a Stars and Stripes version of the Oakley Carbon Pro 2 shoes that Watson has been wearing this year – he won the Masters in a pair three months ago.

The Carbon Pro 2 is the top of Oakley's golf shoe line. It features a waterproof full-grain leather upper with a compression-molded EVA chassis with Oakley's Red Code cushioning foam and an Ortholite foam insole. Inside are Oakley's Dynamic Motion Control and Coreflex Technology for comfort and flexibility.

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The shoes feature an antimicrobial treatment to fight odor, and have a full TPU plated outsole with PINS system cleat inserts. They carry a two-year limited waterproof warranty and carry a suggested retail price of $200.

This Stars and Stripes version looks like a special edition not for public sale, but the standard models come in black, white and an ivory treatment with gray and orange accents.