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March 26, 2017 - 6:44pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Hit your ball next to an alligator and the reptile might just eat it as a couple of golfers in Florida learned over the weekend.

Why golfers mess with alligators, I'll never know.

Just last week, PGA Tour rookie Cody Gribble gave a gator a tail-pat at Bay Hill, sending it into the nearby lake.

Now, we have this video out of Cape Coral, Fla., from Fox 4.

Fox 4 reported that a couple of golfers ran into a gator on the third hole during their round on the Long Marsh course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club in Rotonda West, Fla., on Saturday.

According to Daniel McNamara, one of the golfers in the group, his playing partner's ball landed near the gator (definitely looks like it was intentionally tossed to us).

Here's what unfolded:

 

 

Leave the gators alone, people.

h/t Golf.com 

March 26, 2017 - 4:51pm
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Jon Rahm looks to be coming back to Earth in his championship match with Dustin Johnson at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship. But this par at the par-3 seventh, is one for the lowlight and the highlight reel.

Dustin Johnson and 22-year-old Jon Rahm have both impressively marched their way to the finals of the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship.

However, unlike his previous six matches, not much is going Rahm's way in the championship match against the world's No. 1-ranked player.

Through six holes, Johnson had already mounted a 4-up advantage.

Finally, at the par-3 seventh, Rahm managed to twist an embarrassing putt into one heck of a par... just what he needed to halve the hole and put the bleeding on hold.

As you'll see below, Rahm faced a massive birdie putt. He ran it so far past the hole that the ball actually ran off the green.

But from there...

Terrific par. 

March 26, 2017 - 4:20pm
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Hideto Tanihara
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Japan's Hideto Tanihara was all square in his consolation match with Bill Haas at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship on Sunday through six holes. But with a hole-in-one at the par-3 seventh, Tanihara quickly went 1 up.

If you hadn't heard of Japan's Hideto Tanihara before this week's WGC-Dell Match Play Championship at Austin Country Club in Texas, he's making sure you won't forget it.

After bowing out in the semifinals -- taking world No. 1 Dustin Johnson to the 18th hole for the first time all week -- Tanihara squared off against Bill Haas in the consolation match.

With the tilt all square through six holes, the pair reached the par-3 seventh. Haas teed off first and hit a decent shot.

Then it was Tanihara's turn. His tee shot was perfect... so much so he instantly snatched a 1-up advantage thanks to a hole-in-one -- just the fourth in tournament history:

Did you see how far that thing rolled? Talk about firm and fast greens.

What a shot.

March 26, 2017 - 12:18pm
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Jon Rahm
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In a week filled with epic drives at Austin Country Club's par-5 12th hole, Jon Rahm added another on Sunday with a smoked 426-yarder.

The 12th tee at Austin Country Club has been more like a launchpad at this week's WGC-Dell Match Play Championship.

Players are just absolutely nuking their drives on the par-5 hole.

In Sunday's semifinal match between Spain's Jon Rahm and Bill Haas, Rahm hammered his tee shot a blistering 426 yards.

After that amazing drive, Rahm had just 146 yards for his second shot. His club of choice for the approach? A gap wedge.

That's right -- a 569-yard par 5 and the player hits driver, gap wedge to roughly 15 feet.

Rahn would miss the eagle try, but cleaned up a 4-footer for birdie to halve the hall with Haas and keep the match all square (at the time).