Frank Esposito
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PGA Professional Frank Esposito has earned two of the biggest victories of his career in a span of less than two weeks.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a golfer who's had a better nine days than PGA Professional Frank Epsosito Jr. About the only one who can come close is PGA Professional Jeff Coston.
 
On Friday, Esposito – the PGA Head Professional at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, New Jersey – won the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament, finishing with a 1-under 71 for an 11-under 277 total for a clear-cut four-shot victory at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla.
 
Grant Waite of New Zealand finished second, while Coston – the PGA teaching professional at Semiahmoo Golf Resort in Blaine, Washington – tied for third with Jerry Smith. 
 
Another veteran tour player, Rod Spittle of Canada, finished fifth, and those five players all are fully exempt on the 2015 Champions Tour.
 
For the two PGA members, though, their success is even more impressive considering that their Champions Tour results mirror their finishes in last week's Senior PGA Professional National Championship – where Esposito, 51, won and Coston, 58, finished sixth on Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
 
That gave them one whole day to celebrate, make the trip up to the Orlando area and get ready to tee off on Tuesday.
 
"I've just caught fire for two weeks," Esposito said. "Once again, I hit the ball very, very well all week and controlled my distance with the irons. Even though the putter was a bit shaky today, I managed my way around the golf course pretty well."
 
Coincidentally, Esposito also finished with a 71 to win the Senior PGA Professional National Championship. And impressively, he slept on the third-round lead in both events and closed out both victories in steady style.
 
"Winning this is great, it really is," Esposito – the reigning New Jersey PGA Senior Player of the Year – said after his Senior PNC victory. "I didn't know what to expect, and it means a lot to me, especially out here."
 

Esposito won $30,000 for his medalist honors at Champions Tour Q-School to go with the $20,000 he earned at the Senior PGA Professional National Championship. 

Playing a full Champions Tour season will be a relatively new experience for Esposito, who played in the 2008 and 2014 PGA Championships as well as the 2014 Senior PGA Championship and Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Championship. Coston, by contrast, has plenty of tour experience – he played on the PGA Tour in 1985 and 1988, and spent 1991-1994 on the Ben Hogan and Nike Tour, which is now known as the Web.Com Tour. He's also played in multiple majors, and is a nine-time Pacific Northwest PGA Section Player of the Year.

PGA Professional Frank Esposito wins Champions Tour Q-School
November 21, 2014 - 3:09pm
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Thankful in golf
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It's never a bad idea to be thankful for having a PGA Professional as your instructor.

With the Thanksgiving season fully upon us, it's time to start thinking about everything we are thankful for. And your time out on the golf course can be included in that.

So we want to know what golf-related things are our readers are most thankful for. From an incredible shot, to a fantastic time with some great company or a score-saving tip that's helped your game, there are plenty of options. 

Here's what our readers had to say, and feel free to share yours. 

 

 

 

You're thankful for these golf experiences
November 21, 2014 - 12:11pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Rory McIlroy
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In the second round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Friday, this 3-wood shot from the middle of the fairway didn't go exactly as planned for Rory McIlroy. As you can see, there's a lot of turf behind that golf ball.

So here's the situation: You've just hit a perfect drive right down the pipe on a long par 5. You get to the ball, sitting beautifully in the fairway, and decide you're going to take a crack at going for it in two.

You take the headcover off the 3-wood, address the ball, take the club back and then... Oh no. Your club hits the turf eight inches behind the ball and you chunk it big time. You feel like an idiot.

Guess what? That even happens to the world's best player sometimes (never as often as it happens to you or me though).

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That's right -- in Friday's second round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, no less than Rory McIlroy hit that dreaded chunk 3-wood while he was sitting pretty in the fairway.

Here it is since we understand you need to see it to believe it:

The difference between you, me and Rory? He still parred the hole and managed to shoot a 2-under 70 that sends him to the weekend two shots behind leader Henrik Stenson.

 

Oh, and here's how McIlroy explained the shot to reporters after the round: "It was a fat, low, duck-hook runner that was not intentional."

Great sense of humor.

Even Rory McIlroy chunks his three-wood sometimes
November 21, 2014 - 10:28am
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meltdown
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It's been said that golf is 90 percent mental -- which is why it's surprising that more people don't lose their mind like this guy when things go wrong.

Golf is a game for ladies and gentlemen.

However, we'd all be lying if we didn't come clean and admit how much fun it is to see a meltdown on the course sometimes -- so long as no one gets hurt. Of course, it's not so funny if we're the one melting down.

But a fellow playing partner? It just doesn't get any funnier, does it?

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In that spirit, we think we may have found the golf course meltdown to end all golf course meltdowns.

Below is a video posted to Facebook by a Swedish guy named Patrik Vesterlund. It captures an incredible scene on a golf course in Sweden where another man absolutely loses his mind after a shot doesn't exactly play out the way he envisioned.

Check it out:

 

Loose translation: "What happens when a golf shot doesn't go as planned."

Wow. Tens from all the judges! That said, this was staged, right? Had to be playing it up for the camera.

This video was apparently posted in March, but resurfaced this week.

h/t Golf News Net 

Golf shot goes wrong, leads to incredible meltdown
November 21, 2014 - 8:43am
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Shane Lowry
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Ireland's Shane Lowry, playing alongside Rory McIlroy, hit a perfect 7-iron from 183 yards in the DP World Tour Championship on Friday for his first career ace as a professional.

Ireland's Shane Lowry, a two-time European Tour winner, snagged his first hole-in-one as a professional in Dubai on Friday.

Lowry hit a 7-iron on the par-3 183-yard 13th hole at Jumeriah Golf Estate in the second round of the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Check it out:

You've got to love it when you ask the ball to, "be right," and it's just perfect.

Through two rounds, Lowry 7 under and is just three shots off Henrik Stenson's lead. 

Shane Lowry makes hole-in-one at DP World Tour Championship
November 20, 2014 - 10:19am
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Justin Rose
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After seeing Rory McIlroy's incredible leg workout on Wednesday, Justin Rose decided to share his own leg workout with the world -- to tease McIlroy.

Friends like to give each other a hard time. It's what being friends is all about, isn't it?

Well, top golfers who are also great friends are no exception. The only difference is that when they bust chops, it's out there for the whole world to see thanks to social media.

In some cases, a player will post something and it seems he's almost begging a friend to call him out.

That's precisely what happened yesterday.

My colleague, John Holmes, blogged last night about world No. 1 Rory McIlroy lifting a ridiculous amount of weight. You can see Rory's initial tweet here:

Very impressive and a nice inside look for fans on just how committed McIlroy is to fine-tuning his body off the course.

That said, it was only a matter of time before a friend chimed in to bust chops.

Enter Justin Rose, who posted his own leg workout to Instagram taking a playful jab at McIlroy (and probably envious of McIlroy's lifting ability):

 

@rorymcilroy I'll see your 400lbs and raise you 10! #Poker #GoBigOrGoHome

A photo posted by Justin Rose (@justinprose99) on

Love the note on Rose's post too: "@rorymcilroy I'll see your 400lbs and raise you 10! #Poker #GoBigOrGoHome" 

Great stuff. 

Rose takes playful jab at McIlroy's workout