May 8, 2015 - 11:30am
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Needing a birdie on his final hole -- a 329-yard par 4 -- to make the cut on the European Tour Friday, Spain's Javi Colomo did two better than that with the Tour's first-ever ace on a par 4.

For touring professionals, hovering around the cut line late on a Friday afternoon is no fun.

Playing the 329-yard, par-4 ninth hole -- his 18th of the day -- in the second round of the AFRASIA Bank Mauritius Open on the European Tour Friday at Heritage Golf Club, Spain's Javi Colomo needed a birdie to make the cut.

Talk about pressure.

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Colomo put a mighty lash on the ball with his driver. Seconds later, his round was over and he safely made the cut -- he didn't need to hit a second shot, or a putt... Colomo aced the hole to record the first hole-in-one in the history of the European Tour, an albatross, for a 2-under 69.

Here's some of what he told EuropeanTour.com:

 

"It's the first time in my life I hit an unbelievable driver, very high with a little cut," said Colomo.

"I tried to stop the ball on the green and the ball found the hole. I needed a birdie to make the cut, double eagle is just fantastic.

"I did a good job for 36 holes -- I deserved to play the weekend. After the three putt on eight, I was very angry. I thought I could hit a good driver and make eagle or birdie."

In the history of the PGA Tour, there has only been one ace on a par 4. Andrew Magee turned the trick with a hole-in-one on the par-4 17th hole at TPC Scottsdale in 2001, when his ball actually ricocheted off the putter of Tom Byrum up ahead on the green.

In a pro-am for the McGladrey Classic last year, Jason Kokrak scored an ace on a 409-yard par 4, but it's considered "unofficial" as it did not come during the course of the tournament.

We're hoping video of Colomo's awesome feat will surface soon. 

Colomo's feat stole the spotlight from Thorbjorn Olesen, who made five birdies in six holes to open a one-shot lead. 
 
Olesen's run of birdies from No. 4 to No. 9 propelled him to 9-under 133 overall, and the second-round lead at Heritage Golf Club on the Indian Ocean island. It's the Dane's first tournament in three months after hand surgery. 
 
Olesen leads Pelle Edberg (66) halfway through the new, tri-sanctioned European, Asian and South African tour event. Thomas Aiken (66), Dean Burmester (68) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (67) were tied for third, another shot back. 
 
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the Race to Dubai's highest-ranked player in Mauritius, withdrew after an opening-round 77. 
 
Olesen shared the first-round lead with Wang Jeung-hun and Carlos Pigem, and despite some early progress from Pigem, claimed it for himself with another strong day. It didn't start too strong, with bogeys on his first and third holes, but Olesen recovered for that clutch of birdies at the back end of his opening nine. 
 
Sweden's Edberg moved into contention with an eagle and four birdies to move up 12 places. 
 
Aiken holed a long uphill putt for the first of three birdies in his last four holes, to join fellow South African Burmester and England's Fitzpatrick in the pack chasing Edberg and Olesen. 
 
George Coetzee, the highest-ranked player at the tournament, carded six birdies and two bogeys, good enough to move up into an eight-way tie for sixth, four shots behind Olesen. 
 
The Associated Press contributed to this post.
 
European Tour player aces par-4 final hole to make cut
May 8, 2015 - 9:49am
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Perhaps hoping for some good karma at the Players Championship this week, Robert Streb had his 60-degree wedge stamped to display the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

As we've seen over the last few years, players have gotten extremely creative when it comes to the look of their wedges. For this week at the Players Championship, I don't think anyone is topping Robert Streb's 60-degree wedge when it comes to the "coolness" factor.

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Check out this tweet by Titleist, showing off Streb's lob wedge, which features the famous par-3 17th hole:

 

How cool is that?

The 17th was kind to Streb on Thursday, when he escaped with a par on his way to a 2-under 70.

Nobody's wedge at the Players is cooler than Streb's
Jason Bohn
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Jason Bohn had the pleasure of picking his ball out of the cup without even having to putt it in on Thursday at The Players Championship.
 
To hear the TV announcers describe it, Thursday's pin placement on the par-4 sixth hole at The Players Championship was downright diabolical. The hole was way in the back of the green, Golf Channel analyst Nick Faldo told us, and was guarded by a ridge on the left and a hump on the right.
 
Jason Bohn's tee shot left him on the far left side of the fairway, 134 away from that intimidating flagstick. But he didn't worry about no stinkin' humps or ridges.
 
 
Instead, he sent his approach shot skyward, then watched it land a few feet away from the flag and hop twice to the left – and into the cup. Easy-peasy.
 
Bohn put together a solid 71, but the eagle on the 393-yard par 4 was the highlight of his day. Take a look – it's a thing of beauty:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jason Bohn drains eagle from 134 yards out at Players Championship
May 7, 2015 - 1:29pm
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Brooks Koepka's first round in the Players Championship on Thursday was one he won't soon forget, both for how good it was at times and how bad it was at times.

The first round of the Players Championship was a colorful one for Brooks Koepka at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday.

Koepka, winner of the Waste Management Open earlier this season, is teeing it up in his first Players Championship this week. No doubt, it'll be a while before he forgets his debut which at times was sensational and -- at other times -- downright dreadful.

Playing the back nine first, Koepka opened with a bogey, but bounced right back with a birdie on No. 11. After pars on 12 and 13, things got, well, a little insane.

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Koepka lost his tee shot on the par-4 14th hole. That led to a double bogey to go 2 over for the round. He quickly canceled out the double with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16.

Then, like it does for a lot of players at TPC Sawgrass, things got ugly at the par-3 17th. After hitting his tee ball and his penalty drop shots both in the water, Koepka was finally on the green in five shots and two-putted for a quadruple-bogey 7.

The bleeding didn't stop there. Kopeka, on the difficult par-4 18th hole, hit his third shot in the water from 141 yards out. On the green in five, Koepka three-putted for a quadruple-bogey 8 and an outward 8-over 44. In the span of two holes, he went from even par to 8 over.

With a bogey at the first hole -- his ninth of the day -- Koepka went to 9 over.

Ever the competitor, he went on to birdie three out of his next five holes and then parred the final two for an inward 2-under 34 and a 6-over 78 total.

It's not often pros have six birdies on the card and shoot a 78.

Sure, not the greatest start in the world, but a heck of a bounce back for Koepka who certainly did not pack it in.

Here's a look at the card:

 

Wild first round for Koepka at Players Championship
May 7, 2015 - 12:57pm
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Here's a look back to the 2001 Players Championship when Tiger Woods holed arguably the best putt ever struck during the tournament on the 17th green.

Over the years, there have been countless great shots hit at TPC Sawgrass during the Players Championship.

A couple of days ago, I referenced back to the Fred Couples "hole-in-three" at the par-3 17th, when after hitting his initial tee shot in the water in 1999, Couples re-teed and proceeded to hole-out for the most unlikely of pars.

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Another shot -- on that very same hole -- that immediately comes to mind during Players Championship week is the famous "better than most" putt, called by announcer Gary Koch, struck by Tiger Woods on his way to winning the tournament for the first time in 2001.

Here's another look at that magnificent putt:

Woods, who won the last time he played at TPC Sawgrass in 2013, tees off for the first round of the Players Championship this afternoon at 1:49 along with Martin Kaymer and Adam Scott.

 

Looking back: Tiger's 'better than most' putt