July 20, 2015 - 8:45am
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson was enjoying a fine final round at the Open Championship... until his tee shot on the Road Hole settled on a second-floor balcony of the Old Course Hotel.

No guts, no glory. That's been the way that Phil Mickelson has approached the game for so many years and it's why we love him.

That approach, however, can sometimes come back to bite Mickelson.

Like today in the final round of the Open Championship.

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Mickelson was two shots off the lead at 10 under as he made his way to the Road Hole -- No. 17 at St. Andrews (more than an hour before the 54-hole leaders were scheduled to tee off).

Realizing he likely needed two birdies to close to have any chance whatsoever at a second Claret Jug, Mickelson took an aggressive line off the tee and the result wasn't good.

Here it is -- Mickelson's drive on one of the most famous holes in golf sailing so far right that it comes to rest on a second-floor balcony at the adjacent Old Course Hotel:

 

Mickelson would make triple-bogey 7 on the hole to drop back to 3 under for the day and 7 under for the tournament. 

Mickelson's drive on Road Hole finds Old Course Hotel balcony
July 19, 2015 - 12:09pm
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Eddie Pepperell
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England's Eddie Pepperell was cruising along in the third round of the Open Championship at St. Andrews on Sunday... until he reached the Road Hole and his tee shot hit the roof of the Old Course Hotel.

The Road Hole at St. Andrews has claimed many victims through the years. From tee to green, it's arguably the most difficult hole in golf.

England's Eddie Pepperell learned that the hard way in the third round of the Open Championship on Sunday.

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Pepperell was 8 under for the day when he reached the 17th tee.

And then, this happened:

 

That's right -- a tee shot into the roof of the Old Course Hotel. Man, tough break.

Pepperell made double bogey on the hole and finished with a 6-under 66 to get to 8 under for the tournament.

He at least had a good sense of humor about the mishap:

Golfer's tee shot hits roof of Old Course Hotel
July 19, 2015 - 11:29am
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Retief Goosen
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Retief Goosen couldn't have expected to hole this eagle putt. But he did.

There must be a deal on birdies at St. Andrews today, because everyone is getting them.

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Maybe the birdie line was too long for Retief Goosen though. The two-time U.S. Open champ instead went out and picked himself up an eagle with this monstrous putt on the fifth hole:

 

Not bad at all. That eagle helped Goosen to a 33 on the front nine and at the time of this post, he was one off the lead at 9 under.

Goosen holes long, long putt for unlikely eagle
July 19, 2015 - 8:34am
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Andy Sullivan
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Playing the par-4 14th hole at St. Andrews on Sunday in the third round of the Open Championship, England's Andy Sullivan made a dazzling eagle-3.

England's Andy Sullivan made easy work of the par-5 14th hole in the third round of the Open Championship at St. Andrews on Sunday.

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Check out Sullivan's hole-out for eagle:

That got Sullivan to 4 under for the day and 5 under for the tournament. 

England's Sullivan holes out for eagle
July 18, 2015 - 4:09pm
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July 18, 2015 - 2:16pm
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Daniel Brooks
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Daniel Brooks of England may not make the cut in the Open Championship, but he'll have a St. Andrews memory to savor forever after an ace at the par-3 11th hole on Saturday.

Putting hasn't been fun today at St. Andrews during the weather-plagued second round of the Open Championship.

Early in the day -- before an over 10-hour delay -- balls were blowing off the greens.

The best way to get around that? Don't putt.

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How do you do that, you wonder?

Just do what England's Daniel Brooks did on the 163-yard, par-3 11th hole -- ace it.

 

It was the 25th ace in the Open since 1981 and the third at St. Andrews over that time. It was the first at St. Andrews since Tim Simpson turned the trick in 1990.

The hole-in-one got Brooks back to even for the day, but he'll have work to do to make the cut at 4-over total. 

Hole-in-one: England's Brooks aces 11th hole at St. Andrews