March 19, 2017 - 5:24pm
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Adam Hadwin
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Adam Hadwin's tee shot at Bay Hill's par-3 17th made a beeline for the hole on Sunday. The flagstick, however, prevented the ball from dropping in the hole for an ace.

Canadian Adam Hadwin has been dialed in lately. He won for the first time in his PGA Tour career last weekend in the Valspar Championship and carried the momentum over to Bay Hill this week.

If it's possible to be "unlucky" for not snatching an ace, then Hadwin is now the posterboy.

Check out this tee shot Hadwin hit on the 17th hole at Bay Hill on Sunday in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

It hits the green, tracks for the hole the entire way and then...

Rejection! How does that not go in?!

Hard to feel bad for a guy who has already carded a 59 and won a tournament already this year, but the Golf Gods did him wrong on that shot.
 

Adam Hadwin's potential ace gets rejected by flagstick
March 19, 2017 - 5:07pm
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Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy didn't let a little try trouble get in the way of a sensational birdie at the par-5 16th on Sunday.

On Sunday at Bay Hill, it appears Rory McIlroy is picking up right where he left off with Saturday's 7-under 65 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

McIlroy has played aggressive golf all day with a handful of drives over 360 yards -- including one that went 383 yards.

His birdie at the par-5 16th hole put him at 4 under for the day and gave him a share of the lead at 10 under.

McIlroy was behind a tree at 16 after his tee shot, but check out how he navigated his way around the tree and then the brilliant pitch that set up the birdie:

Pulling out all the stops just like Arnold Palmer would.
 

Rory McIlroy makes ridiculous birdie at Bay Hill's 16th
March 19, 2017 - 3:11pm
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Marc Leishman
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Professionals often times make birdies look easy. Marc Leishman's ball made this one look like a lot of work.

Marc Leishman had a birdie try from about 15 feet at the par-5 fourth hole in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on Sunday.

He put a good stroke on the putt, but the ball decided to take the scenic route before eventually dropping in for a birdie:

A 360 into the cup. That'll do.

Marc Leishman's ball does 360 before dropping in the cup
March 19, 2017 - 1:45pm
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Zach Johnson
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Just when it looked like a bunker shot by Zach Johnson was going to zoom past the hole, it hit the ball of Johnson's playing partner and redirected its path right into the hole for a birdie.

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

Zach Johnson, a two-time major winner, is no doubt good (better than most, in fact).

But on Bay Hill's 17th hole in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, Johnson was extremely lucky.

Plugged in a greenside bunker after his tee shot at the par 3, Johnson blasted out. The ball had some serious pace and looked as though it would run well past the hole.

Instead, it hit the ball of Johnson's playing partner, Byeong Hun An, took a sharp left and dropped directly into the center of the cup for an unlikely birdie:

Johnson will take it.

As cool as that was, nothing comes close to touching the bank-shot ace Louis Oosthuizen made in the final round of the Masters a year ago:

I mean, come on.
 

Zach Johnson banks bunker shot off playing partner's ball and into the hole
March 18, 2017 - 6:05pm
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Charley Hoffman
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In a situation where he happily would have taken a par following a wayward tee shot, Charley Hoffman instead made an improbable birdie on the 18th hole at Bay Hill on Saturday to grab a share of the 54-hole lead.

Charley Hoffman was in trouble after his tee shot on Bay Hill's par-4 18th hole was pulled left.

Fighting some tree trouble, Hoffman pulled off an excellent punch shot that ended up just on the front edge of the green.

Even from there, however, a two-putt was a tall order.

Not for Hoffman though. Forget all that. He went ahead and knocked down the 71-footer for birdie to snag a share of the 54-hole lead at 11 under with Kevin Kisner.

Here it is:

Dinner sure is going to taste better tonight for Hoffman. That birdie at 18 made it three in a row to end the day. 

Charley Hoffman holes 71-footer to close out round
March 18, 2017 - 3:27pm
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Emiliano Grillo
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The sixth hole at Bay Hill features a lake along the left side. On Saturday, that body of water claimed two of Emiliano Grillo's golf balls and then he gave it his club too.

Emiliano Grillo was cruising along at Bay Hill on Saturday.

At 7 under, he was just two shots off the lead when he stepped to the tee at the par-5 sixth hole.

That's where the wheels came off.

Grillo, winner of the Frys.com Open in 2015 and who finished 11th in the 2015-16 FedExCup standings, hit two balls in the water at No. 6 and then tossed his 3-iron in:

 

Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson put it best:

 

 

Grillo eventually found the green and two-putted for a quadruple-bogey 9 to drop back to 3 under.

Ouch.

To his credit, Grillo bounced back with a birdie at the par-3 seventh to get to 4 under. 

After two water balls, Emiliano Grillo tosses club into water too