May 18, 2017 - 10:49am
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T.J. Auclair
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On Monday night, a bolt of lightning struck a hole-in-one on the 13th green of a Minnesota golf course and left a lasting impression.

Electricity and golf don't mix.

The latest example comes from Stonebrooke Golf Club in Shakopee, Minn. On Monday night, the club's 13th green -- 13th, imagine that -- was struck by a bolt of lightning that sure left a mark.

Check it out (h/t Golf.com):

Yikes.

Stuff like this should be a reminder that you should never tempt fate when the weather turns on the course, no matter how well you're playing. 

Lightning strikes 13th green at Minnesota golf course
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Whenever Players Championship week rolls around, you can be sure there will be plenty of water balls at the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass. Last week was no exception.

The world's best golfers are so much better than the rest of us that it almost isn't fair.

The raw talent is amazing, but of course they also put in hours and hours and hours honing their skills.

As spectacular as they are, isn't at least a little fun to see them struggle sometimes? We don't say that to be mean, it's just a fact. It's relatable.

"Oh! Look what Joe PGA Tour pro just did! I've done that!"

Well... here is a video we can all relate to.

Last week at the Players Championship, a total of 69 golf balls found the water at the famous par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

Here are all the shots from the final round that met a watery grave:

 

Watch all final-round shots that found the water on No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass in The Players
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A golfer from Jacksonville University went to extreme lengths -- stripped down and jumped into a pond -- to try and retrieve a ball he accidentally dropped on Wednesday. He didn't find it.

The Rules of Golf can be something else, man.

Jacksonville University senior David Wicks learned that the hard way on Wednesday at the Baton Rouge Regional, when his team punched its ticket to the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history.

From www.news4jax.com:

The day reached a tipping point on the fourth hole, the 13th hole of the day for David Wicks. The senior from Bexhill, England, picked up his ball after his first putt finished around three feet from the hole and placed it in his pocket. While waiting for the other golfers in his group to finish their putts, Wicks backed up towards the bunker, which has a lake just behind it. Wicks went to pull his scorecard out of his pocket, and as he reached for the card his ball fell out of his pocket, kicked off his shoe, and fell into the lake. NCAA rules state that a golfer must find their personal ball in order to continue the hole without any penalty. Wicks stripped down to his underwear and dove in with a five-minute time limit.

"David probably found 20 balls in the stretch of five minutes, but he never could find his," said Blackburn. "It was just a stroke of bad luck. After the five minute period ended the rules officials gave him a two-stroke penalty, which really could've hampered our comeback. But David rebounded, finishing the day with five straight pars to keep us in the race."

There was even video of the ordeal:

Now that's what you call taking one for the team.

Luckily the trip to the NCAAs was the silver lining for Wicks and his Dolphins teammates.

The 42nd-ranked Dolphins trailed by 10 strokes going into the final round, but won a sudden-death tiebreak playoff over No. 29 Northwestern for the fifth and final spot in the NCAA Championships.

A similar situation played out at the 2004 Players Championship.

Ian Poulter marked his ball on the fourth green at TPC Sawgrass and accidentally tossed it into the water behind him.

A trainer, Kam Bhabra, jumped into the water and was able to retrieve Poulter's ball.

College golfer strips down, attempts to retrieve ball he accidentally dropped in water
May 17, 2017 - 1:35pm
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An albatross is one of the rarest shots in golf. Here's a look at 9 instances where that shot was caught on video.

Whether you call it an "albatross" or a "double eagle" can we just agree that it's an awesome shot to behold?

Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello was the latest golfer to make a rare "2" on a par 5 when he turned the trick at the 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the Players Championship on Sunday.

Remarkably, it was the first time in tournament history that a player has made a deuce on that hole.

It got us thinking: What are some of the best albatrosses caught on camera through the years?

Here are nine:

9. Adam Scott on the eighth hole during the Lakes Australian Open in 2011:

8. Graeme McDowell during the 2007 Volvo Masters at Valderrama in Spain, host site of the 1997 Ryder Cup:

7. Jason Gore, from 250 yards out on the par-5 18th hole at Torrey Pines South during the third round of the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open:

6. Rafa Cabrera Bello on No. 16 at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the 2017 Players Championship:

5. John Senden on the second hole at TPC Boston in the second round of the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship:

4. Bart Bryant holes out from 195 yards to tie for the 36-hole lead at the 2015 Allianz Championship:

3. Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole at Augusta National in the final round of the 2012 Masters:

2. Bob Gilder on the 18th hole at Westchester Country Club in Round 3 of the 1982 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic:

1. This is our favorite. A 17-year-old named Christopher Meyers makes a "2" on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach to win the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open... believed to be the only albatross on No. 18 in a tournament in Pebble Beach's 98-year history:

9 times an albatross (double eagle) was caught on camera