FLORENCE, Italy (September 13, 2016) -- The Federazione Italiana Golf (FIG) and the Region of Tuscany acknowledged the 100th anniversary of the PGA of America by honoring CEO Peter Bavacqua at the 2016 US Italia Golf Invitational.

The tournament was hosted by famed tenor Andrea Bocelli and participants included such notables as Jim Anderson, President of Hazeltine Golf Club where the 2016 Ryder Cup will be held later this month.

“I have participated in a lot of golf events and recently came back from Rio where golf returned to the Olympics after 112 years,” stated Peter Bavacqua, CEO of the PGA of America. “The 2016 US Italia Golf Invitational in Tuscany has been one of the most memorable experiences and one I will never forget.”

The tournament program included a private celebrity gala at the Basilica of Santa Croce with performances by famed tenor Andrea Bocelli, The Voice winner Jordan Smith, and music producer David Foster. Other celebrity guests included Nicolas Cage, Evander Holyfield, Reba McIntire, and Stefano Ricci.

Proceeds from the tournament benefited the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammed Ali Parkinson Center. 

PGA of America CEO honored at 2016 US Italia Golf Invitational in Tuscany
September 13, 2016 - 1:13pm
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Eddie Wajda
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On Monday, Wisconsin junior Eddie Wajda made a hole-in-one during the second round of the Badger Invitational at University Ridge Golf Club's 220-yard, par-3 eighth hole, holing the shot on the fly.

Grab some popcorn, folks.

I'm not so sure there's ever a bad hole-in-one video, but what you're about to see might be one of the best ever.

On Monday, Wisconsin junior Eddie Wajda made a hole-in-one during the second round of the Badger Invitational at University Ridge Golf Club's 220-yard, par-3 eighth hole.

This wasn't just any ace, however. Wajda knocked it in on the fly. Slam dunk.

Check it out here (h/t GolfDigest.com):

Basically the only thing better than scoring a hole-in-one is scoring a hole-in-one with a video camera present. Luckily for Wajda, if anyone ever calls shenanigans on his slam dunk ace, he just needs to pull up the video captured by the Big Ten Network.

College golfer slam dunks tee shot for hole-in-one
UC Davis golf, ben corfee, cellphone light golf
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UC Davis golfer Ben Corfee was aided by the cell phone lights of teammates, competitors, coaches, and volunteers while trying to finish out his round in near darkness.

Some golf tournaments don't allow cellphones on their premises. If that were the case during The Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University Golf Club, then we wouldn't have had this dramatic finish.

Hat tip to Golfweek for bringing us the incredible story of Ben Corfee, a golfer from UC Davis who was trying to finish his second round of the day when darkness descended.

“It was getting pretty dark (when the final group was) on the 16th hole and the tournament committee allowed players from all groups to get shuttled in golf carts for the last three holes,” UC Davis head coach Cy Williams told Golfweek in an email, “so the guys were hustling to finish.”

By the time Corfee's group hit their approach shots onto the 18th green, it was far too dark to continue. His playing partners decided to wait until the next day to finish, but Corfee decided he wanted to finish out from 10 feet. With the help of cellphone flashlights from teammates, competitiors, coaches and volunteers, the green was lit with cellphone light.

 

 

And he did not disappoint, draining the putt.

 

The putt is reminiscent of the final putt of regulation from "The Greatest Game Ever Played," which opted for car headlights in lieu of iPhones, the round being played in 1913 and all. While I couldn't find a YouTube clip of that, here's one of my favorite moments involving golfer versus darkness. In this case, golfer won soundly.

 

 

 

Cellphone light helps college golfer finish in darkness
September 9, 2016 - 12:29pm
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Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth is one of those players who makes the short game look particularly easy (and it isn't). He displayed his expertise during the second round of the BMW Championship on Friday.

Jordan Spieth is a short-game wizard.

Playing the par-5 15th hole (his sixth of the day) at Crooked Stick in the second round of the BMW Championship on Friday, Spieth -- running a little hot after a double bogey on the hole prior -- was over the green, up by the bleachers and in the rough in two shots.

Not an ideal spot.

But, when you're Jordan Spieth, ideal or not... it doesn't matter.

Spieth went ahead and grabbed those two shots back -- thank you very much -- with this chip-in for eagle:

Yep. That'll work. That shot moved Spieth into a tie for seventh at 6 under.  

Jordan Spieth bounces back from double bogey with chip-in eagle
September 9, 2016 - 7:46am
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Phil Mickelson
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Phil Mickelson isn't afraid to attempt any kind of a golf shot. He proved that once again in the first round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick on Thursday with this remarkable recovery from behind a row of railroad ties.

Phil Mickelson wasn't about to get railroaded by some railroad ties on the par-3 sixth hole at Crooked Stick in the first round of the BMW Championship on Thursday.

After going deep with his tee shot, Mickelson was faced with an interesting situation for his second shot. Rather than even inquire about his options, Mickelson felt comfortable enough to go ahead and hit the shot.

This is how it unfolded:

 

 

Naturally, Mickelson made the putt for yet another ridiculous par save to add to his resume. 

Phil Mickelson executes incredible shot from behind railroad ties