February 28, 2016 - 3:31pm
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Justin Thomas made a fantastic eagle from just off the green on the third during the final round.

Justin Thomas must have been saving up some greenside magic as his round got under way Sunday.

After going par-par to start, he missed the green on his second at the par-5 third.

Never fear. These guys are professionals. As they like to remind us with shots like these.

 

 

The eagle took him to 6-under for the tournament.

But back-to-back bogeys on the next two holes put him back to 4-under.

Watch: Sometimes pants are optional on Tour

Watch: Justin Thomas' excellent eagle
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Gary Woodland took off his white pants to keep them from getting muddy on this shot in Sunday's final round.

Wearing white before Easter is a fashion faux pas. And Gary Woodland learned that the hard way in Sunday's final round of the Honda Classic.

Woodland's tee shot on the par-4 sixth hole found a muddy water hazard, so he stripped down to his boxers in order to hit this recovery shot.

 

 

The bad news? The ball wound up in a greenside bunker. The good news? Woodland was able to not only save par, but to continue the round without an embarrassing stain on his Sunday best.

WATCH: Gary Woodland shows off his 'shorts' game
February 28, 2016 - 1:59pm
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Adam Scott can't believe his tee shot found the water Saturday at the par-3 15th.

Adam Scott had a hole in Saturday's third round of the Honda Classic that every amateur could relate to, and cringe just a little bit.

When he stepped up to the teeing ground at the par-3 15th hole, Scott held a three-shot lead over the field. When he finally tapped in for a quadruple-bogey 7, he was one behind. In between, Scott suffered every amateur golfer's nightmare when facing a carry over a water hazard. Twice.

Here's the official breakdown of Scott's shot-by-shot:

1. Tee shot is short of the green and in the water.

2. Penalty stroke.

3. Shot from drop zone is over the green, bounces in the rough and dribbles into the water.

4. Penalty stroke.

5. Shot from drop zone lands six feet from the flag.

6. Putt lips the right edge.

7. Tap-in.

In case you missed it, or just want to commiserate, here's all seven strokes.

 

 

 

 

Amazingly, Scott had played incredibly well to that point of his round. At one point, he made four consecutive birdies. Check out this approach shot at No. 9:

 

 

And despite that 7, Scott still shot a 66 and shared the lead with Sergio Garcia after 54 holes. If he happens to pull off the victory, according to the PGA Tour, Scott would be the first Tour winner with a quadruple bogey on his card since Phil Mickelson did it on the way to the 2009 Tour Championship.

WATCH: Adam Scott rolls a 7 the hard way
Xi Yu Lin is now the owner of a new Honda Accord after her ace during the second round of the 2016 Honda LPGA Thailand.

Xi Yu Lin had the drivers license, but had yet to buy a car.

She took care of that during the LPGA Tour's stop in Thailand.

Lin stepped up to the tee Friday on the 179-yard 16th with a 22-degree hybrid.

The shot landed about two dozen feet beyond the flagstick.

And then gravity did its work.

 

 

A day earlier Lin celebrated her 20th birthday. A very happy birthday indeed.

Lin became the first person to win the hole-in-one prize in the event's 10-year history.

It's her second tournament ace, she told The Golf Channel. Her first came in last year's Canadian Open.

LPGA's Lin wins car after hole-in-one in Thailand
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Alex Cejka's hole-in-one at PGA National on Thursday is his second of the 2015-16 PGA Tour season.
 
Everyone knows the famous par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, but the par-3 17th at PGA National is pretty terrific – and terrifying – as well. And this afternoon, it sounded a bit like the par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale when Alex Cejka made a hole-in-one and set off a huge roar from the oversized gallery.
 
The wind has been up most of the day at PGA National, and the highlight shots had been few and far between when the 44-year-old Cejka teed his ball up 177 yards away from the flag. He hit a nice, easy draw that landed a few feet short and right of the cup and hopped up into the hole.
 
 
The crowd went wild, and Cejka responded with a big uppercut and several high fives. 
 
Today's ace really salvaged Cejka's day – he was 4 over as he walked onto the 17th tee, then followed his ace up with a birdie on the 18th to finish his day at a much-more-respectable 1 over.
 
Interestingly, this is Cejka's second ace of the 2015-16 season. He also made a hole-in-one in the third round of the Shriners Open out in Las Vegas last fall. And the hole on which he made that ace – why, it was the 17th, of course.
 
 
Alex Cejka aces par-3 17th hole at Honda Classic, his second of season
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Sergio Garcia keeps a wary eye open for alligators Thursday as he prepares to hit a recovery shot at No. 6.

Thursday's first round of the Honda Classic was like a trip to the zoo for Sergio Garcia. It seemed like everywhere he turned, he was running into animals of some shape or size.

The first one Garcia encountered was an eagle with this impressive approach shot on the par-4 second hole. He pretty much commands the wind to help his ball, and it obeys nicely.

 

 

The next encounter was a little more unsettling for the Spaniard. His drive at No. 6 found a shallow water hazard to the left of the fairway. Garcia took off his shoes and socks, rolled up his pants, and prepared to join the alligators in their natural habitat.

Watch as Garcia casts a wary eye behind him as he tries to settle down and hit the shot.

 

 

Fortunately, Garcia escaped without being bitten by an unfriendly gator. Unfortunately, he didn't escape the hole without carding a bogey.

Watch: Sergio Garcia's round includes eagles, alligators