January 23, 2016 - 5:00pm
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Amateur player Jeff Ellis recorded the third ace of the week -- and the second by an amateur -- in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge on Saturday.

For the second time in as many days on the same hole, an amateur player at the CareerBuilder Challenge has made a hole-in-one.

Playing the 168-yard, par-3 13th hole at PGA West's Stadium Course in Saturday's third round, amateur Jeff Ellis snagged an ace:

 

Amateur Jake Pumphrey turned the trick on Friday, as did PGA Tour player Nick Taylor, who snagged his ace at the Stadium course on the 205-yard, par-3 sixth.

So, if you're keeping track at home, the amateurs have out-aced the pros 2-1 so far this week.
 

Another ace for an amateur at the CareerBuilder Challenge
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Chesson Hadley gets congratulations after holing out for eagle on the 18th Friday at La Quinta.

There are eagles to be had at La Quinta this week, and Chesson Hadley wants in on the action.

After taking a double-bogey at the par-3 17th, watch Hadley earn his redemption with this approach shot on the par-4, 426-yard 18th:

 

 

On Thursday, Bill Haas kicked off his round with this eagle at the first. Later, Phil Mickelson found the range with this flag-hunting wedge shot that spun back into the cup. And earlier Friday, Nick Taylor made back-to-back eagles, including this hole-in-one on the sixth hole at TPC Stadium.

 

Chesson Hadley gets in on the eaglefest at La Quinta
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Nick Taylor hands out high-fives after his hole-in-one Friday at the TPC Stadium course.

Nick Taylor made an eagle on the fifth hole of the TPC Stadium course Friday during the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge. So you could assume he might suffer a little bit of a letdown stepping up to the next tee, right?

Wrong. Taylor grabbed a 5-iron at the 205-yard par-3 sixth, and proceeded to put another sweet swing on the ball. And here's what happened

 

 

 

Talk about playing the hill, and the break of the green, perfectly. The ball just curls into the cup, as nice as could be.

Back-to-back eagles, including a hole-in-one? That's something to add to the resume.

Ace alert: Nick Taylor with a hole-in-one at CareerBuilder Challenge
January 22, 2016 - 3:59pm
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Jake Pumphrey (purple shirt), playing in the amateur portion of this week's pro-am at the CareerBuilder Challenge, scored a hole-in-one during Friday's second round of play.

A couple of times per year, the amateurs get to tee it up with the pros in an actual PGA Tour event.

This week's CareerBuilder Challenge is one of those events where a pro-am is built in to the tournament proper -- not just the usual Wednesday pro-am played before a tournament.

That means that an amateur player named Jake Pumphrey will have a story to tell for life.

Playing the 168-yard, par-3 13th hole at PGA West's Stadium Course in Friday's second round, Pumphrey scored a hole-in-one:

 

Unlike most amateurs, Pumphrey has video evidence to back it up. If I were him, I'd have that thing playing on an endless loop in the family play room until the end of time.  

Amateur scores ace at CareerBuilder Challenge
January 22, 2016 - 11:30am
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A lucky bounce for Jordan Spieth on Friday in Abu Dhabi wasn't so lucky for a fan. On a tee shot that seemed doomed for a watery grave, Spieth's ball instead nailed a fan in the rear and stayed in play.

On the ninth hole of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Friday, Jordan Spieth was given a painful assist from an unsuspecting spectator on a tee shot that would have likely found the water and had the world's No. 1 player hitting "3" for his next shot.

Instead, the wayward tee shot thumped the spectator in the backside and bounced right back into play for Spieth.

Check it out here:

 

And how about the guy in the green shirt? Talk about adding insult to injury. He can't get enough of his friend getting plunked.

Spieth hits spectator's backside with errant tee shot
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Bill Haas knocked in his approach shot for an eagle on his very first hole of his title defense on Thursday.
 
On Thursday over in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Lee Westwood carded a walk-off eagle – he canned his approach shot on his final hole. Now that's the way you end a round in style.
 
Several hours later and halfway around the world, Bill Haas kicked off his title defense at the PGA Tour's CareerBuilder Challenge with what we're calling a "walk-on" eagle. Yup, Haas knocked his approach shot on the first hole in for an eagle.
 
Haas's strike was especially impressive because it came from the rough about 103 yards away. The ball bounced softly a couple times on the green, then checked up and scooted back and to the left into the cup.
 
 
Haas also started what turned into a parade of amazing eagles out in the California desert. Soon thereafter, fan favorite Phil Mickelson sank a 110-yard approach shot that was so cool my colleague T.J. Auclair featured it in its own post here on PGA.com.
 
As the afternoon rolled on, we also saw long-distance eagles from Martin Piller (from 110 yards out on the par-5 11th hole), Bud Cauley (a 65-foot pitch shot out of the rough on the par-5 16th hole) and Shawn Stefani (a 72-foot pitch shot from the tall grass on the par-5 eighth hole).
 
That's five eagles without a single putt in the first round alone. The CareerBuilder Challenge is usually billed as a birdie-fest but, if this pace keeps up, we might have to change that to eagle-extravaganza.
 
Here are the big shots:
 
Bill Haas starts parade of long-distance eagles at CareerBuilder