March 12, 2015 - 10:46am
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Morton Madsen
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Morton Orum Madsen celebrates after his ace.

Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen had a two-hole closing stretch Thursday at the Tshwane Open that he won't soon forget. He recorded back-to-back eagles -- one a hole-in-one -- at Pretoria Country Club to finish with a 63.

ACES APLENTY: Virginia Tech golf coach makes two in three-hole stretch

On the par-3 eighth hole -- playing about 135 yards -- Madsen hit this perfect wedge shot that landed behind the hole and then made a beeline for the cup:

 

 

Some golfers might have a letdown on the next hole. Not Madsen. The 26-year-old native of Denmark promptly eagled the 549-yard par-5 ninth to close out a great day at the office.

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If a bogey on the last hole of your round may make for a sleepless night, imagine how restful you'll feel after going eagle-eagle.

Watch: Madsen's ace at Tshwane Open
March 12, 2015 - 9:14am
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We all love a good celebration after holing an important putt, but this might be a bit over the top.

On of the great things about golf is that there's always a shot or putt to get excited about no matter your level of ability.

But this? This celebration for what looks like nothing more than a 10-foot putt might be a bit much (h/t Golf.com).

The video was posted to YouTube on March 8 and is said to have happened at The Dragon's Tooth golf course in Fort William, Scotland.

 

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My best guess is that the course was closed that day due to rain -- note the overflow of water in the bunker. And that guy? I'm just going to assume he's Dragon Tooth's version of Carl Spackler in Caddyshack (he certainly has the look down) and was sneaking in a few holes because he didn't think "the really heavy stuff's comin' down for quite a while."

We're used to seeing winners of the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship take a plunge in Poppie's Pond... but at least that's a pond -- and that's after they win the tournament.

So, all around, strange but funny celebration from Scotland's Spackler.

Here's a look at some of the otherwise stunning views that sweep across Dragon's Tooth, which -- according to its website -- was named No. 1 in Scotland's Best 9-hole Golf Courses by Bunkered Magazine in 2013. 

 

A golf celebration like you've never seen before
Carol Robertson
Carol Robertson had five career holes-in-one until Monday – when she made two more in quick order.
We've featured several memorable hole-in-one stories here on PGA.com lately, and we're always looking for more. Here's another feat that belongs in the pantheon of the unforgettable.
 
On Monday, Carol Robertson, the women's golf coach at Virginia Tech, was playing at Celebration Golf Club near Disney World in Orlando, Florida, when she made not one but two holes-in-one. And, according to Dan Steinberg at The Washington Post, she did so in the span of a mere three holes.
 
The first one came on the par-3 third hole, but no one – she was playing with Assistant Coach Russell Abbott and two of her Hokies players – saw the ball actually go into the hole because the cup was obscured from their view. 
 
The group got to stage a true celebration at Celebration two holes later, on the 162-par, par-3 fifth hole. Making the occasion even more memorable was that Robertson joked about making another one before she hit her shot.
 
 
"I play par 3s pretty fast," she told her playing partners. "I'll just go ahead and make a 1 on this one, too."
 
Even she didn't think it would actually happen, though. And when it did, the entire foursome erupted. 
 
"I just kind of dropped my club and hit the ground," Robertson said. "Everybody's just high-fiving, getting their cameras out, taking pictures."
 
And while her two-aces-in-a-three-hole stretch is obviously a once-in-a-lifetime feat, Robertson is no stranger to stellar golf.
 
 
She came to Virginia Tech from Old Dominion in the summer of 2013 to start the women's golf program after an outstanding playing career that included winning the 2006 Virginia State Amateur Championship and reaching the finals of the 2010 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur. She was a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year at James Madison, and won the conference championship in 2003.
 
In addition, her father, Charles Green, is a past president of the Virginia State Golf Association. Her older brother Chuck played collegiately at Washington and Lee, while her younger brother, Garland was a four-year letter winner on the Hokie men's golf team.
 
Even so, she still hasn't gotten over her amazing accomplishment
 
"You just know they're so rare to begin with, but for it to happen two times in one round?," she told Steinberg. "You just never give up, because you never know when they're coming."
 
Virginia Tech women's golf coach Carol Robertson makes two holes-in-one in a three-hole span
March 11, 2015 - 12:31pm
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alligator
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OK, what would you do if you were playing a casual round of golf and suddenly encountered this beast? Skip the hole? Take a picture? How about run?

If you're not a fan of reptiles, you may want to stay clear of Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, Fla.

Last week, the golf club posted pictures via its Facebook page of a massive -- and I mean massive -- alligator taking a casual stroll on the green.

RELATED: Golfer loses two fingers to croc in Cancun | Black Widow bites LPGA player

Check out these posts from the Myakka Pines Golf Club Facebook page:

 

 

Umm... No thank you. Let's pick it up and move on...

Unless it's match play. Then you have to make your opponent putt, right?

Enormous gator roams Florida golf course
March 11, 2015 - 10:18am
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Adam Scott
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If last week's T4 at Doral is any indication, Adam Scott's switch to a short putter should be no issue at all.

The PGA Tour visits the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., for the Valspar Championship.

This is one of the most difficult courses on the PGA Tour, primarily because of its brutal final three holes, known as the Snake Pit.

The Snake Pit begins with a narrow, dogleg right, long par-4 that hugs water. The difficult 215-yard par-3 17th is next before the round ends with the uphill 445-yard par-4 18th.

RELATED: Valspar Championship tee times | Potential 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team

Australia's John Senden returns as the defending champion, but the field is loaded with formidable challengers.

Here are the five you'll want to keep an eye on.

5. Jim Furyk
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T7 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Reason to watch: A winner at Innisbrook in 2010 -- his first of three "Ws" that season on his way to winning the FedExCup -- Furyk has been fantastic in three starts this season. In three starts, Furyk has yet to finish worse than a tie for 14th. Since winning the Valspar Championship in 2010, Furyk has finished no worse than T20 in the event. He also lost in a playoff in 2012. He may not win, but expect Furyk to have a strong showing this week.

4. Luke Donald
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T7 Honda Classic
Reason to watch: By his standards, it's been a rough couple of years for Donald, the former world No. 1. Regardless of that, Innisbrook always seems to bring out the best in Donald. Along with winning in 2012 -- his last win on the PGA Tour -- Donald tied for sixth in 2010, and tied for fourth in both 2013 and 2014. His trend of solid play at Innisbrook will continue this week.

3. Jordan Spieth
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T4 Northern Trust Open
Reason to watch: Simply put, Spieth is my favorite young gun in the game today. He's incredibly consistent and just always hovering around the first page of leaderboards. I just want to see him close the deal more frequently -- no doubt he wants to do the same thing, but man, it's not easy out there! In two prior Valspar Championship starts, Spieth has finished T20 and T7. The course clearly fits his eye -- and there aren't many out there that don't. Spieth has been piling up the top 10s for a while now. Soon he'll be piling up wins.

2. Gary Woodland
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T2 CIMB Classic
Reason to watch: Woodland showed some promise early in the season with a T2 at the CIMB Classic and a T3 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, but has cooled off a bit since. He could get back on track this week at the Valspar Championship, a tournament in which he won back in 2011 -- his first PGA Tour win. A year ago, Woodland tied for eighth at Innisbrook. He's one of the longest hitters in the game, which comes in handy at this course, and has put in a lot of work on his short game. With injuries hopefully behind him, Woodland could be on the cusp of a break out season.

1. Adam Scott
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T4 WGC-Cadillac Championship
Reason to watch: Until last week, we hadn't seen Scott on the PGA Tour since early November when he tied for 12th in the WGC-HSBC Champions. And things looked different at Doral... Rather than a long, broomstick putter, Scott was back to the conventional putter with an unconventional grip. If last week was any indication, it doesn't look as though Scott has anything to worry about once the anchoring ban goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. He tied for fourth at Doral, three-putting just once, making 87 percent of his putts from inside 10 feet, including an incredible 52-of-52 from five feet and in. If Scott is strutting with that kind of putting confidence come Masters week, look out.

Here's how my five to watch fared at the WGC-Cadillac Championship:

5. Paul Casey -- T38
4. Justin Rose -- 55
3. Bubba Watson -- 3
2. Dustin Johnson -- Winner
1. Patrick Reed -- T23 

5 players to watch at Innisbrook
Greg Jennings
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Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings loves golf in part "because it develops you mentally."
 
Tuesday was the craziest day on the National Football League calendar, with a plethora of high-profile trades and free-agent signings. Amid all the hullabaloo, however, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings was probably thinking about – golf.
 
Jennings is quite the golf nut – he played some during his youth, but really got into the game during his rookie year with the Green Bay Packers and has pursued it ever since. 
 
He's also been inspired to see people from all walks of life, and parts of the world, succeed in the game. To see "different guys [like Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh] come on strong and be able to play at such high levels," he said in a Q&A on ESPN.com, "it gives us a confidence that you know what, we can play this game, too."
 
As he got into golf, "it became one of those pastimes that I was able to network and spend a lot of time with guys, get to know them better, and even work on my own game," explained Jennings, who led the Vikings with 59 receptions for 742 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
 
 
"It is one of those games that is very competitive and it is almost like an inner competition because you don't even have to compete with anyone else," he added. "You are competing against yourself. Like the last time you were out, or the last ball you just hit, or the last putt. Different things like that."
 
Because he can only get the sticks out part of the year, he's never gotten his scores to the level he would like. But he knows what he needs to improve from his level of shooting in the high 80s and low 90s: More consistency.
 
And even if his scores aren't what he'd prefer, Jennings enjoys his time out on the course.
 
"I love it because it develops you mentally. If you allow it to get to you, you will become mentally weak," he said. Golf " allows you to become mentally strong if you allow the frustration to kind of subside, and you can allow the mistake and take the failure, to not get frustrated.
 
"That is what it does for me," he added, "that is why I enjoy it."
 
Golf great for networking and competition, says Vikings receiver Greg Jennings