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September 15, 2016 - 3:31pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Rickie Fowler
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After representing the U.S. at the Rio Games, Rickie Fowler had the Olympic rings tattooed on his forearm.

While many top golfers took a pass on the Rio Olympics, Rickie Fowler couldn't hide his enthusiasm about the opportunity to play for a medal as an Olympic athlete.

Fowler -- one of Davis Love III's Captain's Picks for Ryder Cup USA -- continually showed his support for golf in the Games and was delighted to represent his country in Rio.

Fowler didn't medal in Rio -- he tied for 37th -- but since returning stateside, Fowler continues to rave about the experience and has also teased fellow competitors who passed up the chance to go.

As if it weren't already an experience Fowler will never forget, now he really won't ever forget it, because all he'll need to do is look at his right forearm.

Fowler, along with buddy Sam Dorman who took silver in the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard diving event, visited a tattoo palor this week and had the Olympic rings inked on their right arms.

Dorman tweeted out the finished product:

September 14, 2016 - 11:35am
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T.J. Auclair
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Belen Mozo
Playing in a Ladies European Tour event over the weekend in Germany, LPGA Tour player Belen Mozo made a hole-in-one in the final round. Her celebration was almost as good as the shot itself.

Hole-in-one videos are the best.

Yesterday, we showed you maybe the coolest ace ever made early this week by a University of Wisconsin golfer -- a slam dunk.

While the shot was unreal, the celebration (at least what the camera caught) left something to be desired. No knock on the golfer, but he acted like it was something he'd done before and maybe he has. But, speaking for the rest of us hackers: SHOW ME SOME EMOTION!

That brings us to today's hole-in-one video, compliments of Belen Mozo.

Having missed her last five cuts on the LPGA Tour, Mozo took a turn on the Ladies European Tour last week for the Ladies European Masters.

It proved to be a great decision, as Mozo finished runner up at Hubbelrath Golf Club in Dusseldorf, Germany over the weekend, thanks to a final-round 69, which included this ace on the 142-yard, par-3 13th hole:

Now THAT is a celebration! 

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. 

September 13, 2016 - 2:13pm
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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

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.

September 11, 2016 - 2:25pm
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Matt Craig
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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.