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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.

January 22, 2016 - 3:59pm
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Jake Pumphrey
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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.  

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.

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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
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:
January 21, 2016 - 4:22pm
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Phil Mickelson is off to a blazing start at the CareerBuilder Challenge -- one which included this magnificent eagle hole-out on his eighth hole in the first round.

It's nice to see Phil Mickelson doing vintage Phil Mickelson things early on in his first start of 2016.

Playing La Quinta in the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge on Thursday, Lefty got off to a remarkable start. He made the turn in 5-under 31. That included this gorgeous eagle hole-out from 96 yards on the par-4 eighth hole:


He would chip in for birdie on his very next hole to close out the 31.

The 45-year-old Mickelson -- a 42-time winner on the PGA Tour -- has not won since the 2013 Open Championship.

January 21, 2016 - 11:55am
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The hole wasn't safe during the first round from Abu Dhabi on Thursday thanks to a couple of brilliant shots from Gregory Havret and Lee Westwood.

As if there weren't enough fireworks in Abu Dhabi this week with Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler paired together for the first two rounds (and amateur Bryson Dechambeau taking the first-round lead with an impressive 64), check out what Gregory Havret and Lee Westwood did on Thursday.

First, Havret holed this remarkable one-bounce ace:


Then, to finish his round in style, Westwood holed his third shot on the par-5 18th hole for a walk-off eagle:


Not much of a reaction from Westwood there... that's because it was an otherwise forgettable day as he carded a 1-over 73.

Havret's ace, by the way, wasn't the only one at the par-3 15th hole on Thursday. Thomas Bjorn also scored a hole-in-one there just one hole removed from a triple-bogey 7.