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Rickie Fowler owned the 17th hole at the 2015 Players Championship.

During the 2015 season, PGA Tour pros made countless golf shots - and there were plenty of the stellar kind.

Those shots that had us shaking our head and reaching for the DVR remote.

Out of all of them, the PGA Tour has chosen their top two. They come to us courtesy of Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler.

No. 2: The Players

Rickie Fowler stood - again - on the 17th tee box for what was the fourth hole of a three-man playoff.

Then this casually happened - again - on the 17th green.




No. 1: The Open Championship

Zach Johnson leaned over his ball on the 18th green at St. Andrews knowing he needed the birdie.


That 30-footer led to a three-man playoff with Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen and the eventual victory for Johnson.



December 20, 2015 - 2:57pm
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John Daly lost a club to Lake Michigan during the second round of the PGA Championship.

We've rounded up your favorite Twitter posts from 2015 - the ones that had you clicking, sharing and commenting the most.

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10. Favorite pairing?

Jason Day and Jordan Spieth were the final pairing Sunday at the PGA Championship. Day would go on to win, calling the round a battle. Spieth's reaction? See No. 6 on this list.



9. Par save.

We're not sure what part of this is the best - Rory McIlroy saving par from the water or keeping the shoes on while saving par from the water.



8. You really, really like major championships.



The PGA Championship at Whistling Straits did not disappoint, courtesy of Jason Day and plenty of drama along the shores of Lake Michigan.

7. Phil takes on the slippery slope.

When he's not hitting crazy-good flop shots or making the impossible look possible, Phil Mickelson is kind enough to remind us that golf is after all a game to be enjoyed.



6. Spieth gives Day respect

In one of the year's classiest post-game pressers, Jordan Spieth gave Jason Day all the credit for his PGA Championship win.



5. Day wins.

Winning the 2015 PGA Championship was more than a breakthrough win for Jason Day. It also provided a platform for him to share the inspirational story of his journey to golf's elite.



4. Tent shot

When your ball ends up in a hospitality tent and you're Matt Jones? You play on, of course. And then a fellow player uses the occasion for a meme. 



3. The things we'll do for that autograph.

Hats off to these youngsters who didn't let the green mesh fence get in the way of a Jordan Spieth autograph.



2. Club toss.

One of John Daly's clubs ended up in the water during the second round of the PGA Championship. What was frustration for Daly turned into a nice souvenir for one lucky fan.



1. OneDirection star takes new direction.

We saw Niall Horan's love for golf on display when he carried the bag for Rory McIlroy during the Par 3 Contest at the Masters. Last month he made it clear just what's next for him and his game. (Also, Gary Player with the win for his comment.)




Animal encounters

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2015 Major Championships

Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler and friends got in some early practice at Baltusrol this year.

There were wins.

And there were major wins.

There were moments we won't want to forget. The ones that reminded us why we love this game of golf.

No doubt we've all got our own lists, tucked away for clubhouse conversations, filed away for those "remember when" moments.

These are just a few of the ones that stood out for me. (In no particular order.)

Since Zach Johnson won the Open Championship he's handled its icnonic trophy in the best way(s) possible.



RELATED: Claret on the road

There's been plenty of talk about golf's youth movement. Looking even further into the future, there's this level of passion that's growing in the elementary school-aged set. 



The 2015 Masters? This happened and it was a thing a beauty. Looking back, we probably all had a feeling it was the start of someone's very good year.



Speaking of breakthrough wins. Jason Day dazzled through all four rounds at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Round 4, when he needed his game to remain strong? He striped this down the fairway. Go ahead, we won't blame you if you watch repeatedly.



Since practice makes perfect, it's no wonder these two guys are winning. (Miss a cut? Move on to the next course.)



Missed cut pillow fight round today at Baltusrol but still some good action from @rickiefowler

A video posted by Jordan Spieth (@jordanspieth) on


We've rounded up plenty of other "Best of 2015" lists, enough to keep us entertained until the next round of memories. 

Let the countdown to golf's greatest moments of 2016 begin.







December 18, 2015 - 9:26am
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Jason Day's wife, Ellie, was released from the hospital Friday morning just hours after NBA superstar LeBron James collided with her while chasing down a loose ball.

In case you missed it on Thursday night, there was a scary situation late in the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

NBA superstar LeBron James dove for a loose ball and went crashing into a fan sitting court-side.

That fan happened to be Ellie Day, the wife of PGA Champion Jason Day.

RELATED: PGA Champion Jason Day's wife injured at basketball game

We've learned that Ellie is OK and was released from Metro Hospital in Cleveland this morning after spending the night for observation.

Here's how the scene unfolded:



Jason Day looked on as paramedics went to work on Ellie, securing her neck before taking her out of the arena on a stretcher. James was visibly shaken.

Immediately after the game, which the Cavs won, James was interviewed by TNT's Craig Sager and let it be known his thoughts were with Ellie Day:


While bumped and bruised, it appears Ellie Day will be just fine. 


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In a galaxy far, far away, this TaylorMade golf ball became a movie star.
Finally, it's here. The new "Star Wars" movie – its official name is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" – premieres tonight. And the world of golf, like worlds throughout our solar system, are getting in on the fun.
Check out these posts:

Just remember, StormTroopers are people too. #starwars

A photo posted by Hunter Mahan (@huntermahan) on


The things we will do for our spouse... @jimmywalkerpga remember this next time I ask for a horse! #nicebuns

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December 17, 2015 - 1:00pm
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Reader Pete Vassello sent in this photo after a special golf trip with his brother who is battling cancer.

Sure, we all know about all the great moments in professional golf throughout 2015 -- Jordan Spieth's performances in the majors, Jason Day's dominating win at the PGA Championship, Rickie Fowler at the Players. The list goes on.

But what about you, the golf fan? What was your greatest personal golf moment of 2015?

We posed that question to our 340,000+ strong friends in Facebook Nation.

With over 100 responses, there were many, many noteworthy golf moments and accomplishments.

2015 BEST OFS: Celebrities | Animal encounters | PGA Championship videos

Here are 10 of our favorites:

10. "No. 1 -- Winning tourneys with my Dad! (No. 2 my Hole-in-one)." -- Aaron Duncan

9. "In our company league I made it to the fringe of the green in three shots (a par 3 hole). After I was on the fringe I kept hitting over the green, one side to the other. After doing this four times, I sunk a 45-foot putt for an 8. Just stood there and laughed like crazy." -- Greg Dobson

8. "Earlier this month on a par 4 I hit my second shot into the water. After a drop I hit a choked wedge 95 yards that hit just short and right of the hole, it bounced once and spun left into the hole for a par. I just stood there laughing." -- Jim Benjamin

7. "Shot even par for the first time this year!! Not only the highlight of my year but of my life!" -- Karl Groeger

6. "Sunk a 50-yard roll with a putter from well in front of the No. 16 green at Hazeltine National. Yep -- a 150-foot putt." -- Ruth Travis

5. "While playing an uphill par 5 on Roanoke Country Club in NC, I hit a big drive. My second shot was the best 3-iron I ever hit... to a blind hole. When we reached the summit my ball was nowhere to be found. After searching the grid with no luck, my Dad reached in the hole saying I found it! Double eagle." -- Mike Cooper

4. "Have been playing golf for 13 years and had no hole in ones prior to 2015, where I had my first 2 hole in ones, 40 days apart from each other! My second one was the last shot I hit while living in Arkansas before moving to Denver!" -- Scott Crawford

3. "Qualified for the 2016 Senior PGA! First professional major!" -- Clark Spratlin

2. "Watching my 9-year-old win the local Drive, Chip and Putt... priceless." -- Mark Reardon

1. "I played five rounds of golf last week with my brother who is battling cancer. He drove 850 miles to visit (golf) with me for the week." -- Pete Vassello