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In what may be the lasting image from 2016 in the golf world, Jordan Spieth looked to have his second straight Masters wrapped up as he made the turn in the final round. Spieth went on to bogey both the 10th and 11th holes, before making a quadruple-bogey 7 on No. 12 that included two balls in Rae's Creek. The two-time major champ never recovered and had to slip the green jacket onto Danny Willett at day's end.
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Donald Trump likes Twitter, but one tweet in response to Colin Montgomerie struck a chord with the golf world. "Colin, great to have you at Trump Turnberry. So proud of you and your GREAT playing! You made winning MAJORS look easy!" he tweeted in May. Montgomerie, quite notably, failed to win a major championship in his Hall of Fame career, finishing runner-up five times.
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While everyone was watching #SB2K16 unfold on Snapchat, one high-profile golfer took to Twitter to admit he regretted passing on the vacation. Rory McIlroy shared some text messages he exchanged with Rickie Fowler, in which he turned down an invite to party in the Bahamas with Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman. Look out for an addition to the squad in 2017.
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At the Wells Fargo Championship in May, Zac Blair was disqualified on Friday for using a non-conforming club. The non-conforming club? His putter, which he bent smacking himself in the head after missing a birdie try. Blair poked fun at himself after his DQ, tweeting out a GIF of Woody Austin, who also whacked himself in the head with his putter in 1997, as well as an apology statement.
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In February during the third round of the Honda Classic, the first tee announcer flubbed the introduction of the final group, Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler, calling out "Jimmy Fowler" to tee off first. Fortunately, Walker/Jimmy Fowler was a good sport about it, and it didn't appear to faze him as he proceeded to par the first hole.
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During the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson, some dude decided the best place to watch and film Bud Cauley's punch shot was from right in front of him. He was promptly rewarded with a golf ball to the knuckle and hopefully learned a valuable lesson to not stand directly in the line of someone hitting their golf ball, whether they're a professional golfer or not.
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There were plenty of high-profile withdrawals from this summer's Olympics, but when they ended, there may not have been a more ringing endorsement for golf's continued inclusion in the Games than some of the sport's biggest names walking back their comments. Rory McIlroy "was glad to be somewhat proven wrong," while Jordan Spieth went as far as to say "he wished he was there." See everyone in 2020.
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At the beginning of the year, Thomas Pieters noticed some discrepancies in his official PGA Tour headshot, and accused the Tour of Photoshopping out his curly hair on his Facebook page. The PGA Tour's executive vice president Ty Votaw eventually issued a statement admitting to the mistake and putting it on the record that Pieters has a great head of hair.
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Phil Mickelson may have not been charged with insider trading, but he paid a hefty price. In May, the five-time major champ agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million that the Securities and Exchange Commission said was unfairly earned on a tip from an insider trading scheme conducted by a former corporate director and a professional gambler.
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A New Zealand news outlet mistakenly tagged the wrong Donald in a tweet about Super Tuesday in March, tagging Luke instead of Trump. Lucky for them, the former world No. 1 couldn't wait for the Louisiana primary, either, as he played along on Twitter.
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Andrew "Beef" Johnston is golf's newest folk hero,but he's no John Daly, whose cult-like following is going 25 years strong. So when the two hung out for the first time, they bonded over (what else?) drinks, and it didn't go so well for Beef. “He thought he could drink whiskey like me,” Daly said. “That didn’t pan out too good. He tried to keep up, but just couldn’t.”
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In February at the Honda Classic, Shane Lowry had some trouble with the Bear Trap and was heard dropping two f-bombs that were picked up by greenside microphones. The Irishman issued a perfect non-apology apology on Twitter, saying "So I said a bad word.... Shoot me!"
Image of Bryson DeChambeau and how his body has transformed, through the years, from an NCAA champion to becoming a multiple PGA Tour winner.
Here's a look at some of the best photos of the Match II with Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady from Medalist Golf Club.
A look at some of the best photos from the TaylorMade Driving Relief, won by the team of Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson.