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  • Golf buddies hit hole-in-ones on same hole

    2408_GolfBuddies_blogTwo veteran golfing buddies were left stunned when they both scored hole-in-ones on the same tee.

    Robert Kynaston, 67, was delighted as he watched his ball land straight in the hole at the 150-yard par-three second hole at The Players Club in Bristol.

    However, he was gobsmacked when his playing partner Derek Woodward, 66, stepped up and repeated the trick.

    The odds of the two players scoring hole-in-ones off the same tee back-to-back is believed to be 17 million to one.

    "We were gobsmacked on the tee," Robert is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.

    "It was just so unbelievable and I've never

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  • Sergio Garcia waves after making birdie on the 15th hole during the third round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club (AFP)

    It's good to be David Faircloth. The North Carolina native, who started out the week caddying in the pro-am for one of the Wyndham Championship's tournament organisers, received the offer of a lifetime right before the start of the first round, when he was asked if he wanted to make a little extra coin and loop for one of the players in the field.

    Nice gig, right? For a guy who's used to making $50 to $75 per bag at local clubs, Faircloth stood to make at least a couple hundred bucks even his guy made the cut and didn't finish in the top-10.

    But as the local looper later found out, he wasn't

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  • Garcia makes push for Ryder Cup team

    The Wyndham Championship was supposed to be all about the FedEx Cup - a "Last chance saloon" of sorts for guys trying to get inside the top 125 on the season-long points list before The Barclays.

    For Sergio Garcia, he came into the week with a far more important goal on his mind than making it to Bethpage Black. That goal, of course, is picking up one of 10 coveted spots on the European Ryder Cup team.

    Prior to the Wyndham, Garcia was a giant question mark for European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, who noted just last month that the Spaniard needed to keep his emotions in check if he wanted
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  • American player records two aces in one round

    Here's a question for you: what's better than making a hole-in-one during a round? The usual answer to this question would be "nothing" ... unless your name happens to be Rich Akin.

    We've chronicled incredible holes-outs on this site before, but what the 67-year-old Texan did recently is nothing short of amazing, after he recorded two aces during a Men's Golf Association tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course in Missouri City, Texas.

    According to the Houston Chronicle, Akin, who already had four aces at the course before his round last weekend, started things off with a bang when he recorded

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  • McIlroy, looking refreshed after a well-earned snooze (Reuters)

    If you go back and look at the tape of Rory McIlroy's final round at the US PGA Championship, one thing that seems that stand out was how calm the 23-year-old looked going down the stretch as he turned a three-shot lead into the biggest rout in tournament history.

    Want to know why McIlroy looked calm, cool and collected under pressure? On Wednesday during an interview with the Golf Channel's Morning Drive, he shared his secret with the golf world, admitting that he overslept before the final round and only showed up to the course 30 minutes before his tee time.

    "Something that people don't

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  • US PGA winners and losers

    Woods not happy on the third hole during the final round at Kiawah (Reuters)

    Another US PGA Championship is in the books. What looked to be a tightly contested final round turned into an absolute rout, as Rory McIlroy pulled away from the field on the back-nine to win by eight shots.

    McIlroy, of course, came out the big winner this week. But he wasn't the only one making noise, good or bad, during the final Major of 2012. Here's a look at the winners and losers from Kiawah Island's Ocean Course.

    Winners

    Rory McIlroy — Another year, another historic win. Seriously, what else can you say about Rory McIlroy? The 23-year-old was simply amazing over the weekend, recording

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  • Five things we learned from the US PGA Championship

    McIlroy after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the final round at Kiawah (Reuters)

    Let's be honest, we're all incredibly busy. Nobody has time to sit down and watch four rounds of golf coverage - unless, of course, you watch TV for a living, and if that's the case, please email us your number. So in an effort to condense the tournament coverage for you into a few quick hits, here are five things we learned from the US PGA Championship.

    Rory McIlroy made us look silly — Remember when Rory McIlroy missed three straight cuts earlier in the year and struggled to find any semblance of consistency, prompting many of us to wonder if he was ever going to find the form that saw him

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  • McIlroy roars towards greatness

    Last April, Rory McIlory was reeling from a meltdown at the Masters and being talked about as a prodigious talent who might forever be scarred by throwing away a green jacket.

    Sixteen months on, he's won two Majors and finds himself ranked No.1 in the world.

    More than that, he's made a convincing case that we are watching a young man on a path towards golfing greatness.

    McIlroy's dominant triumph at the 94th US PGA Championship was a performance beyond his 23 years. The Northern Irishman took a three-shot lead into the final round and never once looked likely to lose it. He missed some

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  • Lightning strikes with McIlroy on the attack

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the eighth hole during the third round of the US PGA Championship (Reuters)

    The weather has loomed large at this 94th US PGA Championship on the South Carolina coast.

    On Thursday it was so benign the players held the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island to ransom. On Friday the wind swirled and the course got its rightful revenge. Saturday was somewhere between, and delivering a fascinating afternoon of golf when the threat of lightning intervened to end play with the leaders halfway through their third rounds.

    As the siren sounded two men at opposite ends of their careers topped the leaderboard. Joint overnight leader Vijay Singh had picked up two birdies and made more

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  • The tough get going at Kiawah Island

    Vijay Singh of Fiji hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the US PGA Championship golf tournament at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island (Reuters)

    Day two at the US PGA Championship will go down as one of the toughest seen at a Major championship. Overnight storms invited winds off the Atlantic, and transformed the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island from the birdie buffet it was on Thursday, to a brutal device of golfing torture on Friday.

    "You're dealing with cross winds on 16 of the 18 holes," said a weather-beaten Phil Mickelson after his second round. The mercurial American was one of only a handful of players to shoot under par - somehow managing to go lower in the swirling wind than he did in the serene conditions the day before. But

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