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When Riviera served up one of the greatest 72nd hole finishes ever and the fans went WILD

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Riviera is known as one of the best courses on the PGA Tour, with one of the toughest finishing holes.

So back in 2012, when Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley both needed to make a birdie to force a playoff with Bill Haas, you can imagine just how much the odds were stacked against them.

Mickelson, faced with a 27-footer, had a 9% chance of making his birdie, while Bradley had around 12 feet for his effort. What followed was pure pandemonium.

Warning: These videos will make you miss crowds on tour even more.

Bradley birdie putt at 1:14.

Unfortunately for both, Billa Haas went on to bury his birdie effort from 40-feet on the 10th hole in the playoff to take the win, but that doesn’t detract from how brilliant those putts from Phil and Keegan were, as well as how the fans’ reaction made the moment so much better.

There won’t be fans this week at Riviera, but when they do finally return, here’s hoping for more epic finishes like we saw in 2012!

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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Justin Rose hits epic shank during round one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Hitting a shank is one of the more mortifying moments a golfer can have, and while it may be a common feature in a lot of player’s weekend rounds, it’s not often you get to see one from a pro – but day one at Bay Hill was different.

Justin Rose was the man in question who hit the shank and did so early on day one when faced with a long bunker shot.

Thank’s to PGA Tour Live, viewers tuning into action early on Thursday got to see the shank in all it’s glory, and the epic sound of the ball hitting the hosel is not to be missed.

Rose made bogey on the hole but put the shank behind him and stiffed it from a greenside bunker just a couple of holes later.

 

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Billy Horschel snaps back at heckler at Bay Hill

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Fans are back this week at Bay Hill, and with it, the odd comment from those outside the ropes to those inside.

On day one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Billy Horschel was the target of a fan who decided that he’d give his expert opinion to the 5-time winner on the PGA Tour, telling him that he had read a putt badly.

Horschel took his time after the shout from the fan but then fired back at him, saying: “There’s a reason why I’m on that side of the ropes, and you’re on that side. I think my talent level is just a touch better.” 

Check out the incident in the video below.

It isn’t the first time the 34-year-old has put a fan in their place at an event either, as one person found out a couple of year’s ago at the Zurich Classic.

 

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Study finds golf fans are the angriest sports fans on social media

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Hop on to social media during a live sporting event, and emotions are spilling over, but when it comes to golf, the prominent feeling is often anger and frustration.

That is down to gambling, and according to a new study from OnlineGambling.Ca, golf supporters are the angriest on social media, with 42% of all tweets about the sport being classified as an angry comment.

The study also found that cricket and ice hockey fans show the most love for their team, with 38% of their social media posts being filled with love. Basketball fans seem to be the saddest with their teams’ results, with 38% of reactions being unhappy.

If you have ever gambled on golf or been on social media during an event, the results are probably less surprising to those that haven’t!

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