WATCH: Is this the greatest ace in Masters history?

While Jordan Spieth suffered a horrible collapse and Danny Willett took advantage of the opportunity to win the 2016 Masters, Louis Oosthuizen may have hit the best hole-in-one in Masters history.

The 2010 Open Championship winner, Oosthuizen hit his tee shot on the 16th at Augusta, that landed on the green, hit the other ball, then rolled into the cup. Oosthuizen is one of the longest hitters in golf but proved to be one of the most accurate with that shot on the par-3.

Don’t expect too many aces at Oakmont which has some of the trickiest par-3’s in the world. As a whole, the U.S. Open course can be an absolute pain, so good luck Louis and friends.

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Jordan Spieth Goes Wire to Wire to Win 2015 Masters

Jordan Spieth of the U.S. grins as he wears his Champion's green jacket on the putting green after winning the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta

After falling short in last year’s Masters to Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth got his revenge and with impressive fashion. Spieth conquered the field and Augusta National, going wire to wire for the victory, the first player to do so sine Raymond Floyd did in 1976.

In Masters tournament that featured a historic leadeerboard towards the top that included Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose, there was no real threat to Spieth. The only players that had a great shot catching Spieth were Charley Hoffman for the first two days, and Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson on the last two days.

Spieth finished tying the Masters record of 18- breaking Tiger Woods’ record that was set back in 1997. A big shot came for Spieth when he had a beautiful recovery chip shot on the famed 11th hole which set him up for a tap in par save.

Another important shot was the key par putt he hit on hole 16 which practically sealed the deal for the 21-year old. Justin Rose came out of nowhere to make things interesting but his some unfortunate shots and Spieth took advantage of the opportunity.

Spieth’s recovery ability and putting is what pretty much won the Green Jacket for him. He has quickly established himself as one of the better recovery players and one of the best finishers in golf.

Among those who finished towards the top, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson finished 14- in a tie for third, Rory Mcilroy, who had a lot of hype going into this one, finished in fourth at 12- and young talent Hedeki Matsuyama finished in fifth at 11-. Rounding out the top 10 were Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Charley Hoffman and 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson.

Spieth has become the second youngest player to win the Masters.

So Jordan Spieth is your 2015 Masters champion.

With Jordan’s victory, is he now the best American player on Tour? Leave your thoughts below!

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One of Sports’ Most Infamous Rivalries: Augusta National vs Pine Valley

No.1 ranked Pine Valley on the left and no.2 ranked Augusta National on the right. You decide!

No.1 ranked Pine Valley on the left and no.2 ranked Augusta National on the right. You decide! Thanks to LinksMagazine.com for the pic.

Like the Chicago Bears vs the Green Bay Packers, like Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson, like Michael Jordan vs Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird vs Isaiah Thomas. Sure, Augusta National and Pine Valley aren’t exactly rivals, but they’ve always been ranked the number one and number two courses in the world with Pine Valley usually being ranked no.1 and Augusta no.2 with Augusta beating out Valley a couple of times. It’s hard for a lot of people to decide which course is the best because Augusta is much more exposed than Pine Valley. Hundreds of thousands of people attend The Masters every year and get a chance to see the tournament live in person and get to see Augusta right in front of their eyes. While Pine Valley is so exclusive that there’s never been a PGA Tour event there and they haven’t televised an event before making it hard for people to judge. I have not been to either yet.

Pine Valley: The reason why there hasn’t been a PGA Tour event there before is either because of the following according to different sources:

1. There’s not enough room to have a ton of spectators to attend a tournament.

2. Pine Valley’s creator George Crump was focused on amateur tournaments as amateur golf was more popular than pro golf way back in the day and the peeps who run Valley today, wanted to keep that amateur tradition going.

Either way, the only major tournament that’s been hosted there is the Walker Cup twice but both were a long time ago in 1936 and 1985. The only tournament at Pine Valley that the public can attend one day each year is the annual Crump Cup, arguably the most prestigious amateur tournament in America. Fans can only attend on the Sunday round and usually the crowd gets to 5,000 in attendance usually for the most part to explore the course. You don’t hear too much about Pine Valley’s beauty like you do about the design but obviously there are A LOT of pine trees and it’s very woodsy and secluded. In an article written by Michael Fensom of nj.com, New York Daily News golf writer Hank Gola, who played Pine Valley once said the following:

“I’ve played over 750 courses in my life,” Gola said. “It was one of the greatest days of my life.”

Some strong words from a legendary and well-respected golf journalist. Some say that the course is golf heaven while some say that it’s a little over-rated and that it shouldn’t be so strict. A lot of times, those are the people who haven’t stepped foot on the hollowed grounds while there are some who did play the course and weren’t very impressed. For most, it’s a golf experience unlike any other from the moment you enter the gates to the moment when you sink the putt on the 18th green, to some, Pine Valley located in the tiny town of Clementon, NJ is the greatest golf course on the planet.

Augusta National: There are almost no words that can describe Augusta National Golf Club. It puts your dreams and imagination to the test in ways you couldn’t possibly have thought. The one thing that always stands out with Augusta is that it’s so unique that there’s no course that really comes close to looking like it. With its beautiful flowers and signature tall trees, it makes for a breathtaking scene. There are some people who dislike golf that complain that the course looks the same every year so why make a big deal about it (Haters gonna hate.)?

I tell you why. Because it’s the most unique sporting venue in the world and there’s nothing that can touch its looks plus the results at The Masters are never the same and anybody could come out wearing the green jacket. Speaking of the green jacket, the tradition at The Masters separates itself from not only other tournaments but other major sporting events in general. I know I’m a golf writer but I’m a sports junkie period and I will tell you that I would rather attend The Masters more than any other sporting event including the Super Bowl, NCAA Men’s basketball Final Four, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup, FIFA World Cup or Kentucky Derby. Although all of the mentioned events are fantastic, The Masters just stands out the most to me and Augusta National is obviously a massive reason for that. A lot of people don’t even really come for the tournament itself but to see the course and to visit the legendary and jaw dropping Amen Corner.

Not only is Augusta a gorgeous sight but it is a very well designed course with hilly fairways and fast greens as well as beautifully sculpted bunkers. Even the food at Augusta is supposed to be top-notch. There’s just something magical about the place and as I’ve said before, when I talked to Golf Channel’s Jay Coffin, he said “It’s like going to Disney World” and I think that speaks volumes. I don’t think there’s any other course in the world that has touched and amazed golf fans the way Augusta National Golf Club has.

The Decision: So, I’ve made my decision using only my imagination (Impressive huh?). Hopefully, one day I’ll get a chance to maybe cover The Masters and Crump Cup and give a more realistic opinion but at this point, the winner and it’s not really close is…..Augusta National Golf Club! *Balloons come down as music plays*. Congratulations Augusta! You’ve won yourself a BRAND NEW CAR! All kidding aside, I just think Augusta is too unique and too much for Pine Valley. Pine Valley, although I have a ton of respect for, has the look of a lot of other courses in terms of its surroundings. With Augusta, have you ever seen that many flowers at a golf course? Ever seen so many towering trees? No, and combine that with a well designed course and you have yourself a golf masterpiece.

Pine Valley may have a slight edge in its design but Augusta’s is great to go along with fantastic scenery. To be honest, I’d put Cypress Point (Usually ranked 2nd or 3rd on the top 100 list.) ahead of Pine Valley. Cypress Point is an Allister McKenzie masterpiece and is both challenging and freaking gorgeous. Although Pine Valley may be the most exclusive golf club in the world and has a great history and tradition but in Colin’s world, Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA remains king.

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Phil Mickelson Misses Cut at Masters for First Time Since 1997

The Masters - Round One

For only the second time in his storied career, Phil Mickelson has missed the cut at The Masters. He finished the second round 5 over par for the round. He’s been one of the best players in Masters history winning the tournament three times while making the cut an impressive 17 times. He won it the tournament in 2004, 2006 and 2010 when he hit one of the greatest shots in golf history on the famous 13th hole at Amen Corner. So what does this mean for Phil? It’s the one major he’s had a tremendous amount of success at and he misses the cut. He even hit a bunker from another bunker twice on hole 12. It seems like a lot of players are having a hard time at The Masters this year however as there are only a little over 10 players under par.

When asked if he would watch the rest of the tournament this weekend he said: “Probably, yeah. It’s an exciting tournament, I probably will. It (would) kind of be my punishment.” Mickelson said according to Bob Harig of ESPN.com.

Throughout his career, some of his most decorated victories and shots came at The Masters so missing the cut is like missing a Masters icon. In honesty though, this makes The Masters very interesting this weekend as Jordan Speith (Age 20) tries to become the youngest Masters champion in history while Fred Couple tries to become the oldest at 54. Also, Bubba Watson who’s been making a mockery of Augusta National with his tremendous play looks to win his second Masters in just three years. John senden has been playing great as well and defending champion Adam Scott is in contention to try to win back-to-back Green Jackets while Rory Mcilroy BARELY made the cut and is still alive for the weekend. This in my opinion will be one of the best Masters finishes in history. So many players have a shot to win this and it’s all going down this weekend.

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Bubba Watson Sinks Incredible Putt at The Masters, Can he Keep the Flame Burning?

In a State that’s usually hot, Bubba Watson’s been making it rain from everywhere. He’s been hitting great shots, nailing putts and things are starting to look like 2012 again for Bubba who won the Green Jacket that year. He sank an amazing putt that had a massive curve to it and it ended up rolling into the cup. He was nearly right off the fringe on a green that had a ton of slope to it. Please enjoy this awesome gif courtesy of SB Nation!

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For the heck of it, let’s view this next gif and see how happy Bubba is about his performance! How does it feel Mr.Watson?

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What’s that? Tasty irons you say? Well that’s as happy as can be!

So is Bubba going to keep that fire going? At The Masters, ANYTHING is possible!

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Palmer, Nicklaus, Player Tee it Up Again to Open The Masters

OK, I know I might be a tad bit late for this but this is just so awesome. Every year, the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player all tee it up to open one of the greatest sporting events in the world at The Masters. These gifs show off the still amazing swings of these great legends and their dedication to an amazing golf course. Please be careful and don’t get blinded by all of the greatness!

Arnie

King Arnie

Jack "The Golden Bear"

Jack “The Golden Bear”

"The Black Knight" Gary Player

“The Black Knight” Gary Player

Pretty cool huh? What was one of the really awesome things about these gifs is that you can see a nice yellow sunrise in the background shining on these legends almost looking like a sunset. It’s shining as if to say that these guys are the greatest to play the game, the legends and pioneers of The Masters. Legends of The Masters such as Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Lee Elder, Billy Casper and of course the “masterful” creator of The Masters, Bobby Jones all left their marks on Augusta National and The Masters tournament and Palmer, Nicklaus and Player became kings there. Now go wash your eyes out and clean out all of that greatness! Rub the greatness on your arm or something as a souvenir.

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8 Reasons Why Augusta National is the Greatest Venue in All of Sports

A painting of the gorgeous and iconic 12th hole at Augusta National Golf Club

A painting of the gorgeous and iconic 12th hole at Augusta National Golf Club

With The Masters this week, its time for golf’s greatest tradition. What makes The Masters so amazing is the golf course and that course is none other than the world-famous Augusta National Golf Club. The place is unlike any other place in sports and in my opinion, it’s the greatest venue in all of sports and here are some reasons why.

1: The Atmosphere – What makes Augusta so amazing is the looks of it. So many people dream of going to The Masters to experience Augusta and all of it’s beauty. Jay Coffin of Golf Channel once told during an interview on my radio show that it’s like going to Disney World. He’s right but it might even be better. The flowers and tall trees make our jaws drop as if we’re in some kind of fantasy dream. Augusta National used to be home to a nursery which why there were so many beautiful flowers and the flowery tradition still goes strong today. Even the road that goes up to the clubhouse is a treat as Magnolia Lane as been an Augusta National icon for decades and was created many years before the course was built when it was still a nursery.

2: The Rich History – Although Augusta National came on the golf scene a little later than legendary courses like Pebble Beach and Pine Valley, the history still runs so deep as if it’s been around before those courses with Augusta being built 21 years after Pine Valley (Established in 1913) and 15 years after Pebble (Established in 1919). What’s help made the history so rich is how the course stood out from the others and how it hosted what now is one of the biggest sporting events in the world which is The Masters. The legendary Green Jacket ceremony as well as all of the great players that have played and won there also contributes to this history. Bobby Jones and Dr. Allister McKenzie stepped on the former nursery and decided to make a golf course, the rest is history.

3: The Location – Georgia is one of the most legendary states in the country with a rich history. It was only fitting to have a course with beautiful tall trees and flowers in a location with usually warm weather. Having the course and the tournament in Augusta, Georgia has really helped put the historic town on the map.

4: The Weather – I know it’s Georgia but all states have their bad days with weather. For some reason, when The Masters comes around, the weather is always perfect or nearly perfect. Even when it’s a cloudy day, the course looks gorgeous. It seems like it has some kind of magic to it with the way the weather is at Augusta National. It’s always a perfect day at The Masters.

5: The Crowd – I believe that the crowd at The Masters is one of the most under rated crowds in sports. Every incredible play and every dramatic putt will get that crowd roaring like dinosaurs. If you’re on hole 9 and someone hits an amazing shot on 10, then you better believe you’ll hear them roar in the distance and on Sunday, it’s one of the loudest venues in all of sports.

6: Amen Corner – Amen Corner is arguably the best group of holes in golf. It features the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes. The name “Amen Corner” was created by legendary golf writer Herbert Warren Wind and has since become famous all around the world. These three magnificent holes have drawn as much and maybe even more attention then the course itself and has inspired many with their artistic beauty and continue to amaze us. Back in the 1934, holes 11, 12 and 13 were holes 2, 3 and 4.

7: Hole 12 or “Golden Bell” – Hole 12 as I mentioned is part of Amen Corner but it’s probably by far the most famous hole on the course. It’s also widely regarded as the best par-3 hole in the world with some considering TPC Sawgrass’ world famous 17th hole or Pine Valley’s 3rd hole as the best. Although the holes mentioned are gorgeous and challenging, the look and challenge of the 12th at Augusta is unreal. The way the tall beautiful trees and flowers are tucked in the corner with Hogan’s Bridge and Rae’s Creek showing themselves in the image as well. It’s the only famous hole where hitting a shot in the bunker is OK because otherwise it’s going in Rae’s Creek. Just an unbelievable hole.

8: The Masters – Well, this one is as obvious as a pool full of water. The Masters has matched perfectly with Augusta National to create one of the finest sporting events in the world. All the great fans, players, caddies, employees, writers and broadcasters that left their marks on the hollowed grounds during The Masters and has been a dream for a lot of people for years to attend the tournament. The Green Jacket ceremony i one of the best traditions in sports and despite some people saying that the jackets look ugly, I think they look freakin’ great. The Masters has brought people from all over the world to experience this haven on earth of a golf course with its sights, great competition, the great southern style food, the historic clubhouse and now the new practice facility (Built in 2010) is a beautiful addition to this masterpiece of a course. There is absolutely nothing at Augusta National that isn’t iconic and this year’s Masters should be a blast. 11-time National Sportswriter of the Year Rick Reilly named The Masters in 2009 as the best sporting event to attend live.

“Hello friends, and welcome to The Masters.” – Jim Nantz

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