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Watch a mountain lion play with a flagstick on an Arizona golf course

Here is your mindless entertainment for the day. A mountain lion came onto the Desert Mountain Golf Course in Scottsdale and played with the flagstick on the 18th hole. Just sit back and watch:

Another day in paradise… while a Mountain Lion plays with a the flag on #18 of the Chiricahua course at Desert Mountain last week.

Posted by Wendie Marlais on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

If this sounds familiar, you're right. Last year a bear did the same thing at a course in British Columbia.

Related: The top 25 viral videos of 2014

This time, the people filming the brush with nature didn't get as close. Probably a smart idea.

(h/t Golf News Net)

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The Grind

Chris Kirk comes up clutch, Bubba gets dunked, Miguel dances, and Keegan/Jillian go to a wedding

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are just coming out of our annual Memorial Day hot dog coma. Or maybe it's more of a spicy brown mustard hangover. In fact, if we were ranking condiments, we'd go 1. Gulden's spicy brown mustard; 2. Trader Joe's spicy brown mustard; 3. French's spicy mustard; 4. All other kinds of spicy brown mustard we haven't tried yet; 5. All other condiments.

In any matter, we might have given Kobayashi a run for his money this weekend. It's a good thing hot dogs are so healthy. . . OK, so that's not true, but it was certainly a healthy weekend for golf. Let's get cooking.

WE'RE BUYING

Chris Kirk: Two weeks after a disappointing finish at the Players, Kirk finished off his fourth PGA Tour victory at Colonial with a clutch up-and-down on the final hole to avoid a four-man playoff. The 30-year-old University of Georgia product is now up to 17th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He's easily No. 1, though, among tour pros with two first names.

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To the Colonial victor goes a plaid jacket and one of the biggest trophies in the world.

Colin Montgomerie: Monty couldn't win a major during his prime, but now he can't seem to lose one on the Champions Tour. With a four-shot win at a difficult Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Montgomerie repeated at the Senior PGA Championship and won his third major in his last six attempts as a senior. He is 0 for 71 at majors on the younger circuit.

Behind the camera: Riding around TPC Sawgrass with Roger Maltbie

Byeong Hun An: Six years after winning the U.S. Amateur, An finally claimed another big tournament, winning the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA, by six shots. In other words, maybe there's still hope for guys like Bubba Dickerson. The difference with An is he's still only 23. Do we need to add him into the "Era" conversation?

J.R. Smith: Unfortunately for the Cleveland Cavaliers guard, his team's success is keeping him from playing much golf these days. But on the bright side, Smith is playing the best basketball of his career. Smith made eight three-pointers in Cleveland's Game 1 win in the Eastern Conference Finals, but his mind remains on golf as evidenced by this tweet about divots. Hang in there, J.R. you'll be back to playing 36-a-day soon.

WE'RE SELLING

Kevin Na: In the past three months, Na has finished out of the top 20 once while racking up five top 10s. However, his play on Sundays has let him down. In contention, Na shot 72 at the Masters to fall to T-12, 71 at the Players to fall to T-6 and now a 72 (with preferred lies through the greens) at Colonial to fall from being the 54-hole leader to a T-10. He's on pace to have his best season ever, but oh, what could have been.

Photos: Meet the WAGs of the PGA Tour

Sinkholes: These things are positively horrifying. In case you missed it, one opened up at the Top of the Rock Golf Course just a month after the Champions Tour was in town. The course is known for it's stunning practice range, but how could you not be scared of falling into one of these the next time you're there?

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Francesco Molinari: After having at least a share of the lead at the BMW PGA after the first three days, Molinari shot a final-round 74 at Wentworth to drop into fifth. The Ryder Cupper hasn't won in more than three years. At least he still has bragging rights over brother Edoardo, who hasn't won since 2010.

Rory McIlroy: Just kidding! It's one bad week. He'll be OK.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour stays in Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson. This year happens to mark the 70th anniversary of Nelson's incredible 1945 campaign that consisted of 18 wins, including a mind-blowing 11 in a row. We'll probably hear about that a few times during the TV broadcast.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: I found a golf ball with the event's course, TPC Las Colinas, while playing on Monday. Of course, this doesn't mean anything.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Someone will win 11 PGA Tour events in a row this year: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds

-- Webb Simpson will be a captain's pick over Chris Kirk again this year: 10-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- J.R. Smith would trade eight three-pointers in a game for eight birdies in a round: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrating after making his third(!) hole-in-one of the year to set a new European Tour career record with 10.

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The 51-year-old also finished runner-up. Not surprisingly, he's perfected his celebratory dance:

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Bubba Watson goes in the dunk tank:

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"You get the right distance, the right club, hit a good shot and that's the ingredients you need to make a hole in one." -- Miguel Angel Jimenez. Sounds easy enough.

THIS WEEK IN MODERN-DAY TOUR PROS BEING MODERN-DAY TOUR PROS

Billy Horschel challenged Brandt Snedeker to a bet on Twitter involving their alma maters' baseball teams. But when Snedeker proposed the stakes -- loser wears their rival school's colors at the U.S. Open -- Horschel couldn't because his U.S. Open outfits had been scripted six months in advance.

Florida wound up beating Vanderbilt making Horschel the winner of the bet. If Snedeker wears blue and orange at Chambers Bay, that's why.

THIS WEEK IN NATALIE GULBIS MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH HER TRAINING/TAKING SELFIES

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Gulbis may have also just set the record for shortest shorts.

THIS WEEK IN RICKIE FOWLER-ALEXIS RANDOCK KEEGAN BRADLEY-JILLIAN STACEY PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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Keegan and Jillian were in NYC for the wedding of one of Keegan's friends. We hope to see them at their own wedding some day. (What are you waiting for, Keegan?!) 

THIS WEEK IN WILD HOLE-IN-ONE REACTIONS ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR (NON-MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ EDITION)

Not to be outdone by the Mechanic, Andrew Johnston, aka "Beef," made an ace of his own at the BMW PGA on Thursday. Beef reacted to his shot and winning a new sports car by pulling off an impressive running chest bump:

THIS AND THAT

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Alabama's Emma Talley birdied the final hole to win the NCAA women's individual golf championship. She also won the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur. If not for Lydia Ko, we'd probably be saying the LPGA is about to enter the Emma Era. . . . Peter Uihlein, the 2010 U.S. Amateur champ at Chambers Bay, will not be making a return trip there to this year's U.S. Open after failing to qualify. Too bad because he was one of the few potential players in the field with Mike Davis' recommended 10 practice rounds under his belt. . . . Congrats to Wake Forest men's golf coach Jerry Haas on finishing as low club pro at his first Senior PGA. Jerry, Jay's brother and Bill's uncle, put up with me for four years of covering the Deacs while I was in college. . . . Pictured are the cute farm boxes of golf balls on the range at Baltusrol. Yes, this is my cute way of telling you I got to play Baltusrol ahead of the 2016 PGA Championship. And yes, it was glorious.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Which pro would I most like to nail in the dunk tank?

Who has the best nickname in pro sports?

How can anyone prefer regular mustard to spicy brown mustard?

-- Alex Myers is an Associate Editor for GolfDigest.com. Feel free to email him and please follow him on Twitter since he has self-esteem issues.

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Video: Jimenez makes yet another hole-in-one, third this year

Miguel Angel Jimenez no doubt has bought his share of rounds over the years, but his bar bill has grown exponentially this year.

On Saturday, Jimenez made a hole-in-one for the second week in a row, this one in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship, and has made three this year, a tour record 10 in his career.


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Bubba Watson stumbles on a way to make money selling his divots

The irrepressible Bubba Watson was at a grocery store and seems to have discovered a way to supplement his income, especially with the U.S. Open coming up.

“Teddy, look, man, you need to save my divots,” he said to caddie Ted Scott while holding up some wheatgrass. “We could make so much money. Look at this. Three-sixty-nine for this. You think it’s U.S. Open length so I can practice out of it?”

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Brian Henninger really picked the wrong time to shank a tee shot into the lake

Brian Henninger was one of the subjects of John Feinstein's classic 1996 book A Good Walk Spoiled. Unfortunately for the 52-year-old journeyman, that title also sums up his Thursday, thanks to one horrific shot.

Related: Watch the best reaction to a hole-in-one of 2015

Late in his first round at the Senior PGA Championship, Henninger arrived on the seventh hole (he played the back nine first at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Indiana) at one under par and in a share of the lead on a difficult day for scoring. And then. . . he did. . . (gulp). . . this:

Henninger settled himself to make a double bogey, but the two-time PGA Tour winner added a bogey on the ninth hole to shoot a two-over-par 74. There are plenty of holes to go in the tournament, but that could sting -- especially in the hands -- for a bit.

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James Morrison shows golfers around the world how to properly handle a bad break

James Morrison stared intently at his airborne golf ball and even gave a little club twirl. The 30-year-old Englishman knew his approach shot to No. 15 in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship was good.

Unfortunately, it was too good.

Morrison's ball clanged off the flagstick and rolled off the front of the green. "So, so unlucky," an announcer said. But "sometimes lady luck pays you back," another commenter said moments later. Yep.

Related: Watch the best hole-in-one reaction of 2015

Morrison, a winner last week at the Open de Espana, took the bad break in stride and then chipped in for birdie. Check out the clip:

Of course, it helps to be a world-class golfer like Morrison, but let's try to keep this quick reversal of fortune in mind the next time we play. You know, instead of spending 15 minutes complaining each time you get a bad bounce.

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Watch this European Tour player make an ace, win a car, and pull off a perfect running chest bump

Miguel Angel Jimenez has given us a couple of great hole-in-one reactions in recent months, but apparently he has competition in that area on the European Tour. Check out Andrew Johnston, aka "Beef," acing Wentworth's 184-yard 10th hole during Thursday's opening round of the BMW PGA Championship:

Well done, Andrew. We haven't seen a running chest bump that good since the New York Knicks were NBA contenders in the 1990s.

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Johnston -- sorry, "Beef" -- was obviously excited by the shot, but also by the sweet-looking BMW sports car it won him. Unfortunately for Beef, not a lot else went right for him in the opening round. He shot 77 with the ace being his lone hole under par on his scorecard.

Meanwhile, Jimenez is actually one of the early leaders after posting a 68. Factor in the shot, the celebration and the car, though, and Beef definitely beat the Mechanic on this day.

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Tiger Woods seems pretty serious about his very serious poker face

Tiger Woods has long been known for his intense stare on the golf course. In fact, you might remember this very popular poster of Woods which read, "The Eyes Have It" -- which I just may have had hanging in my room growing up:

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It turns out Woods gives a similar glare when he's playing poker, which can prove to be extremely effective in a game where participants are constantly trying to read their opponents. Here's Woods on Friday night at "Tiger Jam" in Las Vegas looking pretty serious sitting next to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban:

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And here he is staying focused when doing an interview with Lynn Gilmartin, who works for the World Poker Tour on Fox:

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Poker Tiger does not mess around, and apparently, Cuban found out about Woods' nasty streak at the tables the hard way. Here he is talking about Woods showing no mercy in knocking him out of the tournament:

Related: Ranking the 17 best musical acts ever at Tiger Jam

Unfortunately, the video cuts off, but Cuban is saying something about Woods being a sore winner at poker. Sorry, Mark, it's tough to feel bad for a billionaire losing a few bucks.

(h/t Golfwrx.com)

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Kevin Kisner said he drank after his two recent playoff losses and other things you should know about this rising star

Golf fans didn't know too much about Kevin Kisner a month ago, but they probably should start learning. The University of Georgia product has lost in a playoff in two of his last three PGA Tour starts, including at the Players.

Related: Behind the scenes at the Players

Kisner, aka "the Kiz," also happens to be a straight-shooter off the course. He handled both heartbreaking defeats (his winning opponents birdies four out of six extra holes against him) well in interviews and now we know how he coped with the tough losses . He drank.

Kisner appeared in a PGA Tour video with Amanda Balionis called "Buy a mulligan." The premise is Balionis asks a golfer five questions and he can take a mulligan on any and not answer. But the Kiz didn't even think about taking a mulligan. Here's the video:

The one-word "Drank" answer was the highlight, but he had some other good moments, including when he talked about trading places with Tiger Woods for a day. "Because I'd spend all his money," Kisner said when asked why. "[I could] buy anything with his silly money."

Related: What famous pros did with their first tournament checks

At the end of the segment, Kisner told Balionis, "You've got to come up with better questions. You need to get harder. Way harder." Sounds good to us.

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Watch Dustin Johnson smash a golf ball out of the air with a driver

The golf world has gotten to know the Bryan Bros well in the past year. George and Wesley often team up to pull off incredible trick shots, usually with George setting up Wesley to hit a golf ball out of the air.

Related: Epic trick shots with the Bryan Bros

But on Wednesday, Dustin Johnson also got involved in the act. Here's his tweet of what we hope is just a small sample of what's to come:

DJ being able to pull off the shot isn't surprising, but the fact that he's wearing pants on an off day in Myrtle Beach is. It's starting to get a bit steamy down there this time of year, no?

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