To be fair, the massive buzz surrounding Victor Dubuisson that began to permeate the sport Sunday was a reaction to more than just one shot. The 23-year-old Frenchman's 15-foot birdie on the 17th hole and par save on the 18th — needing to win both holes to force a playoff — were remarkable enough. But his recovery on the 19th hole, after finding his ball lodged at the base of a jumping cholla cactus appeared to be one of the most improbable saves in recent history ... until his show-stopping encore on the 20th.
If you didn't happen to see the near-impossible lie that Dubuisson's ball found itself in on the 20th hole, take it from Jason Day, Dubuisson's opponent in the thrilling playoff of the Accenture Match Play Championship:
''I walked over there and it was in a tree, a flower tree of some sort, in this little crevice. I mean, it looked absolutely dead,'' Day said.
But with the ball entangled in the bush, Dubuisson took another gutsy swing and somehow put it near the pin for another makeable par — to force yet another playoff hole. Three holes later, Day would ultimately win out, but Dubuisson's magic was not lost on him: ''At that time, you're just thinking, 'Do I need to just hand him the trophy now after those two shots?''' Day said.
Some of golf's biggest names were equally smitten with Dubuisson's efforts:
The eastern portion of downtown Minneapolis rumbled on Sunday morning, as controlled explosives brought portions of the Metrodome crumbling down. According to a statement from the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority, demolition crews set 84 charges of dynamite throughout 24 columns of the upper concourse to collapse a remaining roof ring on the 32-year-old complex. The detonations were a complete success, thoroughly enjoyed on YouTube and continue to pave the way for the Minnesota Vikings' new $1 billion stadium.
Historic moment at Staples Center
History was made Sunday when Jason Collins became the first openly gay player to play in one of the four major American professional sports. Less than a day after Yahoo Sports first reported that Collins had inked a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets he took the floor against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center and was greeted with resounding applause and a standing ovation.
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