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All the most interesting stuff from the final round of the 2015 Honda Classic

LUCKY NO. 297

As our own Alex Myers pointed out on Twitter on Saturday: Padraig Harrington went into the Honda Classic ranked No. 297 in the Official World Golf Ranking, which, strangely, was the same spot occupied by James Hahn when he won last week. It's been a long, hard fall in the rankings for Harrington since his last PGA Tour victory at the 2008 PGA Championship, but if it doesn't look like he'll be occupying that 297th spot for much longer. 

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- LKD

REED GETS BEAR-TRAPPED

Coming off a birdie on No. 14, Reed approached the first leg of PGA National's "Bear Trap" tied for the lead. But he dunked his tee shot in the water on the par-3 15th hole.

Ouch. The resulting double bogey dropped him two shots back of Padraig Harrington with three holes to go.

- AM

SPLASH LANDING

Ian Poulter's wild final round just turned disastrous on the 14th hole. After pushing his driver way right and into a hazard, Poulter dropped, and hit his next shot off a palm tree and into more water. That makes an incredible five balls in the water through 14 holes for the man who had a three-shot lead through 54 holes. Hopefully, his caddie put a few extra in the bag.

Poulter eventually found the green and holed a 20-footer for triple bogey. Here's a look at how the hole played out on PGA Tour ShotTracker:

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Meanwhile, playing partners Padraig Harrington and Patrick Reed birdied the hole to share the lead at 7 under. Poulter fell to three under and into a share of sixth place. Looks like that first stroke-play victory in the U.S. will have to wait.

- Alex Myers

PUN ALERT!

Take notice, because a doomsday scenario has just emerged. Daniel Berger, who Tim Rosaforte profiled in this week's Golf World, shot a final round six-under 64 birdies to vault himself squarely into contention. With the leaders stumbling, he could easily pick up the victory, and you know what that means...

-LKD

"Game On"

There's a very Ryder Cup feel at the top of the leader board at the resumption of play at the 2015 Honda Classic. Paul Casey, Patrick Reed and Ian Poulter have all been jockeying for the lead but none of them have really taken charge. Poulter had a two-shot lead going into the 11th hole and looked like he was about to run away with it, but his water-bound drive led to a double and dropped him into a then-three-way tie for the lead at six-under. The consensus, now, is that the game is in fact "on."

- Luke Kerr-Dineen

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Missing Links

Greg Norman: 'Certain players are happy going through motions. They don’t want to be the leader'

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“Most Tour pros, [Greg] Norman said, don’t really want to reach the top, not down deep, not in a sport where 20th place can pay six figures. ‘Certain players are happy just going through the motions. They don’t want to be the leader, they would rather be a sheep. They enjoy grazing the field and getting fat and sassy,’ he said.” Normal assesses today’s players in this story by John Paul Newport of the Wall Street Journal.

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Ben Crenshaw, twice a winner, will make his final appearance in the Masters next month. “It’s a little bittersweet, but good Lord I’m just thankful for all the time I’ve had there,” he said in this story by Lee Pace at pinehurst.com. “I’ve spent well over half my life going to Augusta. It’s obviously been a great part of my life. I’ll continue to go each year, tearfully, and watch other people. It’s time to do that. The golf course is just a little too much for me, which is fine, that’s the way life goes. I’m resigned to that.”

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“Over the years, Ryder Cup players and captains have come in all shapes and sizes. Which is appropriate. Because so has Darren Clarke,” John Huggan of the Scotsman writes in this reflection on Clarke and the Ryder Cup. “The man who will lead the Old World into battle with the New at Hazeltine next year is a relatively svelte figure these days…but the formerly burly Ulsterman was a much bigger physical presence during all of his five playing appearances in Europe’s colours.”

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“As [International Olympic Committee President Thomas] Bach and his executive board were wrapping up a 2 ¿-day meeting in Rio, a small group of protesters gathered outside the luxury hotel at Copacabana Beach holding signs that read ‘Thomas Bach is a nature killer’ and ‘The city is not for sale.’ Stephen Wilson and Stephen Wade of the Associated Press examine those protesting on environmental concerns the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro.

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My Usual Game

Nine holes with a mysterious stranger, plus losing on purpose

Dayton Olson was a talented amateur who turned pro in 1965. He played in one PGA Tour event and one Champions Tour event -- the 1983 U.S. Senior Open, at Hazeltine -- and made the cut in both. He also won the 1963 Manitoba Open, a PGA Tour Canada tournament now known as the Players Cup. He owned driving ranges in Minnesota, and died in 2011. 

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Recently, his son Mike, a reader in Oregon (and a talented amateur himself, with a lifetime low handicap of plus-2) wrote with some reminiscences:

Winning the Manitoba Open got my dad a 10-year exemption. We lived in Minnetonka, and every summer we would go up to Winnipeg for a little vacation, and my dad would play in the tournament. When I was old enough, I would caddie for him, and he would let me bring my clubs. I played with him during a practice round before one of the Opens, and at about five in the evening, when we were on the tenth tee, this guy comes walking around some shrubs and asks if he can join us. I thought he was a nut, or an old hacker, but he and my dad knew each other, and my dad whispered, “Just watch him.” He teed his ball on a golf pencil, and I was thinking I don't want to play with this clown --  but then he striped it 260 down the middle. He played very fast, and would often talk while he was swinging, but he kept hitting near-perfect shots. It was intimidating for me -- but he was very friendly, and when I would hit one of my few good shots he would say, “There ya go, kid -- good one.” He seemed like he was just fooling around, and he took zero time, especially for putts, which he didn’t even line up, but he still shot about two-under for nine holes.

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The stranger was the Canadian golf legend Moe Norman (photo above), who, among numerous other accomplishments, had won the Manitoba Open three years in a row, in 1965-’67. Olson saw him again at the same tournament in 1971, when he was 15:

I caddied for my dad, and he did well in the tournament, and when he was finished we left his bag by the practice green and he went into the clubhouse. Moe was leading, so I stayed. He ended up in a tie, and 60 or 70 of us went out to watch the playoff. On the second hole, Moe has about a 40-footer for birdie, and he lags it up, like, two inches from the hole, and the other player, a young guy from Florida, says “Pick it up” -- and Moe scoops up the ball with his putter. As they’re walking to the next tee, some tournament officials come running up, and they’re telling Moe he can’t pick up his ball like that, because this is stroke play, not match play. And Moe can’t believe it. He says, “He gave me the putt -- are you guys deaf?” And then, “Well, this sure is a bunch of crap. I’m never coming back here. Winnipeg is a bush town anyway.” And he starts walking off the course.

The other player was John Elliott, Jr., then in his early twenties. He had served in the Army in Vietnam, and had won the Bronze Star. He was married to Sandra Post, a Canadian pro, who won eight times on the LPGA Tour, including the 1968 LPGA Championship. (The marriage didn’t last.) Today, Elliott (below) is a teaching pro in Florida and an occasional Golf Digest contributor.

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Elliott told the tournament officials that he was responsible for Norman’s violation, and that he didn’t want to win because of a mistake that he had caused. The gallery and the tournament sponsor got involved, too, and, in the end, the officials decided to let the playoff continue. Back to Olson:

They ran after Moe, and begged him to come back. You could tell he was really angry, and that he didn’t want to keep playing. But eventually he did. They let him replace his ball and tap it in. When they got to the eighteenth green, Elliott almost made a 15-footer for birdie, and made par. And Moe -- who had hit one of the most beautiful 7-irons I’ve ever seen -- had maybe an eight-footer for birdie. He doesn’t even look at it, but hits it way too hard, like six feet past the hole, and then he hits the next putt almost without stopping, and misses that one, too. And it was obvious to me that he had missed on purpose. He shook Elliott’s hand and walked straight into the parking lot. The whole thing was strange, but also kind of humorous, because to me Moe seemed funny when he was mad.

Elliott won $1,500, Norman $1,125. (One stroke back: John Mahaffey.) A week later, at the Alberta Open, Norman and Elliott tied for the lead and played together again, in the final round. That time, Norman birdied four consecutive holes on the final nine and won by three.

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Olson and his dad spent a lot of time together on golf courses, and they won a father-son tournament conducted by the Oregon Golf Association when his dad was a super-senior. Olson continued:

I have won four club championships and my lowest score ever on a par-72 course is 65, but I have never been and never will be one tenth as good as my dad was. He was just an outstanding player. The only rotten thing is that he had horrible arthritis in his fingers, wrists, and hands. And he didn't have it just when he was old; it started when he was in his forties. He still managed to play good, though. I caddied for him all the time -- Carson Herron, the father of Tim Herron, was a member of his regular foursome -- and he never ceased to amaze me.

Here are a few photos of Norman swinging, from 1987, courtesy of Tim O’Connor and Todd “Little Moe” Graves, who have just published The Single Plane Golf Swing: Play Better Golf the Moe Norman Way. (The autograph at the bottom is from my copy of an earlier book of O'Connor's, a biography of Norman called The Feeling of Greatness.) Graves teaches Norman’s swing at his own school, the Graves Golf Academy. I’ve played several rounds with him, and I once played a round with both him and Norman, and I wish I could strike the ball one tenth as well as either of them. Make that one hundredth.
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News & Tours

PGA Tour caddies furious after being forced to take shelter from storm in metal shed

Earlier this month, PGA Tour caddies filed a $50 million class-action lawsuit against the tour. And what happened on Saturday at the Honda Classic certainly isn't going to make that go away.

As severe thunderstorms hit PGA National, play was suspended -- and ultimately, postponed -- sending players and fans to seek shelter. But while players huddled in the clubhouse, caddies, who aren't given clubhouse access during PGA Tour events, had to take cover in a metal shed on the course. Here's a tweet from Robert Streb's caddie, Steve Catlan:

Later, Scott Vail, who works for Brandt Snedeker, offered his take:

Luke Donald chimed in on Twitter as well:

In the suit, more than 80 caddies said they want a share of the money the tour makes off them wearing sponsor bibs during tournaments. They also listed a series of grievances, including that they "have been treated as second-class participants of the game."

If the suit goes to court, Saturday's metal shed could wind up being Exhibit A of that.

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News & Tours

A positive Padraig Harrington says he's "on the right path"

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The Padraig Harrington who won three major championships in a span of six contested about 100 years ago has reemerged at the Honda Classic, still unsure and a bit unsteady, but possessing a growing sureness that his relative steadiness can be sustained.

Brilliant for 27 holes on the caustic Champion Course at PGA National, Harrington struggled over his inward nine and bogeyed his final two holes. Still, he completed a 4-under-par 66 Saturday to lead resourceful youngster Patrick Reed with a 7-under 133 total midway through a rain-plagued tournament destined for a Monday finish.

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Harrington, 43, hasn't held a 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the 2010 Valspar Championship. More significantly, he hasn't led after 72 holes since his victory in the 2008 PGA Championship. Granted, he did capture the Asian Tour's BRI Indonesian Open in December, a $750,000 tournament where he was the headliner, even though he wasn't ranked in the top 300 in the Official World Golf Ranking at the time.

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A win is a win, and all, but Harrington will be the first to tell you that leading a PGA Tour event, especially one played on an abrasive layout that dispensed harsh justice to a number of top players, requires a greater level of proficiency.

"It's nice to be in contention. I'm very positive about my game coming in here this week," said Harrington, who has missed five of eight cuts this year and needed a sponsor exemption to get into an event he won in 2005. "I don't know what's going to happen the next 36 holes, but I have a good idea where I'm going."

That in itself is a victory for the reflective Irishman.

For all those mystified by the recent struggles of Tiger Woods, Harrington perhaps serves as a relevant case study in a dominant game being compromised by psychological corrosion.

In the simplest terms, Harrington has struggled to put aside the fact that he's Padraig Harrington. He constantly fights the tendency to get too immersed in results rather than focus on the process of hitting good and proper shots. He tries too hard to not try too hard.

Many players refer to this as getting in their own way.

Without a top-10 finish since the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic, Harrington has been virtually tripping over himself. He might as well just tie his own shoelaces together.

It hasn't helped that he has tinkered with his swing endlessly in the last seven years. Sound familiar?

"My big problem is really trying to control the outcome and not settling for the process being enough," he said. "Ultimately, I have found out that is the biggest hindrance to my game. My mind out there was better than it's ever been. It was ugly at the end there. I found it for a while, though."

Offering him solace is that he found it in Indonesia, too. After blowing a four-stroke lead through 54-holes, Harrington sank a 15-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to beat Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand by two shots. It was his first win since the 2010 Johor Open, also on the Asian Tour.

The win came out of nowhere. Or so it seemed.

"When you go across to Asia, you're staying in the Presidential Suite. You've got a chauffer and a police escort for the week. You're treated like a star and you play like a star," he said with relish. "They bring you in there and your picture is all over the billboards and advertisements, and you have to deliver. It's got to have an effect on the ego.

"When I go to Asia, I'm back to being a three-time major winner. You get built up and you sometimes play like that. Here it's a different feeling."

Ranked 297th in the world, Harrington feels almost invisible in America. Part of that is due to his European heritage. Another part can be attributed to his precipitous decline in performance. And then there's human nature; people are predictably drawn to bright young talents like Brooks Koepka or Jordan Spieth instead of a married father of two children predisposed to disquietude.

Take his play on Saturday. He was comfortable until making the turn and then some old swing faults began to creep back in. He made four birdies on his last nine, sure, but he hit only two fairways and that caught up to him with soft bogeys on his last two holes.

"That was disappointing. But you can't have everything go your way all the time," said the man who hasn't had much go his way in years.

Golf's demons never rest. It takes enormous visceral vigor to fend them off. There isn't a golfer in history who hasn't eventually succumbed to them, and it's easy to surrender to them once they have displaced a player's preternatural confidence.

Related: How Johnny Miller and Dan Hicks are making TV history at the Honda

But good players find a way to rebound, rebuild, and then recapture their edge. Woods, after his personal tribulations in late 2009, won five times in 2013 and claimed another PGA Tour Player of the Year honor. Now he's in the midst of another reclamation project.

Harrington, Player of the Year in 2008, would admit that his play in this week's weather-plagued tournament is merely an overture towards better days. He said he feels like it's coming, but one can never be sure either.

Dancing on a razor's edge leaves some deep cuts. When the third round restarts at 10 a.m. EST Sunday, Harrington will quickly find out how sure his footing remains.

"We're on the right path," he said, trying to sound confident, but letting doubt sneak in just the same. "It's just a question of, can I do it? As you get older, you lose a bit of your innocence. I have always been a person who probably tries a bit too hard. There's no doubt on the mental side I've been trying ever so hard. It's hard to ease off. I did find some peace this week. Even if it was only for a bit of time I did find some peace."

And a piece of himself, too.

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Books

The Rory McIlroy biographies are starting to pile up

GolfDigest.com will regularly highlight a book that it finds of interest to readers. This week is:

Rory's Glory, by Justin Doyle, foreword by Tony Jacklin, G2 Entertainment Publishing, $19.95, paperback, 166 pages (also in eBook format)

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The on-course achievements of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy through age 25 show great similarity. How do they compare off the course? When it comes to being subject matter for books, Tiger takes down Rory -- in a rout. With this latest book on McIlroy, by my reckoning, that puts his count at five; there were roughly a dozen books done on Woods at the same age.

That speaks to Woods' explosive start to the pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' records in the majors -- unprecedented at such a young age; McIlroy's early career surge doesn't feel as fresh -- Tiger playing the prominent American tour, and his more secretive and guarded nature, which made him a target for interest and scrutiny. By the time Woods turned 25 at the end of 2000, those dozen books included tomes by such writers as Tim Rosaforte and the "John Quartet" of Strege, Garrity, Andrisani, and Feinstein, plus Woods' father Earl. Following Woods' incredible 2000 season, during the next couple years another group of prominent writers including Tom Callahan, David Owen and Steve Eubanks would have their own Woods books.

With "Rory's Glory," you can give Woods the edge in both volume and substance. Doyle, an Irish sports writer, now has done two of the five books on McIlroy, who turns 26 in early May. If he had done one book on Rory Mac to this point, he would have had a better product. The first book -- "Rory McIlroy: His Story So Far" -- went to press in November 2011, several months after McIlroy won his first major at the U.S. Open at Congressional (both books are from G2 Entertainment publishing in the UK). Just 22 and a half, McIlroy's life to that point didn't provide a lot for a biography, just as many of the early books done on Woods were thin in page count and small in dimension.

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The author estimated it took less than three hours to read Rory book No. 1. The second effort has even fewer years of his life to cover, the 2012 to 2014 seasons, and as a result "Rory's Glory" reads like an extensive periodical piece, much of it familiar.

Doyle shows his delight in his subject and is an obvious fan, and rightfully so since McIlroy is universally admired for how he's handled himself as well as performed. And it's to fans of McIlroy that I'd recommend this book. Everyone else might want to try getting a copy of a different Doyle book, his collaboration with another Irishman, Christy O'Connor Jr., on his autobiography, "Christy" (Paperweight Publications). Junior is nephew to legend Christy O'Connor Sr. and is the 1989 European Ryder Cup hero who stunned Fred Couples in singles. That bio came out in 2012 when O'Connor was 64, a robust life worth a book.

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Golf in Iran? Yes, there is, one 13-hole course

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Golf in Iran? Yes, though not a lot of it. It has one course, the Engelhab ("Revolution" in Farsi) Club, that has only 13 holes, requiring golfers to play five holes twice to reach 18. AFP’s Arthur Macmillan reports: “‘It's pretty terrible, but it's all we have,’ said Mehrdad, a 40-year-old businessman who splits his time between Iran, Canada and Germany. He tries to play at least fortnightly with his friends, but other than on the Persian weekend (Thursday and Friday) the club is deserted, he says, remarking that few Iranians know what golf is.”

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“The world watched with bated breath as Darren Clarke took to the first tee at The K Club in the 2006 Ryder Cup, just six weeks after the death of his first wife, Heather, to cancer,” Ali Gordon of the Belfast Telegraph writes in this story on Clarke and that painful period in his life. “‘Thankfully it went straight down the middle,’” Clarke said.

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Sean Jacklin was born in Scotland to an English father, was named for a Scot and grew up in the U.S. So how will he identify himself? He registered for the European Tour’s Joburg Open this week as a Scot. “I think it’s a connection between Sean being born in Scotland and named after Sean Connery, Tony’s good friend,” Lloyd Bailey, Tony Jacklin’s agent, told the Scotsman. “It’s also so he can play for Europe in the Ryder Cup ahead of the States.”

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Lydia Ko, only 17 and already No. 1 in the Rolex Ranking, was in the news again for flirting with a 59 and settling for a 61 in the New Zealand Open. “At times watching Lydia Ko's group you had to be reminded this was a championship golf course set up for top professionals, not a nine-hole pitch-and-putt course down at the local driving range,” Fred Woodcock of Stuff writes. “Such was the disdain Ko had for the Clearwater Golf Club layout, as she meticulously ripped it apart hole-by-hole, smashing the course record and putting herself in pole position for a second New Zealand Women's Open title in three years.”

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News & Tours

Rory misses the cut at the Honda Classic, proves that he is human after all

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Well, the chamber of horrors that is the Champion Course at PGA National sure doesn't play favorites. As proof, many of the favorites aren't playing the Champion Course this weekend in the Honda Classic.
 
Half of the field had yet to complete the second round because of nearly four hours of weather delays Friday, but the plethora of marquee players turning in their courtesy cars early was startling. Justin Rose, Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel and Ernie Els were among the certain casualties, while Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell found themselves with ground to make up to survive the 36-hole cut when play resumes Saturday morning, weather permitting.
 
Most shocking of all, however, was the thoroughly uninspired effort of world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who had come into this event, his first this year on the PGA Tour, riding a wave that had begun with his victory in last year's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
 
Having collected four wins and four second-place finishes in his last 12 starts, including the Claret Jug and his second PGA Championship title, McIlroy was rightly shocked by his inability to lift his game after an opening 73. Despite being presented a rain-softened course, he converted just one birdie in a 74 that left him at 7-over 147.
 
Yes, he was surprised. And more.
 
"I'm pissed off," he said frankly, unable to explain his desultory effort on a course where he lost to Russell Henley last year in a four-man playoff.  "I think it's been since The Open in '13 the last time I missed a cut. I don't like missing cuts. You want to be playing on the weekend, and I'm not there. Well, I'm here; I'm home [he lives in nearby Jupiter]. I'm not going to be playing this weekend, which is … which is not nice."


With its many bunkers and water hazards lurking about, and wind a mean-spirited sidekick, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Champion Course, renovated after last year's tournament, is not nice to anyone not on top of his game.
 
McIlroy wasn't thought to be in that category, but he converted just five birdies against seven bogeys and two double-bogeys in two days.
 
"It's a tough golf course, especially with the wind and everything," said Brooks Koepka, who, playing alongside McIlroy, rallied from an opening 78 to fire a 6-under 64 and earned a weekend tee time for the many family and friends in his gallery. "Yeah, it's surprising. He's the best player in the world right now. Any time he struggles, I think it would be a shock to everyone."
 
The rain-plagued day started poorly for the Ulsterman when he bogeyed his opening hole, the long par-4 10th, but his situation became dire when he bogeyed the reachable par-5 18th after his second shot from the left rough found the water well short of the green.
 
"I think that's maybe where it all … McIlroy said before he stopped himself, perhaps not wanting to finish the thought. " I made a bit of a bad decision on 18, hitting wood out of the rough. The lie looked pretty good.  Felt like I could get it up around the green, but just didn't come out the way I expected it to."
 
McIlroy converted his only birdie, from five feet, at the par-3 fifth, but then he closed with three bogeys, including at the last.
 
It was a far cry from his last two starts, which included a victory at Dubai following second place at Abu Dhabi. He seemed confident that he could pick up where he left off, but, instead, he left his game overseas.
 
"I guess after coming off a three‑week break, and then felt a little ‑‑ just a little, I wouldn't say rusty, but just not quite on top of my game yesterday," he said. "And then today, I mean, I felt like I was trying to get something going and couldn't.  Coming off three weeks off and playing in conditions like these, it sort of shows you where your game's at.  Just got to regroup and put some work in and get ready for Miami next week."
 
McIlroy is competing next week at Trump Doral in Miami at the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship - after participating on Monday in the popular Seminole Pro-Member - followed by his first appearance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Then it's on to the Masters, where he will try to win his third straight major and go for completing the career Grand Slam.
 
Not that he is giving that any thought. Or so he says.
 
"I'm not really thinking of Augusta. I'm thinking of next week and just trying to play four solid rounds. The good thing about next week is we do have four rounds that we can get into some sort of rhythm."

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Celebrity

Tiger Woods gets some earthy advice from...Kid Rock?

Everyone, it seems, has advice for Tiger Woods, who has taken a hiatus while he attempts to resurrect his golf career.

Here’s some from an unlikely source, Kid Rock, who apparently has joined the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., and visited Woods at his Jupiter Island estate, even hitting balls in his backyard:

“Nice kid," Rock told Rolling Stone. “A little bit of an Eminem and Axl Rose syndrome. Very reclusive, literal, and sometimes you feel a little bad for them. Sometimes they think the world's against them. You gotta loosen up, man! People are gonna talk [bleep]. You just gotta enjoy it!”

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He did not elaborate, nor did he reconcile why one might conclude the world is against them when earning tens of millions of dollars from corporations asking that you represent them to large numbers of people.

Rock has become an avid golfer, who played in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2014, is a friend of John Daly’s. As for his membership in the Bear’s Club, he told Rolling Stone, “If you told me five years ago I'd have to take my hat off and tuck my shirt in, I'd have slapped the taste out of your mouth. Now I'm like, ‘Look at me, hair slicked back, shirt tucked in.’”

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Celebrity

Jesper Parnevik says to expect "a lot of very weird things happening" on his new reality TV show

March is going to be a big month for Jesper Parnevik. On the 7th, the Swedish golfer turns 50 making him eligible for the Champions Tour, and on the 16th, a new reality TV show starring his family debuts.

But he's only nervous about one of those events.

"I said no to people who asked me for many years to do something like this," Parnevik told GolfDigest.com. "Ever since I've said yes, I've had anxiety for this. I hate bad TV."

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But Parnevik is cautiously optimistic he's avoided that with "Parneviks," a show that will air on TV3 in Sweden. The program will focus on Jesper, his wife, Mia, and their four teenage children, but there will be appearances by many others, including some of Sweden's biggest celebrities, from soccer players to movie stars to politicians.

The show will be broken up into eight hour-long episodes. Here's a brief trailer, although don't expect to understand much if you haven't brushed up on your Swedish lately:

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Confused? We got Jesper to give us more details.

"It was a hectic eight weeks, but it was one of the most fun things I've ever done," said Parnevik, who described the show as a reality cross between The Office and Modern Family. "I got to meet people I wouldn't have met otherwise and hear people's life stories, how hard they work, and their ups and downs."

Not that Parnevik isn't used to having hordes of people inside his 13,000-square-foot home in Jupiter, Fla. He said there were as many as 80 (yes, 80) visitors during Christmas and that a lot of the people who make appearances on the show would have been there anyway.

"The house is always in chaos, we always have people over because Sweden is very dark in the winter," Parnevik said. "It's a big house, but it's usually not big enough."

"Everything that's happening is very real. There's going to be a lot of very weird things happening that always do here. It's not scripted at all."

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Being in front of the camera wasn't a huge adjustment for Parnevik, who has long been used to his celebrity status in his home country -- both for being a star golfer and for being the son of popular entertainer/comedian Bo Parnevik. Jesper was amazed by how natural his children were during taping (we're not after seeing them perform in this "Gangnam Style" music video in 2012), and is happy they were part of the experience.

"It was cool to do as a family," he said. "It was kind of good therapy . . . we grew together."

Related: The Oscars shows its anti-golf bias once again

As for growing into playing golf's senior circuit, Parnevik hopes to play a pretty full schedule -- if his body allows it.

"I've had so many injuries from cutting my finger off to Segways to hips to backs to ribs, so I never promise too much," he said. "I usually get injured around Februrary."

Fingers crossed you stay healthy this year, Jesper. And break a leg on the new show! Eh, let's stick with wishing you good luck.

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