Team USA (including a shirtless Bubba for some reason) the latest to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge
Rickie Fowler emceed the event and nominated teammates Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, who missed the festivities (Mickelson's caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay was in attendance and dumped the freezing water on Furyk), as well as the European team.
That might be tricky since automatic qualifying hasn't ended for Europe yet. But when the team is finalized, we know its top player, Rory McIlroy, is excused. On Tuesday, the 25-year-old Northern Irishman did the challenge with pal Tiger Woods.
We are down to the final four events of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, which means some golfer is about to walk away with a $10 million bonus and fantasy golfers still have time to make a little money of their own. The Barclays leads off the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and while Adam Scott won last year, Matt Kuchar feels more like the defending champ. Kuchar won this event in 2010, but that was the last year the tournament was played Ridgewood CC, this week's site. Kuchar is also returning from an odd Slip 'N Slide injury (no, really) leaving even more questions. Who are we pinning our FedEx Cup hopes on? Here's our weekly Yahoo! fantasy lineup:
Starters -- (A-List): Adam Scott. We probably would have used Kuchar, if not for that bizarre back injury. But hey, it's tough to ever go wrong when using Mr. Scott. The Aussie has finished in the top 15 in six straight events and 11 of 13 overall this season.
(B-List): Jason Day. Another Aussie who has played well in 2014 when he's teed it up, Day played in the final group at the PGA Championship on Saturday and finished T-5 at Ridgewood in 2010.
(B-List): Bill Haas. Coming off a T-2 in Greensboro and still motivated -- and close -- to earning a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. But what about Rory McIlroy? We're passing on using him in this spot despite his three-tournament winning streak. Why? Because EVERYONE is picking him. We hope EVERYONE isn't right. . .
(C-List): Sergio Garcia. Had a disappointing PGA Championship, but had back-to-back runner-ups previously at the British Open and the Bridgestone Invitational. He also had a runner-up at Ridgewood in this event in 2008.
Bench/Backups: Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, and Ryan Palmer.
Knockout/One-and-done pick: Nick Watney. Unfortunately, we've used all the players above so we had to dig a little deeper here. Watney won this event in 2012 at Bethpage Black and has re-found his form of late with a T-5, a T-8 and a T-12 in the past month. Another big finish would certainly get the attention of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson. Watney said that there's been a bit of a learning process since becoming a dad in March. And thanks to Kuchar, Watney knows to be careful shopping for a Slip 'N Slide when the time comes.
Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jason Dufner (Bridgestone), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Hunter Mahan (Canadian), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Rory McIlroy (PGA Championship -- WINNER!), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Webb Simpson (Wyndham), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- WINNER!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).
Don't let the name fool you. The Happy Putter is rooted in some serious thought about what a putter could be.
Available online and shipping this month ($250), the putter takes its cue from the adjustable-driver movement, as well as tour players’ tendencies to tweak their putter specs based on course or stroke changes. Vikash Sanyal, CEO of parent company Brainchild Golf, believes the technology is more meaningful in putters than in drivers because the effects are more easily seen.
"People understand the differences right away when they're playing shaggier Bermuda greens one day and bent greens another day, or they'll see right away that they're pulling all their putts to the left," says Sanyal, who was part of the original team at Odyssey Golf and later CEO of Never Compromise. "We're giving consumers access to something tour players have had forever."
Available in either mallet or blade, the putter can be set to three lofts, three lie angles, three hosel offset positions and includes three sets of heel and toe weights. And if none of those changes works, the putter can be flipped over to work left-handed, too.
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In 2012, 18 percent of kids six to 11 and 21 percent of kids 12 to 19 were obese. That's one out of every five kids you run into. Alarming doesn't quite describe the situation.
So what can be done about it? For starters, kids need to move more. If your child needs some motivation in this department, you might want to look into getting a new fitness board game called Flip2BFit. The concept is unique, simple and genius. While kids are playing this board game, they're asked to do simple exercises like crab crawls and squat thrusts in order to win. They're also given important information on nutrition. The game is the brainchild of Heather Parisi and has been endorsed by a number of parenting organizations. Cost is $35 and can be purchased at flip2bfit.com.
Ron Kaspriske is the fitness editor of Golf Digest.
I live in Manhattan, and toting my sticks on and off subway cars and in and out of cabs has turned into a real pain in the butt. In an effort to lighten my load I bought a small Sunday carry bag and tried my best to get rid of all the excess crap I'd accumulated over the last few months in my old bag. The change helped, and after discarding a banana peel, some scuffed golf balls, five of my six divot tools and a pair of boxers (don't ask) I was on the right track.
That said, the biggest loser ended up being my shoes. Whether I knotted the laces and slung them over my 3-wood, or stuffed my two FJ classics in the side pouch, my kicks were by far the heaviest piece of equipment I was hauling.
A. Carry a separate shoe bag. That didn't seem to make any sense as I maintained the weight and lost a free hand by carrying another bag.
B. Shelf the trusty classics and add a set of spikeless shoes I could wear to, from and, of course, at the golf course.
So, I picked up a pair of FJ Contour Casuals, and I've been wearing them all over all summer! They look and feel awesome. The full-grain leather and simple suede detailing mirror the minimalist designs coming out of some big-name sneaker companies. Meanwhile, they feel just as stable as my wood-soled classics on the course. I'll even wear 'em to the office if I'm gonna try and duck out early to play nine, and no one seems to be the wiser.
These types of soft, spikeless shoes are all over the tours and have started taking over a sizeable section of the classic golf-shoe market for good reason.
Here are six sweet hybrid hook-ups to check out.
FJ Contour Casual, $115
True Linkswear True Oxford, $100
Ecco Street Retro, $140
G Fore Patent Leather, $265
Kikkor Micro Print, $120
Nike Lunarlon, $100