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The Grind: Ted Bishop's exit, Halloween costume ideas, and the pressures of celebrity golf

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we suggest being Ted Bishop if you're looking for a last-minute Halloween costume. Just wear a lot of USA-themed golf clothes and come armed with an outdated sense of humor. Bonus points if you rent a golf cart (make sure the party's venue isn't walking only) and chauffeur around an inflatable Tom Watson. OK, so you'll probably have to explain it to everyone even if you pull off the entire look. But when you win that first-place prize in the costume contest and recoup about one tenth of the money you spent, it'll be sooo worth it.

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WE'RE BUYING

Robert Streb: Last week, it was Ben Martin. This week, it was Streb's turn to pick up his first PGA Tour title. The wraparound season, everybody! No, but seriously, congrats to Streb, who just two years ago finished No. 126 on the FedEx Cup points list following his rookie season. After putting on the putting performance of his life at the McGladrey Classic, he now boasts a two-year exemption and will get to cross off playing Augusta National from his bucket list in April.

Thorbjorn Olesen: On the other side of the world, this young Danish star held off young French star Victor Dubuisson to win the Perth International and claim his second European Tour title. Just another guy the U.S. has to watch out for in future Ryder Cups.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Streamsong: I had the good fortune of visiting this new golf oasis in Florida -- I had the better fortune of visiting it for work -- and it lived up to its billing. I slightly preferred the Blue Course (Tom Doak), but the Red Course (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw) was close behind, and there could be more being built in the near future. Keep it on your buddies trip radar.

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That's me hard at work escaping from a nasty fairway bunker on Streamsong Red's 15th.

John Daly: Say what you will about the guy, but he still puts on a good show. At the Mission Hills Pro-Am, Daly amazed playing partner Jessica Alba with his drives and then impressed Kenny G during a performance of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Seriously, check it out:

Hey, Daly won a PGA Championship. If the PGA of America really wanted to shake things up at the next Ryder Cup. . .

WE'RE SELLING

Ted Bishop: The PGA of America president pulled off quite the social media double-dip disaster when he made sexist comments toward Ian Poulter on both Twitter and Facebook. A day later -- and just 29 days before his two-year term was up -- he was impeached by the PGA and informed he wouldn't be able to serve as an honorary president of the organization.

Related: 11 PGA Tour sleepers to watch in 2014-15

Andrew Svoboda: Tied for the 54-hole lead, Svoboda still had a share of first place on the back nine before a rough finish left him T-8. A third career top 10 on the PGA Tour is nice, but a slightly better finish and we're all talking about the Masters and job security. Pro golf can be cruel.

Champions Tour drama: Michael Allen won the AT&T Championship, but Bernhard Langer locked up the season-long Schwab Cup with a sixth-place tie. The tour's season finale -- which, like the PGA Tour's finale, is worth a ton of extra points to keep the FedEx Cup interesting -- is this week, but no one can catch Langer. In other words, Golf Channel won't need to bring any whiteboards to follow the standings.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour starts the Asian Swing with the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. "I'll recover on the 300-hour flight I have coming," Will MacKenzie said following his playoff loss in Georgia.

Related: 9 things you need to know about the 2014-15 season

Random tournament fact: It's not actually a 300-hour flight from Georgia to Malaysia, but it's pretty darn long.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Someone will do the full Ted Bishop costume: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Ian Poulter will dress up as a "lil girl" to tweak Bishop: 10-to-1 odds

-- Will MacKenzie won't be flying coach to Malaysia: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Proof that celebrity golfers are under a lot more pressure to look good than normal golfers:

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But since we're big Jessica Alba fans, we don't want you to get the wrong impression. She's also serious about her golf. Look at her go after it with the driver!

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WAG PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Apparently, Jillian Stacey and Diane Donald have similar tastes. And no, those are not Ryder Cup-issued matching outfits.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"'You're going to shoot, you know, 63, 64, and you're going to win.' Perfect motivation, right?" -- Robert Streb on what his confident wife told him before the final round. Sounds like we need to consult Mrs. Streb for fantasy golf advice.

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MORGAN PRESSEL MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING

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How in the. . . ?

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

This is the longest "four-foot putt" ever made. By far. Love the dad's "You gotta be kidding me, you gotta be kidding me!" call as well.

Of course, it's not quite as good as the "It's got a chance, it's got a chance!" call by yours truly at last year's Seitz Cup:

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Speaking of which, the 2014 Seitz Cup is next week. I believe a few tickets are still available.

THIS WEEK IN PAULINA GRETZKY-DUSTIN JOHNSON JASON DAY-ELLIE DAY PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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The Days' son, Dash, dressed as Spider-Man. Yep, the Days win Halloween 2014.

THIS AND THAT

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The worst break of the week happened to pro mini-golfer Nuno Cunha at the World Crazy Golf Championships. Watch the clip to see a ball bounce out of the hole and to learn how to handle adversity. . . . South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace won the rain-shortened Blue Bay LPGA. Pace won on the Ladies European Tour the week before. It's safe to say she's having more luck on the course of late than Nuno Cunha. . . . Stacy Lewis had her 21-week reign at No. 1 ended by Inbee Park. Something tells us Lewis will get over it. . . . Congrats to our own Dan Jenkins for winning the Old Tom Morris Award. By our count, that's the 7,832nd award of Jenkins' illustrious career. . . . And finally, a PSA: Don't forget to put sunscreen on the back of your arms!

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

What's the proper etiquette for airplane armrests?

Do more people dress up as Superman or Batman for Halloween?

Is it too late to become a professional mini-golfer?

-- 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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The Grind: Swimming pools, impressive senior citizens, and The Caddy Girls

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we hope Ben Martin made it rain in a Vegas casino on Sunday night. You can do a lot of damage with $1 million in chips. On second thought, you can do a lot of damage with $1 million in chips (Somewhere, John Daly nods his head in agreement). Hmm. Maybe it's best to at least avoid the high-stakes tables until you win your first major . . .

WE'RE BUYING

Ben Martin: Just when it looked like he was going to let his first PGA Tour title slip away, Martin (Clemson product) made a 45-footer for eagle on No. 16 and then birdied No. 18 for a two-shot win over Kevin Streelman (Duke) in a clash of ACC foes. Congrats, Ben. Pretty good for someone who shot 78-79 in the season opener the week before. Golf!

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Mikko Ilonen: Even Europeans who weren't on the Ryder Cup team are unbeatable in match play. The Finnish golfer knocked off Henrik Stenson in the final to pick up the biggest win of his career. After falling to 334th in the world two years ago, Ilonen is up to 37th. Maybe we'll see him in Hazeltine two years from now.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Jay Haas: We don't always highlight Champions Tour winners, but when a guy beats a field of young whippersnappers -- some who are a full 10 years younger -- he deserves recognition. Haas won for the first time in 27 months and became just the 18th player 60 and older to win on the senior circuit. Oh, and his son, Bill, was inducted into the Wake Forest Athletic Hall of Fame. Pretty decent weekend to be a Haas.

The Caddy Girls: This group didn't get the deal it wanted on ABC's "Shark Tank," but its presentation impressed the Sharks and investment offers are now rolling in, according to founder Meghan Tarmey. Good for them and it's a great idea because guys are, well, guys.

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The Caddy Girls' primetime appearance also can't be hurting calendar sales. . .

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WE'RE SELLING

Golf club violence: There seems to be a lot of these stories lately, unfortunately, ranging from the weird -- a guy defending a church with a golf club -- to the horrifying -- a guy stabbing a man to death with a putter at a mini-golf course. Can't we all just get along?

Related: 11 PGA Tour sleepers to watch in 2014-15

Task-force denials: Again, we agree with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Paul Azinger that having a Ryder Cup Task Force is a bit much. But what's the harm in saying you'd be a part of it and help out? If you don't care about the success of the U.S. team, that's one thing, but if you do, why not say you'd help try to find a solution to the recent problems?

Shriners swimming pools: This past week's PGA Tour stop had several pools for golf fans, but do these look like "golf fans" to you?

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We didn't think so.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Sea Island for the McGladrey Classic, aka that tournament hosted by Davis Love III.

Related: 9 things you need to know about the 2014-15 season

Random tournament fact: Chris Kirk won this event last year, propelling him to a two-win season that landed him a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Wait. Never mind.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- There will be a swimming pool for fans at Augusta National: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Rory McIlroy will win the calendar Grand Slam in 2015: 50-to-1 odds (actual odds)   

-- Rory McIlroy will be the overwhelming favorite in Masters betting pools: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Five members of the European Tour shushing Patrick Reed? This might just be the photo of the year.

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These guys on the European Tour sure know how to have fun, eh?

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Sixty is some sort of benchmark, not that many guys have done that. It's just a number, I guess. I still like feel I'm capable, especially after this weekend, and it certainly gives me some confidence for the last couple of events and into next year. Hopefully, I won't completely fall off the map when I turn 61 in December." -- Jay Haas. Of course, you won't, Jay! You're going to be the U.S. Presidents Cup captain next year!

VIRAL VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

Rory McIlroy's left-handed shot wasn't all that impressive. However, we appreciated the effort and him asking his lefty playing partner, Bubba Watson, to watch. Oh, and his chip in for par on the same hole wasn't bad, either.

And then there was the much more impressive recovery shot from PGA Tour rookie Justin Thomas. At the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson said he was a big fan of the former University of Alabama star. Judging by this insane up-and-down from a grandstand, Thomas has been paying attention to Phil as well.

THIS WEEK IN PAULINA GRETZKY-DUSTIN JOHNSON PAULA CREAMER-MACHINE GUN PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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First time shooting the SAW M249

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"I love it!" Creamer exclaimed.

Paula, we admire you taking the time out of your schedule to pay the troops in Korea a visit, but you're scaring us.

THIS AND THAT

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Rory McIlroy will take time off from golf to prepare for his court case against his former management company, Horizon Sports. Wait, did Rory go to law school during the off-season? . . . Tiger Woods is back to hitting full shots and "feeling pretty good." We've heard this one before, so we're not getting too excited yet. . . . Kyu Jung Baek topped Brittany Lincicome and Gee Chun in a playoff to claim the KEB-Hana Bank Championship in her first career start on the LPGA Tour. How's that for a debut? And it came just four days after Baek celebrated her 19th birthday. . . . An 81-year-old man had a hole-in-one on three consecutive days. If he's a real golfer, he's probably still complaining about the first 80 years of his playing career. . . . Apparently, McDonald's popular McRib is only coming to select locations this year. That makes my buddy, Chris, sad. But hopefully, this shirt our friends got him cheers him up.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Which PGA Tour player would make the best lawyer?

Is Ben Martin this year's Jimmy Walker?

What exactly is in a McRib?

-- 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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The Grind: We make a task force, the Dufners make a pizza, and the Rory/Rickie rivalry REALLY heats up

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we've decided to follow the PGA of America's lead and put together our own task force. Hey, staying on the pulse of everything that's tenuously related to golf is tough! We'll start with the obvious WAG suspects: Paulina, Amanda and Lindsey. Then we'll need some actual golfers as well, so Natalie and Paula, please join us as well. And it couldn't hurt to add two of the world's top-ranked bachelors, Rory and Rickie (now a task-force veteran), since who is better plugged into golf's social scene? OK, guys, don't let us down. An entire nation A few people are counting on you.

WE'RE BUYING

Sang-Moon Bae: Not only had the South Korean not won since the 2013 Byron Nelson (that's two seasons ago in PGA Tour terms), he hadn't finished in the top 10. So naturally he won the tour's opening event, the Frys.com Open. Afterward, Bae mentioned his goal of making the Presidents Cup team, making it the earliest anyone has ever mentioned golf's other team event.

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You can survive on one top 10 per year. Just make sure that one top 10 is a win.

Viraat Badhwah: The Stanford sophomore met his golf idol, Tiger Woods, on Saturday and then shot 59 to break the Stanford Golf Course record on Sunday. Not a bad weekend's work. Of course, since he goes to Stanford, Viraat probably found time to solve the world's energy crisis as well.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Ryder Cup Task Force: Do we think it will work? Not really. Do we think the PGA of America got the right people? Not really. But can it really get any worse for the U.S.? Not really. Also, enough with the records of the players involved. Unless they stocked the team with octogenarians, it was going to be tough to find many successful Americans in this event.

Rickie Fowler's new flame: Apparently, Rickie hasn't been too busy with all of his task-force duties just yet. Say hello to his new, um, friend, bikini model Alexis Randock. It's been all Rory McIlroy in the tabloids of late, but now the Rory-Rickie rivalry is really heating up!

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Hmm. Those look more like one-pieces. We need a little more proof of this whole bikini model title. . .

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OK, we're sold.

WE'RE SELLING

Shortened tournaments: The Portugal Masters had its final two rounds cancelled due to heavy rain, which meant 36-hole leader Alexander Levy was awarded his second European Tour title. For some reason, we doubt another Masters played in Augusta would get the same treatment. In any event, Nicolas Colsaerts has to be the first golfer to ever shoot 60 in a two-day event and lose.

Matt Kuchar: The highest-ranked player in the field at Silverado, Kuchar was in position to challenge Bae on Sunday, but a final-round 76 -- only two of 74 players shot worse -- dropped him all the way to T-21. Hey, Matt, you know you were playing for real and official money, right?

Related: 11 PGA Tour sleepers to watch in 2014-15

Golf carts: We try to avoid using these things on the course, but on the road? No thanks. Residents of Chatham County in Georgia, however, are trying to fix that. Look, if there's a special path you can take to your course, by all means. But mixing golf carts into traffic with cars and trucks? That has more potential to backfire than that first Ryder Cup Task Force meeting with Tiger and Phil.

Tiger Woods' jeans: We didn't think Woods' denim woes could get any worse. Wrong. Here he is attending games of his two favorite football teams -- the Stanford Cardinal and the Oakland Raiders -- over the weekend:

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Related: An unauthorized history of Tiger Woods' jeans

We're glad Tiger is enjoying his off-season, but this jeans situation is troubling. Forget about him finding a new swing coach, what Woods really needs is a personal shopper.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, aka that event that used to have a longer title when it was called the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Related: 9 things you need to know about the 2014-15 season

Random tournament fact: Webb Simpson won this event last year. By SIX shots. If you've been caught up in Ryder Cup coverage, you may have forgotten that Simpson was a pretty decent player at one point.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Viraat Badhwah will have a better weekend than last weekend: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Some PGA Tour rookie will lose his first paycheck at the casino: Even odds

-- Justin Timberlake, wherever he is, will have a better weekend than anyone: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Natalie Gulbis has a new yoga friend in Lexi Thompson. No, Lexi isn't doing a full split. That's just an optical illusion.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"It's hard to wrap your head around that it's already a new year and Santa hasn't come yet," Stuart Appleby said. Forget about Santa, we haven't even picked out our Halloween costume yet!

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING

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Hey, Lindsey, we're happy your knee is feeling better, but can you take some time away from the slopes and the gym -- and being on The Grind Task Force -- to stage a denim intervention for your man? Please?

VIRAL VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

DJ and Paulina vs. TMZ. DJ gets the edge for keeping his cool amid a slew of questions (many about Paulina's pregnancy), although we would have liked to hear what his favorite golf movie is.

Oh, and we've taken enough shots at Tiger this week. Let's say something nice. Like what he did when he spoke at Notah Begay III's induction into the Stanford Hall of Fame. Well done, Tiger.

THIS WEEK IN AMANDA DUFNER-JASON DUFNER PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

A slimmed-down Duf and the lovely Amanda make a pizza together:

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Mmm, looks good. We always had Jason pegged as a pepperoni man.

THIS AND THAT

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Kirk Triplett won the SAS Championship for his second Champions Tour win of the year. I know what you're wondering: does he still wear bucket hats? The answer is an emphatic YES. . . . High school senior Luis Gagne fired an eight-under 28 for nine holes in his final varsity match. It could have been better if he didn't only par three of the holes. Slacker. . . . That's me teeing off into the New York City skyline last week after being lucky enough to play at Trump Ferry Point, which is yet to officially open. Looks great, right? Thanks, I've really been working on my balance. Oh, yeah, the view isn't too shabby, either.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Will Trump Ferry Point ever host a U.S. Open?

Does the PGA have a task force for creating task forces?

Who gets married first: Rory or Rickie?

-- 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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The Grind: A Ryder Cup reality TV show, Tiger's terrible jeans, and Lexi shows off her guns

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we feel a Ryder Cup reality TV show should be in the works. You've got players sweating out if they're going to be in the lineup. You've got WAGs. You've got old-school captains ruling with an iron fist and scoffing at team gifts. You've got the Europeans partying their faces off. You've got WAGs. You get the point, NBC. Hey, it couldn't hurt ratings. . .

WE'RE BUYING

Oliver Wilson: The 792nd-ranked golfer in the world holding off No. 1 at the Home of Golf to win his first European Tour title. That's the premise of an over-the-top Hollywood script, right? Well, it actually happened at St. Andrews over the weekend when Wilson, 34, edged Rory McIlroy by a shot to win the Dunhill Links Championship. Wilson's best European Tour finish this season had been a T-40 and his best performance on the Challenge Tour was a T-17 in Kenya. The term "upset" doesn't do this one justice.

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Yes, Oliver. You really won.

Tiger Woods: After a disastrous season Woods is concentrating on finding other ways to be productive. First, an announcement was made about the opening of his new restaurant, The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club, was announced for some time in 2015. Then came word that he's making serious progress on Bluejack National, a private golf course he's designing. The man's got to pay the bills somehow!

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Rory McIlroy: After a Ryder Cup celebration that we can only imagine, we're impressed McIlroy even made it to his Thursday tee time at the Dunhill Links. And after a shaky 73, a 68-64-68 finish nearly earned him another win. Yes, he putted into the infamous "Road Hole bunker" on No. 17, but he also then got up-and-down from that death trap to save bogey. In all, it was a great effort. Plus, he had this fun moment involving his dog head cover and an actual dog on the tee. Awww.

WE'RE SELLING

Tom Watson: A week after a disastrous Ryder Cup, details are still coming out about just how badly Watson lost his team. On Friday, Bob Harig reported major tension between the eight-time major winner and his squad on the Saturday night of the competition, stemming from more than a lack of communication. Players were upset with how Watson reacted to their losses and a team gift they got him. Watson issued an apologetic statement on Saturday through the PGA of America, but it was too little, too late. Again, NBC and the PGA of America should put their heads together on a reality TV show. Oh, and sorry, Tom. The tribe has spoken.

Stacy Lewis: With a chance to seize control of the LPGA Tour Player of the Year race, Lewis shot a Sunday 75 in Beijing to blow a share of the 54-hole lead and finish T-6 (Mirim Lee won her second event of an impressive rookie campaign). Lewis is probably still the front-runner with her three wins and being first on the money list by a wide margin, but her second-worst round of the season led to a surprising missed opportunity.

Related: 11 surprising players to compete in the Ryder Cup

"The Caddie Dance": We appreciate the effort made by Webb Simpson and his caddie, Paul Tesori, but we don't think Justin Timberlake is going to steal these moves for his next performance. Sadly, this may have been Simpson's biggest contribution to the U.S. team:

Steve Williams: Speaking of caddies, with his retirement having garnered too much attention already, Williams thrust himself back into the spotlight by saying he'd be open to a reunion with Tiger Woods. First of all, LOL. Second of all, Woods has a caddie in Joe LaCava. Bad form, Stevie. Sounds like this "retirement" isn't set in stone. This guy might turn out to be the Brett Favre of caddies.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour returns after a full two-week break at the Frys.com Open. Yep, by Sunday evening we'll have a new FedEx Cup points leader.

Related: 9 things you need to know about the 2014-15 season

Random tournament fact: Jimmy Walker won this event last year for his first PGA Tour title after 187 starts. Twelve months later, he's now a three-time tour winner and a Ryder Cupper. Just a reminder that a lot can happen in a year.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Tiger and Phil will combine for ONE top 10 again next season: 1 million-to-1 odds

-- Tiger will invite Sergio Garcia over to his restaurant: 10 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Steve Williams won't be doing "the caddie dance": LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Holy WHITE BELT/MOM JEANS ALERT!

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Wow. Looks like we need to add another chapter to our unauthorized history of Tiger Woods' jeans.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"It's all really hard to believe . . . it's a dream come true to win a tournament as St. Andrews because three, four weeks ago my career was looking pretty grim. It's just amazing what is possible playing professional golf." -- Oliver Wilson.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Brandt Snedeker goes skeet shooting. With a 4-iron.

Even during a two-week off-season, these guys don't put the clubs down.

THIS WEEK IN AMANDA DUFNER-JASON DUFNER CHARLES BARKLEY PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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Like she does with her husband, Jason, Amanda put aside the Alabama-Auburn rivalry to break bread buffalo wings with Charles Barkley (and Jason Dufner's agent, Ben Walter). Much more surprising is the Chuckster not finishing off those last few. . .

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN LEXI THOMPSON MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING

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Look at those guns!

THIS AND THAT

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Bill Haas was Tom Watson's third captain's pick before Webb Simpson pleaded his case. Too bad. With Haas, the U.S. only loses 16-12. . . . Paul McGinley was named European Tour Player of the Month despite not hitting a shot. This actually happened. . . . A sixth grader golfer, Ben James, committed to play for the UConn men's golf team in the fall of 2021. This actually happened, too. I mean, this is ridiculous. He picked UConn over my alma mater, Wake Forest?! . . . This bag of haggis and pepper potato chips has been sitting on our office communal table since I returned from the Ryder Cup in Scotland. The previous record for free food going unclaimed in our area was 17 seconds.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Has Webb Simpson thought about going into sales after golf?

Better golfer: Amanda Dufner or Charles Barkley?

Will anyone ever eat those chips?

-- 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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The Grind: A dejected/divided Team USA, a pregnant Paulina, and golfers in kilts

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where unlike a lot of these other second-guessers, we know we would have been a great Ryder Cup captain last week. Why? Because we stayed at a Holiday Inn Express in Scotland. And look, we can walk through the tunnel to the first tee at Gleneagles waving to the crowd and wearing an earpiece, too.

blog-captain-myers-0930.jpgSeriously, with all the talk about "going in a different direction" at the next Ryder Cup, we'll throw our resume into the mix (four-handicap at golf, scratch at ping-pong, and an 8-time major attendee). But while the PGA of America ponders this important decision, let's get caught up on a busy week.

WE'RE BUYING

Team Europe: These guys are awesome. From big-time shots to clutch putts (doesn't it seem like they make EVERYTHING?), the Europeans extended their remarkable run at the Ryder Cup, drubbing the U.S. for their eighth win in 10 tries. As usual, their success was based on play by stars like Justin Rose (how many birdies did he make last week? 100?) and Rory McIlroy (poor Rickie Fowler), but also by unheralded players. Jamie Donaldson went 3-1 and clinched the cup with "the shot of his life." He then gave this drunk interview the next morning while wearing a yellow hoodie.

Again, these guys are awesome.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Paul McGinley: No big-time resume? No problem. McGinley became the latest non-major winner to lead Europe to victory in golf's major team event. We're under the belief that the role of Ryder Cup captain is usually overblown, but it's hard to say that both team leaders didn't play critical roles this year.

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Ryder Cup rookies: It wasn't all bad for the U.S., which may have found a juggernaut pairing for the future in Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth. The duo went 2-0-1 together and Reed also won his singles match, while alienating the entire European continent. And Jimmy Walker went 1-1-3, meaning the three first-timers were the three leading point earners for the Americans.

Ryder Cup press conferences: The most exciting parts of the week at Gleneagles came in the media center. First, you had Phil Mickelson tweaking Team Europe with the "we don't litigate against each other" line. Then you had Sergio Garcia responding to Nick Faldo's claims he was "useless" in 2008. And, of course, there was Mickelson singing the praises of Paul Azinger in front of Tom Watson on Sunday, leading to the most awkward press conference in history. Say what you will about Phil's timing, but he gave everyone something to talk about other than another U.S. loss, and his thoughts could end up helping the U.S. turn things around for next time.

WE'RE SELLING

Team USA: Tom Watson took a lot of heat, the bottom line is outside of the rookies, no one played particularly well. Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson combined to go 2-11-1. Tough to win when your top guns -- Furyk, Watson and Kuchar were the lone three Americans ranked in the top 10 of the OWGR coming into the week -- aren't contributing.

Tom Watson: While the European players constantly sung the praises of Paul McGinley, the only times it seemed like the U.S. players were talking about their captain was when they were discussing why they weren't playing. Watson's old-school approach may have worked in an earlier era, but his players -- most noticeably, Mickelson -- didn't seem to appreciate the lack of communication in the decision-making process.

Related: 9 reasons the U.S. lost the Ryder Cup

Radio interviews from the car: An Australian golf analyst was driving while giving his thoughts on the Ryder Cup. It did not end well. Fortunately, a Mercedes was the only thing that got hurt.

Gambling in airports: I was so excited to see a casino in the Amsterdam airport during a layover. As I walked out less than five minutes later after a blackjack beatdown, I wasn't as excited. Airport rules were that the dealer wins on a push, so it probably wasn't the wisest choice to gamble there. Hey, at least I didn't have to worry about exchanging any foreign currency when I got back.

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ON TAP

There is NO PGA Tour event this week. Take a deep breath and relax, we've finally entered the off-season!

Related: 13 things that only happen at the Ryder Cup

Random tournament fact: Don't get too comfortable. The new season begins next week.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Sergio Garcia will invite Nick Faldo to his wedding: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Tom Watson will captain the U.S. again: 10 million-to-1 odds

-- The U.S. will use some sort of "pod" system in 2016: LOCK

WHO WORE IT BETTER?

Bubba and Rickie? Or Rory?

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In related news, Rory is ripped. The guy looks just like the mannequins in the merchandise shop, which for some reason had been stripped down by Sunday. . .

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

MJ with MAJ. Need we say more?

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WAG PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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WAGs were all over the Ryder Cup last week. Here, Dowd Simpson comforts her husband, Webb, after his ugly loss on Friday at the Ryder Cup. Either that, or she was offering her condolences on him having to wear that sweater.

NON-RYDER CUP PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Last week, I put photos, OK, a lot of photos in this column of the Back9Network's new female on-air talent, including the infamous Miss Teen South Carolina from 2007. Well, on-air male talent, Shane Bacon, responded with this.

See? We aim to please both our male and female readers.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"All this winning isn't good for my health." -- Rory "Jaeger" McIlroy as he sipped celebratory champagne.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

This comes courtesy of "The Guardians of the Ryder Cup," a group that comes up with player theme songs for Team Europe and was front and center on the first tee at Gleneagles leading the crowd in a singalong all week. There were so many good ones (we ranked the top 5), but this is the best. "Bjorn Beat The USA"? Classic.

NON-RYDER CUP VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

How about a 17-year-old striking a walk-off albatross? At Pebble Beach? With Lee Janzen as a partner? Future Stanford golfer Christopher Meyers did just that on Sunday, holing a 4-iron from 204 yards on Pebble's famed 18th to win the pro-junior portion of the Nature Valley First Tee Open. Amazing.

THIS WEEK IN DUSTIN JOHNSON-PAULINA GRETZKY PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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OMG this is really happening?!!! We're very excited for the couple, but did they have to announce the news of the week year while we were flying over the Atlantic Ocean? Thanks a lot, guys.

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING

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Lindsey simply captioned this one, "#pullups." #showoff

THIS AND THAT

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Apparently, Paul McGinley had control over European Tour tee times leading up to the Ryder Cup. This guy thought of everything! . . . On the Champions Tour, John Cook won the individual portion of the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. He did not have a walk-off albatross. . . . Padraig Harrington said he is "less keen" for the European Ryder Cup captain job in 2016. Hmm. Does he want to captain for the U.S.? Unfortunately, I found out that whole staying at a Holiday Inn Express thing doesn't work when it comes to playing the bagpipes. But you can't question my effort!

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Could a combined USA/World Team beat Team Europe?

Has Scotland voted yet on opening up a Chili's?

Is Michael Jordan an American golf curse?

-- 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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The Grind: Ryder Cup hype, PGA Tour cards, and a famed beauty queen joins the world of golf

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are glad our writing privileges for next year don't come down to the performance at one tournament. That's a lot of pressure to deal with, and sometimes, you just have an off week with typos, bad predictions, or even worse, bad jokes. Hopefully, that's not the case this week as we get caught up on what's been going on in golf and get set for one of the most exciting events of the year. Did you hear the one about the Ryder Cup and the Pope? Never mind. We'll stop.

WE'RE BUYING

Web.com Tour heroes: Congrats to Derek Fathauer for making his first pro victory a big one at the Web.com Tour Championship. Fathauer is now fully exempt on the PGA Tour next year. Also fully exempt in 2014-15? Adam Hadwin and Carlos Ortiz. Also going to the majors after clutch performances? Zac Blair, who finished second, and Nick Taylor, who shot a final-round 63 to earn his PGA Tour card for the first time. These "other" guys on the developmental tour are pretty darn good, too.

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Smile, Derek! You're on the PGA Tour!

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Paul Goydos: In his fifth start on the Champions Tour, the popular Goydos picked up his first title. Goydos reeled off four straight birdies on Sunday to beat Fred Funk and Scott Dunlap by one. The "older" guys were battling high winds in Hawaii -- hence, why the winning score was only 19 under par on the senior circuit this week.

New BACK9NETWORK talent: The BACK9NETWORK announced a bunch of new faces will be joining the new television channel, which is set to make its debut on DIRECTV on September 29th. Among the hires, Shane Bacon, Jeff Rude, Matty Blake, and John Maginnes. Oh, and (from top left to bottom right) Erica Bachelor, Will Christien, Katie Sundseth, and Alexis Morgan:

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Sorry, guys. There wasn't room to put your pictures in. . . And then there's Caite Upton, not to be confused with former Golf Digest cover girl and supermodel Kate Upton:

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However, you may remember her as Caitlin Upton, the Miss Teen contestant from South Carolina, who in 2007 gave perhaps the worst answer to a question in history:

Hopefully, Miss Upton knows a little more about golf than she did about, well, whatever she was rambling about in that clip.

WE'RE SELLING

Web.com Tour heartbreak: While 50 players were left celebrating with their shiny, new PGA Tour cards on Sunday, there were plenty of others who walked away disappointed. Roberto Castro, who shot a tournament-record-tying 63 at the Players just last year, is heading to Q School after winding up No. 51 by a mere $31.66. That's it?! We hope someone double- and triple-checked that math. Then there's Travis Bertoni, who hit the shot of his life to put himself in position to wrap up a first tour card only to hit the most painful putt of his life. WARNING: This is tough to watch, but kudos to Bertoni for still signing autographs for kids right after.

Rory McIlroy's new driver: We have nothing against the new Nike Vaper Pro (Well, maybe that lime color) Rory was spotted with, but what about the timing of McIlroy potentially putting this in play? Remember when Phil Mickelson changed equipment before the 2004 Ryder Cup? OK, so this isn't nearly as extreme, but it's an easy target for critics if Rory struggles off the tee. And by the way, with the way he's been driving the ball, why change anything? Unless he's going to start driving par 5s routinely with this thing, is it really necessary?

Related: 11 surprising players to compete in the Ryder Cup

Breaking your golf clubs: Especially breaking ALL of your golf clubs. That's what this guy did following what we presume was a pretty rough round. As amusing as this clip was, was it really worth it? Here's some free advice, big fella: It's never the clubs' fault.

ON TAP

Twenty-four of the world's best golfers will be at Gleneagles in Scotland for the biennial grudge match between the U.S. and Europe. It's the Ryder Cup! Get pumped! Rickie Fowler certainly is:

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Related: 13 things that only happen at the Ryder Cup

Random tournament fact: U.S. captain Tom Watson won five claret jugs, including four in Scotland. This is supposed to really matter somehow, even though Watson isn't playing and the Ryder Cup is being held on one of the more Americanized courses in Europe.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Tom Watson will shave "USA" into the side of his head: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Rory McIlroy is in charge of making sure Europe's players get to the course on time this week: 1,000-to-1 odds

-- Almost captain's pick Billy Horschel will be discussed as much as actual captain's pick Webb Simpson: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Two days after winning $11.4 million, Billy Horschel's greatest week ever culminated with the birth of his first kid, daughter Skylar. It can't get much better for Mr. September.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I thought it was too far right but it's all downhill and downwind and it must have luged down the fairway. If all the stars align you can hit it a long way." -- Nicolas Colsaerts after hitting the longest (447 yards!) drive in European Tour history. We think this might qualify as the understatement of the year.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline endeared himself to golfers everywhere with this creative touchdown celebration:

The NFL didn't endear itself to golfers everywhere by assessing Hartline with a penalty.

THIS WEEK IN AMANDA DUFNER-JASON DUFNER GIANT FAKE ELEPHANT PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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Despite hubby Jason being an Auburn superfan, Amanda has remained true to her college team, Alabama.

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING

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As if doing these jumps weren't enough, it appears that Vonn is wearing  a weighted backpack for even more of a challenge. We give up.

THIS AND THAT

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The 2015 World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at St. Andrews, deviating from past presentations in St. Augustine, Fla. The "Home of Golf" seems like a pretty fitting place for this. . . . Mi Jung Hur held off Stacy Lewis for her second LPGA title. For Lewis, it was a fifth runner-up of 2014. She's like the Jim Furyk of the PGA Tour -- only she also has three wins this year. . . . Former Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, will deliver a motivational speech to Europe ahead of the Ryder Cup. Apparently, if you follow soccer -- and you're a Manchester United fan like Rory McIlroy -- this is a BIG deal. . . . Congrats to my friends, Ryan and Merrell, on getting married over the weekend in Nantucket. As you can tell from my photo, Nantucket is a DECENT location for a wedding. Something tells me the weather won't be quite as good when I'm in Scotland this week. . .

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Will the Presidents Cup Streaker graduate to the Ryder Cup?

Better golf celebrations: U.S. or Europe?

Better golf swing: Kate Upton or Caite Upton?

-- 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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The Grind: Billy's millions, Lindsey's extreme workouts, chainsaws, and trips to outer space

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we will listen to Billy Horschel the next time he offers gambling advice. A week after saying he'd put a little money on himself at the Tour Championship, Horschel won golf's biggest payout. There's never a bad time to win $10 million, but Horschel's timing was particularly good with a daughter on the way. That money ought to cover a diaper fund/college fund/Sweet 16 party fund/first car fund/wedding fund/first house fund/etc. And after an eventful week, we've got a lot to cover as well. Let's get to it.

WE'RE BUYING

Billy Horschel: Sorry, Steve Stricker, there's a new Mr. September in golf. Horschel finished the PGA Tour season by going T-2-Win-Win to earn about $13.5 million this month. His win at East Lake came while playing head-to-head with Rory McIlroy the final two days and wearing pants on Sunday that even Doug Sanders would have thought were loud. Impressive. Horschel's ball-striking has always been his calling card, but in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, it was his putting that became his meal ticket. The only negative is that he won't be representing the U.S. at the Ryder Cup. Good thing the captain's picks were made two weeks before the season was actually over!

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The apple didn't fall far in the Horschel family tree when it comes to pants/shorts fashion.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Felipe Aguilar and Ricardo Gonzalez: How about these two guys? Their friend, Fabrizio Zanotti, got clocked in the head at the KLM Open with a golf ball and these two withdrew from the European Tour event to accompany him to the hospital. Now those are the type of golf buddies you want in your life.

Justin Thomas: The former University of Alabama star won the third leg of the Web.com Tour's Final Series to improve his PGA Tour status for next season. If you were following on Twitter, his victory also ushered in the largest collection of "Remember this name" tweets in history. You probably will. It's a pretty easy one to remember.

Hyo-Joo Kim: Not only did this 19-year-old South Korean win her first major at the Evian Championship, she did it by birdieing the final hole to take down Hall of Famer Karrie Webb. Oh yeah, Kim also shot the lowest round in major championship history with her Thursday 61. Perhaps, we should remember her name as well.

WE'RE SELLING

Rory McIlroy: Just like in 2012, McIlroy entered the Playoffs as the unquestioned best player in golf and just like that year, he had a chance to win the Tour Championship on Sunday and claim the FedEx Cup . . . only to come up short. After winning three tournaments in a row, McIlroy is now mired in a four-week losing streak. The horror! OK, so obviously, we're being a little harsh here, but McIlroy has to be disappointed he didn't come away with the $10 million bonus and that in two of the events, he lost head-to-head to the winner over the weekend.

Jordan Spieth: A year ago, Spieth shot a final-round 64 at East Lake to finish T-2 and wrap up a remarkable season. On Saturday, he shot 80 at the same course to finish up a year that seemed to fizzle after such a promising start. (*Googles Spieth to see he turned 21 less than two months ago) Like with McIlroy, perhaps we're expecting a bit too much.

Related: The best and worst from 2014's major championships

Space trips: Andy Sullivan's hole-in-one on the 15th hole on Sunday at the KLM Open helped him to a third-place finish and earned him a trip to outer space, courtesy of XCOR Space Expeditions. For a guy who describes himself as being "not great with heights or flying" and who was recently treated for altitude sickness, this doesn't seem like a great fit. We don't blame you if you don't do it, Andy. Did you see "Gravity"?

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ON TAP

The PGA Tour takes a rare week off, but its developmental tour, the Web.com, has its Tour Championship this week at TPC Sawgrass.

Related: Winners and losers from the FedEx Cup Playoffs

Random tournament fact: Chesson Hadley is the defending champ, but he won't be in the field this week. That's a good thing for him. Hadley ensured he'll be on the PGA Tour for at least the next two seasons after winning the Puerto Rico Open in March.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Billy Horschel would trade his FedEx Cup for a spot in the Ryder Cup: 10 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Jim Furyk will apply for a "Jimmy Runner-up" trademark: 10-to-1 odds 

-- Andy Sullivan would rather have won a sports car than a trip into space: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Getting an email with the subject "Greg Norman chainsaw accident" had to rank as one of the most random messages I've ever received in my life. Fortunately, the self-inflicted damage could have been much worse (there won't be a "Florida Chainsaw Massacre" trilogy) and Norman described himself as "one lucky man." He's also one fit 59-year-old.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"From what I've heard, kids are very expensive, so the more money I can make, the better." -- Billy Horschel.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

A baby bear played with a flagstick on a golf course in British Columbia and people absolutely ATE IT UP.

VIRAL VIDEOS OF THE WEEK (NOT INVOLVING A BEAR ON A GOLF COURSE)

This Rory McIlroy guy is pretty entertaining, eh? On Friday, he hit a tee that managed to make its way into a fan's pocket. The best part is when Rory says, "I told him to go a bit that way," while pointing to the fairway. Not that it mattered. After a drop, McIlroy hit his approach onto the green and made par. Even Phil Mickelson must have been impressed.

Speaking of being impressed, a clip of McIlroy making 55(!) consecutive medium-length putts while warming up on Sunday surfaced:

Unfortunately, McIlroy's putter let him down in the final round. It reminded me of the time in high school when I made 51 free throws in a row in practice. And then missed six straight in a game. True story. Nearly 15 years later, I'm still hearing about it from my coach.

THIS WEEK IN TIGER WOODS AND LINDSEY VONN PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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Maybe describing this as PDA is a bit strong, but they're both smiling in the pic, at least. The couple had quite a date night with an advanced screening of "The Equalizer," starring Denzel Washington. How romantic! "It's definitely not one for the kids," warns Lindsey. Thanks, but I think we got that from the title and the 'R' rating.

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING

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We don't even understand what's going on here, but we know this much: Lindsey does not mess around in the gym. Maybe she's hoping for a part if there's a "The Equalizer" sequel.

THIS AND THAT

blog-alex-dumpster-0916.jpgRory McIlroy started a "controversy" by saying Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are "getting older." In other obvious news, the sun will rise in the East tomorrow. . . . Attention, Rory, old man Tiger Woods said he's been "busting my butt in the gym pretty hard." Hey, he's got to at least try to keep up with Lindsey. . . . Paul Casey won the KLM Open for his first win as a dad. Kids must be very expensive, indeed. . . . The U.S. won the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan. At some point, all these American amateur team wins will translate into Ryder Cup success, right? . . . That's me finding my keys at the bottom of a dumpster after a frantic search all over my building. If -- and I stress, only if -- you are going to accidentally toss your keys into a dumpster, make sure it's one that is only filled with cardboard.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Does Tiger Woods ever not wear Nike?

Could Boo Weekley make 55 tap-ins in a row?

Who does Billy Horschel like to win the Super Bowl?

-- 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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The Grind: Billy Horschel runs, Phil walks away, and Lindsey hangs with Gisele

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we enjoyed seeing Billy Horschel give a whole new meaning to the phrase "victory lap." It was only appropriate on opening weekend of the NFL that one of golf's most athletic players would take off like a QB on a broken play, pointing out defenders and calling out for downfield blocks. Yep, Horschel's sprint around Cherry Hills looking for a port-a-potty stole the show at the BMW Championship, but there's plenty of other, um, business to attend to. Let's get a move on!

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WE'RE BUYING

Billy Horschel: What a bounce back! A week after blowing a chance to pick up the biggest win of his career when he chunked an approach shot on the final hole, Horschel responded by . . . picking up the biggest win of his career at the BMW Championship. After a disappointing season, Horschel suddenly has a chance to win the FedEx Cup and an extra $10 million. That's a lot of gold-plated toilets.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Champions Tour finishes: OK, so Wes Short Jr. and Scott Dunlap aren't exactly household names, but they put on a show on the final hole of the Quebec Championship. Both eagled the par 5 to shoot Sunday 64s, and Short came out a one-shot winner. Incredibly, it was the second week in a row on the Champions Tour in which the two leaders each eagled the closing hole. The week before, Fred Couples did it to cap a 61 and edge Billy Andrade, who lost in a playoff after shooting 62. You better come strong on 18 if you're going to win on the senior circuit!

Morgan Hoffmann: How unlikely was Hoffmann to qualify for the Tour Championship the way he did? By our (admittedly rough) calculations, the odds were 4,000 to 1. Hoffmann continued his improbable run with a 62-63 over the weekend at Cherry Hills for a career-best third-place finish that earned him a trip to Atlanta. Not bad for a guy who didn't have anything better than a T-15 in 28 events before the playoffs started.

U.S. captain's picks: If the U.S. has any edge at the Ryder Cup, it might be here with the picks of Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson. Unfortunately, none of them played well at Cherry Hills, but Bradley showed a lot of integrity by withdrawing from the BMW Championship "to protect the field" from a possible rules infraction. His honesty likely cost him a lot of money, but you can't put a price on a good night's sleep.

WE'RE SELLING

U.S. captain's picks selection show: The PGA of America went just a tad overboard with this one by having a prime-time show from the "Saturday Night Live" studio in New York City. But things got downright brutal when it decided to have a Q&A after each of Tom Watson's selections instead of just announcing the three picks right away -- a move that drew unfavorable comparison's to LeBron James' infamous "Decision". If Tom Watson had waited any longer, he could have seen Billy Horschel win and picked him instead.

Sergio Garcia: Overall, it's been a great year for Garcia, who has risen back to being considered among the game's elite players. But elite players should win more often. Garcia had a great chance Sunday after a front-nine 29, but he collapsed on the par-5 17th hole when he missed the green from 80 yards out and then chipped into the water. "That is a just a flat choke," NBC's Johnny Miller said, summoning the word for which he is best known. "Hate to say it, but two shots in a row." No arguments here, Johnny.

Related: The best and worst from 2014's major championships

Phil Mickelson: Mickelson's streak of making every Tour Championship since the inception of the FedEx Cup in 2007 ended abruptly when he withdrew after two bad rounds at Cherry Hills. The move came across as a semi-protest for the PGA Tour scheduling the playoffs over four consecutive weeks. As the AP's Doug Ferguson tweeted, he's "trying to make a point no one cares about." Us included.

The "Playoffs": Mickelson didn't earn a spot in the Tour Championship after only playing in two and a half postseason events, but amazingly, someone who didn't play in ANY did. Despite his extended absence, Dustin Johnson finished last week No. 30 on the FedEx Cup points list. Of course, he won't be teeing it up in Atlanta, but neither will No. 31, Stuart Appleby. Call us old-fashioned, but we believe you should actually have to play in order to advance in the playoffs.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Atlanta for its season finale, the Tour Championship. The top five players in the standings (Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan) "control their own destiny," meaning if any of them win this week, they automatically win the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus that comes with it. Of course, if you win $10 million, you can control your destiny even more.

Related: 7 things you need to know after Week 3 of the playoffs

Random tournament fact: With Mickelson not advancing to Atlanta, Hunter Mahan is the lone player to make it into this field all eight years since the FedEx Cup started. We know one player who probably isn't complaining about how the Playoffs are set up.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Rory McIlroy will hit a 370-yard 3-wood AND four-putt the same hole twice in Atlanta: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Phil and Keegan spent the weekend sightseeing in the Rockies together: 10-to-1 odds 

-- Johnny Miller didn't actually "hate to say" the word "choke": LOCK

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

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In case you didn't hear, Michelle Wie is on the October cover of Golf Digest. Well deserved.

INSTAGRAM OF THE WEEK

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Rory McIlroy. So hot right now. Oh yeah, that Peyton guy is still pretty good also.

THIS WEEK IN RANDOM GOLF TATTOOS

Ernie Els signed a tattoo of himself on a fan's leg at Cherry Hills. Yes, this really happened. Here's proof, courtesy of Els' swing coach, Claude Harmon:

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Of course, it reminded us of the Davis Love III tattoo that surfaced last year:

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What's next? A tattoo of David Toms?

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"If I were a betting man, I'd put a little money on me." -- Billy Horschel assessing his chances at the Tour Championship. No confidence problems there!

GOOD RORY VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Rory McIlroy handed a young ball a fan. The young fan got REALLY excited. This will put you in a good mood:

BAD RORY VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Rory also gave a couple balls to the pond by Cherry Hills' 12th hole in frustration over the weekend. Incredibly, he four-putted the hole on Saturday and Sunday. We chose to highlight Saturday's since he pulled off the feat from about five feet:

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING HANGING OUT WITH THE WORLD'S TOP MODEL

Gisele alert!!!

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The two are both part of Under Armour's "I will what I want" campaign. Check out Gisele's new ad. Her kick-boxing training makes us look bad, too. And scared. Please don't hurt us, Gisele! We love Tom Brady! We promise!

RANDOM ARCHIVE VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Speaking of Gisele, we stumbled on this black-and-white video of her playing golf set to old-timey music:

Her attitude is great, even if her swing isn't. Sorry, Gisele! We take it back! Please don't kick us!

THIS AND THAT

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David Lipsky's win in Switzerland produced this lede by AP writer Graham Dunbar: "An American golfer won the European Masters on Sunday to put himself atop the Asian Tour money list." We think that covers everything. . . . The final hole of this week's World Amateur Team Championships at the Oshitate Course at Karuizawa is a 787-yard par 6 for the men. It played as a 733-yard par 6 last week for the women. WTF?! . . . Seven countries want to host the Ryder Cup. If Europe wants to maintain a decisive "home-field advantage" it probably wants to avoid having the event in Turkey. . . . Congrats to Ivan Avendano, who won the inaugural "Trigolfalon" in Austin, Tex. The event comprised a round of regular golf, a round of footgolf and a round of disc golf, and took about 10 hours to complete. Sounds grueling.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Who runs a faster 40-yard dash: Rory or Peyton?

What's the most random sports fan tattoo ever?

Gisele isn't really mad at us, is she?

-- 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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The Grind: Chris Kirk wins, Geoff Ogilvy scores, and Amanda Dufner says goodbye to summer

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are still holding out hope to be one of Tom Watson's Ryder Cup picks. Our golf has improved greatly this summer and we are just oozing with patriotism. Most importantly, we really want a crack at competing with some of the game's best -- on the Ping-Pong table. So keep us in mind, Tom. Sorry, Captain Tom. Our number hasn't changed and we'll leave the phone on, but just know that reception can be spotty in the office so we might not pick up. Is there a number where we can reach you? In the meantime, here's what else has us talking this week.

WE'RE BUYING

Chris Kirk: OK, Chris, we're impressed. The 29-year-old University of Georgia product picked up the biggest win of his career by far and he did it by outplaying Rory McIlroy head-to-head over the weekend. Not intimidated by the World No. 1, Kirk shot 64-66 and didn't have a bogey the last two days -- something that Captain Watson had to notice. According to Golf Channel's Justin Ray, Kirk became the only winner on the PGA Tour in the last five seasons to be 10-plus strokes behind after the first round. He also gave an immediate plug for Callaway, of which fellow pitchman Phil Mickelson would have been proud.

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Geoff Ogilvy: The guy who needed a late-season win just to get into the FedEx Cup Playoffs and who needed a 15-foot par putt by someone else just to stay in them after Week 1 nearly took control of them after Week 2. Ogilvy shot a pair of 65s over the weekend at TPC Boston before settling for a T-2. Still, it's nice to see the 2006 U.S. Open champ back in good form. Now the Aussie looks poised to make his first trip to Atlanta for the Tour Championship in three years. This must explain why Ogilvy recently sold his home in Del Mar, Calif., for $6 million. He must be planning on upgrading with his FedEx Cup windfall.

Fred Couples: It had been a quiet past few months for Couples on the Champions Tour, but that changed on Sunday in Calgary. Freddie fired a final-round 61, including a chip-in eagle on No. 18, and then had a tap-in birdie on the first hole of the playoff to beat Billy Andrade. Poor Billy. The guy had a closing eagle of his own to shoot 62, but it wasn't enough to win his first Champions Tour title. That's got to sting a bit. (Side note: Was this a regulation golf course?)

WE'RE SELLING

Brandt Snedeker: Sneds won the FedEx Cup title in 2012 and had an even better -- at least, in terms of results -- 2013. But 2014 has been a disaster. With a recent T-5 at the Wyndham Championship (just his third top 10 in 25 events this year), Snedeker looked like he might salvage his season by making the Ryder Cup team, but he missed the cut at the first two events of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, including a 76 to end his season at TPC Boston. We wouldn't plan on packing for Scotland if we were him.

Billy Horschel: First things first, Horschel had a great week in Boston. His T-2 was his first top five of the season and first top 10 in nearly three months, but oh, what could have been. After a perfect drive on the final hole, Horschel had to be thinking about an eagle, a second PGA Tour title and a possible spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Instead, he hit one of the worst shots you'll ever see a tour pro hit, leading to a bogey and leaving his Ralph Lauren wallet considerably lighter.

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Europe's captain's picks: We're not criticizing any of Paul McGinley's selections (Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher), but the crop as a whole is a little suspect. Regardless of their previous Ryder Cup experience/success, picking Poulter and Westwood -- two guys with a combined three top 10s on the PGA Tour this year -- and Gallacher, who is 39 and has three career European Tour titles, shouldn't scare anyone on Tom Watson's squad. Then again, maybe we're just reaching for anything to produce some drama in an event that everyone has already handed to Europe.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Denver for the BMW Championship, aka that tournament being played at Cherry Hills for the first time. Only the top 30 on the FedEx Cup points list following this third leg of the playoffs will advance to next week's Tour Championship.

Related: 7 things you need to know after Week 2 of the playoffs

Random tournament fact: Phil Mickelson won the 1990 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills. This was Phil's biggest win of the pre-"Bones" era.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK 

-- John Daly will be named a Ryder Cup captain's pick: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Rory McIlroy will hit a 400-yard drive in Denver's altitude: 2-to-1 odds 

-- TV viewers will hear a LOT of references to the 1960 U.S. Open: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

We sadly say goodbye to the summer with this Amanda Dufner selfie:

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That is one impressive. . . pool. I mean, look at the size of that thing!

RANDOM PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Amanda D is back! And this time, she's got a monkey on her head!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I may be a little bit more calm than some other guys in that situation, but I'm still pretty much freaking out inside." -- Chris Kirk.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Kudos to John Strege for finding this amazing/inspiring clip of a 3-year-old Tommy Morrissey, who was born without a right hand.

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ARCHIVE VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

In honor of Hennie Otto's win at the Italian Open on the European Tour, a look back at one of the best/worst meltdowns you'll ever see on a green:

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING

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What, it's not enough to just lift weights anymore, Lindsey?!

THIS AND THAT

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Austin Ernst picked up her first LPGA win at the Portland Classic, defeating I.K. Kim in a playoff. Kim, who famously missed a putt of about a foot that cost her the 2012 Kraft Nabisco, hasn't won a tournament in nearly four years. . . . Bud Cauley won the Web.com Finals opener to regain his PGA Tour card. That guarantees he'll be on everyone's "sleepers" list for next season. Again. . . . Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech about jobs while wearing a Sebonack Golf Club shirt. As Geoff Shackelford pointed out, this could have been a scene straight out of HBO's "Veep." . . . Speaking of politicians, that's my future father-in-law greeting President Barack Obama -- another Ryder Cup captain's pick hopeful -- as he arrived in New York last week. That's almost as cool as that time I got a photo with Paula Creamer last year. Almost.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Does Joe Biden watch "Veep"?

Who would win a Ryder Cup football game?

Has Amanda Dufner done the Ice Bucket Challenge yet?

-- 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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The Grind: A broken trophy mystery, Tiger and Sean's conscious uncoupling, and Win McMurry's Ice Bucket Challenge fail

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are still in Emmys mode. This week's best lead actor in a drama? Hunter Mahan is an obvious answer. So is Phil Mickelson in the comedy category for the most entertaining 78th-place finish you'll ever see. But best supporting role is a bit more tricky. On Sunday night, swing coach Sean Foley appeared an easy choice as he basked in the glory of his longtime pupil winning the Barclays. But on Monday morning, he was fired by his most famous client, Tiger Woods. Hmm, that's a tough one. Maybe we'll just let the Academy's voters sort it out while we discuss what else is happening in the world of golf.

WE'RE BUYING

Hunter Mahan: The guy who played in the final group at back-to-back majors in 2013 had been missing in action since walking away from the 36-hole lead in Canada last July to become a father, but he picked the perfect time to find his top form again. A Sunday 65 at the Barclays ended a two-plus year winless drought, moved Mahan to No. 1 from No. 62 in the volatile FedEx Cup standings and allowed him to emerge as a likely captain's pick for a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup squad. But Mahan seemed most excited about getting win No. 1 as a dad. Afterward, he was blamed for breaking the Barclays trophy, but another suspect has emerged from this photo. . .

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Tiger & Sean's conscious uncoupling: There's no doubt Sean Foley is a great coach, but there's also no doubt the Foley/Woods partnership never quite clicked. Yes, Woods won five times during a Player of the Year campaign just last year, but that season might not even crack the top-10 list for Woods' career. The bottom line? Eight wins in four years for golf's GOAT isn't good enough. Plus, there are questions of whether Woods' new swing is the cause of his back problems. Regardless, this is a smart financial move for Tiger. It has to be really expensive having a full-time coach when you never even play.

Carlos Ortiz: Rory McIlroy has been golf's undisputed best player this year, but Ortiz has been just as dominant on the Web.com Tour. Congrats to the 23-year-old Mexican for making 60 percent more money ($515,403) than any other player on that tour and for earning the automatic promotion to the PGA Tour with his third win of the season at the Portland Open. The bad news? He has to wait for next season. The good news? Next season starts in about a month.

WE'RE SELLING

Jim Furyk: For an eighth straight time with at least a share of the 54-hole lead, Furyk didn't win, running his PGA Tour title drought to nearly full four years. To be fair, Furyk hasn't melted down in any of those tournaments. He's posted a 70.25 scoring average in those final rounds (shooting 69 four times), and his eighth-place finish at the Barclays was the first time he's dropped out of the top four on those eight occasions. Still, that's got to hurt. Even the Jacksonville Jaguars have a better record on Sundays.

U.S. Ryder Cup hopefuls: While Mahan came through with a clutch performance in New Jersey, other big-name bubble boys didn't. Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson and Ryan Moore all missed the cut, leaving them just one more week to try to impress captain Tom Watson. And with Mahan and Keegan Bradley edging out in front of the pack, that means this trio and other Ryder Cup hopefuls are probably playing for just one spot.

Related: The best and worst from 2014's major championships

Lee Westwood: Speaking of Ryder Cup hopefuls, it's looking more likely that Westwood won't be making a ninth consecutive appearance on Team Europe. Jamie Donaldson's win at the Czech Masters took away another spot, and Westwood faded to T-57 at the Barclays, failing to advance to the second round of the playoffs. After winning the Maybank Malaysian Open in April, Westwood, 40, said it was possible that his best golf was still ahead of him. Did he forget to say, "LOL JK"?

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Boston for the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the Deutsche Bank Championship, aka that tournament that ends on a Monday because it's Labor Day.

Related: 7 things you need to know after Week 1 of the playoffs

Random tournament fact: Hunter Mahan will be playing in his 30th FedEx Cup Playoff event this week. He's the only player to have competed in every playoff event since the FedEx Cup started in 2007. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem approves of this fact.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK 

-- Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon will reunite: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Phil Mickelson will hit a shot out of a TV tower: 5-to-1 odds 

-- You will hear that Hunter Mahan consecutive FedEx Cup starts stat a LOT: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK (OTHER THAN HUNTER MAHAN'S DAUGHTER POSSIBLY BREAKING THE BARCLAYS TROPHY)

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Incredibly, Phil Mickelson found the same hospitality area near the fifth hole at Ridgewood Country Club two days in a row. Not incredibly, the tour's ultimate showman decided to hit a shot from there both times. The best part? It inspired a new internet meme, #PhilWasHere. Here's our favorite, but the rest are worth checking out.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"You know, I'm close. And I'm not going to hang my head as I walk away from here. But I chuckle every time I leave the media room because I'm like, it's almost -- everyone expects me to be depressed. I mean, there's a lot worse sh-- going on in the world than me shooting 70 on a Sunday." -- Jim Furyk. Tough to argue with that.

THIS WEEK IN GOLF-RELATED ICE BUCKET CHALLENGES

First, Rory McIlroy risked life and limb to climb on a chair to dump ice water on actress Meghan Markle, who he nominated:

And then, former Golf Channel personality Win McMurry went solo with her own version:

Maybe you should try it again, Win. . . With ice this time. . . You know, just to make it official. . . We'll wait. . .

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING PUTTING HER TRAINING TO USE

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Vonn took a break from the gym to appear on the show "Project Runway." And no, we didn't watch the episode. Yet.

THIS AND THAT

blog-molly-ace-0825.jpgGraeme McDowell and his wife, Kristin Stape, welcomed a baby girl into the world Monday. If he wins a tournament next year, he'll have to keep his eye on her during the trophy presentation. . . . Rory McIlroy said he's "90 percent" sure he'll be in Denver to play in next week's BMW Championship, citing the Broncos/Colts game as a big motivation for going. Not exactly a glowing ad for the importance of the FedEx Cup. . . . Scott Dunlap won the Boeing Classic for his first Champions Tour title. He's the guy who nearly played with Tiger Woods in the final round of the 2000 PGA Championship. . . Apparently, there's going to be a new show called "Sports Jeopardy." I'd be the Ken Jennings of that show. Look at that Scott Dunlap knowledge I just dropped on you! . . . Congrats to GolfDigest.com director of editorial operations Molly Baldwin (pictured) on recording her first hole-in-one. Add another name to the long list of golfers I'm jealous of. . . . And NBC's coverage of the Deutsche Bank Championship means Johnny Miller is returning to the booth. Let's celebrate by looking at this random/funny/ridiculous photo of him!

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RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Did Phil hit it into that hospitality area a second time on purpose?

How did Matthew McConaughey not win the Emmy for "True Detective"?

Where can I get one of those NBC hats?

-- 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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