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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.


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!


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 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.


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"?



The PGA Tour takes a rare week off, but its developmental tour, the, 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.


-- 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


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.



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


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


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.



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.



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.


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.


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 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!



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.


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.


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.


-- 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



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



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


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:


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


What's next? A tattoo of David Toms?


"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!


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


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:


Gisele alert!!!


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!


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!



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.


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 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.


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.


The FedEx Cup. Feeding golf families since 2007.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

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?)


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.

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

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.


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.


-- 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


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


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


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



"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.


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



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:



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



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 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.


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 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.


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. . .


Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

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 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.


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"?


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.


-- 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



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.



"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.


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. . .



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


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 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!



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 Feel free to email him and please follow him on Twitter since he has self-esteem issues.

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The Grind: Villegas shows his age, Lindsey shows her strength, and 2014's most unlikely champ

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we may have underestimated the excitement the week after the PGA Championship could generate. We saw an improbable run at one of the game's oldest events, a playoff at an LPGA major, history made on the Champions Tour and a crazy finish on the PGA Tour—plus two golf superstars appearing on late night TV together. In other words, we better wrap up our opening monologue and dive right in.


Camilo Villegas: A final-round 63 was good enough for a one-shot win at the Wyndham Championship as others faltered late. For Villegas, the victory ended a four-year drought. How long has it been since he won? The 32-year-old Villegas doesn't even do the Spiderman thing when reading greens anymore. I know what you're going through, Camilo. I'm 32 also.


Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Gunn Yang: Move over, Francis Ouimet, golf has a new underdog hero. Yang, a redshirt sophomore at San Diego State who had lost his scholarship and was No. 776(!) in the world amateur golf ranking somehow won the U.S. Amateur. Just making it to match play would have been a nice accomplishment for the 20-year-old South Korean. Instead, he won six straight matches to claim one of golf's most prestigious titles and earn a spot in next year's Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. Just a guess, but he probably earned his scholarship back as well.

Inbee Park: "Winbee" was back this week in a big way, beating Brittany Lincicome in a playoff at the LPGA Championship. Park now has four majors in the past two seasons and five overall among her 11 career wins. WINBEE!

Tiger Woods: First came the announcement that he's taking himself out of consideration for a Ryder Cup captain's pick to rest. Good move for his back, his ego and for Tom Watson, who didn't need that situation hanging over his head in addition to the slim pickings he's already having to deal with. Then, Woods and Rory McIlroy appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon. Woods had a few good lines, although his tight shirt seemed to draw most of the attention.



Kevin Sutherland: How do you shoot 59 with a bogey on the last hole? How do you shoot 59 and not win a three-round tournament? These are questions Sutherland has to be asking himself after going 71-59-74 to pick up one of the oddest T-7s you'll ever see at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. Perhaps the better question is how was this the first 59 in Champions Tour history? In any matter, Bernhard Langer wound up winning. Stop us if you've heard that before.

Brittany Lincicome: The 28-year-old American played great at the LPGA Championship, but bogeyed the 18th hole in regulation to go to a playoff and then bogeyed the hole again minutes later to finish runner-up. Lincicome hasn't won in nearly three years and her lone major remains the 2009 Kraft Nabisco. She wasn't the only golfer stumbling down the stretch, though. . .

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

Greensboro heartbreaks: While Villegas celebrated, many others left Sedgefield CC in the dumps. Brad Fritsch, playing in the final group, only managed a 70 to drop to T-8 and end the regular season at No. 151 on the FedEx Cup list, meaning he has no status on the PGA Tour next season. Heath Slocum bogeyed the final two holes to blow his chance at a win and lose his tour card. Kevin Foley missed a four-footer on the last hole that dropped him to No. 201 and from the PGA Tour into the second stage of Tour Q School. You get the point. Even playing golf for a living has its rough moments.


The PGA Tour heads to New Jersey and Ridgewood CC for the Barclays and the start of golf's (sport's?) ultimate four-week money grab, the FedEx Cup.

Related: Defining moments from the PGA Championship

Random tournament fact: Here are the last 10 winners of this event: Vijay Singh (twice), Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Steve Stricker, Heath Slocum, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and Adam Scott. Which one doesn't belong. . . ?


-- Gunn Yang will win the 2015 U.S. Amateur: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will appear on Letterman together: 1 billion-to-1 odds 

-- Someone will make a ridiculous amount of money playing golf in the next few weeks: LOCK


This is what can happen when you get hit in the head by a stray golf ball:


Try to avoid getting hit in the head by a stray golf ball.


"It looked really bright on TV, though, from my couch." -- Tiger Woods discussing Rory McIlroy's PGA Championship win with Jimmy Fallon. Woods managed to take a small jab at Rory, a bigger dig at himself and not rip through that shirt. Impressive.


More Tiger and Rory shenanigans! This time, they participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS:

Ice Bucket Challenge from Rory McIlroy on Vimeo.

What's next? A tandem bike ride?




Ted Scott took to Twitter to post these generous bonus gifts from his boss, Bubba Watson.


We'd tee up a ball for someone in the rain for a lot less than that. . .



Even a hulking Tiger has to be impressed by his girlfriend in the gym.



Steve Stricker is taking a few months off to rest a bad hip and back. Even the U.S. Ryder Cup assistants aren't safe from getting hurt! . . . Vijay Singh finished 12 shots behind at a tournament in Fiji. On a course he designed. Ouch. . . . Arnold Palmer had pacemaker implant surgery Monday to correct an abnormal heartbeat. Get better soon, Arnie! . . . Speaking of kings, I'm declaring Noodles & Company "The King of Casual Dining." I could eat there every day, and I probably would if there was one within 80 miles of where I live. Sigh.


What will Rory McIlroy's caddie get as a bonus?

Does a hole-in-one on a par-3 course count?

How much does it cost to open a Noodles & Company?

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The Grind: Valhalla answers our major prayers, Rory shows off, and the PGA's new nickname

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're starting a petition for the PGA Championship to change its official slogan again. "Glory's last shot"? Cheesy. "This is major"? Dumb. "It's ALL happening now!"? YES. How else to describe the madness we saw on Sunday? From NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann helping to get the soggy course ready to play; to active and future golf Hall of Famers battling it out on the back nine; from a five-way tie for the lead at one point to a foursome finishing in darkness, the year's final major was an instant classic that had everything. We'll do our best to make sense of it all.


A wild finish included Rory McIlroy's ball barely staying dry on No. 18.


Rory McIlroy: In the span of a month, McIlroy went from a great talent to an all-time great. His win at the PGA gave him a second straight major and a fourth overall. But this one didn't come as easy as the others -- and that's a good thing. After a couple of early stumbles in the final round, McIlroy rallied from three shots down entering the back nine and showed he doesn't need a huge lead to close on Sunday. Four majors by 25? We don't think his optimistic dad would have even bet on that.

PGA Championship/Valhalla: Always No. 4 in stature, the PGA was once again No. 1 in delivering excitement ("It's all happening now!"). Thank you, PGA, we needed a dramatic Sunday at a major. And how about Valhalla? The course is batting 1.000 in three PGAs and it's now delivered all-time great winners in its last two. Is it the greatest course ever built? No, but we think it gets hurt by new-course bias. A future PGA hasn't been awarded to the Kentucky course yet, but we hope that changes.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Phil Mickelson: Talk about flipping the switch. After a PGA Tour season that included zero top-10 finishes in 17 starts, Mickelson shot a final-round 62 at the Bridgestone Invitational and kept going low at Valhalla. Unfortunately, not even a Sunday 66 was enough. Mickelson's last-gasp eagle chip on the 72nd hole just missed and he had to settle for a ninth major runner-up instead of a victory that would have easily trumped the 2013 British Open as Mickelson's most surprising win. Hmm. "Unpredicta-Phil" has a nice ring to it as well. . .

Rickie Fowler: How did this guy not win a major this year? Fowler led all players in aggregate scoring at the four events by five shots and his total was tied for the third-lowest ever. Despite the closest call of his career, Fowler offered nice words to McIlroy on Twitter after and McIlroy responded. Pretty cool.


Henrik Stenson: Sorry for all the birdies this week, but that tournament deserved it. Four players had a legit chance of winning all the way to the final hole, including Stenson, whose Sunday 66 could have easily been a 63. Alas, the 38-year-old Swede finished T-3 -- which dashed my chance for the "Alex Slam" in our office fantasy pool (sigh) -- and remains at the top of everyone's list of best players never to have won a major. At least of those candidates, he's the only one who has won a $10 million bonus.


Tiger Woods' back: He came. He saw. He crumbled. Again. Woods deserves credit for finishing his second round and actually hobbling to a back-nine 35, but once again, it was sad to see the 14-time major winner look so feeble. Who knows when the next chance will be for reporters/photographers to hang out by his tournament parking spot.

Michelle Wie's finger: The original "Big Wiesy" (sorry, Bernd Wiesberger) will miss three-to-five weeks with an injured finger. On the down side, Wie's breakthrough season is being cut into and she'll miss the LPGA's four major, the LPGA Championship, this week. On the bright side, this might explain her post U.S. Open swoon.

Related: Winners and losers from the PGA Championship

U.S. Ryder cup team injuries: How bad are things for Tom Watson's squad? He's still considering Tiger Woods for a captain's pick. Matt Kuchar and Jason Dufner both withdrew from the PGA, which could limit Watson's options even more following the loss of Dustin Johnson to a leave of absence.

OMEGA's Rory commercial: We appreciate that the watch company was one of the PGA's main sponsors and that it probably spent a lot of money for the right, but couldn't it have made more than that ONE Rory McIroy/"Hall of Fame" commercial? Wait, OMEGA also sponsors the Ryder Cup? Please pick a new song.


The PGA Tour heads to Greensboro for the Wyndham Championship, aka that event that bridges the gap between "It's all happening now!" and "We're playing for $10 million!" This is the last chance for players to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. It's also the last chance for guys to lock up their tour cards for next year by getting into the top 125 on the money list. No pressure.

Related: Defining moments from Valhalla

Random tournament fact: Long before Patrick Reed declared himself a "top-five player in the world," he was purely a feel-good story when he -- with his wife as his caddie -- made this event his first PGA Tour win last year. Oh yeah, and he hit arguably the best shot of 2013.


-- Rory McIlroy will play the final hole as a foursome in his next major victory: 1 million-to-1 odds 

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Rory McIlroy will win next year's Masters: 5-to-1 odds (actual odds) (That's it?! Is that supposed to be 1-5?)

-- The Wyndham Championship will NOT be as exciting as the PGA Championship: LOCK


"The ball flight was probably around 30 feet lower than I intended. And the line of the shot was probably around 15 yards left of where I intended. It was lucky, it really was. You need a little bit of luck in major championships to win, and that was my lucky break." -- Rory McIlroy on his final-round 3-wood on No. 10 to seven feet that set up an eagle. Rory "LuckIlroy"? OK, we need to stop with these nicknames. We're fried. Blame that OMEGA commercial.


Rickie Fowler added some levity to the bizarre scene of Tiger Woods showing up at Valhalla's parking lot on Wednesday:



Yours truly just had to snap a shot of Henrik Stenson thanking the golf gods after his approach shot to No. 13 on Sunday managed to stay dry:



About the only thing that hasn't gone right for Rory this summer are his trophy ceremonies at the last two majors.


RIP, Robin Williams.


Meet Pablo Larrazabal's girlfriend, Gala Alten:


If you remember, Larrazabal was the guy who was attacked by a swarm of hornets on the course earlier in the year. He seems to enjoy being visited by his girlfriend a lot more. . .



You feel lazy right now, don't you?



The PGA Tour announced their will be an event in Alabama next year opposite the British Open. Now Steve Stricker has another option to play that week! . . . TV ratings on Sunday were up 36 percent from 2013's final round. Glad to see people were paying attention. . . . Mirim Lee picked up her first LPGA Tour win. Sorry, Mirim, but you kind of got lost in the shuffle. . . . Rory McIlroy tweeted this photo of himself with his recent loot (Not pictured is the $5 million he's won in three starts) shortly after winning the PGA. Show off.


Does Rory take the claret jug with him everywhere?

What did Phil really think about the PGA's 72nd hole?

How much Jagermeister can fit in the Wanamaker Trophy?

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

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The Grind: Rory's new admirer, Tiger throws paper airplanes, and Sergio gets engaged

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are still dizzy from the weekend's events. You had the lingering Dustin Johnson saga. Sergio Garcia of all people putting on a putting display for the ages. Tiger Woods withdrawing and taking the longest golf cart ride ever down an actual road. Phil Mickelson holing wedges and coming out of nowhere to shoot 62. Sergio Garcia breaking an engagement ring with a wild drive. Rory McIlroy going all Rory McIlroy on the field. Jason Day even pulled out due to, you guessed it, dizziness! It was all happening in Akron, but now we must pivot quickly to the year's final major. Here's everything you need to know about everything in golf. We think . . .


Rory McIlroy: This guy is pretty good, right? Well, only if you're impressed by someone routinely hitting 350-yard drives down the middle of tight fairways and firing at flagsticks with wedges on mammoth par 4s. McIlroy added a first WGC title to his three majors by tracking down Sergio Garcia on Sunday at Firestone. He also tracked down Adam Scott and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking -- officially, that is. After watching him at Hoylake, we think it was pretty apparent who is the best golfer in the world. Now if he would just get rid of that hat. That thing looks like a cross between a flat-brim and Michelle Wie's visor . . .


Sergio Garcia: Sure, he didn't get the job done again on Sunday, but it's hard to knock a guy for a third straight runner-up on the PGA Tour. Garcia is all the way up to No. 3 in the world. Oh yeah, he's also newly engaged to Katharina Boehm. You know, the gorgeous young lady and former college golfer who also caddied Garcia to a win in her only time on his bag? Yeah, golf -- and more importantly, life -- is pretty good for Garcia right now.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Geoff Ogilvy: Remember this guy? The 2006 U.S. Open champ hadn't won anywhere since the start of 2010 and was in danger of losing his PGA Tour card. Not anymore. Ogilvy won the Barracuda Championship -- the PGA Tour's other event last week -- for his eighth career tour title. Ogilvy had just written his monthly column for Golf Australia in which he talked about his struggles at length, but concluded by saying "I'll be back. The game will be fun again. So don't worry folks, I'll figure it out." Guess he was right.

Senior shootout: A week after winning the Senior British Open by 13 shots, Bernhard Langer posted rounds of 64-67-63 for a 22-under total at the 3M Championship -- but it wasn't enough! Kenny Perry birdied the final hole Sunday to finish 23 under par. Also of note? Hale Irwin, 69, broke his age all three days, including shooting a Saturday 66 on his way to a T-9. That's pretty boss.


Tiger Woods' back: The eight-time winner at Firestone couldn't even make it through four rounds in Akron this time. Woods withdrew after hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole Sunday and embarked on a painful -- and incredibly long -- cart ride back to his car in the parking lot. It was a sad sight seeing the 14-time major champ struggle to take his shoes off before getting in the passenger seat and throwing a water bottle in frustration. Mount Nicklaus must look more like Mount Everest for Woods with each passing day.

Bubba Watson's attitude: The longest hitter on the PGA Tour had another bad week, but drew more attention for saying he wouldn't participate in the PGA Championship's long drive contest (an "event" brought back this year). We say "event" because it's actually just one drive. During a practice round. Again, it's ONE shot. This isn't like competing in the Slam Dunk Contest, Bubba. Just do it.

Related: Rory and Jagermeister: An unauthorized history

Dustin Johnson's absence: The tour's second-longest hitter won't be participating in the long drive contest at the PGA either because he's choosing to take a leave of absence from professional golf. Or is he? Either way, we won't see Johnson playing again for an extended period of time and that's too bad. Get better, Dustin.

Jason Dufner's neck: On Wednesday, he was diagnosed with bulging discs in his neck. On Saturday he gave away his putter on the 10th hole and finished the round by putting with his 3-wood. That's mighty generous and all, Jason, but isn't that a little unbecoming of a professional golfer to basically quit in the middle of a tournament? (Yes, Jason was my big pick for the week and I'm a little bitter.) In any event, between DJ, Tiger and Dufner this U.S. Ryder Cup team is really taking shape!


The PGA Tour heads to Valhalla for the PGA Championship, aka the major that's ranked No. 4 in stature, but No. 1 in trophy size.

Related: Our picks to win the PGA Championship

Random tournament fact: Jason Dufner became the first golfer to win a major and grab his wife's butt on the 18th green with his victory at Oak Hill last year.


-- This year's winner -- if it's someone other than Jason Dufner -- will grab his wife's butt on the 18th green: 1 million-to-1 odds 

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Rory McIlroy will win the PGA Championship: 5-to-1 odds (actual odds)

-- Rory McIlroy will win the PGA Championship if he plays like he has in his last two starts: LOCK


"I'm blind as a bat. I go to the bathroom and I wet my shoes." -- Lee Trevino. Funny stuff, Lee, but are you familiar with the phrase "TMI"?


Sergio Garcia knocked a diamond out of a fan's engagement ring. Yes, this actually happened.


Fortunately, the diamond in the rough was found shortly after. The whole incident was pretty crazy, especially since Garcia recently bought a rock of his own. Have we mentioned his new fiance, Katharina Boehm? Oh, we have?


On Friday, Brady Schnell holed out from 122 yards on his final hole for eagle and a round of 59 at the PGA Tour Canada's ATB Financial Classic. Unfortunately, there's only this photo of Schnell:


Then Sunday, David Pastore won the Met Amateur with a walk-off-ace on the 17th hole (35th of the final match) at The Creek in Long Island. Again, no video.


Oh well. You'll just have to use your imagination.

Related: The week in Instagrams


Fortunately, we do have video of Tiger Woods throwing a paper airplane at Bubba Watson. Courtesy of Shane Bacon, we learned Tiger Woods' accuracy issues extend way beyond the driver:

Maybe this is how Woods actually re-injured his back?


Say hello to Veronica Felibert, who earned her first win on the Symetra Tour:



A happily married man who shall remain nameless sent me this screenshot during Sunday's telecast -- not that I hadn't already noticed the stunning blonde who seemed to really be noticing Rory McIlroy:


If the aforementioned happily married man is reading this, it might be time for a new TV. There's this really cool thing called HD now. Fortunately, everyone else noticed McIlroy's latest admirer, too. Here's a video in which the woman, who turns out to be Cleveland-area model Ashley Bongiavanni (h/t Kyle Porter for "reporting this out"), seems to be doing her best to get Rory's attention:

But Rory doesn't seem to notice. Man, Rory really is locked in right now.



Brian Stuard's caddie quit mid-round  Saturday at the Barracuda Championship. He was replaced by a "woman in a dress wearing flip-flops." Interesting choice, Brian. . . . Tony Finau won the Stonebrae Classic for his first win and all but wrapped up his PGA Tour card for next season. Move over Gary Woodland, you might have to give up your unofficial title as the tour's best basketball player once the 6-foot-4 former high school hoops star arrives. . . . I had the pleasure of seeing the band LIVE (well, former frontman Ed Kowalczyk, anyway) perform live last week. Remember "Lightning Crashes"? How about "I Alone"? Good times. . . '90s rock is the best.


Who is the best band from the '90s?

Does Tiger choose the music when he rides in the passenger seat?

Could Jason Dufner beat me in a putting contest with a 3-wood?

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

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The Grind: Langer laps the field, Lindsey and Paulina get golf lessons, and Tiger wins at mini-golf

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we'll have two of whatever Bernhard Langer is having. No disrespect to Tom Watson, but since turning 55 he's looked like a senior golfer even if he hasn't played like one. Langer looks like he could be a stunt double in a James Bond film. The German impressed everyone this past week with his latest age-defying performance, but there's plenty of other stuff to talk about. Let's channel our inner Langer and kick it into gear.



Bernhard Langer: What's the all-time mark for shooting your age? Because Bernhard is going to shatter that eventually. But first, let's stick to his latest record. Langer won the Senior British Open by 13 shots. Yep, he won a major championship by 13 shots! 13! Martin Kaymer's eight-shot win at the U.S. Open isn't even the biggest blowout in a major by a German this year anymore. Langer turns 57 in August, about a month before the Ryder Cup. Is it possible that European captain Paul McGinley, nearly 10 years his junior, will put Langer on the team? He should -- just in case he ever runs into Bernhard in a dark alley.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Tim Clark: The South African seemed destined for a bunch of PGA Tour wins after he broke through for his first at the 2010 Players, but a bad elbow has held him back since. Nothing held him back at the RBC Canadian Open, though, as he fired back-nine 30 on Sunday to finally claim win No. 2.

President Obama's golf balls: Regardless of what you think of his politics, we think we can all agree that these personalized golf balls (via Instagram user @larrydoh) are pretty badass:


Of course, losing one in the woods off the first tee isn't as badass. . .

Female golfers from Spain: We're still trying to figure out this confusing new event, but we know the team of Beatriz Recari, Azahara Munoz, Belen Mozo and Carlota Ciganda won the International Crown. We also know that Recari and Mozo were both semifinalists in our Hottest Golfers Contest last year. Viva Espana!


Female golfers from the U.S.: The Americans were the No. 1 seed at the International Crown, but they certainly didn't play like it. On Day 1, the U.S. was swept by eighth-seeded Taiwan, and the Americans wound up not being among the five teams that qualified for Sunday's singles. Afterward, Stacy Lewis said the format needed to be tweaked. Wait, she could actually understand the format? OK, now we're impressed.

Male golfers from Russia: Did you know that former No. 1 tennis player Yevgeney Kafelnikov is arguably his country's best golfer? Nine Russians played in the European Tour's M2M Russian Open and none made the cut. Zero is the same number of Russians who have earned any Official World Golf Ranking points in the past two years. Kafelnikov shot 83-89. It's not good when your scores resemble speeds of a good second serve.

Jim Furyk: It's hard to feel bad for a guy who has banked more than $4 million playing golf in 2014, but as good as the 44-year-old Furyk has played the last few years, he hasn't won since the 2010 Tour Championship. Of course, that victory also won him the FedEx Cup and earned him a $10 million bonus . . . why do we feel so bad for him again? It's tough to explain, but we do. With his runner-up in Canada, Furyk now has 28 career second-place finishes and just 16 wins.

Related: Jim Furyk is really, REALLY good at finishing runner-up

Long putters: Sorry to be a downer, but both Langer and Clark's victories might not be possible in about 16 months when the anchoring ban goes into effect. Langer says he plans on using his long putter as long as possible. Good luck trying to pry it from his steely grip.


The PGA Tour heads to Akron for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, aka that event Tiger Woods wins every year. Woods won by seven shots a year ago for his fifth PGA Tour win of 2013. That seems like ancient history, doesn't it?

Related: 15 undeniable truths from the British Open

Random tournament fact: If the crowds at Firestone seem to be in a better mood this year, we're guessing it's because Akron's own LeBron James recently announced he's returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.


-- Phil Knight's ultimate dream of LeBron James caddieing for Tiger Woods will come true: 1 million-to-1 odds 

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Bernhard Langer will be a Ryder Cup captain's pick: 25-to-1 odds

-- Bernhard Langer would be useful for Europe if a locker-room brawl broke out against the Americans: LOCK



This adorable photo came from the Dufners recent visit to an Alabama Boys & Girls Club. The Jason Dufner Charitable Foundation is "on a mission to end childhood hunger in Lee County." Good stuff, guys!

Related: DJ & Paulina's magical year in pictures



There's Dustin and Paulina! On the same day Paulina posted this photo, DJ, pictured in bare feet and holding a drink, withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone, citing "personal reasons." Paulina called him the "best caddy ever." Is he thinking about changing careers?

Related: The week in Instagrams

Not to be outdone, Lindsey Vonn posted this photo instead of a video (she's not ready to show off her swing just yet), but said "good thing I have an amazing teacher!" Aww.



A group of guys who go on a yearly golf buddies trip has made one of the greatest parody music videos of all time. Adding to the impressive feat is that the song they chose was Queen's iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody." Enjoy.


"We had a good little time. We toured a little bit and even played a little putt-putt, which I won every single time." -- Tiger Woods on spending time with his son Charlie after the British Open. Who says he's lost his competitive drive?!



Tiger Woods will play in Notah Begay's charity tournament. Woods has played in the event four times previously, but this is the latest indication that his back is feeling good. . . . Oregon star QB and Heisman Trophy hopeful Marcus Mariota will take only golf and yoga this fall while concentrating on football. Hey, at least he's likely to go to class. . . . Taylor Pendrith is golf's latest long-driving sensation. He can hit a golf ball a LOT farther than you can. . . . Apparently, Arizona makes a "Soda Shaq." Something tells us Arnold Palmer has nothing to worry about.


Does Tiger frequently fist pump when he plays mini-golf?

More confusing: International Crown or FedEx Cup?

Could Bernhard Langer take Chuck Norris in a fight?

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The Grind: McIlroy wins the Open, Westwood sings, DJ's b-day pics, and our career "Grand Slam"

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are pleased that Rory McIlroy used the same target words, "spot" and "process,"  en route to his latest major triumph that we use around here. Confused? Let us explain. First, we "spot" the golf week's most interesting happenings (Yes, this entails more than clicking refresh on Paulina Gretzky's Instagram account). Then, we go through the "process" of putting them all together in a hopefully somewhat entertaining format so you don't have to search for these things yourself and . . . voila! It sounds so simple, right? Well, it's not. Pros like Rory and us just make it look that way. So sit back, relax, and let us do our thing.


Rory McIlroy: With his two-shot win (it felt like more, right?) at the British Open, McIlroy joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only golfers to win three majors by age 25. Bet you've heard that one, but you probably didn't hear about the big 500-to-1 bet his dad placed on him when he was 15 . . . oh, you have? Fine. What else is there to say? This guy is insanely good when he's on and he's on pace to be one of the all-time greats. Oh yeah, and he won me the Golf Digest British Open Fantasy Draft, meaning I've now won the "career Grand Slam" in our office pools in less than two full seasons of majors. Try to keep up, Rory!


When Rory wins big, his family wins big. Literally.

Sergio Garcia: At least this close call will be easier to shake off than others since Garcia made a spirited run with a Sunday 66. Plus, he gained a lot of respect for how he graciously handled defeat. "It looks like I'm finally growing up," he said after. It only took 34 years.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Rickie Fowler: We laughed when he said he gears his game up for the majors at the U.S. Open -- this is a guy with just ONE PGA Tour win to his credit -- but apparently, he wasn't kidding. With his T-2 at Hoylake, Fowler became the first player since Tiger Woods in 2005 to finish in the top five in each of the year's first three majors. Incredibly, those are his only top-five finishes in 19 stroke-play events this season. But hey, if you're going to have three great weeks a year, those are the three weeks you want to have them.

Lydia Ko: Rory wasn't the only phenom to win Sunday. Ko, 17, picked up her fourth LPGA title and became the youngest female golfer to bank more than the $1 million in career earnings, breaking Lexi Thompson's record by 17 months. And that doesn't even include the two wins and other high finishes she picked up while she was still an amateur. Is it too late to get a 500-to-1 bet on her winning a major?


Tiger Woods: He really teased us with that opening 69, didn't he? Overall, making the cut at a major in his second start since having back surgery less than four months ago should probably be viewed as a positive step. But finishing T-69 -- Woods' career-worst 72-hole position at a major by far -- doesn't leave us expecting much the rest of the year and even leaves his position on the U.S. Ryder Cup team doubtful. After all, he and captain Tom Watson don't appear to be too chummy these days.

Related: The winners and losers from Hoylake

Dustin Johnson: Rory's closest challenger entering the weekend only managed a T-12. We've been waiting on Johnson to break through at a major for awhile. Now 30, it's really time for DJ to get going.

Bubba Watson: Speaking of long hitters coming up short, Watson, after winning the year's first major has now missed the cut in the last two. More so, he came off as whiny when he complained about "negative comments" in the press after Friday's round. "Bubba Golf" isn't as fun when things aren't going his way, is it?

Jagermeister: In the claret jug? Really, Rory? You're 25 now. But McIlroy can't seem to shake the disgusting dark drink (sorry, bad memories). In fact, he has a long history with it. Don't worry, we broke it all down in our latest piece of hard-hitting journalism. Maybe Rory really meant to say his target words were "shot" and process.



The PGA Tour heads to Canada for the RBC Canadian Open, aka that tournament Hunter Mahan left when he was leading after 36 holes to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Well played, Hunter.

Related: 15 undeniable truths from the British Open

Random tournament fact: This year's event is at Royal Montreal Golf Club, the site of the Americans romp at the 2007 Presidents Cup. Or, if you're Canadian, the site of Mike Weir's singles win over Tiger Woods in 2007.


-- Ben Hogan drank Jagermeister from the claret jug: 1 million-to-1 odds 

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Rory McIlroy will complete the career Grand Slam at some point: 1-to-2 odds

-- Between Rory and Phil, you'll get sick of hearing about career Grand Slams at some point next year: LOCK


"I've really found my passion again for golf. Not that it ever dwindled, but it's what I think about when I get up in the morning, it's what I think about when I go to bed. I just want to be the best golfer I can be." -- Rory McIlroy. That doesn't bode well for other golfers.


"Good luck today baby!! Love you" Paulina posted before Sunday's final round. Unfortunately, her well wishes didn't do DJ much good:


Mmm. Are those giant . . . Oreos? And for some reason, DJ waited until Saturday to post this pic of the couple celebrating his birthday that happened nearly a month ago. We didn't miss it, though. "Spot" and "process"!!!


Related: DJ & Paulina's magical year in pictures


The Chuckster competed in the American Century Championship, the biggest celebrity golf tournament. It did not go well. Here's a look at his scorecard from the three days:


Over the course of 54 holes, the best Barkley could do was five bogeys. Amazing. Oh, and the reason for all the double bogeys is that is the maximum score you can take in the modified Stableford system. Paul Azinger offered Barkley free golf lessons on Twitter and said he'd shave his head if he couldn't fix the former Hank Haney student in 20 minutes. Please take him up on that, Charles. It's a win-win for everyone.


It's one thing to let John Daly hit a golf ball that's teed up on your face. It's another to let some random dude hit one off your crotch. Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars did just that at a charity golf event:

OK, so he later said the guy was a "pro." We hope so. He also yelled that it "tickled." Interesting.

And then there's Lee Westwood's singing, courtesy of Stephanie Wei.

Who says this guy doesn't have a lot of guts?



Mark Rypien won the American Century Championship for the first time since the inaugural event in 1990. That's a long time to wait for another major. This guy is the Ernie Els of celebrity golf! . . . Caroline Wozniacki won her first tournament in nine months on the same day Rory captured the claret jug. What are the odds? . . . Speaking of odds, did I mention that I won our office pool and a small, legal wager on Rory McIlroy (18-to-1!) winning the British Open? Cashing in a bet is always nice, but collecting in pounds makes it feel so much more sophisticated.


Why doesn't Rickie Fowler play better in regular tour events?

How many majors will Rory McIlroy win?

Did Gerry McIlroy bet on that too?

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

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The Grind: Mo stuns, Holly moves on, Paulina surfs, and Lindsey passes the "ab test"

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're still recovering from that shocking sports "decision" Friday. We all thought LeBron James was going home to Cleveland, but who knew Holly Sonders was even a free agent?! The Golf Channel star and "Morning Drive" co-host left for Fox Sports, where she'll also cover other sports since just covering golf for them would be a part-time job.  So cue up the Sarah McLachlan and enjoy some of our favorite Holly moments, from her Golf Digest cover shoot to her appearance in this year's Humana Challenge Pro-Am to creatively chipping out the first pitch at a Rays game to her recent "win" in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Good luck, Holly. You will be missed.


Holly with a stroke of genius.


Mo Martin: You could watch golf for the rest of your life and not see a finish this unexpected. First of all, it was Mo Martin. The 31-year-old American had never even had a share of a lead at an LPGA event before this week and her best career finish at a major was a T-29. Secondly, she trailed by two shots on the final hole when her "full 3-wood" from about 240 yards away (100 of which were on the ground) rattled off the flagstick. She barely missed an unfathomable walk-off albatross, but still made an eagle that wound up winning the Women's British Open. Oh yeah, it was her first eagle of the year and just the third of her career. Talk about winning out of Mo-where!


We'd be laughing if we hit the flagstick from 240 yards out, too.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Justin Rose: A two-shot victory at the Scottish Open gave Rose a second straight win, moved him to No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking and has him as many people's No. 1 choice to win this week's British Open. In fact, he went first in Golf Digest's fantasy draft. Tough to argue with that, especially if you remember who won last year's Scottish Open . . . 

University of Georgia men: Brian Harman could have been named Brian Anyman. As long as he went to college in Athens, Ga., he was bound to win on the PGA Tour. Harman became the sixth Bulldog to win on the tour this year with his one-shot victory over Zach Johnson at the John Deere Classic. Heck, Harman lost his caddie for most of the first round, picked some random dude out of the crowd and still shot six under for 12 holes. Hopefully, that guy is getting a nice check in the mail this week.

Colin Montgomerie: Now he's not just winning majors in the U.S., he's winning majors in playoffs in the U.S.? Wow, how things have changed. This time Monty captured the biggest event on the Champions Tour, the U.S. Senior Open, topping Gene Sauers in three extra holes after Sauers lipped out a six-footer on the final hole of regulation. It appears the golf gods are finally in Monty's corner. Better late than never, right?


Steve Stricker: We had the Strick Show penciled into this space at the beginning of the week for opting (again) to be a no-show at the British Open. Then he went out and did the unthinkable: shoot over par Sunday at the John Deere Classic to blow a chance to win his favorite tournament (again). OK, so that might be as surprising as Mo Martin winning an women's major.

Related: Our favorite Johnny Millerisms

Rory McIlroy's Fridays: This is just getting ridiculous. McIlroy followed up an opening 64 at the Scottish Open with a second-round 78. Sound familiar? He recently shot 63-78 at the Memorial and is now 0-for-4 on the year when opening a tournament with a 64 or better. McIlroy leads the PGA Tour in first-round scoring, but averages nearly five shots worse on Day 2. According to Golf Channel's Justin Ray, McIlroy is nine over in second rounds worldwide in 2014 and a staggering 90 under in all other rounds combined. I picked Rory No. 5 in our fantasy draft. Can someone across the pond make sure he gets a good night's sleep on Thursday for me? Thanks.

Scott Verplank: It's not often that a golfer turns 50 the day before the U.S. Senior Open. It's more rare when that event just happens to be at the site where you had arguably your best week ever (winning the 1984 U.S. Amateur). But Verplank didn't take advantage, shooting a pair of 75s in his Champions Tour debut and missing the cut. After one final bad drive on Friday, he gave his driver to a kid in the crowd. "I asked him if he was a golfer and he said he was so I gave him my driver. He will hit it better than I will.

Fox Sports: It wasn't enough to take Johnny and Yanni from the U.S. Open? Now you're poaching Holly as well? That's just cruel.


The world's best golfers head to the Open Championship, aka the British Open, aka the British, aka the Open. Look, no matter what people call this week's major at Hoylake, we all know what people are referring to. Let's not get too hung up on names. Please?

Related: 17 things that ONLY happen at the British Open

Random tournament fact: We'll let Will Ferrell handle this one:

Some good info there, Will.


-- That kid will actually hit that driver better than Scott Verplank: 1 million-to-1 odds 

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Martin Kaymer will win the U.S. Open AND Germany will win the World Cup: 265-1 odds (actual odds before the U.S. Open)

-- I will regret switching to a combo of Sergio Garcia and Spain at the last minute for the rest of my life: LOCK


"You can be standing over a putt and the ball's kind of ovulating a little bit." -- Jessica Korda, who quickly laughed off her vocab slip up on Twitter and blamed it on being blonde.


This was a #TBT post from Amanda, but it's a classic.


She also posted a pic of Jason on the August cover of Golf Digest and called him a "stud." It's all about the Dufners right now. Paulina, however, did post this solo photo:


Related: DJ & Paulina's magical year in pictures


Luke Donald hit a bunker shot lefty. Phil Mickelson hit a bunker shot righty. They both hit it to about six feet. These guys are good.

Related: The week in Instagrams


Jesper Parnevik breaks a rib while riding a Segway. Ouch.

And from a golfer getting hurt to a golfer's girlfriend appearing indestructible, there's this video of Lindsey Vonn taking the "ab test." She passed. 



Golf Digest's Dan Jenkins will not be at the British Open, ending a remarkable streak of covering 179 straight major championships. Jenkins says he plans to start a new streak at this year's PGA Championship, which will be his 223rd major overall. Good luck to anyone trying to top that. . . . Andres Gonzales went wire-to-wire at the Tour's Utah Championship, winning by four shots. . . . A new ranking system for determining qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics in Rio started this week. Great, another ranking to keep track of. . . . That's me appearing on ESPN's "Outside The Lines" discussing golf addiction. No, I was not asked to be on the show because I'm a golf addict. I don't think . . . 


Has Paulina already given up on golf?

What does Rory McIlroy do on Thursday nights?

Am I a golf addict?

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

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