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The Grind: Paula Creamer gets married, Tiger teams up with Trump, and Rickie and Alexis go to the Bahamas

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we have never complained about cameras on the golf course. Ian Poulter and Billy Horschel grabbed headlines for doing just that on Saturday, which came shortly after David Owen's Thursday post about a recent Golf Digest assignment we were on together. Not only did our group deal with the extra attention, we thrived on it. Here's David stopping mid-round to pose for more photos. What a ham.

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And before you say, "Oh, but Poulter and Horschel were playing for much higher stakes," keep in mind that the Franklin Templeton Shootout is a glorified member-guest. Lighten up, guys. It's called the Silly Season for a reason.

WE'RE BUYING

Greg Chalmers: David beat Goliath Down Under as Chalmers topped Adam Scott on the seventh hole of a playoff to win the Australian PGA. Good for Chalmers. And despite an disappointing string of tournaments in his native country, it's not all bad for Scott. He announced confirmed he and his wife, Marie Kojzar, are expecting their first child in February.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Jason Day-Cameron Tringale: This duo overcame the cameras and a furious final-round charge by defending champions Matt Kuchar and Harris English to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout. Day and Tringale shot 65 in best ball, 64 in alternate shot, and 55(!) in scramble.

Bernhard Langer's genes: Having already won the PNC Father-Son Challenge with his eldest son, Stefan, Langer tried to win the event with daughter Christina. But when she hurt her back, younger brother Jason had to step in. No problem. The 14-year-old held his own and the Langer family picked up another trophy for the mantel. Impressive.

Tiger Woods Design: What a week for Woods as a golf course architect. First, the announcement that he's going to give designing a course in Dubai another go and then his first course anywhere opened on Tuesday in Cabo. Woods' first project in Dubai was never finished when developers ran out of money. This new course will be called Trump World Golf Club Dubai. Obviously.

WE'RE SELLING

Jeff Overton: It's OK to be passionate about rooting for your favorite team, but Mr. "Boom, baby!" once again crossed the line. Three years after being arrested for acting like a jackass after an Indiana basketball game, Overton was ejected from a Hoosiers game at Madison Square Garden. In the first half. Mid-way through the first half, in fact. Chill, dude.

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

Fox Sports: We got our first taste of what watching golf on Fox will be like and the reviews were less than stellar. As Geoff Shackelford pointed out, Joe Buck needs to stop trying to be cool and the entire announcing crew needs to realize that less is more. But at least, the network will get a lot more practice in before the U.S. Open. Oh, right. They won't.

Rory's court case: McIlroy's lawsuit against his former agents is a mess and could be a major distraction as he's trying to prepare for the 2015 Masters. "And for what? For a little bit of money?" as Margie Gunderson says in Fargo. "There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don'tcha know that?" OK, so it's a lot easier for us to talk about walking away from $20 million. And from Rory's perspective, that's a lot of ugly winter coats.

ON TAP

That's it on the PGA Tour for about a month until the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. With the extra time, go ahead and finish your Christmas shopping. Courtesy of ESPN's Darren Rovell via Twitter, we even have a last-minute gift idea:

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Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Donald Trump will run out of money funding the Tiger-designed course in Dubai: 4 BILLION-to-1 odds

-- Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods will win the Grand Slam in 2015: 100-to-1 and 500-to-1 odds, respectively (Actual odds)

-- No one will win the Grand Slam in 2015: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Apparently, Nina Agdal, who was one of three woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue this year, plays golf. Welcome to The Grind, Nina.

Related: My heartbreaking year on the golf course in 5 painful photos

PHOTO OF THE WEEK (NOT INVOLVING AN SI SWIMSUIT MODEL)

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What a fantastic photo of Jason and Amanda Dufner dressing up for a holiday party, but we're confused about that jacket. We thought Jason lost to Adam Scott in a playoff at Colonial this year. . .

THIS WEEK IN NATALIE GULBIS MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH HER TRAINING

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"There are only 125 guys a year making good money. The rest of us are grinding away." -- Kyle Scott, a mini-tour veteran, competing at Q School. Yep.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Camilo Villegas and longtime girlfriend Maria Ochoa got married in Colombia and it looked like a heck of a party. Fortunately, Jillian Stacey, Keegan Bradley's girlfriend, posted this Flipagram of the festivities:

THIS WEEK IN PAULA CREAMER-DEREK HEATH PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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Congrats to Paula and Derek on tying the knot! Unfortunately, we don't own the rights to any wedding photos, but here are a couple older pictures of the happy couple.

THIS WEEK IN RICKIE FOWLER LIVING THE LIFE

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Nice catch, Rickie! Oh, and that's a decent-looking fish as well. . .

THIS AND THAT

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Brazil has commissioned a special coin commemorating golf's return at the 2016 Olympics. All the country needs is a finished golf course and we'll be set! . . . Lee Westwood won the Thailand Golf Championship again. Watch out for this guy if there's ever a major championship in Asia. . . . Branden Grace won the Alfred Dunhill Championship by seven shots to pick up his fifth European Tour title. For a quiet week, there were a lot of golf tournaments. . . . Rory McIlroy was a surprise runner-up for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, losing in a public vote to racecar driver Lewis Hamilton. On the bright side, McIlroy did hold on to win the European Tour Player of the Year. . . . I made a triumphant return to the ping-pong table over the weekend -- just look at that intensity! To whomever the next U.S. Ryder Cup captain is, I should be ready for Hazeltine in 2016.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Are Jay and Bill Haas allowed to play in the father-son challenge?

What flavor was Paula's wedding cake?

How many points could I get off Matt Kuchar in ping-pong?

-- 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: Chunking Tiger, hidden baboon, John Daly's big week & Paulina's baby shower

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we wonder when the Royal Family is going to get out to a PGA Tour event. That happening -- even at a tournament like the Sanderson Farms Championship -- certainly seems more plausible than the weird dream we had over the weekend. In it, Tiger Woods couldn't chip, a golfer dressed in a red shirt and black pants beat the 14-time major champ straight up by SEVEN shots, and he lost by 26 shots to a 21-year-old on his former home course. Crazy . . . right?

WE'RE BUYING

Jordan Spieth: For a second straight week, Spieth looked like a man among boys despite being, well, still a boy. The 21-year-old phenom tore apart Isleworth Golf & Country Club to finish 26 under par and beat a small, but elite field by 10 shots. Spieth remains stuck on one official PGA Tour win, but his back-to-back victories in the off-season -- by a total of 16 shots -- makes him the hottest golfer on the planet entering 2015.

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That trophy, though . . .

Cheyenne Woods: It wasn't all bad for the Woods clan. Tiger's niece came up big under intense pressure at LPGA Q School, earning her tour card for the first time. More impressive was Woods bouncing back from a 79 on Day 2 with rounds of 67, 71 and 70 to finish T-11 and earn one of 20 available spots. After, her uncle called to congratulate her. Aww. Get ready for a lot more Woods family stories like that in the new year.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Other LPGA Q School success stories: Karlin Beck chipped in to end an 11-hole playoff to grab the final tour card. Clutch! But we're most happy for Nannette Hill, who finished T-9 to lock up full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for the first time after sitting out 2011 and 2012 with elbow injuries. Hill also happens to be a rare fellow graduate of Pelham High School and Wake Forest University. I better be getting a lot more shots the next time we play.

John Daly: You could argue that no one had as good of a week as Daly. First, he proposed to longtime girlfriend Anna Cladakis and his Loudmouth-wearing partner in crime said, "Yes." Obviously. Then, he went out and won the Beko Classic in Turkey for his first victory in more than a decade. The $8,000 (no, that's not a misprint) winner's check probably doesn't cover the cost of the rock, but hey, anything helps.

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WE'RE SELLING

Tiger's latest comeback: Yes, he was rusty. Yes, he was using a "new" swing. And yes, he was even playing sick. But c'mon. My boss would be embarrassed if he chipped like that. Tiger's repeated chunks were a big reason why he finished tied for last place, but on the bright side, he finished. Woods' "new" full swing under Chris Como looked pretty good and he seemed to be swinging aggressively without pain. If Woods works hard enough, maybe his niece will have reason to give him a congratulatory call at some point in 2015.

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

Keegan's belly putter: Bradley ditched the long putter and didn't miss a beat at Isleworth finishing T-3. Afterward, he called it "one of the biggest tournaments of my career" and indicated he would keep the shorter putter in the bag for 2015 even though the anchor ban doesn't begin until 2016. Good choice by him and a good sign for others who are scared of losing their putting crutches.

Rory's winter coat: Good lord this thing was ugly:

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At least, it looked warm. But seriously, Rory, you need to up your coat game. Even Justin Verlander is giving the "I'm not with this guy" look.

ON TAP

This week's small-field, made-for-TV event is the Franklin Templeton Shootout, aka the Shark Shootout for fans of alliteration.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Fox Sports -- including event host Greg Norman -- will take its first crack at broadcasting golf, so it's somewhat of a practice round for next year's U.S. Open. As they say in show business, "Break a leg, guys."

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Rory McIlroy will wear that coat in public again: 1 million-to-1 odds

-- Jordan Spieth will win the 2015 Masters: 16-to-1 odds (Actual odds for the No. 4 favorite behind Rory, Tiger and Adam Scott)

-- Tiger Woods will be practicing his chipping a LOT over the holidays: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Introducing Jonas Blixt's caddie, Zak Williamson. We are big advocates of protecting yourself from the sun on the course, but was the second hat really necessary?

THIS WEEK IN NATALIE GULBIS DOING YOGA

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Impressive.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"He'll probably win the Super Bowl the day before, so not sure he'll play." -- Jordan Spieth on why he might not be paired with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Aww, that's cute. Does Jordan still believe in Santa Claus, too?

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Luke Donald dodged a baboon during a second-round 63 at the Nedbank Challenge. No, really.

Unfortunately for Donald, things didn't go as well for him after the baboon crossed his path. His Sunday 73 dropped him to third place and ran his winless streak on the top two tours to nearly two-and-a-half years. Apparently, a baboon is golf's answer to a black cat.

VIDEOS OF THE WEEK (INVOLVING YOUNG KIDS AND NOT A WILD BABOON)

Tiger Woods' week got off to a good start when he played golf with three-year-old Tommy Morrissey, who is missing most of his right arm. Unfortunately, young Tommy didn't give Tiger any short game tips:

And then there was this video got a lot of play after Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" showed it on Sunday:

We feel your pain, toddler. If you keep playing golf, be prepared for a lifetime of feeling that frustrated.

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

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"Baby shower with the love of my life," Paulina wrote on Instagram. Nice to see our favorite couple looking so happy. And here's another one of pregnant Paulina and friends from the fun day:

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THIS AND THAT

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Alison Lee, a sophomore at UCLA, will turn pro after being co-medalist at LPGA Q School. Good for Lee, bad for the Bruins. . . . Danny Willett shot a final-round 66 to top Luke Donald at the Nedbank Challenge, the European Tour's season opener. Willett's key to success was good putting and avoiding baboons. . . . Madison Bumgarner, not Rory McIlroy, was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year for 2014. Yeah, but which 25-year-old has an uglier winter coat? . . . Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee shot 67 just days after kicking a game-winning field goal against the New York Giants. OK, so maybe he had the best week of any golfer. . . . At some hibachi restaurants, the chef continually sprays you and your friends with sake throughout the meal at no extra charge. These are the best type of hibachi restaurants.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

How much sake did we drink on Saturday?

Were any other PGA Tour WAGs at Paulina's baby shower?

What pants will John Daly wear to his wedding?

-- 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: Spieth's big win Down Under, Tiger's return and the Dufners attend the Iron Bowl

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we just hope all those extra Thanksgiving pounds don't hurt our explosiveness too much. Speaking of which, a certain fast-twitch-muscle-obsessed golfer returns to action this week to headline an otherwise lean time of the season. But don't worry, we've still collected all the scraps and made you a plate. Here's what has us talking.

WE'RE BUYING

Jordan Spieth: The 21-year-old Spieth was the star of the week, winning the Australian Open by six shots to pick up his second professional victory. Even more impressive was the Sunday 63 -- the round of the day by four strokes -- he shot in windy conditions on a tough course. If you recall, a then-struggling Rory McIlroy won this event a year ago. "If I had the follow-up year that Rory had, I'd be pleased this time next year," Spieth said. Um, yeah.

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Cabo golf: This week, a new Jack Nicklaus formally debuted a new course at the Mexican resort destination and it looks spectacular. And later this month, Tiger Woods is scheduled to open his long-awaited first course design there as well. Our two reactions? 1. Cabo is way up on our list of golf destinations to visit; 2. Tiger is chasing Jack everywhere!

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Tiger Woods' return: He's BACK! Playing golf, that is. Tiger will be a playing host this week in his annual year-end tournament and his foundation sent out a first look at his "new" swing under Chris Como:

Tiger can be heard asking if people want to see the "low or high cut" with the driver. It's not the complete nine-shot arsenal he famously once possessed, but it's a start. And it's a lot better than that high slice he was featuring last season.

WE'RE SELLING

Australian Open hype: When did the Australian Open become the U.S. Open? We know it was a slow week, and Spieth's play was impressive, but let's not go crazy here. It's the Australian Open. Tiger's 18-man event this week has a stronger field. Oh, and if it was last year's win that sprung McIlroy to a huge 2014 then why did it take him nearly six months to win again and another six weeks before he went on his big three-tournament winning streak? And while we're at it, why didn't 53-year-old Peter Senior have a huge 2013 after winning this event in 2012? We're glad people are excited about Spieth's future -- we are too -- but we all need to calm down a little.

Golf club thieves: Even if you're doing this to collect Christmas gifts for other people, it's still wrong. One guy in a Hawaiian shirt has been especially busy stuffing clubs down his pants and walking out of pro shops without paying. He stole four clubs worth nearly $1,500 from one store and someone else reached out to us to say he stole from their shop, too. This man needs to be stopped. And Chris Berman needs to keep an eye on his closet.

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

The selling of Glen Garden: Life goes on, things change, S&*# happens, etc., but it's still sad when links to the past are destroyed. Glen Garden Golf & Country Club, the course in Fort Worth where Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson got into the game as childhood caddies, is set to be sold this week. It wouldn't be a big deal if it were simply changing management, but the club was bought by Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company, which plans to close the course and use the land to build a bourbon plant. Pour a little of your next drink out in memory of our homies, Ben and Byron.

ON TAP

As mentioned, Tiger Woods will make his return to competitive golf in the Williams Target Chevron Northwestern Mutual Hero World Challenge.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: This World Challenge will be played at Isleworth, Woods' former home course, after 15 years at Sherwood Country Club. We wonder if Tiger still has a locker in the clubhouse.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Jordan Spieth will have the same "follow-up year" in 2015 that Rory McIlroy had in 2014: 1 million-to-1 odds

-- Tiger Woods will win his own 18-man event at his old home course: 14-to-1 odds (Actual odds compared to his current 10-1 odds to win THE MASTERS)

-- We're betting $5 on Tiger to win: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Charlie Sifford receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Well deserved. Hey, that's Meryl Streep! We'll assume she's really happy for Charlie, but you never know with her. She's a great actress.

TOUR PROS LIVING THE LIFE PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Belen Mozo and boyfriend Robert Farah in Punta Cana:

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Rickie Fowler and girlfriend Alexis Randock about to get on a private jet:

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Must be nice not having to deal with airports during the holidays. . .

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"You could give me another 100 rounds today at The Australian and I wouldn't sniff 63.... Well done @JordanSpieth very impressive!" -- Rory McIlroy via Twitter. Really?! Hmm. On second thought, maybe we're not hyping up this win enough!

THIS WEEK IN LPGA STARS FEASTING

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That's Natalie Gulbis preparing bacon-covered carrots. Sounds good! And Michelle Wie following up a turkey dinner with a plate of BBQ ribs the next day. Also sounds good!

THIS WEEK IN AMANDA DUFNER-JASON DUFNER-LOUIE THE DOG PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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The trio attended the Iron Bowl. All three -- even Jason -- are smiling here, but Amanda had the last laugh. Her alma mater, Alabama, beat Jason's Auburn Tigers. (Side note: Did Louie get his own seat?)

THIS AND THAT

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Pete Dye said recently he's been wanting to make changes to TPC Sawgrass to put driver back in the hands of pros, but Tim Finchem is "being a mule." Calling someone a "mule" is such a great old-person insult. . . . Oklahoma men's golf coach Ryan Hybl is pushing for college golf teams to be able to substitute players during a tournament. Sounds like an OK idea, but good luck convincing schools to increase their college golf budget to let more kids travel to away events. . . . Sean Foley says his split with Tiger Woods was "amicable" and that "I love TW. We still talk back and forth." Foley also called the notion of Tiger being a bad tipper "bulls---." Maybe Sean should write a book. . . . Move aside turkey and mashed potatoes, the MVP of this year's Thanksgiving dinner were these homemade chipwiches, created by my fiancee, Michelle. Come to think of it, chipwiches should be our national dessert. Can we all stand together as a country for once and make this happen?!

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

How many majors will Jordan Spieth win?

How many majors will the Tiger-Chris Como era produce?

How many chipwiches will I eat at Christmas?

-- 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: Letters from Tiger, boxes of cash, and Holly's latest photo shoot

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are still waiting to receive an angry letter from Tiger Woods. Has he not seen what we've been writing about his jeans for the past year? We've been relentless! On second thought, as much as it pains us to say it, Woods probably isn't one of our weekly readers. If he were, he'd have stepped up his denim game a long time ago. OK, on to (slightly) more important things. . .

WE'RE BUYING

Lydia Ko: With a playoff victory at the LPGA's CME Group Tour Championship, Ko not only won the season finale, but also claimed the tour's all-time biggest payday. Ko took home two trophies and a box containing $1 million in cash (nice touch, LPGA) for winning the tour's inaugural "Race to CME Globe." Keep in mind Ko turned pro about a year ago. How's that for good timing?

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Henrik Stenson: Another golf "race" ended in Dubai, and while Stenson couldn't catch Rory McIlroy for the season-long bonus, he managed to defend his title at the DP World Tour Championship. Nothing could ever top the Swede's 2013 in which he won the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup to claim nearly $20 million in on-course earnings, but his 2014 wasn't bad, either. Hank the Tank is back to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 1 in the unofficial goofy trophy photos ranking:

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Chris Como: Tiger Woods is turning an old 39 soon. Como, 37, is a relatively young instructor who also happens to be a specialist in biomechanics. This seems to be a good match if Woods ever hopes to have another injury-free year, let alone challenge Jack Nicklaus' major mark. At least we hope it's a good match for Tiger's sake. Being a guest contributor to a website doesn't pay quite as well as being a superstar golfer.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Stacy Lewis: While Ko was Sunday's big winner, it was Lewis who wrapped up all three major season-long awards. With her T-9, she clinched the LPGA's player of the year, finished first on the money list, and won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average. It's the second time in three years Lewis has won POY, but she's the first American to sweep those three distinctions in the same season since Betsy King in 1993. Congrats, Stacy, but we still think we'd rather have that box of cash.

WE'RE SELLING

Rafa Cabrera-Bello: Leading in Dubai with three holes to play, the Spaniard was in position for the biggest win of his career. Then he imploded. A double bogey on No. 16 was followed by another double bogey and Cabrera-Bello wound up T-9. Speaking of letting things get away from you quickly on the golf course. . .

John Hahn: How do you shoot 58 and only finish T-50 in a tournament? Easy. You back it up with a 78 the next day. The worst part of Hahn's remarkable 20-shot swing in the wrong direction was that it came in an event (European Tour Q School) where just finishing in the top 25 was the goal. Like Odell Beckham Jr.'s incredible catch coming in a loss by the New York Giants, Hahn's 58 will go down as one of the most useless great scores in golf history.

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

Engaged Paula Creamer: No, we're not jealous. We're just pointing out Creamer's struggles on the course as her wedding day approaches next month. After getting off to a good start in 2014 with a win and two T-3s in her first four events, Creamer had just one top 10 the rest of the year. That being said, she looks great and more importantly, she looks happy. We're looking forward to (hopefully) seeing the wedding photos and to seeing some better golf in 2015.

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ON TAP

Nothing to speak of other than the Australian Masters. Take a break, golf fans. You've earned it.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Of course, Thanksgiving used to mean the Skins Game. With that, we remember the last Skins Game in 2008 when (*Googles "Skins Game"*) K.J. Choi beat then two-time defending champion Stephen Ames. Yep, that might have something to do with this event not being around anymore.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- A 17-year-old will win next year's FedEx Cup: 1 million-to-1 odds

-- Fred Couples misses the Skins Game: 10-to-1 odds

-- Stephen Ames misses the Skins Game: LOCK

WARDROBE PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Apparently, former Golf Channel host Holly Sonders did a photo shoot with Sports Illustrated at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Apparently, the photos aren't very, um, golf-y. . .

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WARDROBE MALFUNCTION PHOTO OF THE WEEK

What's worse than opening with a 76? Opening with a 76 and splitting open your pants. Luke Donald found out the hard way:

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Alcohol!" -- A smiling Lydia Ko after being handed a bottle of champagne moments after securing the biggest payday in LPGA history. Lydia Ko is awesome.

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

@rorymcilroy I'll see your 400lbs and raise you 10! #Poker #GoBigOrGoHome 💪

A photo posted by Justin Rose (@justinprose99) on

Well played, Justin. Well played.

VIRAL VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

Rory made us feel a bit better with this self-described "fat, low, duck-hook runner":

And then there's this beauty from Tiger's new coach, Chris Como. Apparently, making a golf swing while in mid-air is difficult.

We give him an 'A' for his effort, but just a 6 for the landing.

THIS WEEK IN AMANDA DUFNER-JASON DUFNER PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION EXOTIC TRAVEL PHOTOS

While most people in the U.S. dealt with a brutal cold front, the Dufners seemed to enjoy their time in Thailand.

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THIS AND THAT

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Barack Obama and Derek Jeter enjoyed their first round of golf together so much that they stayed out to play another nine holes. It probably didn't hurt that they were playing Las Vegas' exclusive Shadow Creek. . . . Renato Paratore, 17, was one of 27 players to earn their European Tour cards for next season. If it weren't for Lydia Ko, the golf world would probably be making a bigger deal about this. . . . People are stealing disc golf baskets in Wisconsin. No, really. . . . Congrats to Director of Photography Christian Iooss for winning the 12th annual Golf Digest Turkey Putt. Instead of taking home a big box of cash, he had to settle for a turkey and taking some embarrassing photos.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Will the Skins Game ever return?

Who will wind up with more majors: Lydia or Rory?

What does it feel like to sit on $1 million in cash?

-- 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: Bentley golf carts, elephant rides, and the most unlikely golf feat of 2014

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are really sad to see fall golf go. And no, we're not talking about the early portion of the PGA Tour's wraparound season. We're referring to the brutal cold front that is blanketing the U.S. and has millions of weekend hackers putting their clubs back in their garages. Yep, it's a dark time for the average golfer, but perhaps this photo of Jason Dufner lounging on a hammock in Thailand will cheer us all up.

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Never mind. That only made it worse.

WE'RE BUYING

Charley Hoffman: Hoffman rallied to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba for his third career PGA Tour title. More importantly, it was widely acclaimed as Hoffman's first non-mullet victory. We're happy for you, Charlie. Now don't change anything -- especially your hair.

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Brooks Koepka: Koepka fired a final-round 65 to win the Turkish Airlines Open and pick up his first win on the European Tour. We hate to brag that we saw this coming, but we saw this coming. Koepka, 24, has used success on the European Challenge Tour in 2013 and in PGA and European Tour starts in 2014 to work his way up to No. 35 in the Official World Golf Ranking. With this win and two top 10s in two fall starts on the PGA Tour, expect to see him playing in the big leagues for awhile.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Christina Kim: The most popular win of the week came on the LPGA Tour, where Kim picked up her first title in nine years at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. It's been a tough road back to the winner's circle for Kim, who opened up about her battle with depression and suicidal thoughts in this great Golf Digest profile by Stina Sternberg from two years ago. "I can't put into words how I'm feeling right now. I'm still riding so many emotions. It feels surreal. I can't explain. I'm so overwhelmed right now," an emotional Kim said after.

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Brent Grant: After his playing partner, Bill Walbert, had to bail on him -- we guess being called into surgery is a legit excuse -- this Hawaii teen was left no other option but to compete in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifier by himself. Incredibly, Grant responded by shooting 63, the lowest competitive round of his life by FIVE strokes, and winning the event at Honolulu Country Club. Grant did the heavy lifting last week, but at least Walbert will pick up the travel expenses when the two compete in the championship at the Olympic Club next May.

WE'RE SELLING

Jason Bohn: Last week, the PGA Tour started a hashtag on Twitter asking for tour player band names, and we came up with "Bohn Temple Pilots." Genius, right? Well, we thought our guy was going to come through with a win after averaging 66 for three days in Mexico to grab the 54-hole lead. But he was bad to the Bohn on Sunday -- and not in a good way. His 74 was the third-worst score of the day and dropped him to T-7.

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

Shooting a 144: Speaking of bad amateur golf, Augusta National's newest member, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty posted a 144 for her handicap in December 2012. We're happy Rometty, currently listed as a 35.4 handicapper, is Augusta National's third female member and we applaud her honesty, but we've never seen an official score that high. With the rating (74.0) and slope (135) of the course she played that day, it came out to a 58.6 differential! We're not sure what differential that score would be at Augusta National since the course has never been officially rated, but something tells us shooting 144 among the azaleas would be more pleasant than anywhere else.

Tight tee-time intervals: It turns out that this is affecting slow play in your weekend foursome more than those bozos in front of you who always seem to be lining up putts with the deliberation of someone trying to win the U.S. Open. Now that we know this, thanks to the LPGA and the USGA, which hosted its second Pace of Play Symposium last week, the next step is for courses to space out their tee times a little more. And while they're at it, we could all afford to stop looking at our bogey attempts from both sides of the cup.

Bentley golf carts: Or specifically, the one (are there any others?) boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather bought for his son on his 15th birthday.

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On second thought, more of those could probably help speed up pace of play. Did anyone bring this up at that USGA symposium?

ON TAP

The PGA Tour is (gasp) off this week. But the European Tour wraps up its season with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The sixth edition of the event is once again taking place on the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.

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

Random tournament fact: Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy, the previous two winners of the event, shot a combined 48 under par in their wins. Apparently, the Earth Course is pretty easy.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- (Before last week) A Hawaii teen will shoot the lowest score of his life by five shots and win a USGA four-ball qualifier by himself: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Ginni Rometty will play as a noncompeting marker at this year's Masters: 10 million-to-1 odds

-- Brooks Koepka will be a hot "sleeper" pick at the Masters: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

In case you missed it last week, Phil Mickelson is moonlighting as his brother's assistant coach for the Arizona State men's golf team. Now we know why. Free gear.

BABY PLAYING GOLF PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This comes courtesy of former New York Giants great Tiki Barber:

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"LPGA dreams begin! #Brooklyn #basementputtputt," Barber captioned on Instagram. Cute photo, Tiki. And great-looking basement!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Golf's more stressful than combat." -- Rob O'Neill, the Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden. And he didn't even compete in Golf Digest's Seitz Cup!

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

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How is this even possible?!

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Goose attack!!!

Of course, this called to mind the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode involving Larry David and a black swan at a golf course. Fortunately, the real-life goose attack turned out a lot better for everyone involved.

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

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It's fitting since Amanda is a huge fan of her alma mater, Alabama, whose mascot is an elephant and whose football team had a big win Saturday over Mississippi State. Oh, and Jason also seemed to enjoy his time with these large mammals. Sort of.

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THIS AND THAT

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Rory McIlroy wrapped up his second Race to Dubai title in three years. McIlroy is the Bernhard Langer of the European Tour. . . . Satoshi Kodaira won by 13 shots at his second-stage Web.com Tour qualifier. Kodaira is the Rory McIlroy of Web.com Tour qualifiers. . . . Glyn Davis, a member of British Parliament who represents northeastern Wales, was caught playing golf after getting out of campaigning for a party member because of a bad back. He went with the "but I use a golf cart" excuse. Nice try. . . . Dustin Johnson is eying an early February (just over six months from him withdrawing at the WGC-Bridgestone) return from his "leave of absence." Yeah, we think we'll leave "leave of absence" in quotes. . . . Speaking of returns, two decades after seeing a movie that changed my life, I was incredibly excited to see its sequel, "Dumb and Dumber To." Turns out, I was <em>way</em> too excited. It's not "Caddyshack 2" bad, but it's not good, either.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Will there ever be a great comedy sequel?

What will Phil do next (as a college assistant golf coach)?

When will I play golf again?

-- 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: Bubba Golf strikes in China, Taylor Swift strikes a car, and a teaching pro beauty

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we hope the rest of this season's World Golf Championships are half as exciting as what happened in Shanghai over the weekend. Big names. Big drama. But unfortunately, a big time difference. Waking up in a haze from Saturday night's activities and watching a highlight on a small phone screen just isn't the same as watching the action live. So save something for 2015, will you guys?!

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WE'RE BUYING

Bubba Watson: The lefty managed a double bogey, a bogey, a par, a birdie, and an eagle over his final five holes at the HSBC Champions. Bubba Golf! What an incredible finish, highlighted by him holing a 60-yard bunker shot for eagle and then draining a 20-foot birdie putt to beat Tim Clark in the playoff and earn his first WGC title. Watson said he screamed so loud after making eagle that he lost his voice. Wraparound season! Catch the fever!

Canadian golf: Back in the U.S., Nick Taylor won the PGA Tour's other event, the Sanderson Farms Championship, becoming the first Canadian-born winner on tour since Mike Weir in 2007. And Taylor isn't alone. As I chronicled in this well-written and informative article, Canadian golf is on the rise. So is Taylor's tax bracket. His winning prize money ($720,000) was half of what Watson earned in Shanghai, but it was also about 20 times bigger than any paycheck the former top-ranked amateur golfer has ever earned. He also got this awesome rooster trophy:

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Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Charlie Sifford: A pioneer for African-American golfers, in 1961, Sifford became the first black player to earn a PGA Tour card. Now, he's receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a U.S. civilian can get. After hearing the news, Tiger Woods took to Twitter to congratulate one of his heroes: "You're the grandpa I never had. Your past sacrifices allow me to play golf today. I'm so happy for you Charlie." We are too.

Matt Every: Speaking of honoring one of the game's legends, Every announced that he will name his first daughter Quinn Palmer (due around Thanksgiving) after Arnie -- not after journeyman Fran Quinn in case you were confused. Every, of course, won for his first tour title last March at Arnold Palmer's event. If honoring the site of a first tour win becomes a trend, we can expect a lot of PGA Tour kids to be named after corporate sponsors.

WE'RE SELLING

Patrick Reed: It's one thing to be cocky ("Top five") or brash (shushing a hostile Ryder Cup crowd), but Reed went way over the line when microphones caught him muttering a gay slur to himself after three-putting on Thursday. Microphones or not, there's no place for that word. Anywhere.

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

American women: Weren't they supposed to be taking over the LPGA Tour? With Mi Hyang Lee's victory over the weekend at the Mizuno Classic, Americans are now winless in the last eight tournaments and 12 of the past 13. C'mon, USA! Let's pick up the pace! Speaking of needing to pick up the pace. . .

Slow play: It may be a new season, but slow play is still (surprise!) a big problem on the PGA Tour. As Geoff Shackelford pointed out, an elite field of just 76 golfers played at a pace of five and a half hours on Saturday at the HSBC Champions. Imagine how long these guys would take if they weren't good at golf?

ON TAP

The PGA Tour concludes the fall portion of the wraparound season with the OHL Mayakoba Classic, aka that annual tour event in Mexico. Meanwhile, the LPGA Tour will also be in Mexico for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

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

Random tournament fact: The men will be playing for more money.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Another player will hole a 60-yard bunker shot to get into a playoff and win: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Nick Taylor will name his first son Sanderson Rooster: 100-to-1 odds

 

-- Mexican PGA Tour Carlos Ortiz rookie will have a decent crowd following him: LOCK

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

This is what it looks like to make a 30-foot putt on the final hole of a big Seitz Cup match (Ashley Mayo) vs. what it looks like to just miss a similar putt to halve the match moments later (me).

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This stung more than losing the spring office putting contest in a playoff earlier this year. I'm beginning to think I'm really cursed. Like Sergio. On the bright side, that loss didn't keep Golf Digest from thrashing Golf World in the team competition. Here's the victorious captain, Jeff Patterson, wearing our team hat and posing with the trophy:

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Jeff is also responsible for the above photos and he may have had an even better week than Bubba. Jeff cleaned up in the company Calcutta at The Editor's Putter a few days later.

INSTAGRAM/TWITTER PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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OK, so Natalie Gulbis really needs to work on her selfie-taking skills, but the woman she included here is the key part. Meet Meredith Kirk, an LPGA teaching pro who also just happens to be Mrs. South Carolina 2014. Here are a couple of photos of Mrs. Kirk so you can get a better idea of what she looks like:

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Models as golf teachers? Now that's how you grow the game.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I don't think it's going to be a waste of time at all. . . . If I have to sit in on a few meetings for us to win back the cup, I'm happy to do it." -- Rickie Fowler on being part of the Ryder Cup task force team. We like the attitude, Rickie.

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

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Lindsey hashtagged this one "#gunshow." Can't argue with that.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Gator fight!!!

GIF OF THE WEEK

Do NOT text another girl if you're dating Taylor Swift. Apparently, she'll take a 7-iron to your expensive sports car.

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THIS WEEK IN RICKIE FOWLER-ALEXIS RANDOCK BUBBA WATSON PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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Awwww.

THIS AND THAT

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Phil Mickelson has been named Arizona State University's new interim assistant golf coach just in time for recruiting season. Somehow, we don't think people ever had this in mind when asking, "What will Phil do next?" . . . Justin Timberlake sold his Memphis-area golf course (after spending as much as $16 million for renovations) for just $500,000. The moral of the story? Golf courses are a dicey investment . . . Rory McIlroy's model friend/fling Nadia Forde will be on the upcoming season of the reality TV show "I'm A Celebrity. . . Get Me Out Of Here!" Apparently, she wanted a contract provision that ensures she doesn't have to talk about Rory. Sorry, gossip lovers! . . . This year's leftover Halloween office candy offered me a chance to expand my horizons and try something I've never had before: Nerds Rope. Delicious Nerds covering a sweet (oh, so sweet) gummy middle? Candy innovation at its finest.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

What ASU recruit could ever say "No" to Phil?

How much does Meredith Kirk charge for a lesson? (UPDATE: Apparently, only $60/hour! What a deal!)

What does the Surgeon General think of Nerd Ropes?

-- 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: Sexy Halloween costumes, Justin Timberlake's big decision, and the luckiest golfer in the world

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we think an easy way to grow the game would be to hand out golf balls to trick-or-treaters. What could possibly go wrong? Oh, right. Injuries, property damage, lawsuits, etc. OK, better stick to candy. In the world of golf, we had plenty of tricks and treats as well last week, from car-winning holes-in-one to cheaters getting caught, to players dressing up. Let's get to it. And if you have any leftover Kit Kats -- or Pro V1s -- please send them our way.

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WE'RE BUYING

Ryan Moore: It's official. Moore is the PGA Tour's Mr. Malaysia after repeating at the CIMB Classic. He's also the tour's Mr. Fall Series. He's won the tournament both years since it became an official part of the PGA Tour schedule, and he now has three fall tour wins (2012 Shriners), the most of any player since 2006.

Bernhard Langer: Tom Pernice topping Jay Haas in a playoff at the Champions Tour's season finale grabbed this week's headlines, but Langer was the undisputed king of the senior circuit in 2014. He wrapped up the season-long points race the week before and finished with five wins, 18 top 10s (in 21 events), and more than $3 million in earnings (he also gets a $1 million bonus annuity for claiming the Schwab Cup). And that's not even mentioning Langer's most staggering number: He won the Senior British Open by 13 shots!

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Inbee Park: A week after reclaiming the top spot in the world ranking, WINBEE backed it up by holding off No. 2 Stacy Lewis in Taiwan for her third LPGA title of the year. Unlike on the Champions and PGA Tours, there's actually some drama over who will be LPGA Player of the Year.

Danielle Kang: For an unfathomable second week in a row, Kang won a car by making a hole-in-one in an LPGA tournament. After winning a Buick LaCrosse, Kang set her eyes on an Audi A6 T2.0. "I was actually thinking about a hole-in-one, because I've been touching that car," Kang said afterward. "I really wanted the car." At this rate, she may be handing out sedans for Halloween next year.

WE'RE SELLING

Sergio Garcia: After a fantastic 2013-14 season, the Spaniard continued his sparkling play in his first event of the new season by finishing T-2 in Malaysia. So why are we knocking him? Because the world's third-ranked player doesn't win as much as we think he should. Apparently, Garcia was Jim Furyk for Halloween. Garcia now has four runner-up finishes in his last eight events, something even Furyk hasn't done and a rare feat matched most recently by Ernie Els in 2000. Garcia turns 35 in a couple months. Bottom line? He's too good to be stuck on eight PGA Tour titles.

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This is never a good sign. . .

Getting scammed: Even while taking a "leave of absence," Dustin Johnson has stayed in the news. First, his fiancee, Paulina Gretzky, announced she's pregnant with the couple's first child. Yay! But then, a report came out that DJ was suing a group of close advisors for stealing $3 million from him. Boo! Nathan Hardwick, one of three named in the suit, had a seat on the Dustin Johnson Foundation and was listed on Johnson's website in the role of "attorney/counselor" as part of "Dustin's Team." That's rough.

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

Xin-Jun Zhang: Speaking of alleged dirty cheats, the leading money winner on the PGA Tour China was suspended for six months for signing incorrect scorecards. The timing is particularly costly since Zhang was in great position to earn a Web.com Tour card before the suspension. Then again, he may have only been in such a position due to cheating. Prediction: This will NOT go over well with fellow golfers.

Justin Timberlake's golf course: As in, he's selling it. The entertainer has sold his Memphis-area Mirmichi Golf Course, which he bought in 2009 and spent $16 million renovating. Just a guess, but owning a golf course is probably like owning a bar. It sounds a lot cooler than it actually is.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour concludes its fall Asian Swing with the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai while simultaneously continuing with its fall American Swing at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi. Also in the U.S. this week? Golf Digest's annual Seitz Cup.

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Yes, that's a Fathead in the office lobby (Thanks to Golf Digest captain Jeff Patterson) of equipment editor Mike Johnson's legendary chip-in last year to retain the cup for Golf World. Yes, we take this (too) seriously. Get pumped!

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

Random tournament fact: The Seitz Cup has ended in a tie the last two years. Drama that recent Ryder Cups could only dream of.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- I'll lend anyone $3 million in this lifetime: 3 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Sergio Garcia will finish runner-up again this week: Even odds

-- The real winner of the Seitz Cup will be the game of golf: LOCK

WAG (HALLOWEEN) PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

We had several WAGs going all out this year with costumes. We highlight two, Amanda Dufner and Jillian Stacey, because, well, we were impressed by their efforts. And the efforts of their friends. First Amanda Dufner, who appears to be some sort of witch. Look at that makeup job!

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And then there's Stacey, who went with the classic Britney Spears schoolgirl outfit. We're pretty sure Keegan was a fan. . .

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THIS WEEK IN PAULINA GRETZKY-DUSTIN JOHNSON RICKIE FOWLER-ALEXIS RANDOCK PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Speaking of throwback costumes, I think we can go ahead and mark this couple as being official! Sorry, ladies. Rickie and Alexis pull off the Squints-Wendy Peffercorn duo from "The Sandlot" to perfection.

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Again, it's been a pretty good 2014 for Fowler.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Would have been the first time in five years on a holiday on our own. But I think she will be still happy not to do that." -- Marcel Siem on getting into this week's WGC-HSBC Champions after chipping in to win the BMW Masters in a playoff. His wife had already flown to Thailand where the two were supposed to have a vacation. Finally. Poor Mrs. Siem.

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

Apparently, Lindsey spends so much time at the gym that she has to take her dog with her.

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VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Michael Jordan ripped Barack Obama's golf game when asked who would be in his dream foursome. The President would not make MJ's cut because he's a "hack," a "$#%**! golfer" and it would take "all day." Michael Jordan is not what we'd call an inclusive golfer.

THIS AND THAT

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Cameron Smith became the first player in more than six years to finish in the top 10 (T-5 at the CIMB Classic) in his PGA Tour debut. The Australian is 21. Hello, world. . . . Apparently, the players have spoken and they want Fred Couples to be the next U.S. Ryder Cup captain. We know, shocking! . . . Eight golf carts were stolen from a private club in New Jersey. Is there a growing demand for golf cart parts that we're not aware of? . . . Speaking of golf carts, Plum Quick Motors set a new Guinness World Record with a golf cart that went 118.76 miles per hour. That could really speed up pace of play. . . . Hey, kids, look! These are CDs! Yep, I'm the rare millennial who still buys this antiquated form of listening to music (you're welcome, music industry) and yes, I'm a big fan of Counting Crows. Not sure if that's very millennial of me or not. . .

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Who is the best band of the 1990s?

How many cars has Tiger Woods won in his career?

Is Danielle Kang looking to unload that Buick?

-- 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: 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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