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The Grind: "Deflategate's" possible link to golf, Paulina's baby, and first world WAG problems

Welcome to a special 100th edition (!) of The Grind, where we, well, OK, so we don't have anything special planned. We've been just as caught up in "Deflategate" as everyone else and just hope the PGA Tour isn't implicated in the scandal as well. Remember last year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open when we all marveled at Phil Mickelson's throwing arm? Sadly, we can't say for sure anymore if that football was inflated to the NFL's legal PSI level.

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And now, the PGA Tour recently banned the throwing of objects into the stands at this year's tournament. Hmm. Was the move really done as a safety precaution -- or is it part of a larger cover-up?

WE'RE BUYING

Bill Haas: After an odd 2014 campaign in which he never missed a cut, but also almost never surfaced on a Sunday leader board -- thanks in large part to a broken bone in his wrist -- Haas began his 2015 with a second win at the Humana Challenge. That gives Haas, a fellow member of Wake Forest's Class of 2004, six PGA Tour titles and $32 million in on-course earnings (if you count that $10 million bonus for winning the 2011 FedEx Cup) by age 32. That means we have combined to make slightly more than $32 million since graduation. Not too shabby.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Branden Grace: If anyone has racked up quality wins with less fanfare than Bill Haas in recent years, it's this South African. Grace picked up his sixth European Tour title at the Qatar Masters and he can thank this early shot-of-the-year candidate in the third round:

The only golfer under 30 with more worldwide wins than Grace? Some guy named Rory McIlroy.

Miguel Angel Jimenez: Everybody's favorite "Mechanic" kicked off the 2015 Champions Tour season in style with a win at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Jimenez is now batting .666 on the senior tour with two wins in just three starts. Perhaps more impressively, he also survived Hawaii's wine bar scene without a scratch.

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Bill Haas in majors: As good of a career as Haas has had, his performance in golf's majors has been puzzling. In fact, he just might be "the best player never to contend in a major." It's not a flattering title, but it's also not the worst thing to happen to someone. Again, six wins and more than $30 million earned. But no top 10s in 21 major starts? C'mon, Billy! We love you, but you're better than that!

PHOTOS: The Year In Golf WAGs

Compton coming up short: As happy as we were to see Haas emerge from the pack in Palm Springs, we realize most viewers were tuning in to see if a man who has undergone two heart transplants could win. But a disappointing Sunday 70 dropped the co-leader after 54 holes into T-10. That's OK, though. Compton, who finished T-2 at last year's U.S. Open, isn't a flash in the pan. He and ticker No. 3 will be back to hopefully write a different ending next time.

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

Robert Allenby's story: So. . . it seems that whole "kidnapping" thing didn't actually happen. Instead, it appears Allenby ran up a $3,400 tab at a strip club (ouch) and passed out on a street corner. Allenby doesn't look good here, but he also doesn't deserve all the blame. There have been way too many "Taken" movies made.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, aka that tournament that wraps up on Super Bowl Sunday and where all the rowdy, drunk fans congregate on one hole.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: The big game is in the area as well for the first time since 2008. That year, Phil Mickelson, who lost in a playoff to J.B. Holmes, gave away his tickets. This year, Keegan Bradley, a huge Patriots fan, is hoping he doesn't have to do the same. In other words, this would be one time Bradley wouldn't mind having an early tee time on Sunday.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- The New England Patriots will use an illegally deflated ball in the Super Bowl: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- Tiger Woods' first round at the Masters will be higher than Julian Edelman's receiving yards total in the Super Bowl: 12-to-10 odds (actual odds of actual prop bet)

-- Keegan Bradley isn't giving his Super Bow tickets away: LOCK

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Just go through 11-year-old Matty Duplessis' Instagram feed and pick. Let's just say he looked like he enjoyed his first trip to the PGA Merchandise Show:

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VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Bubba Watson's latest mini-golf antics include a shirtless celebration.

Bubba, we double dare you to do that at Augusta.

THIS WEEK IN WAG FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS

Ah, the troubles with multi-course tournaments. And Sergio Garcia's fiancee, Katharina Boehm, needs help finding a protein shake that tastes good:

The struggle is real, folks.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Being famous on Instagram is like being rich in Monopoly." -- Alicia Carriles, wife of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. We're not sure if her fellow golf WAGs would all agree, but well said, Alicia.

RANDOM WORDS OF INSPIRATION OF THE WEEK

One Mission.

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That's right, Russell! You've got to GRIND! Thanks for sharing. Like the rest of the civilized world outside of New England, we'll be rooting for you in the Super Bowl.

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

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We are thrilled our favorite golf couple had their first baby, but did the announcement have to come as the State of the Union address was about to start? And couldn't they have given us a bit of a heads up?!

THIS AND THAT

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Dustin Johnson announced he'll make his PGA Tour return at Torrey Pines exactly six months after he wasn't suspended by the tour for six months. Hmm. . . . Peter Oosterhuis is retiring from being a golf analyst on CBS. Don't worry, Peter Kostis and that Konica Minolta Bizhub swing camera aren't going anywhere. . . . Congrats to English sports reporter Cara Robinson for being the latest hire by Golf Channel for its "Morning Drive" program. Above is a photo of Robinson conducting an interview with two dog puppets at Wimbledon in the rain. Now that's talent.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Has the PGA Tour launched an investigation into Bill Belichick making the Pebble Beach Pro-Am cut in 2012?

Has any golfer earned more than $30 million more quietly than Bill Haas?

How many photos did Blair O'Neal pose for at the PGA Show?

-- 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

The Grind: Tiger loses a tooth, Allenby gets kidnapped, Natalie pitches sports bras, and Jimmy Walker goes into "Beast Mode"

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we were always under the impression that skiing was a treacherous sport. But who knew just watching it could be so dangerous? Tiger's tooth mystery took a big bite out of the weekend's golf headlines, but there was also a huge win in Hawaii and an even bigger collapse in the Middle East. Oh yeah, and there was also that kidnapping. We'll put on our detective hats and try to get to the bottom of it all.

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Is this part of Nike's new cold weather golf line?

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Jimmy Walker: A week after letting a tournament slip from his grasp, Walker didn't let go until he had squeezed the life out of the Sony Open. With weekend rounds of 62 and 63, Walker defended his title at Waialae by a record nine shots. That's four wins in the last 15 months after not winning until his 187th start on the PGA Tour. Walker may only be ranked No. 13 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but has anyone other than the World No. 1 played better during that stretch?

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Gary Stal: The 22-year-old Frenchman ranked No. 357 in the world would have been a surprise winner at the Abu Dhabi Championship no matter the circumstances. But shooting a final-round 65 to overcome an eight-shot deficit to a two-time major champion and beat a four-time major champion by a stroke? Yeah, this is what they call a scrapbook moment.

Bubba Baseball: Watson announced on Twitter he's now a part owner of his hometown baseball team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, a Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Now he can take batting practice or throw out a first pitch whenever he wants. We might also see the first ever promotion where fans get in free if they're wearing a green jacket.

Webb Simpson's broken belly putter: Simpson put a regular putter in play at a PGA Tour event for the first time and promptly shot an opening 62 at the Sony Open. He only wound up T-13, but that's not a bad start. He also revealed he broke his belly putter over his knee to keep himself from being tempted to go back. Smart move. A year from now, that long crutch won't be available. May as well get used to it.

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Martin Kaymer: A guy who won the U.S. Open and Players last year blew a 10-shot lead in the final round of a tournament?! That's the most unlikely of any of these crazy stories swirling around golf. The main reason for his final-round 75? Dropping eight shots during a six-hole stretch when he spent more time in the desert than Chevy Chase in "Vacation."

PHOTOS: The Year In Golf WAGs

Tiger's "Toothgate": So a tooth that clearly has been problematic for Woods for a long time was knocked out by an overzealous photographer? And no one else saw this? Rory's wisdom tooth story seemed more believable. Either way, Tiger is missing a tooth and he took to wearing a scary mask to cover it up. On a happier note, he scored big-time boyfriend points by flying to Italy to watch Lindsey Vonn break a 35-year-old skiing record.

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

Getting kidnapped: The details may be a little fuzzy, but something bad happened to Robert Allenby and the photos prove it. The dude claims to have been taken, beaten and robbed, which made him missing the cut the previous day seem pretty trivial. We're glad he's OK -- and we'll be sure to be more careful the next time we're hanging out at a Hawaiian wine bar. The dangers of ski races and wine bars. . . who knew?

PGA Tour fun police: First, they ended the caddie races on the 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. And now, they're banning any caddies or players from throwing stuff into the stands. What's next? Not allowing James Hahn to dance?!

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to the contiguous United States for the Humana Challenge, the annual birdiefest in Palm Springs. (Side note: Is the word "contiguous" ever used when not using the phrase "contiguous United States"?)

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Patrick Reed shot three consecutive 63s in this event last year and barely won. That's all you need to know about this tournament.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Someone will win by nine on the PGA Tour and a major champ will blow a 10-shot lead on the European Tour again: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- A PGA Tour player will get kidnapped and another will have a tooth knocked out by a cameraman again: 10 million-to-1 odds

-- Four straight 63s in Palm Springs would guarantee a win: LOCK (Eh, maybe not)

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

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Are these guys PGA Tour pros or professional hockey players?

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

This home movie of a kid getting really excited about getting a set of golf clubs for Christmas will be the cutest thing you see all day:

"Best Christmas ever!" Keep that YouTube link handy for when you need something to smile about.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK (INVOLVING A TOUR PRO)

Miguel Angel Jimenez's hole-in-one was pretty sweet, but his reaction was a lot better:

OK, so you can also keep that one handy for when you need something to smile about.

THIS WEEK IN CHEYENNE WOODS MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH HER TRAINING

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OK, so she's just stretching, but it's more than most of us do, right?

PRO GOLFER TWEET/ADVERTISEMENT OF THE WEEK

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I can't believe this." -- Gary Stal after his improbable win. Neither can we, Gary. Neither can we.

THIS WEEK IN JASON DUFNER-AMANDA DUFNER JIMMY WALKER-ERIN WALKER PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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After her husband's romp, Erin took to Twitter for the PGA Tour's headline contest and also won in a runaway with her submission of "Beast Mode" -- appropriate and timely with the owner of that nickname, Marshawn Lynch, having helped led the Seattle Seahawks to a miraculous comeback win in the NFC Championship game earlier that day. Erin, are you looking for a side gig as a web editor?

THIS AND THAT

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Matias Dominguez, a Texas Tech senior, won the inaugural Latin American Amateur to earn a spot in the Masters. That's going to be quite the spring break trip. . . . Bhavik Patel was suspended for a year for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy. He's now half the answer (Doug Barron is the other half) to the question of "which two obscure golfers are the only two players to ever be suspended for performance-enhancing drugs?" . . . Rory McIlroy finished runner-up for the fourth time in five years in Abu Dhabi. It's kind of like Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open -- only, it's not. . . . Streamsong Resort unveiled plans for a third course, Streamsong Black, which will be designed by Gil Hanse. That's a photo of me hitting out of a DEEP fairway bunker on Streamsong Red's 15th hole. Man, I miss playing golf. . . . Apparently, I was on the same radio show with Holly Sonders on Saturday morning and didn't even know it. Wow, that's a lot of star power for Arkansas to handle.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Why did it take Jimmy Walker so long to switch into "Beast mode"?

How the heck did the Seahawks win that game?

How much would Tiger's tooth fetch on eBay?

-- 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

The Grind: Patrick Reed rallies, Holly Sonders sizzles, and the lamest national championship bet

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we wonder if watching Monday Night Golf will ever be a regular thing. Wasn't that fun? Hey, as technology advances, it's bound to be possible even when the PGA Tour isn't playing in Hawaii. Someone just needs to find a better way to light up an entire golf course -- or figure out a way to control the sun. (There's an innovative idea for you, Fox Sports!) And we'll also need to find an announcer. Oh, who are we kidding? It'll be Jim Nantz. He gets every good gig.

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Patrick Reed: Trailing by four shots with four to go, Reed reached the remaining two par 5s on Kapalua's Plantation Course in two to set up two easy birdies and holed out a wedge on No. 16 for an unlikely eagle. His 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole made him the champion of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, giving him a fourth PGA Tour title in 17 months. The victory also made Reed, 24, just the fifth player (Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia are the others) in the last 25 years to win at least four times on the PGA Tour before age 25. Very impressive. Maybe that was the "top five" he was speaking of last year.

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Now about that tan line. . .

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Andy Sullivan: Sullivan shot a 67 then pulled off an incredible birdie from the left trees on the first extra hole to win the South African Open in a playoff over Charl Schwartzel. It was the first European Tour title for the 28-year-old Englishman. Sullivan also authored the shot of the year thus far with this recovery (skip to the :17 mark) from the trees to set up his winning birdie:


Hyundai Tournament of Champions: With it not being the official start of the season anymore and it not drawing the game's superstars like it used to, this event has lost some luster. But that hasn't stopped it from delivering fantastic finishes. Monday's was one of the best with a pair of 62s by Jason Day and Chris Kirk (that's 11 under on Kapalua's picturesque par-73 Plantation Course), a packed leader board of top-25 players, Reed's rally and a playoff. The only thing that could have made it better was if this goofy-looking fan had been creeping into every post-round interview again like last year:

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Even without him, it was a great start to 2015 and it's gotten us even more excited for the next key date in the golf calendar. . .

Tiger Woods' return: The 14-time major champion announced he'll make his 2015 debut by playing in the Waste Management Phoenix Open for the first time in 14 years. Some friendly advice, Tiger. Don't get involved in the caddie races or the throwing of footballs or anything else that happens on that raucous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. You're nearly 40. And your back is more fragile than those peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches you enjoy so much.

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Charl Schwartzel: With a chance to win his national open for the first time, Schwartzel fell apart with a double bogey and two bogeys over his final five holes of regulation. The 2011 Masters champ has won just twice on the European Tour since that breakthrough major victory and is still looking for a second PGA Tour title.

PHOTOS: The Year In Golf WAGs

Jimmy Walker: The breakout star of 2014 had a glorious chance to get 2015 off to a fantastic start, but he blew a late three-shot lead and failed to birdie the Plantation Course's closing par 5 in both regulation and the playoff. We can't be too tough on a guy who shot a final-round 69 and made only two bogeys in four days. Walker simply became the latest golfer to prove that just because you've "learned how to win golf tournaments," doesn't mean you're incapable of ever losing them again.

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

Day & Crane's "big bet": Ohio resident Jason Day has become a big Ohio State Buckeyes fan and Ben Crane was a standout golfer at the University of Oregon. Naturally, with both golfers hanging out in Hawaii this week, they made a wager on the college football national title game. The big bet? One hundred pushups. That's weak, guys. Is this the PGA Tour or an episode of "The Biggest Loser?"

ON TAP

The PGA Tour stays in Hawaii for the Sony Open. We hope those pesky hackers didn't steal any tournament secrets.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: This is one of the tournaments where Jimmy Walker "learned how to win" last year.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Ben Crane can do 100 pushups in a row: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- Patrick Reed will actually be ranked in the top 5 at some point this season: Even odds

-- Phil Mickelson will bet more than 100 pushups on the Super Bowl: LOCK

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Former Golf Channel star Holly Sonders and current Golf Channel siren Lauren Thompson headlined Golf Magazine's Most Beautiful Women in Golf photo shoot:

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Curiously, Keegan Bradley's girlfriend, Jillian Stacey, was the only WAG to make the cut. Hmm. We can think of a few more. . .

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Miss Universe contestants taking golf swings under the watchful guise of Donald Trump? We'd say more, but our own Luke Kerr-Dineen already did a fantastic job of breaking it all down:

VINE OF THE WEEK

This is billionaire and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Balmer wiling out during a performance by Fergie at last Thursday's Clipper game:

Why are we showing you this lunatic? Because he happened to be wearing a Pine Valley shirt. Balmer probably wasn't as excited to learn his club dropped to No. 2 on Golf Digest's list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.

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

Gulbis posted several photos of her workout routines last week:

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Thanks, Natalie, for being so, um, helpful.

TWEET/INSTAGRAM OF THE WEEK

Dressed for my date night! #LookingFresh

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Because of course Bubba Watson dresses like this on date night.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Golf is a frustrating sport. You can hit a nice shot, then the next one you can hit it in the water. You know, in that sense, it is a little frustrating, but I think that game has allowed us to kind of deal with a little bit of adversity and frustration and has helped us in the long run." -- University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Unfortunately for Mariota's Ducks, his lessons learned from golf weren't enough to overcome fellow golfer Urban Meyer and his Ohio State Buckeyes in the national championship game.

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

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Vineyard Vines announced a new deal with Amanda Dufner -- and her husband -- on Monday. Actually, Jason is becoming somewhat of an endorsement pioneer. First, he became the first golfer sponsored by a TV network when he signed a deal with Fox Business last April and now he's the biggest star to ever represent the preppy clothing company.

THIS AND THAT

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Rory McIlroy supported Marshawn Lynch's right to be un-talkative to the media. That's fine as long as Rory doesn't start taking a page out of Lynch's book. . . . Tim Clark says he'll play with an anchored putter as long as he's allowed. Tim Clark is a strike-while-the-iron-is-hot kind of guy. . . . Apparently, Jeb Bush is one of the country's biggest proponents of fast play in golf. We wonder if he'll go with that or overhauling education as his main platform when he runs for President. . . . First a magazine and then an instructional video. For the second time in the past two months, I noticed Golf Digest making an appearance on an episode of "Seinfeld." Of course, the tape would make more sense being on a shelf in Kramer's apartment, but that would require him actually owning a bookcase.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

How many PGA Tour titles will Patrick Reed end up with?

How many national titles will Urban Meyer end up with?

How did Seinfeld only end up with ONE Golden Globe win?

-- 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

The Grind: An easy New Year's resolution, Rory's rumored girlfriend, and a major championship venue announcement

Welcome to a special New Year's edition of The Grind, where we recently determined our 2015 mantra thanks to the most-trusted source of wisdom: a bumper sticker.

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"WAG more"? Now this is one New Year's resolution we know we can keep. Not that we haven't always kept our eye on that important part of the game (Did you see our comprehensive Year in WAGs retrospective for 2014?!), but one can always improve. Now let's kick this 2015 party off.

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Rory's rumored girlfriend: It didn't take long for a potential new WAG to surface in 2015. Meet Erica Stoll, who has been spotted with Rory McIlroy a bunch recently.

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If the name sounds familiar, Stoll is the PGA employee who helped Rory narrowly avoid missing his tee time at the 2012 Ryder Cup. Sounds like a perfect match.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Stuart Scott: Like everyone else, we're deeply saddened by the ESPN anchor and golf fanatic's tragically early death at 49, but it's impossible not to celebrate his memory. Growing up, I wanted to be like Scott once I realized I wasn't cut out for pro sports. It didn't exactly happen, but I'm grateful for the way he made sports -- and covering sports -- seem cool. Thanks, Stuart. You will be missed.

"18 Unda Par": I also want to be like Matty, an 11-year-old aspiring golfer/entrepeneur/entertainer from Vermont, who has adopted this slogan because he believes it can be done. You might believe it too, if you watch this kid putt from everywhere in this fantastic music video:


John Smoltz: The former Braves pitcher is expected to be part of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2015. He's also believed to be the only ballplayer with a plus-2 handicap to be enshrined at Cooperstown. Now that's our kind of two-sport star.

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Sang-Moon Bae's situation: The South Korean could be forced to return to his home country to serve in the military for two years. This isn't the best timing -- not that this would ever have good timing -- for Bae, who after winning the Frys.com Open in October, is poised for a breakout 2014-15 season and a potential big sack of FedEx Cup money. Bae will continue to play as he fights his legal battle. Stay tuned.

PHOTOS: The Year In Golf WAGs

J.R. Smith's situation: The controversial Knicks guard/celebrity golfer was traded to the Cavaliers on Monday night. Yes, he'll get the chance to play with LeBron James and be on a winning team, but we're pretty sure Smith cares more about playing golf. When the weather warms up, Cleveland is a big downgrade from New York in terms of golf courses. And for someone who tries to play as much as he can in his free time, he was probably really hoping to be dealt to Miami or Phoenix. Poor guy.

Horrifying amusement park rides: This happened to Peter Uihlein over the weekend:

Fortunately, it appears Uihlein was rescued from this nightmare.

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

Ted Purdy's house: As in, it's for sale. Check out the entire listing of this 5,731-square-foot mansion that includes a swimming pool, basketball court, putting green, playground and a personalized gated entrance.

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Again, this is Ted Purdy's house. Ted. Purdy. Yep, being a PGA Tour player is a pretty sweet gig.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour starts the season (again) with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua. Once again, Tiger and Phil won't be competing -- only this time, they weren't even invited.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Vijay Singh in 2007 was the last winner of this event to go on to win another stroke-play event in the same PGA Tour season. Beware of the Kapalua Curse!

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Someone on tour will birdie all 18 holes in a round: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- I will ever go on that Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios: 10 million-to-1 odds

-- The weather in Hawaii will be DECENT this week: LOCK

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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"It's good to be surrounded by greatness. These were the lucky two tonight," Donald joked on Instagram. We need to party with Luke Donald.

THIS WEEK IN BELEN MOZO MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH HER TRAINING

Belen Mozo hiked to the top of a mountain and somehow still had the energy/athleticism to do this:

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"When you get a chance to go play at the Masters, you don't lay up. You go after it." -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett after his team converted a late fourth down to help earn a playoff win. Zach Johnson might argue otherwise, but we get what he was trying to say.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

A father pulled out a kid's tooth by hitting a golf ball that was tied to it. No, really:

What undoubtedly hurt the kid more was Alabama losing to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff a couple days later.

ARCHIVE VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Check out this ESPN commercial featuring Tiger Woods and Stuart Scott:

In the ad, Woods is seen with the huge following, but as we've learned the past few days, Scott had plenty of fans of his own.

THIS WEEK IN JASON DUFNER-AMANDA DUFNER-DIANE DONALD-JILLIAN STACEY-MARIA OCHOA PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

This group of lovely ladies recently got together to catch a Florida Panthers game. Apparently, golf WAGs like hockey. You learn something new every day. . .

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"Ladies is pimps too," Amanda Dufner captioned on Instagram. Well said, Amanda. Well said. If anyone embraces the #WAGmore philosophy as much as we do, it's Amanda Dufner.

THIS AND THAT

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Bridgestone launched the J715, the company's first new driver in four years. Using Julie Bowen in ads like it does for its tires can only help sales. . . . Miguel Angel Jimenez, who turned 51 on Monday (Happy birthday!), hinted in a recent interview that he doesn't want to be Europe's Ryder Cup captain yet. Too bad. We were hoping to see the popular Spaniard morph into the most interesting captain in the world. . . . Masters badges will cost $325 this year, up $75 from last year. Despite the weekly ticket's biggest price increase ever, they're still the best deal in sports. . . . Speaking of major championships, the 2015 HGGA Championship, aka my annual buddies golf trip/tournament, will be held at Turning Stone Resort & Casino this summer (That's Paulina Gretzky's fiance winning there in 2008, when he was simply known as Dustin Johnson). Congrats to Turning Stone on landing such a prestigious event.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Why would anyone spend New Year's Eve waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square?

Is there anything worse in sports than watching Jerry Jones and his minions celebrate in his owner's box?

Would any real golf fan not pay $325 for a Masters badge?

-- 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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News & Tours

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.

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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

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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