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The Grind: James Hahn's stylish win, Natalie Gulbis' impressive pose, and an Oscars-related nightmare

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're still groggy from staying up to watch the Oscars. Why does it have to go so late? And why do they jam the four biggest awards into the final 10 minutes? Imagine if all of golf's major championships were held in December? But we can't complain too much -- Mike Davis had it a lot worse. Every time "Birdman" won an award, the USGA executive director must have been having nightmarish flashbacks to the 2012 U.S. Open:

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Related: The Oscars shows its anti-golf bias once again

Oscars aside, there were also plenty of award-winning performances in golf this past week, so stick with us as we host our weekly rundown. We'll even promise to keep all of our clothes on.

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WE'RE BUYING

James Hahn: A big congrats to this former shoe salesman of "Gangnam Style" fame on winning his first PGA Tour title in thrilling fashion. With the victory Hahn jumped from 297th in the Official World Golf Ranking to No. 86, and the timing was especially good with he and his wife expecting their first child in a couple weeks. After, he joked that "Northern Trust Open" is a bit long of a name for his baby daughter, but he'd consider "NTO." Wouldn't Riviera be better?

Related: 13 PGA Tour winners who used to be regular working stiffs

Lydia Ko: Ko won her sixth LPGA Tour title and ninth professional tournament at the Women's Australian Open at Royal Melbourne. In case you forgot, she's only 17 and she's already World No. 1. There's really not much more to say. What a talent.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Anirban Lahiri: We don't care what the tournaments were. Two victories on the European Tour in three weeks? That's pretty good. The 27-year-old rookie accomplished the feat by winning the Hero Indian Open in a playoff. Even more impressive? He did it without the use of a driver. We hereby dub Lahiri "The Indian Mickelson."

WE'RE SELLING

Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard not closing out a tournament isn't anything new, but the way he did it this time was. Always known as a great driver, it was Garcia's big stick that let him down big time on the final two holes with two tee shots that aren't going to make it into any TaylorMade ads. The ensuing back-to-back bogeys caused him to lose his one-shot lead and miss the playoff by one. Speaking of one, that's how many PGA Tour wins Garcia has in nearly seven years.

Old guys: For most of the week at Riviera, older players like Retief Goosen, 46, and Vijay Singh, who turned 52 on Sunday, were in the spotlight. Throw in 44-year-old Jim Furyk getting within a couple shots of the lead on Sunday and there was a great chance of seeing a young whippersnapper like Hahn being beat. But alas, all three of those guys who haven't won a major in more than a decade faded in the final round. Who knows when any of them will have another chance like that. Well, besides Furyk, who seems to give himself a chance to win every time he tees it up.

PHOTOS: The Year In Golf WAGs

Riviera's 10th: Can you imagine if this hole was part of a brand new Donald Trump course? It would be labeled the most tricked-up hole in America. But even though it's part of such a classic design, more players like Bubba Watson are expressing their displeasure thanks to recent changes that have made the hole unfair. The best example of this, of course, was Ryan Moore, who lipped out for an ACE, but had to settle for a par when his ball trickled 50 feet from the hole and off the green. Sorry, but that's ridiculous.

James Stewart's "yips" swing: Speaking of ridiculous, the motorcross racer posted this video of him playing golf and people actually thought it was real:

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Two days later, Stewart posted a video of him magically swinging smoothly with the caption, "I fixed my swing." James, the yips is not something to joke about.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Florida for the Honda Classic, aka that event we've all gotten used to Tiger Woods playing in the past few years. However, Woods will not be playing this year despite the tournament's close proximity to his home because, well, it's complicated.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: NBC picks up the weekend coverage for the Florida Swing, meaning Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller are starting a record 16th year of working together in the booth. Congrats to our favorite TV tandem.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- James Hahn will give his daughter the middle name "NTO": 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- Joe Buck and Greg Norman will break Hicks and Miller's record one day: 1,000-to-1 odds

-- This week's winner at PGA National will have a driver in his bag: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

For a second straight week, we saw a golfer show incredible bravery. Last week, it was a guy risking his life to save his clubs from a burning car and this week, a Boston man scaled a mountain of snow just to take a swing and feel alive again during this brutal winter.

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As a fellow Northeasterner, we feel your pain.

GOLF VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

San Diego State's women's golf team is only ranked 24th in Golfstat's latest ranking, but they jumped to an unofficial No. 1 in the trick-shot ranking with this slick video:

Of course, it helps your golf game when you never have to worry about the weather. . .


RANDOM VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Warren G and Kenny G performed the iconic 90s song "Regulate" on Jimmy Kimmel Live and it was better than any act you saw at the Grammys. Thank you, Jimmy Kimmel.

Last week at Pebble Beach, it looked like Kenny G's golf game has slipped a bit. But his sax game is as strong as ever.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"If I had a losing record in the Ryder Cup, I'd keep my mouth shut." -- Lee Trevino on Phil Mickelson. Looks like the 75-year-old is still the king of the stinger.

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

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What the. . . ? Of course, it's crazy moves like these that probably lead to photos like these:

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THIS WEEK IN JASON DAY-ELLIE DAY PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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Even in the depths of winter, you can't keep these two lovebirds from beaming.

THIS AND THAT

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Hannah O'Sullivan, 16, became the youngest Symetra Tour champion, breaking Cristie Kerr's record from 1995. Unfortunately for O'Sullivan, it seems a lot less impressive when someone a year older than her is already the best female golfer in the world. . . . Speaking of phenoms, a 12-year-old qualified for the New Zealand Women's Open after using Lydia Ko's old clubs. Yes, we are living in a world where kids getting hand-me-downs from a 17-year-old are already making a name for themselves. . . . Johnny Miller and David Duval called B.S. on Tiger's "new release pattern" causing his short-game woes. We're not arguing. . . . Jack Nicklaus said he thinks Tiger Woods will break his majors record for the 3,872nd time. Jack Nicklaus is now officially the only person in the world who still thinks Tiger is breaking that record. . . . I may not have 18 majors like Jack, but apparently, I have 19 checkered, button-down shirts. If those fashion go-tos ever go out of style, I'm in big trouble.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

When will we see our first under-10 winner on the LPGA?

Why isn't Jack Black a bigger star?

Is Jack Nicklaus willing to bet even money on that?

-- 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: A Ryder Cup do-over, Sneds' frugal win, and Rickie gets romantic

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we wish we had a Ryder Cup Task Force monitoring our every move. Write a bad column? No problem! Those understanding souls will just give us a do-over! Make a bad joke on Twitter? Do-over! Pick the wrong thing to eat for lunch in the office cafeteria? Do-over and stay away from the meatloaf next time! Man, these guys would have really come in handy during college mid-terms. But alas, do-overs don't usually exist unless, apparently, you're a Ryder Cup captain. So here's the final version of what has us talking this week. Be kind.

WE'RE BUYING

Brandt Snedeker: Two years ago, Snedeker was the hottest player in the world. Three weeks ago, he'd been almost completely forgotten about. But after solid starts in Phoenix and San Diego, Snedeker broke his own tournament record at Pebble Beach and he did it with a driver valued at about $20, causing the world's weekend hackers who blame their equipment to sigh. In picking up his seventh career PGA Tour title and reclaim his spot as one of the best golfers in the world, Snedeker qualified for the Masters, more World Golf Championship events and hopefully, more commercials in which people call him "SnEEEEdeker."

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Clint Eastwood thinking about his next movie: "American Snedeker"

Davis Love III: Is it a boring pick? Yes, but Love obviously has the support of fellow players and Ryder Cup Task Force members or he wouldn't be getting a second chance after being at the helm for the Meltdown at Medinah. Besides, it was thinking outside the box and selecting Tom Watson that wound up backfiring at the last Ryder Cup. The next task for the task force should be tracking down Sammy the Squirrel. Things really went downhill for Team USA after Love let him back into the wild.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Mark Hubbard's romance game: The PGA Tour rookie made a name for himself by pulling off a Pebble Beach proposal on the 18th hole that completely shocked his girlfriend. Of course, she said yes. It's Pebble Beach.

Unfortunately, Hubbard's golf game wasn't as good as he missed the cut. But perhaps that was all part of his plan to spend more time with his girlfriend on Valentine's Day weekend. Savvy.

Pro-am performances: First off, congrats to our boss, Golf Digest Editor-in-Chief, Jerry Tarde, for hitting a great clutch/nationally televised shot on Pebble's famed 17th hole on Thursday. We won't mention the ensuing putt or him missing the cut because he brought in donuts to the office on Tuesday. Again, how about that shot on 17?! There were also some amazing scores turned in by some of the participants. Country music star Jake Owen shot 67 on his own ball on Saturday at Pebble Beach. Very impressive, especially for a 3-handicap. Even more amazing was 8-handicap Michael Lund, the co-founder of Pandora jewelry, shooting even par at Monterey Peninsula on his way to claiming the team title with Pat Perez. Hmm, perhaps those scores were a bit too amazing. Is the Ryder Cup Task Force going to have to investigate?

WE'RE SELLING

Jim Furyk: No one has had a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour more in the past four-plus seasons than Furyk and yet no one has won less. Furyk extended his incredible streak of not converting in the final round to nine with a disappointing Sunday 74 -- after a brilliant Saturday 63 -- to finish T-7. The toughest part for Furyk is he's not getting any younger (44) and he's a borderline candidate for the World Golf Hall of Fame. The least tough part is he's made $14.5 million since his last win in 2010.

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Speaking of wishing he had a do-over. . .

Tiger Woods: Nobody could understand what exactly his announcement on his website meant, but here's what we do know: Tiger Woods potentially not playing golf is not good for golf. We hope Tiger can figure things out and get back soon. And if he needs a boost of confidence, he should try the new golf video game featuring Kim Jong-un. Everything's a hole-in-one! Fun!

PHOTOS: The Year In Golf WAGs

Tiger taunters: There have been plenty of these types surfacing of late, but Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee garnered the most attention last week. Scobee taunted Tiger Woods on Twitter by challenging him to a big-money match and saying he'd give Woods two shots a side, which drew a lot of backlash. Scobee, who is a solid golfer in his own right, said he was just joking -- and he probably was -- but the fact of the matter is we've entered an era where even NFL kickers are making cracks about arguably the greatest golfer of all time. Strange times, indeed.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Riviera for the Northern Trust Open, aka that tournament Ben Hogan won a bunch of times long before it was called the Northern Trust Open.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Despite shooting a still-tournament record of 20 under par in 1985, Riviera wasn't re-nicknamed "Lanny's Alley."

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Ben Hogan would have hated playing with Brandt Snedeker's obsolete "$20 driver": 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- Jim Furyk will make a double bogey on purpose the next time he has a chance to be a 54-hole leader: 3-to-1 odds

-- Tournament rounds will be a LOT faster at Riviera without those pesky amateurs: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Courtesy of Twitter user @alistairking36, a man's car burst into flames in Australia and he braved the wreckage to save his. . . golf clubs. Good man.

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OLD, BUT NEW TO US PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Paula Creamer posted this pic on the two month anniversary of her wedding:

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She was particularly excited about showing off her "custom lace and sequin Adidas sneakers." Paula is what companies call "a marketing dream."

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Charles Barkley played Hallway Golf with Jimmy Fallon and Hugh Grant and he wasn't awful.

He also showed remarkable restraint when Grant made a crack about his golf swing being funny. Here's a sample reply Chuck could have used if he wasn't being so nice: "Hey Hugh, when was the last time you made a funny movie? 2002?" You know, something like that.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"We come here to write numbers, not to paint pictures. Although, that was a masterpiece." -- David Feherty describing Ryuji Imada's ridiculous par on Pebble Beach's seventh hole on Friday. Check it out:

THIS WEEK IN CAMILO VILLEGAS ALLISON STOKKE MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH HER TRAINING

OK, so this has nothing to do with golf and everything to do with. . . pole vaulting. Oh, and GoPros, which are very popular in the golf world these days. The video also has about three million views in less than a week.

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

Mark Hubbard wasn't the only PGA Tour pro acting romantic on Valentine's Day:

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And here's a photo of the lovely couple together going on a sunset stroll in California.

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Thanks, Rickie. You're making the rest of us look bad.

THIS AND THAT

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Adam Scott and his wife announced the birth of their first child, daughter Bo Vera Scott, in Australia. If Scott is going to play even less golf as a new parent, then we're never going to see him. . . . Lee Janzen beat Bart Bryant in a playoff on the Champions Tour. It's tough to feel disappointed after a final-round 62, but we're pretty sure Bryant is. . . . Still basking in the glow of being a victorious Ryder Cup captain, Paul McGinley had his golf clubs stolen out of a rental car just after arriving in California. His trip probably seemed ruined until he remembered he was about to spend a week playing golf at Pebble Beach. . . . Speaking of steals, here is my lunch -- and dessert -- from Costco on Sunday. This entire glorious feast cost me a grand total of $2.85. What a magical place.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Why can't you buy Costco frozen yogurt in bulk?

Will Jim Furyk ever win on the PGA Tour again?

Will Hugh Grant ever make a good movie 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: Tiger limps off, the Shark turns 60, golfers invade the modeling world, and 'Woz' wows in a swimsuit

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're less pleased with how last week went than Kanye West was with the end of the Grammys. In five days, the golf world lost two legends and saw its possible greatest player ever go from rock bottom to being the butt of bottom jokes (which, come to think of it, is really rock bottom). Sad times, indeed, but we'll do our best Taylor Swift and try to shake it off.

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The kids look worried about the old man.

WE'RE BUYING

Jason Day: We'll start with the positives. The Aussie came up clutch at Torrey Pines to win the Farmers Insurance Open in a four-man playoff and announce himself (again) as a Masters favorite. Last year, Day was streaking toward the top of the golf world with a February win at the WGC Match Play before having his momentum derailed by a thumb injury. Perhaps after claiming his third PGA Tour title, this is the year he finally delivers a complete campaign worthy of his top-five ranking. He's certainly No. 1 in our book after delivering this win as we predicted. Who says fantasy golf is hard?

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When Jason Day wins, we all win.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Billy Casper: The 51-time PGA Tour winner and three-time major champion died Saturday at 83. Casper had a history of being overlooked, so perhaps it was only fitting that shortly after his tributes started pouring in, the sports world's attention shifted to the passing of basketball coach Dean Smith. But we won't forget you, Billy. As impressive as his on-course accomplishments were, more people seemed to want to talk about what a great person Casper was off the course.

Charlie Sifford: Sadly, it was a busy week for writing obituaries of golf legends. Sifford, the pioneer who bravely broke the color barrier on the PGA Tour, passed away at 92 just four days before Casper. Like Billy, Charlie isn't just defined by how much he won. Instead, it was his courage above all that made him a Hall of Famer and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Rory's settlement: It appeared like McIlroy might have to spend a lot of time in court leading up to the Masters, but that won't be the case after reaching a settlement with his former management company, Horizon Sports. So much for legal distractions slowing the World No. 1 down! Sure, that reported $25 million is a big chunk of change, but now the matter is behind him. Speaking of behinds . . .

WE'RE SELLING

Tiger Woods' glutes: Truth be told, we'd sell just about everything involved with Woods' golf game right now, but his now famous post-half-round quote has everyone fixated on his backside. For a second straight week, Tiger looked terrible on the course, but his beeline to the parking lot after 11 holes makes his situation more dire and has some wondering if this is the end for the 14-time major champ. Woods' WD was his third in his last eight starts, and he's fallen to No. 62 in the Official World Golf Ranking, the lowest he's been since the year he turned pro. In the unofficial world golf rankings, he's a lot lower than that.

PHOTOS: The Year In Golf WAGs

J.B. Holmes' decision-making: A week after Pete Carroll rightly was ripped for being too aggressive, Holmes made a wrong decision by being too conservative. Needing a birdie on the final hole of regulation to win, arguably the longest hitter on the PGA Tour pumped a drive down the fairway of Torrey Pines' closing par 5 and . . . laid up. Holmes wound up making par and losing in a playoff. Apparently, J.B. stood for "just bunt" this week.

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

Phil Mickelson's putting: Mickelson missed the cut for a second straight week and it didn't take him long to identify the main culprit following Friday's second round. "My putting is beyond pathetic," he said following a tournament-high five three-putts in two days. After getting in great shape during the off-season, Phil's poor play to start 2015 isn't going to inspire a wave of golfers to start hitting the gym.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Pebble Beach for the AT&T Pro-am, aka that tournament where celebrities like Bill Murray and Ray Romano get more air time than the PGA Tour pros competing.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Kenny G is a yearly participant and a very good golfer (+.6 handicap as of 2014), who won this event in 2001. It also came out recently that he helped come up with Starbucks' popular Frappuccino. Kenny G is an American hero.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will ever be ranked 1-2 again at the same time: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- Jason Day will win the Masters: 15-to-1 odds (actual odds, making him tied for the second favorite behind Rory McIlroy)

-- Jim Nantz already has his best "Day" pun planned if that happens: LOCK

PHOTO(S) OF THE WEEK

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated's new swimsuit issue, we present Kelly Rohrbach and Nina Agdal. Why? Well, both happen to be avid golfers. Here's Nina (left) and Kelly (right):

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And before you get all skeptical about their skills on the course, just know that Kelly, who is appearing in the swimsuit issue for the first time, played on the Georgetown golf team. We're not sure if there's been a more talented rookie golfer since Tiger Woods.

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VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Usually, we don't highlight shots by tour pros, but this came from the pro-am day of an Australasia PGA Tour event and involved the golfer using a pull cart. Oh yeah, it also involved an ace on a par 4 that only occurred after the ball miraculously bounced out of a bunker and into the hole. Enjoy:

At the time, Richard Green wished he had saved the shot for the actual tournament, but it turned out he didn't need it. Green won the Victorian Open anyway and to cap a magical week, his fiancee, Marianne Skarpnord, won the women's event on the same course on the same day.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK (NOT INVOLVING A PRO GOLFER)

MLB star Bryce Harper hit a golf ball "Happy Gilmore" style that would have impressed Happy Gilmore himself.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"It's just my glutes are shutting off. Then they don't activate and then, hence, it goes into my lower back. So, I tried to activate my glutes as best I could, in between, but it just they never stayed activated." -- said Tiger Woods. With a completely straight face.

The quote also inspired the Twitter handle/tweet of the year:

THIS WEEK IN CAMILO VILLEGAS MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH HIS TRAINING

Check out Spiderman's incredible hops!

Got it!!

A video posted by Camilo Villegas (@camilovillegasofficial) on

Now those are some activated glutes.

THIS WEEK IN EX-WAGS SULTRY INSTAGRAMS

That's Caroline Wozniacki, tennis player/aspiring golfer/former half of 'Wozilroy' appearing in SI's swimsuit issue. Forget about that court settlement, this had to be Rory's biggest distraction of the week.

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THIS AND THAT

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Think Paul Goydos is happy to be on the Champions Tour after winning for the second time in 12 starts? He won twice in 507 starts on the PGA Tour. . . . Sei Young Kim captured her first LPGA Tour title by winning a three-woman playoff in the Bahamas. New No. 1 Lydia Ko really slacked off and only finished seventh. . . . A Florida man hoped to get new golf clubs from his wife by reporting his clubs stolen, but he wound up going to jail for filing a false report after police found his clubs in his trunk. What's the opposite of a criminal mastermind? . . . The USGA announced the creation of the U.S. Senior Women's Open in 2018. Will Joe Buck and Greg Norman be on the call for that event too? . . . Speaking of Norman, happy 60th birthday to The Shark, who offered a list of life advice ahead of the big day. He also posted this photo of his last day with his self-described "50+" body. Very impressive, Greg. Maybe someone will get you a selfie stick as a present.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

What the heck is wrong with Kanye West?

What the heck is wrong with Tiger Woods?

What else has Kenny G invented?

-- 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: Pete Carroll's real mistake, Tiger's possible yips, and Freddie Jacobson meets Rihanna

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we still don't know what Pete Carroll was thinking. As recent NFL coaches like Bill Belichick and Jim Harbaugh have shown, the only way to properly get over a devastating loss in the Super Bowl is to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Yet Carroll is not listed in next week's field. Again, what is he doing?! Of course, Carroll's Seattle Seahawks missing a three-footer for a major dominated the weekend's headlines, but a lot happened in golf also. Let's just line up in goal-line formation and run straight ahead until we've covered all the ground. Seems simple enough, right?

WE'RE BUYING

Brooks Koepka: Technically, Koepka isn't a PGA Tour rookie, but this is his first full season playing with the big boys and he already looks pretty comfortable. Koepka, 24, shot a final-round 66 to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open for his first PGA Tour title. It was a big day for the young golfer and a big day for a young payroll company, Paylocity, that took a chance on signing him to an endorsement deal last year. We know because we have a friend who works for them. Dream big, corporate America. Marketing dreams can come true, too!

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Rory McIlroy: The World No. 1 put even more distance between his pursuers in the world rankings with his win in Dubai. It's gotten to the point where when he plays well, he wins easily and when he plays just OK, he only finishes second. The guy is in full "beast mode" right now. And speaking of golfers who could be No. 1 for a long time. . .

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Lydia Ko: The 17-year-old phenom didn't come through down the stretch at the LPGA Tour's season opener, but she did do enough to become the youngest World No. 1 in golf history. Yep, a 17-year-old golfer is the best in the world. No one's accomplishments got lost in the shuffle more this weekend, so we'll just go ahead and try to make up for that by yelling her name over and over: LYDIA KO! LYDIA KO! LYDIA KO!

WE'RE SELLING

Tiger Woods: If you're a fan of the 14-time major champion, his performance at TPC Scottsdale was tough to watch. Woods struggled in all aspects of the game and his short game looked downright amateurish as he shot the worst round of his pro career (82) and missed back-to-back cuts for the first time. There were blades (starting in Wednesday's pro-am). There were chunks. There were times where he looked too scared to even try to chip or pitch, instead opting for the general hacker's premise of getting the ball rolling on the green as soon as possible. Tiger blamed rust. Tiger blamed his new swing mechanics. Tiger blamed the new grind on his wedges. He is denying he has the, gulp, yips. So far. On the bright side, the man consumed with his "explosiveness" led the field in driving distance!

PHOTOS: The Year In Golf WAGs

Patrick Reed situation: This is a bit murky/ugly. On Thursday, Shane Ryan, who is writing a book on the young stars of the PGA Tour, published somewhat of a first draft of his chapter on Patrick Reed. In it, Ryan writes that Reed was caught stealing while at the University of Georgia and was suspended twice for cheating on the golf course during his time in college. Reed responded with a statement on Monday in which he said "My team and my representatives are looking into all aspects of this matter, and we look forward to setting the record straight." Stay tuned.

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

Martin Laird: Through 16 holes Sunday, the man who entered the day with a three-shot lead hadn't done much on a TPC Scottsdale course that was there for the taking, yet still remained tied for the lead. He did a lot on the final two holes, though, just not in a good way. Laird bogeyed the drivable par-4 17th and then hit his drive on No. 18 into the water and made a double bogey to drop to T-5. We'd say he had the toughest sporting loss in the Phoenix area that day, but, well, you know. . .

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Torrey Pines, the site of eight Tiger Woods pro victories, including his last major title at the 2008 U.S. Open. That was ages ago, when Woods was so good he could even win majors on a broken leg.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Tiger Woods hasn't won every time he plays at Torrey Pines. It just seems that way.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Someone will win at Torrey Pines on a broken leg: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- Tiger Woods will win at Torrey Pines for a ninth time: 50-to-1 odds (actual odds -- the highest ever for Woods as a pro)

-- Anyone not named Tiger Woods would be much higher than 50-to-1 coming off a performance like that: LOCK

TWEET OF THE WEEK

They sure have, Rory. You've downsized on hair and your dad has upgraded in free golf shirts.

SUPER BOWL-RELATED TWEET OF THE WEEK

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

This clip of a woman with ALS draining a 78-foot putt on live TV is incredible. Good luck to anyone topping this the rest of the year:

EMBARRASSING VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Guy takes a swing, somehow hits a golf ball off his head. Impressive.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I'm just doing this so I don't get fined." -- Tiger Woods providing a moment of levity after his dismal 82 by doing his best Marshawn Lynch imitation. Funny stuff, but it's not a good sign when a media session provides the week's best highlight for a player.

THIS WEEK IN BELEN MOZO AND NATALIE GULBIS MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH THEIR TRAINING

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So simple planks indoors aren't enough now? We give up.

THIS WEEK IN DUSTIN JOHNSON-PAULINA GRETZKY FREDDIE JACOBSON-RIHANNA (SEMI) PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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OK, maybe "meets" is a strong word. Judging by Rihanna's reaction, maybe "encounters" is a better term. The Super Bowl is a crazy thing.

THIS AND THAT

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Jon Rahm became the second amateur to post a top-five finish on the PGA Tour since 1998. However, his nickname, "Rahmbo," is second-to-none in the amateur ranks. . . . After 59 years, the R&A is switching its TV allegiances from BBC to Sky Sports. Like the USGA's move from NBC to Fox, money seems to be the reason. Duh. . . . Congrats to co-worker Ron Sirak on winning the PGA Lifetime in Journalism Award! Hopefully, Ron has forgotten about that bet I made with him on Tiger Woods breaking Jack Nicklaus' major championship records. . . . This is what my ankle tan lines look like despite the fact I've spent much of the past two weeks snowed in and haven't been outside for an extended period of time in months. Yeah, I play a LOT of golf in the summer.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

What's going to happen to that lion Katy Perry rode in the halftime show?

Why aren't there more holes like TPC Scottsdale's 16th?

Why didn't Seattle just give the ball to Marshawn Lynch?!

-- 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: "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.

WE'RE SELLING

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?

WE'RE BUYING

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.

WE'RE SELLING

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.

WE'RE BUYING

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.

WE'RE SELLING

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.

WE'RE BUYING

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.

WE'RE SELLING

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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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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