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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

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.

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

By Alex Myers

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

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WE'RE BUYING

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

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

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

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

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

WE'RE SELLING

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

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This is never a good sign. . .

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

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

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

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

ON TAP

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

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

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

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

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

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

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

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

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

WAG (HALLOWEEN) PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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

THIS AND THAT

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

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Who is the best band of the 1990s?

How many cars has Tiger Woods won in his career?

Is Danielle Kang looking to unload that Buick?

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

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

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

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WE'RE BUYING

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

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

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

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

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

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

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

WE'RE SELLING

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

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

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

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

ON TAP

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

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

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

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

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

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

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

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

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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

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

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WAG PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

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

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How in the. . . ?

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

THIS AND THAT

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

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

What's the proper etiquette for airplane armrests?

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

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

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

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

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

WE'RE BUYING

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

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

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

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

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

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

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WE'RE SELLING

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

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

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

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

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We didn't think so.

ON TAP

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

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

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

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

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

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

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

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

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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

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

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

VIRAL VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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"I love it!" Creamer exclaimed.

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

THIS AND THAT

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

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Which PGA Tour player would make the best lawyer?

Is Ben Martin this year's Jimmy Walker?

What exactly is in a McRib?

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

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

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

WE'RE BUYING

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

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

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

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

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

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

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

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OK, we're sold.

WE'RE SELLING

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

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

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

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

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

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Related: An unauthorized history of Tiger Woods' jeans

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

ON TAP

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

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

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

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

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

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

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

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

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

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

VIRAL VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

THIS AND THAT

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

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

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

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

Who gets married first: Rory or Rickie?

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

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

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

WE'RE BUYING

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

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Yes, Oliver. You really won.

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

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

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

WE'RE SELLING

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

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

Related: 11 surprising players to compete in the Ryder Cup

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

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

ON TAP

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

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

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

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

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

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

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

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

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Holy WHITE BELT/MOM JEANS ALERT!

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

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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Look at those guns!

THIS AND THAT

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

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Has Webb Simpson thought about going into sales after golf?

Better golfer: Amanda Dufner or Charles Barkley?

Will anyone ever eat those chips?

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

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

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

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WE'RE BUYING

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

Again, these guys are awesome.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

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

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

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

WE'RE SELLING

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

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

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

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

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

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ON TAP

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

Related: 13 things that only happen at the Ryder Cup

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

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

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

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

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

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

WHO WORE IT BETTER?

Bubba and Rickie? Or Rory?

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

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

MJ with MAJ. Need we say more?

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WAG PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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

NON-RYDER CUP PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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

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

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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

NON-RYDER CUP VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

THIS AND THAT

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

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Could a combined USA/World Team beat Team Europe?

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

Is Michael Jordan an American golf curse?

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

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News & Tours

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

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

WE'RE BUYING

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

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

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

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

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

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

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

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

WE'RE SELLING

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

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

Related: 11 surprising players to compete in the Ryder Cup

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

ON TAP

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

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Related: 13 things that only happen at the Ryder Cup

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

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

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

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

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

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

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

THIS AND THAT

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

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Will the Presidents Cup Streaker graduate to the Ryder Cup?

Better golf celebrations: U.S. or Europe?

Better golf swing: Kate Upton or Caite Upton?

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

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