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The Grind

A missed sign from the golf gods, a new master in ping-pong, and Jordan Spieth's kiss seen around the world

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where I'm kicking myself for not taking advantage of a sign from the golf gods. On the eve of the Masters, I was locked out of our Golf Digest rental home in Augusta until a housecleaner with the name "J. Speth" saved me. Seriously. OK, so it was a woman (Jennifer) and no, she didn't have an "i" in her last name, but still, what are the odds? And what are the odds I could have gotten placing a wager on Jordan Spieth? It was a huge opportunity missed, but you can bet I'll be paying attention to the names of people I encounter during U.S. Open week. And if I happen across a waiter named Ronnie McElroy, I'll be sure to let you know.

WE'RE BUYING

Jordan Spieth: As if winning the Masters at 21 wasn't impressive enough, Spieth did it in dominant fashion, never leading by fewer than three shots after firing an opening 64. He also used the word "majestic" and the phrase "unlike any other" in his green jacket acceptance speech. This guy is good.

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Phil Mickelson: It can't be a coincidence that Lefty has only two top 10s in the past two seasons, but they're both runner-up finishes at the last two major championships. The guy can still get up for the big events. Unfortunately, the man who will be looking to complete the career Grand Slam at the U.S. Open completed the runner-up slam with his T-2. He now has 10 second-place finishes at majors to go with his five wins. Only 10 more to go to break Jack Nicklaus' mark of 19!

Related: 19 things you should know about Jordan Spieth

Tiger Woods: A brilliant short game. Some big fist pumps. Shouting expletives on the course. Tell us this guy isn't back! OK, not exactly, but how many people thought they'd see his name that high on the leader board at any point on Sunday? How many people thought we'd even see him on Sunday? Overall, this was an encouraging week for Woods, who played pretty well and made it through all four rounds -- barely. He was also the leader in the clubhouse in terms of hugs given out until Jordan Spieth won.

WE'RE SELLING

Tiger Woods' injury: A root in the pine straw? This guy just can't catch a break. Well, unless you count him hurting a part of his body that he could fix on the course. Fortunately, the injury doesn't seem too serious, which is why we can joke about it. Get better Tiger, and good luck with your career as a budding chiropractor.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Impatient pundits: In a matter of months, the Rory McIlroy Era has already morphed into the Jordan Spieth Period. How quickly we forget Rory's run of winning three straight big events last year, including a pair of majors. In any event, the top two players in the world are a combined age of 46. Let's just enjoy it.

Jim Nantz: Despite our helpful suggestions, there wasn't the normal grand/cheesy punctuation to the tournament from the CBS announcer. We think Spieth missing that short putt for the scoring record on No. 18 threw Nantz, but that's no excuse. "Heir Jordan!" or "The Jordan Rules!" or even "A young Master!" would have worked just fine. We know it's a long week with the NCAA Championship on Monday night, but c'mon, Jim. You're lucky "Gentle Jordan" picked up the slack for you at the ceremony. 

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to the RBC Heritage, aka that event after the Masters. Most of the big names take this week off, especially those who have just won the year's first major. That is, unless your name is Jordan Spieth.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: No one has ever hit that lighthouse behind the 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Jordan Spieth will wear his green jacket to the first tee: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds

-- Tiger Woods will perform an appendectomy on himself: 10-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- Under Armour is pleased that in February it signed a deal with Spieth through 2025: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Jack Nicklaus, at 75, making his first-ever hole-in-one at Augusta National. Ridiculous.

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Unfortunately, Arnold Palmer's shoulder kept him out of the marquee par-3 group. But don't worry, Arnie, as this photo from a couple years ago proves, you're still the King.

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THIS WEEK IN JORDAN SPIETH LIVING THE LIFE

On Monday morning, Spieth flew to New York with his new favorite item of clothing for a whirlwind media tour:

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This came after a dream week in which he rented two houses (one for hanging out and one for sleeping) to accommodate his friends and family. He also just recently bought this $2.2 million house in Dallas:

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Considering all the money he's poised to earn after winning the Masters, it might already be time for an upgrade. Or maybe Spieth will buy a second house and keep that one as his sleeping quarters.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

The Masters is pretty serious about cracking down on people using its footage or taking their own video at the tournament, so we present this instead. All due respect to Jordan Spieth, but this might have been the shot of the week in Augusta:

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That's me roping a rare shot past human backboard Jaime Diaz during one of the week's many intense matches at the Golf Digest rental house. We heard Jordan Spieth was also playing a lot of of ping-pong (in his "hanging out" house). Funny, though, he didn't dare show his face in our hood.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"There's a reason I have a hairline like this . . . It's stressful what we do." -- Jordan Spieth. That's OK, Jordan. There isn't a male golfer in the world who wouldn't trade his hair for a green jacket.

THIS WEEK IN TIGER WOODS-LINDSEY VONN-AND OTHERS PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Tiger surprised everyone by playing in the Par-3 Contest. Hopefully, it's the first of many with his kids:

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Dustin and Paulina: A love story

And if you're a fan of tour WAGS, the Par 3 is like Christmas. Here's Alexis Randock with Rickie Fowler and Erin Walker, who did a tour wife diary for us all week, with Jimmy:

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And of course, there was Jordan Spieth and Annie Verret sharing a victory kiss that broke the heart of many young ladies around the country:

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THIS AND THAT

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Hideki Matsuyama finished fifth place at the Masters, tying him with Jordan Spieth for the most top fives (five) on the PGA Tour this season. At 23, he's practically an old man, though. . . . James Hahn called a penalty on himself and missed the cut by one shot. On the bright side, it gave him more time to peruse the Masters merchandise store (true story). . . . An entry named "brettmarino" won $1 million on DraftKings with a team of Spieth, Rose, Mickelson, Hoffman, Henley, and Na. Must be nice. My team finished 39,819 out of 125,950 and made me nothing. . . . By ignoring what the universe was telling me about Jordan Spieth, I finished out of the money, but at least, I was rich in press room food. In addition to being reunited with the Masters chicken sandwiches, I discovered these chocolate chunk cookies. Man, I really can't wait for next year's tournament.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

How many calories are in those cookies?

How many green jackets will Jordan Spieth win?

Is destroying your boss in ping-pong a good career move?

-- 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 say goodbye to the Dufners, hello to Tiger Woods, and explain why we need the Masters even more this year

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we need the Masters more than ever this year. First, the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, and now, Duke wins the national title in basketball? It's enough to make the average sports fan throw up. But the Masters ushers in spring and new hope of seeing an exciting sporting event and a champion that doesn't make us cringe. Dear Augusta National, don't let us down! There's a lot to discuss, though, before another green jacket is handed out. Let's get to it.

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J.B. Holmes: After a couple of close calls at Torrey Pines and Doral, Holmes got a well-deserved win at the Shell Houston Open and climbed to No. 12 in the world ranking. Holmes battled back from six shots down with a final-round 64 and beat Johnson Wagner and Jordan Spieth in a playoff. Of course, that's nothing compared to him battling back from brain surgery in 2011.

Brittany Lincicome: When Brittany Lincicome wins a major, Brittany Lincicome does it in thrilling fashion. For a second time, a final hole eagle propelled her to a win at Mission Hills. This time, she won the ANA Inspiration in a playoff over Stacy Lewis and took another dip in Poppy's Pond:

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

Lydia Ko: The ANA wasn't her best performance -- in fact, the T-51 was one of her worst, but she still tied Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour record with 29 straight sub-par rounds. And she's still 17.

Tiger Woods: He's back! At Augusta, at least. We're not expecting much, but we're glad to see him giving his creaky back and a shaky short game a go. Vegas has him making the cut at about even odds. Remember when he was even odds to win?

WE'RE SELLING

The Dufners' divorce: Sad, sad news as one of the PGA Tour's most visible couples officially split. Amanda even shut down her popular Instagram account. Again, so sad. Of course, it also led to millions of men around the world thinking "So you're telling me there's a chance?"

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Stupid rules: Last week, the rules penalized David Frost for dropping his ball on his mark. This week, a non-rule basically gave Stacy Lewis a penalty for hitting a good shot when she had to play out of a divot during her playoff with Lincicome and wound up making a bogey. Why do you have to play from a worse lie in the middle of the fairway than when you're in the rough? It doesn't make any sense. Sort of like this next topic. . .

ESPN best athlete ranking: How the heck isn't Tiger the No. 1 athlete of the past 20 years? And where is Annika Sorenstam? And for those of you smart asses saying golfers aren't athletes, check out this video of Patrick Reed sprinting after making a hole-in-one:

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Augusta National for the Masters, aka THE MASTERS! Get ready for the first major by listening to Dave Loggins performing the tournament's theme song with its lyrics and playing a ukelele:

On second thought, you should probably stick to the instrumental version.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact(s): It's been 10 years since Tiger Woods had that miraculous chip-in on No. 16 and went on to win his last of four green jackets. It's been six years since I've been to the tournament and enjoyed one of the delicious chicken sandwiches. I'm back at Augusta this year, though, and really looking forward to this reunion.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Tiger's short game will be better this week than it was in 2005: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds

-- There will be a lot of Tiger prop bets this week: LOCK

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- I will eat a lot of those chicken sandwiches: LOCK

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

This is what happens when a filmmaker videos a guy playing golf on icebergs in the middle of Lake Michigan:

COMMERCIAL OF THE WEEK

If the Academy doesn't nominate Nike's mini-movie involving Tiger and Rory for best short film next year, we'll be very disappointed:

THIS WEEK IN RORY MCILROY AND LEXI THOMPSON MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH THEIR TRAINING

All that working out resulted in Rory being the first golfer on the cover of Men's Health Magazine.

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And you may have heard Lexi landed a fitness cover of her own. . .

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Golfers aren't athletes, eh? SMH as the kids say.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"For me, it was a bit difficult to watch so many years and think, I'm never going to play in the Masters, just because of other issues that I've had. But yet, I just love to watch the Masters. So it's going to be weird not watching the Masters this year." -- Erik Compton. Something tells us he'll like playing even more.

THIS WEEK IN DUSTIN JOHNSON-PAULINA GRETZKY KEEGAN BRADLEY-JILLIAN STACEY PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Keegan Bradley proposed to his girlfriend and she said "YES"! . . . to being his caddie in the Masters Par 3 contest.

So excited for next week πŸ’š #masters #bestweekoftheyear #par3

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Dustin and Paulina: A love story

Not exactly what every little girl dreams up, but it was a romantic gesture, nevertheless.

ARCHIVE PDA OF THE DUFNERS

Of course, nothing will ever top "the butt squeeze."

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We'll really miss that Instagram account seeing these guys together.

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THIS AND THAT

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Austin Cook, who Monday qualified for the Shell Houston Open, had a share of the lead in the final round before finishing T-11. He's now finished T-11 and T-13 in the two PGA Tour events he's Monday qualified for. Clutch! . . . An Arizona man bought a used set of golf clubs and found a loaded gun in the bag. This might be the oddest golf story of the year. . . . Danielle Kang shot 77 on Saturday and then had her life threatened at dinner that night. OK, so this is without a doubt the oddest golf story of the year. . . . Bubba Watson finished last in an ESPN poll of players when they were asked who they wouldn't defend in a parking lot fight. Luckily for Bubba, there aren't too many of those at PGA Tour events. . . . I've learned through the years to get the "cookie" when flying Delta. A.) It's good, and B.) the two you get are a lot more filling than that bag of five mini-pretzels.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Who will be the next golfer on the cover of Men's Health?

What was Tiger dancing to on Augusta's practice range?

Will Amanda Dufner ever re-join Instagram?

-- 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

Jimmy Walker vs. Chuck Norris, Goliath the gator vs. a turtle, "Price is Right" clutch putts, and Rickie hangs with the Randocks

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we've come to realize Jimmy Walker is the Kentucky of the PGA Tour. He might not be 38-0 like the Wildcats, but in his past 37 starts he's won five titles -- a career total in this era. His most recent domination made him the only two-time winner this season and ended that nasty nine-event stretch of 54-hole leaders failing to close the deal. And yes, the San Antonio resident won in his hometown and collected a pair of cowboy boots so we can really start calling him:

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Wait, there were six seasons of that show? (*Checks Google*) There were EIGHT seasons?!

That's Jimmy driving home in his own car after his latest conquest. What a badass. The Boogeyman might check his closet at night for Chuck Norris before he goes to sleep, but the Bogey Man fears Jimmy Walker more than anyone these days.

WE'RE BUYING

Jimmy Walker: Seriously, what took this guy so long? After a decade of being a solid tour pro, Walker has morphed into an elite player in the past 17 months. He's won two more tournaments than anyone on tour since the start of last season and he should basically change his middle name to "FedEx Cup points leader."

Jordan Spieth: If it weren't for this guy, Walker would have won by seven shots at the Valero Texas Open. Spieth didn't have his best on Sunday, but he rallied late to almost make things interesting. More importantly, his runner-up finish moved him to No. 4 in the OWGR and he now has eight finishes of seventh or better in his last 10 starts, with three wins. In other words, Nos. 1 and 2 on the leader board in San Antonio might be the top two threats at Augusta National.

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

Jack Nicklaus: The 18-time major winner received a different type of honor when he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last week. Nicklaus received the country's highest honor for a civilian at the Capital Rotunda in Washington, D.C., for his "excellence," "philanthropy," and dedication to his family. Speaking of the fam, the Nicklaus clan, including all five of his kids and 22 grandchildren, was out in full force. Impressive!

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Aaron Baddeley's birdie: Speaking of impressive, it's not often you can definitively call something the "craziest in history," but that's what we've done with Baddeley's first-round birdie. After yanking his tee shot into the woods and having to take an unplayable penalty, the Aussie returned to the tee and knocked in his second attempt from 336 yards on the par 4. Unfortunately, there was no video because it was so late in the day (lazy Golf Channel), so we have to settle for this screenshot of what it looked like on PGA Tour Shot Tracker:

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WE'RE SELLING

Tiger ranking tweets: Now that he's fallen out of the top 100, can we stop with these mass weekly updates on Twitter? Every week it's "Tiger falls to (blank) for the first time since 1996!" Yeah, we get it. He turned pro in 1996 and he's been really, really good since then, but now he's not really good and he never plays. If he ever makes an Andre Agassi-like return to No. 1, it will be a fantastic story. Until then, we don't need the weekly reminders of how far he's fallen.

Equipment malfunctions: Even getting custom equipment and special attention, these can still happen to the pros. The head of Phil Mickelson's 8-iron snapped off in a fairway bunker and this happened to Troy Merritt's 2-iron:

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Of course, the difference is these guys were rushed replacement clubs, whereas you or I would have to wait until we have time to go to the store and then probably have to haggle over getting a full refund.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Stupid penalties: Especially when they happen late in a tournament. David Frost dropped his ball on his mark on the 17th hole Sunday and received a one-shot penalty even though he knew exactly where to move his mark back to. Fortunately, Frost, who was surprised by the penalty, made a clutch par putt on No. 18 to win his sixth Champions Tour title. Let this be a lesson to us all: BE CAREFUL WHEN MARKING YOUR BALL.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour stays in Texas for the Shell Houston Open, aka that last event before the Masters.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Still basking in the glow of being a Ryder Cup star, Anthony Kim won this tournament just five years ago. OK, so this is probably the last time we can say it was "just" (fill in the blank) years ago. AK has been MIA for awhile now.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Anthony Kim will star in the 2016 Ryder Cup: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds

-- Tiger will break Jack's mark of 22 grandchildren: 100-to-1 odds

-- Jimmy Walker would be a better actor than Chuck Norris: LOCK

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This is NFL star Larry Fitzgerald teeing off at Legend Golf & Safari Resort's Extreme 19th hole:

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GATOR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

That giant one in Florida returned last week to snack on a turtle:

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Oh yeah, he's also been named "Goliath" by the Myakka Pines Golf Club. How great is that? "I'm sooooooo over gators," my boss said. Too bad. Goliath is awesome and he should have a weekly spot in this column as far as I'm concerned. Goliath!

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

All due respect to Jimmy Walker, but no one hit a more clutch putt last week than 84-year-old Margaret, a contestant on The Price is Right.

ARCHIVE VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

All due respect to Margaret, we're not sure anything will ever top this Price is Right (side note: how great is that theme music?) moment, which has to be the luckiest putt in golf history:

THIS WEEK IN SUPERMODELS PLAYING GOLF

How about Adam Levine's wife, Brihati Prinsloo, teeing it up while her husband was away?

Nice swing, but more impressive, how about that backyard driving range?!

THIS WEEK IN RORY MCILROY MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH HIS TRAINING

This Nike video is two full minutes of Rory doing ridiculous things in the gym. What a sicko:

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Great analogy, Billy.

THIS WEEK IN KEEGAN BRADLEY/LUKE DONALD LIVING THE GOOD LIFE

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Oh, no big deal. Just relaxing in the Bahamas and playing golf and basketball with Michael Jordan and Tom Brady. In related news, here's Bradley's girlfriend, Jillian Stacey (right), and  Donald's wife, Diane (left), hanging out on the beach:

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"That's not something I hear a lot." -- President Barack Obama when told by Claude Harmon to "lean to the left" to fix his slice.

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

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Rickie and the Randocks would be a great band name. And here's another one of the lovely sisters:

Dustin and Paulina: A love story

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THIS AND THAT

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Cristie Kerr birdied four of the final five holes to win the Kia Classic. It was the 17th LPGA Tour title of her career, but her first in 43 starts and her first as a mom. . . . Tiger Woods reportedly is getting $16.5 million for a couple of design projects in China. It's still good to be Tiger Woods. . . . Dustin Johnson set another course record, this time at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. Man, do pro golfers play a lot of golf. . . . English pro Thomas Curtis won the Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship and its $20,000 prize in Bermuda while on his honeymoon. Thomas Curtis is a hero. . . . A happy/sad work announcement as Luke Kerr-Dineen (pictured) is leaving Golf Digest to go to USA Today/For The Win. Luke has been a great colleague the past two years, but more importantly, he's been a great swing coach -- even if his methods are a bit unconventional at times.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Will Tiger make another $16.5 million in on-course earnings?

How is Jimmy Walker only ranked 10th in the world?

Is there any room for me in Butch Harmon's stable?

-- 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

Matt Every's good vibes at Bay Hill, golf's March Madness, cheese discrimination, and the tour's new "it" couple

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we were reminded once again that no sport busts brackets like professional golf. Three weeks after Padraig Harrington won the Honda Classic, Matt Every won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. That's the equivalent of a 14 seed and an 11 seed cutting down the nets in the NCAA Tournament. Sorry, Georgia State and Dayton, we're not as impressed as everyone else.

But there's plenty to talk about aside from the PGA Tour's latest big upset, and we've got every region of the game covered. Let's get started.

WE'RE BUYING

Matt Every: With a middle name of King and a daughter whose middle name is Palmer, Every rivals only the King himself when it comes to good vibes at Bay Hill. A final round 66, including a birdie on the difficult 18th, made Every a repeat winner of the event. And he did it after changing his putter before his final round and getting an assist on the read of his winning putt from a fan. Not bad for someone who had one top 10 since his breakthrough win at Bay Hill last year and whose best previous finish was a T-27 in a 34-man field in Hawaii. Congrats, Matt, and we feel the same way about the Oasis song, "Live Forever." We just aren't getting a tattoo of it. Even Arnie looks confused. . .

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Albatrosses/Double eagles: Whichever name you prefer for a score of three under par on one hole, they're pretty awesome. Yet two were made in two days at Bay Hill, first by Daniel Berger on the par-5 sixth hole on Saturday and then by Zach Johnson on the par-5 16th hole on Sunday. Considering there have been an average of less than three per year on the PGA Tour since 1970, the double eagle double dip might be even rarer than you think.

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

Masters "scripting": Yeah, yeah, ogling what golfers are going to be wearing in the year's first major is silly, but it's also fun. Tiger is going to wear a red shirt and red shoes?! Hey, at least for one day, Nike made us focus on something other than TW's recent chipping woes.

WE'RE SELLING

54-hole leaders: We're not even going to pick on Henrik Stenson this week (although those three-putts on 15 and 16 weren't good). If you're a 54-hole leader on the PGA Tour these days, you're just not going to win. Stenson became the latest victim of this Saturday night curse to make it nine straight tournaments in which someone has failed to close the deal. Winning is tough.

Rory McIlroy: The World No. 1 wasn't awful in the three events he played on the PGA Tour's Florida Swing, but he didn't look like the World No. 1, either. McIlroy had a missed cut, a T-9 and a T-11, shot in the 60s just once in 10 rounds, and really struggled with his irons. He's still the heavy favorite for the Masters, but he's no Kentucky when it comes to a lock.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Tournaments in Portgual: For a second straight year, bad weather wreaked havoc with the Madeira Islands Open. Last year, the European Tour event was reduced to 36 holes and this time, it was cancelled after only getting in 18. First, it was wind strong enough to blow golf balls into the hole. And then came torrential rain. Note to self: Do NOT visit Portugal in March. You will wind up having to fill time doing things like this golfer.

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PGA Tour fun police: PGA Tour caddies are allowed to wear shorts during tournaments, but apparently, salmon-colored ones are a no-no. At least, that's what Kevin Kisner's caddie, Duane Bock, was told at Bay Hill. This is not going to ease the tension between the tour and its caddies. It's also not going to help the tour's relationship with the salmon-colored shorts community. We demand an apology.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to San Antonio for a Texas two-step before the Masters. Up this week, the Valero Texas Open, which is the last chance to play your way into the field at Augusta by way of being in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking. No pressure, guys!

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: The winner of this event gets a pair of cowboy boots. This makes for some great post-tournament photos, especially when it looks like the winner's spouse isn't too thrilled with her husband's newest wardrobe addition. . .

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RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- There will be THREE double eagles/albatrosses at the Valero: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds

-- Someone will double bogey No. 18 on Saturday just to avoid being the 54-hole leader: 10-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- If Matt Every and his wife have another son, they will name him Arnold: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Paula Creamer's outfit scripting doesn't stop at the golf course.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

I haven't played golf in months, but this video shows my short game -- and my over-the-top-celebrating game -- are in mid-season form:

Hmm. Chipping off a tight lie onto lightning-fast greens? Tiger, I'm just a call away.

ARCHIVE VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

In honor of March Madness, a look back at the outtakes from Bobby Knight's old instructional golf videos. Yes, this was a real thing. And yes, The General's language is as NSFW as you might imagine. See you in a few minutes. This is pure gold:

THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN AND MORGAN HOFFMANN MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH THEIR TRAINING

First, here's Lindsey doing pull-ups:

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And Morgan one-upping her by doing pull-ups with 45-pound chains draped around his neck. Show-off.

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THIS WEEK IN RICKIE FOWLER GRAEME MCDOWELL LIVING THE GOOD LIFE

Quick decompress after the day. Had fun out there. Left several shots behind but happy with where game is going. #keepgrinding

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We'll add the obvious observation of the week: The McDowells have a nice pool.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I told Tiger I'd hold it down for him until he got back." -- Matt Every on winning at Bay Hill for a second straight year with no Tiger Woods in the field. And a bonus one, also from Every, on the tournament's winning putt:

"I walked up to the green and this guy in the crowd kept like coughing like straight putt, straight putt. I was like this guy is a really d*** if he's lying to me because it's a pretty important moment."

If Every is going to spout gems like these, we'd love to see him in contention more.

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

These two are quickly becoming the PGA Tour's new "it" couple. Here they are posing for photos in Vegas:

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Dustin and Paulina: A love story

In related news, where have you gone, Amanda Dufner?

THIS AND THAT

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Hyo Joo Kim won the LPGA Tour's Founders Cup at 19. Apparently, she's a late bloomer. . . . After a PGA Tour career that netted him zero wins in 412 starts, Marco Dawson won in his 21st attempt on the Champions Tour. Maybe he's a late bloomer, too. . . . Retired NBA star Ray Allen will play for Fred Couples and Team USA in the inaugural Icons Cup golf event instead of playing with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs. Ray Allen must really love golf. . . . A recent study says nearly 10 percent of Japanese amateur golfers use non-conforming clubs. Something tells us those golfers aren't going to obey the anchoring ban. . . . Why is there a photo of a pepperoni pizza with NO cheese here? Because I feel like I can finally be open about my dislike of cheese now that Adam Scott has come out on this important subject and taken a firm stand. Us non-cheesers have been discriminated against for too long, but hopefully, that's going to start changing. Thanks for being a trailblazer, Adam!

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Why do restaurants put cheese on everything?

Can any team beat Kentucky?

Will we ever see Tiger in those red shoes?

-- 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

Jordan Spieth comes up clutch, Rickie Fowler goes "beachin," and Johnny Miller misses out

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're mad that HBO stole "The Jinx" as a title for a potential golf documentary. Our film wouldn't focus on three chilling deaths surrounding one man, but rather a series of gruesome team losses suffered in the presence of one superstar athlete turned super fan. "The Jinx: Michael Jordan's history as a U.S. Ryder Cup mascot" has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Oh well, back to the drawing board.

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There was no mystery surrounding this week's PGA Tour winner, though, as another Jordan proved he's the real deal once again. So let's get started. We've got a lot of material to piece together.

WE'RE BUYING

Jordan Spieth: With his thrilling Valspar victory, Spieth became just the fourth golfer since 1940 to win twice on the PGA Tour before turning 22 and yet, it seemed like he needed this. Spieth is tied with Matt Kuchar for the most top 10s on tour since the beginning of 2013, but he hadn't won since the 2013 John Deere Classic. To be fair, he had those impressive back-to-back wins in December -- but people generally aren't fair. In any matter, Spieth's win took him to a career-high sixth in the Official World Golf Ranking. We're guessing that won't be the highest he ever gets.

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Patrick Reed's short game: Reed seems to contend on a weekly basis -- even when he's not hitting it well. On Sunday, Reed continuously kept himself in the tournament with clutch up-and-downs, most notably on two playoff holes. And yes, he did all this while dealing with distractions swirling around allegations he cheated and stole in college. Say what you will about the guy, but he's a tough competitor.

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

Sean O'Hair/Derek Ernst: This week's tournament didn't end the way either wanted it to, but there were still positives to take. For O'Hair, it was just the second top-10 finish in 66 PGA Tour starts and the playoff loss vaulted him up more than 200 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking. For Ernst, dropping 14 spots on Sunday to T-17 was rough, but it was still the second-best finish of his tour career in 62 starts.

WE'RE SELLING

Ryan Moore: Look, closing on the PGA Tour is tough. In fact, Moore is the eighth straight 54-hole leader to come up short on the PGA Tour. However, not all of those golfer had a three-shot lead with six holes to play. With a chance for his first non-fall season PGA Tour win in more than five years, Moore let it slip away and fell to a disappointing fifth. Speaking of things slipping away. . .

Tiger Woods' Masters chances: On Friday, Woods announced his game wasn't ready to play at Bay Hill, a course where he's won six times more than anyone else. That's not a good sign. It also means if he tees it up at Augusta National, it might be with just two and a half (ugly) rounds of competitive golf under his belt in 2015.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Johnny Miller: Despite NBC's coverage, our favorite golf announcer wasn't on hand for one of the most exciting tournaments of the young season. Throw in the fact that Innisbrook's Copperhead Course is a player favorite and the host of the 2012 HGGA Championship (aka my annual golf trip). That's a bad job, Johnny.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour's Florida Swing concludes with the Arnold Palmer Invitational, aka that place, OK, so this one is pretty obvious.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Tiger Woods broke the record for hardest hat throw when he made a walk-off birdie in 2008. Here it is in case you've forgotten this guy used to be pretty darn good:

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Sean O'Hair, Padraig Harrington and James Hahn will all be in playoffs in the same month again: 1 million-to-1 odds

-- This year's Bay Hill winner will break Tiger's hat throw record: 1,000-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- The Kentucky Wildcats will make it through more rounds in March than Tiger: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Rory McIlroy and Tom Brady pose on the eve of their round at Augusta National.

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A lot has been said about Tom's lack of a belt. But those must be some kind of new super cool pants that don't need a belt. . . right?

HORRIFYING REPTILE PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

We're not sure what's more frightening. This dragon-like gator:

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Or this SNAKE:

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OK, so it's obviously the snake hiding at the bottom of the cup. Now that's an intimidating "Snake Pit." Don't get any ideas, Innisbrook.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Of all people, two golf club salesmen created the most oddly entertaining rap video you'll see all year. These guys are awesome:

LPGA INSTAGRAMS OF THE WEEK

Eleven holes-in-one? Must be nice, Michelle. Meanwhile, Lydia Ko was being a tourist in San Francisco. Here she is behind bars at Alcatraz:

Let me out... Please??!!!! #Alcatraz @callawaygolf @imggolf

A photo posted by Lydia Ko (@lydsko) on

Hey, Lydia, "Welcome to The Rock." Hopefully, her parents have let her see that Nicolas Cage/Sean Connery classic even though it's rated R.

GOLF WAG INSTAGRAM OF THE WEEK

From show jumping to crushing drives, Erin Walker might be the most athletic golf WAG out there. We'd play a lot more than four times a year if we had that swing.

THIS WEEK IN RICKIE FOWLER LIVING THE LIFE

Beachin with my love @alexis.randock😍 #LovingLife

A photo posted by Rickie Fowler (@therealrickiefowler) on

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Long and straight. Viagra might be the only one that's going to get you anywhere. I don't know. What else? I don't know what else you take for performance enhancement in golf." -- Henrik Stenson. We doubt that's one of the tour's banned substances considering all the commercials for it that run during an average tournament.

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

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Dustin and Paulina: A love story

They're back! Good to see these lovebirds/new parents taking some "us" time. If Tatum ever needs a babysitter, let us know.

THIS WEEK IN RORY MCILROY MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH HIS TRAINING

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OK, that's got to be a photoshopped dumbbell, right? Look at the size of that thing!

THIS AND THAT

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A Swedish man was banned for a year from playing golf for hitting into a group in front and will be "flagged" if he tries to play anywhere in his country. Whenever I hear that phrase, "flagged," I immediately think of the Seinfeld episode in which George gets a book red-flagged by taking it into the bathroom with him at the store. . . . The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship is going to Jupiter Hills in 2018 after being played at Olympic Club, Pinehurst and Winged Foot its first three years. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball might have a better rota than the U.S. Open. . . . Rory McIlroy has officially replaced Tiger Woods as the face of EA Sports' golf video game. Forget the chipping woes, this is the biggest blow to Tiger's confidence yet. . . . In addition to the M&M-and-Kit Kat-coated chocolate birthday cake I got from my fiancee, I also got this delicious brownie/chocolate chip ice cream/whipped cream concoction from my future mother-in-law. In related news, I've gained my annual "birthday 15."

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

How often does Arnold Palmer drink an Arnold Palmer?

Has anyone made more bad movies than Nicolas Cage?

Does Erin Walker give golf lessons?

-- 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

Rory's club toss inspires others, Daddy DJ's path to greatness, and a Ryder Cup captain's daughter makes it big

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where our only 3-iron toss into a lake came when the club slipped during a torrential storm. Luckily, my friend, Guy, morphed into Usain Bolt for about five seconds to quickly get to the water and fish it out before it sank for good. 

We really do have the ability to summon superpowers during a time of crisis, don't we? 

Anyway, there haven't been any club tosses since, except for that time Golf Digest made me stage an on-course temper tantrum for a video. Here are the still shots of some of my finest acting to date:

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Try pulling a performance like that off, Eddie Redmayne. Of course, there were plenty of great performances this past week that involved the proper use of golf clubs as well. Let's dive in.

WE'RE BUYING

Dustin Johnson: Rory McIlroy is the World No. 1, but no one has looked better in 2015 than Johnson. DJ's win at Doral was the biggest of his career (so far), and he's now won at least one PGA Tour title for eight straight seasons. If he keeps up the torrid pace he shown since returning from his six-month absence -- he also has a T-2 and a T-4 in his last four starts -- it's hard to imagine him not making 2015 the year he became both a dad and a major champion.

Dustin and Paulina: A love story

Inbee Park: WINBEE returned to the winner's circle with a near flawless performance to beat Lydia Ko by two shots at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. Park didn't make a bogey the entire week and hit a staggering 66 of 72 greens. She's now gone a remarkable 92 straight holes without a blemish on her scorecard. Of course, you can't spell Park without p-a-r. . .

Alex Cejka: The overlooked feel-good story of the week goes to Cejka, 44, who finally captured his first PGA Tour title in his 287th career start at the Puerto Rico Open. Sure, it would have been a bigger story if Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer's grandson, had won the five-man playoff instead, but this win was even more unlikely. Cejka claimed a check for $540,000, which nearly matched how much he had earned on the PGA Tour the past four seasons combined.

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

Aces wild: In the span of 24 minutes, Dustin Johnson and J.B. Holmes made holes-in-one on Doral's difficult par-3 fourth hole. OK, so it's not as difficult when you can hit a 7-iron 207 yards, but still, that was remarkable. Then my heart legit stopped for a second when it looked like Johnson aced it again on Sunday (he had to settle for a tap-in birdie). These guys are so freaking good.

WE'RE SELLING

J.B. Holmes: The 32-year-old Kentuckian shot the round of the year Thursday, added a hole-in-one Saturday and took a five-shot lead into Sunday. And he still didn't win. Holmes' big lead was gone after five holes in the final round, and although he steadied himself, he came up a shot short of Johnson for his second second-place finish in his last four starts.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Rory's club toss: Look, we've joked about it and it isn't that big of a deal, but ask yourself this: How would the reaction have differed if the Nike 3-iron that was eventually fished out of the water by a scuba diver had the initials TW on it instead of RM? Instead of taking heat -- and yes, a big part was how McIlroy handled his post-round interviews -- the whole thing became a fun joke. Before Sunday's final round, Donald Trump even returned the club to Rory, who then put it back in his bag (he played Saturday with just 13 clubs). Again, not the worst thing we've ever seen on a golf course, but is it really good for golf when it prompts videos of parents teaching their kids how to do it?

Inbee Park's ranking: We love Lydia Ko (who doesn't?), but how is someone who has won 10 tournaments, including four majors in the past two years NOT ranked No. 1? Is Park somehow penalized for being 26 instead of 17?

Adam Scott's long putter: First off, it was nice to see him actually playing golf again! The Aussie switched back to a short putter and didn't miss a beat. Scott finished T-4 in his first start of 2015 and performed well in just about every putting stat. In other words, we're not expecting him to disappear when the anchoring ban goes into effect in January -- well, not counting his usual extended time off.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour's Florida Swing continues with the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course, aka that place that has "The Snake Pit."

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Valspar is a paint and coatings manufacturer. Just in case you were wondering.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Tiger Woods will be the next President of the United States: 1,000-to-1 odds (actual odds)

-- Dustin Johnson will win the Masters: 12-to-1 odds (actual odds that actually seem fair)

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- Rory McIlroy will NOT throw a club into the water at the Masters: LOCK

GOLFERS PLAYING OTHER SPORTS PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Here's Matt Kuchar posing with a couple of Miami Heat cheerleaders before his valiant half-court shot attempt:

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OTHER ATHLETES PLAYING GOLF PHOTO OF THE WEEK

David Price and Justin Verlander are Detroit Tigers teammates and two of the best pitchers in baseball. They also bring the heat when it comes to style on the golf course:

OK, so those efforts were juuuuuust a bit outside.

GOLF WAG (OR SAD -- SONS AND DAUGHTERS) PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Introducing Phoebe Torrance, the daughter of former European Tour star and Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance:

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On Friday, Sam tweeted that his daughter, who is an actress and model, had signed with Storm Models -- the same agency that represents Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and a host of others. Congrats, Phoebe.

GOLF WAG ACTION PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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That's Erin Walker, Jimmy's wife, competing in a show-jumping event. And despite an off-week, Jimmy is still the leading horse in the FedEx Cup standings. (Sorry, couldn't help it.)

VIRAL VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

Paula Creamer recreated (on a mini-golf hole) her 75-foot walk-off putt from last year. In high heels:

And here's a treat for your inner 10-year-old. This is what it looks like when one of golf's longest hitters, Jamie Sadlowski, smashes various objects with golf balls:

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

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Looks like Lindsey is preparing for her next career as a ninja.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I knew I was really good. I just knew there was something that I was missing that could make me great." -- Dustin Johnson. Maybe the key to success in life is taking a six-month leave of absence.

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

Thanks to ESPN's Michael Collins for snapping this adorable family photo:

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That led to this fine bit of trash talking from young Tatum:

Yes he does πŸ˜‚β›³οΏ @djohnsonpga

A photo posted by Paulina Gretzky (@paulinagretzky) on

THIS AND THAT

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PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said he "whiffed" on not protesting that fall events count toward Ryder Cup standings for the next U.S. team. It doesn't matter, though, because Phil Mickelson seems to be running the show. . . . Golf Channel's highest ratings come from Oklahoma City, where there isn't even a PGA Tour stop. Apparently, there are a lot of Lauren Thompson fans in the Sooner State. . . . There are rumblings that the reason Tiger Woods' new restaurant is being called The Woods Jupiter is because Nike actually owns the rights to Tiger's first name. If that's true, Tiger isn't as shrewd a negotiator as we thought. . . . Today (Tuesday) is my birthday. That means I get to eat all of this awesome cake made by my awesome fiancee, Michelle. And while it's a bit depressing to turn 33, I'm encouraged by the fact Phil Mickelson didn't win his first major until that age.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Who is the PGA Tour's longest club tosser?

How many majors will Dustin Johnson win?

If I really start practicing, is there time to make the senior tour?

-- 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

Padraig Harrington's frugal victory feast, a golfer's new reality show, caddies get mad and more models take up golf

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're always in the mood for a good comeback story. Here was this week's uplifting plot: A great golfer who hasn't won a major championship since 2008 tinkers with his golf swing and falls to depths in the Official World Golf Ranking he hasn't seen since turning pro. But in his 40s, he gets a sponsor's exemption into an event he won a decade earlier and rallies to win again on a major championship course. Inspirational stuff. Congrats to Padraig Harrington, and hang in there, Tiger. You've got time to figure this out.

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WE'RE BUYING

Padraig Harrington: For a second straight week, the World No. 297 won on the PGA Tour. This time it was Harrington, 43, who hadn't won since capturing back-to-back majors at the British Open and PGA Championship in 2008, and had earned less than $1 million in his 41 previous tour starts since 2012. But after winning the Honda Classic in a playoff over 21-year-old Daniel Berger, the popular Irishman showed he still has the guts under pressure that made him a three-time major winner -- and a good accountant.

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

Lydia Ko: We might just have to give the 17-year-old phenom a permanent slot in this section. Ko won for a second week in a row, capturing the New Zealand Open for a remarkable 10th professional title. By comparison, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy didn't reach double digits in wins until they were 24.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

The Loves: Talk about great timing. On the same day Davis Love III was officially introduced as the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, his son, Dru, picked up his first collegiate title. Congrats, Dru, but you're going to really have to kick things in gear if you're going to play for your dad at Hazeltine next year.

The Parneviks: This Swedish clan didn't win any golf tournaments, but its new TV reality show is set to come out in the next couple weeks. Jesper described it as a reality cross between The Office and Modern Family. Sounds awesome. Now we just need to find a way to be able to stream TV3 in Sweden.

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WE'RE SELLING

Ian Poulter: Poulter had his first 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event and was looking for his first stroke-play win in the U.S., but things got away from him during a wild final round. Poulter hit five balls in the water -- one more and we would have permanently dubbed him "two sleeves" -- on his way to a 74 and a T-3 finish. "It's a shame to hand tournaments away. I've handed one away this week," Poulter said. No arguments here.

PHOTOS: The Year In Golf WAGs

Bad caddie treatment: The strained relationship between PGA Tour caddies and the tour didn't improve last week when loopers had to huddle in a metal shed during a Saturday thunderstorm while their bosses took cover in the clubhouse. Yeah, that lawsuit isn't going away anytime soon. Robert Streb's caddie, Steve Catlan, shared this photo on Instagram:

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Dan Olsen: A former PGA Tour player appeared on a radio show last Friday and claimed Tiger Woods is serving a 30-day suspension. Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, as well as the PGA Tour strongly denied the claims on Monday. A little later, Olsen retracted his statement and issued an apology. Just a guess, but Olsen has probably spent more time talking to lawyers the past few days than he has in his entire life.

Rory's 2015 U.S. debut: Not since Tiger's heyday has a player been such an overwhelming favorite at a PGA Tour event, but McIlroy's 2015 U.S. debut at the Honda Classic was a total dud. His 73-74 left him three shots off the cut line. "I'm pissed off," a candid McIlroy said afterward. So was everyone who plays fantasy golf.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour moves from Palm Beach and "The Bear Trap" to Miami and Trump National Doral, aka "The Blue Monster," aka "The Trump Trap." OK, so we made that last one up.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: The entire top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking is in the field this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. It's the first time that's happened since the 2012 PGA Championship. Wait, that has to be a misprint because Tiger Woods isn't playing. Oh. Right.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- A player will hit five balls in the water in the final round and only lose by one shot: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- Donald Trump will interrupt that final round to land his helicopter on the course: 5-to-1 odds

-- The 297th-ranked golfer in the world (Steve Webster) will NOT win on the PGA Tour this week: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

After downing Daniel Berger in a playoff, Paddy celebrated by downing a burger. Was Paddy sending a message? Chew on that.

"GOLF BABE" PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Courtesy of Instagram handle @golfbabes, we introduce Hayden Sylte. Hayden (@haydensylte) is a reporter for Golfcentraldaily.com and is an assistant pro at Dove Canyon Golf Club, where her father, Russell, is the director of operations at the Orange Country, Calif., course.

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She has also perfected the art of hitting tee shots while wearing high heels.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

It's getting to the point where we might need a weekly "this week in Sports Illustrated swimsuit models playing golf" section. Cover girl Hannah Davis became the latest to take up the game, posting this aggressive swing:

First time golfing! #dontbringatennisplayergolfing

A video posted by Hannah Davis (@hanni_davis) on

COMMERCIAL OF THE WEEK

Nike did a great job jamming Tiger, Rory, Wiesy, Barkley and Bo Jackson into a 30-second ad. And yes, Bo still knows.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Believe it or not, when I get in contention I can still hit the shots." -- Padraig Harrington. You sure can, Paddy. It just takes forever to pull the trigger.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Minivans must be considered a lot cooler in Canada.

THIS WEEK A LOOK BACK IN JASON DUFNER-AMANDA DUFNER PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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This is actually a throwback photo with LeBron James from Dec. 19. In fact, it's the last photo Amanda posted of herself and her hubby, which is especially perplexing considering how good a slimmed-down Duf is looking these days. Where have you gone, Amanda?! Come back to us!

THIS AND THAT

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While Lydia Ko was winning the New Zealand Open, Amy Yang won the Honda LPGA Thailand. It's rare when the LPGA takes a back seat to another women's golf tournament, but that's exactly what happened this week. . . . Andy Sullivan won his second European Tour title in South Africa in just over a month for his second career Euro Tour victory. No one would think twice if he legally changed his middle name to "Johannesburg." . . . Dru Love wasn't the only big name to earn his first collegiate win this week. University of Texas sophomore Beau Hossler broke through as well. We'll never forget that time he led the U.S. Open as a high school junior. . . . Jack Nicklaus is coming out with his own line of ice cream. Sounds fantastic, Jack, but instead of a press release, could you send some samples next time? . . . Speaking of delicious desserts, you know what's the most underrated moment of the year if you work in an office? When you get the Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies you ordered delivered to your desk.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Is Padraig Harrington a slow food orderer?

Is this brutal winter ever going to end?

Where were the llamas going?

-- 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: 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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