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The Grind: Villegas shows his age, Lindsey shows her strength, and 2014's most unlikely champ

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we may have underestimated the excitement the week after the PGA Championship could generate. We saw an improbable run at one of the game's oldest events, a playoff at an LPGA major, history made on the Champions Tour and a crazy finish on the PGA Tour—plus two golf superstars appearing on late night TV together. In other words, we better wrap up our opening monologue and dive right in.

WE'RE BUYING

Camilo Villegas: A final-round 63 was good enough for a one-shot win at the Wyndham Championship as others faltered late. For Villegas, the victory ended a four-year drought. How long has it been since he won? The 32-year-old Villegas doesn't even do the Spiderman thing when reading greens anymore. I know what you're going through, Camilo. I'm 32 also.

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Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Gunn Yang: Move over, Francis Ouimet, golf has a new underdog hero. Yang, a redshirt sophomore at San Diego State who had lost his scholarship and was No. 776(!) in the world amateur golf ranking somehow won the U.S. Amateur. Just making it to match play would have been a nice accomplishment for the 20-year-old South Korean. Instead, he won six straight matches to claim one of golf's most prestigious titles and earn a spot in next year's Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. Just a guess, but he probably earned his scholarship back as well.

Inbee Park: "Winbee" was back this week in a big way, beating Brittany Lincicome in a playoff at the LPGA Championship. Park now has four majors in the past two seasons and five overall among her 11 career wins. WINBEE!

Tiger Woods: First came the announcement that he's taking himself out of consideration for a Ryder Cup captain's pick to rest. Good move for his back, his ego and for Tom Watson, who didn't need that situation hanging over his head in addition to the slim pickings he's already having to deal with. Then, Woods and Rory McIlroy appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon. Woods had a few good lines, although his tight shirt seemed to draw most of the attention.

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WE'RE SELLING

Kevin Sutherland: How do you shoot 59 with a bogey on the last hole? How do you shoot 59 and not win a three-round tournament? These are questions Sutherland has to be asking himself after going 71-59-74 to pick up one of the oddest T-7s you'll ever see at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. Perhaps the better question is how was this the first 59 in Champions Tour history? In any matter, Bernhard Langer wound up winning. Stop us if you've heard that before.

Brittany Lincicome: The 28-year-old American played great at the LPGA Championship, but bogeyed the 18th hole in regulation to go to a playoff and then bogeyed the hole again minutes later to finish runner-up. Lincicome hasn't won in nearly three years and her lone major remains the 2009 Kraft Nabisco. She wasn't the only golfer stumbling down the stretch, though. . .

Related: The best and worst from 2014's major championships

Greensboro heartbreaks: While Villegas celebrated, many others left Sedgefield CC in the dumps. Brad Fritsch, playing in the final group, only managed a 70 to drop to T-8 and end the regular season at No. 151 on the FedEx Cup list, meaning he has no status on the PGA Tour next season. Heath Slocum bogeyed the final two holes to blow his chance at a win and lose his tour card. Kevin Foley missed a four-footer on the last hole that dropped him to No. 201 and from the PGA Tour into the second stage of Web.com Tour Q School. You get the point. Even playing golf for a living has its rough moments.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to New Jersey and Ridgewood CC for the Barclays and the start of golf's (sport's?) ultimate four-week money grab, the FedEx Cup.

Related: Defining moments from the PGA Championship

Random tournament fact: Here are the last 10 winners of this event: Vijay Singh (twice), Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Steve Stricker, Heath Slocum, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and Adam Scott. Which one doesn't belong. . . ?

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Gunn Yang will win the 2015 U.S. Amateur: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will appear on Letterman together: 1 billion-to-1 odds 

-- Someone will make a ridiculous amount of money playing golf in the next few weeks: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This is what can happen when you get hit in the head by a stray golf ball:

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Try to avoid getting hit in the head by a stray golf ball.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"It looked really bright on TV, though, from my couch." -- Tiger Woods discussing Rory McIlroy's PGA Championship win with Jimmy Fallon. Woods managed to take a small jab at Rory, a bigger dig at himself and not rip through that shirt. Impressive.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

More Tiger and Rory shenanigans! This time, they participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS:

Ice Bucket Challenge from Rory McIlroy on Vimeo.

What's next? A tandem bike ride?

THIS WEEK IN JASON DUFNER-AMANDA DUFNER AND A GIRAFFE PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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THIS WEEK IN PRO GOLFERS AND THEIR CADDIES PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Ted Scott took to Twitter to post these generous bonus gifts from his boss, Bubba Watson.

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We'd tee up a ball for someone in the rain for a lot less than that. . .

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

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Even a hulking Tiger has to be impressed by his girlfriend in the gym.

THIS AND THAT

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Steve Stricker is taking a few months off to rest a bad hip and back. Even the U.S. Ryder Cup assistants aren't safe from getting hurt! . . . Vijay Singh finished 12 shots behind at a tournament in Fiji. On a course he designed. Ouch. . . . Arnold Palmer had pacemaker implant surgery Monday to correct an abnormal heartbeat. Get better soon, Arnie! . . . Speaking of kings, I'm declaring Noodles & Company "The King of Casual Dining." I could eat there every day, and I probably would if there was one within 80 miles of where I live. Sigh.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

What will Rory McIlroy's caddie get as a bonus?

Does a hole-in-one on a par-3 course count?

How much does it cost to open a Noodles & Company?

-- 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: Valhalla answers our major prayers, Rory shows off, and the PGA's new nickname

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're starting a petition for the PGA Championship to change its official slogan again. "Glory's last shot"? Cheesy. "This is major"? Dumb. "It's ALL happening now!"? YES. How else to describe the madness we saw on Sunday? From NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann helping to get the soggy course ready to play; to active and future golf Hall of Famers battling it out on the back nine; from a five-way tie for the lead at one point to a foursome finishing in darkness, the year's final major was an instant classic that had everything. We'll do our best to make sense of it all.

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A wild finish included Rory McIlroy's ball barely staying dry on No. 18.

WE'RE BUYING

Rory McIlroy: In the span of a month, McIlroy went from a great talent to an all-time great. His win at the PGA gave him a second straight major and a fourth overall. But this one didn't come as easy as the others -- and that's a good thing. After a couple of early stumbles in the final round, McIlroy rallied from three shots down entering the back nine and showed he doesn't need a huge lead to close on Sunday. Four majors by 25? We don't think his optimistic dad would have even bet on that.

PGA Championship/Valhalla: Always No. 4 in stature, the PGA was once again No. 1 in delivering excitement ("It's all happening now!"). Thank you, PGA, we needed a dramatic Sunday at a major. And how about Valhalla? The course is batting 1.000 in three PGAs and it's now delivered all-time great winners in its last two. Is it the greatest course ever built? No, but we think it gets hurt by new-course bias. A future PGA hasn't been awarded to the Kentucky course yet, but we hope that changes.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Phil Mickelson: Talk about flipping the switch. After a PGA Tour season that included zero top-10 finishes in 17 starts, Mickelson shot a final-round 62 at the Bridgestone Invitational and kept going low at Valhalla. Unfortunately, not even a Sunday 66 was enough. Mickelson's last-gasp eagle chip on the 72nd hole just missed and he had to settle for a ninth major runner-up instead of a victory that would have easily trumped the 2013 British Open as Mickelson's most surprising win. Hmm. "Unpredicta-Phil" has a nice ring to it as well. . .

Rickie Fowler: How did this guy not win a major this year? Fowler led all players in aggregate scoring at the four events by five shots and his total was tied for the third-lowest ever. Despite the closest call of his career, Fowler offered nice words to McIlroy on Twitter after and McIlroy responded. Pretty cool.

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Henrik Stenson: Sorry for all the birdies this week, but that tournament deserved it. Four players had a legit chance of winning all the way to the final hole, including Stenson, whose Sunday 66 could have easily been a 63. Alas, the 38-year-old Swede finished T-3 -- which dashed my chance for the "Alex Slam" in our office fantasy pool (sigh) -- and remains at the top of everyone's list of best players never to have won a major. At least of those candidates, he's the only one who has won a $10 million bonus.

WE'RE SELLING

Tiger Woods' back: He came. He saw. He crumbled. Again. Woods deserves credit for finishing his second round and actually hobbling to a back-nine 35, but once again, it was sad to see the 14-time major winner look so feeble. Who knows when the next chance will be for reporters/photographers to hang out by his tournament parking spot.

Michelle Wie's finger: The original "Big Wiesy" (sorry, Bernd Wiesberger) will miss three-to-five weeks with an injured finger. On the down side, Wie's breakthrough season is being cut into and she'll miss the LPGA's four major, the LPGA Championship, this week. On the bright side, this might explain her post U.S. Open swoon.

Related: Winners and losers from the PGA Championship

U.S. Ryder cup team injuries: How bad are things for Tom Watson's squad? He's still considering Tiger Woods for a captain's pick. Matt Kuchar and Jason Dufner both withdrew from the PGA, which could limit Watson's options even more following the loss of Dustin Johnson to a leave of absence.

OMEGA's Rory commercial: We appreciate that the watch company was one of the PGA's main sponsors and that it probably spent a lot of money for the right, but couldn't it have made more than that ONE Rory McIroy/"Hall of Fame" commercial? Wait, OMEGA also sponsors the Ryder Cup? Please pick a new song.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Greensboro for the Wyndham Championship, aka that event that bridges the gap between "It's all happening now!" and "We're playing for $10 million!" This is the last chance for players to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. It's also the last chance for guys to lock up their tour cards for next year by getting into the top 125 on the money list. No pressure.

Related: Defining moments from Valhalla

Random tournament fact: Long before Patrick Reed declared himself a "top-five player in the world," he was purely a feel-good story when he -- with his wife as his caddie -- made this event his first PGA Tour win last year. Oh yeah, and he hit arguably the best shot of 2013.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK 

-- Rory McIlroy will play the final hole as a foursome in his next major victory: 1 million-to-1 odds 

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Rory McIlroy will win next year's Masters: 5-to-1 odds (actual odds) (That's it?! Is that supposed to be 1-5?)

-- The Wyndham Championship will NOT be as exciting as the PGA Championship: LOCK

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"The ball flight was probably around 30 feet lower than I intended. And the line of the shot was probably around 15 yards left of where I intended. It was lucky, it really was. You need a little bit of luck in major championships to win, and that was my lucky break." -- Rory McIlroy on his final-round 3-wood on No. 10 to seven feet that set up an eagle. Rory "LuckIlroy"? OK, we need to stop with these nicknames. We're fried. Blame that OMEGA commercial.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Rickie Fowler added some levity to the bizarre scene of Tiger Woods showing up at Valhalla's parking lot on Wednesday:

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SCREENSHOT OF THE WEEK

Yours truly just had to snap a shot of Henrik Stenson thanking the golf gods after his approach shot to No. 13 on Sunday managed to stay dry:

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VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

About the only thing that hasn't gone right for Rory this summer are his trophy ceremonies at the last two majors.

ARCHIVE VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

RIP, Robin Williams.

THIS WEEK IN PRO GOLFERS AND THEIR WAGS PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Meet Pablo Larrazabal's girlfriend, Gala Alten:

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If you remember, Larrazabal was the guy who was attacked by a swarm of hornets on the course earlier in the year. He seems to enjoy being visited by his girlfriend a lot more. . .

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

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You feel lazy right now, don't you?

THIS AND THAT

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The PGA Tour announced their will be an event in Alabama next year opposite the British Open. Now Steve Stricker has another option to play that week! . . . TV ratings on Sunday were up 36 percent from 2013's final round. Glad to see people were paying attention. . . . Mirim Lee picked up her first LPGA Tour win. Sorry, Mirim, but you kind of got lost in the shuffle. . . . Rory McIlroy tweeted this photo of himself with his recent loot (Not pictured is the $5 million he's won in three starts) shortly after winning the PGA. Show off.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Does Rory take the claret jug with him everywhere?

What did Phil really think about the PGA's 72nd hole?

How much Jagermeister can fit in the Wanamaker Trophy?

-- 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 new admirer, Tiger throws paper airplanes, and Sergio gets engaged

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are still dizzy from the weekend's events. You had the lingering Dustin Johnson saga. Sergio Garcia of all people putting on a putting display for the ages. Tiger Woods withdrawing and taking the longest golf cart ride ever down an actual road. Phil Mickelson holing wedges and coming out of nowhere to shoot 62. Sergio Garcia breaking an engagement ring with a wild drive. Rory McIlroy going all Rory McIlroy on the field. Jason Day even pulled out due to, you guessed it, dizziness! It was all happening in Akron, but now we must pivot quickly to the year's final major. Here's everything you need to know about everything in golf. We think . . .

WE'RE BUYING

Rory McIlroy: This guy is pretty good, right? Well, only if you're impressed by someone routinely hitting 350-yard drives down the middle of tight fairways and firing at flagsticks with wedges on mammoth par 4s. McIlroy added a first WGC title to his three majors by tracking down Sergio Garcia on Sunday at Firestone. He also tracked down Adam Scott and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking -- officially, that is. After watching him at Hoylake, we think it was pretty apparent who is the best golfer in the world. Now if he would just get rid of that hat. That thing looks like a cross between a flat-brim and Michelle Wie's visor . . .

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Sergio Garcia: Sure, he didn't get the job done again on Sunday, but it's hard to knock a guy for a third straight runner-up on the PGA Tour. Garcia is all the way up to No. 3 in the world. Oh yeah, he's also newly engaged to Katharina Boehm. You know, the gorgeous young lady and former college golfer who also caddied Garcia to a win in her only time on his bag? Yeah, golf -- and more importantly, life -- is pretty good for Garcia right now.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Geoff Ogilvy: Remember this guy? The 2006 U.S. Open champ hadn't won anywhere since the start of 2010 and was in danger of losing his PGA Tour card. Not anymore. Ogilvy won the Barracuda Championship -- the PGA Tour's other event last week -- for his eighth career tour title. Ogilvy had just written his monthly column for Golf Australia in which he talked about his struggles at length, but concluded by saying "I'll be back. The game will be fun again. So don't worry folks, I'll figure it out." Guess he was right.

Senior shootout: A week after winning the Senior British Open by 13 shots, Bernhard Langer posted rounds of 64-67-63 for a 22-under total at the 3M Championship -- but it wasn't enough! Kenny Perry birdied the final hole Sunday to finish 23 under par. Also of note? Hale Irwin, 69, broke his age all three days, including shooting a Saturday 66 on his way to a T-9. That's pretty boss.

WE'RE SELLING

Tiger Woods' back: The eight-time winner at Firestone couldn't even make it through four rounds in Akron this time. Woods withdrew after hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole Sunday and embarked on a painful -- and incredibly long -- cart ride back to his car in the parking lot. It was a sad sight seeing the 14-time major champ struggle to take his shoes off before getting in the passenger seat and throwing a water bottle in frustration. Mount Nicklaus must look more like Mount Everest for Woods with each passing day.

Bubba Watson's attitude: The longest hitter on the PGA Tour had another bad week, but drew more attention for saying he wouldn't participate in the PGA Championship's long drive contest (an "event" brought back this year). We say "event" because it's actually just one drive. During a practice round. Again, it's ONE shot. This isn't like competing in the Slam Dunk Contest, Bubba. Just do it.

Related: Rory and Jagermeister: An unauthorized history

Dustin Johnson's absence: The tour's second-longest hitter won't be participating in the long drive contest at the PGA either because he's choosing to take a leave of absence from professional golf. Or is he? Either way, we won't see Johnson playing again for an extended period of time and that's too bad. Get better, Dustin.

Jason Dufner's neck: On Wednesday, he was diagnosed with bulging discs in his neck. On Saturday he gave away his putter on the 10th hole and finished the round by putting with his 3-wood. That's mighty generous and all, Jason, but isn't that a little unbecoming of a professional golfer to basically quit in the middle of a tournament? (Yes, Jason was my big pick for the week and I'm a little bitter.) In any event, between DJ, Tiger and Dufner this U.S. Ryder Cup team is really taking shape!

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Valhalla for the PGA Championship, aka the major that's ranked No. 4 in stature, but No. 1 in trophy size.

Related: Our picks to win the PGA Championship

Random tournament fact: Jason Dufner became the first golfer to win a major and grab his wife's butt on the 18th green with his victory at Oak Hill last year.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- This year's winner -- if it's someone other than Jason Dufner -- will grab his wife's butt on the 18th green: 1 million-to-1 odds 

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Rory McIlroy will win the PGA Championship: 5-to-1 odds (actual odds)

-- Rory McIlroy will win the PGA Championship if he plays like he has in his last two starts: LOCK

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I'm blind as a bat. I go to the bathroom and I wet my shoes." -- Lee Trevino. Funny stuff, Lee, but are you familiar with the phrase "TMI"?

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Sergio Garcia knocked a diamond out of a fan's engagement ring. Yes, this actually happened.

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Fortunately, the diamond in the rough was found shortly after. The whole incident was pretty crazy, especially since Garcia recently bought a rock of his own. Have we mentioned his new fiance, Katharina Boehm? Oh, we have?

SHOTS OF THE WEEK THAT UNFORTUNATELY YOU'LL NEVER SEE FOOTAGE OF

On Friday, Brady Schnell holed out from 122 yards on his final hole for eagle and a round of 59 at the PGA Tour Canada's ATB Financial Classic. Unfortunately, there's only this photo of Schnell:

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Then Sunday, David Pastore won the Met Amateur with a walk-off-ace on the 17th hole (35th of the final match) at The Creek in Long Island. Again, no video.

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Oh well. You'll just have to use your imagination.

Related: The week in Instagrams

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Fortunately, we do have video of Tiger Woods throwing a paper airplane at Bubba Watson. Courtesy of Shane Bacon, we learned Tiger Woods' accuracy issues extend way beyond the driver:

Maybe this is how Woods actually re-injured his back?

THIS WEEK IN ATTRACTIVE FEMALE GOLFERS WINNING

Say hello to Veronica Felibert, who earned her first win on the Symetra Tour:

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THIS WEEK IN ATTRACTIVE FEMALE GOLF FANS

A happily married man who shall remain nameless sent me this screenshot during Sunday's telecast -- not that I hadn't already noticed the stunning blonde who seemed to really be noticing Rory McIlroy:

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If the aforementioned happily married man is reading this, it might be time for a new TV. There's this really cool thing called HD now. Fortunately, everyone else noticed McIlroy's latest admirer, too. Here's a video in which the woman, who turns out to be Cleveland-area model Ashley Bongiavanni (h/t Kyle Porter for "reporting this out"), seems to be doing her best to get Rory's attention:

But Rory doesn't seem to notice. Man, Rory really is locked in right now.

THIS AND THAT

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Brian Stuard's caddie quit mid-round  Saturday at the Barracuda Championship. He was replaced by a "woman in a dress wearing flip-flops." Interesting choice, Brian. . . . Tony Finau won the Stonebrae Classic for his first Web.com win and all but wrapped up his PGA Tour card for next season. Move over Gary Woodland, you might have to give up your unofficial title as the tour's best basketball player once the 6-foot-4 former high school hoops star arrives. . . . I had the pleasure of seeing the band LIVE (well, former frontman Ed Kowalczyk, anyway) perform live last week. Remember "Lightning Crashes"? How about "I Alone"? Good times. . . '90s rock is the best.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Who is the best band from the '90s?

Does Tiger choose the music when he rides in the passenger seat?

Could Jason Dufner beat me in a putting contest with a 3-wood?

-- 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: Langer laps the field, Lindsey and Paulina get golf lessons, and Tiger wins at mini-golf

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we'll have two of whatever Bernhard Langer is having. No disrespect to Tom Watson, but since turning 55 he's looked like a senior golfer even if he hasn't played like one. Langer looks like he could be a stunt double in a James Bond film. The German impressed everyone this past week with his latest age-defying performance, but there's plenty of other stuff to talk about. Let's channel our inner Langer and kick it into gear.

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WE'RE BUYING

Bernhard Langer: What's the all-time mark for shooting your age? Because Bernhard is going to shatter that eventually. But first, let's stick to his latest record. Langer won the Senior British Open by 13 shots. Yep, he won a major championship by 13 shots! 13! Martin Kaymer's eight-shot win at the U.S. Open isn't even the biggest blowout in a major by a German this year anymore. Langer turns 57 in August, about a month before the Ryder Cup. Is it possible that European captain Paul McGinley, nearly 10 years his junior, will put Langer on the team? He should -- just in case he ever runs into Bernhard in a dark alley.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Tim Clark: The South African seemed destined for a bunch of PGA Tour wins after he broke through for his first at the 2010 Players, but a bad elbow has held him back since. Nothing held him back at the RBC Canadian Open, though, as he fired back-nine 30 on Sunday to finally claim win No. 2.

President Obama's golf balls: Regardless of what you think of his politics, we think we can all agree that these personalized golf balls (via Instagram user @larrydoh) are pretty badass:

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Of course, losing one in the woods off the first tee isn't as badass. . .

Female golfers from Spain: We're still trying to figure out this confusing new event, but we know the team of Beatriz Recari, Azahara Munoz, Belen Mozo and Carlota Ciganda won the International Crown. We also know that Recari and Mozo were both semifinalists in our Hottest Golfers Contest last year. Viva Espana!

WE'RE SELLING

Female golfers from the U.S.: The Americans were the No. 1 seed at the International Crown, but they certainly didn't play like it. On Day 1, the U.S. was swept by eighth-seeded Taiwan, and the Americans wound up not being among the five teams that qualified for Sunday's singles. Afterward, Stacy Lewis said the format needed to be tweaked. Wait, she could actually understand the format? OK, now we're impressed.

Male golfers from Russia: Did you know that former No. 1 tennis player Yevgeney Kafelnikov is arguably his country's best golfer? Nine Russians played in the European Tour's M2M Russian Open and none made the cut. Zero is the same number of Russians who have earned any Official World Golf Ranking points in the past two years. Kafelnikov shot 83-89. It's not good when your scores resemble speeds of a good second serve.

Jim Furyk: It's hard to feel bad for a guy who has banked more than $4 million playing golf in 2014, but as good as the 44-year-old Furyk has played the last few years, he hasn't won since the 2010 Tour Championship. Of course, that victory also won him the FedEx Cup and earned him a $10 million bonus . . . why do we feel so bad for him again? It's tough to explain, but we do. With his runner-up in Canada, Furyk now has 28 career second-place finishes and just 16 wins.

Related: Jim Furyk is really, REALLY good at finishing runner-up

Long putters: Sorry to be a downer, but both Langer and Clark's victories might not be possible in about 16 months when the anchoring ban goes into effect. Langer says he plans on using his long putter as long as possible. Good luck trying to pry it from his steely grip.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Akron for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, aka that event Tiger Woods wins every year. Woods won by seven shots a year ago for his fifth PGA Tour win of 2013. That seems like ancient history, doesn't it?

Related: 15 undeniable truths from the British Open

Random tournament fact: If the crowds at Firestone seem to be in a better mood this year, we're guessing it's because Akron's own LeBron James recently announced he's returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK 

-- Phil Knight's ultimate dream of LeBron James caddieing for Tiger Woods will come true: 1 million-to-1 odds 

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Bernhard Langer will be a Ryder Cup captain's pick: 25-to-1 odds

-- Bernhard Langer would be useful for Europe if a locker-room brawl broke out against the Americans: LOCK

THIS WEEK IN PAULINA GRETZKY-DUSTIN JOHNSON JASON DUFNER-AMANDA DUFNER-LITTLE KID PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

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This adorable photo came from the Dufners recent visit to an Alabama Boys & Girls Club. The Jason Dufner Charitable Foundation is "on a mission to end childhood hunger in Lee County." Good stuff, guys!

Related: DJ & Paulina's magical year in pictures

THIS WEEK IN GOLF WAGS PLAYING GOLF

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There's Dustin and Paulina! On the same day Paulina posted this photo, DJ, pictured in bare feet and holding a drink, withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone, citing "personal reasons." Paulina called him the "best caddy ever." Is he thinking about changing careers?

Related: The week in Instagrams

Not to be outdone, Lindsey Vonn posted this photo instead of a video (she's not ready to show off her swing just yet), but said "good thing I have an amazing teacher!" Aww.

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VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

A group of guys who go on a yearly golf buddies trip has made one of the greatest parody music videos of all time. Adding to the impressive feat is that the song they chose was Queen's iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody." Enjoy.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"We had a good little time. We toured a little bit and even played a little putt-putt, which I won every single time." -- Tiger Woods on spending time with his son Charlie after the British Open. Who says he's lost his competitive drive?!

THIS AND THAT

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Tiger Woods will play in Notah Begay's charity tournament. Woods has played in the event four times previously, but this is the latest indication that his back is feeling good. . . . Oregon star QB and Heisman Trophy hopeful Marcus Mariota will take only golf and yoga this fall while concentrating on football. Hey, at least he's likely to go to class. . . . Taylor Pendrith is golf's latest long-driving sensation. He can hit a golf ball a LOT farther than you can. . . . Apparently, Arizona makes a "Soda Shaq." Something tells us Arnold Palmer has nothing to worry about.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Does Tiger frequently fist pump when he plays mini-golf?

More confusing: International Crown or FedEx Cup?

Could Bernhard Langer take Chuck Norris in a fight?

-- 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: McIlroy wins the Open, Westwood sings, DJ's b-day pics, and our career "Grand Slam"

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are pleased that Rory McIlroy used the same target words, "spot" and "process,"  en route to his latest major triumph that we use around here. Confused? Let us explain. First, we "spot" the golf week's most interesting happenings (Yes, this entails more than clicking refresh on Paulina Gretzky's Instagram account). Then, we go through the "process" of putting them all together in a hopefully somewhat entertaining format so you don't have to search for these things yourself and . . . voila! It sounds so simple, right? Well, it's not. Pros like Rory and us just make it look that way. So sit back, relax, and let us do our thing.

WE'RE BUYING

Rory McIlroy: With his two-shot win (it felt like more, right?) at the British Open, McIlroy joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only golfers to win three majors by age 25. Bet you've heard that one, but you probably didn't hear about the big 500-to-1 bet his dad placed on him when he was 15 . . . oh, you have? Fine. What else is there to say? This guy is insanely good when he's on and he's on pace to be one of the all-time greats. Oh yeah, and he won me the Golf Digest British Open Fantasy Draft, meaning I've now won the "career Grand Slam" in our office pools in less than two full seasons of majors. Try to keep up, Rory!

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When Rory wins big, his family wins big. Literally.

Sergio Garcia: At least this close call will be easier to shake off than others since Garcia made a spirited run with a Sunday 66. Plus, he gained a lot of respect for how he graciously handled defeat. "It looks like I'm finally growing up," he said after. It only took 34 years.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Rickie Fowler: We laughed when he said he gears his game up for the majors at the U.S. Open -- this is a guy with just ONE PGA Tour win to his credit -- but apparently, he wasn't kidding. With his T-2 at Hoylake, Fowler became the first player since Tiger Woods in 2005 to finish in the top five in each of the year's first three majors. Incredibly, those are his only top-five finishes in 19 stroke-play events this season. But hey, if you're going to have three great weeks a year, those are the three weeks you want to have them.

Lydia Ko: Rory wasn't the only phenom to win Sunday. Ko, 17, picked up her fourth LPGA title and became the youngest female golfer to bank more than the $1 million in career earnings, breaking Lexi Thompson's record by 17 months. And that doesn't even include the two wins and other high finishes she picked up while she was still an amateur. Is it too late to get a 500-to-1 bet on her winning a major?

WE'RE SELLING

Tiger Woods: He really teased us with that opening 69, didn't he? Overall, making the cut at a major in his second start since having back surgery less than four months ago should probably be viewed as a positive step. But finishing T-69 -- Woods' career-worst 72-hole position at a major by far -- doesn't leave us expecting much the rest of the year and even leaves his position on the U.S. Ryder Cup team doubtful. After all, he and captain Tom Watson don't appear to be too chummy these days.

Related: The winners and losers from Hoylake

Dustin Johnson: Rory's closest challenger entering the weekend only managed a T-12. We've been waiting on Johnson to break through at a major for awhile. Now 30, it's really time for DJ to get going.

Bubba Watson: Speaking of long hitters coming up short, Watson, after winning the year's first major has now missed the cut in the last two. More so, he came off as whiny when he complained about "negative comments" in the press after Friday's round. "Bubba Golf" isn't as fun when things aren't going his way, is it?

Jagermeister: In the claret jug? Really, Rory? You're 25 now. But McIlroy can't seem to shake the disgusting dark drink (sorry, bad memories). In fact, he has a long history with it. Don't worry, we broke it all down in our latest piece of hard-hitting journalism. Maybe Rory really meant to say his target words were "shot" and process.

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ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Canada for the RBC Canadian Open, aka that tournament Hunter Mahan left when he was leading after 36 holes to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Well played, Hunter.

Related: 15 undeniable truths from the British Open

Random tournament fact: This year's event is at Royal Montreal Golf Club, the site of the Americans romp at the 2007 Presidents Cup. Or, if you're Canadian, the site of Mike Weir's singles win over Tiger Woods in 2007.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK 

-- Ben Hogan drank Jagermeister from the claret jug: 1 million-to-1 odds 

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Rory McIlroy will complete the career Grand Slam at some point: 1-to-2 odds

-- Between Rory and Phil, you'll get sick of hearing about career Grand Slams at some point next year: LOCK

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I've really found my passion again for golf. Not that it ever dwindled, but it's what I think about when I get up in the morning, it's what I think about when I go to bed. I just want to be the best golfer I can be." -- Rory McIlroy. That doesn't bode well for other golfers.

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

"Good luck today baby!! Love you" Paulina posted before Sunday's final round. Unfortunately, her well wishes didn't do DJ much good:

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Mmm. Are those giant . . . Oreos? And for some reason, DJ waited until Saturday to post this pic of the couple celebrating his birthday that happened nearly a month ago. We didn't miss it, though. "Spot" and "process"!!!

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Related: DJ & Paulina's magical year in pictures

THIS WEEK IN AWFUL GOLF BY CHARLES BARKLEY

The Chuckster competed in the American Century Championship, the biggest celebrity golf tournament. It did not go well. Here's a look at his scorecard from the three days:

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Over the course of 54 holes, the best Barkley could do was five bogeys. Amazing. Oh, and the reason for all the double bogeys is that is the maximum score you can take in the modified Stableford system. Paul Azinger offered Barkley free golf lessons on Twitter and said he'd shave his head if he couldn't fix the former Hank Haney student in 20 minutes. Please take him up on that, Charles. It's a win-win for everyone.

VIRAL VIDEO(S) OF THE WEEK

It's one thing to let John Daly hit a golf ball that's teed up on your face. It's another to let some random dude hit one off your crotch. Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars did just that at a charity golf event:

OK, so he later said the guy was a "pro." We hope so. He also yelled that it "tickled." Interesting.

And then there's Lee Westwood's singing, courtesy of Stephanie Wei.

Who says this guy doesn't have a lot of guts?

THIS AND THAT

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Mark Rypien won the American Century Championship for the first time since the inaugural event in 1990. That's a long time to wait for another major. This guy is the Ernie Els of celebrity golf! . . . Caroline Wozniacki won her first tournament in nine months on the same day Rory captured the claret jug. What are the odds? . . . Speaking of odds, did I mention that I won our office pool and a small, legal wager on Rory McIlroy (18-to-1!) winning the British Open? Cashing in a bet is always nice, but collecting in pounds makes it feel so much more sophisticated.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Why doesn't Rickie Fowler play better in regular tour events?

How many majors will Rory McIlroy win?

Did Gerry McIlroy bet on that too?

-- 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: Mo stuns, Holly moves on, Paulina surfs, and Lindsey passes the "ab test"

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're still recovering from that shocking sports "decision" Friday. We all thought LeBron James was going home to Cleveland, but who knew Holly Sonders was even a free agent?! The Golf Channel star and "Morning Drive" co-host left for Fox Sports, where she'll also cover other sports since just covering golf for them would be a part-time job.  So cue up the Sarah McLachlan and enjoy some of our favorite Holly moments, from her Golf Digest cover shoot to her appearance in this year's Humana Challenge Pro-Am to creatively chipping out the first pitch at a Rays game to her recent "win" in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Good luck, Holly. You will be missed.

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Holly with a stroke of genius.

WE'RE BUYING

Mo Martin: You could watch golf for the rest of your life and not see a finish this unexpected. First of all, it was Mo Martin. The 31-year-old American had never even had a share of a lead at an LPGA event before this week and her best career finish at a major was a T-29. Secondly, she trailed by two shots on the final hole when her "full 3-wood" from about 240 yards away (100 of which were on the ground) rattled off the flagstick. She barely missed an unfathomable walk-off albatross, but still made an eagle that wound up winning the Women's British Open. Oh yeah, it was her first eagle of the year and just the third of her career. Talk about winning out of Mo-where!

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We'd be laughing if we hit the flagstick from 240 yards out, too.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Justin Rose: A two-shot victory at the Scottish Open gave Rose a second straight win, moved him to No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking and has him as many people's No. 1 choice to win this week's British Open. In fact, he went first in Golf Digest's fantasy draft. Tough to argue with that, especially if you remember who won last year's Scottish Open . . . 

University of Georgia men: Brian Harman could have been named Brian Anyman. As long as he went to college in Athens, Ga., he was bound to win on the PGA Tour. Harman became the sixth Bulldog to win on the tour this year with his one-shot victory over Zach Johnson at the John Deere Classic. Heck, Harman lost his caddie for most of the first round, picked some random dude out of the crowd and still shot six under for 12 holes. Hopefully, that guy is getting a nice check in the mail this week.

Colin Montgomerie: Now he's not just winning majors in the U.S., he's winning majors in playoffs in the U.S.? Wow, how things have changed. This time Monty captured the biggest event on the Champions Tour, the U.S. Senior Open, topping Gene Sauers in three extra holes after Sauers lipped out a six-footer on the final hole of regulation. It appears the golf gods are finally in Monty's corner. Better late than never, right?

WE'RE SELLING

Steve Stricker: We had the Strick Show penciled into this space at the beginning of the week for opting (again) to be a no-show at the British Open. Then he went out and did the unthinkable: shoot over par Sunday at the John Deere Classic to blow a chance to win his favorite tournament (again). OK, so that might be as surprising as Mo Martin winning an women's major.

Related: Our favorite Johnny Millerisms

Rory McIlroy's Fridays: This is just getting ridiculous. McIlroy followed up an opening 64 at the Scottish Open with a second-round 78. Sound familiar? He recently shot 63-78 at the Memorial and is now 0-for-4 on the year when opening a tournament with a 64 or better. McIlroy leads the PGA Tour in first-round scoring, but averages nearly five shots worse on Day 2. According to Golf Channel's Justin Ray, McIlroy is nine over in second rounds worldwide in 2014 and a staggering 90 under in all other rounds combined. I picked Rory No. 5 in our fantasy draft. Can someone across the pond make sure he gets a good night's sleep on Thursday for me? Thanks.

Scott Verplank: It's not often that a golfer turns 50 the day before the U.S. Senior Open. It's more rare when that event just happens to be at the site where you had arguably your best week ever (winning the 1984 U.S. Amateur). But Verplank didn't take advantage, shooting a pair of 75s in his Champions Tour debut and missing the cut. After one final bad drive on Friday, he gave his driver to a kid in the crowd. "I asked him if he was a golfer and he said he was so I gave him my driver. He will hit it better than I will.

Fox Sports: It wasn't enough to take Johnny and Yanni from the U.S. Open? Now you're poaching Holly as well? That's just cruel.

ON TAP

The world's best golfers head to the Open Championship, aka the British Open, aka the British, aka the Open. Look, no matter what people call this week's major at Hoylake, we all know what people are referring to. Let's not get too hung up on names. Please?

Related: 17 things that ONLY happen at the British Open

Random tournament fact: We'll let Will Ferrell handle this one:

Some good info there, Will.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK 

-- That kid will actually hit that driver better than Scott Verplank: 1 million-to-1 odds 

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Martin Kaymer will win the U.S. Open AND Germany will win the World Cup: 265-1 odds (actual odds before the U.S. Open)

-- I will regret switching to a combo of Sergio Garcia and Spain at the last minute for the rest of my life: LOCK

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"You can be standing over a putt and the ball's kind of ovulating a little bit." -- Jessica Korda, who quickly laughed off her vocab slip up on Twitter and blamed it on being blonde.

THIS WEEK IN PAULINA GRETZKY-DUSTIN JOHNSON AMANDA DUFNER-JASON DUFNER-A WILD CHEETAH PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

This was a #TBT post from Amanda, but it's a classic.

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She also posted a pic of Jason on the August cover of Golf Digest and called him a "stud." It's all about the Dufners right now. Paulina, however, did post this solo photo:

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Related: DJ & Paulina's magical year in pictures

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Luke Donald hit a bunker shot lefty. Phil Mickelson hit a bunker shot righty. They both hit it to about six feet. These guys are good.

Related: The week in Instagrams

VIRAL VIDEO(S) OF THE WEEK

Jesper Parnevik breaks a rib while riding a Segway. Ouch.

And from a golfer getting hurt to a golfer's girlfriend appearing indestructible, there's this video of Lindsey Vonn taking the "ab test." She passed. 


THIS AND THAT

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Golf Digest's Dan Jenkins will not be at the British Open, ending a remarkable streak of covering 179 straight major championships. Jenkins says he plans to start a new streak at this year's PGA Championship, which will be his 223rd major overall. Good luck to anyone trying to top that. . . . Andres Gonzales went wire-to-wire at the Web.com Tour's Utah Championship, winning by four shots. . . . A new ranking system for determining qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics in Rio started this week. Great, another ranking to keep track of. . . . That's me appearing on ESPN's "Outside The Lines" discussing golf addiction. No, I was not asked to be on the show because I'm a golf addict. I don't think . . . 

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Has Paulina already given up on golf?

What does Rory McIlroy do on Thursday nights?

Am I a golf addict?

-- 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: Cabrera wins, Rory moves on, and Holly Sonders crushes the Ice Bucket Challenge

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we think we've gotten to the bottom of why Rory McIlroy has chosen to play for Ireland at the 2016 Olympics: Nadia Forde. The up-and-coming Irish model has been linked to the newly-single links star, with their most recent rendezvous coming in Dublin. Yep, that Rory is a BIG fan of the green, white, and orange:

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But there's plenty besides golf gossip politics to discuss this week. Here's what else has us talking.

WE'RE BUYING

Angel Cabrera: The Argentine's timing is obviously off since for once he peaked during the week of a non-major. At least he picked up his first "regular" PGA Tour title at the Greenbrier Classic by routinely pumping 330-yard drives down the middle and firing at pins, including a hole-out on an uphill 175-yard approach with a 7-iron. With game like that, how has Cabrera not won more?

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Graeme McDowell: With a final round 67 and some help (more on that later), G-Mac came back from eight shots to defend his title at the French Open. Afterward, he celebrated with his parents. Aww.

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Paying fans: Imagine you're lucky enough to be at a PGA Tour event watching great golf on a glorious day and you see a hole-in-one. Now imagine that a few minutes later you get even luckier when someone hands you a crisp $100 bill. That's what happened Sunday as Greenbrier owner Jim Justice gave out money to all the fans in the stands for Bud Cauley's Sunday ace on the 18th hole. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

John Singleton: Looking for an uplifting story to help get you through the week after July 4th? Singleton, a factory worker in Liverpool qualified for next week's British Open and now his boss has given everyone at the factory a day off and a ticket if they want to watch the resin plant mixer tee it up at golf's oldest major championship. We think Disney is already in pre-production for the movie.

WE'RE SELLING

Kevin Stadler: I had the headline "An American In Paris" all ready for Sunday until Stadler shot a 76 to blow a four-shot lead. Thanks, Kevin. Seriously, the French Open might not seem like a big deal, but for a player with just one career PGA Tour win and whose only win on the European Tour win came more than eight years ago, it is. On the bright side, Stadler is still enjoying the best year of his career -- even if his continued putting woes have him considering going lefty.

Related: Our favorite Johnny Millerisms

Martin Kaymer: After wire-to-wire wins at the Players and U.S. Open, Kaymer has struggled in his two starts since. He missed the cut at an event in Germany and shot a 77 on Sunday to tumble to T-12 at the French Open. This is probably just a blip, but it is interesting the German has only really played well in this year's big events. Is he the new Angel Cabrera?

Trying To Impress Tom Watson: Everyone who plays with the U.S. Ryder Cup captain gets asked about this, as if playing with Watson up close is really going to make a difference in a two-year qualifying process. Then there are articles saying Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson, who Watson played with the first two days, made a "great impression" on Watson. Meanwhile, the 64-year-old beat Bradley for those 36 holes and was tied with Simpson heading into the final round! Maybe he'll pick Bud Cauley for the team because he saw him make a hole-in-one! Please. I'd like the Ryder Cup a lot more if everything about it wasn't so overblown.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to Illinois for the John Deere Classic, aka that tournament where it seems like Steve Stricker or Zach Johnson wins every year.

Related: The Dufners had a GREAT July 4th weekend

Random tournament fact: Neither Stricker or Johnson won last year, instead letting 19-year-old Jordan Spieth become the youngest winner on tour in 82 years.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK 

-- A teenager will win this year's John Deere Classic: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Steve Stricker or Zach Johnson will win the John Deere Classic: Even odds

-- Donald Trump wishes he'd thought of handing out money at Doral: LOCK

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Golf doesn't mean a whole lot sometimes." -- An emotional George McNeill after shooting the round of his life (61) and then finding out his older sister had died of cancer. Our thoughts are with his family.

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

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Sorry, Paulina-DJ, Lindsey-Tiger, Rory-Nadine, etc. These two are golf's "it" couple right now.

Related: DJ & Paulina's magical year in pictures

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Thought we were done with the Dufners? Think again. In fact, Amanda posted so many photos from her July 4th Bahamas vacation with hubby Jason that we could have created a separate post. Wait a minute, we did! But here are two of our favorites:

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Related: The week in Instagrams

Apparently, Jason hasn't taught her the Vardon grip yet . . .


VIRAL VIDEO(S) OF THE WEEK

Remember the "Ice Bucket Challenge" in which a player dumps a bucket of ice water on his or her head and then calls out another person to do the same? That thing that just won't go away? Well, we were completely over it, too, until we watched a very, um, patriotic Holly Sonders gives it a go.

My #icebucketchallenge from Holly Sonders on Vimeo.

Congrats, Holly. You win the Ice Bucket Challenge.

THIS AND THAT

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I.K. Kim won the Ladies European Masters. Unfortunately for her, she'll still be known as the player who missed a one-foot putt to win a major. . . . A minor league baseball team, the Toledo Mud Hens, will turn its stadium into a mini-golf course. Following the season, that is. Although watching a shortstop try to throw around a windmill would be entertaining. . . . Fred Couples withdrew from the U.S. Senior Open. Having a bad back sucks. . . . The pros weren't the only ones going low last week as I fired a career-best 32 on the back nine at Rye Golf Club. Afterward, I celebrated by drinking this appropriately-labeled Coke Zero. Of course, if I were actually a legend, I wouldn't have shot a front-nine 41 or an 83 my next time out. One of these days I'll put two great nines together. One of these days. . .

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Will I ever put two great nines together?

Again, why doesn't Angel Cabrera win more?

Has anyone challenged Paulina Gretzky to do the Ice Bucket Challenge yet?

-- 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: Rose survives, Tiger struggles, FootGolf celebrations, and kissing selfies in the White House

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're glad we're not a Congressional CC member this week. Did you see that rough? Yeah, that stuff isn't going anywhere for awhile. But who are we kidding? We'd still like to be a member there this week, especially with a three-day July 4th weekend on tap. We hope everyone takes advantage of the extra day and spends some serious quality time on the golf course -- oh, and with their families. In the meantime, here's what else has us talking.

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Justin Rose survived Congressional's rough -- and ropes.

WE'RE BUYING

Justin Rose: It was fitting the 2013 U.S. Open champ made his next PGA Tour win an event with such a U.S. Open feel. Rose had to hole a 15-footer for bogey on the final hole of regulation before beating Shawn Stefani in a playoff. "I was excited to play this golf course this week," Rose said. "I really enjoy this type of golf and this kind of test. And it tested all of us." Easier said when you win. Something tells us Freddie Jacobson wouldn't agree. . .

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Bernhard Langer: This guy just keeps on trucking, doesn't he? Langer turns 57 next month, but the German is still the man on the Champions Tour. This week, he knocked off Jeff Sluman in a playoff to win the Senior Players, his 21st senior win and third major on the over-50 circuit. He's the Martin Kaymer of the Champions Tour. Or maybe it's the other way around. . . 

Stacy Lewis:
A week after Michelle Wie won the U.S. Women's Open, Lewis reminded everyone she's still ranked No. 1. With a final-round 65, Lewis vaulted ahead of Wie and others to win her psuedo home state's LPGA Tour stop. The former Arkansas Razorback birdied her final three holes to win by one and add to her reputation as one of the game's best closers. We hereby dub her "Sunday Stacy."

WE'RE SELLING

Tiger Woods' British Open chances: Obviously, we expected Woods to be rusty in his return from back surgery, but a couple of alarming things jumped out from his performance. For one, Woods had a different swing. Considering how long he usually takes to make swing changes, being ready to contend at Hoylake in a couple weeks seems like a long shot. Secondly, Woods was a brutal 3-for-16 in scrambling. Wasn't he supposed to be working on his short game while his back healed?

Related: 17 GIFs that explain how FootGolf works

Patrick Reed: We gave him the nickname "Big Game" Reed when he was winning on what seemed like a weekly basis, but that hasn't been the case of late. This week, he seemed poised to get back into the winner's circle, but after grabbing the 54-hole lead, he shot 76 to fall out of the top 10. It's safe to say Reed has fallen out of everyone's "top five" for the time being.

Related: Our favorite Johnny Millerisms

FootGolf: Hear me out before you dismiss me as some golf purist/curmudgeon. I gave it a try, and it was a lot of fun, but I would never choose to be out on a golf course and not play actual golf again. That said, it did free me up to celebrate like a maniac . . .

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ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to West Virginia for The Greenbrier Classic, aka that tournament where Stuart Appleby shot a Sunday 59 to win once.

Related: The winners and losers from the U.S. Open

Random tournament fact: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson missed the cut at the 2012 tournament, marking the first time they both failed to make it to the weekend at the same PGA Tour event. These days, that wouldn't be so shocking.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK 

-- This week's winning score at the Greenbrier will only be four under: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- Tiger Woods will win the British Open: 12-to-1 odds (actual odds)

-- Bookies laugh every time someone makes that bet: LOCK

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

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In the White House no less! Speaking of which. . .

Related: DJ & Paulina's magical year in pictures

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Mrs. Dufner was also kind enough to share this great picture of all of the wives on hand when members of the Presidents Cup teams went to visit with the President:

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Abe Lincoln looks impressed.

Related: The week in Instagrams

VIRAL VIDEO(S) OF THE WEEK

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" is the new rage in golf viral videos and it has spread to the LPGA Tour as well as the PGA Tour. Essentially, you film yourself dumping a bucket of ice water on your head and then challenge someone else to do it. Here, Michelle Wie gives it a try:

Ian Poulter, who once jokingly called Tiger Woods "No. 2" after he lost his top ranking, has issued the challenge to the 14-time major winner. Oh no, he didn't!

THIS AND THAT

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Erik Compton is among those close to wrapping up a spot in the field at the British Open. Good. We can't hear about his remarkable story too much. . . . The WGC-Match Play will be back in 2015, but at Harding Park. Good. We can never hear the phrase "vagaries of match play" too much. . . . Fabrizio Zanatti won the BMW International Open, beating Henrik Stenson, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Gregory Havret in a playoff. Zanotti became the first player from Paraguay to win on the European Tour. . . . And finally, more golf history was made in Williamsburg, Va., as Tim Pitrulle captured the 21st HGGA Championship to become the first player to win this prestigious event -- and this deteriorating green jacket -- in his debut. Congrats, Tim! And now go put in those scores! You are the best 26-handicapper I've ever seen.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Why hasn't Donald Trump showed any interest in hosting an HGGA Championship?

Was there any #Dufnering going on inside the Oval Office?

Will Tiger Woods accept the Ice Bucket Challenge?

-- 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: Wie twerks, Streelman 'tweets', Paulina sings, and Paula visits Fort Bragg

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we officially have Wie Fever. We've also never been more excited to see a swarm of rules officials around a golfer as we were when Michelle Wie was taking that unplayable late in her final round. We were having Dustin Johnson-sandy area flashbacks, but disaster was averted. Phew. Wie's first major must have felt extra sweet since she must feel like the oldest 24-year-old golfer of all time. It's crazy to think she was also a 54-hole leader at the U.S. Open NINE years ago. Hmm, that reminds me. Around that time I bet my mom she would win a major someday. PAY UP, MOM!

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WE'RE BUYING

Michelle Wie: The LPGA Tour doesn't keep an official "bounce back" stat, but it doesn't need to. Wie is No. 1 after a birdie on No. 17 immediately followed that messy double bogey on 16. The clutch putt all but wrapped up the U.S. Women's Open and ended an exciting two weeks of major championship golf at Pinehurst. Speaking of putting and Pinehurst, Wie managed to go the entire tournament without making a three-putt. Raise your hand if you've made fun of her putting stance (*raises hand*). Who looks silly now? In fact, she's so comfortable in that stance now that she even used it to drink beer from the U.S. Women's Open trophy.

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Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Kevin Streelman: Lost in the Michelle Wie hysteria, Streelman did something that no PGA Tour player has EVER done. The 36-year-old birdied the final seven (!) holes to win the Travelers Championship by one shot over Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi. As if Streelman's timing of this historic performance wasn't bad enough, he even got short-changed in about the only headline he got:

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Poor guy. If someone like Tiger, Rory or Phil did this, there'd be a statue of him built on the spot. At the very least, Kevin, we promise to spell your name right.

Tiger Woods coming back: Golf's No. 1 draw announced he'll return this week to play in his own tournament. Hip, hip, hooray! Actually, let's go easy on the hip -- it's about the only part of Woods' body that hasn't been injured. But seriously, this is good news for golf -- and for Woods. With two majors, the Ryder Cup and FedEx Cup remaining on the 2014 calendar, there's still plenty to play for.

WE'RE SELLING

People who questioned the USGA: The back-to-back U.S. Open experiment worked! The USGA prepared Pinehurst No. 2 in a way that held up for two weeks and played challenging but fair for both tournaments. Do you know what the final-round scoring averages were? The men shot 72.4 versus the women at 72.39. Wow. Mike Davis knows a thing or two about course setup. Of course, it helped that the USGA got extremely lucky with the weather. Eight days of golf in North Carolina in June and not a major delay in play? We're taking Mike as a good luck charm the next time we go there for a golf trip.

Related: 13 things we learned at Pinehurst

People who questioned Lucy Li: Calm down, everyone. It's one week. We have no problem with an 11-year-old qualifying for the U.S. Open -- it's an "Open" isn't it? But others, most notably Stacy Lewis disagreed. "I'm not a big fan of it," Lewis said before wondering "where does [Li] go from here?" The main problem with that reasoning is there's no guarantee Li will have another opportunity like the one she had here. Remember Tadd Fujikawa? How about Derek Tolan? No? Exactly. In any event, congrats to Li for shooting a pair of 78s. And we hope to see you at future U.S. Opens.

Related: Our favorite Johnny Millerisms

People who complained about the anchoring ban: The ban doesn't kick in until 2016, but we've seen a few people start to prepare recently. At the Travelers, it was Brendan Steele's turn. He switched to a short putter, opened with a 62 and picked up his best finish of the season with a T-5. So there you go, guys. There are countless ways to putt that don't involve jamming your club into your belly or chest. Switch to the short putter. Or do the Matt Kuchar. Or try Michelle Wie's table-top style. Eh... maybe don't try that one unless your back is particularly limber.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to D.C. for the Quicken Loans National, aka Tiger's tournament. Meanwhile, down the road in Williamsburg, Va., I will be competing in the HGGA (don't ask) Tour's lone major, the HGGA Championship. Tiger, next year we won't schedule it the same weekend so we don't force you to make a tough choice of which to play in.

Related: The winners and losers from the U.S. Open

Random tournament fact: Tiger has won his own tournament twice. I have won my annual golf trip's tournament twice. The similarities are eerie.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- This week's PGA Tour winner will finish with seven straight birdies to win by one: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- This week's HGGA Tour winner will make seven birdies over the course of the week: 2-to-1 odds

-- Neither winner will look as good 'twerking' as Michelle Wie: LOCK

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

On Sunday, Dustin celebrated the big 3-0. For the occasion, Paulina put together a video of family and friends wishing him happy birthday with Katy Perry's "Birthday" as background music. Aww.

Related: DJ & Paulina's magical year in pictures

BONUS PAULINA VIDEO!

Who needs Katy Perry when you've got Paulina Gretzky?! Here she is singing LIVE!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"When you're in the zone like that, when athletes talk about being in the zone, everything is really slow, and it's really clear and concise, and it's very vivid. The lines are easy to see. The hole seems to appear bigger. It's almost to a point it doesn't matter how you read the putts because you just know they're going in before you hit them." -- Kevin (Streaky) Streelman

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Again, this little girl shot a pair of 78s at the U.S. Open!

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Wait, is that a strawberry Starburst ice cream bar? Oh yeah. Lucy Li is wise beyond her years.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK (NOT INVOLVING WIE OR LI)

Paula Creamer stopped by Fort Bragg on Monday. Apparently, she's been working on her guns.

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Related: The week in Instagrams

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

How could it be anything other than Michelle Wie 'twerking'?


THIS AND THAT

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Tom Lehman birdied the final hole to win the Champion Tour's Encompasse Championship by one. Is it just me, or does every Champions Tour event end with a birdie on the final hole? . . . Hunter Mahan is putting his Dallas-area house mansion on the market. It includes an indoor basketball court, a man cave with a golf simulator and gym, and one of the coolest pools you've ever seen. If only I lived in Dallas. And had $9.5 million. . . . Speaking of having money to spend, Callaway Golf announced that Art Mark was the winner of its "Big Bertha Payday" contest -- the one in which the winner takes home a check equal to Phil Mickelson's U.S. Open prize money. I'm sure he's not complaining about winning $59,588, but he's really wishing Mickelson hadn't missed a few of those short putts at Pinehurst. . . . Looking for a healthier alternative to potato chips? Try these soy sauce-flavored crackers from Trader Joe's. If there was a U.S. Open for crackers, they'd win by more than Martin Kaymer.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Should we stop calling Kevin Streelman a journeyman now?

More career majors: Wiesy or Lexi?

Why in the world is Hunter Mahan selling that house?

-- 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: Kaymer cruises, Compton lifts hearts, and Johnny's emotional (U.S. Open) farewell

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're kicking ourselves for not making that Martin Kaymer wins the U.S. Open/Germany wins the World Cup combo bet (365/1 odds!). How did we not see this coming? Kaymer doesn't just win every big golf event these days, he leads after every round, and the Germans only thrashed Portugal 4-0 in their first game. But we'll try not to think about all of the potential money/lavish dinners at chain restaurants lost by the decision to go with Sergio Garcia/Spain instead (SIGH), and focus on what's happening in golf. Despite Kaymer's one-man show at Pinehurst, there's still plenty to talk about.

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Kaymer beat the field, the course, and even Mike Davis.

WE'RE BUYING

Martin Kaymer: In 20 years, will this be the week we look back on as the time Martin Kaymer really established himself as an all-time great golfer? The German didn't just win the U.S. Open, he was like a BMW switching to the left lane and passing a bunch of go-carts (to continue the German engineering cliche). Kaymer broke the 36-hole scoring record and was on cruise control the entire weekend, winning by eight shots to claim his second major. Throw in wins at the Players and a WGC, sinking the winning putt at a Ryder Cup and being a former World No. 1 and you've got the makings of a legendary career.

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Erik Compton: Kaymer's dominance left everyone playing for second, but at least it produced the most incredible runner-up story in golf history. Compton arrived at Pinehurst for his 100th career PGA Tour start with just one more career top 10 (three) than he's had heart transplants. Somewhere, Kevin Costner is putting together the sports movie to top all of his sports movies. "Tin Heart"? That doesn't make sense. "Pull Durham"? Hmm, closer. "Heart of Dreams"? Got it!

Pinehurst No. 2: The course looked better than ever -- and even better in person -- and provided a great all-around test for the world's best golfers. Sure, there were critics like Donald Trump who scoffed at Pinehurst's brown look, but that was an intentional and sensible move by the USGA that hopefully, other courses will follow. Besides, should we really take seriously someone who is on record saying Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles is better than Pebble Beach?

Related: 13 things we learned at Pinehurst

Martin Kaymer: You thought we were done talking about this guy? Nope. When you win the U.S. Open by eight shots, you get a little extra pub. In fact, we created a special slideshow of 17 things you need to know about Martin Kaymer. Read it, study it, memorize it. At 29, he's not going anywhere.

WE'RE SELLING

Phil Mickelson: Perhaps it's unfair to expect so much from a player, but that's what happens when you finish runner-up at the same tournament six times. Despite oozing excitement at the start of the week, Mickelson made it clear by Friday he wouldn't capture the career Grand Slam this year. His poor putting continued, and it didn't help that after saying he'd be using the claw grip on Pinehurst's greens, he switched back to his normal grip on Friday.

Bubba Watson: The Masters champ seemed out of the tournament before it began following a Tuesday press conference in which he didn't seem thrilled with Pinehurst's setup. Watson certainly has the talent to be an all-time great, but does he have the attitude/focus/consistency needed? This marks the second time he's missed the cut at the U.S. Open after slipping on a green jacket.

Related: Our favorite Johnny Millerisms

Weekend drama: How do you say "sucked the life out of the golf tournament and turned it into a complete snoozefest" in German? At one point on Sunday, this was the scene in media dining, with a guy glued to a TV watching . . . "Tin Cup."

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Kaymer the conqueror turned the weekend into a coronation, leaving few interesting storylines (thank goodness for Erik Compton!) other than how NBC would wrap up its final U.S. Open broadcast after 20 years. Speaking of which. . .

Saying goodbye to NBC: Sunday TV ratings were down 46 percent, but don't blame NBC. The network gave us tremendous coverage of the U.S. Open as always and kept the focus on golf and not themselves (Although the crew -- minus Johnny -- is sticking around this week for the U.S. Women's Open). We'll miss Johnny, Yanni, and . . . (Be strong, Alex! Be strong!) the rest of the gang.

Related: But what's going to happen to NBC's U.S. Open theme song?!

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads north to Cromwell, Conn., for the Travelers Championship, aka that tournament with an ominous big umbrella as its logo.

Related: The winners and losers from the U.S. Open

Random tournament fact: Patrick Cantlay, then a 19-year-old amateur attending UCLA, shot a second-round 60 at this event in 2011. Somehow, he only finished T-24.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK 

-- Johnny Miller will get as emotional at the end of his final Honda Classic broadcast: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

-- You'll routinely start seeing more amateurs hacking balls on the range with tennis balls hanging from their necks: Even odds

-- It won't work nearly as well for them: LOCK

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

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Even with me at Pinehurst, isn't this just a little over the top?

Related: DJ & Paulina's magical year in pictures

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I did like it, though. Some of them are very pretty." -- Martin Kaymer on sharing Pinehurst's practice area with LPGA members before Sunday's final round.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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This guy, who was driving NBC on-course reporter Roger Maltbie around Pinehurst No. 2 in a golf cart, was arrested during Saturday's round. Luckily, our Charles Laberge was there to snap a few photos of the odd scene.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK (NOT INVOLVING AN ARREST)

The dual-U.S. Open vibe carried over into the celebration as Sandra Gal continued an LPGA tradition of dousing the winner.

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Related: The week in Instagrams

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Golfweek caught up to Johnny Miller as he came down from the TV tower following Sunday's broadcast. An honest Miller says he wishes he could be at Chambers Bay for next year's U.S. Open, but instead, will probably host a BBQ while he watches on TV.

"The way I look at it, 20 years is a pretty dang good run," Miller said. Yes it was, Johnny. Yes it was.

THIS AND THAT

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Tiger Woods is back to hitting full shots at his home course. Phew! Did we mention how bad the U.S. Open TV ratings were? . . . United Airlines lost Rory McIlroy's golf clubs while he traveled from the U.S. Open to the Irish Open. Is this part of that supposed spell Caroline Wozniacki cast on him? . . . Jason Day looks healthy again, finishing T-4 at Pinehurst for his seventh top-10 finish in 15 major starts. Thanks for winning me the office fantasy pool, Jason. . . . Good thing I won that pool because this (above) is what happens when you forget to bring a second pair of shorts to go cover a golf tournament for a week.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

How many majors will Martin Kaymer win?

Who will write Fox's U.S. Open theme song?

How does Johnny Miller rank his skills on the grill?

-- 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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