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Ted Bishop's brand of comedy still proves elusive for some, gets into it again with Ian Poulter

You'd think if there's anyone who would understand how nuance can be lost on social media, it would be Ted Bishop.

It is Bishop, you'll recall, who was squeezed out as president of the PGA of America after referring to Ian Poulter as a "lil girl" in a post in October. The incident inspired all kinds of media outrage, not to mention conversation about how reckless tweeting can be costly, and also some soul-searching from Bishop. 

Which is what makes Bishop's tweet on Sunday all the more puzzling. In the wake of Rickie Fowler's stirring win at the Players, Bishop made reference to a recent anonymous players poll in which Fowler and Ian Poulter were ranked the most overrated players on tour.

Naturally, Poulter, who is a hawk on social media, felt the need to respond.
Then in saying he was just kidding, Bishop managed to insult Poulter again.
Yes, the old "I was just joking but you're not smart enough to figure that out" response always goes over well.

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Apparently the Dad Bod is a thing, which is great news for golfers

Let's face it, when it comes to real golfer physiques, there are a lot more Phil Mickelsons out there than there are Rory McIlroys. Even with most of us devoting more attention to fitness and nutrition than ever before, golfers as a group have yet to fully absolve themselves of beer, hot dogs and handfuls of pretzels as 19th-hole fare. 

Fortunately we're learning that might not be such a bad thing. Perhaps you're aware of the growing phenomenon known as the "dad bod." It's been around for a while -- technically it's been around as long as there have been dads -- but it really took hold with an article published earlier this spring by a Clemson sophomore named Mackenzie Pearson on the website In it, Pearson expounds on the merits of the dad bod over the six-pack flaunting, gym-sculpted body we see on the cover of many men's magazines.

The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, "I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time." It's not an overweight guy, but it isn't one with washboard abs, either.

Pearson elaborated on the definition in an interview with 

A dad bod is a guy who is not incredibly chiseled, but at the same time, is not unhealthy. He’s not overweight. He’s probably that guy who played football in high school and came to college and didn’t play football.

In other words, it's a lot of the guys you play golf with, and possibly you, too. And for that matter, it's that faction of players on the PGA Tour who hit the gym but don't look like they live there. 

Like we said, there's Phil.

And Graeme McDowell.

Jason Dufner at one point may have been too big to have a dad bod.

But now he may be too small. He's since lost a ton of weight -- and his wife, sadly -- so we now need a ruling from the Official Dad Bod Committee.

It's really too close to call. We'll have to get back to you.

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What does under par smell like? The PGA Tour is offering its interpretation with new cologne

Just think, even with that Rickie Fowler shirt, Nike driver, and TPC tee time, there's still more you can do to be like your favorite PGA Tour star. For instance, have you given enough thought to how you smell?

Yes, recognizing that a golfer's passion should extend to all five senses, the tour is coming out with its own fragrance, PGA Tour Pro Sport. It is, according to a release, the tour's first ever signature cologne, and is "inspired by the competitive, innovation, and swift nature of the game."


What exactly does that smell like? Pesticide? A musty glove at the bottom of your golf bag? A discarded banana peel? Actually, Pro Sport is described as opening "with an energizing burst of citrus, followed by fresh mint and a blend of masculine woods." 

A 3.4 ounce bottle will be sold for $58, and is on sale beginning Tuesday at the Players merchandise tent. Order yours today!

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Rory McIlroy winds up watching the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight . . . in the media center

Rory McIlroy's plan to attend Saturday's super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao didn't go as planned. First, McIlroy had the latest quarterfinal tee time at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, and then opponent Paul Casey put up a great fight of his own.

McIlroy and Casey were all square through 21 holes when play was called to darkness, leaving Rory no time to fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas. Instead, McIlroy settled for watching the big bout in the media center at TPC Harding Park.

@rorymcilroy didn't make it to #MayPac in Las Vegas, so the media center will have to do.

A photo posted by PGA TOUR (@pgatour) on

The World No. 1 didn't seem too upset about missing out on one of the year's most talked about sporting events.

By most accounts, McIlroy didn't miss much. Mayweather won an easy decision in a "Fight of the Century" that didn't live up to the hype. And at least his tickets didn't go to waste:

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The Internet thinks golfers are really old is experiencing a viral moment. It's a website that computes how old people look based on a photo. We thought it might be fun to see how old the Internet thinks certain golfers look:

Lydia Ko is 18 years old. How-Old thinks she's 46.
Miguel Angel Jimenez is 51 years old. The internet thinks he's 75. (Very fitting, actually.)

Jordan Spieth is 21 years old. How-Old thinks he's 36.

And apparently Spieth ages by three years when he takes his hat off.

John Daly is 49 years old. The internet thinks he's 66.

Rickie Fowler is 26 years old. Apparently he looks like he's 44?

Gary Player is 79 years old, and even HE looks older than his actual age (!).

Tiger Woods is 39 years old and he's the ONLY golfer we found who looks younger than his age.

But Tiger looks younger than his actual age (39) only when he has his hat on.

The world's No. 1 golfer is 25 years old. The Internet kind of agrees.

Of the eight golfers we tested, How-Old thinks they look an average of nearly 16 years old than their actual age. So yeah, apply that sunblock, you guys.

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These Miguel Angel Jimenez quotes are amazing -- even for Miguel Angel Jimenez

Miguel Angel Jimenez has become immensely popular more for the way he lives his life than for the way he plays golf. And his latest interview won't do anything to change the perception of him as a carefree, cool, fun-loving guy.

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Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck had a conversation with Jimenez and it's well worth your time. Here are some of our favorite quotes.

Jimenez on being offered water:

"My friend, water is for fish."

On his wife, Susanne, keeping him young:

"More than 50 years since I was born," JimΓ©nez says, then points a finger southward, "but I'm only 20 down there."


On keeping up with the young guns on the golf course:

"When I play with these young boys and I see how they hit the ball, I know that my strength is not their strength. My muscles do not work the same. I cannot match their distance. I don't recover as quickly as they do. And the path they have to walk is much longer than the path I have left to walk. But I still have a path to walk. Always. So when you tell me I'm dead, well, you are completely wrong."

On Darren Clarke being named the next European Ryder Cup captain:

"I'm not disappointed, I'm happy for him. But I hope my turn is next because I am not getting younger."

On whether or not his English played a role in him being captain:

"You understand me, right? O.K. then. The Ryder Cup is decided by the players' clubs, not the captain's English."

On putting a bad round at the Masters in perspective:

"I am here with the sun shining, I'm surrounded by friends and family, tonight I will eat good food, drink good wine, smoke a good cigar and make love to my beautiful wife. It's a good life, no?"

And finally, on the haters, not that he has many:

"I come from a different generation. And I'm not a hypocrite. I don't hide the way I am. If I want to have a drink, I have a drink. Why shouldn't I? Is it illegal to drink alcohol? Is tobacco illegal? So why should I care if people see me smoking? I do what I do out in the open. If people have a problem with that they can stick their tongue up their ass and let the rest of us do what we want to do."

You keep being you, Miguel.

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Baltimore Orioles announcer tries to announce like Jim Nantz in empty baseball stadium

Most of us are guilty of doing a Jim Nantz impression from time to time. A soft "Hello, friends" is acceptable practice among golf fans.

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Count Baltimore Orioles announcer Gary Thorne in that category. At Wednesday's empty Camden Yards -- the violence in Baltimore caused the Orioles to play without any fans in the stadium -- Thorne felt the atmosphere was more like a golf tournament than a baseball game. So he channeled his inner Nantz to deliver a call on a double by Adam Jones as if he were at Augusta National calling the final round of the Masters. We appreciate the effort, Gary.

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Bubba Watson ribs Keegan Bradley ahead of Thursday's match with funny video

Bubba Watson will face Keegan Bradley on Thursday at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play. His strategy for getting in the head of his friend and Ryder Cup teammate? Lip syncing.

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On Thursday morning, Bubba tweeted this video of him lip syncing to a rap song called "Tip-toeing In My Jordans," a reference to Keegan's golf shoes -- and his fidgety method of approaching shots. Check it out:

Bradley hasn't responded yet. If he doesn't see it before the match, hopefully, Watson, now a featured rap artist himself, will do his own rendition on the first tee.

Turns out, the song is by an artist named Riff Raff and its official title is actually "Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz." Our sincerest apologies, Riff Raff.

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This is basically every golfer's worst nightmare

Warning: This photo is NSFW.

What even happened to that poor bag? Can you even imagine the emotions you'd feel if you ever saw your clubs swing around on a conveyer belt in this kind of shape? I can't. Based on a few of his tweets, John Held said his eyes nearly popped out of his head.

This image of Held's clubs shouldn't mean the death of all soft travel cases. A few best practices make them just as safe as hard cases. Most tour pros today use soft cases, and when Golf Digest wrote about the best travel covers in the November 2014 issue, Dan Brooks, head coach of the Duke women's golf team, said his players and most of the teams they compete against rely on soft cases. Brooks offered two tips: first, wrap towels, clothes and whatever you can around the heads of your clubs; second, once you finish packing your clubs ask yourself, "would I be OK having someone stand on this?"

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You'll never guess* where Anthony Kim was finally spotted (*OK, so you'll probably guess)

We have an Anthony Kim sighting! If you're a fan of the once rising PGA Tour star, though, don't get too excited.

A photo of Kim surfaced has surfaced on Instagram and it has nothing to do with golf.

It's super rare to be out with @ricksalomon and golf great @Anthony Kim

A photo posted by Jean-Robert Bellande (@brokelivingjrb) on

That's Kim at OMNIA Nightclub in Las Vegas -- a place he was often tied to during his playing days. Apparently, while his playing days have become just a memory (Kim hasn't teed it up in a PGA Tour event since the 2012 Wells Fargo), his partying days live on. Also in the photo is professional poker player Jean-Robert Bellande and Rick Saloman, who is most known for marrying Pamela Anderson twice and for his, ahem, relationship with Paris Hilton.

Related: Rory McIlroy plans to be ringside for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao in Vegas

But back to Kim. Last year, Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck reported AK might never return to competitive golf in order to reap an eight-figure disability settlement. If true, that's a lot of nights out on the town -- even in Vegas.

(h/t For The Win)

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