Our Favorite 25 Viral Videos Of 2014
Where did this epic golf-themed "Bohemian Rhapsody" parody rank on our list?
Golf didn't have a "break the Internet" moment in 2014, but there were plenty of videos that went viral and we tried to cover all of them each week in The Grind
. So many, in fact, we decided not to include commercials in this year's list. From heart-warming to absurd to funny, there were plenty to pick from. So grab some popcorn and enjoy as we count down our favorite 25.
25. Two guys on a range
This grainy clip wound up on ESPN SportsCenter and sparked a wave of trick shot videos
23. Bubba Golf = backwards mini-golf
Bubba seemed more excited to hole this putt than he was to win a second green jacket.
21. Girl in the crowd fails to get Rory's attention
Because he can do things like make 55 putts in a row, Rory has a lot of female admirers. And because he has a lot of female admirers, apparently, it's possible for him to be completely oblivious when a MODEL is trying to get his attention
at a golf tournament. #iframe://www.youtube.com/embed/DyTtIeCoqd8|||
20. Goose attack!
There's really not much else to say.
18. "Bjorn Beats the USA"
The Guardians of the Ryder Cup are awesome. They made music videos for all the members of the European team, taking popular songs and changing the words. They also performed them live at the event on the opening tee. The videos don't quite do their live performances -- with thousands of other fans joining in -- justice, which is why they aren't higher on this list, but you get the point. There were many great songs
, but "Bjorn Beats the USA" (Think Bruce Springstein's "Born in the USA") was our favorite.
16. Tour caddie falls, breaks putter
Chesson Hadley's caddie, Josh Svendsen, tripped and fell
during the Wells Fargo Championship. As if having the incident recorded wasn't embarrassing enough, though, the fall actually damaged Hadley's putter, which caused a rules official to confer with the two and give the Golf Channel more reason to keep showing the blooper.
15. Jesper Parnevik falls, breaks rib
Be careful when you're riding your Segways
13. He shoots, he scores!
Another trick shot, this time involving golf, football, and basketball. How is this even possible?!
11. DJ and Paulina meet TMZ
DJ gives a master class in not answering questions
in this ambush/interview at LAX airport.
9. Toddler misses one-foot putt
Easily the best on-course reaction of the year. Sorry, kid, golf doesn't get any less frustrating.
7. Rory makes a kid's day week year
And one last adorable kid. This time, its a fan at a tournament who can't contain his excitement after Rory McIlroy gives him a golf ball.
5. Ice bucket challenge madness
We could have done a separate top 25 countdown of just ice bucket challenge videos from 2014. Easy. There was Holly Sonders'
particularly patriotic version, Tiger and Rory's
combined effort, and of course, the controversial Win McMurry
entry. But this one of actress Meghan Markle featuring a surprise cameo by McIlroy made the biggest, um, splash.
3. Man falls through pro shop ceiling
We never got many details on this incident, but it didn't matter. A man fell through the ceiling of a pro shop
and everyone barely reacted. It's clips like these that remind us how lucky we are to have YouTube in our lives.
1. Paulina Gretzky's (LEGIT) golf swing
How could this not get our top spot? For a golf magazine, we've mentioned Paulina Gretzky a lot both on our website
and in print
. And you know what? This video justified EVERYTHING. Look at that swing! By jove, our Paulina is a golfer!
A video posted by Paulina Gretzky (@paulinagretzky) on Jan 1, 2014 at 1:58pm PST