The GrindAugust 18, 2015

Jason Day breaks a betting slump, Paulina and DJ move on after a rocky majors season, Phil's wild ride, and Tiger's new restaurant

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we finally figured out the key to making a winning bet at a major championship: Have as little to do with it as possible. Our fortunate tale begins at the British Open where I won a small wager on Danny Willett for him placing in the top six. With me having to fly home early, colleague Geoff Shackelford was kind enough to cash my ticket and when he got to the Ladbrokes, he discovered I was entitled to two five-pound refund bets due to two of my picks missing the cut at St. Andrews. Geoff placed that 10 pounds on Jason Day at the PGA Championship. Thanks, Geoff! And thanks, Jason, for putting on such a tremendous display of golf. Not coincidentally, this is how I looked walking around my living room when Day wrapped things up:

Geoff, you're a genius! Although, maybe not, since you didn't bet on Day yourself. Ouch. At least he'll get a cut from me. In the meantime, you get my thoughts on everything else that's happening in golf. Sorry, no refunds.


Jason Day: The Aussie was facing Whistling Straits, his own demons and golf's best player on Sunday, and he conquered them all to capture his first major championship. Good for him. No, really, good for him. Day admitted afterward that if he hadn't converted a third consecutive 54-hole lead into a win at one of golf's four biggest events, he would have thought, "Maybe I can't really finish it off." After a near-flawless 67 and setting a new major-championship scoring record, Day will never have to wonder about that again. Jason, I'd send you a cut of my winnings, too, but I think you're good.

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Jordan Spieth: Jason Day said it perfectly in his post-round presser: "The kid just doesn't go away." Another incredible performance by Spieth capped a historic season in the majors. The 22-year-old Texan finished first, first, T-4 and second in the majors and broke Tiger Woods' record for cumulative score in relation to par (54 under) in a season.

The PGA Championship: Golf's "fourth major" never seems to disappoint, does it? Last year we coined a new slogan for the PGA: "It's all happening now!" And it was appropriate again this year. A great leader board. A great shot from a hospitality tent. Phil Mickelson hitting crazy shots and waving to boats. Phil sliding down hills. John Daly throwing things into Lake Michigan. Jason Day winning me a bet I forgot about until Sunday morning. What a great tournament.

President Obama: We knew the leader of the free world loves to play golf, but he took things to another level. During the first week of a family vacation to Martha's Vineyard, Obama played at least five rounds, including one with former President Bill Clinton. We learned a lot from the photos like Obama not seeming to care if his playing partners mark their balls on the green and that he seems to prefer red Gatorade for some reason. Has he not tried blue?


Dustin Johnson: For a third straight major, DJ grabbed the opening-round lead and then, well, you know. This time, his Sunday meltdown happened early with a quadruple bogey on the first hole. He was seven under the rest of the round to finish T-7, but anything less than a win at this point is a disappointment. And now he has one fewer talented majorless golfer to commiserate with.

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Tiger Woods: It wasn't as bad as it was at Chambers Bay or St. Andrews, but Woods still missed an unthinkable third consecutive cut at a major. On top of that, he had two of his major records (low score in relation to par at both a single event and for a season) broken. The good news for Tiger fans is his surprise decision to play the Wyndham Championship this week. Woods may be struggling, but it doesn't appear he's giving up the fight.

Adam Scott: Much was made about this being Tiger's last major before turning 40, but Scott faces a much scarier prospect. This was his last major before the anchoring ban goes into effect. Unfortunately, the Aussie didn't take advantage, missing the cut by five shots in what also might be his last major with Steve Williams on the bag (LOL). With that swing, Scott will always be able to make a living playing golf, but he's going to have to figure something out on the greens if he's ever going to win another major.

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Major Break: Majors season sure is fun while it lasts, but now we have to wait nearly EIGHT months until the next one? And imagine how someone like Dustin Johnson must feel? At least, we'll have football soon.


The PGA Tour heads to Greensboro and Sedgefield Country Club for the Wyndham Championship, aka that event Tiger Woods is playing in for the first time.

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Random tournament fact: Sam Snead holds PGA Tour records for most wins in a single event here (eight -- tied with Tiger at Arnold Palmer Invitational and Tiger at WGC-Bridgestone) as well as for being the oldest player to win a tour event when he won this title in 1965 at nearly 53. Woods, 39, is four behind Snead on the all-time wins list. Don't worry, Tiger. As Sam showed, you have plenty of time.


-- Tiger Woods will slide down a hill at Sedgefield CC: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds

-- Jordan Spieth will win the Masters: 5-to-1 odds (Actual odds -- hey, it's never too early!)

-- Rory McIlroy isn't done being No. 1 in the world: LOCK


Texas forever.


As we previously mentioned, there was Phil sliding down a hill:

"I got going a little faster than I thought I would. I was surprised how fast I got going." What a nut.

And then there was Phil hitting an incredible recovery shot and then waving to screaming fans on boats. This should be all they show at Phil's retirement dinner.


We've touted young Matty du Plessis (better known as @Md_18undapar) in this spot numerous times, but this time, we're proud to say he was working for us. Check him out interviewing some of the game's biggest names at the PGA Championship:


"I guess you can take me off that 'best player never to win a major' list.' -- Jason Day. Guess so, Jason. Nice job. And nice timing.


That's sweet. We also must commend Ellie on her Twitter game over the weekend. And of course, little Dash seemed to enjoy his time in the spotlight:

Although, it all led to one well-meaning, but very awkward tweet from NBC sports personality, Josh Elliott. . .


A photo posted by Paulina Gretzky (@paulinagretzky) on Aug 12, 2015 at 9:38am PDT

A photo posted by Paulina Gretzky (@paulinagretzky) on Aug 17, 2015 at 2:52pm PDT

Looks like Paulina is coping with another fruitless major season by her husband.


Paige playing golf and divulging a secret:

A photo posted by Paige Spiranac (@_paige.renee) on Aug 11, 2015 at 7:18am PDT

Paige displaying her inner-dork:

A photo posted by Paige Spiranac (@_paige.renee) on Aug 12, 2015 at 2:04pm PDT

And Paige looking fierce:

A photo posted by Paige Spiranac (@_paige.renee) on Aug 15, 2015 at 10:33am PDT


For a second consecutive year, the PGA Championship was the highest-rated non-Masters golf telecast. Who says it's the fourth major?! Canadian Brooke Henderson, 17, won her first LPGA Tour event. By EIGHT shots. Somehow, she's still not officially an LPGA Tour member. . . . Congrats to Hannah O'Sullivan for winning the U.S. Women's Amateur. By the way, she's the same age as Brooke Henderson. . . . That OMEGA "Hall of Fame" ad featuring Rory McIlroy was unofficially played 4,732 times during the PGA telecast. Please, PLEASE make a new commercial for next year. We're begging you, OMEGA. . . . Tiger Woods' new restaurant, The Woods Jupiter (above), finally opened up this past week. Are those BBQ lamb chops?! Mmm.


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