The GrindJanuary 6, 2015

The Grind: An easy New Year's resolution, Rory's rumored girlfriend, and a major championship venue announcement

Welcome to a special New Year's edition of The Grind, where we recently determined our 2015 mantra thanks to the most-trusted source of wisdom: a bumper sticker.

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"WAG more"? Now this is one New Year's resolution we know we can keep. Not that we haven't always kept our eye on that important part of the game (Did you see our comprehensive Year in WAGs retrospective for 2014?!), but one can always improve. Now let's kick this 2015 party off.

WE'RE BUYING

Rory's rumored girlfriend: It didn't take long for a potential new WAG to surface in 2015. Meet Erica Stoll, who has been spotted with Rory McIlroy a bunch recently.

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If the name sounds familiar, Stoll is the PGA employee who helped Rory narrowly avoid missing his tee time at the 2012 Ryder Cup. Sounds like a perfect match.

Related: Pictures of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

Stuart Scott: Like everyone else, we're deeply saddened by the ESPN anchor and golf fanatic's tragically early death at 49, but it's impossible not to celebrate his memory. Growing up, I wanted to be like Scott once I realized I wasn't cut out for pro sports. It didn't exactly happen, but I'm grateful for the way he made sports -- and covering sports -- seem cool. Thanks, Stuart. You will be missed.

"18 Unda Par": I also want to be like Matty, an 11-year-old aspiring golfer/entrepeneur/entertainer from Vermont, who has adopted this slogan because he believes it can be done. You might believe it too, if you watch this kid putt from everywhere in this fantastic music video:

John Smoltz: The former Braves pitcher is expected to be part of the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2015. He's also believed to be the only ballplayer with a plus-2 handicap to be enshrined at Cooperstown. Now that's our kind of two-sport star.

WE'RE SELLING

Sang-Moon Bae's situation: The South Korean could be forced to return to his home country to serve in the military for two years. This isn't the best timing -- not that this would ever have good timing -- for Bae, who after winning the Frys.com Open in October, is poised for a breakout 2014-15 season and a potential big sack of FedEx Cup money. Bae will continue to play as he fights his legal battle. Stay tuned.

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J.R. Smith's situation: The controversial Knicks guard/celebrity golfer was traded to the Cavaliers on Monday night. Yes, he'll get the chance to play with LeBron James and be on a winning team, but we're pretty sure Smith cares more about playing golf. When the weather warms up, Cleveland is a big downgrade from New York in terms of golf courses. And for someone who tries to play as much as he can in his free time, he was probably really hoping to be dealt to Miami or Phoenix. Poor guy.

Horrifying amusement park rides: This happened to Peter Uihlein over the weekend:

Hey @UniStudios were stuck sitting upside down in the Harry potter ride. Wanna fix this?? Thanks pic.twitter.com/S5FPhY4ybv

— Peter Uihlein (@PeterUihlein) January 2, 2015

Fortunately, it appears Uihlein was rescued from this nightmare.

Related: 11 PGA Tour sleepers to watch in 2014-15

Ted Purdy's house: As in, it's for sale. Check out the entire listing of this 5,731-square-foot mansion that includes a swimming pool, basketball court, putting green, playground and a personalized gated entrance.

Again, this is Ted Purdy's house. Ted. Purdy. Yep, being a PGA Tour player is a pretty sweet gig.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour starts the season (again) with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua. Once again, Tiger and Phil won't be competing -- only this time, they weren't even invited.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Vijay Singh in 2007 was the last winner of this event to go on to win another stroke-play event in the same PGA Tour season. Beware of the Kapalua Curse!

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Someone on tour will birdie all 18 holes in a round: 1 million-to-1 odds

Related: The top 25 golf viral videos in 2014

-- I will ever go on that Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios: 10 million-to-1 odds

-- The weather in Hawaii will be DECENT this week: LOCK

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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"It's good to be surrounded by greatness. These were the lucky two tonight," Donald joked on Instagram. We need to party with Luke Donald.

THIS WEEK IN BELEN MOZO MAKING US FEEL BAD WITH HER TRAINING

Belen Mozo hiked to the top of a mountain and somehow still had the energy/athleticism to do this:

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"When you get a chance to go play at the Masters, you don't lay up. You go after it." -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett after his team converted a late fourth down to help earn a playoff win. Zach Johnson might argue otherwise, but we get what he was trying to say.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

A father pulled out a kid's tooth by hitting a golf ball that was tied to it. No, really:

What undoubtedly hurt the kid more was Alabama losing to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff a couple days later.

ARCHIVE VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Check out this ESPN commercial featuring Tiger Woods and Stuart Scott:

In the ad, Woods is seen with the huge following, but as we've learned the past few days, Scott had plenty of fans of his own.

THIS WEEK IN JASON DUFNER-AMANDA DUFNER-DIANE DONALD-JILLIAN STACEY-MARIA OCHOA PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

This group of lovely ladies recently got together to catch a Florida Panthers game. Apparently, golf WAGs like hockey. You learn something new every day. . .

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"Ladies is pimps too," Amanda Dufner captioned on Instagram. Well said, Amanda. Well said. If anyone embraces the #WAGmore philosophy as much as we do, it's Amanda Dufner.

THIS AND THAT

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Bridgestone launched the J715, the company's first new driver in four years. Using Julie Bowen in ads like it does for its tires can only help sales. . . . Miguel Angel Jimenez, who turned 51 on Monday (Happy birthday!), hinted in a recent interview that he doesn't want to be Europe's Ryder Cup captain yet. Too bad. We were hoping to see the popular Spaniard morph into the most interesting captain in the world. . . . Masters badges will cost $325 this year, up $75 from last year. Despite the weekly ticket's biggest price increase ever, they're still the best deal in sports. . . . Speaking of major championships, the 2015 HGGA Championship, aka my annual buddies golf trip/tournament, will be held at Turning Stone Resort & Casino this summer (That's Paulina Gretzky's fiance winning there in 2008, when he was simply known as Dustin Johnson). Congrats to Turning Stone on landing such a prestigious event.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Why would anyone spend New Year's Eve waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square?

Is there anything worse in sports than watching Jerry Jones and his minions celebrate in his owner's box?

Would any real golf fan not pay $325 for a Masters badge?

-- 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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