Rory kicks it into another gear, Tiger's jeans improve, and Miss America shows off her tan lines

May 19, 2015

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're starting to think this Rory McIlroy guy might turn out to be a decent player. If these last few weeks have taught us anything, it's that Rory has more of an MJ/Tiger competitive streak in him than we thought. Those guys could find a way to be motivated by even the slightest of slights to destroy their opponents, and it appears McIlroy has found that gear since Jordan Spieth's Masters victory prompted many to question the Northern Irishman's future as the World No. 1. On behalf of everyone who was foolish enough to think that and every other golfer in the world. . .

If you don't think this guy is going to win a green jacket at some point...

John Daly "30 for 30": Look, we would have settled on ESPN doing a "30 for 30" documentary on anything involving golf, but John Daly? This should be extra fun. The raw talent/power. The major wins. The gambling. The slew of wives. Playing golf shirtless. Playing golf with the most hideous pants ever. The on-course meltdowns. Is one episode enough, or should ESPN consider a Daly mini-series?

Tiger's jeans: We've given Woods a hard time over his choice of jeans through the years, but from what we can tell, his denim game was much improved at this year's Tiger Jam:


Now about that shirt. . . But onto more positives! Woods had Ed Sheeran as the musical guest, just adding to the charity event's impressive list of musical acts over 17 years. In other words, we're also buying Tiger Jam's concert lineup. We ranked the 17 best acts to ever play the Vegas event because, well, we just did. Check it out.

Golden State Warriors: We love that the NBA's best team just happens to be the most golf-friendly franchise in the league also. After the team lost to go down 2-1 in its second-round series against Memphis, head coach Steve Kerr urged MVP Stephen Curry to go play some golf. Curry and teammate Andre Iguodala obliged and the Warriors responded by crushing the Grizzlies in the next three games to make the franchise's first conference finals since 1976.


Leaving putts for 59 short: Congrats to Roland Thatcher for shooting 60 on the Tour on Sunday, but when you have the chance to shoot a 59. . . well, you just can't do this:

To sum up, a 38-year-old journeyman pro shot the best round of his life and he's still getting knocked. Man, golf is rough.

Adam Scott's Olympic views: The Aussie was asked about potentially playing golf in the Olympics next year and he didn't hold back. Scott called it an "exhibition" and said he "wouldn't miss it" if he didn't qualify. Ouch. There are probably plenty of other players who feel the same way, but for the overall good of the game, shouldn't everyone just go along with this? Especially one of the game's biggest stars who is basically a lock to qualify?

Michelle Wie's hip: A bad hip caused Wie to WD in Williamsburg and get a cortisone injection on Monday. On the bright side, it led to one of the tweets of the year:

Cortisone injection ✓ and the nurse gave me a lollipop for not crying 😉 #notwerkingforawhile

— Michelle Wie (@themichellewie) May 18, 2015

No twerking, but what about working? And as for Wie's new purple hairdo? The jury is still out.


The PGA Tour heads back to Texas for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, aka that event with the big Ben Hogan statue.

Random tournament fact: There was no tournament in 1975 because Colonial hosted the Tournament Players Championship (now the PLAYERS) instead. Yes, they used to play the Players without an island green.


-- ESPN will make a "30 for 30" on Roland Thatcher: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds

-- Rory McIlroy will win the U.S. Open: 5-to-1 odds (actual updated odds)

-- Rory McIlroy will be an even bigger favorite at the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow: LOCK


What did Kevin Kisner do after losing two playoffs in three events? "Drank." That and more in this fun interview with a new Grind favorite, the KIZ:


How do you have a better week than winning the Players if you're Rickie Fowler? By taking your model girlfriend to the Bahamas to celebrate, of course.

A photo posted by Alexis Randock (@alexis.randock) on May 13, 2015 at 6:10pm PDT


Lindsey Vonn looks to be in good spirits following her breakup with Tiger. She used the free time she had from not attending Tiger Jam to work on her equestrian skills and it looks like she fared better than the horse I bet on at the Preakness Stakes:




That looks painful.



Minjee Lee, 18, won her first LPGA Tour event at Kingsmill. Wait, she's already 18? What took her so long? . . . Speaking of firsts, congrats to Jeff Maggert on winning his first Champions Tour major at the Regions Tradition. What took him so long? . . . Lost in Rory's dominant win was the superb runner-up performance by Patrick Rodgers, 22. A former World Amateur No. 1, he's another young gun who has been mentioned as a guy who could potentially challenge Rory in the future. Sorry, Patrick. Rory has you in his sights now. . . . And check out this beautiful painting of Rory decked out in Nike. Just look at that powerful, but balanced follow-through. Oh, wait, that's me! Thanks to my dad for painting this fantastic portrait of me hitting yet another pure shot at North Berwick. He's retired and has plenty of time so Rory, I'm sure he'd paint one for you too if you'd like.


How often does Jeff Maggert think about the 2003 Masters?

When will Rory not be ranked No. 1 again?

When is that John Daly "30 for 30" coming out?

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