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Kevin Streelman's ball gets stuck in a tree at Firestone, but not how you think [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 1, 2014, 2:11 pm]
Golf balls getting stuck in trees is nothing new. We've seen it happen plenty of times on the PGA Tour, with players either climbing up and hitting the ball like Sergio Garcia did at Bay Hill a year ago or using a fan's binoculars to identify it before taking an unplayable. Kevin Streelman had a situation on Thursday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational that we've never seen. His ball got stuck in a tree, but right in the trunk of it. The video you see above shows the ball in the tree, but we don't get to see how it got there. It looks like it might have taken a bounce and plugged into the bark, and even with the drop Streelman took, it was still a bogey on the card for the two-time PGA champion. Streelman's day didn't improve much after this, as he posted an opening round 7-over 79 to sit just two shots back of dead last after one round at Firestone.

Dustin Johnson is taking an indefinite leave from professional golf for 'personal challenges' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 8:56 pm]
One of the most talented golfers on the planet is taking some time away from the game to deal with personal issues. Dustin Johnson, an eight-time PGA Tour champion, released a statement on Thursday stating he will be, "taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately.” The statement continued, “I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced." “By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.” Johnson was not in the field this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and will miss the final major of 2014 next week at the PGA Championship. It also looks like Johnson won't be around for the FedEx Cup playoffs, where he currently sits fourth in standings, and could miss the Ryder Cup in late September if he decides to decline the automatic spot he would earn as he sits fifth in standings for the United States.  But more than that, this looks like a decision that Johnson made on his own and hopefully everything works out for him and he comes back to the game happy, healthy and as dominant as ever. The PGA Tour released a statement as well, simply saying, "We have nothing to add to Dustin’s statement. But wish him well and look forward to his return to the PGA Tour in the future.” - - - - - - - Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter at @ShaneBacon!

Rory McIlroy slams the door on the idea of Champions Tour players on the European Ryder Cup team [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 31, 2014, 11:08 am]
The big talk last weekend was about Bernhard Langer and his epic win at the Senior British Open. Langer set a Champions Tour record on Sunday with his 13-shot win at Royal Porthcawl and got people talking about Langer possibly landing one of the captain's picks for the European Ryder Cup team for the matches that kick off in late September. If Langer was picked by captain Paul McGinley it would give the 56-year-old a chance to tie and break a lot of important European Ryder Cup records. Just being on the team would tie him with Nick Faldo for most appearances ever with 11 and would give Langer a great shot at passing Faldo for most points ever for a European team member as he sits just a full point behind Faldo in that regard. But Rory McIlroy doesn't see that happening. The British Open champion was asked about Langer (and Colin Montgomerie, for that matter) making a stacked European team in his Bridgestone press conference this week and shot down the idea of a Champions Tour member landing one of those coveted captain's picks. "I think the team dynamic is pretty good at the minute with the mix that we've got, and to bring someone in that hasn't spent much time around us or those guys might not be the best, but he's obviously playing great golf," McIlroy said. "It's sort of hard to — because he's not playing against the regular guys week in and week out, but he's playing great golf obviously, and what he's done this year and this month as well has been fantastic. I'd say probably, if they were to be involved in the Ryder Cup, if they were vice captains or something, then I'd be all for that, but I don't think they should be on the team." While the words might come off harsh, the point is very, very valid. The European Ryder Cup team is going to be an all-star group, with names like Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, and Lee Westwood all outside the automatic qualification list at this point. To put someone like Langer ahead of names like that, even as good as he's

Rory McIlroy almost quit golf at the age of 16 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 30, 2014, 10:39 am]
The eight-shot win at Congressional for his first U.S. Open title, the eight-shot win at Kiawah Island to claim the PGA and the Claret Jug win earlier this month at Hoylake; they all almost didn't happen for Rory McIlroy. Speaking at his WGC-Bridgestone Invitational press conference on Tuesday, the three-time major winner said he almost gave up the game of golf at the age of 16 after winning one of the most prestigious amateur events in Ireland. Yes, you read that correctly, he almost gave up the game after a win. Here is what Rory explained to the media on Tuesday at Firestone. "Yeah, I was ready to give it up when I was 16. I remember the drive. I just won the Mullingar Scratch Cup, and I remember the drive home with my dad. It was like a three‑hour drive. And I said to him, 'I don't like this anymore.' I don't enjoy it. I just won, and I don't know, I'm not happy, I'm not excited. I went back home and didn't play golf for about three days. McIlroy then said he quickly realized, "Actually, I really like this game. (I was) just an impulsive teenager going through hormonal issues." Every athlete goes through something like at some point in their career, especially if you are one of the elite of the elite like Rory is and was. No matter if you win or lose by 40 shots, traveling from tournament to tournament, week after week, can be a grind, and any 16-year-old will want that to end at some point, even if you leave with the trophy. I think we can all say it was a good thing that McIlroy quickly realized that wasn't the best of decisions since he has gone on to great things in professional golf and is one major away from achieving the career Grand Slam at an extremely young age. And while Augusta National and his quest for that Grand Slam will have to wait until April, McIlroy sits as the favorite this week at Firestone at 7-to-1 and the favorite next week at the final major championship of the year as Rory looks to add a fourth major title to his resume at just

Teeing Off: The new Big Three: Tiger, Phil and ... ? [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 5:59 pm]
Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball Golf editor Shane Bacon and writer Jay Busbee take a topic from the world of golf and shank it off the tee. Today: The new Big Three. You know Arnie, Jack and Gary. You know Tiger and Phil. Is there a third member of the latest Big Three, or are the contenders merely pretenders? Bacon: Last weekend saw Jim Furyk, now 44, miss out on another shot at a PGA Tour title at the Canadian Open. Furyk, one of the stalwarts on the PGA Tour over the last two decades, hasn't won on tour since 2010, and while his slump continues, I simply ask, of this fading generation, where does Furyk rank in terms of the best players of that group? Tiger Woods is one, Phil Mickelson is two, and while Ernie Els has a great case as the third, is Furyk right behind those huge names? Busbee: "Right behind" in a list, "five holes behind" on a golf course. This is not meant as a dismissal of Furyk in any way; he's a major winner and has an outside shot at a Hall of Fame berth. But he's a lot closer to the median golfer than outliers like Woods and Mickelson. Had he played in another era, Furyk probably would have beaten the world. He'd have been one of the two or three guys always challenging Nicklaus or Palmer, or absolutely dominant in the pre-Tiger '90s. But now? He's a distant shadow. That's not his fault, obviously, but that's the way it is when you're playing behind a pair of legends. How about your perspective? Bacon: I think when we look back at Furyk's career, we will be wondering how in the world he didn't win more. The guy has finished in second place 28 times in his career include three this season! That's incredible! Do you think this is a situation where he actually does fall apart down the stretch, or just bad luck when he's in contention (like Tim Clark firing a back-nine 30 to get him by a shot on Sunday at the Canadian Open)? Busbee: I would like to see a statistical study determining whether players do or don't really fall apart on the back

Tiger Woods took a vacation after the British Open, beat his kids in Putt-Putt [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 29, 2014, 12:15 pm]
For those rare athletes that can even separate themselves against other professionals, the competitive edge never rests. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird and Tiger Woods are names that come to mind as those ultra-competitive athletes, and no matter if it's a foe or family, they have one goal; winning. Woods spoke on Monday at a Deutsche Bank Championship press conference, an event he isn't even qualified to play in at this point considering he sits at 215th in FedEx Cup points, and while he talked about his goals this week at Firestone and next week at the PGA Championship, it was the line about playing his kids in Putt-Putt that was the most interesting. “We had a good little time,” Woods said of his vacation with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn and his two kids. “We toured a little bit and even played a little Putt-Putt, which I won every single time.” Every. Single. Time. Woods has an extremely uphill battle with these next two tournament starts, not just for the playoffs and beyond, but for Woods to avoid the most disappointing season of his professional career. With him being so far back in the playoff points, Tiger will basically need a win at either the Bridgestone or the PGA Championship to secure a spot at the Barclays. One thing Tiger could do is add the Wyndham Championship to his schedule, the tournament following the PGA Championship, but that would mean three straight weeks of golf for a man coming off back surgery and if he did get his game together enough to qualify for the playoffs, it would be four straight weeks of competitive golf for Woods. For now, Woods is focused on a golf tournament he has won eight times in his career on a golf course that has always seemed to bring the best out in Tiger. If the struggles continue this week at Firestone, not only do the playoffs become nearly impossible, but landing a spot on the Ryder Cup team could be something out of reach for a man once thought of as an automatic pick to represent the United St

Random golfer finds one of President Obama's golf balls at Congressional [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 11:09 pm]
Just like millions of us, President Barack Obama loves golf. The only problem is, he isn't the best at the game. That doesn't stop Obama from teeing it up, and when you aren't the best golfer, that means losing a golf ball or two per round (to be fair, even the best in the world can hit a shot that is never found).  For you and I, losing a golf ball means somebody, at some time, will pick up our lost ball and either toss it back in the woods or decide to use it. When Obama is involved, that person takes a photo of the personalized Titleist and it goes viral. An Instagram user named "larrydoh" posted this image after digging this ball out at Congressional on Sunday, and it's pretty hard not to identify this one as one used by the president. h/t Eye on Golf

Rory McIlroy's British Open-winning ball is up for auction [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 28, 2014, 5:26 pm]
In the instant after he putted out to win the 2014 Open Championship, Rory McIlroy reached into the hole, palmed the ball, and sailed it into the crowd. The thought of every single person watching that telecast was the same — somebody's gonna sell that ball for big cash — and now, that expectation has come to pass. Green Jacket Auctions, which has achieved some notoriety in the golf world for auctioning a very specific item (hint: see the company's name), offered $10,000 on Twitter for the ball right afterward: Who caught that ball Rory McIlroy threw after holing out on 18? We'll pay $10,000 for it— GreenJacketAuctions (@BidGreenJacket) July 20, 2014  Lee Horner of England caught the ball, describing the action to in a spectacularly British way: "When Rory threw the ball, it hit me in the hand and then fell down," Horner said. "There was a kerfuffle, but I managed to get it and hold it in the air and the crowd went crazy." Horner initially tossed the ball into a drawer at his office, but found out about Green Jacket Auctions' interest. Green Jacket Auctions and Nike later authenticated the ball, and away it all went. Horner has consigned the ball to auction, and will give Green Jacket 15 percent of the final bidding price. Bidding was about $3,400 as of Monday morning. You can follow the action at the auction, which lasts until August 9, right here. ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or find him on Facebook or on Twitter. Follow @jaybusbee

Devil Ball Proving Ground: Ping G-30 Driver [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 25, 2014, 1:45 pm]
Welcome to Devil Ball's Proving Ground, where we put the latest golf gear through its paces. Today we look at the Ping G-30 driver. Tester — Shane Bacon — Handicap: +0.5 Target Golf Audience — All golfers Initial thoughts It would be impossible to talk about a first look at the new Ping G-30 driver without talking about the turbulators. Those raised bumps you see on the top of the driver's crown? Those are the turbulators, something Ping invented to reduce the drag of the driver through the air (this wasn't some cockamamie idea either, with plenty of testing going on at ASU's Windtunnel Laboratory). The G-30 has a similar finish to all the drivers from I-20 on, with the matte black continuing to look menacing and beautiful, but the first thing you see is the turbulators. While science isn't our specialty, watching the YouTube video that Ping made showing off the turbulators makes everything a bit clearer. Just look at this screengrab below if you want to see how they perform in the simplest way possible, and then think about your golf club passing through the wind, and the air, and decreasing that amount of drag without having to do anything different with your golf swing. I was just on a golf trip at a golf course where the wind routinely blows 20-30 MPH, and with that much wind out there, any help on drag can produce better tee shots that travel further than a clubhead without the turbulators on top (and it worked, as I didn't lose a single golf ball over 143 holes on my trip, which I can promise you had as much to do with the equipment as it did my golf swing). I also loved the slight bit of color the Ping guys decided to go with on their G-30, with a hint of blue highlighting the bottom of the driver just enough to give it a little extra when you pull the headcover off. On-Course Thoughts I've had a few weeks to mess around with the G-30, and I can tell you that I'm consistently as long with this club as any I've hit before, but it isn't the good ones

Johnny Miller thinks 1994 Tiger Woods would outdrive Bubba Watson by 30 yards in 2014 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 10:52 pm]
If there is a man in golf that isn't scared to say what he's thinking, it's Johnny Miller. The NBC commentator and two-time major champion wrote a piece for about Tiger Woods current golf swing, but took a look back at the way Woods swung the golf club when he was winning his first of three straight U.S. Amateur titles. That was 20 years ago, as Miller points out, and he says that the swing and the power that Woods produced back in his amateur days would lead the tour in driving distance. "If today’s balls and clubs had been available when Tiger was in college, the 18-year-old Woods would have been 30 yards longer than Bubba is now," Miller said. "Tiger had a mega-wide, mega-long swing built more for a long-drive contest than a U.S. Open, but he tweaked it under Butch Harmon to create arguably the most effective motion in golf history." It's an interesting theory, and one that you could pin on more than just Tiger Woods. Would Jack Nicklaus have hit the ball 310 yards per pop with today's equipment? What about Ben Hogan or Byron Nelson in their primes? I do think that Woods produced an incredible amount of power when he was a teenager, and even into his early professional days. When he won the 1997 Masters, it had a lot to do with Woods simply overpowering Augusta National, so much that the course revamped the design to cut down on Tiger hitting 9-irons and wedges into the back nine par-5s. But, I must say, 30 yards past Bubba is a bit of a stretch. The 2014 Masters champion leads the PGA Tour in driving distance at 313 yards per drive (Woods was 49th a season ago in driving distance, averaging 293 yards per drive), and while I'm sure Woods would be able to get the ball out there with today's equipment and his 1994 golf swing, I'm not sure we would be seeing a man averaging 340 yards per poke. But Johnny is going to be Johnny, and his point on the power and the length of that early Tiger golf swing had everything to do with clubhead speed and pounding t

Watch all but one of Rory McIlroy's golf shots from Sunday at the British Open [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 4:26 pm]
One of my favorite trends after major championships is the work of Michael David Murphy. After majors end, Murphy puts together a short video of all the golf shots hit by the champion on Sunday. We've seen it with Adam Scott after his Masters win, Phil Mickelson after his astonishing win at the Open a year ago, and now we have Rory McIlroy at Royal Liverpool. You can check out the video below, that takes just 90 seconds to see all but one of the shots Rory hit on his way to a third major championship win. Very cool, and a fun way to relive the drama of this past Sunday at Hoylake. h/t Shackelford

This Bohemian Rhapsody golf parody video is six minutes of ridiculous fun [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 5:42 pm]
You've obviously here because you read the headline and thought, "Wait, someone made a parody of a famous Queen song to golf?!" Yes. The answer is yes, and it's amazing. According to the description on YouTube, this was a video that, "is the culmination of 10 years parody song writing for our annual golf trip to the Murray river courses in Australia," and kudos to the guys that made this because it's well done, pretty wacky and a ton of fun. Watch it, enjoy it, and maybe headbang on your way to lunch. Might I suggest a donut spot?! h/t Back9Network

The Bacon Mailbag: Who gets the Grand Slam first, Rory or Phil? [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 4:22 pm]
Each week for the remainder of the golf season we will be rolling out a mailbag, with any and all questions invited from readers and fans around the world. Have a good question you want answered? Hit me up on Twitter at @shanebacon or e-mail me at and we will try to get to it in the coming weeks. Here we go ... @shanebacon Who gets the slam sooner, Phil or Rory?— Taylor (@DesiderataHeart) July 21, 2014 Bacon: A great start to the post-Rory McIlroy win questions, and a great one considering both players. For those that don't know, Rory, 25, has won three of the four legs of the Grand Slam, needing only the Masters to complete something only five modern players have ever done (Sarazen, Hogan, Player, Nicklaus, and Tiger). Mickelson, who recently turned 44, has won five majors including three of the legs of the Grand Slam, needing the U.S. Open, a tournament he has finished in second place a record six times, to join that same list above. Instead of comparing them at first, why don't we look at the stats. Rory has only finished in the top-10 once at Augusta National, a self-proclaimed "back-door top-10" this year at the Masters. While that is surprising, he did take a four-shot lead into the final day at the 2011 Masters, only to fall flat on his face with a final round 80 to finish T-15. A lot of people say they think the Masters is Rory's best major chance for years to come, because he can hit the ball a country kilometer and loves to work the ball right to left (something that is a common theme amongst Masters winners ... see Watson, Bubba). So, if Rory can curb the distractions off the golf course for the next decade, I think he will win the Masters at least once before he turns 35. As for Phil, this is a man that won the British Open in dramatic fashion a year ago to snag the third leg of his Grand Slam chances, but hasn't been in form since basically that Sunday. No top-10s on the PGA Tour, no top-25s in a major this season, and the o

Teeing Off: Dissecting Rory McIlroy's Open Championship victory [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 1:08 pm]
Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Shane Bacon and national columnist Jay Busbee take a day's topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by hitting us on Twitter at @shanebacon and @jaybusbee. Today we look at Rory McIlroy's win on Sunday at the British Open. Bacon: Considering we've had a couple of days to take in what Rory McIlroy did at Royal Liverpool, winning his third major championship and third leg of the career Grand Slam at the age of 25, it seems like a good time to talk about how impressive he was. Rory got off to a big lead after 36 holes, let the field back in on Saturday only to finish eagle-bogey-eagle to grab a six-shot lead and basically shut the door on his competitors. While it got tight on Sunday, the win was never really in question, so I ask, how impressive was this win by Rory and was it his best performance ever at a major? Busbee: I'm going to play devil's advocate and start way sky-high--the "blue suburban skies" (Beatles reference, if you didn't get enough of those last week) that allowed McIlroy to play in Pebble Beach-like conditions. Yes, his win was relentless, and I'll get to that in a second. But first: do you believe there's any asterisk attached to the win because of the weather? Side question: should they have played Saturday? Bacon: I've seen that idea a couple of places, that Rory's wins have all been in easy conditions, but I don't get that at all. Bad weather, good weather, wind or no wind, all the guys have to play the game golf course, and Rory has won three of the four majors doing that. If the point is that McIlroy isn't a mudder, that's fine, but he can't control what conditions are and he's dominated at three of the four major championships and deserves all the credit in the world for those wins (Weather wasn't much of a factor at plenty of Tiger wins, and I don't hear people questioning those).  As for Saturday, yes, I absolutely think they should have played, and I actually thought t

British Open ratings down despite a lot of young names being involved [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 8:31 pm]
While the new generation in golf might be great at pumping their own brands and wearing flashy outfits, it isn't translating in viewership, at least not this past weekend at Royal Liverpool. The final round of the 2014 British Open was the lowest since ESPN took over broadcasting the championship in 2009 and was down 26 percent from last year's incredible finish by Phil Mickelson to claim his only Claret Jug. Despite Rory McIlroy making history at Royal Liverpool and both Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia making charges in that final round, the numbers showed what has continued to be a trend this year in the major championships. The Masters struggled because of a fireworks-free back nine, while the U.S. Open was an 18-hole coronation for Martin Kaymer, who was never really pushed as he entered Sunday at Pinehurst with a five-shot lead. If the U.S. Open had the excuse of a blowout combined with other options including the World Cup, the British Open was practically alone on Sunday in terms of big sporting events yet couldn't even beat out Louis Oosthuizen blowing out the field at St. Andrews or Darren Clarke shocking the world with his win in 2011. So what is the issue? The Saturday finish by Rory McIlroy didn't help, making two eagles over his final three holes to extend his lead to six shots heading into the final round. It also didn't help that the return of Tiger Woods produced very little over the final 54 holes. Woods might have started off hot with that opening round 69, but he played his final three rounds 9-over, beating just three players who made the cut at Hoylake. The surprising dip in ratings compared to some of the other Opens is the names heading into the final round. McIlroy, Garcia, and Fowler finished at the top, but stars like Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott had chances to make a run before the last 18 holes kicked off. If nothing else, all this tells us is that we really, really need a great PGA Championship to end this major championship season, bec

Rick Reilly tells Conan just how bad of a tipper Tiger Woods really is [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 3:12 pm]
Say what you want about Rick Reilly, but the man transcends the regular sports journalist. How do I know this? Because he sat with Conan O'Brien this week to talk about his new book, the world of sports and the tipping habits of Tiger Woods. Reilly made the trip to Conan to promote his new book, "Tiger, Meet My Sister ... And Other Things I Probably Shouldn't Have Said," and was asked if Michael Jordan is the cheapest athlete out there. The 56-year-old journalist didn't take long to point that title towards Tiger, saying this about the 14-time major champion and someone who has said to have made over $1 billion in his career. “I’ve covered (Michael Jordan) his whole career, but I don’t think he can hold a candle to Tiger Woods. You need a court order to get Tiger’s wallet open. It’s unbelievable. He’s always like, ‘I don’t carry cash.’ I know a valet here in town that stands between Tiger and his car just to get his $2. He’s really terrible. I’ve seen Phil Mickelson buy a 50-cent cup of a lemonade from a little girl and give her $100. When he leaves the Masters each year, he gives the guys $2,500. Tiger gives them nothing. I was with Phil once, and it was raining. He sees a homeless guy, and he gets out, parks his car and gets out his umbrella to give to the guy. Tiger would charge the guy!” The whole interview is entertaining if you like sports, and the bit about Barack Obama's golf game had me laughing, but the Tiger part was the most revealing. The part on Woods starts right around the 3:50 mark.

Charles Barkley is now just whacking golf balls with one hand [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 7:09 pm]
Every few months, a video surfaces of one of the most recognizable athletes in the world and his golf swing. Charles Barkley, a Hall of Fame basketball player turned entertaining analyst, loves the game of golf, but the two have never been able to work things out. That was clear once again this weekend at the Lake Tahoe American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, where Barkley finished dead last and this video popped up of his "new" move. Barkley stops his hitched golf swing in the middle of it to start over, a pretty admirable move considering he obviously wasn't ready to hit it, but then just whacked the ball with one hand and went about his round. We've had some fun with his golf swing before, and we will continue to marvel at what happens between the ears of one of the greatest basketball players ever when he stands over a golf ball. If nothing else, Barkley's dedication to the game of golf should be something we should all strive to achieve, but I know if I had those demons on the course like he does, I would have locked my clubs in the back of a closet long ago, never to be seen again. h/t Deadspin

Here are your 2014 PGA Championship odds [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 3:09 pm]
We are a day removed from a thrilling British Open, with Rory McIlroy claiming his third major title of his career and moves just one step away from the career Grand Slam. McIlory already has a PGA Championship under his belt, and next month he will be looking to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy again at Valhalla. Rory is the favorite at 7-to-1, according to Golf Odds, with Adam Scott coming in right behind him at 12-to-1 and Tiger Woods at 15-to-1. Check out the rest of the odds below, and let us know which value you see as we prepare for the final major of the season, and the last chance for a lot of guys to not only make their years, but completely change their careers. PGA CHAMPIONSHIP VALHALLA GOLF CLUB - LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY AUGUST 7-10, 2014   ODDS TO WIN: RORY McILROY                    7/1 ADAM SCOTT                     12/1 TIGER WOODS                    15/1 PHIL MICKELSON                 20/1 JUSTIN ROSE                    25/1 HENRIK STENSON                 25/1 MARTIN KAYMER                  25/1 SERGIO GARCIA                  25/1 RICKIE FOWLER                  25/1 JORDAN SPIETH                  25/1 DUSTIN JOHNSON                 25/1 MATT KUCHAR                    25/1 JASON DAY                      25/1 BUBBA WATSON                   30/1 JASON DUFNER                   30/1 JIM FURYK                      30/1 GRAEME McDOWELL                40/1 KEEGAN BRADLEY                 40/1 ZACH JOHNSON                   40/1 CHARL SCHWARTZEL               40/1 BRANDT SNEDEKER                40/1 LEE WESTWOOD                   50/1 JIMMY WALKER                

Winners and losers from the British Open [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 2:52 pm]
This past weekend saw a lot of great storylines and we are here to give you the good and the bad of it. Here are our winners and losers from the past week in golf. Winners Rory McIlroy — What can you say about this kid? He’s incredible, he’s living up to the hype, and he played a golf tournament from start to finish just like You Know Who used to. Rory is the standard bearer in professional golf right now, and it isn’t even close. Three major wins at 25? That’s more than the No. 1, 3 and 4 ranked players in the world have in their careers ... combined. Rickie Fowler — It has been an impressive major championship season for Rickie Fowler, who was once again in a final group on Sunday at a major. Fowler is the real deal, and as McIlroy said in his presentation speech at Royal Liverpool, he will be winning a major very, very soon. We can swoon all we want on the brilliance of Jordan Spieth, but Fowler’s swing changes have made him the best young American in the game right now. Tom Watson — He shot 68 on Sunday at the age of 64. Will this guy be competing at the British Open at 70? I wouldn’t bet against him. Sergio Garcia — We have all had a good chuckle at the expense of Sergio Garcia, but his resurgence in the golf world feels a little bit like what Steve Stricker has done. Garcia played a brilliant round of golf on Sunday, and even with the chunked bunker shot on 15, held it together and pushed Rory as much as anyone. Garcia might win a major after all, especially if that putter stays as steady as it did at Hoylake. Tiger Woods — You can call him a loser all you want for his play this week, but Tiger had a must-make birdie putt on Friday to make the cut and nailed it. The guy didn’t play competitive golf for four months and made the cut in a major championship. That’s a step in the right direction and an improvement from what happened at Congressional. I’m calling it a

Open Championship, Day 4: Rory McIlroy wins at Hoylake [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 2:04 am]
While most thought Sunday would be a walk in the park for Rory McIlroy, a man leading by six shots with just 18 to play, it was anything but at Royal Liverpool. McIlroy's birdie on the opening hole extended his lead to seven, but Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia wouldn't let down. Garcia made three birdies over his first five holes to put some pressure on McIlroy, while Fowler started off slow but fired a back nine 33 to make the conclusion a bit dramatic. McIlroy made a big par putt on the 17th hole, gave a subtle fist pump as he knew it was all but wrapped up, and two-putted for a safe par on the final hole to win by two shots and claim his third major championship. With all due respect to Jim Furyk, Marc Leishman and Shane Lowry, who all posted 7-under 65s to jump in the top-10, the round of the day belonged to Sergio Garcia. Garcia shot a 66 that included a big eagle on the 10th hole, and despite a bad bunker shot on the 15th that killed his momentum, was solid all afternoon as he chased a man that wasn't going to be beat, and despite coming up two short, showed a lot of guts and a top-10 in a major championship that was his first since 2008. Rory McIlroy joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win three of the four majors at the age of 25. McIlroy went for the green on the 18th, and despite a comfortable lead on a par-5, found a pot bunker near the green that could have been disastrous if it went another foot. Rory hit an incredible bunker shot out of it, landing pin high and rolling just a few feet past, giving him three putts for the tournament and a near hole-out for an eagle and a part of the Open scoring record. Of the 409 players in the three majors this year, Rickie Fowler has been beaten by SIX of them. He's beaten 98.53% of the fields.— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) July 20, 2014

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