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|Check out our Devil Ball Holiday Gift Guide [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: December 11, 2013, 5:26 pm]
Face it, we're in the middle of the 2013 holiday season and you still need something for that golf-obsessed friend/dad/wife/uncle. Stop stressing out, because we have the perfect golf gift guide to make your holiday experience easier and better.1.) Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL -- Sure, you've seen Oakley sunglasses since your tee-ball days, but did you know they make lenses now specifically engineered for golf? These Half Jacket 2.0 XLs have the G30 Iridium Polarized lenses, which helps your short game, diminishes the glare from bunkers and hazards and helps bring depth to the terrain. $180, oakley.com 2.) TaylorMade SLDR driver -- If TaylorMade knows one thing, it's how to make a really great driver, and that is totally the case with the SLDR. A total change in the way we look at drivers, the SLDR allows you to add loft and gain distance. A driver that brings technology with a sleek look and a long, long head, the SLDR is definitely something that you'd love to have wrapped up under your tree. $399, taylormadegolf.com3.) Ping Cart Gloves -- It's cold, you still want to golf, so how in the world are you going to stay warm on the golf course? By covering your hands whenever possible, and the Ping cart gloves are the best out there to keep the only part of your body that touches the golf club warm. $30, ping.com4.) Nike Storm-Fit Hyperadapt -- Again, it's cold but you love this game and you aren't going to let anything stop you from a quick 18 in this frigid winter. But what in the world will keep the rain and wind off you while you're going for your personal best score? The Nike Storm-Fit jacket is perfect for this time of year, keeping Mother Nature away from you while you play. $280, nikegolf.com5.) Lululemon Core 1/2 Zip -- Most golfers would agree that playing golf in a ton of bulky clothes is a pain, which makes the Lululemon gear way better for you if you want that tight, fit feel. This Core jacket is perfect if you need something under your main jacket, or if you
Watch the best holes-in-one from the 2013 golf season [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: December 11, 2013, 1:29 pm]
In golf, there is one golf shot that every person wants, and it's the ace. You step up to the tee, hit that perfect golf shot and the only worry in the world is if you have enough money in the old bank account to cover the drinks you'll be buying, and while professionals are known to hit great shots, even they get fired up for a hole-in-one. The PGA Tour people put together a fun video of the best aces of 2013, so sit back, relax and enjoy some of the better golf shots you'll ever see. My favorite? Definitely the Shawn Stefani hole-in-one at Merion, but the Hunter Mahan ace at the BMW Championship is still one of the better executed shots you'll ever see, and definitely the best swing of this entire group.
The Shots of the Week from the World Challenge were as impressive as the finish [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: December 9, 2013, 1:53 pm]
On Sunday at Sherwood Country Club, golf fans who have been hibernating from the game the last six weeks were entertained by some incredible golf by some of the biggest names in the world. Tiger Woods, the host of the event, looked like he would cruise to another victory, but it was Zach Johnson who caught him thanks to a hole-out on the 72nd hole and then a short miss by Tiger in the playoff. The wedge from Johnson was obviously the shot of the week, but it wasn't the only hole-out that took place at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Watch Matt Kuchar nearly make a double eagle, Bubba Watson use that impressive short game that won him the Masters, and Tiger nearly answer Johnson's pitch on the final hole with his own from a short-sided bunker. - - - - - - - Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @ShaneBacon!
PGA Tour rookie gets stuck in traffic, decides to practice on the side of the freeway [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: December 9, 2013, 10:45 am]
You might remember John Peterson from Olympic Club back in 2012, when the unknown LSU fan with the great golf swing and putter cover in his back pocket nearly won that U.S. Open before Webb Simpson took home the trophy. Peterson finished T-4 that week, and after a solid season this past year on the Web.com Tour, it's on to the PGA Tour for the 24-year-old Texan. And apparently, Peterson really, really loves the game. So much that when he was stuck in a traffic jam on I-20 in Texas, he got out of his car, grabbed a couple of clubs and went to work on his golf game. Peterson videotaped the whole experience which you can watch below, but I would say this probably isn't the best idea to past the time when you're in bumper-to-bumper traffic unless you're really accurate with your irons. I don't think "FORE!" works when people are sitting in their cars with the windows rolled up and the music on. h/t Local Knowledge
Tiger Woods blows four-shot lead with eight holes to go to Zach Johnson at his own tournament [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: December 8, 2013, 4:56 pm]
It was an ending like no other on Sunday at Sherwood Country Club, with Zach Johnson taking down Tiger Woods at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in the most unusual of outcomes. Tiger Woods missing a short putt to lose a tournament? It happened. Zach Johnson hitting an 8-iron from the middle of the fairway to a very accessible pin location only to shank it in the hazard on the final hole of regulation? Yep, that also was part of the bizarre finish in chilly California. Woods had a four-shot lead over Johnson with eight holes to go on Sunday at his own event, and just when it looked like it was over Johnson birdied the 11th, 12th, 16th and 17th, and then came to the last tied with Woods, and had the advantage after finding the fairway as Woods missed well left. Tiger had to hit a heroic second shot after missing the fairway to even get the ball on the green, but short-sided himself in the bunker and it was Johnson's tournament to win. Johnson, a man known to be deadly with a wedge, had knocked down the last two flags to set up Tiger-catching birdies, and with a green light flag like the 18th on Sunday at Sherwood, it seemed that a birdie was much more likely than a bogey. Johnson shanked his 8-iron into a hazard that basically doesn't come into play for professionals, and it looked like one of the biggest chokes ever in this event before he hit his fourth shot from the drop zone. The ball spun back in the hole for the par, Tiger could only smirk, and then had to get up and down from a really tough position just to make a playoff. It was there that we were reminded that this Tiger is not the man who once never seemed to miss a shot or a putt when it mattered. Woods' approach shot weakly drifted right into that same bunker, a really poor golf swing considering the man and the moment, and after another great shot from the bunker, his par putt went begging and it was Johnson's title to keep. A strange ending to a fairly strange week in Sherwood, with Johnson fo
Jason Dufner plays a prank on Keegan Bradley during their opening round [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: December 5, 2013, 3:11 pm]
If you've ever spent longer than 90 seconds on Twitter and you're a golf fan, you probably know that Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley like to mess with each other. Both are always sending stuff to one other poking fun like buddies tend to do. During the opening round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, Dufner and Bradley were paired together and it was the Auburn fan that got the best of Bradley. After avoiding a rock in the bunker, Dufner was handed it by his caddie to toss out of the trap, but instead of doing it, he just put the rock in Bradley's golf bag. While this event has big names in the field, it is still a fun golf tournament and stuff like this shows just that. If I was Bradley, I would definitely focus my prank revenge on the television Dufner is watching when the SEC Championship comes down to the end.
Teeing Off: Are December events necessary for golf? [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: December 4, 2013, 11:10 am]
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 talk about the Silly Season, and if these golf tournaments help or hurt the game. Bacon: This week marks the conclusion of these weird "tournaments that matter but don't really matter" events that golf has when the PGA Tour and European Tour's seasons end. We used to call it the Silly Season, but I'm not sure that completely grasps what is happening now considering how great the field is for Tiger's tournament. All that aside, do you think these events are good for the game or are a little overkill for golf fans considering there is basically a tournament 52 weeks out of the year? Busbee: The easy thing to say is that the NFL has mastered the art of demand through scarcity, and golf could take a lesson from that. However, the two sports aren't completely comparable--for one thing, the Patriots and Seahawks play all 16 games, not just the ones they want to. For that reason, then, the golf schedule is kind of like a Vegas buffet for viewers ... if you want to load up on every kind of food imaginable, you can, but if you want to focus on just the carving station and the dessert bar, you can do that too. My feeling is, what's the harm? As long as a few charities get a few bucks, more power to 'em. And you never know when you might get a gem like last week's Rory-Adam Scott showdown. You? Bacon: You can call me un-American all you want for this statement, but I actually prefer some of this Silly Season events in other parts of the world because like you said, you can tune in if you want at weird hours and catch some great golf. The Australian Open was great for me because I could turn it on later in the evening and watch live golf between huge names like Rory and Scott. The problem for me is when December rolls around the golf gets a little
Watch one of the best, and most creative, golf shots youâll ever see [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: December 4, 2013, 9:02 am]
To be a good golfer you need plenty of tools, but one of the things that really talented golfers are the best at is recovering from a bad golf shot. Tiger Woods has made a career out of getting out of trouble when he hits a bad drive or finds himself in a precarious situation, as has Phil Mickelson and some of the other big names in the game. It's a skill just like putting and chipping, and it's what makes some of the professional golfers we watch week in and week out so amazing. Introduce Matt Wheatcroft, a gentleman who was playing in the British Par-3 Championship a few months back. Wheatcroft found himself almost out of bounds on the short fourth hole, just inches away from a post that basically gave him no swing at all. The logical play here would be to take an unplayable lie, try to make your bogey and move to the next hole. Wheatcroft had a different idea. He decided to go Roy McAvoy against the outhouse and bank it off the post, hoping to get a good bounce and get the ball somewhere on the green. His result was Bill Haas out of the water at East Lake, ending up just inches away from the hole for a tap-in par and what a lot of us think is one of the greatest recovery shots we've ever seen. H/T Ballengee at Golf News Net - - - - - - - Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @ShaneBacon!
Jason Dufner kindly asks Tiger Woods to shorten event this week so he can watch Auburn football [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: December 2, 2013, 4:47 pm]
On Saturday night in Alabama, the Auburn Tigers pulled off one of the most stunning last second wins in the history of college football, taking out top-seeded Alabama thanks to a failed field goal return by Chris Davis. Unless you are Hanks in "Castaway" you've seen a few highlights of that play, but Auburn's quest for a national championship is now just heating up. Auburn plays Missouri on Saturday at 4 PM ET, meaning those lucky professional golfers that got the invite to Tiger Woods' event in California will be missing a good portion of that game, if not all of it. Which Auburn Tiger is in the field, and has kindly asked Tiger Woods to shorten the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge from four days to two days? That would be our PGA Championship winner, Jason Dufner, who went to Twitter on Monday to ask the top golfer in the world if he wouldn't mind this slight tweak. Dear Mr @TigerWoods I petition the event this week to play 36 holes Thurs and Friday,so I can watch my beloved Auburn play for SEC champ thx â Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) December 2, 2013 It's probably a little too close to the start date to condense the golf tournament to just two days, but maybe Dufner should plan on a couple of weak opening scores so he's sure to go out early on Saturday and get his round over with. I guess if he opens 75-75 we will know just how big of an Auburn fan the Duf really is. Update: Tiger responded ... @JasonDufner Petition denied. â Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) December 3, 2013 - - - - - - - Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @ShaneBacon!
Rory McIlroyâs season-ending win conjures up thoughts of Tigerâs win at Sherwood [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: December 2, 2013, 9:58 am]
Venture back with me to 2011, when the PGA Tour season had long wrapped up and the only tournaments left on the year's schedule were Silly Season events and pocket-stuffer tournaments for the big names. Tiger Woods was set to host the Chevron World Challenge (now the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge) and while the tournament didn't mean anything for career numbers or FedEx Cup points, it meant a lot for the confidence of the tournament host. Woods had lost the year before to Graeme McDowell in a playoff as he entered the final round with a four-shot lead, and his '11 PGA Tour season ended without a single victory. In '11 at Sherwood Country Club, it was Tiger who was able to make the clutch putts down the stretch that had been missing for more than two years, and his victory over Zach Johnson there not only was his first win since the '09 Australian Masters, but it catapulted him to a 2012 season that saw Woods lift trophies on the PGA Tour three times, and five times a season later. There is a theory in golf that winning is a skill just like hitting fairways and making five-footers, and Woods had lost that ability after all his personal problems and swing changes. He struggled to make that putt on the 18th green to improve his round by a shot, and he couldn't put together a Sunday round that was worthy of a champion. His play at that Chevron World Challenge reminded us, and him, that this guy was born to be clutch. On Sunday at the Australian Open, Rory McIlroy faced a similar situation. Heading into the last 18 holes, it was McIlroy who was chasing a man who had one of the better season of anyone in the world in Adam Scott, but the round was far more important to Rory than it was to Adam. Sure, Scott was chasing the Australian Grand Slam, but a win here for McIlroy would mean more than just an extra piece of luggage to take back to Northern Ireland, it would remind us, and remind Rory, that his talent level can take down the best in the world on their home soil
Rory McIlroy ends 2013 drought with win at the Australian Open [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: December 1, 2013, 10:39 am]
This season wasn't supposed to happen to Rory McIlroy. Nope, this was the year that Rory was expected to sign his monster club and clothing deal with Nike and burst out of the gate with the Swoosh and the swagger and the knowledge that he is the Next Big Thing in the game of golf and nobody else was even close. That, of course, didn't happen. McIlroy struggled all season with his golf swing and his attitude and rumors after rumors that tend to follow around a high profile athlete like this 24-year-old Northern Irishman. But Sunday at the Australian Open was a different story. Half a world away from a tough season on the PGA Tour, McIlroy was one of the headliners at the Royal Sydney Golf Club and after two rounds the tournament had the dream final group they had hoped for. McIlroy was paired with beloved Australian Adam Scott and it seemed for the final 36 holes it was simply a battle between these two major champions. Rory came to the final hole needing a birdie to win his first professional event of the season and deny Scott the Triple Crown of Australian golf (Scott had already won the Australian Masters and Australian PGA in November). It was one of those moments that golf fans simply wanted to see, a putt from a man searching for that elusive title to get back to being dominant and break the nasty funk he was in for the past 11 months. Rory rolled in the putt, lifted his arms and it seemed at that moment, everything was right in the world again. The win was impressive, but his play down the stretch was even better. Rory didn't make a bogey over his final 31 holes and his closing 66 tied John Senden for low round of the day in Sydney.
What Weâre Thankful For 2013: Devil Ball Golf [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: November 27, 2013, 9:09 am]
With Thanksgiving upon us, each Yahoo Sports blog is taking stock of what they're thankful for while also providing menu suggestions and a sport-specific viewing guide for when you hit your couch. Share what you're thankful for on Twitter with the #YSBThanks hashtag or in the comments below. Have a safe and happy holiday! Shane Bacon, Devil Ball editor That the Masters is just 134 days away: No matter what golf fans say, there is one week each year that we circle with a really, really big green marker and sit in anticipation as the days count down to Augusta National. Considering it's the most popular golf course in the world hosting the first major championship of the year, it's no surprise it happens to be the most cherished. No offense to the high rough of the U.S. Open or the beautiful history that surrounds the British or the finale that is the PGA Championship, but the Masters is the best week of the year in the golf world and counting days until it begins is something every golf fan is thankful for. That "18" is still a thing: How beautiful is it that the most important record in golf history also happens to be one of the most used numbers in golf? Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors and our generation has been lucky enough to watch Tiger Woods chase that number, the same number of holes most of us play each time we tee it up. Just a perfect symmetry for this amazing game. It's almost been a blessing to golf fans that Tiger has slowed down on the major chase because it is the one thing that we can debate each season. Will Tiger catch Jack's number, or has he missed out on too many opportunities over the last few years? Personally, I think the record is out of reach, but I can't wait for Tiger to win his 15th major so the topic can heat up again. I definitely think Woods has one or two more major wins in him, and if he gets to 17 each major will be the most anticipated in the history of the game. Not a bad thing for golf fans like us, eh? That this new generation is
Devil Ball Proving Ground: Ping Rapture D.I. [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: November 26, 2013, 2:18 pm]
Welcome to Devil Ball's Proving Ground, where we put the latest golf gear through its paces. Today we look at the Ping Rapture D.I. Tester â Shane Bacon â Handicap: +1.0 Target Golf Audience â +5 - 15 handicaps Initial thoughts I have to admit something and it always makes the equipment buffs frustrated; I'm not a hybrid guy. My golf swing was never made for hybrids, and anytime I've had one in the bag it didn't stay for very long. Long irons are my friend, clubs that most people hate and I just can't hit them enough. My college days were spent with a 2-iron blade in the bag, and while that isn't the case these days, I still hit 3-iron off a lot of tees. The idea of a driving iron was something I liked immediately, and after getting my hands on the Ping Rapture driving iron I immediately knew I found a club that was made for me. The club is just a brute, a meaty, solid work of art by Ping that not only looks good in the bag, but looks like you can absolutely smash it down the fairway. The idea of a driving iron is something I've always been interested in (remember the zero irons from back in the day? I looked high and low for one left-handed but couldn't find it.), and this Rapture club is exactly what I had hoped it would be. On-Course Thoughts Have you ever bought a golf club that performed almost exactly as you thought it would when you first hit it? That is the Ping Rapture D.I. for me. I knew I would like it before I even hit it because it's exactly something I've looked for over the years, a heavy, tungsten weighted golf club that allows me to smash the stinger low and straight, and hit the high cut if I need to go after a par-5 in two. Getting a chance to take it to the range was a treat, and I liked it even more on the golf course. The club is just solid, and unlike the hybrids, works great with my steep golf swing. I didn't have a problem getting the ball in the air with the Rapture, but what I really enjoyed was how low I could keep it without havi
Bubba Watson shot 81 playing with just a single hybrid [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: November 25, 2013, 11:44 am]
It's the golf offseason, which means players are busy working on new equipment or spending time with family or just taking a break from the game. It's a time to relax and have a little fun with the game of golf, and nobody is better at having fun on the golf course than Bubba Watson. Tim Mitchell over at Golf WRX ran into Bubba at Pelican Hill Golf Club last month and noticed he didn't have his golf bag. Just a single 20-degree hybrid club, three golf balls in his pocket and some friends, attempting to play the one club challenge for 18 holes. While this isn't exactly like "Tin Cup" and the 7-iron, it is a great way to work on simply creating golf shots out of nothing, and Bubba might be the best in the world at that. From the report by Mitchell ... Bubba told one of our staff members that he sometimes gets bored using 14 clubs, and occasionally wants to challenge his shot making skills by playing a round with only one club. In impressive fashion, Bubba shot 81 on the Tom Fazio-designed, par-72 championship golf course. Yes, you read that correctly, Watson was able to post a round of 9-over 81 despite having just one club and a hybrid like that isn't exactly one you'd consider a "scoring club." Little experiments like this on the golf course are a great way to just see where your game stands, or doing this can help free up your mind on the golf course. So many times we sit on a tee box of a par-3 battling between that six or seven-iron, when really it's more about the swing we make with the club we choose that will make the real difference. Golf is a game of inches, sure, but it's also a game that allows us hundreds of ways to play one single golf shot. We can try to hit something 100 percent, club down and swing smooth, bring the ball in from the left or the right, high or low, and a Masters champion going out and having some fun while challenging himself in a different way is what I like to call constructive practice. So for those keeping count at home, that is a
Jason Day reminds us why we love sports [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: November 24, 2013, 10:24 am]
Early Sunday morning on the East Coast, the idea of a professional golf tournament being played live in Australia wasn't the top thing on most people's minds. This time of year is reserved for football and Thanksgiving and figuring out your travel plans for the week, not for something called the World Cup of Golf that was being played in a place that is warm and sunny and wonderful. But Sunday marked a pretty special moment for all of sports, as Jason Day picked up his first professional win since 2010 thanks to some gritty play down the stretch at the wonderful Royal Melbourne, capped off by a ridiculously clutch second shot into the tough 18th to set up a two-putt par and both the individual title and the team title for Australia alongside Adam Scott. The win isn't supposed to be a blip on your radar. Golf fans went into hibernation weeks ago, putting their clubs in the closet for jackets and mittens and snow shovels. But Day's win is significant simply because the guy has been on a roller coaster of emotions the last two weeks. Day lost eight family members including his grandmother to Typhoon Haiyan when it slammed into the Philippines earlier this month. Day released a statement about what was going on in his personal life, but he had committed to playing in this event with the Masters champion and couldn't really back out. If you've ever had a minute to chat with Day you know that isn't his style. He's one of the good guys on tour, the type of kid that seems to totally understand who he is and what he's about. A lot of people including myself are baffled that Day has only one PGA Tour win in his career, simply because his talent level is up there with the Rorys and the Adams and the Dustins of the golf world. Two seasons ago Day finished in second place at both the Masters and the U.S. Open. This year Day finished third at the Masters, T-2 at the U.S. Open and T-8 at the PGA Championship. The 26-year-old from Queensland, Australia isn't just a good player, he'
Stuart Manley made hole-in-one at World Cup of Golf, follows it up with 11 on next hole [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: November 23, 2013, 9:29 am]
Most of the time in golf, writing down a "1" on the scorecard is a good thing, but we had that rare instance in Melbourne where three "1s" in a row turned out to be a big negative. Stuart Manley, the 346th ranked golfer in the world from Wales, got himself into contention at the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne on Saturday thanks to his tee shot on the par-3 3rd hole. As you can see below, Manley's tee shot found the bottom of the cup for the rare hole-in-one, and despite celebrating with the car behind him, didn't even get to keep it because the contest for the new Mercedes-Benz was only open to competitors that made the ace on Sunday. Not getting a free car was a bummer, but what happened next was even worse. Manley followed up his hole-in-one with an 11 on the next hole, a septuple-bogey that dropped him well down the leaderboard after getting as high as a tie for second thanks to that ace. The crazy part about his 11 is that Manley managed to shoot a round of 1-over 72 thanks to four birdies, two eagles (including the ace) and a couple of bogeys. In golf parlance, when you mess up after a birdie we call it a "FUAB" and after an eagle it's normally a "FUAE," but I'm not sure if we have something for making a double-digit number on the hole after you carded a hole-in-one. Should we start calling it a Manley? I'm okay with that. Manley sits at 1-over for the tournament with one round to play, six shots back of Jason Day. - - - - - - - Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @ShaneBacon!
This Tiger Woods interview from 1994 is just fantastic [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: November 22, 2013, 2:12 pm]
I have absolutely no idea how long this YouTube video has been circulating around showing Tiger Woods in an interview all the way back in 1994, but I'm glad I finally got to see it. That is Tiger, in what appears to be the beginning of his incredible outfits off the golf course, talking to Paul Higgins about his high school days, his success at the USGA events and what he plans for the future. The line of the interview? Tiger was asked about expectations and after giving a pretty elaborate answer for an 18-year-old he ended with, "I really don't give a darn what they think," which is pretty spot-on considering what we know about Woods in 2013. The interview always reminds us just how long Tiger has been in the spotlight as "the next big thing" in the game of golf, and how even when he was a teenager he had this ability to control interviews and the room without ever really revealing anything. If you wanted a little more from young Tiger, check out this interview from Woods that was conducted by Trans World Sport. Also, that jacket? That jacket is niiiice. h/t Local Knowledge
Check out Tiger Woodsâ recruitment letter from Stanford [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: November 22, 2013, 9:06 am]
Back in 1989, Tiger Woods was just 14-years-old, but that didn't stop Stanford from reaching out to the golf phenomenon and trying to get some early love from the future major winner. Tiger listened to what coach Wally Goodwin had to say, and Jay Yarow at the Business Insider has photo evidence of the initial exchange between top university and top junior golfer. Goodwin sent Woods this letter, letting him know about the academic requirements at Stanford and pushing Tiger to achieve both a high GPA and solid scores on the SAT to land a spot at Stanford. The partnership between Stanford and Tiger worked out great, with Woods winning his first ever college start and taking home the individual national championship in 1996. The letter is a cool piece of memorabilia considering how great Woods has turned out to be in the professional ranks, but as as 14-year-old he was simply trying to figure out which college he would eventually enroll at. - - - - - - - Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @ShaneBacon!
Henrik Stenson had such a good year that his caddie bought himself a Ferrari [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: November 21, 2013, 1:47 pm]
As a professional golfer, you always dream of that day that money isn't something you're worried about. Years ago I took on the mini tour golf scene for a summer and the stress that comes with always worrying about money can sure make those four-footers for par a lot tougher to bury. After the year that Henrik Stenson had, money will never be a bother to the 37-year-old Swede who became the first player ever to win the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai in the same season. How good was his year? His caddie, Gareth Lord, pocketed so much cash that he's treating himself to a Ferrari. When your caddie is buying high end cars, you know you've done pretty well for yourself. Via the Daily Mail ... "His caddie Gareth Lord from Coventry has collected so many bonuses he has treated himself to a Ferrari. He's a vital member of Team Stenson, alongside the wise Yorkshire coach, Pete Cowen, who reckons Stenson is only 75 percent towards the player he can be. âIt will be fun when I get the other 25 percent,' said Stenson." Thanks to all the bonuses and such that Stenson collected, he made nearly $20 million this season just on the golf course, so if Lord landed just 10 percent of that he would have pocketed $2 million (and I'd venture to say he probably got a little more than that if Stenson is the generous type). This is going to shock you, but I'm not exactly sure the price of your standard Ferrari (writer salaries!), but even if it's a a quarter of a million bucks he will stay have a dollar or two left to his name to give his family a pretty lavish holiday season. So, for those scoring at home, the best way to make $2 million in one season without ever swinging a club goes like this: -- Be extremely smart and talented as a caddie, not to mention the type of person that can calm down a guy that can go from zero to 60 in about three seconds. -- Find a talented golfer that is on the cusp of breaking through. -- Hope that the golfers picks you as his caddie and keeps you around thr
Phil Mickelson gives Lydia Ko advice on turning pro, tells her to avoid the tax-heavy states [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: November 21, 2013, 10:19 am]
The LPGA might not get enough play over the year despite the fact that the women are incredibly talented and a ton of fun to watch, but eyes should turn to the CME Group Titleholders this week as Lydia Ko will play her first tournament as a professional. Ko, just 16-years-old, has already won four professional tournaments including two LPGA events, but this week in Florida will be the first time she tees it up and gets to keep whatever money she earns, and one big name in golf gave the youngster some serious advice. Phil Mickelson, who earlier this year spoke out about the high taxes he faces in California, told Ko when they were introduced in California to make sure to avoid any of those states with ridiculously high taxes, something Ko is taking to heart considering the places she is thinking about living. ''We're looking Florida and Texas and a couple other places there's no income tax,'' Ko said. ''Phil mentioned that one of the biggest mistakes was staying after college where the taxes are quite high. So I'm trying to stay in a low place. I don't have any money yet.'' While Ko might not have any money yet, she definitely has the potential to earn a lot of it and fast. If she had turned pro before trying her hand at the events she has played she would have already earned more than $1 million, a ridiculous amount considering she turned 16 in April. Ko will have a ton of pressure on her as she tees it up in her first professional event, but it seems she knows how to deal with pressure just fine and while this is now her job, I think we can all agree that she will be just fine as a professional and not an amateur. - - - - - - - Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @ShaneBacon!