Jay Busbee

  • USC women's tennis team accidentally smashes Pac-12 trophy

    Jay Busbee at Busted Racquet 1 day ago

    Before you read any further, just remember: there's not a whole lot of catching involved in tennis.

    The USC women's tennis team won the Pac-12 championship on Thursday over UCLA, which is certainly a notable achievement worth celebrating. And when the team celebrated, well, things got a bit out of hand:

    That awkward moment when @USCWomensTennis accidentally smashed the @pac12 championship trophy... #FightOn pic.twitter.com/d5iUdVSHq7

    Whoops.

    It's not the first time a precious trophy has ended up in shards. Most notably, Alabama's $30,000 Waterford crystal football commemorating the football team's 2011 national championshipshattered when a player's father bumped the case. Similarly, a recruit destroyed Florida's 2006 championship football by accident in 2008.

  • Masters winner Jordan Spieth has taken plenty of cash from Tony Romo on course

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Jordan Spieth is a 21-year-old who just won the Masters. You may or may not know this, depending on your affinity for non-football sports, but as an NFL fan, you will surely appreciate this: Spieth, a Texas product, has taken lots of money from Tony Romo on the course.

    Romo has some skills on the golf course; he's tried a few times to qualify for the U.S. Open but hasn't ever come all that close. But for whatever reason, he's somehow gotten it into his head that he's almost good enough to take on a Masters champion straight up.

    Talking on Jim Rome's Showtime show, Spieth discussed his games with Romo, and noted that the Cowboys QB's judgment may be a bit suspect on the course.

    "The good news is he doesn't swallow his pride and take a lot of strokes," Spieth said. "He likes to play maybe like 2 or 3 a side, which means I'm usually on the winning end of that one."

    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.

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  • Jordan Spieth talks Masters victory and Chick-fil-A (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 4 days ago

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    Fresh off his victory in Augusta, Spieth spoke to Grandstanding podcast while standing outside the doors of David Letterman's studio. He gave Yahoo Sports the inside scoop on how he celebrated his victory, as well as how often he's wearing his green jacket.

    Spieth also talked some actual golf, such as how he kept himself composed during a wire-to-wire performance, his first-ever Masters memory, and the best moment from Sunday's final round. Spieth offered up perspective on the upcoming U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, and also answered the question of whether he reads what people write on the Internet about him. Finally, he closed off with a little discussion about what it was like to walk up the 18th green at Augusta National with the entire world watching.

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  • Six ways of looking at the Masters Sunday's back nine

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 5 days ago

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – This is the story of a broken tee, an unexpected handshake, and a sideways grin that, together, sum up Augusta National and the 2015 Masters.

    You know how it ends, with Jordan Spieth winning a green jacket. Here’s what happened in the final hours before it happened.

    You have to work hard to find a location at Augusta National Golf Club that doesn’t feature spectacular vistas of one of the world’s great golf courses. The greens at 16 and 18 are particularly popular, and the view of Amen Corner is so impressive that you’re willing to crowd amongst thousands of fellow patrons for a chance to cheer a shot you can’t even see.

    So you’ve got to dig a bit to find a spot that’s both critical and sparsely populated. One such spot is the 11 th tee, a tiny elevated plateau just up from the 10 th green, a peninsula of green cut into the pine straw and azaleas. And it’s here that our little odyssey starts.

    HOLE 11, White Dogwood

    Off to 15.

    HOLE 15, Firethorn

    “I can’t believe you would do something like that,” the marshal says in a disappointed-father tone. “I cannot believe it.”

    HOLE 18, Holly

  • Jordan Spieth wins the Masters in record fashion

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 5 days ago

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. – Coming into Sunday at the Masters, Jordan Spieth held a four-shot lead, and that was enough to ensure that this day would see a memorable story, one either of triumph at a young age or of gut-punch collapse.

    With barely a doubt, Spieth delivered a triumph that will now have the entire golf world wondering if it hasn't just witnessed the second coming of ... Tiger Woods.

    A lofty, if not premature comparison for sure, but consider this: Woods was 21 years old when he won his first major, the Masters, doing it in record fashion at 18-under par for the tournament. (No one had finished lower than 17-under before.) Spieth is 21, just a few months older than Woods was back in 1997, and won this Masters at 18-under.

    What's more, Spieth became just the fifth player – and first since 1976 – to lead the tournament wire-to-wire, something not even Tiger has managed to do in his four Masters victories.

    The only person that could catch Spieth on this day was Spieth.

  • Who will win the 2015 Masters?

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 6 days ago

    AUGUSTA, Ga. - For 50 holes, Jordan Spieth turned the Masters from a tournament into a coronation. But a late double-bogey put a crack in his previously impenetrable foundation, and suddenly a few challengers are within a handful of strokes of Spieth's lead. It'll be a challenge for them to catch him, but it'll be just as much of a challenge for Spieth to remain within himself and close out a wire-to-wire Masters.

    With all due respect to Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and others 10 strokes back or more, it will take both a titanic effort on their part and a total collapse atop the leaderboard for them to have a hope of contending. So we'll wish them well and keep our attention on the four men with the best chance to win on Sunday. In descending order down the leaderboard, they are:

    Play begins at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday at Augusta, and the Mickelson-Hoffman pairing tees off at 2:40 p.m., with the others to follow 10 minutes later. Not much longer now.

  • Phil Mickelson's spectacular putt keeps pressure on Jordan Spieth

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 6 days ago

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. - Tiger Woods' precipitous fall has blinded golf fans to another inescapable fact: for the last couple of years, Phil Mickelson has pretty much stunk, too.

    Mickelson hasn't won since the Open Championship in 2013, and hasn't placed above a tie for 17th in seven tournaments this season. Yet here he was on Saturday, shooting a 67 that tied Justin Rose for the lowest round of the day, and putting himself, against all expectation, into the conversation for another green jacket.

    Sporting a salmon-pink shirt to honor Arnold Palmer, Mickelson started hot, birdie'ing holes 2, 3 and 4 and 10 to make the turn at minus-10. He'd finish the day at 11 under, though not without a bit of jockeying between birdies and bogeys on the back nine. His finest moment of the round came on 16, as he holed a spectacular 41-footer:

    A missed putt the very next hole -- this is Phil, after all -- dropped a stroke and helped keep him out of the final pairing. But all in all, he will begin Masters Sunday five strokes behind Jordan Spieth. It's a significant gap, but not an insurmountable one; Mickelson made up three strokes on Saturday.

  • Tiger's back, and the gallery is loving him for it

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 6 days ago

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. - It wasn't a particularly tough putt, as these things go, a little six-footer on the 8th hole. But when Tiger Woods drained it for a birdie, the YEAHHH that erupted from the crowd hit with physical force.

    Whatever woes ailed Woods earlier this year, he's proven he's still got quality golf left to play, and his gallery proved on Saturday that they're ready to cheer if given the slightest opportunity. Saurday's four-under round, which left him at -6 for the tournament, dragged him back into contention. Sort of. He's double-digits behind Jordan Spieth and won't come close to winning, but this weekend, that's not the point.

    Woods still commands a large gallery, but there was something special about Saturday's. It grew and swelled, tidelike, as the round went on. Woods began his day with birdies in three of the first four holes, and that was enough to attract the patrons to his pairing. The gallery grew and grew, to the point that it was 15 people deep at places, and the only way to figure out whether he made a putt, even standing 20 feet away, was to listen for the roar.

  • No love lost between Saturday playing partners Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 7 days ago

    AUGUSTA, Ga. - Just outside the Augusta National clubhouse Friday, Tiger Woods was speaking to a small crowd of media when Sergio Garcia, his own interviews done, walked behind Woods and genially clapped his shoulder as he passed. Woods turned and nodded an equally pleasant "Hey."

    That was it. Garcia didn't leap in off the top rope and smash a chair over Woods' head, alas. Such things are not done in golf. But if they were, these two would be the ones doing them.

    Woods and Garcia, playing partners in Saturday's third round of the Masters, have an icy relationship stretching back nearly two decades. The two have exchanged a few unfortunate remarks and poison-tipped witticisms, but more often they've conducted their business in the passive-aggressive style of golf since time immemorial.

    As with their brief interaction on Friday afternoon, it's usually Sergio making the first move, for good or ill, and Tiger making the last. Shortly after Saturday's pairings were announced, Garcia offered up the following waddaya-gonna-do tweet:

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  • Rory McIlroy fights back from the abyss, though career slam likely must wait

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 7 days ago

    AUGUSTA, Ga. - Rory McIlroy and Camellia, the 10th hole at Augusta, have a strange relationship.

    The hole starts up by the putting green, in the shadow of the Augusta National clubhouse, then drops off steeply. Cabins overlook the left side of the hole; on the right is a large expanse of round-destroying trees. It was at this hole in 2011 that McIlroy, who had up until that point been throttling the Masters field (this is an important point we'll return to later) saw his lead evaporate after a disastrous tee shot.

    And it was on this hole, four years later, that McIlroy found some measure of redemption, kicking off a five-under back nine that may not have saved his Masters, but certainly saved his sanity. McIlroy had played the opening nine at +3, and stood on the cusp of missing the cut.

    "If I can string together four more nines like that, I'll have a chance," he said shortly after the round.

    "I thought 10-under would be enough to win the entire tournament," McIlroy said. "I never thought someone would be there after the second day."

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