Since the Mayans were wrong, it appears the 2013 PGA Tour season will actually happen. There are plenty of big names set to make some noise in the upcoming season (the year kicks off on January 4th!), so we've picked our ten guys we think will have huge impacts next season and preview them here. We continue with the Masters champ, Bubba Watson.
Career PGA Tour wins: 4
Career major wins: 1
What he did in 2012: Watson entire body of work in 2012 was pretty impressive, but when you look back on his season, it will likely be remembered for one shot — that being the gap-wedge slinger he produced from the pine straw on the second playoff hole at the Masters. The incredible shot earned Watson his first major championship and ensured that no matter how the rest of the season went, 2012 would be considered a huge success.
He also finished the season ranked 1st on tour in driving distance and 2nd in greens in regulation — two stats that usually lead to big paychecks and major hardware. Throw in a solid individual showing at the Ryder Cup and you're looking at a banner year for the lefty bomber.
We're less than 24 hours away from saying so long to 2012 and welcoming 2013 with open arms. But before we start fresh on Tuesday, it only seems right that we take a look back at some of the best dunks from the past year.
If you read Prep Rally on a regular basis (and we hope you do), then you know we're suckers for highlight-reel dunks. We could go back through the yearly archives and pull out some of our favorites, but our friends at Home Team Hoops did the grunt work for us with this impressive video that spotlights some of the brightest names in high school hoops.
From Chris Walker and Justise Winslow to Justin Jackson and Andrew Wiggins, these high school stars turned 2012 into a year for are-you-kidding-me dunks. Sit back, relax and enjoy the New Year's Eve show.
Since the Mayans were wrong, it appears the 2013 PGA Tour season will actually happen. There are plenty of big names set to make some noise in the upcoming season (the year kicks off on January 4th!), so we've picked our ten guys we think will have huge impacts next season and preview them here. We continue with "Mr. Flat Bill," Rickie Fowler.
Career PGA Tour wins: 1
Career major wins: 0
What he did in 2012: First off, let's discuss the high points of Rickie Fowler's 2012 season, like the win at the Wells Fargo Championship — his first PGA Tour victory — where he stuffed a wedge to four feet on the first playoff hole to beat Rory McIlroy and D.A. Point. There's also the 6 top-15 finishes in his first 16 starts prior to the U.S. Open — including a stretch that saw him post three straight top-5 finishes.
If you stop right there, Fowler's season would be considered a huge success. However, once you take a look at the second half of his season, the win and the torrid start loses its luster. From the U.S. Open to the end of the year, Fowler never posted a top-10 and only finished inside the top-25 on two occasions.
Ten-year-old Luis 'Moose' Lowery is a big budding football star in the making, with an emphasis on big
Meet Luis "Moose" Lowery, your typical football-loving 10-year-old. He enjoys watching "The Blind Side," cheering on Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher and playing football on the weekends in the Taconic Youth Football League in Peekskill, New York.
Nothing about Moose Lowery seems out of the ordinary -- until you see the 10-year-old in person. At 5'6", 220 pounds, he towers over the other kids in his class and on the football field.
While Moose's father, Christopher Dale Lowery, told Prep Rally that he's always been the biggest kid in school — the movie theatre always charges him for an adult ticket when he's with his mother, and he's always allowed to ride the adult rides at the amusement park -- his pediatrician noted that the 10-year-old is perfectly healthy and could grow to be between 6'3" and 6'6", which seems plausible when you see Moose in action.
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Since the Mayans were wrong, it appears the 2013 PGA Tour season will actually happen. There are plenty of big names set to make some noise in the upcoming season (the year kicks off on January 4th!), so we've picked our ten guys we think will have huge impacts next season and preview them here. We continue with "Mr. FedExCup," Brandt Snedeker.
Career PGA Tour wins: 4
Career major wins: 0
What he did in 2012: Won $11.4 million for four days of golf in September. That's what you call a good year. Snedeker, a thirtysomething with two PGA Tour wins coming into the season, hit the proverbial jackpot by winning the Tour Championship and the FedExCup with three birdies over his final six holes to cash the biggest paycheck of his career.
The win defined Snedeker's season, but what many forget is that he also won earlier in the year at the Farmers Insurance Open to jumpstart the magical run. Snedeker also made his first Ryder Cup appearance and wielded the hottest putter for much of the year (he finished 1st on the PGA Tour in strokes gained-putting). To say his season was a rousing success would be the understatement of the year.
Jordan Bell was a household name in high school basketball circles before this week, but if you weren't familiar with the Long Beach Poly (Calif.) power forward's game ... well let's just say this dunk should do the trick.
The University of Oregon verbal commit is 6'8" and, as you can see from the numerous videos on YouTube, has no problem rocking the rim. But the windmill dunk he managed throw down during the City of Palms high school tournament was noting short of incredible.
If you're wondering what separates this windmill dunk from the rest, just wait until the end of the video where you get a closeup of what Bell did to the basket. Yep, that would be a broken rim.
No, it's not as gaudy as the shattered glass broken backboard, but a broken rim might actually be even more impressive.
Phil Mickelson will most likely take in a couple San Diego Padres games next season, but he'll do so without the "co-owner" tag attached to his name.
A few months after Mickelson and a group headed by former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley bought the team, Mickelson confirmed to the San Diego Union-Tribune that he was no longer part of the ownership picture.
“I think to be involved with the Padres you have to be fully committed to the long term,” Mickelson told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I’ve been born and raised here, but at this moment I’m not able to make that kind of long-term commitment to the city and to the team.”
So much for Mickelson living out every fans dream and owning a stake in his hometown team. While it's hard to believe Mickelson wanted out of the deal after O'Malley's group landed the Padres, you have to give him credit for backing out before he got in over his head.
With the extra time, maybe he can work on that curveball and attempt to make the team as a long reliever. Because you can never have enough arms in the bullpen.
A lot has been going right on the course for Rory McIlroy over the last six months: He currently holds the No. 1 ranking, won the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles, picked up an eight-shot win at the PGA Championship, and amassed more than $14 million in tournament prize money this season.
The 23-year-old looks unbeatable on the course. But off it? Well, it's not exactly smooth sailing — at least when it comes to the endorsement department. According to an ESPN story, McIlroy, who reportedly signed a mega-deal with Nike Golf for at least $200 million, is being sued by apparel-maker Oakley for breach of contract.
From the ESPN.com report:
According to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., Oakley tried to use its "right of first refusal" to match the Nike offer, but McIlroy and his agent, Conor Ridge, ignored the counteroffer, thereby breaching the Oakley-McIlroy contract.
The town of Clayton, North Carolina is in a state of shock after Hogan Teem, a senior on the Clayton High baseball team, collapsed during an organized off-season workout and later died at a Raleigh hospital.
According to the News and Observer, Teem was jogging around the Clayton High School track on Thursday when he suddenly collapsed. Coaches and trainers were quickly called to the scene where it was determined that Teem would need medical support.
Teem was then rushed to WakeMed Hospital — according to Clayton High School principal Clint Eaves, Teem was in stable condition when he was being transported — where he was pronounced dead later in the day. The official cause of death hasn't been reported.
"Hogan was a very hard-working young man," Eaves told the News and Observer. "You talk to coach Houser and all you hear is how hard working he always was, doing everything he could to overcome obstacles and give his best effort."
The Holidays are here, and that means it is time to rack your brain to find that gift for some of the hardest people in the world to buy for; golfers. No worries though, because we have you covered. From the random wine gadgets to the newest in putters, we present you with our 2012 Holiday gift guide. Buy 'em, enjoy 'em, and thank us later.
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