- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf10 hrs ago
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?!
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf11 hrs ago
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 email@example.com and we will try to get to it in the coming weeks. Here we go ...
@shanebacon Who gets the slam sooner, Phil or Rory?
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.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf14 hrs ago
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?
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf1 day ago
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.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf2 days ago
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.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf2 days ago
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.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf3 days ago
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 best finish since 2008.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf4 days ago
On Saturday at the British Open, Rory McIlroy's four-shot lead was dwindling. Rickie Fowler was making a push on a scoring-friendly day at Royal Liverpool and was within a shot of the lead when Rory got to the par-5 16th.
Royal Liverpool is unique in the way it ends, with two par 5s over the final three holes, giving players a great shot at improving their card with some birdies and eagles.
McIlroy was just 1-under on his round and in desperate need of something good to happen when he found the green on the 16th. Rory rolled in the lengthy eagle putt to extend his lead, but he wasn't done.
Despite a dropped shot on the 17th, Rory pounded a drive 331 yards on No. 18 and had a 4-iron into the final green. He hit a beautiful shot right at the flag, landing it just on the green and saw it release to the hole to give him a great shot at second eagle in his closing three holes.
McIlroy knocked that putt in the heart of the hole to close with an eagle and a third-round 68, extending his lead to six shots and putting himself in a great position to win a third major championship at the age of 25.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
It's pretty easy to lose your composure at a major championship, it just normally doesn't happen on the first hole on a Thursday.
That was the case with Ernie Els, who made a triple-bogey on his first hole of this British Open. The 2002 and 2012 Open champion three-putted from just outside a foot on the opening hole at Royal Liverpool to card a triple-bogey after his tee shot hit a spectator.
The loss of focus for a second reminded us of Charl Schwartzel's four-putt at the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship, and things didn't get much better for Els after this, adding two more bogeys over his next five holes to sit at 5-over after five holes on a day where the scoring hasn't been much of an issue.
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- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf7 days ago
The 2014 season had a ton of promise for both Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
Mickelson, who turned 44 in June, was coming off one of his best major wins ever at the British Open in 2013 and with the U.S. Open being hosted a Pinehurst, the Grand Slam talk dominated the PGA Tour preview talk.
Tiger went major-less in '13, but he did card five PGA Tour wins on his way to another Player of the Year award and the confidence needed to roll into the new season with majors on his mind.
But things have definitely not gone that way for both Phil and Tiger. This season has been a disaster of sorts for both players, neither winning a single tournament because of one reason or another.
Tiger, of course, had surgery that kept him out of both the Masters and the U.S. Open while Mickelson has been trying to wake up a sleeping putter that can't seem to find the bottom of any cup when he needs it.
But this is the type of tournament that both players are capable of winning and both need to win if they want to get anything going in 2014. Tiger might not be totally back, but he has sounded confident in his health and his game as he's prepared to defend at Hoylake.