- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf18 hrs ago
It might have been the Dream Team pairing of golfer and teacher over a decade ago, but don't think Tiger Woods will be returning to Butch Harmon after the announcement that he would be parting ways with Sean Foley.
This is all according to Harmon, the 70-year-old instructor that worked with Woods up until 2004 and was a part of eight of the 14 majors Tiger was able to win.
Harmon told the Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard that with Woods coachless once more, a reunion between the two isn't just unlikely, but it won't be happening.
“No I would not and he’s not going to call and ask,” Harmon told the Golf Channel. “I don’t think he needs a swing coach. If I were advising Tiger I’d tell him, ‘You’re the greatest player that ever lived, just go to the range and hit shots.'"
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf1 day ago
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.
Hunter Mahan — One of the reasons the FedEx Cup playoffs are a cool end to the season is it gives people a chance to still have a monumental, season-changing win. The 2014 Barclays saw a list of guys that needed a victory, including Jim Furyk, Jason Day and the man listed here in Hunter Mahan. It had been more than two years since his last win, and Mahan was in need of a solid final round to give himself a chance, but that seems to be the way he likes to win golf tournaments. With his closing 65 at the Barclays, Mahan made it four of five stroke play wins that included a final round of 65 or lower, meaning when he sees the trophy and is feeling that his game is clicking, it's game-on when Sundays roll around.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf1 day ago
For the first time in his career, Tiger Woods will be splitting ways with a swing coach before they ever won a single major championship.
Woods announced on Monday that he and swing coach Sean Foley, whom he began working with four years, are going in a different direction, taking to his website to break the news that Woods will once again be looking for a new swing coach.
"I'd like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship," Woods said. "Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him. With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship."
The relationship between Woods and Foley was an interesting one. Foley came on when Woods' golf game was as down in the dumps as it ever was, and after struggling through 2011, saw Woods pick up three wins in 2012 and five in 2013 including PGA Tour Player of the Year.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf3 days ago
If this wasn't real life, and real sport, nobody would believe what happened to Phil Mickelson on Saturday at The Barclays.
A day after wowing the fans with a shot out of the grandstands on the par-4 fifth hole, Mickelson's tee shot sailed left again on the same hole, hit the cart path just like it did on Friday, and bounced into the grandstands to a perfect, AstroTurf lie.
What did Mickelson do? Play the shot from the grandstands, just like he did on Friday, but this time he was able to make a par, one shot better than his adventures in the second round.
Mickelson appeared to take a little more time with this one, hitting it on the green and two-putting for the par.
As for The Barclays, fans had a little fun with his shot from Friday, painting "Phil was here" right around the area he first hit from.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf4 days ago
Phil Mickelson is a fan favorite for a reason. Despite his "aww, shucks" mentality, and how a lot of people got behind him when he continued to come up short in majors before 2004, there is a bit of drama that people like Mickelson, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino possess that few others in golf history have.
Phil gets this is a business, and knows that thrilling fans is a good business model. On Friday at the Barclays he did just that when his tee shot sailed wide left on the par-4 5th.
Mickelson went up to find his ball in the middle of the grandstands, sitting perfectly on the AstroTurf and instead of taking a free drop that might fall in a nasty lie, Phil decided to play it from there, right in the middle of the fans.
The people absolutely loved it, and despite hitting the shot over the green and making bogey, it was a very cool moment for everyone involved, and exactly why Phil is beloved the way he is.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
Over the last couple of years, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have become legit friends. They both are under the Nike Golf brand, and have played together in made-for-TV events, had fun in commercials together and just recently, appeared side-by-side on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon".
Rory is in the field this week at the Barclays, and was asked about Tiger and their time together away from the cameras. McIlroy said that despite being pals, Tiger still wants to beat him in everything, and made it clear he's coming for Rory next season as Augusta National.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
It's crazy to think the FedEx Cup playoffs are now in their eighth year, providing us a lot of different champions over the years and even more incredible golf shots.
We all remember what Bill Haas did back in 2011, but you forget about that closing birdie by Jim Furyk when he joined the 59 club, the holes-in-one from some of the bigger names in the game, and even some Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson fun.
The video is above, so check out the best shots of the playoffs and let us know which one you think was the best.
While I'm partial to a guy closing a round of 59 with a birdie, I loved the Sergio Garcia reaction to that Vijay Singh birdie putt.
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 take a look at the FedEx Cup playoffs that begin this week at the Barclays.
Bacon: It's that time of year again! No, not college football starting or the NFL getting going, but the FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS! It's crazy to think that this is the eighth season of the FedEx playoffs, and while most were skeptical at first at the reasoning behind an end-of-season playoff in golf, it really has made the post-major PGA Tour season interesting. Am I alone here, or do you think the playoffs have become a success?
There have been plenty of major championships that showed the great side of Bubba Watson. Both his Masters wins come to mind, but his impressive play at the 2010 PGA Championship made us realize that this guy might be more than just a long-hitter when he found himself in a playoff with Martin Kaymer.
This year's PGA was a different story. Bubba spent most of the week complaining about this or that, making some personal statement that nobody really understood during the long-drive competition when he hit 3-iron off the tee despite using driver all four days of the actual tournament, and then complaining on the course about the conditions that everyone else in the field was also dealing with.
Any golfer can tell you that this game can drive you to do stuff that doesn't fit your personality, and Watson came out and apologized for everything that went down at Valhalla.
"You've got to learn from your mistakes," Watson told the Associated Press this week at the Barclays. "You learn from being selfish instead of looking at the bigger picture in life."
We've heard of some crazy injuries over the years in professional sports, but not many can match what kept Matt Kuchar out of the PGA Championship.
Kuchar, the No. 7 ranked player in the world and a man most think is very close to snagging that first major championship, withdrew from the final major of the year because of a back injury, but it just came to light what actually happened to the 36-year-old.
It was a failed Slip 'N Slide search for a party at his house on Tuesday of PGA week that was the reason we didn't see Kuchar in the field, as he explained to the Golf Channel this week at the Barclays.
“We were having a party at the house — a bunch of people over, a bunch of kids over,” Kuchar said. “I was in charge of hooking up the Slip 'N Slide for the kids. Walked around, all of Target, all of Wal-Mart, couldn’t find one. Sat in the car for about an hour fighting traffic and when I got back, I thought, 'Boy, my back doesn’t feel very good right now.'”