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- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf9 hrs ago
Matt Kuchar has made a habit of falling short in PGA Tour events this season, but that all changed on Sunday at the RBC Heritage thanks to an incredible shot on his final hole of the tournament.
Just two weeks removed from a pitch shot that won the Shell Houston Open for Matt Jones, Kuchar faced a bunker shot on the 18th hole on Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links that will be in the running for golf shot of the year.
Kuchar, who made six birdies on his way out on Sunday for a front nine 30, made his first bogey of the day on the 17th hole, and it looked like that shot could ruin his chances of a seventh PGA Tour win. But after his second shot on the 18th hole found the greenside bunker, it was up to Kuchar to try and get it up and down for a final round 65 and an outside chance at a playoff.
He did himself one better, knocking that bunker shot in the hole for the unexpected birdie and a 64 for Kuchar, who had to wait out the rest of the guys on the course to see if he could finally win in 2014.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf13 hrs ago
If you have been keeping up with the LPGA this season you know that Michelle Wie has emerged as not only one of the best players on tour, but one of the most consistent.
The 24-year-old has been on fire in 2014, finishing in the top-16 in every tournament she's played, nearly winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier this month for her first major, showing even without the win that she has become a force on the LPGA Tour.
That elusive third LPGA title came this weekend in Hawaii thanks to a final round 67 from Wie at the LPGA Lotte Championship, and we have the final round highlights above.
Wie was solid all week, as usual, but it was her putting that really helped her take the lead on Sunday and never look back, and if you don't think this win in her home state of Hawaii means a lot, look what Wie sent out on Twitter immediately following the victory.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf2 days ago
Being a professional golfer has plenty of perks, but on Friday at the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open one of the players in the field ran into a situation that was anything but desirable.
Pablo Larrazabal, a 30-year-old professional golfer from Spain, was playing his round when hornets came after him. Larrazabal tried to get the hornets off with a towel, but it wasn't enough as he was stung nearly 20 times, eventually jumping in a nearby lake to get the critters off him.
Larrazabal eventually got out of the lake, dried off, got a new shirt and went to hit his shot on the par-5 5th hole, knocking it up there to about 15 feet and rolling in the putt for a very unexpected birdie.
"Like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me, big time," Larrazabal said after his round. "Maybe the scariest moment of my career by far."
The video of the attack is below, and make sure to check out his post-round interview to hear what he had to say about the crazy happenings at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
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- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf3 days ago
In golf, unlike any sport out there, fans long to watch their veterans. Sure, baseball and football and basketball and hockey retire numbers and jerseys, but there isn't a yearning to actually see the old guys play against the young guys. At least not like there is in the game of golf.
We love the idea of a 50-year-old winning the Masters, or a veteran coming in and making a cut on his last leg, forgetting about all the young players out there simply just asking for that one chance to prove their worth.
This issue came up at this week's PGA Tour stop, the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head. Nick Faldo was extended an invite because he's a past winner, taking this title as his first ever win on the PGA Tour back in 1984. Faldo, fresh off his broadcasting duties at the Masters, accepted the invite and opened with a 6-over 77, currently tied for last place at the event.
This didn't go over well with one Web.com Tour player, Josh Broadaway, who took to Twitter to show his disgust for a 56-year-old taking up a spot in a PGA Tour event where plenty of other names are just trying to earn checks and keep their dream alive.
Here was what Broadaway had to say on Twitter.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf4 days ago
It's been known for years as the unofficial fifth major of the year, and the Players Championship made a move on Wednesday that will make it seem even more like a major starting this season.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced that the Players would move to a three-hole playoff format starting this year, meaning if the Players Championship is tied after 72 holes, it won't just be sudden death like every other non-major PGA Tour event.
The holes will be 16-18, meaning the three most famous holes at TPC Sawgrass will be on display in a playoff if it comes down to that, and it makes a lot of sense if you think about it.
In previous years we've seen players go directly to the par-3 17th if there was a playoff, which is obviously one of the most iconic holes in golf but not necessarily the most fair to play once with this huge title on the line. Now, with a par-5 before and a par-4 after, it will allow players a loose swing without it dooming their chances at the huge Players purse.
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
Bubba Watson hit the Waffle House after winning the Masters. You already know this. But further details of his post-green-jacket journey are beginning to seep out, and they verify the fact that Watson is most definitely the people's choice among golfers.
The Augusta Chronicle is reporting that Watsonhit an Augusta Steak & Shake for shakes around midnight, then followed that up with the Waffle House visit. (His order: double grilled cheese and scattered and covered hash browns.)
According to the Chronicle's sources, Watson left a $24 tip at Steak & Shake and a $148 tip at the Waffle House. Generous, but then again, he'd just won $1.6 million a few miles up the road. He can probably afford it.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
John Daly might be 10 years removed from his last PGA Tour win, but that hasn't stopped him from making the headlines.
And he also does stuff like this video below, where a woman (I'm assuming it's one of the two women he tagged in his tweet) allowed Daly to swing a full driver with the ball teed up in her mouth.
The video is incredible, her reaction is exactly what it should be, and John Daly continues to be John Daly, no matter the circumstance.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
The 2014 U.S. Open is just two months away, but with NBC having the second major championship of the year for the last time, we are already looking ahead at what Fox is planning to do when they debut their golf coverage in 2015.
The latest announcement is an interesting one, as sources are telling Sports Business Journal that Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be the featured broadcasting group when the network turns to golf.
Norman, a two-time major champion, never won the U.S. Open, but competed in it 19 times, finishing second in 1984 and 1995. Buck, the man that seems to do it all for Fox, has never broadcasted golf but is apparently a scratch golfer who seems to be versatile enough to do just about anything the network asks.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf5 days 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 and we will try to get to it in the coming weeks. Here we go ...
@shanebacon how many green jackets does BW end up with?
Bacon: It's quite remarkable how Augusta National plays into certain player's hands. It's a golf course that has history, sure, but it seems to also pick favorites. We've seen Jack Nicklaus dominate there, Arnold Palmer have major success at Augusta and then random names like Nick Faldo and Ben Crenshaw, who just seem to understand what it takes to play well, and play consistent, at Augusta National.
Bubba Watson seems like the guy of this generation to "get" this golf course. He already has two green jackets in just six career starts at Augusta National, and at the age of 35, still has a full decade of being competitive and hitting the ball a country mile (sometimes, literally).
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
On Sunday afternoon, on a beautiful day at Augusta National, a 20-year-old kid was trying to do something that no 20-year-old kid has ever done. Jordan Spieth, a kid ranked 810th in the world a season ago, was continuing his run on professional golf, the Masters records and basically anything that had to do with the misnomer that kids can't dominate this game.
But there was one problem with all that. Tiger Woods wasn't at Augusta National. How do those two things have anything to do with each other? I'm not sure, but apparently they do.
That is what seems to be the consensus this Monday about the 2014 Masters .
"This tournament was boring!" "Where was Tiger?!" "How can anyone watch this without the two biggest names in the world in contention?"