Devil Ball Golf
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf5 hrs ago
Tom Watson has announced his three captain's picks for the 2014 Ryder Cup: Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan, and Webb Simpson.
The three will join Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, and Bubba Watson.
Watson's moves come on the heels of European captain Paul McGinley's picks: Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter. They join Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Bjorn, and Graeme McDowell.
The Ryder Cup takes place Sept. 26-28 in Gleneagles, Scotland. Europe has won seven of the last nine meetings, and is a favorite again this year.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf8 hrs ago
After the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, it looked like Rory McIlroy might snag a fourth PGA Tour title in five starts thanks to a Sunday 64 that got him within two shots of the lead.
But Monday's final round didn't turn out the way the No. 1 in the world had hoped. Rory struggled for most of the day with his putter, settling for a closing 70 that left McIlroy in a T-5.
That disappointing closing round didn't stop Rory from having some fun on the flight out of Boston, as he was videotaped freaking his caddie, JP Fitzgerald, out while Fitzgerald was taking a nap.
The video was fun, and despite not leaving with another trophy, it looks like Rory is still in pretty great spirits as the Tour heads to Colorado.
Paul McGinley finalizes the European Ryder Cup team with Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood and Ian PoulterShane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf17 hrs ago
Paul McGinley took the stage at Wentworth on Tuesday to announce his three wild-card picks for the 2014 Ryder Cup, and the picks just added to the stacked lineup that will go up against the Americans later this month.
McGinley went with Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood with his three available picks, surprising some by leaving Luke Donald off the team, but bringing in three men that have either had success at this event in the past, or have played great golf this season.
Gallacher, a rookie for McGinley, might be a surprise name to some, but he has played fantastic golf this season. In his last six starts on the European Tour, Gallacher has finished in the top-15 four times including a clutch T-3 last week in Italy that included a final round 65, much-needed in terms of Ryder Cup consideration (a T-2 would have automatically qualified him for the team, so it was literally down to one shot for the 39-year-old).
Poulter and Westwood have been stalwarts at this event over the years, with Poulter rocking a 12-3-0 record while Westwood is 18-13-6 in eight appearances.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf1 day ago
How do you shoot a 65 during a professional golf round with a quadruple-bogey on your card? Just ask American John Hahn, who did just that on Sunday at the Open D'Italia.
Hahn struggled on Friday and Saturday after opening with a 67 in Torino, but went out on Sunday and posted a 7-under 65, but it was nothing like what you'd expect from one of the low rounds of the day.
Hahn eagled his opening hole, made birdies on the next three, and after another eagle on the par-4 7th and a birdie on the 9th, it was out in 28 for Hahn. When he made another birdie on the 11th, Hahn sat at 9-under for the day and had people murmuring about a possible 59, but that was when the round went haywire.
Hahn made a quadruple-bogey on the par-3 13th to derail any chance of a sub-60 round, but followed up his blowup hole with a birdie on the 14th and a third eagle on No. 15.
The final score was a 65, but it had plenty of crazy things happening for Hahn, who finished T-35, jumping 37 spots on Sunday with that wicked round of golf.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf4 days ago
For Rory McIlroy, the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs was the first real letdown of this incredible summer run from the No. 1 player in the world. Atop the FedEx Cup rankings before the Barclays, McIlroy never really got it going on the weekend after a Friday 65, finishing T-22, stopping his run of three straight wins and forcing the 25-year-old to recharge his batteries.
Just a week later, it looks like Rory did just that, coming out on fire during the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Starting on the 10th hole, Rory stuck his opening approach shot to just a couple of feet to get his round going with a birdie, but it didn't stop there.
McIlroy rolled in a bomb on the par-3 11th for two in a row, and after a par on the 12th, hit another approach shot to just a couple of feet for his third birdie in four holes.
Rory's round is still going, but I couldn't imagine a better start for the man searching for his first FedEx Cup title and a second win at this championship.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
The Deutsche Bank Championship is always a fun week on the PGA Tour. The Friday start is a bit different, as is the Monday finish, and the tournament has been an important part of the FedEx Cup since it all began in 2007.
As we get set for the second leg of the 2014 playoffs, we look back at some of the best shots ever hit at the Deutsche Bank Championship since the playoffs began in '07.
We have a little Phil, some Tiger, and a clutch, clutch performance by Webb Simpson back in 2011 when he closed with three birdies to win his second of four PGA Tour titles.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
If you've been around these parts before, you know we are big fans of Michael David Murphy's YouTube cuts. After majors, Murphy puts together fun supercuts of the final round, usually showing every shot the champion hits in just under a minute or two.
For the 2014 PGA Championship, Murphy stepped up his game.
Above you'll see an amazing supercut of the final round, with Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson all thrown in during different points of their final round.
Watch, enjoy, and re-live the best major of the 2014 season.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf7 days 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 Golf8 days 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 Golf8 days 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.