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- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf17 hrs 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 Golf21 hrs 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.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf1 day 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 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?
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf1 day ago
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."
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf2 days ago
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.'”
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf3 days ago
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On Monday night, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy visited Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show." Or, perhaps, that should read "Rory McIlroy visited Jimmy Fallon, and brought along Tiger Woods as a special guest." Whichever, all three had a fine time, but it was clear McIlroy is the man of the moment.
The appearance was part of a Nike product launch, touting the new "Vapor" iron series, and included a pre-show media event at the Statue of Liberty. There and at the show, Fallon and McIlroy traded golf swings. Woods, still recovering from back surgery, indicated he won't be swinging a club for at least another month.
Still, Woods was effusive in his praise of McIlroy, who in turn was gracious about Woods' approval.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf4 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.
Camilo Villegas — Years ago, Villegas was the "next big thing" in golf, a young, fit star from Columbia with a ton of potential and the appeal to pull different fans to golf. Villegas' career took a serious hit in 2012 when he made just 15 of 25 cuts and failed to card a single top-10, and while it didn't improve much in 2013, there were signs that he could return to relevance. The 63 that Villegas put together on Sunday at the Wyndham was good enough for a one-shot victory and a fourth PGA Tour win. It also moved Villegas up to 37th on the FedEx Cup points list, important considering the next four weeks of golf and the money to be made if he can continue to play like he did at Sedgefield.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
The Champions Tour is named "champions" for a reason. So many legends turn 50 and take their talents to a completely different tour, going up against huge names in golf that can still really, really golf their ball.
But unlike the PGA Tour, nobody had ever broke 60 until Saturday on the Champions Tour. While we've seen six 59s on the PGA Tour, never has someone done that on the Champions Tour until Kevin Sutherland got going in the second round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.
Sutherland, who turned 50 on July 4, had one of the hottest starts ever to a round, playing his first eight holes in 9-under, and after a par on the ninth, added two more birdies to get to 11-under after just 11 holes.
After three straight pars, Sutherland needed some magic and got it, adding three straight birdies to get to 14-under par (!), finishing with a bogey on the last and still shooting 13-under for the day.
It was an amazing round of golf, and one that will live on in the history of the Champions Tour as the lowest ever, and one of the craziest starts you will ever see from any golfer, 50 or otherwise.
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf7 days ago
On Wednesday, Tiger Woods announced that he was withdrawing his name from Ryder Cup consideration, and would be forgoing any professional events for the next few months while he rehabilitates after back surgery.
Considering Woods' recent performances in tournaments — two missed cuts, one withdrawal, and a 69th-place finish — it's not surprising that Woods would take the rest of the year to get his game back together. But considering how much money he's leaving on the table, you can understand why he'd have a hard time walking away.
Tiger Woods informs Tom Watson and the PGA of America that he is withdrawing his name from Ryder Cup considerationShane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf8 days ago
Tiger Woods has pulled his name out of consideration for a Ryder Cup captain's pick, the PGA of America announced on Wednesday.
Woods informed the PGA of America and American captain Tom Watson that he didn't want to be picked for next month's matches against Europe because of ongoing back issues that Woods has struggled through for most of 2014.
“While I greatly appreciate Tom thinking about me for a possible Captain’s Pick, I must take myself out of consideration,” Woods said in the release. “I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be ready for the competition. The U.S. Team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I’ll be cheering for the U.S. Team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches."