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- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf13 hrs ago
We have seen plenty of player-on-player spats over the years on the PGA Tour, but you don't hear a caddie rip another player much to the media. That happened on Saturday at the Valspar Championship after Kevin Na was once again the target of a slow play controversy.
Na was paired with Robert Garrigus in the final group at Innisbrook and the two were put on the clock on the 7th hole by PGA Tour officials for being out of position. It happened again on the 13th hole, when Na and Garrigus both were told they had bad times, the first time in Garrigus' career he was assessed a bad time, and it was after the round that Garrigus' caddie let Na have it.
“It ain’t fair playing with Kevin Na,” said Garrigus’ caddie, Brent Henley. “It ain’t fair.”
The veteran caddie would go on to say he thought Na’s slow pace got Garrigus out of his rhythm to the point “we felt like we were running.”
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf1 day ago
Tom Watson is a living legend in the game of golf, a man with five Open championship wins and a golf swing that was so repetitive it would put you to sleep.
Watson is playing this week at the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic, and he found himself in a pretty tough spot during his second round. The 64-year-old was up against a tree on the par-3 8th hole, no problem for a left-hander like Phil Mickelson, but not nearly as easy for someone that swings from the right side.
What did Watson do? Just turn his back to the hole, swing his club one-handed and pop the ball on the green and toward the hole. What happened next was nearly the shot of the year, with Watson's ball hitting the flag but traveling a little too hard to drop for the birdie.
The above video makes it tough to see the end result as a caddie gets in the way of the hole, but the ball ended up just a couple of feet away from the hole after hitting the stick and Watson rolled that in for a par.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf2 days ago
Death, taxes and John Daly erupting at least once a year at a PGA Tour event. Those are the three things you can bank on and run with, and the latter happened on Friday at the Valspar Championship.
Daly, who had made the cut in two of his four starts heading into this event, shot a second round 90 thanks to a 12 he made on the par-4 16th hole. According to the Associated Press this is the 16th time in his career that Daly made at least a 10 or higher on a golf hole, and it came thanks to three shots in the water to start his hole and ended with a one-putt for the 12.
The round can't really be explained, as Daly added five bogeys and three double-bogeys to that 12 he made on 16, but at least he had a little fun with it after his round.
"It was a good 12. I got up and down for 12," Daly told reporters after his round.
What to make of such a high score? Nothing really. It's basically just something that happens to Daly every so often, with the two-time major winner even saying after his round that he continued to fight even after that 12, which makes sense if you check his card and see the par he made on the difficult 17th after that explosion.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf3 days ago
There are plenty of ways to make hole-in-ones, but not many are called shots. That happened on Thursday in Morocco when Alexander Levy politely asked his ball to go in the hole and it obliged, dropping for the rare ace at the second hole at the Golf du Palais Royal.
Levy's ball landed just a foot short of the hole, rolled in for the hole-in-one and a highlight for the 24-year-old Frenchman who went on to post a 2-under 70 in his opening round despite the double bogey he made on the hole immediately following his ace.
It was a good shot, a good call and a fun hole-in-one for the fans at this week's European Tour event.
- Devil Ball Golf4 days ago
Welcome to Devil Ball's Proving Ground, where we put the latest golf gear through its paces. Today we look at the Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt rangefinder.
Tester — Shane Bacon — Handicap: +1.0
Target Golf Audience — All handicaps
These days, not having some device in your golf bag to measure distance means you are immediately at a disadvantage. Unlike PGA Tour players, we don’t have a partner in crime stepping off every distance from this yardage marker or that sprinkler head, and if we really want to quicken this game recreationally we have to find faster ways to play.
The answer, in my opinion, is rangefinders, and the Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt might be my favorite one yet.
The first thing you’ll notice with the Tour Z6 is the compact size of this device. Some rangefinders can be bulky and force you to use both hands, but the Z6 is small enough that you can shoot a flagstick with just one hand (as long as you have a decently steady hand), which is helpful considering all the stuff we golfers tend to have in our hands at any given moment (golf ball, tees, club, beer, pencil).
- Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
Each Tuesday 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 Is it time to start freaking out about Tiger's back yet?
Bacon: The short answer; yes. The long answer; absolutely, 100 percent, no doubt in my mind yes.
I've backed Tiger since his controversy years ago, simply saying that no matter what happens off the golf course he is still going to be this incredible golfer that wins golf tournaments at a rate we won't see in the near future.
This back stuff is serious. He winces after any hard swing, is struggling to even get comfortable with his putting stroke and no matter what he does it seems the pain comes back.
- Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
Yep, you read that headline right, we are 30 days from the start of the Masters, the first major championship of 2014 and the best week of the whole year for golf fans.
Will Tiger Woods be healthy in just four weeks? Can Phil Mickelson find some form before heading to the site of three of his five major wins? Could Rory McIlroy pick up a win before we get to Augusta? Does Patrick Reed have a chance to win his first major championship start?
The potential stories are abundant and we aren't even to April yet, but with 30 days until the Masters, give us your pick to win in the comments (I'm leaning towards Bubba Watson right now).
Also, if you need to bookmark a countdown until the first round of the Masters, we have one right here.
- Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
What more can I say about the above picture? That is Chesson Hadley, fresh off his first ever PGA Tour win this weekend at the Puerto Rico Open thanks to a closing 5-under 67, and he's hanging with wife Amanda and son Hughes, who might win the award for cutest kid in golf.
Hadley decided to stick Hughes in the trophy he won and lucky for us the fine folks at Getty Images were nearby and got this shot of the family giving us a pretty precision moment on the 18th green.
Well done, Chesson, and thank you Hughes for brightening our mid-Monday blues.
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- Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
When you go to Puerto Rico for some golf, you probably expect to do or see original things that don't pop up at a regular tour event, but a golf ball attacking iguana? That's new to us all.
It happened to Andrew Loupe on the 16th hole during his final round, with the iguana going after his golf ball, but eventually getting bored of it and heading back to the wilderness, proper etiquette for an animal such as this one.
Loupe would go on to make par on the 16th, post a final round 69 and finish T-12 at the other PGA Tour event that went down this weekend.
- Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
This past weekend saw a lot of great story lines 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.
Patrick Reed -- The kid is 23 with three PGA Tour wins since August, taking home the Cadillac Championship by surviving a golf course and conditions that made even the best in the world look silly. Reed is a stud, even admitting after the round he thinks he's a top-five player in the world, and no matter if you think that's cocky or correct, know that the last time he finished outside the top-24 in a PGA Tour event you were out shopping for your Halloween costume.
Bubba Watson -- A bogey-free final round 68 jumped Bubba to a T-2 at Doral, his third top-2 finish in his last three starts. If you're looking for an early Masters pick, this long-hitting lefty would be a pretty good one to back considering the way he's golfing his ball right now.
Jamie Donaldson -- A bogey on his 72nd hole from the fairway might have left Donaldson out of a potential playoff and with a bad taste in his mouth, but Donaldson played great when the weather got nasty to tie Bubba and finish a shot behind Reed.