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- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf1 hr ago
You might remember John Peterson from Olympic Club back in 2012, when the unknown LSU fan with the great golf swing and putter cover in his back pocket nearly won that U.S. Open before Webb Simpson took home the trophy.
Peterson finished T-4 that week, and after a solid season this past year on the Web.com Tour, it's on to the PGA Tour for the 24-year-old Texan.
And apparently, Peterson really, really loves the game. So much that when he was stuck in a traffic jam on I-20 in Texas, he got out of his car, grabbed a couple of clubs and went to work on his golf game.
Peterson videotaped the whole experience which you can watch below, but I would say this probably isn't the best idea to past the time when you're in bumper-to-bumper traffic unless you're really accurate with your irons. I don't think "FORE!" works when people are sitting in their cars with the windows rolled up and the music on.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf19 hrs ago
It was an ending like no other on Sunday at Sherwood Country Club, with Zach Johnson taking down Tiger Woods at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in the most unusual of outcomes.
Tiger Woods missing a short putt to lose a tournament? It happened. Zach Johnson hitting an 8-iron from the middle of the fairway to a very accessible pin location only to shank it in the hazard on the final hole of regulation? Yep, that also was part of the bizarre finish in chilly California.
Woods had a four-shot lead over Johnson with eight holes to go on Sunday at his own event, and just when it looked like it was over Johnson birdied the 11th, 12th, 16th and 17th, and then came to the last tied with Woods, and had the advantage after finding the fairway as Woods missed well left.
Tiger had to hit a heroic second shot after missing the fairway to even get the ball on the green, but short-sided himself in the bunker and it was Johnson's tournament to win.
Johnson, a man known to be deadly with a wedge, had knocked down the last two flags to set up Tiger-catching birdies, and with a green light flag like the 18th on Sunday at Sherwood, it seemed that a birdie was much more likely than a bogey.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf3 days ago
If you've ever spent longer than 90 seconds on Twitter and you're a golf fan, you probably know that Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley like to mess with each other. Both are always sending stuff to one other poking fun like buddies tend to do.
During the opening round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, Dufner and Bradley were paired together and it was the Auburn fan that got the best of Bradley.
After avoiding a rock in the bunker, Dufner was handed it by his caddie to toss out of the trap, but instead of doing it, he just put the rock in Bradley's golf bag.
While this event has big names in the field, it is still a fun golf tournament and stuff like this shows just that.
If I was Bradley, I would definitely focus my prank revenge on the television Dufner is watching when the SEC Championship comes down to the end.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf5 days 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 talk about the Silly Season, and if these golf tournaments help or hurt the game.
Bacon: This week marks the conclusion of these weird "tournaments that matter but don't really matter" events that golf has when the PGA Tour and European Tour's seasons end. We used to call it the Silly Season, but I'm not sure that completely grasps what is happening now considering how great the field is for Tiger's tournament.
All that aside, do you think these events are good for the game or are a little overkill for golf fans considering there is basically a tournament 52 weeks out of the year?
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
To be a good golfer you need plenty of tools, but one of the things that really talented golfers are the best at is recovering from a bad golf shot. Tiger Woods has made a career out of getting out of trouble when he hits a bad drive or finds himself in a precarious situation, as has Phil Mickelson and some of the other big names in the game.
It's a skill just like putting and chipping, and it's what makes some of the professional golfers we watch week in and week out so amazing.
Introduce Matt Wheatcroft, a gentleman who was playing in the British Par-3 Championship a few months back. Wheatcroft found himself almost out of bounds on the short fourth hole, just inches away from a post that basically gave him no swing at all. The logical play here would be to take an unplayable lie, try to make your bogey and move to the next hole.
Wheatcroft had a different idea. He decided to go Roy McAvoy against the outhouse and bank it off the post, hoping to get a good bounce and get the ball somewhere on the green.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
On Saturday night in Alabama, the Auburn Tigers pulled off one of the most stunning last second wins in the history of college football, taking out top-seeded Alabama thanks to a failed field goal return by Chris Davis.
Unless you are Hanks in "Castaway" you've seen a few highlights of that play, but Auburn's quest for a national championship is now just heating up.
Auburn plays Missouri on Saturday at 4 PM ET, meaning those lucky professional golfers that got the invite to Tiger Woods' event in California will be missing a good portion of that game, if not all of it.
Which Auburn Tiger is in the field, and has kindly asked Tiger Woods to shorten the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge from four days to two days? That would be our PGA Championship winner, Jason Dufner, who went to Twitter on Monday to ask the top golfer in the world if he wouldn't mind this slight tweak.
Dear Mr @TigerWoods I petition the event this week to play 36 holes Thurs and Friday,so I can watch my beloved Auburn play for SEC champ thx
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf7 days ago
Venture back with me to 2011, when the PGA Tour season had long wrapped up and the only tournaments left on the year's schedule were Silly Season events and pocket-stuffer tournaments for the big names.
Tiger Woods was set to host the Chevron World Challenge (now the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge) and while the tournament didn't mean anything for career numbers or FedEx Cup points, it meant a lot for the confidence of the tournament host.
Woods had lost the year before to Graeme McDowell in a playoff as he entered the final round with a four-shot lead, and his '11 PGA Tour season ended without a single victory.
In '11 at Sherwood Country Club, it was Tiger who was able to make the clutch putts down the stretch that had been missing for more than two years, and his victory over Zach Johnson there not only was his first win since the '09 Australian Masters, but it catapulted him to a 2012 season that saw Woods lift trophies on the PGA Tour three times, and five times a season later.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf8 days ago
This season wasn't supposed to happen to Rory McIlroy. Nope, this was the year that Rory was expected to sign his monster club and clothing deal with Nike and burst out of the gate with the Swoosh and the swagger and the knowledge that he is the Next Big Thing in the game of golf and nobody else was even close.
That, of course, didn't happen. McIlroy struggled all season with his golf swing and his attitude and rumors after rumors that tend to follow around a high profile athlete like this 24-year-old Northern Irishman.
But Sunday at the Australian Open was a different story. Half a world away from a tough season on the PGA Tour, McIlroy was one of the headliners at the Royal Sydney Golf Club and after two rounds the tournament had the dream final group they had hoped for.
McIlroy was paired with beloved Australian Adam Scott and it seemed for the final 36 holes it was simply a battle between these two major champions.
Rory came to the final hole needing a birdie to win his first professional event of the season and deny Scott the Triple Crown of Australian golf (Scott had already won the Australian Masters and Australian PGA in November).
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf12 days ago
With Thanksgiving upon us, each Yahoo Sports blog is taking stock of what they're thankful for while also providing menu suggestions and a sport-specific viewing guide for when you hit your couch. Share what you're thankful for on Twitter with the #YSBThanks hashtag or in the comments below. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Shane Bacon, Devil Ball editor
That the Masters is just 134 days away: No matter what golf fans say, there is one week each year that we circle with a really, really big green marker and sit in anticipation as the days count down to Augusta National.
Considering it's the most popular golf course in the world hosting the first major championship of the year, it's no surprise it happens to be the most cherished. No offense to the high rough of the U.S. Open or the beautiful history that surrounds the British or the finale that is the PGA Championship, but the Masters is the best week of the year in the golf world and counting days until it begins is something every golf fan is thankful for.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf12 days ago
Welcome to Devil Ball's Proving Ground, where we put the latest golf gear through its paces. Today we look at the Ping Rapture D.I.
Tester — Shane Bacon — Handicap: +1.0
Target Golf Audience — +5 - 15 handicaps
I have to admit something and it always makes the equipment buffs frustrated; I'm not a hybrid guy. My golf swing was never made for hybrids, and anytime I've had one in the bag it didn't stay for very long.
Long irons are my friend, clubs that most people hate and I just can't hit them enough. My college days were spent with a 2-iron blade in the bag, and while that isn't the case these days, I still hit 3-iron off a lot of tees.
The idea of a driving iron was something I liked immediately, and after getting my hands on the Ping Rapture driving iron I immediately knew I found a club that was made for me.