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- Devil Ball Golf1 hr ago
Before Thursday, most questions surrounding the Cadillac Championship at Doral were about the most popular golfer on the planet and his aching back, and four days later people are still wondering what just happened with Tiger Woods.
Following a Saturday 66, Woods had played himself back into the golf tournament and was in the penultimate group come Sunday chasing down the likes of Patrick Reed and Jason Dufner. Woods looked confident on the golf course just like he did a week prior as he stormed around the Honda Classic with a third round 65, but it was a very similar situation this Sunday as it was last week when Tiger walked off the golf course citing back spasms that wouldn’t allow him to make a turn with his golf swing.
This week Tiger finished the golf tournament, but it wasn’t without an entire final round that saw the No. 1 player in the world wincing and grabbing his back on his way to a birdie-less 78. At one point on the back nine on Sunday, Tiger saved a par and then asked Hunter Mahan’s caddie to pick up his ball out of the hole because he was having such a hard time bending over.
- Devil Ball Golf5 hrs ago
When the leaderboard is as crowded as it is this Sunday at the Cadillac Championship, getting off to a good start is imperative if you want a chance to win.
Dustin Johnson did just that on Sunday at Doral, hitting a meaty 346-yard drive on the par-5 first hole, sticking his second shot from 244 yards to just a few feet and rolling in the putt for eagle.
Johnson already has a World Golf Championships win on his resume, but a win on Sunday at Doral would really do wonders for his already great career and help jump-start his 2014 with a huge win against a leaderboard packed with big names.
- Devil Ball Golf1 day ago
It hasn't exactly been the start to the season that Tiger Woods wanted, but even when things are going bad it's nice to pull off a shot or two that brings you back the next day.
Woods had that happen on Friday at the Cadillac Championship, making the longest recorded putt in the last five years on the PGA Tour with this 91-foot bomb at the par-3 4th hole.
The putt was insane, going in like he hit it from just a foot out, and his reaction might have been better in conditions at Doral that were nearly unplayable for the best in the world.
His second round ended with five bogeys, four birdies and a 1-over 73 that moved him up 28 spots on the leaderboard if you needed to know just how tough it was on Friday.
Tiger now sits only six shots back of Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan and a good Saturday round like he had a week ago at the Honda Classic would get him right back in this tournament with one round to go.
- Devil Ball Golf2 days ago
In his first round since withdrawing last week at the Honda Classic, Tiger Woods continued to struggle with his golf game in the early stages of the Cadillac Championship despite a late run that got his round back on track.
Woods, who pulled out on Sunday at the Honda because of back spasms, decided to play this week at Doral despite not hitting a golf shot more than 60 yards all week heading into the event and not seeing all the changes made to a golf course he has won four times on. Tiger made one bogey in his opening nine holes before a weather delay forced players to complete their opening round on Friday, but that was when things really started to go bad for the No. 1 player in the world.
Tiger made just one par on his final nine holes, adding four bogeys, a double-bogey and three birdies to finish at 4-over 76. Woods had a chance to get his round back on track after his double-bogey on the par-4 14th, making three consecutive birdies to get back to 3-over for the day, but his drive on the 18th found the water and he had to make a 12-foot bogey putt just to keep from making another big number in his opening round.
- Devil Ball Golf3 days ago
For the most part, golfers love watching professional struggle. It isn't mean-spirited at all, it's just interesting to see even the best in the world get tricked up, confused and lost by this crazy game.
Not often does one of the best in the world do something that we can relate to, but that did happen on Thursday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Henrik Stenson, coming off his best season ever in 2013, was paired with Adam Scott and Tiger Woods during the first round at Doral, and found himself right smack in the middle of the second fairway early in his round.
Stenson then hit the coldest of cold shanks, one of those "Tin Cup" type of shanks that would have fun down the driving range if he had been warming up left of all the players. Stenson went on to make a double-bogey on the hole, not the worst score we've seen this Thursday at Doral but definitely one of the strangest shots you'll ever see from one of the best in the world.
- Devil Ball Golf3 days ago
There are plenty of ways to pass the time during this cold winter, but golfing is not one of them. Sure, indoor facilities make it possible to practice your game, but when snow is covering every fairway in your county, golf is normally out of the question.
That is, unless you want to get a little creative. This Vine, courtesy of user PJCarmichael, is the perfect golf trick shot when you are literally as bored as possible in your house, and he pulled it off perfectly.
No word on how many tries this took to perfect, but it is a pretty awesome shot that took a little bit of skill and some luck to accomplish.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf4 days ago
Just three days removed from Tiger Woods leaving the Honda Classic early with back issues, the No. 1 player in the world announced he will be in attendance at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral this week in Florida.
Woods, who withdrew on Sunday because of back spasm after struggling mightily with his final round, is set to talk to the media on Wednesday, but ESPN's Bob Harig got the scoop from Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, about Woods' intent to play this week.
"He wouldn't be coming down here if he didn't intend to compete at the highest level,'' Steinberg said. "He intends to play and wants to play well.''
This week now means a ton for Tiger, who has won this event seven times and at Doral four times. The course has gone through a massive redesign, and this week will be the first time Tiger has seen the changes, so getting in a solid practice round Wednesday afternoon would be good for Tiger if he really wants to compete throughout the weekend on this always tough test of golf.
The Bacon Mailbag: Rory’s major wins, Tiger changing his schedule and a rerun channel for only majorsShane Bacon at 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 Over-under on the total number of career majors for Rory McIlroy. Let's put the line at 6.5
— Luke Kerr-Dineen (@LukeKerrDineen) March 3, 2014
Bacon: Initially, I just want to check history to see what the chances are that Rory McIlroy could get to seven major championships before his career ends.
Only 11 players in the history of golf have won more than 6.5 major championships, so right there you would have to lean towards the under. That said, McIlroy is only 24 and already has two massive major wins, and was in contention at both the majors he has yet to win so that bodes well for his chances.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf5 days ago
Spring training is here, which means people from all over the country will be heading to Scottsdale, Ariz. for some sunshine, some baseball and plenty of golf.
I get plenty of questions on social media around this time about the best golf in the valley, so instead of having to answer each individually I figured a post would be in order to help out anyone heading this way for a break from winter.
First, just a few quick tips for desert golf; bring double the golf balls you normally would, play any lost ball as a lateral hazard so you don't hate yourself by the end of the day, and remember that fairways are way more important than length, so anything you can hit to get the ball in play is what you should be hitting.
Okay, to the golf ...
"Which courses can I not miss?"
We Ko Pa, Cholla -- Anytime someone outside the Phoenix area brings up golf in the desert they do it much like people do when asking about the state of Texas -- "Is Austin really as awesome as everyone says it is?!" As a Texan I am programmed to roll my eyes and point out all the amazing parts of Texas, but I can't avoid the fact that Austin is really as cool as advertised.
- Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
On Sunday at the HSBC Women's Championship, Paula Creamer made one of the most incredible putts we've ever seen, holing a 75-foot eagle putt on her second playoff hole to win her first event since 2010.
It was the type of putt even a professional would hope to just get close, but it was a great putt that hit the middle of the hole and dropped and turned out to be one of the coolest moments of 2014 so far.
What other great long putts have dropped in the history of golf? We looked around and found the best.
Hale Irwin, 72nd hole, 1990 U.S. Open -- As iconic golf images go, Hale Irwin taking his "victory lap" around the 18th green at Medinah after holing a 45-footer on his final hole are tough to beat. Irwin was miles away from the cup on his final hole, but rolled in the lengthy birdie putt to post a final round 67, good enough to land him in a playoff with Mike Donald, who he defeated in 19 holes on Monday to win his third U.S. Open trophy.