Mon Nov 11 05:07pm EST
The PGA Tour might be the most popular golf tour in the world, but it can't compete with what the European Tour does with YouTube.
Their latest video features some of the biggest names in the game hitting golf shots from the 22nd floor of the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai, an easy challenge if you don't mind hitting a golf shot from 100 yards high to a green that is floating on the ocean just 235 yards away.
Yep, piece of cake.
Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Lee Westwood were some of the big names that participated, with a guest appearance from Ian Poulter in what can only be described as a very Ian Poulter-y bathing suit.
Check the video below to see the winner, and trust me when I say this, don't ever, ever, ever try this, no matter how high up you are at a hotel or how good you are with your long irons.
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Tue Oct 29 10:56am EDT
This week marks the start of the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China, one of the biggest events of the offseason and one that brings a lot of the big names to another side of the world.
Oh, and we get these pictures. We love these pictures.
In the past we've seen Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson go at it with swords, but this year it was a big group of guys that got the call to be in a few photos you won't soon forget. Above you have Jason Dufner, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, who apparently didn't get the memo that this picture was going to be all "tough face," but per the rule of 2013, Dufner wins any picture he's in.
Don't believe me? Check out the one below of Dufner, who looks about as happy to be in this traditional outfit as he was with this wedge at the U.S. Open.
It's Dufner's world, we're just all trying to keep a straight face in it.
Wed Sep 25 01:24pm EDT
5. Wyndham Championship -- It was one of those tournaments that gave us such an exciting finish, and another on this list that included Jordan Spieth, who couldn't hold off Patrick Reed on his way to a first ever PGA Tour win.
Spieth and Reed both ended regulation at 14-under, and while Reed played the opening playoff hole very solidly, it was Spieth who was forced to hole a downhill 25-footer to save par. Reed's birdie putt on the opening playoff hole just missed, and an errant drive on the second playoff ended just a few feet from the out of bounds.
No worries, as Reed hit one of the shots of the year from the pine straw, ending up just seven feet from the hole and knocking that putt in for the birdie and the win.
4. U.S. Open -- For three rounds this looked like the major that Phil Mickelson was going to win, finally bucking that second place trend he seems to have at the U.S. Open over the years. Mickelson went into the final round with a one shot lead over Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker and Charl Schwartzel, but Merion was a bit too much for Phil over the final day and that left the door open for Justin Rose.
Rose sat two shots back of Mickelson heading into Sunday, but posted a final round score of even-par 70 which was good enough for the win and included one of the more clutch long irons you'll see on the 72nd hole. The up and down par Rose made there forced Mickelson, playing behind the Englishman, to hole a tricky chip shot, and when that didn't fall it was a first major for Rose, who most thought had the game to snag one in '13.
3. John Deere Classic -- It was the type of finish you expect from movie scripts, not actual golf tournaments, but a 19-year-old came to the final hole of the John Deere Classic needing to hole out from the greenside bunker to hopefully land in a playoff to compete for his first ever PGA Tour victory.
Jordan Spieth knocked the bunker shot in for birdie on the 72nd hole to land in a playoff with Zach Johnson and David Hearn, outlasting both players over five holes to become the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour in 82 years.
2. British Open -- Phil Mickelson might have come into the 2013 Open Championship a favorite to some after that great win at the Scottish Open, but a lot of experts thought this was the major championship Mickelson had no business winning.
After three rounds, Mickelson sat five shots back with names like Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson between himself and the Claret Jug. That all changed when Mickelson went on his back nine run, making birdies on four of his last six holes including Nos. 17 and 18 to wrap up his fifth major win and his first ever Open victory.
1. The Masters -- It is crazy that this is almost always the best tournament of the season, but something about Augusta National brings out the best in the golf world. A year ago we had a double-eagle and one of the most ridiculous wedge shots ever hit to win a major championship and this season we got an insane answer by Angel Cabrera and two huge putts by Adam Scott to pull off the first ever Masters win for Australia.
The final round gave us some of the biggest names in the game going for the first major of '13, with Scott, Cabrera, Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Day all battling for the green jacket.
The putts by Scott will be in Masters highlight reels for years to come, but the whole last hour at Augusta National was great shot after great shot and left us anticipating when golf will return to the mecca of the sport (in case you wanted to know exactly how long, we've got you covered).
Tue Sep 24 12:52pm EDT
The year is all but over for the big names in golf, with the majors wrapped up, the FedEx Cup over and the major awards pretty much handed out. With that said, we take a look back over 2013 and see which five shots on the PGA Tour were the best.
5. Jim Furyk's second shot on his way to a 59 at BMW Championship -- I took this one over that second shot by Justin Rose at the U.S. Open simply because we have U.S. Open winners each year, but a chance for 59 on the PGA Tour is a rarity. Furyk, a man that has become a player that struggles under the pressure, manned up on this second shot at the BMW, sticking it to just a couple of feet to set up a birdie that landed him in that rare club. It was a gutsy wedge shot, and one that deserves to be on this list.
4. Phil Mickelson's three-wood on the 71st hole at the British Open -- Listen, if there was "I can't believe you pulled this off" shot of the year, it would belong to the craziest golfer on tour. Mickelson was tied for the lead at the British Open on Sunday, and on the par-5 17th, had 302 yards to the hole. He was in need of a birdie and pulled that trusty three-wood that he had leaned on all week at Muirfield. He smoked it, the ball chased up on the green and that birdie propelled him to his first ever Claret Jug win. Mickelson is a go for broke golfer, and while this shot was pulled off with perfection, it had a lot of risk before he went after it.
3. Jordan Spieth's bunker shot on the 72nd hole at the John Deere Classic -- I know it's hard to rank a non-major shot this high, but look what that bunker shot did for Spieth. It put him in a playoff that he ended up winning, making him the first teenager in 82 years to win on the PGA Tour, gained him two years status that he didn't have to start the season, and propelled him to a finish that not only got him into the Tour Championship, but landed him a spot on the Presidents Cup team. That's a pretty big shot if you think about all the things that came after it.
2. Angel Cabrera's second shot on the 72nd hole at the Masters -- Why is this shot so high for a guy that didn't even win the tournament? Because it was one of the most incredible answers in golf history. Adam Scott, a man we will get to in a minute, had just made the clutchest of clutch birdies on the final hole at the Masters to jump past Cabrera by a shot, and with son on the bag, stood in the 18th fairway knowing he needed to pull of a great shot to give himself a chance at a playoff and a second green jacket.
From the swing, to the walk, to the result, it was an incredible, incredible golf shot under the utmost pressure and set up a playoff that he eventually lost, but still, one of the best iron shots of the entire year.
1. Adam Scott's birdie putts at the Masters -- I know it's a copout to put both putts as the best shot of the year, but isn't this a chicken and egg argument? The winning putt might have been more important, but Scott doesn't make the playoff without rolling in that birdie on the 72nd hole to force Cabrera to hit that golf shot above.
Both putts were pressure-packed, and for a guy that always struggled with the putter, it was a pretty amazing close to an incredible tournament and the finish we all hope for each time the golf world heads to Augusta National.
Sat Sep 14 03:36pm EDT
On Saturday at the BMW Championship, Justin Rose was simply trying to post a score to help him move up the leaderboard, a goal for anyone well back of the leaders headed into moving day.
The 2013 U.S. Open champion was 3-under heading into the par-5 14th hole, and that's when some wacky stuff happened.
Rose was preparing for an approach shot, hoping to add another birdie and really make a move at Conway Farms, but his practice swing divot ended up hitting his golf ball, moving it and forcing Rose to take a penalty for his ball moving out of the original spot.
Rose ended up making bogey on the hole, posting a third round 69 to sit well back of the leaders after 54 holes.
Golf has plenty of strange penalties, but this one can really frustrate you if it happens.
Wed Aug 21 10:30am EDT
The first leg of the FedEx Cup kicks off this week at the Barclays, with players fighting for that $10 million prize at the end of the year, and while we are weeks away from crowning a winner, getting off to a good start is important.
A lot of the big names are in the field this week at Liberty National, taking on the golf course that looks out over New York City and hosted this event back in 2009.
Who is the favorite? Well, that shouldn't be a surprise. Golfodds.com has Tiger Woods at 5-to-1 to win this week, with Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson coming in at 15-to-1.
Behind those guys is Henrik Stenson at 20-to-1, and then a host of big names coming in at 30-to-1 or better.
Check out all the odds after the jump and let us know which number you like the most to snag the first FedEx Cup playoff event of 2013.
Mon Aug 12 02:58pm EDT
The four majors of the PGA Tour season are over, but that doesn't mean we have to stop talking about them. With the PGA Championship wrapping up on Sunday, we take a look back at all four majors and rank them in order of excitement considering the courses, the contenders and the final round.
Mon Aug 12 01:20pm EDT
We are 240 days until the start of the 2014 Masters (the countdown to Augusta is right here), but that doesn't mean preliminary odds aren't out for the first major of next year.
Tiger Woods, who hasn't won a major in over five years, leads the odds at 5-to-1, with Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy coming in at 12-to-1 and Adam Scott is 15-to-1.
PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner is 30-to-1 to win.
Check out the rest of the odds after the jump, and let us know which number you think has value.
Fri Aug 09 07:24pm EDT
• Jason Dufner was the story on Friday at the PGA Championship, but we will get to him in a bit. The big story continues to be how easy Oak Hill is playing, and how the best in the world are taking full advantage of the soft conditions and pure greens.
• The PGA of America always groups the three major winners together for the first two rounds of the PGA Championship, and two of those men have a real shot at adding another trophy to their already great seasons. Adam Scott sits two shots back of Dufner, while Justin Rose is a shot back of Scott at 6-under. Both have played great for two days and will definitely be factors come this weekend.
• The two names that most thought had the best chance at the Wanamaker Trophy have struggled this week at Oak Hill. Tiger Woods shot a round of even-par 70 on a friendly scoring day to sit 10 shots back of the lead, while Phil Mickelson is a shot back of Tiger, 11 shots behind Dufner. Both have struggled to hit fairways and can't seem to figure out these Oak Hill greens, and will need a great Saturday if they even want to be in the conversation entering the final round.
Jason Dufner's 63 not only tied the low round in a major championship but broke the course record at Oak Hill. The best part about it? A lot of people might call it a "disappointing" 63. Dufner came to the 18th green with 12 feet left for a 62 to be the only man to go that low in a major championship, but left the putt a foot short, something he noted after the round probably had to do with nerves. Still, his round was incredible and has him atop the leaderboard with two rounds to play.
Oak Hill might be playing easy if you find the fairways, but the rough is still pretty gnarly. Steve Stricker showed that on Friday at the PGA Championship, but no problems for Stricker, who finished at 5-under, four shots back of the lead.
While the leaderboard is packed with big names, there were a lot of notable players that won't be around for the weekend at Oak Hill.
Shaun Micheel, who won at this course in 2003, shot 76-76 to miss the cut by a mile. Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, and Ernie Els are some notable major winners that missed the cut, as did Luke Donald, the first time in his career that he missed two cuts in a row at majors.
This Jason Dufner eagle got his round going, and was one of the cooler hole-outs you'll see.
"This is a lot for a Friday." - Jason Dufner, to Steve Stricker following his course record 63
Two more rounds of the PGA Championship kick off on Saturday morning, with so many big names fighting for the final major of the season.
Coverage kicks off on TNT at 11 AM ET and moves over to CBS at 2 PM ET.
Thu Aug 08 07:54pm EDT
• The opening round at Oak Hill will be remembered as a scoring day for most of the players. Adam Scott and Jim Furyk took the lead after day one, but a ton of big names were able to post rounds in red figures. Rain on Wednesday night added the players, making greens a bit more receptive to full shots, and it was a birdie-filled Thursday at the PGA Championship.
• Tiger Woods got off to a hot start on Thursday at the PGA Championship, making two birdies over his first nine holes to get to 2-under and near the top of the leaderboard. That all went out the door when Tiger got to his last hole, the par-4 9th. Woods had to settle for a double-bogey on his final hole, dropping him from 1-under to 1-over and well back of the lead at Oak Hill. It wasn't exactly a horrible start for Tiger's bid for a 15th major, but it wasn't what he wanted either.
• Jim Furyk might have that U.S. Open on his résumé, but he hasn't had a ton of success at the PGA Championship over the years. No worries, as Furyk got off to an incredibly hot start on Thursday at Oak Hill with a round of 5-under 65. Furyk made six birdies and looked like he would end his round bogey-free, but the same hole that got Tiger at the conclusion of his round bit Furyk, who made bogey to miss out on tying the course record at Oak Hill.
Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, is looking to add a second major to his already great season, joining Furyk atop the leaderboard at 5-under. Scott had a chance to go really low on Thursday at Oak Hill, burning the edge of the hole on both 13 and 15 for birdie, and despite dropping a shot on the 16th was able to roll in a good par save at the last to save his round.
This approach shot for former PGA Championship Martin Kaymer turned out to be perfect, dropping for an eagle on the par-5 13th.
This shot of Paul Casey, taken by Streeter Lecka, was an incredible one and his round followed suit, posting a round of 3-under 67 on Thursday.
The second round kicks off early on Friday morning, with Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Justin Rose going off at 8:35 a.m. ET and Tiger Woods going late at 1:45 p.m. ET.
The rest of the second round tee times are right here, so check out what time all the players will go off on Friday morning at Oak Hill.
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