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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Thu Sep 26 12:09pm EDT
5. Martin Laird's 63 on Sunday at the Valero Texas Open -- You know those days where everything clicks, and the golf swing, and putting stroke, seem effortless? That was Martin Laird on Sunday at TPC San Antonio, carding a final round 63 that included nine birdies, nine pars and a round that propelled him to his third PGA Tour win.
It was a great round for a number of reasons, but without this close by Laird we would have seen Rory McIlroy raise a trophy in '13.
4. Phil Mickelson's 60 on Thursday at the Waste Management -- If there was ever a shot that proved just how cruel golf can be, it might be this putt Phil Mickelson had on the final hole at the Waste Management on Thursday. Looking over a birdie putt to post 59, the ball did everything but go in, curling around the cup and leaving the crowd, Bones and Phil all confused at how exactly it missed.
Mickelson was 7-under on his front nine, made the turn and continued his run, getting to 11-under with two holes to play but failed to convert birdies over his final two holes. Still, it tied for the second lowest round of the season on the PGA Tour and as we called it when it happened, was more of a 59.5 than a 60.
Mickelson, of course, went on to win this event by four shots over Brandt Snedeker.
3. Jim Furyk's 59 on Friday at the BMW Championship -- It's crazy to think that just the sixth man to ever fire a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour would be the third best round of 2013, but closing out a tournament, or posting a round that wraps up a major championship, trumps going super low earlier in the week if you fail to win.
Furyk's 59 was amazing, wrapped up by one of our shots of the year, but he couldn't go on to win at the BMW Championship, meaning it will be a great round lost to a poor rest of the week. Still, his round on Friday at Conway Farms was the lowest round on the course by six shots!
2. Jason Dufner's 63 on Friday at the PGA Championship -- It was one of the better rounds of golf you will ever see, no matter the situation or the golf tournament. Dufner's 63 on Friday broke the Oak Hill course record, and the amazing thing was he had a pretty good look on the 18th green to post the first ever 62 in a major championship, but couldn't get the ball to the hole and had to settle for joining a growing list of pros that have shot 63 at a major.
Dufner went on to win his first ever major championship on Sunday at the PGA, and he can look back at this second round as the reason he was able to pull that off.
1. Phil Mickelson's 66 on Sunday at the British Open -- It was one of those "rounds for the ages" on the final day of a major, the one you always think might happen but hardly ever see.
Phil Mickelson was five shots back heading into the final round with names like Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott and Tiger Woods ahead of him on the leaderboard, but that didn't stop Mickelson from putting together one of the greatest closing stretches we have ever seen at a major championship.
Mickelson birdied four of his last six holes, adding circles on both the 17th and 18th to all but wrap up his first ever Claret Jug, and he did both with incredible golf shots like that three-wood he hit on the 71st hole.
It was a near flawless final round considering the golf course and conditions, and it forced Phil to pull off every shot he had in his bag, which he did to perfection.
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 17 01:29pm EDT
On Thursday, 30 of the best golfers in the world will take on East Lake in hopes of not only winning the Tour Championship, but possibly taking home a $10 million bonus with a FedEx Cup win.
Rory McIlroy, the No. 4 ranked player in the world, will not be one of them.
McIlroy joined a list of names that included Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter as notables that didn't qualify for the Tour Championship, and while those four names might be shocking, it's Rory that was dubbed the second coming of Tiger Woods and had, as best we can put it, a horrible, horrible season.
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After switching clubs and balls to start the season, McIlroy got off to a slow start and it didn't really pick up, with the 24-year-old failing to win at all in 2013 and carding just five top-10 finishes in 16 PGA Tour starts.
After his struggles at the BMW Championship last week, the two-time major winner was asked about his year and answered as candidly as you'd expect from a guy with all the golf expectations in the world on his shoulders.
"If someone had asked me at the start of the year, would you be more surprised at not winning a major or not getting to the Tour Championship, of course I would have said the latter," Rory said. "The majors are based on one week, four times a year when a lot of things have to go your way. But over the course of the season, I feel like I should be able to play well enough to get to East Lake. I didn't expect to be in this position."
It is quite a difference from this time last year, when McIlroy was heading into the Tour Championship the hottest player in the world, coming off a PGA Championship win and two FedEx playoff wins in 2012.
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This year his game just hasn't been there despite a few glimpses of hope at different points in the season.
My advice for Rory? Take some time off, enjoy life and maybe try to get as far away from golf as possible. The kid is going to eventually be fine, and start playing great golf again, but after a season like this it wouldn't hurt to stick the clubs in the back of your closet for a few weeks and just hope that a short split between McIlroy and golf could do wonders for him when the 2014 season gets going.
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.
Wed Aug 07 01:06pm EDT
The PGA Championship kicks off on Thursday, and while the main names like Tiger and Phil are dominating headlines, there are plenty of other golfers out there that have a solid shot at taking home the Wanamaker Trophy.
But who needs it the most? We looked at the top-30 in the Official World Golf Rankings and picked the 10 players we think need this major championship the most.
10.) Phil Mickelson -- It isn't that pressing that Phil compete, or even win, this week at the PGA Championship. He has won this major in the past and even if he misses the cut on Friday it will still go down as a huge year for Lefty, but a win this week could be a career-defining year. Mickelson has never won two majors in the same season, and if he won this week the threat of a Phil Slam would definitely be in play (just look how he always plays at Augusta National followed by the U.S. Open hosted at Pinehurst). So while it isn't a season-maker if he doesn't win, it would do a ton for his legacy and his place in history if he was able to get a sixth major the same year he checked the British Open off his list.
9.) Ian Poulter -- Earlier this week I commented on Twitter as I always do around this time of year, mentioning how I wished the PGA Championship was still match play. Someone replied to me that I am basically just trying to muster up a way for Poulter to win a major championship, thus defining the career of Ian Poulter; all match play, no majors. The thing is, the Englishman has had some solid finishes of late in the majors, coming in T-3 at this tournament a year ago and another T-3 at the British Open last month. A win here and he moves from "very good professional golfer" to major threat, and I feel if he wins one of these four events he could win a handful more before his career ends.
8.) Bubba Watson -- We've focused a lot on the tough season of one Rory McIlroy, but it hasn't been a great one for another major winner from 2012. Bubba has struggled for most of the year, carding just three top-10s in 17 starts on the PGA Tour. He has played better of late, but if Bubba can't get in the hunt this week, and has another disappointing finish it's going to be very much a tough hangover year following that epic Masters win a season ago.
7.) Luke Donald -- The former world No. 1 is becoming another in the long list of players that we thought were major threats only to realize they might not be. In the last six seasons Donald has more missed cuts in majors than top-10s, and has never really been in contention at a major. He needs a good run this week, and after his T-9 at Firestone it looks like this could be as good a time as any, especially considering how the golf course is set to play.
6.) Sergio Garcia -- Maybe a year or two ago he would have been higher on this list, but Sergio hasn't done much since that Players Championship battle with Tiger Woods. Garcia T-45 and T-21 at the Opens, respectively, and just doesn't seem like the same threat he once was to breakthrough and win a major. That said, if he could do it this week, on a golf course that calls for good driving, it would redefine a man's career that seems all but lost at this point.
5.) Dustin Johnson -- We hear so many things about Dustin Johnson's potential. "He's the next big deal on tour." "He has all the game in the world." "He's a freak athlete." That's all well and good, but the dude needs to win a major before the hype can totally be believable. Johnson is coming off a T-2 at the Canadian Open and a disappointing T-33 at the Bridgestone, but the man that some say hits the driver better than anyone in the world could benefit on a golf course like Oak Hill, and a major win would really show that he's worthy of all this praise.
4.) Lee Westwood -- Last month Westwood had one of his best chances at a major win, heading into Sunday with a two-shot lead at the Open and hopes of finally taking home one of the big four. He couldn't do it, and he's headed to Oak Hill with a "Rory at Congressional, Phil at Muirfield" type of feel. A disappointing tournament last month could all change if he was able to finally win a major championship and silence all the critics that don't think he can putt well enough all four days to do so.
3.) Steve Stricker -- I put Stricker so high on this list because I know his days are numbered in the sense of a viable major championship pick and his schedule continues to diminish as he scales it back to spend more time with his family. The PGA Championship is Stricker's best shot at a major (three top-7 finishes in his career) and what better time to win it than now? Stricker has 12 PGA Tour wins including two WGC events, but a major would prove just how good he was with the putter and take him up a level in what he was able to accomplish in his career.
2.) Tiger Woods -- He's won five times this season, more than twice as many as anyone else on the PGA Tour, but critics continue to look at those events with blinders on, wondering when his next major win will come. Considering how he's playing coming into this week, it should be now, and while we've said it before, this is the best chance that Woods will have at winning his first major in over five years. If he doesn't win this week he will spend seven months answering questions about what is wrong with him at majors and why can't he win one of the big ones, so while he is still having an incredible season it won't be complete to some unless he takes home the Wanamaker Trophy.
1.) Rory McIlroy -- Win and you'll shut them up, lose and it's an entire offseason of answering those same questions over and over again. That is what's at stake for the 24-year-old. A year ago he left this tournament golf's Golden Boy once again, the kid that wins majors by eight shots with the perfect swing and famous girlfriend and Jupiter-sized potential. This season he's the kid with the ridiculous equipment change, unruly girlfriend and bad attitude on the golf course. A good week that ends with another trophy ceremony at the PGA Championship would silence everyone, and put Rory back on track as the next big thing.
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Mon Aug 05 01:41pm EDT
It's PGA Championship week, and after Tiger Woods' win at the Bridgestone Invitational the odds have moved more in his favor.
Tiger is a 7-to-2 favorite to snag his 15th major championship, with Phil Mickelson coming in at 12-to-1 and Adam Scott landing at 18-to-1.
The rest of the odds are after the jump, so let us know which odds you like and who you think has the best shot at snagging the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday.
Fri Aug 02 05:34pm EDT
While the Bridgestone Invitational still has 36 holes to go, a lot of the focus in the golf world is on the final major of the year.
The PGA Championship kicks off next week, and the PGA of America has already released the tee times for all the players for the first two rounds. Tiger Woods will be paired with two former winners of this event, Keegan Bradley and Davis Love III, while the three major winners of 2013, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, will go off together at Oak Hill.
The rest of the tee times are after the jump, but give us what threesome you'd most want to follow if you were headed to the year's final major.