May 23

An enormous sinkhole opens up at home to Legends of Golf

There's a new design feature on the Top of the Rock Golf Course, which hosts the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf in Branson, Missou.: four big sinkholes.

The biggest sinkhole, which is reportedly still growing and is 60 feet by 80 feet and 35 feet deep, formed around 6:30 a.m. on Friday between the practice tee and a pond near the entrance to the property.

Sinkholes are not particularly uncommon in the Ozarks, where Top of the Rock is located, according to the Springfield News-Leader. The Big Cedar Lodge, which owns the course, is working with engineers to figure out how, if at all, they'll fill the hole. It could take up to two weeks to replace the sunk-in earth. The good news for the facility is that the sinkhole won't impact tee times, but it does create a new hazard.

May 23

Miguel Angel Jimenez sets Euro Tour record with 10th ace

Miguel Angel Jimenez set a new European Tour record on Saturday, making his 10th career hole-in-one to break a tie with Colin Montgomerie.

The Spaniard made the ace in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in England, using a 9-iron from 148 yards at the par-3 second.

"My irons, they are like darts. It's nice to have the record,"Jimenez said after a 4-under 68 leaves him four shots behind joint 54-hole leaders Francesco Molinari and Byeong-hun An.

This is Jimenez's third ace of the year, following up on holes-in-one at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January and last week's Open de Espana.

So what's the 51-year-old's secret?

"The main thing is I've got the right club in my hand and make a good swing," Jimenez said.

However, Jimenez didn't have the shot of the day. That went to Tommy Fleetwood, who made an albatross on the par-5 fourth hole. 

Fleetwood shot 7-under 65 to pull a shot ahead of Jimenez and within striking distance heading into the final round.

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

May 22

Rory McIlroy misses BMW PGA cut after second-round 78

On Wednesday, Rory McIlroy said, "Golf is a very fickle game and it can humble you quite quickly."

By Friday at the BMW PGA Championship in England, McIlroy had proven his words true.

After an opening 71 at Wentworth Club, McIlroy exploded to 6-over 78 on Friday to miss the cut in his title defense, just five days after winning the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship by seven shots and setting a new tournament scoring record by five.

McIlroy had little to say to reporters after the round, which left the world No. 1 on the wrong side of the cut line for just the third time in his last 45 worldwide events.

The 78 is McIlroy's worst European Tour score since a first-round 79 in the 2013 Open Championship, and worst worldwide since the same tally in the second round of last year’s Memorial.

It seemed clear fatigue had set in for McIlroy, was playing for the fourth consecutive week, including two wins at Quail Hollow and the WGC-Cadillac Match Play. He also finished T-6 at The Players.

The most outwardly emblematic sign of McIlroy's fatigue and resulting frustration came on Thursday when, after a poor second shot in the par-5 17th at Wentworth, he chucked his 3-wood down the fairway. It'll likely result in a fine from the European Tour, and it's a bad look for the Ulsterman, who threw a 3-iron even further and into a water hazard at Doral in March.

Still, McIlroy tried to remain calm about a clearly disappointing outcome.

"I'm not going to read too much into it," McIlroy said. "It was inevitable at some point that the run was going to come to a bit of an end.

“If anything good comes out of this, it's just that I get a little bit of a rest over the next couple of days, and feel a bit fresher for what's going to be a really big week for me next week.”

McIlroy is headed to his home country, Northern Ireland, to prepare for the Irish Open, where he is host at Royal County Down.

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

May 21

The 19th Golf Show: Expecting a rivalry that might never happen

After golf collectively got excited about the prospect of a new Big Three of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, the world No. 1 quelled that talk with two wins in his last three starts.

But here's the thing: There hasn't been a great golf rivalry in the last half-century that didn't involve Jack Nicklaus. We explain why and how it'll be difficult for a great rivalry to ever surface again.

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Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

May 21

Dan Jenkins: Tiger Woods beat a bunch of nobodies in majors

Tiger Woods and legendary writer Dan Jenkins aren't on each other's Christmas card lists.

Woods never gave Jenkins the kind of sit-down interview he was granted by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Jenkins lashed out against Woods in his critique of the former world No. 1 after revelations of Woods' serial marital infidelity. 

Then, after Jenkins published a (clearly) parody interview with Woods in Golf Digest in November 2014 (the December issue), Woods took to Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune to deride the piece and scold Jenkins. 

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Jenkins shot back this week in an interview with the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, saying Woods' major accomplishments pale compared to golf's new generation because of the quality of opponents the two beat.

"There's much more talent at the top (and the bottom) than there was during Tiger's peak years," Jenkins said. "Tiger beat a lot of nobodies to win most of his majors.

"Yeah, there was Phil [Mickelson] and [Ernie] Els around, in and out, but go back and look who was second to him in those majors and tell me where they are now."

Though Mickelson and Els were runner-up to Woods in three of the majors Woods won, there were also the likes of Bob May and Chris DiMarco. 

Jenkins was speaking more in support for fellow Texan and Masters champion Jordan Spieth, but it was an easy shot against Woods.

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

May 21

Rory McIlroy aiming for two of final three 2015 majors

This is when it all really began for Rory McIlroy a year ago. He had abruptly ended his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki, seemingly setting himself up for a tailspin of a summer.

Instead, he went out that week and won the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event. From there, he went on to win his first Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and his second PGA Championship in three years. 

The world No. 1 is aiming for a similar summer in 2015.

"There's three majors left, and I feel like two of those major venues are going to set up really well with me, at St. Andrews and Whistling Straits," McIlroy told Sky Sports ahead of this week's BMW PGA Championship.

Of course, Chambers Bay, the U.S. Open host, is an unknown as it's never held a major championship, but McIlroy demonstrated his game fits the other two venues in 2010, the last time both venues hosted their respective championships. At St. Andrews, McIlroy opened with 9-under 63 at the Old Course before shooting 80 in gale-force winds and still finishing in a tie for third, well behind eventual winner Louis Oosthuizen. Then at Whistling Straits, McIlroy finished just a shot out of the playoff between Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson.

It could be another very good summer for the Ulsterman.

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.