Nov 18

Tiger Woods blasts satirical Golf Digest piece by legendary Dan Jenkins

Tiger Woods did not take kindly to a satirical interview Dan Jenkins published in the latest edition of Golf Digest, and he wants to let everyone know about it.

Woods took to Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune on Tuesday, sharing his distaste for the piece.

"Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody, and is really more like a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination," Woods wrote. "Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?"

The piece took aim at Woods in several ways, suggesting the former world No. 1 is cheap, likes to dismiss people who work for him and treats his friends poorly.

"All athletes know that we will be under scrutiny from the media. But this concocted article was below the belt," Woods wrote.

Jenkins hasn't held Woods in high regard for years and is thought not to care for the 14-time major winner who has not given Jenkins much face time in his two-plus-decade career in the golf spotlight.

In 2010, Jenkins wrote publicly of his efforts to get to know Woods.

"I once made an effort to get to know the old silicone collector," Jenkins wrote. "Tried to arrange dinners with him for a little Q&A, on or off the record, his choice. But the closest I ever got was this word from his agent: 'We have nothing to gain.'"

Woods isn't buying this as an excuse.

"Frustration or resentment because I have not been more available to him should not give him a license for an underhanded attack on me as an athlete, as a professional and as a person," Woods said.

However, this isn't the first time Jenkins has parodied Woods, albeit it is typically not in the form of a fake interview (even if advertised on the magazine's December cover as such). The publication has been more vocal in its critiques of Woods, Tiger feels, since he parted ways with the magazine as a playing editor in 2011.

"Funny they didn’t think this poorly of me when I worked with the magazine," Woods said.

Woods, who will return from back ailments at his Hero World Challenge on Dec. 4, wrote that he's accustomed to what he feels are incorrect reports or vicious columns -- a certain 2013 column by Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee about a rules situation at that year's Masters comes to mind -- but feels this Jenkins piece went too far.

"The sheer nastiness of this attack, the photos and how it put false words in my mouth just had to be confronted," he said.

Perhaps all true, but Woods' retort merely gives more publicity to a story that, for the most part, had gone unnoticed. At the outset of Woods' condemnation, he asked his audience if they had caught Jenkins' most recent work. He then says he hopes not. Many will now that he's broached the subject of the line between satirical humor and a vicious hit-piece, however fake it was.


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Nov 18

Dustin Johnson eyeing February return to PGA Tour

Dustin Johnson's three-months-and-counting indefinite leave of absence from the PGA Tour appears to have a tentative end in sight. 

Johnson is eyeing a return to the PGA Tour next February at the Farmers Insurance Open, according to Golf World. The tournament will be played Feb. 5-8 at Torrey Pines near San Diego. 

The eight-time PGA Tour winner has been said to be waiting until the birth of his first child with fiancee Paulina Gretzky to return. That return date would also jibe with a Golf Magazine report in August that Johnson was suspended by the PGA Tour for six months after a third failed drug test under their anti-doping program.

Though Johnson played some casual golf in the early weeks of his time away from competitive golf, he apparently began training and practicing again in early October in preparation from a return.

An August FOX411 report suggested Johnson's future father-in-law, Wayne Gretzky, made clear a transition into a more accountable life as a father was a must. He appears to have heeded the message, as Golf World reports Johnson has whipped himself into shape from a flaky character to a dedicated father-to-be.


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Nov 18

John Hahn shoots 58 at European Tour Q-School

When we write an article about European Tour Q-School, you know something fabulous has happened. 

Entering the fourth round of six at Q-School in Spain tied for 104th place, John Hahn needed a big round to save his European Tour status and make the cut. He delivered in the most dramatic way on Tuesday, shooting 12-under 58 to jump over 90 spots on the leaderboard. He made 12 birdies with just six pars on the Tour Course at the PGA Catalunya Resort.

Hahn will now easily make the cut, needing to finish in the top 25 to earn a European Tour card again.

Unfortunately, the European Tour won't consider Hahn's round the first official sub-60 score in their history. Since players enjoyed preferred lies during the round, it doesn't count for their record book. 


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Nov 17

Floyd Mayweather buys 15-year-old son Bentley golf cart

When your dad is boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, you pretty much have access to most anything you can imagine. For Mayweather's son, Koraun, he imagined driving a Bentley golf cart. So that's what he got from Papa Money for his 15th birthday party.

Floyd Mayweather gave his son a Bentley golf cart as a gift for his 15th birthday.

"My son wanted a Bentley golf cart for his 15th birthday so I made it appear," Mayweather said in a post on Instagram. "Stay on the look out for his gift for his 16th birthday!"

A jet? Please say it's a jet.

Hopefully this lavish gift only set Mayweather back just one trip to the sportsbook window in Vegas.


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Nov 17

Marcel Siem played Turkish Open final round with dislocated rib

If Marcel Siem was going to have even a remote chance of catching Rory McIlroy for the European Tour's Race to Dubai crown, he had to win the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday.

That bubble burst during Siem's warm-up in the gym, when he dislocated a rib. However, Siem, who trailed the lead by a shot heading into the final round, knew he had to give it a shot and played on anyhow. 

“It’s something I haven’t done for a year now because of my surgeries,” he said after his round, according to the Daily Mail. “I couldn’t really do it, and dislocated my rib. I thought I can’t even tee it up. Then my physio tried to crack it back in, didn’t work and we went to see the chiropractor and they pushed it back in."

The German was pretty well medicated when he teed it up, but still managed to shoot 1-under 71. Unfortuantely, that wasn't good enough to get the job done.

"I had like 1,600 milligrams of ibuprofen," he said. "I couldn’t have a proper back swing, but I played all right. I don’t want to blame it on anything, to be honest.” 

Even if Siem had managed a miracle win, he would have needed another win at this week's DP World Tour Championship and some help from McIlroy to claim the $1.25 million season-long prize.


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Nov 17

Phil Mickelson halfway to goal of dropping 20 lbs.

Phil Mickelson's looking a little thinner these days, and he still wants to lose more weight heading into 2015.

Mickelson, who recently accepted a position helping his brother Tim as an interim assistant coach for the Arizona State golf program, has picked up his workout regimen with a performance coach and lost some 10 pounds with his four-day-per-week plan.

"He looks more athletic. He's standing taller, carrying himself better," said Sean Cochran, Mickelson's performance coach, to Golf World.

The five-time major winner is angling to lose another 10 pounds with the hope of adding 10 mph to his golf swing. The 2014 campaign was not good for Mickelson, whose true finish of note was coming up just short of a sixth major at the PGA Championship in August. Ever optimistic, however, Mickelson sees nothing but good from dropping a few pounds.

He said, "Next year is going to be a great one."


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Nov 16

Get used to hearing the name Brooks Koepka

Golf has a new superstar, and his journey into the game's elite ranks has been an unprecedented one.

Brooks Koepka won the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday in Turkey, closing with 7-under 65 to nip Ian Poulter by a shot for his first European Tour title. The win catapults Koepka, who entered the week ranked 61st in the world, into the top 35 and practically assures him a spot in all four major championships and World Golf Championships events for 2015. 

What makes Koepka so unique? The 24-year-old Florida State product didn't try to earn his way to the PGA Tour fresh out of school, instead taking the path blazed by friend Peter Uihlein, opting to head to Europe and try to earn European Tour status. Koepka earned playing privileges on the Challenge Tour, the European equivalent of the Web.com Tour, and quickly found success. He won in his rookie season, then three more times in 2013 to earn a European Tour card. 

However, 2014 has been Koepka's break-out season. He opened the 2013-14 PGA Tour season with a T-3 finish at the Frys.com Open, leading to 16 total starts, including the final three majors of the year. You could be forgiven for not knowing Koepka finished T-4 at the U.S. Open in June. Martin Kaymer's dominance at Pinehurst No. 2 overshadowed anyone underneath him on the leaderboard. Koepka finished a solid T-15 at the PGA Championship.

Koepka is closing the season on an even more impressive tear. In his last seven worldwide starts, he's finished outside the top 11 just once. He racked up two top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour at the Frys.com Open and in Las Vegas, earning almost $425,000 in the early portion of the wraparound season.

Traveling some 53,000 miles to play pro golf worldwide this year, Koepka's passport is practically worn out, but each stamp is proof his game can travel pretty much anywhere. With his win on Sunday, Koepka made it clear he intends to leave his own stamp on the sport.


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Nov 16

Rory McIlroy wins $1.25 million from his couch

Rory McIlroy became $1.25 million richer on Sunday, and it wasn't by playing golf.

McIlroy won the European Tour's season-long Race to Dubai with one event left on the calendar. Only three players -- Sergio Garcia, Jamie Donaldson and Marcel Siem -- could have caught the world No. 1, but would have needed to win this week's Turkish Airlines Open and next week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. When Brooks Koepka won the event, the Race to Dubai was officially over.

The Ulsterman announced he would be skipping the first two events of the four-event series, the BMW Masters and WGC-HSBC Champions, to prepare for a 2015 trial in Ireland to settle a lawsuit he brought against his former representation at Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management. McIlroy didn't publicly give a reason for not teeing it up in Turkey.

On Twitter, McIlroy congratulated Koepka on his first European Tour win, but didn't mention his crowning as Europe's best.


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