Sep 01

John Hahn had one of the craziest rounds you’ll ever see on Sunday at the Open D’Italia

How do you shoot a 65 during a professional golf round with a quadruple-bogey on your card? Just ask American John Hahn, who did just that on Sunday at the Open D'Italia.

Hahn struggled on Friday and Saturday after opening with a 67 in Torino, but went out on Sunday and posted a 7-under 65, but it was nothing like what you'd expect from one of the low rounds of the day.

Hahn eagled his opening hole, made birdies on the next three, and after another eagle on the par-4 7th and a birdie on the 9th, it was out in 28 for Hahn. When he made another birdie on the 11th, Hahn sat at 9-under for the day and had people murmuring about a possible 59, but that was when the round went haywire.

Hahn made a quadruple-bogey on the par-3 13th to derail any chance of a sub-60 round, but followed up his blowup hole with a birdie on the 14th and a third eagle on No. 15.

John Hahn's scorecard — European Tour (Screengrab)

The final score was a 65, but it had plenty of crazy things happening for Hahn, who finished T-35, jumping 37 spots on Sunday with that wicked round of golf.

Aug 29

Rory McIlroy off to a hot start in his opening round at the Deutsche Bank Championship

For Rory McIlroy, the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs was the first real letdown of this incredible summer run from the No. 1 player in the world. Atop the FedEx Cup rankings before the Barclays, McIlroy never really got it going on the weekend after a Friday 65, finishing T-22, stopping his run of three straight wins and forcing the 25-year-old to recharge his batteries.

Just a week later, it looks like Rory did just that, coming out on fire during the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Starting on the 10th hole, Rory stuck his opening approach shot to just a couple of feet to get his round going with a birdie, but it didn't stop there.

McIlroy rolled in a bomb on the par-3 11th for two in a row, and after a par on the 12th, hit another approach shot to just a couple of feet for his third birdie in four holes.

Rory's round is still going, but I couldn't imagine a better start for the man searching for his first FedEx Cup title and a second win at this championship.

Aug 28

Check out the top-10 best shots from the Deutsche Bank Championship

The Deutsche Bank Championship is always a fun week on the PGA Tour. The Friday start is a bit different, as is the Monday finish, and the tournament has been an important part of the FedEx Cup since it all began in 2007.

As we get set for the second leg of the 2014 playoffs, we look back at some of the best shots ever hit at the Deutsche Bank Championship since the playoffs began in '07.

We have a little Phil, some Tiger, and a clutch, clutch performance by Webb Simpson back in 2011 when he closed with three birdies to win his second of four PGA Tour titles.

Aug 28

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Aug 27

This PGA Championship final round supercut is amazing

If you've been around these parts before, you know we are big fans of Michael David Murphy's YouTube cuts. After majors, Murphy puts together fun supercuts of the final round, usually showing every shot the champion hits in just under a minute or two.

For the 2014 PGA Championship, Murphy stepped up his game.

Above you'll see an amazing supercut of the final round, with Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson all thrown in during different points of their final round.

Watch, enjoy, and re-live the best major of the 2014 season.

h/t Shackelford

Aug 26

Butch Harmon nixes the idea of any Tiger Woods reunion

It might have been the Dream Team pairing of golfer and teacher over a decade ago, but don't think Tiger Woods will be returning to Butch Harmon after the announcement that he would be parting ways with Sean Foley.

This is all according to Harmon, the 70-year-old instructor that worked with Woods up until 2004 and was a part of eight of the 14 majors Tiger was able to win.

Harmon told the Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard that with Woods coachless once more, a reunion between the two isn't just unlikely, but it won't be happening. 

“No I would not and he’s not going to call and ask,” Harmon told the Golf Channel. “I don’t think he needs a swing coach. If I were advising Tiger I’d tell him, ‘You’re the greatest player that ever lived, just go to the range and hit shots.'"

While it's a simple thought to put in the head of someone like Tiger Woods, Harmon's point is a pretty solid one. Woods used to pride himself on hitting every shot, showing it off on the range with something he called "The Nine Shots," where he'd hit low, medium and high fades, straight balls and draws. Woods has since transformed his golf swing into a miss-free move, something that focuses on just one side of the golf course in hope of completely taking out the left side of the golf course (draws are a no-no with this philosophy).

For Tiger, just going out and showing how great you are might be the best advice he could get. Go back to pulling off all the golf shots, if he's mentally and physically able to do so.

The issue with Foley wasn't so much the man behind the camera as much as it was the health of Tiger himself. Driving a Ferrari is a special experience, but it sure isn't as fun when the engine keeps dying and the transmission won't go into gear. That was Tiger for a lot of his time with Foley, a great golfer who just couldn't get all the parts to work perfectly at the same time.

No matter who Woods ends up going with as his next instructor, finding someone that will just allow Woods to go back to just golfing would be a smart choice.

Like Harmon said, this guy is one of the best to ever pick up a golf club. When healthy, he still has the ability to be that, and hopefully his next choice of instructor will think something similar.

Aug 25

Winners and losers from the Barclays

This past weekend saw a lot of great storylines and we are here to give you the good and the bad of it. Here are our winners and losers from the past week in golf.

Winners

Hunter Mahan — One of the reasons the FedEx Cup playoffs are a cool end to the season is it gives people a chance to still have a monumental, season-changing win. The 2014 Barclays saw a list of guys that needed a victory, including Jim Furyk, Jason Day and the man listed here in Hunter Mahan. It had been more than two years since his last win, and Mahan was in need of a solid final round to give himself a chance, but that seems to be the way he likes to win golf tournaments. With his closing 65 at the Barclays, Mahan made it four of five stroke play wins that included a final round of 65 or lower, meaning when he sees the trophy and is feeling that his game is clicking, it's game-on when Sundays roll around.

Patrick Reed — After qualifying for his first Ryder Cup mostly on his play from earlier in the season, it has been a nice turnaround for Reed, who finished T-4 at Firestone and finished T-9 at the Barclays thanks to a closing 65 that jumped him 21 spots on the leaderboard. For a kid that has been hounded from one comment he made earlier this year, it is a huge positive for Tom Watson and the American team to see Reed playing solid golf again.

Stuart Appleby — To say you predicted a T-2 from Appleby would be a flat out lie since the man hasn't had a top-10 on the PGA Tour since the beginning of March. Still, his 66-68-65 finish after an opening 73 gave him his best finish on the PGA Tour since the 2010 Greenbrier, when he closed with 59 to win that event by a single shot.

Phil Mickelson — Who cares how he finished, his two shots from the grandstands will be the things we remember from this week at Ridgewood Country Club.

Losers

Jim Furyk — Another 54 hole squandered by Furyk, who is looking more and more like a man that has forgotten how to close out tournaments. Furyk has had a great season in terms of finishes, but we are nearing the four-year mark since his last win, and as many times as he's been in the conversation heading into the final day, it's the disappointing Sunday rounds that continue to haunt the 44-year-old.

Martin Kaymer — It has been an ugly rest of the PGA Tour season for our U.S. Open champion, who missed the cut at the Barclays and how now gone 70, T-56, CUT, CUT in his four PGA Tour starts since Pinehurst. Is it crazy to think that the man that won the U.S. Open by eight shots is currently the weakest member of the European Ryder Cup team?

Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker — Trying hard to prove to Tom Watson that both are worthy of a Ryder Cup captain's pick, Simpson and Snedeker both missed the cut at the Barclays, not exactly what they were looking for when they got to Ridgewood.