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.


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.


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.

Aug 25

Tiger Woods splits with swing coach Sean Foley

For the first time in his career, Tiger Woods will be splitting ways with a swing coach before they ever won a single major championship.

Woods announced on Monday that he and swing coach Sean Foley, whom he began working with four years, are going in a different direction, taking to his website to break the news that Woods will once again be looking for a new swing coach.

"I'd like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship," Woods said. "Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him. With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship."

The relationship between Woods and Foley was an interesting one. Foley came on when Woods' golf game was as down in the dumps as it ever was, and after struggling through 2011, saw Woods pick up three wins in 2012 and five in 2013 including PGA Tour Player of the Year.

It was the majors that continued to be a problem for Tiger, who had some good finishes at the big four, but was never really a factor late on a Sunday during his time with Foley. Critics across the golf landscape focused on the issues with Tiger's golf swing, especially this season when Woods went down with multiple injuries and basically had to sit out most of '14 because of different back problems.

The loudest of the criticism came from a former student of Foley, who said for Woods to "leave Foley on the range" as Tiger started his eventual missed cut showing at this year's PGA Championship.

The question now turns to Tiger and his next move with a coach. Woods had plenty of success with Butch Harmon, who he worked with from 1993-2003, and won majors with Hank Haney at his service from '04-10, but Woods has never seemed like the guy that would go back to someone, pride or otherwise.

The good news for Team Tiger and others is he has plenty of time to figure it out, as he isn't scheduled to really play golf until the 2015 season.

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Aug 23

For the second straight day, Phil Mickelson hits tee shot in the grandstands on No. 5, plays it

If this wasn't real life, and real sport, nobody would believe what happened to Phil Mickelson on Saturday at The Barclays.

A day after wowing the fans with a shot out of the grandstands on the par-4 fifth hole, Mickelson's tee shot sailed left again on the same hole, hit the cart path just like it did on Friday, and bounced into the grandstands to a perfect, AstroTurf lie.

What did Mickelson do? Play the shot from the grandstands, just like he did on Friday, but this time he was able to make a par, one shot better than his adventures in the second round.

Mickelson appeared to take a little more time with this one, hitting it on the green and two-putting for the par.

As for The Barclays, fans had a little fun with his shot from Friday, painting "Phil was here" right around the area he first hit from.

Aug 23

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Aug 22

Phil Mickelson hits tee shot in grandstands, plays it from there

Phil Mickelson is a fan favorite for a reason. Despite his "aww, shucks" mentality, and how a lot of people got behind him when he continued to come up short in majors before 2004, there is a bit of drama that people like Mickelson, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino possess that few others in golf history have.

Phil gets this is a business, and knows that thrilling fans is a good business model. On Friday at the Barclays he did just that when his tee shot sailed wide left on the par-4 5th.

Mickelson went up to find his ball in the middle of the grandstands, sitting perfectly on the AstroTurf and instead of taking a free drop that might fall in a nasty lie, Phil decided to play it from there, right in the middle of the fans.

The people absolutely loved it, and despite hitting the shot over the green and making bogey, it was a very cool moment for everyone involved, and exactly why Phil is beloved the way he is.