Mar 06

Rory McIlroy chucks his iron into the water in a fit of rage

Rory McIlroy has been frustrated the first two days of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral. It boiled over on Friday, with one of McIlroy's clubs paying the price.

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McIlroy's second shot from 222 yards to the par-5 eighth found a water hazard. In response, McIlroy hurled his club into the water after his ball. 

The world No. 1 went on to make bogey on the hole and left to play the rest of his round with 13 clubs. 


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Mar 06

Tom Brady to join Rory McIlroy next week at Augusta National

Things really couldn't be going better for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He's celebrating a fourth Super Bowl win, has Gisele Bundchen for a wife and can pretty much ride off into the sunset whenever he feels like it.

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Now he has a tee time next week at Augusta National with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy. Golf Channel reports the duo will tee it up at the home of the Masters.

Given their professional precociousness, the pair should have plenty to talk about as McIlroy prepares for his first crack at the career grand slam in April.

We're pretty sure McIlroy, who shot 1-over 73 to open the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday, won't back out on the round -- unlike Phil Mickelson, who said earlier this week he bailed on a planned Augusta National practice round because he was tired.


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Mar 05

Adam Sandler, Bob Barker renew their ‘Happy Gilmore’ feud

This'll bring a smile to your face. As part of Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars," an upcoming telethon to raise money to fight autism, Adam Sandler and Bob Barker reunited to reprise their sadistically cruel "Happy Gilmore" roles of smartass punk kid and bitter, devious old man. And they carried it off beautifully. Seriously, this is the funniest Sandler has been in decades.

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Give this one a chance to wash over you. It escalates every 30 seconds, concluding with a welcome payoff to fans of the original flick. And speaking of that movie: if, for some insane reason, you haven't seen the "Happy Gilmore" sequence on which this was based, here you go. Caution for one semi-NSFW word, but if you don't know that by now, come on ... this movie's nearly 20 freaking years old:

 Here, a handy GIF to clip and save:

Friends, Bob Barker is a national treasure.

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Mar 05

Former PGA pres. Bishop: Mickelson was ‘grandmaster’ of Ryder Cup task force

Former PGA of America president Ted Bishop believes Phil Mickelson got precisely what he wanted from the now-dissolved Ryder Cup task force, acting as the "grandmaster" of the 11-man committee.

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Writing for Golf Magazine, Bishop said Mickelson got the captain he wanted in Davis Love III, even though at the 2014 Ryder Cup he explicitly named Paul Azinger and favoring his approach. However, Bishop also contends Mickelson didn't care for Azinger's sometimes brash leadership style. The five-time major winner liked the framework, which Love employed in building a four-point lead heading into the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Bishop believes Fred Couples, three times the winning U.S. Presidents Cup captain, will get the nod to lead in France in 2018, followed by Steve Stricker in his native Wisconsin in 2020, Jim Furyk in 2022 and Phil Mickelson taking his turn at Bethpage Black in 2024.

Perhaps most interesting was Bishop's suggestion that the Ryder Cup is now Mickelson's baby, and may somewhat explain why fellow task force member Tiger Woods didn't show to last week's news conference to announce the changes.

"Phil made his presence felt. I can't help but think that Phil's taking charge of the U.S. Ryder Cup process might represent the first time in years that he isn't living in Tiger's shadow," Bishop wrote. "I wonder if that has motivated Phil, because he certainly seems energized by the task at hand."


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Mar 05

Adam Scott has gone to the short putter

Ch-ch-ch-changes aplenty this week for Adam Scott.

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Scott, who is making his 2015 debut at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, is a new father to a daughter and has been wielding a new, traditional-length putter at Doral. He is expected to play this week with a short putter for just the second time since the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, when he made the switch to the anchored broomstick.

Scott came to the decision after testing a slew of putters in his offseason.

"I’ve kind of enjoyed experimenting at home the last couple months because I’ve had so much time up my sleeve,” said Scott. “I’ve got about 50 putters I’ve collected over my career back home in the garage, so to speak, but then I’ve also tried out lots of other putters at home in Australia over the these last few weeks.”

Scott still had not decided on the putter he'd use this week on Monday at Doral, when he was working with four putters on the practice greens.

The Aussie is making the change now instead of waiting until later in the season. The anchored putting stroke, which Scott used in tandem with the long putter to win the 2013 Masters, becomes illegal on Jan. 1, 2016. Though he knows there will be a transition, Scott seems confident the switch will go well.

“You know, I’ll just go out there and like I said, just stay patient with it all,” Scott said. “It’s going to be demanding, certainly if the wind is blowing. But I’m thinking, you know, my stroke and everything feels as good as it ever has."


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Mar 03

Phil Mickelson was too tired to play a round at Augusta National

If someone told you that, if you stayed up for 48 consecutive hours, you could play Augusta National Golf Club, there's a good chance you would run to your nearest coffee machine and start brewing. 

If you had to give a kidney to play the home of the Masters, there's a chance you'd handle the scalpel yourself.

Not Phil Mickelson, though. The three-time Masters winner has probably played Augusta National more times than he can ever remember. So, not that it's old hat, but he can go there pretty much whenever he wants. Perhaps that's why he canceled a scheduled Tuesday practice round there. Why?

"Just tired," Mickelson said Monday after The Honda Classic. 

Mickelson then made the short drive from PGA National to Seminole Golf Club for its famous, star-studded pro-member tournament. Along with partner and Augusta National member Jimmy Payne, Mickelson came in a tie for eighth, four shots behind the winning duo of Rory McIlroy and John Pinkham.

Ah, the life of a golf legend. 


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Mar 03

Dude Perfect, long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski perform sick trick shots

Trick-shot videos are hot right now in golf.

The Bryan Brothers light it up on a regular basis, while a host of others are trying to make a name for themselves by showing what they can do with a club, a ball and the occasional prop.

However, two-time Remax World Long-Drive champion Jamie Sadlowski has taken the art form to a new level. Sadlowski, a Callaway Golf staffer, teamed up with YouTube mega-sensations Dude Perfect for a trick-shot compilation that will blow your mind.

This five-minute video has a little bit of everything in it. Of course, there's the requisite GoPro cameras and lots of high-fiving and man-hugging. However, the tricks are dynamite.

Here's a set list:

Sadlowski hits a 100-yard punch shot to a small target attached to a basketball hoop, knocking a suspended ball into the basket

He hits a putter some 170 yards on a par 3, then makes the birdie putt in a great one-club challenge, then later makes a 132-foot putt with his driver

Several everyday items are demolished at point-blank range of Sadlowski's drives, including fruit, action figures and candy

The Dude Perfect guys ride jet skis to catch a golf ball Sadlowski blasts off the U.S.S. Midway

Finally, Sadlowski hits a kiddie pool set up 250 yards away from him

Does this have anything to do with pro golf? Not at all. But the skill set Sadlowski showed on these trick shots should tell you the kind of showmen some of the longest hitters in the world are.


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Mar 03

Power rankings: WGC-Cadillac Championship

The PGA Tour splits off this week, with the best players in the world in the Miami area for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral. The Gil Hanse-renovated TPC Blue Monster hosts the top 50 players in the world and a slew of money leaders from global tours. 

Patrick Reed is defending champion this week, but the headliner is again Rory McIlroy, who will look to bounce back in this no-cut event after missing the weekend at The Honda Classic.

Here are my top five picks for the week.

1. Rory McIlroy -- McIlroy didn't make the cut at Honda, but he had an awful draw along with half the field. He was T-25 here a year ago. He's a very different player since then.

2. Jordan Spieth -- Hey, maybe we'll see Jordan Spieth on TV this week. Spieth is a top-10 machine at the moment, taking that mantle from Matt Kuchar. His game plays anywhere and should be handy in windy conditions.

3. Dustin Johnson -- Johnson got cut at Honda playing alongside McIlroy and Brooks Koepka. He's been close to wins in two of his last three starts and was T-4 here last year, as well a runner-up in 2011.

4. Patrick Reed -- Reed came up short (in the drink) on Monday at The Honda Classic, making the rare mistake with a chance to win. However, he's playing very well and would love to defend a title at Doral.

5. Bubba Watson -- Watson was runner-up here a year ago, and he's been in the top 14 in his last five starts. If the wind picks up, he's a must-have since his length and ability to flight the ball as needed will be a huge asset.


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