Oct 29

Nicklaus sees Woods still breaking record, had 40 majors to win 5

Jack Nicklaus still believes in Tiger Woods. 

The 18-time major champion believes Woods, who has 14 majors to his credit, can still win another handful of majors and become the sport's all-time greatest major champion. In an interview with ESPN reporter Darren Rovell at his alma mater Ohio State University, Nicklaus said Tiger will have to win one-eighth of the majors he has left to get to the sought 19 major mark.

Not too many people are making that argument these days, but, for Nicklaus, there's not much motivation to change his tune. The day Nicklaus publicly acknowledges Woods' window has closed is one of the most seminal in Woods' chase. 

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

Oct 29

Michael Jordan tweetburns Keegan Bradley from Charlotte Hornets account

Ryder Cup team stalker and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan took to Twitter on Tuesday to pump up fans for the start of the NBA season. He took over the team's official Twitter account, documenting his day. 

Keegan Bradley, who wears Air Jordan golf shoes and has a great relationship with His Airness, thought he'd take the opportunity to tweet at Jordan with a little trash talk.

Bradley must have forgotten for a moment that Jordan is among sport's all-time great trash talkers. Jordan didn't, and he promptly reminded Bradley of just how good No. 23 is at smack talk.

Even Bradley knew he'd been gotten.


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Oct 28

Judge gives Olympic golf course developers deadline to agree to design changes

The fate of the Olympic golf course and its finished design may well be known this week. 

A Brazilian judge has given Rio de Janeiro officials and the developers of the 2016 Olympic golf course an opportunity to settle with prosectors on an altered design to the course that would protect land prosecutors say has been developed in violation of the country's environmental laws.

The judge has asked if three holes of the course can be moved and redesigned so that a nature reserve can be established on the property.

Judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner asked for the city and developer, Fiori Empreendimentos, to make their decision by the end of the week, according to the Associated Press.

The course, designed by renowned architect Gil Hanse, is 60 percent done and construction continues while the suit drags. 

The entire project, which is part of welcoming golf back into the Olympic program after a 112-year absence, has been mired with problems, from acquisition of the land from a rightful owner, to further ownership disputes, to development delays, now culminating in this lawsuit. The course is to have a test event played there in 2015 in anticipation of two Olympic tournaments played there during the '16 Olympic games.

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Oct 28

You’ll love these NBA-inspired golf trick shots by the Bryan Bros.

The NBA's back on Tuesday night, and golf season never really ends. So the occasion is a perfect time for two of the great trick-shot artist groups of our time to collaborate on a new video.

The gang at Legendary Shots and the Bryan brothers put out a YouTube video blending some of their trick-shot skills from basketball and golf. From chipping basketballs into hoops from all over the golf course to hitting golf balls after they've been juggled and tossed in almost every conceivable way, this video has it all.

Whether you're looking forward to the new season or just looking for a golf video that's a little different, this is it.

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

Oct 27

Ousted PGA president Bishop paints picture of last day in office

When Ted Bishop hit send on Thursday on a tweet that labeled Ian Poulter a "lil girl," it didn't occur to him those eight characters could be considered sexist, much less cost him his job as president of the PGA of America -- especially with a month left to go in his two-year term.

Two hours later, about to sit down for dinner at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, the gravity of those two words dawned on Bishop. He deleted the tweet and a more elaborate Facebook posting. Not too long after, Bishop says to Golf World, he got a call from the PGA of America's communications director, Julius Mason, telling the president that Golf Channel requested his presence to explain the tone of his social media postings.

Mason told Bishop the PGA agreed internally that putting the Indiana course operator in front of the camera wasn't a good idea. They'd release a statement on his behalf, Bishop was told. What the folks at PGA HQ probably didn't admit explicitly was fear that, given his propensity to go off the cuff, Bishop would make an even bigger gaffe on live television.

The statement was a one-liner that had no apology in it. Bishop, who said he wanted to apologize more fully, fumbled an explanation to the Associated Press, who contacted the accessible president directly. His excuse? He wanted to keep in tone with the PGA of America's initial statement. 

And that was the beginning of the end for Bishop, who then detailed with writer Jaime Diaz how he realized the PGA of America had turned their back on him, at least in his view. What started as a half-hearted PR effort to save the dignity of the outgoing PGA president turned into a fast-moving train to oust Bishop. That happened, as far as Bishop knows, in the space of six hours. 

The then-president was summoned onto a conference call where he was read the riot act, as now-president Derek Sprague appeared to read the charges against Bishop. Bishop was urged to resign; he declined and instead spoke his piece in his own defense some three hours later. It did no good. The PGA of America board of governors voted unanimously to oust Bishop and install Sprague, his would-be successor in a month's time anyhow, into the now-vacant role.

Bishop is still shocked by how quickly he was kicked to the curb.

"Trust me, I abused my platform. I know I made a huge mistake," Bishop told Golf World. "I'm the first to say that. I let my personal feelings for two guys get in my way, and used a bad choice of words in trying to convey my frustration."

It's very well likely Bishop never would have been in this position had the American Ryder Cup team, led by Bishop's hand-picked captain Tom Watson, won at Gleneagles. Watson, and Bishop by extension, would have been invincible instead of both under the bus after first Phil Mickelson, then anonymous sources, indicated dissension and dissatisfaction with the 65-year-old captain.

"One thing that really bothered me after the Ryder Cup was some people in our organization complaining that they'd had no voice in the captain selection, and that 'Ted Bishop got us in this situation, and we have to distance ourselves from him,'" Bishop said.

That bubbling frustration, without taking the opportunity to make public comment after the Ryder Cup, may well have manifested itself in lashing out at Ian Poulter, a thorn in Bishop's side and a road block in his path to glory.

Instead, Bishop crashed and burned, with no one there to save him.

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Oct 26

Streb outlasts 2 in McGladrey playoff for first PGA Tour win

Robert Streb is a winner on the PGA Tour. With a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at Sea Island Golf Club, Streb had defeated Will MacKenzie and Brendon de Jonge to take the McGladrey Classic for his first PGA Tour win. 

MacKenzie, who was co-leader after three rounds with Andrew Svoboda, was eliminated on the first playoff hole with a bogey, leaving de Jonge and Streb both in search for their first Tour win. 

Streb knocked his tee shot on the second playoff hole, the 179-yard par-3 17th to four feet, making the putt to close the door on de Jonge, who first missed his birdie putt. 

The day was a grind for Streb, who began the day five back of the co-leaders. His final round of 7-under 63 got him to 14 under par, but Streb was in the clubhouse some 90 minutes before the final group, including MacKenzie wrapped up regulation.

The victory lands Streb in his first major championship, guaranteeing him a place in the Masters in April.

Since the start of the new season, Streb had been trending in the right direction. He opened the new season with a T-31 at the Frys.com Open, then finished T-10 a week ago in Las Vegas. Dating back to August, the 27-year-old has finished in the top 20 in five of his last seven starts. 

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