Sep 02

Paul McGinley finalizes the European Ryder Cup team with Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter

Paul McGinley took the stage at Wentworth on Tuesday to announce his three wild-card picks for the 2014 Ryder Cup, and the picks just added to the stacked lineup that will go up against the Americans later this month.

McGinley went with Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood with his three available picks, surprising some by leaving Luke Donald off the team, but bringing in three men that have either had success at this event in the past, or have played great golf this season.

Gallacher, a rookie for McGinley, might be a surprise name to some, but he has played fantastic golf this season. In his last six starts on the European Tour, Gallacher has finished in the top-15 four times including a clutch T-3 last week in Italy that included a final round 65, much-needed in terms of Ryder Cup consideration (a T-2 would have automatically qualified him for the team, so it was literally down to one shot for the 39-year-old).

Poulter and Westwood have been stalwarts at this event over the years, with Poulter rocking a 12-3-0 record while Westwood is 18-13-6 in eight appearances.

These three join Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Bjorn, and Graeme McDowell as the team that will represent Europe later this month at Gleneagles.

How good is this European team? Not a single player is outside the top-38 in the world rankings, with four of the top-5 in the world on this team, so on paper, it's this European team that looks to be the favorite to win their sixth Ryder Cup in the last seven events.

Tom Watson will make his American picks on Tuesday afternoon, with most thinking it will be some combination of Hunter Mahan, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Chris Kirk and Ryan Moore.

 

Sep 02

Listen to Phil Mickelson and Jim Mackay discuss shots during the Deutsche Bank Championship

If there is one relationship in golf that young players should attempt to emulate, it's that of Phil Mickelson and Jim "Bones" Mackay. The two have been working together since 1992, taking the caddie-player relationship from something professional to something incredible.

Mackay seems to "get" Phil more than anyone out there, and the PGA Tour posted a cool video of the two discussing golf shots during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Any golf fan will enjoy this, just hearing one of the greats of the game talking with one of the great caddies in all of golf during a big golf tournament. Hopefully the PGA Tour will continue to roll out some of these type of videos because I am not the only one that really enjoyed listening to Phil and Bones just go over what they plan to do with each shot.

h/t Eye on Golf

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