Articles By Rob Doster

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Athlon polled a number of golf insiders on a variety of topics, but we start with this question: Are Tiger's problems primarily physical or mental? - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/golf/golf-experts-poll-are-tigers-problems-mental-or-physical#sthash.ovLdgVAh.dpuf
Athlon polled a number of golf insiders on a variety of topics, but we start with this question: Are Tiger's problems primarily physical or mental? - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/golf/golf-experts-poll-are-tigers-problems-mental-or-physical#sthash.ovLdgVAh.dpuf

We all have items we'd love to check off our personal to-do lists before we check out, and golf scribes are no different. Naturally, their bucket lists sound pretty similar to ours in a lot of cases. 

 

Participants

Jay Coffin, Editorial Director, Golf Channel, @JayCoffinGC

Jason Deegan, Senior Staff Writer and Golf Advisor with The Golf Channel online, @WorldGolfer

Steve DiMeglio, USA Today, @Steve_DiMeglio

Bob Harig, ESPN, @BobHarig

Dan Jenkins, Author, Golf Digest Contributor, @danjenkinsgd

Garrett Johnston, Golf journalist, @JohnstonGarrett

Dave Kindred, Golf Digest, Sports on Earth Contributor, @DaveKindred

Alex Miceli, Senior Writer, Golfweek, @alexmiceli

Dan O’Neill, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Dave Shedloski, Golf World, @DaveShedloski

Art Spander, Global Golf Post, @artspander

 

What is your golf bucket list item?

Jay Coffin: I’ve played Augusta National and Cypress Point and I’ve been lucky enough to play many of the best courses all over the world but Pine Valley is the only one left unchecked on my ultimate list. Somehow, some way, I’d love to find a way to make it happen.

 

Jason Deegan: Become a near-scratch player.  

 

Steve DiMeglio: Augusta National membership.

 

Bob Harig: Play Cypress Point.

 

Dan Jenkins: I've already outlived my bucket list. What more could I ask?

 

Garrett Johnston: Play Augusta National.

 

Dave Kindred: A two-putt par at Augusta National's 12th.

 

Alex Miceli: Play golf with Jack Nicklaus.

 

Dan O’Neill: Cypress Point.

 

Dave Shedloski: I'm already living it as a golf writer.

 

Art Spander: Nothing really (covered 47 Masters, 155 majors, played virtually everywhere), but at my age I'd like to able to drive 200 as I did once upon a time — with a wooden-headed driver.

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Post date: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 12:00
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Athlon polled a number of golf insiders on a variety of topics, but we start with this question: Are Tiger's problems primarily physical or mental? - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/golf/golf-experts-poll-are-tigers-problems-mental-or-physical#sthash.ovLdgVAh.dpuf
Athlon polled a number of golf insiders on a variety of topics, but we start with this question: Are Tiger's problems primarily physical or mental? - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/golf/golf-experts-poll-are-tigers-problems-mental-or-physical#sthash.ovLdgVAh.dpuf

This one was pretty one-sided and not terribly surprising. The frank, outspoken Johnny Miller stands out in the sometimes safe and vanilla world of golf broadcasting, and he has yet to wear out his welcome with our panel members, who appreciate his candor.  

 

Participants

Jay Coffin, Editorial Director, Golf Channel, @JayCoffinGC

Jason Deegan, Senior Staff Writer and Golf Advisor with The Golf Channel online, @WorldGolfer

Steve DiMeglio, USA Today, @Steve_DiMeglio

Bob Harig, ESPN, @BobHarig

Dan Jenkins, Author, Golf Digest Contributor, @danjenkinsgd

Garrett Johnston, Golf journalist, @JohnstonGarrett

Dave Kindred, Golf Digest, Sports on Earth Contributor, @DaveKindred

Alex Miceli, Senior Writer, Golfweek, @alexmiceli

Dan O’Neill, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Dave Shedloski, Golf World, @DaveShedloski

Art Spander, Global Golf Post, @artspander

 

Who is the best announcer in golf?

 Votes
Johnny Miller6
David Feherty2
Jim Nantz1
Frank Nobilo/Jerry Foltz1
No answer1

 

 

Comments from our panel

• "Johnny Miller. He's not bashful about telling it like it is."

 

• "Jerry Foltz on the ground, Frank Nobilo in the tower."

 

• "Johnny Miller. Still."

 

• "Johnny Miller says it the way he sees it.  Can’t get much better than that, even if you don’t agree."

 

• "Love Johnny Miller. The only man with a mic who is not afraid to say exactly how he feels."

 

• "David Feherty is the best when he's not trying to be 'David Feherty.'"

 

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Post date: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 14:55
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The Masters is the world's greatest golf tournament, so it's not surprising that it has produced an elite list of champions. We've identified the 10 greatest, who collectively possess 32 Green Jackets and have provided countless classic moments.

 

1. Jack Nicklaus

Wins - 6
Runner-ups - 4
Top 5 - 15
Top 10 - 22
Notes:
Nobody owns Augusta like Jack. His six wins spanned 23 years of stunning brilliance. In the decade of the 1970s, he never finished lower than 8th. As if to put an exclamation point on his unparalleled career amid the Georgia pines, Jack made one final run in 1998 at age 58, finishing sixth and beating the defending champion, 22-year-old Tiger Woods. Here's a record that may never be broken: Nicklaus made an astounding 37 cuts at Augusta; for reference, Woods has been alive only 37 years.

 

2. Arnold Palmer

Wins - 4
Runner-ups - 2
Top 5 - 9
Top 10 - 12
Notes:
Arnie came along at the perfect time, the dawn of golf's TV age, and he galvanized an army of fans with his domination at Augusta. Between 1957 and 1967, Palmer won four times and finished in the top 10 every year. He eclipses the No. 3 player on this list only because he made The Masters what it is today.

 

3. Tiger Woods

Wins - 4
Runner-ups - 2
Top 5 - 10
Top 10 - 12
Notes:
Woods' 12-shot demolition of the field at the 1997 Masters was one of golf's signature moments and ushered in the Tiger era in golf. His epic chip-in in 2005 was another classic moment, although that remains his last green jacket to date. Tiger is the all-time scoring average leader at The Masters for players with 50 or more career rounds.

 

4. Phil Mickelson

Wins - 3
Runner-ups - 0
Top 5 - 10
Top 10 - 14
Notes:
Lefty's record at Augusta rivals Tiger's. His 2004 breakthrough was perhaps the most eagerly awaited major championship win in history. Phil still has a shot to move up this list given that he's finished out of the top 5 only five times since 2001 and always seems rejuvenated by the trip up Magnolia Lane.

 

5. Gary Player

Wins - 3
Runner-ups - 2
Top 5 - 8
Top 10 - 15
Notes:
Player made his Masters bones in the 1960s as part of golf's Big Three with Nicklaus and Palmer, but he had some of his greatest Augusta moments in the 1970s, winning in 1974 and charging from seven strokes back in the final round in 1978, shooting 64 to win at age 42.

 

6. Sam Snead

Wins - 3
Runner-ups - 2
Top 5 - 9
Top 10 - 15
Notes:
Slammin' Sammy enjoyed some of his greatest successes at Augusta, winning three Masters in a six-year span, including a playoff win over rival and defending champion Ben Hogan in 1954.

 

7. Ben Hogan

Wins - 2
Runner-ups - 4
Top 5 - 9
Top 10 - 17
Notes:
The great Hogan set a Masters record during his Triple Crown season of 1953 with a 14-under total (it would be broken by Jack Nicklaus in 1965), part of an unparalleled run of golf in which he won six majors in eight appearances. In 1967, at age 56, he shot a 66 and finished 10th. His 17 Masters top 10s are second only to Nicklaus' 22.

 

8. Tom Watson

Wins - 2
Runner-ups - 3
Top 5 - 9
Top 10 - 15
Notes:
Watson's Augusta exploits are overshadowed by his dominance at the British Open, but between 1975 and 1988, no one was better at The Masters — two wins, three runner-ups and 12 top-10 finishes.

 

9. Jimmy Demaret

Wins - 3
Runner-ups - 0
Top 5 - 6
Top 10 - 8
Notes:
One of golf's most colorful showmen, Demaret was the first three-time Masters winner and parlayed his quick wit and flamboyant wardrobe into an appearance on "I Love Lucy."

 

10. Byron Nelson

Wins - 2
Runner-ups - 2
Top 5 - 7
Top 10 - 14
Notes:
Lord Byron's love for The Masters was epitomized by the fact that he kept playing at Augusta even after retiring from competitive golf to run his ranch. He probably would have won one or two more Green Jackets had the tournament been held during World War II.

 

Honorable Mention


• Nick Faldo - A three-time Masters winner, Faldo gets penalized for benefiting from three meltdowns in his three Masters wins — Scott Hoch, who missed a two-foot putt in their playoff in 1989; Ray Floyd, who made a late bogey to fall into a playoff with Faldo and then hit into the water at 11 in Sudden Death; and most notoriously, Greg Norman, who squandered a six-shot lead over Faldo with a final-round 78. Plus, Faldo's three wins were his only Masters top 10s.

 

• Seve Ballesteros - The late, great Ballesteros won twice and finished second twice. He also had the decency to step aside and allow Nicklaus to charge to his sixth Green Jacket in 1986.

 

• Horton Smith - The event's first two-time winner, Smith won Green Jackets in 1934 (the tournament's first year) and 1936.

 

• Ben Crenshaw - Crenshaw's Masters win in 1994, shortly after the death of longtime mentor Harvey Penick, provided one of the most emotional moments in golf history. Crenshaw, a two-time winner, finished in the top 10 11 times. He's announced that the 2015 Masters will be his last.

 

• Jose Maria Olazabal - Less heralded than his countryman Seve Ballesteros, Olazabal was every bit Seve's equal at Augusta, winning in 1994 and 1999 and finishing the top 10 six other times.

 

• Bernhard Langer - Langer had his greatest major success at The Masters, winning twice and posting eight top 10s.

 

• Fred Couples - Couples made 23 consecutive Masters cuts between 1983 and 2008, although he didn't play in 1987 or 1994. He's the only Masters competitor not to miss a cut at Augusta in the 20th Century. He won the tournament in 1992.

 

• Gene Sarazen - His "Shot Heard Round the World" — a double eagle at 15 during the 1935 Masters — put the tournament on the map and helped establish its major bona fides. It also allowed Sarazen to claim a modern career Grand Slam, the first in history.

 

• Raymond Floyd - Floyd won the 1976 Masters by a dominating eight strokes, matching Nicklaus' record 17-under total (which would be broken by Woods in 1997). Floyd finished second at Augusta three times, including a crushingly disappointing playoff loss to Nick Faldo in 1990, and had 11 top-10 finishes.

 

• Bubba Watson - Bubba has won two of the last three Masters. Add another Green Jacket to his closet this year, and Bubba works his way into the Top 10.

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Post date: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 09:15
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We don’t have footage of Gene Sarazen’s famous double eagle from 1935, but on Masters Sunday 2012, we saw something just as good and just as rare — Louis Oosthuizen's double eagle, the first at the par-5 second hole in Masters history. Later, Bubba Watson joined our countdown with his stunning recovery shot from the pine straw in the playoff. Here are our choices for the seven greatest shots in Masters history.

 

7. Louis Oosthuizen, 2012

Before Sunday, there had been 19,809 rounds at The Masters, but this was a first: a double eagle at No. 2. Had Oostie gone on to win, his shot would rank No. 1; as it is, he'll have to settle for second in The Masters and seventh on our list.

 

6. Sandy Lyle, 1988

Lyle had a front-row seat for Jack Nicklaus' charge to the 1986 Masters title. Two years later, he made history of his own with an incredible bunker shot on the 72nd hole, using the slope of the green to set up a clinching birdie. This is great execution for a Tuesday practice round; under Masters pressure, it's one of history's greatest shots.

 

5. Bubba Watson, 2012

After a day that included a double eagle and two holes in one, Bubba's shot at 10 will be the one they'll still be talking about at the 2050 Champions Dinner.

 

4. Jack Nicklaus, 1986

Jack’s near hole-in-one on 16 during his final-round 65 was only one of many magic moments that day — but it was pretty epic. As a bonus, this video includes his birdie putt on 17 (the putt that ultimately clinched his win) and his tap-in on 18, as well as commentary from the man himself.


 

3. Phil Mickelson, 2010

Mickelson’s 6-iron second shot to four feet on the par-5 13th was the kind of hero shot that only he and Tiger Woods would even attempt.



2. Larry Mize, 1987

Playing a few miles from his home, the quiet, unassuming Mize hit the shot of his life, or anyone else’s for that matter, holing an impossible 140-foot pitch shot on the second playoff hole to deny Greg Norman a green jacket.



1. Tiger Woods, 2005

It's a scenario apparently drawn up in the Nike marketing offices — the ball hanging tantalizingly on the edge of the cup, the Nike logo momentarily freeze-framed on our television screens before the ball tumbles into the cup, unleashing an awkward golfer high-five between Tiger and caddie Steve Williams that detracts only slightly from the moment. To answer your question, Verne Lundquist — no, in our lives, we’ve never seen anything like it.

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<p> 7 Epic Moments from Golf's Greatest Tournament</p>
Post date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:00
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It's one of the great traditions of Masters week: the Tuesday night Champions Dinner, where the defending champ gets to pick the cuisine for everyone — although not everyone has to eat it, as diners are free to order from the menu. Defending champion Bubba Watson seems like a grilled steak and potatoes kind of guy, although several of his predecessors obviously aren't. Giving golfers this much latitude can apparently result in some stomach-churning choices. Here's the proof.

 


Menu: Haggis, mashed potatoes, mashed turnips
Sandy Lyle, 1989

You know what they say about haggis — it looks the same coming out as it does going in. For the uninitiated, this Scottish dish is basically stuff fished out of the trash at the butcher shop: sheep's heart, liver and lungs cooked in the stomach, with a few bits of actual food (onions, oatmeal, spices) thrown in to confuse you. 
 


Menu: Elk, wild boar, Arctic char, Canadian beer
Mike Weir, 2004

Apparently they were fresh out of grizzly bear, so this had to do. Well, at least there was a little liquid bread to wash down all the animal flesh. Hey Mike, how about a salad?

 


Menu: Cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, french fries, milkshakes
Tiger Woods, 1998

At first glance, this sounds fine. But when you have access to great chefs and an unlimited budget, do you really want to reproduce the drive-thru of the Augusta McDonald's?

 


Menu: Seafood tom kah, chicken panang curry, baked sea scallops with garlic sauce, rack of lamb with yellow kari sauce, baked filet Chilean sea bass with three flavor chili sauce, lychee sorbet
Vijay Singh, 2001

Surely this overly pretentious selection was part of some elaborate practical joke perpetrated by Vijay. We’re pretty sure Tiger and Phil hit the Augusta McDonald's drive-thru afterwards.


 
Menu: An Argentine asado, a multicourse barbecue featuring chorizo, blood sausage, short ribs, beef filets and mollejas (sweetbreads)
Angel Cabrera, 2010

Sampling another culture's cuisine can be a mixed bag. This menu is evidence. Short ribs and beef filets sound good, but anything with blood in the title doesn't. And sweetbreads? That's just a tasty-sounding name for the thymus gland of some animal. No. Just, no.
 


Menu: Bobotie (a spiced minced meat pie with an egg topping), sosaties (type of chicken skewer), spinach salad, milk tart and South African wines
Trevor Immelman, 2009

Rule of thumb: If I can't pronounce it, I ain't eating it. The wine sounds good, though.  

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<p> Winning golfers select haggis, wild boar and some foods we can't pronounce.</p>
Post date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:50
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Consider this the appetizer before the main course. We scoured The Masters record book and found these amazing numbers:

 

10

The record for consecutive under-par rounds at The Masters belongs to Tiger Woods, who shot 10 consecutive rounds under par from the third round in 2000 through the final round in 2002. Not surprisingly, he won the green jacket in 2001 and 2002, after finishing fifth in 2000. Tiger's scoring average for those 10 rounds was 68.5.

 

25 

Phil Mickelson holds the record for most birdies in a single Masters, with 25 in 2001. Lefty finished 13-under that year, three shots behind winner Tiger Woods, who was able to muster only 23 birdies for the week.

 

37 

Among many Masters records held by Jack Nicklaus is his astounding 37 cuts made at Augusta. That's especially remarkable when you consider that Tiger Woods has only been alive 39 years. Between 1960 and 2000, Jack played in 40 Masters, missing the cut twice (in 1967 and 1994) and withdrawing in 1983. Among Nicklaus' other Masters records: He won a record six Masters, was runner-up a record four times, and he finished in the top 5 a record 15 times, in the top 10 22 times, and in the top 25 29 times.

 

23 

Gary Player and Fred Couples share the record with 23 consecutive made cuts at The Masters. Player didn't miss a cut between 1959 and 1982 (he didn't compete in 1973 due to illness). During that span, he won three times and finished in the top 10 15 times. Couples' streak ran from 1983 to 2008, although he didn't play in 1987 or 1994.

 

50 

Arnold Palmer holds a record that will likely never be equaled, playing in 50 consecutive Masters from 1955 to 2004. Thankfully, the King is still a fixture in April at Augusta, hitting a ceremonial tee shot along with fellow legends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

 

66 

That's the record score for a "Senior" player (age 50 or above). Fred Couples shot a 66 at age 50 in 2010's first round; and Ben Hogan, long past his prime at age 54, shot a 66 in the third round in 1967, going on to finish tied for 10th in his final Masters appearace.

 

66 

The lowest score by an amateur was a 66 by Ken Venturi, in 1956's first round. Venturi actually held a four-shot lead entering the final round and was in prime position to become the only amateur winner in the event's history, until a windswept final-round 80 left him one shot behind Jack Burke.

 

-12 

The lowest total by a first-time Masters competitor was a 12-under 276 in 2011 by Jason Day, who finished tied for second, two shots behind Charl Schwartzel.

 

The largest lead lost after three rounds is Greg Norman's 1996 collapse from a six-stroke lead to a five-stroke loss to Nick Faldo following a final-round 78. Coming off the eighth green on that Masters Sunday, Norman was only 1-over par for the day and still held a three-shot lead over Faldo. But three bogeys and two double-bogeys down the stretch doomed Norman to the most painful failure of his star-crossed career.

 

Fred Couples won the 1992 Masters, but here's an interesting distinction for Boom-Boom: He's the only player to have never missed a Masters cut in the 20th Century. Couples first played in the tournament in 1983 and didn't miss a Masters weekend until 2008.

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Post date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:15
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Athlon polled a number of golf insiders on a variety of topics, but we start with this question: Are Tiger's problems primarily physical or mental? - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/golf/golf-experts-poll-are-tigers-problems-mental-or-physical#sthash.ovLdgVAh.dpuf
Athlon polled a number of golf insiders on a variety of topics, but we start with this question: Are Tiger's problems primarily physical or mental? - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/golf/golf-experts-poll-are-tigers-problems-mental-or-physical#sthash.ovLdgVAh.dpuf

Tiger Woods changed the complexion of this year's Masters with a single tweet: "I’m playing in the Masters. Thanks for all the support,” he wrote on Friday. It seems unlikely that Woods will be a factor this week, but his decision begs the question: Will Tiger ever win another major? Athlon polled a number of golf insiders to get their opinion.

 

Participants

Jay Coffin, Editorial Director, Golf Channel, @JayCoffinGC

Jason Deegan, Senior Staff Writer and Golf Advisor with The Golf Channel online, @WorldGolfer

Steve DiMeglio, USA Today, @Steve_DiMeglio

Bob Harig, ESPN, @BobHarig

Dan Jenkins, Author, Golf Digest Contributor, @danjenkinsgd

Garrett Johnston, Golf journalist, @JohnstonGarrett

Dave Kindred, Golf Digest, Sports on Earth Contributor, @DaveKindred

Alex Miceli, Senior Writer, Golfweek, @alexmiceli

Dan O’Neill, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Dave Shedloski, Golf World, @DaveShedloski

Art Spander, Global Golf Post, @artspander

 

Will Tiger Woods ever win another major?
Yes    5
No     6

 

Comments

• There are too many issues with his mind and his body. His legacy as the world's second-best player is intact, and he's not catching Jack, so his legacy is already firm no matter what he does from here on out.

 

• He’s just too good to fade away so quickly.

 

• He still has time to back into one.

 

• There are too many question marks to overcome. When he won the U.S. Open in 2008, I’d have bet everything I own that he’d pass Jack Nicklaus’ record. Now, No. 15 seems improbable.

 

• Hate to be absolute; don't think he will, but ask me that question in a year.

 

• At this point, it's hard to predict Woods will break par again. But he still has special talent in there somewhere and I believe he will find it at a major at least one more time.

 

• Very difficult to answer given Tiger's current plight, but the guess here is that he will get things figured out eventually. And once he does, he's got plenty of time and ability to win another major.

 

• Tiger will win at least one more.

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Post date: Monday, April 6, 2015 - 10:18
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 30:

 

Matt Harvey's taste runs towards supermodels. Not that he's unique in that; he's just in position to do something about it. 

 

Ponytailed bro Adam Morrison is tears-free these days, but he's still hated by Duke fans.

 

• How good is this Final Four? Coaches aside, there could be eight lottery picks on the floor Saturday.

 

Tiger Woods is outside the top 100 in the World Golf Ranking for the first time since 1996. The No. 1 song at the time? The Macarena. 

 

Aaron Rodgers and Dennis Dodd got into a Twitter slapfight the other night.

 

Chris Mullin to St. John's would seem to make a lot of sense, but I guess we'll see.

 

• Hoops insider Jon Rothstein's Twitter shtick has become a source of comedy.

 

WrestleMania 31 was the other night, in case you're into that sort of thing.

 

Chris Mullin to St. John's seems to make a lot of sense.

 

A team lost a state championship on a seldom-called rim-hanging technical.

 

Matt Stafford's fiancee has his back.

 

• Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and golfer Keegan Bradley got together for some star-studded pickup hoops.

 

-- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

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Post date: Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:01
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 26:

 

Seems like Ronda Rousey's been everywhere lately, including lobbying the state of New York to legalize MMA.

 

Slow clap for whoever created this Belichick image.

 

A live mic caught Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes admiring a stenographer's beauty.

 

You can purchase a lock of Andrew McCutchen's hair. But if you do, I'm not sure I want to know you. 

 

Florida RB Adam Lane embraces his identity as a public pants-pooper.

 

Closed captioning bestowed a wondrous nickname on Nik Stauskas.

 

Every Will Ferrell movie, ranked.

 

• The only thing the Hernandez trial was lacking was a bomb threat. Not anymore.

 

Tiger pal Notah Begay says Woods is 50-50 to play The Masters. Glad he was able to clear that up.

 

• Jeff Van Gundy came up with a new SAT-style analogy: Kevin Durant is to the Thunder as Zayn Malik is to One Direction.

 

Kimmel loves to catch people who claim to know about a subject but really don't.

 

• DeMar DeRozan threw a nifty pass to Joakim Noah. On the Bulls bench.

 

-- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

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Post date: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:20
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 25:

 

Kate Upton got back in front of a camera recently.

 

• ICYMI: Pete Carroll videobombed a John Clayton report. Carroll said later he was checking for a ponytail.

 

• This is cool: The best music from the Sweet 16 college towns.

 

Kentucky barely watches tape of its opponents. I'm getting an Apollo Creed in Rocky I vibe from that revelation.

 

Charles Barkley's colleagues tried to shame him. Turns out he's un-shame-able

 

Here's a bracket of sports announcer movie cameos. I've always been partial to Musberger and Fouts in "The Waterboy." In other bracket alternatives, here's a craft beer bracket.

 

That one guy from One Direction decided to go a different direction.

 

Read this story on the Jets's recent quarterback history, but only if you're a masochist or it's for Lent.

 

• When the real world intrudes: Venezuelan unrest is affecting MLB players from that country.

 

The NFL might tinker with the lowly extra point at its May meeting.

 

This year's offseason carousel of bad NFL quarterbacks.

 

• Watch Ronda Rousey armbar Jimmy Fallon into submission.

 

-- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

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Post date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 14:10
All taxonomy terms: Billy Horschel, Golf
Path: /golf/billy-horschel-golf-tip-long-and-straight
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Reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel has worked his way onto the short list of players to watch in the 2015 major championships. He’s also a viable candidate to do something no one else has done — successfully defend the FedExCup. In the pages of Athlon's 2015 Golf Annual, Horschel shares the tee-to-green points of emphasis that he and respected instructor Todd Anderson have focused on during his ascension to the top 15 in the World Golf Ranking.

 

Long and Straight

by Billy Horschel

 

With a lot of amateurs, even when they have good width in their backswing, they lose it by having the right arm come in too close to the body. They lose all the stored power they have. When you maintain the width on your downswing that you had on your backswing, it allows you to create that same power (above). When your hands come closer to your body, you lose that width in your right arm (below), and it becomes a handsy golf swing.

However far away your hands are on the backswing, maintain that same distance with the hands. That way, the right arm stays long, and you create that stored power to unleash on the golf ball.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 13:29
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 24: 

 

The cheerleader matchups of the Sweet 16.

 

Dirk Nowitzki's classic Tweet about Steve Nash provides an excuse to use the classic photo you see above.

 

Crying Villanova piccolo girl's 15 minutes included appearing on Fallon and sitting in with the Roots. That's a productive 15 minutes.

 

Ron Hunter made a graceful Twitter exit from this year's tournament.

 

A couple of soccer teammates had a shoving match over who should take a penalty kick.

 

• This is an amazing story: Michael Graham went from feared and hated mid-'80s Hoya, to hoops washout, to troubled loser, to lottery-winning restauranteur. Only in America.

 

Watch Jon Gruden break down the Battle Royal field.

 

Greg Maddux once solicited advice from an ump during an at-bat.

 

Old Dominion's NIT game provided this fat guy a perfect excuse to take off his shirt.

 

Things are getting chippy in the John Chavis-LSU lawsuit.

 

A Dolphins beat writer accidentally tweeted out a porn link.

 

• Watch Bubba Watson get a pie in the face from January Jones on Fallon. That's a random assortment of people.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 23:

 

The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders are off to Cancun for their calendar shoot.

 

The best NCAA Tournament photos of the first weekend. For my money, sad piccolo girl was the star of the weekend. That's the face that captures what this tournament is all about for 67 of 68 teams.

 

Ohio State's football captain trolled Oregon after the Ducks' tourney loss to Wisconsin.

 

Old rivals Craig Sager and Gregg Popovich had a friendly meeting.

 

• SEC West schools are realizing that basketball is a sport too. Mississippi State went out and got Ben Howland, who led UCLA to three straight Final Fours a few years ago, and Bama's taking a run at Wichita's Gregg Marshall. Call it the Bruce Pearl effect.

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational champ Matt Every has an Oasis tattoo. Too bad for him they'll probably never get together again, at least until they go broke.

 

• This is just plain bizarre: Adrian Peterson rode into his 30th birthday party on a camel.

 

Nike released the outfits Tiger Woods will wear if he bothers to show up at The Masters

 

• Just when cops needed some good PR, this one helped a lady finish a race and became a viral hero.

 

• Paul Pierce shoved Omri Casspi into a little girl sitting courtside.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 20:

 

Enjoy these GIFs of spring training Hooters ball girls.

 

A wild day 1 of the NCAA Tournament included the goaltend call heard round the world.

 

Ron and R.J. Hunter provided One Shining Moment for the ages. I have a feeling they'll still be showing this footage in 2115.

 

• Even on a great day of basketball, nothing gets the degenerate gamblers going quite like a meaningless layup that results in a cover.

 

• Need a reason to root against Kentucky? How about the thought of this guy living forever with this tattoo?

 

USA Today went all access with Hampton, UK's round one sacrifical lamb.

 

The Tom Izzo huddle: There's nothing like it.

 

A soccer player helpfully marked an injured ref's body with vanishing spray. Next time just draw a chalk outline. 

 

Senators fans have a tradition of tossing burgers onto the ice after wins, providing Curtis Lazar with a tasty snack.

 

The most hilariously violent college fight songs.

 

The 63 best NCAA Tournament games of all time at each round and region.

 

• LSU's collapse culminated with a clumsy buzzer beater by NC State. Just how Mark Gottfried drew it up.

 

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Post date: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:24
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Reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel has worked his way onto the short list of players to watch in the 2015 major championships. He’s also a viable candidate to do something no one else has done — successfully defend the FedExCup. In the pages of Athlon's 2015 Golf Annual, Horschel shares the tee-to-green points of emphasis that he and respected instructor Todd Anderson have focused on during his ascension to the top 15 in the World Golf Ranking.

 

Balance of Power

by Billy Horschel

 

To get the most out of your golf swing and feel the most powerful with it, you want to make sure you're balanced in your setup. You don't want to be too much on your left foot, because then when you turn, you turn around on your left side. With a driver, you want to feel like there's more weight on your right side — maybe 60-40, or 65-35. That allows you to feel like you're loading power into your right hip. From there, I try to feel like my left hip moves towards the target, while my upper half and my left shoulder stay closed.

 

With amateurs, when they get up to the top, the left shoulder and left hip move forward at the same time. To create power, you want to create a coil, or some resistance — more of a rubber band effect, where you stretch the rubber band even more in your left lat.

So when I get up to the top, I want my left hip to go toward the target while my left shoulder stays back behind the golf ball. From there, the left hip unwinds, and the upper body follows. The club feels more like a whip, following behind everything else.

 

Todd Anderson's Keys

• Load into your right hip on the backswing (above) to create coil between your upper body and lower body, keeping the right elbow in front of the chest on the backswing

 

• Unwind from the ground up and release the energy into the ball

 

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 18:

 

SI swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes gets you ready for March Madness.

 

• Strange times at the 'Cuse: AD Daryl Gross is out, and coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years.

 

Watch March Madness announcers imitate each other's signature calls.

 

• The Madness has begun: Hampton's coach called Jesus during his postgame presser, and the big guy hung up on him. Also, the Hampton bench players pulled off a Major League free throw celebration. Too bad they won't be around long.

 

This WSJ writer throws cold water on the whole nasty business of March Madness.

 

• In case you're interested, here's POTUS revealing his bracket

 

• The Spurs allowed a Larry Bird-style performance from some guy named Alexey Shved in a loss to the Knicks, prompting Gregg Popovich to call his team "pathetic."

 

Reggie Jackson was shocked to learn he had 20 assists last night.

 

The office of NFL Commissioner is too dignified for Between Two Ferns.

 

• DeAndre Jordan fulfilled a fantasy that many of us harbor: He wiped boogers on JJ Redick.

 

• Watch Kevin Nealon describe his pranking at the hands of the Manning brothers.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 17: 

 

The 68 cheerleading squads of March Madness 2015.

 

This dunk over assorted home appliances is pretty amazing.

 

Notable St. Patrick's Day moments in sports history. And here are things you think are Irish, but aren't.

 

• Possible game-changer: Chris Borland walks away from football at age 24 over health concerns. His fellow NFLers were quick to react.

 

Tommy Lasorda's dance moves will haunt your dreams.

 

Ashley Judd got defensive over her and Dickie V's public displays of affection.

 

Rory replaces Tiger as the cover boy for EA Sports golf.

 

Fun with the Tim Tebow Eagles tryout.

 

Evander Holyfield is going to rearrange Mitt Romney's handsome face for charity.

 

• Colin Kaepernick showed off his uncommon athleticism.

WAY UP! I feel Blessed! @iam_objxiii @kingjames @cameron1newton @chrisbrownofficial @wardell30 @klaythompson @tytaylor2 @_elling10

A video posted by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) on

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 16: 

 

Dick Vitale and Ashely Judd creeped out the entire world on Selection Sunday.

 

• Scenes of March Madness: Georgia State coach Ron Hunter tore his Achilles celebrating, while Frank Kaminsky gave the Big Ten trophy a sensual massage.

 

• In case you're still working on your bracket, here are five double-digit Cinderella candidates.

 

• And, if you're lazy or haven't watched any hoops this year, here's a handy automated blind bracket maker.

 

John Calipari isn't taking anything for granted.

 

My Athlon colleagues have made their picks. I notice that they didn't ask me.

 

This article contends that UCLA's inclusion in the field was a mistake, but not a conspiracy.

 

Manu Ginobili took a ball to the face from a careless ref. So he teed up the ref.

 

Mississippi State football is having a rough offseason. Can't handle prosperity, I guess.

 

Christian Laettner took the occasion of the "I Hate Christian Laettner" 30 for 30 to apologize for stomping on Aminu Timberlake.

 

Shooter McGavin is making a quasi-return to the big screen.

 

• After kissing Ashley Judd, Dick Vitale went on an epic rant about Murray State's exclusion from the tourney.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 13:

 

Ronda Rousey says no thanks when it comes to fighting a man, but not because she thinks she'd lose.

 

Will Ferrell's personal fantasy camp was a raging success.

 

Kyrie Irving's 57 points were not your garden variety 57 points

 

Mike Tyson has a pretty interesting-sounding documentary coming out.

 

Bill Walton's on-air musings reached new levels of weird.

 

It was a great, great week in GIFs.

 

This Ronaldinho Vine must be seen to be believed.

 

Kimmel persuaded POTUS to do the mean tweets bit.

 

Rick Pitino was a bit terse with a student reporter after Louisville's loss.

 

Interesting read on a Dodgers parody Twitter account.

 

The Butler Bulldog puked on the court before the game but fought through it. Good doggie.

 

• John Wall blocked two shots on one play.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 12:

 

• In honor of the fast-approaching baseball season, here are MLB's hottest WAGs.

 

Whenever Jags fans try something like this, it just comes off as sad and desperate.

 

A high schooler executed an insane behind-the-back alley-oop from halfcourt

 

Enjoy these mesmerizing GIFs of things being destroyed by a golf ball.

 

• I was unaware of the existence of this footage: Michael Jordan shatters a backboard in high school.

 

• Just when you lose hope for humanity, you read something like this, and things don't seem so bad.

 

The Colts are clearly making a Super Bowl play. As are Chip Kelly and the Eagles. What an offseason.

 

• This is cool: Virtual reality technology is becoming a tool in football preparation.

 

An elderly security guard got trampled by a court storm.

 

There's a prehistoric beast loose on a Florida golf course.

 

• This slo-mo Vine of a lady getting hit in the face by a ball has a can't-look-away car-crash quality to it.

 

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Post date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:24
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

 

No. 20: Zach Johnson

 

Born: Feb. 24, 1976, Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 11 | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,353,417 (19th) World Ranking: 26

 

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Johnson has won 11 times on tour, with four of those wins coming in Texas, three in Georgia, and two in Hawaii. It is clear that under the right conditions and on the right courses, he is formidable. The right conditions are when the fairways are fast and hard to hit, such as on the typical winding bermuda layouts common to the South, which allow him to make up for his lack of length and take advantage of his laser straight drives. One would think his game would serve him well in the U.S. Open, but those firm fast greens have never been receptive to his low ball flight. But if it rains at Chambers Bay this year and gets windy the way it did at Augusta National when he won in 2007 with a record high score, he would be tough to beat, as he will be at Whistling Straits for the PGA Championship where he finished third in 2010.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 39
Wins: 1

2014 Performance:
Masters - Cut
U.S. Open - T40
British Open - T47
PGA Championship - T69

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 1 (2007)
U.S. Open - T30 (2011)
British Open - T6 (2013)
PGA Championship - T3 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 6
Top-25 Finishes: 10
Missed Cuts: 15

 

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

 

Athlon's 2015 Golf annual provides in-depth previews of this year's four majors, including the top 30 players to watch this season. One of these elite players, Billy Horschel, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. BUY IT NOW.

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 11:

 

Enjoy some Charlotte McKinney swimsuit outtakes.

 

Amar'e Stoudemire is ripping his new Mavericks teammates, but at least he's looking sharp while doing so. 

 

It was a wild day in the NFL. And once again, SportsPickle managed to hack into Chip Kelly's voicemails. They're revealing.

 

• Will Ferrell is turning Cactus League into his own personal fantasy camp. He plans to play all nine positions in various games.

 

Michael Jordan is the highest-paid retired athlete, but 85-year-old Arnold Palmer just had his best endorsement year ever, making $42 million. Apologies to LeBron, but Arnie's still the King.

 

Watch a little kid execute a perfect topspin lob against Roger Federer.

 

Clay Travis points out that Oklahoma is strong against racism, but weak against domestic violence.

 

John Daly says the "randomness" of PGA Tour drug testing is bull----. Get out your checkbook, John.

 

Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman scored the game-winning goal from center ice.

 

Watch a fifth grade girl dunk on a 9-foot goal. I'm pretty sure I couldn't do that.

 

• Here's Loui Eriksson's amazing goal set to "Louie, Louie."

 

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 10:

 

Dustin and Paulina's unconventional love story, in pictures.

 

• Speaking of the happy couple, Dustin's kid is already talking smack with his onesies.

 

Some guys jumped Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and two teammates at a Wacka Flocka concert, then bragged about it on Twitter

 

Check out this classic Belichick-themed wedding save-the-date card.

 

Longform thoughts on reversing the unwatchability of college basketball.

 

The Dummies' Guide to March Madness. I think I qualify.

 

The fallout of the racist OU frat video is already having recruiting implications. For his part, Barry Switzer is sticking up for the frat boys.

 

• Interesting question: Is Patrick Willis, who will retire never having played in his 30s, a Hall of Famer?

 

Gronk & Co. had a bro-down at the Clippers game.

 

Derek Zoolander and Hansel made an appearance at a fashion show. Hansel is so hot right now.

 

• The real Michael Bolton makes an appearance at Initech.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 6: 

 

Meet Caitlin Arnett, possibly the world's hottest Rockies fan. Not that there's a huge pool.

 

Syracuse just got its hand smacked by the NCAA, to the tune of 200 vacated wins and 12 lost schollies. Jim Boeheim, asleep at the switch when it comes to compliance.

 

• Today's big NFL news: Brandon Marshall to the Jets. But who will be throwing to him?

 

• More NFL news: Reggie Wayne, "one of the greatest men ever to wear the horseshoe" according to owner Jim Irsay, won't be re-signed.

 

• Baby daddies aside, there's a scoring crisis in college basketball.

 

Craig Sager made a heartwarming return to television last night.

 

Watch this newscast kick it to a traffic reporter who's stuck in the McDonald's drive-thru.

 

Harrison Ford gave some golfers a story that will last them a lifetime.

 

You gotta watch this alley-oop video. Trust me.

 

• For your snow-bound enjoyment: Spring break fail GIFs.

 

Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks made a little's girl's dream come true.

 

• This blindfolded dunk failed to go as intended.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 4:

 

Meet Sasha Digiulian, an extremely cute extreme athlete.

 

Someone in Detroit is not happy with Ndamukong Suh's decision to test the free agent waters. Apparently he's the first player in history to chase the money.

 

Watch some Russian pee-wee hockey players brawl, cheap shots included. 

 

Kentucky passed a test, dodged a bullet, choose your cliche. But will it help them in the long run?

 

Twenty-five years ago today, Hank Gathers collapsed during a game and died. Boy, time flies.

 

Shane Battier's karaoke event included a lot of awkward dancing and quasi-singing.

 

Last night's old-fashioned one-for-one McCoy for Alonso blockbuster almost sent Adam Schefter into a ditch. Of course, the trade is all just part of Chip Kelly's master plan.

 

This Murray State pitcher has an insane leg kick.

 

There are an awful lot of baby daddies in college basketball

 

Jim Harbaugh, good samaritan.

 

• Otto Porter forgot to play defense at an inopportune moment.

 

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