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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — 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. 6: Henrik Stenson

Born: April 5, 1976, Gothenburg, Sweden | Career PGA Tour Wins: 4 (8 on the European Tour) | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 3 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $6,388,230 (2nd) World Ranking: 3

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Henrik Stenson won three times last September and November, and he will no doubt pick up in the 2014 majors where he left off, because his swing is as technically sound as there is in the game. His coach, Pete Cowen, has not given in to the trend to flatten his backswing and round off his follow-through, and as a result his ball flight is high, solid and powerful. That's a rare combination in professional golf; as more and more players default to control swings, ball flights have come down and so have spin rates, making it harder to get at tough pins on firm greens. If he adds to his repertoire a deft touch from inside 125 yards, he will be the complete player.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 31
Wins: 0

2013 Performance:
Masters - T18
U.S. Open - T21
British Open - 2
PGA Championship - 3

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T17 (2007, 2008)
U.S. Open - 9 (2009)
British Open - 2 (2013)
PGA Championship - 3 (2013)
Top-10 Finishes: 7
Top-25 Finishes: 14
Missed Cuts: 9

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

 

Athlon's 2014 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, Dustin Johnson, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. BUY IT NOW.

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Post date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:52
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 8.

• Shocking news this morning: Erin Andrews is reportedly acting like a diva on the set of Dancing with the Stars.

Rex Chapman caused a Big Blue panic before last night's game even started. Now we get to see if he's right about Cal to the Lakers.

• Speaking of getting nervous, Shabazz Napier caused CBS a bit of postgame heartburn with his mini-rant against the NCAA.

The UK bro with the national championship tattoo might be having some regrets this morning.

• I'd still rather be the UK tattoo bro than the UConn fan who missed out on $100 large because he didn't save his finals pick.

Kentucky fans showed admirable restraint by igniting only 17 couches after the loss.

Drake haz a sad after UConn won.

Degenerate gambler Floyd Mayweather only bet $30K on the championship game. Is he going broke or something? At least he bet on UConn.

Les Miles described the wind currents at Tiger Stadium as only Les Miles can.

Simmons has written about Letterman on the occasion of the late-night legend's retirement announcement.

• Forty years ago today, the Hammer replaced the Babe atop the all-time home run list.

• I'll throw Kentucky fans a bone with today's video: James Young's colossal slam against half the UConn team.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:07
All taxonomy terms: Jason Day, Golf
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — 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. 7: Jason Day

Born: Nov. 12, 1987, Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia | Career PGA Tour Wins: 2 | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,625,030 (12th) World Ranking: 4

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Jason Day is the world’s best putter on fast, treacherous greens. Period. This explains why he consistently pops up on the leaderboards in majors; having played in only 13 in his career, he has six top tens and four finishes of third or better. In 2013 he averaged 28.68 putts per round at the four biggest events, and this combined with his length off of the tee and a wonderful attitude make him one of the most exciting players to watch in golf. One of the nicest guys in golf too, Day might just have one of the nicest resumes in 2014.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 13
Wins: 0

2013 Performance:
Masters - 3
U.S. Open - T2
British Open - T32
PGA Championship - T8

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T2 (2011)
U.S. Open - 2/T2 (2011, 2013)
British Open - T30 (2011)
PGA Championship - T8 (2013)
Top-10 Finishes: 6
Top-25 Finishes: 6
Missed Cuts: 3

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

 

Athlon's 2014 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, Dustin Johnson, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. BUY IT NOW.

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Post date: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 11:50
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 7.

• The backlash to Paulina Gretzky's Golf Digest cover and photo layout has begun. Click here to find out what the fuss is about.

• A classic photo made the rounds over the weekend: Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik looking disapporvingly at his daughter's prom date.

• Automatically rooting against the Cats tonight? Grantland says that this year's Kentucky team isn't the traditional "Evil Empire" model.

• One reason to root against Kentucky: This fan's ridiculous tattoo.

• Jon Solomon points out that this year's title game pits a team penalized for poor academic performance against a team of short-term rental players. College sports in a nutshell.

Coach Cal was joined by Drake in addressing the team following Kentucky's win over Wisconsin.

• Tonight's the Champions Dinner at The Masters. Here's a reminder of some of the stomach-churning menu choices of years past.

• Let's hope they have some good brew to wash down whatever Adam Scott serves at Augusta tonight. After all, it's National Beer Day.

Hulk Hogan momentarily forgot where he was for this weekend's Wrestlemania.

• Comedy gold from the guy they call Lumpy: Golfer Tim Herron, who won't be playing in The Masters, followed the example of high-profile players by tweeting out what he'll be wearing the for the tournament.

Vin Scully found the plate with his first pitch to Sandy Koufax, because he's Vin freakin' Scully.

• Watch as an attempted intentional walk becomes a walk-off home run.

 

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Post date: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:52
All taxonomy terms: Sergio Garcia, Golf
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — 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. 8: Sergio Garcia

Born: Jan. 9, 1980, Borriol, Castellon, Spain | Career PGA Tour Wins: 8 (10 on the European Tour) | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,251,139 (26th) World Ranking: 8

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Sergio Garcia's presence on leaderboards has been as unpredictable as the bounce of a football, but in recent years, the source of most of his anguish — poor putting — has been eradicated, and he is now one of the best in the world on the greens. Subsequently, as evidenced by his bounce back stat of 4th in 2013, he is more resilient, and a more resilient Sergio is a threat to win anywhere. He has come agonizingly close in the game’s biggest events, with 18 career top tens in the majors, and this year’s venues — most notably at Pinehurst for the U.S. Open and Hoylake at The Open Championship, where he finished third in 2005 and played in the final group with Tiger in 2006 — set up well for him. A major win, finally, for Sergio in 2014 would not surprise me.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 61
Wins: 0

2013 Performance:
Masters - T8
U.S. Open - T45
British Open - T21
PGA Championship - T61

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T4 (2004)
U.S. Open - T3 (2005)
British Open - 2 (2007)
PGA Championship - 2/T2 (1999, 2008)
Top-10 Finishes: 18
Top-25 Finishes: 27
Missed Cuts: 17

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

 

Athlon's 2014 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, Dustin Johnson, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. BUY IT NOW.

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Post date: Friday, April 4, 2014 - 12:09
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 4.

• So "Game of Thrones" is starting back up. I don't watch it, but after seeing this slideshow, I'm considering it.

Check out the "crowd" at the White Sox-Tigers game on Thursday. They gathered for a postgame meal in the party room at the local Denny's.

• Cardinal Mike Adams battled a Reds fan for a foul ball, and lost. The fan was less than gracious about the win.

An awful woman tried to get a souvenir ball meant for a kid. Jeets was having none of it. Good on ya, Captain.

The new "This is SportsCenter" commercial features Bubba Watson and the Stanford tree.

Here are some terrifying photos of a tornado approaching a minor league baseball stadium.

Adreian Payne didn't win the college dunk contest, but he probably had the best dunk.

So was that Big Papi-POTUS selfie a Samsung marketing stunt?

The predictable backlash to the Paulina Gretzky Golf Digest cover has begun.

Dan Jenkins does The Masters like no one else.

A skydiver had a close encounter during a jump with what appeared to be a meteor.

• Russell Westbrook threw down a filthy reverse slam.

 

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Post date: Friday, April 4, 2014 - 11:20
All taxonomy terms: Dustin Johnson, Golf
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — 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. 9: Dustin Johnson

Born: June 22, 1984, Columbia, S.C. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 8 | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,963,214 (19th) World Ranking: 10

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Dustin Johnson has won eight times on the PGA tour before the age of 30 and in addition could've easily won two or three major championships. So obscene is his talent, he could easily end up in the Hall of Fame, but he is not higher on this list because he has historically underperformed his talent level, for a variety of reasons. Now that the game seems to have his full attention, he has ours.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 20
Wins: 0

2013 Performance:
Masters - T13
U.S. Open - 55
British Open - T32
PGA Championship - T8

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T13 (2013)
U.S. Open - T8 (2010)
British Open - T2 (2011)
PGA Championship - T5 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 6
Top-25 Finishes: 9
Missed Cuts: 3

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

 

Athlon's 2014 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, Dustin Johnson, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. BUY IT NOW.

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Post date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 11:46
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 3.

Paulina Gretzky, Dustin Johnson's fiancee, will be on the cover of the upcoming issue of Golf Digest. Purists will no doubt be outraged, but I say, why not?

• He hasn't been on the Auburn campus much more than a week, and Bruce Pearl has already been shirtless in a dunking booth.

• To assess players, Jim Harbaugh plays a Jim Harbaugh-style game of catch with them.

Watch an Oakland fan get a face full of concrete in his attempt to grab a foul ball.

Deion Sanders says Johnny Manziel has "ghetto tendencies." I think it was a compliment. If you click, you'll notice in the photo that Deion now looks like a lovable sitcom grandpa.

23-year-old Tyler Summitt will face challenges as a head coach, even if his mom is Pat Summitt.

• If you have a strong stomach, and you've already digested your breakfast, you can click here and see what a hockey puck can do to a human face.

• Bartolo Colon's ill-fated trips to the plate have paid off in other ways. Like funny memes.

Paul George of the Pacers drilled a shot from just inside the line. The half-court line.

Marcin Gortat of the Wizards snuck into the Celtics huddle. And the Celtics didn't seem to notice.

There was a good old-fashioned base-brawl in the college ranks.

• Nolan Ryan's ceremonial first pitch was a flashback to the days when he never quite knew where the ball was going. Just without the velocity.

 

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Post date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 10:58
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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 2012, 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 2012 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.


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 2, 2014 - 17:35
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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 38 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.

 

6 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.

 

0 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: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 17:32
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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 four 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.

• 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.
 

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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 menu for everyone. Defending champion Adam Scott of Australia probably won't break out the bloomin' onions; in fact, the word is that he's serving an Australian lobster known as a "Moreton Bay Bug." Okay. Obviously, giving golfers this much latitude can 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 10 foods we can't pronounce.</p>
Post date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 17:21
All taxonomy terms: Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2014-majors-no-10-brandt-snedeker
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — 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. 10: Brandt Snedeker

Born: Dec. 8, 1980, Nashville, Tenn. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 6 | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 2 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $5,318,088 (5th) World Ranking: 20

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Brandt Snedeker has finished third and fifth, respectively, the last two years on the money list, and has two wins in each of those seasons. Had he not been sidelined with an injury for a period in 2013, he might have challenged for the money title as well as the FedExCup. From 50-125 yards, he was the best on Tour last year and continues to enjoy tremendous success on the greens as well. A streaky player because he struggles tee-to-green periodically, he is unfazed by miscues and continues to play decisively, which makes him fun to watch and also makes him better than the sum of his statistics.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 25
Wins: 0

2013 Performance:
Masters - T6
U.S. Open - T17
British Open - T11
PGA Championship - T66

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T3 (2008)
U.S. Open - T8 (2010)
British Open - T3 (2012)
PGA Championship - T18 (2007)
Top-10 Finishes: 5
Top-25 Finishes: 13
Missed Cuts: 9

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

 

Athlon's 2014 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, Dustin Johnson, 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 link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 2.

• With baseball season in full swing, enjoy this gallery of MLB WAGs, including Mat Latos' wife Dallas (pictured).

A Red Sox fan made her feelings about Jacoby Ellsbury known. She stopped by Traitor Joe's on the way home.

• More sign fun: A Yankees fan accuses Robinson Cano of being driven by money. Irony is not dead.

Steph Curry sent Mavs fans home sad with his buzzer-beater.

The Final Four: reasons for optimism, reasons for doubt about each team.

Did Sidney Crosby flop from a linesman's nudge? Kinda looks like it.

Richard Sherman ponders aloud why the Eagles cut DeSean Jackson but kept Riley Cooper.

Tiger will miss golf's greatest tournament for the first time since 1994.

• Just because: Samuel L. Jackson performs a slam poem about "Boy Meets World."

The awkward dog photo of the day belongs to Paul George.

Big Papi and POTUS took a sweet selfie.

• New Washington coach Chris Petersen pulled off a nice April Fool's prank on his unsuspecting team. Well done.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:53
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Given his 300-plus-yard bombs off the tee, Dustin Johnson has a wedge in his hands quite often, so improving the accuracy of his wedge game has been an important factor in his success. As Butch Harmon says, "He has tremendous self confidence with the driver — he just needed to clean up the looseness with the short irons." That "cleaning up" started with shortening the swing. Here, Dustin explains his thought process with a wedge in his hands.

My swing on my wedge shots has definitely gotten a lot shorter, a little more compact. Forme, the wedge game is really important, I hit a lot of wedges, so if I'm wedging it well, I'm playing well.

It all starts with driving it in the fairway, of course.

Once I'm in the fairway with a wedge in my hands, controlling the flight really helps me with my distance and helps me get the ball close to the hole. I like to hit wedges with a lower trajectory; I don't like to hit it way up in the air. Obviously there are certain situations where you have to hit it up in the air, but for a normal shot, I hit it lower, because I feel like I have more control.
Most of the time I want to draw it two or three yards. My natural swing produces a draw, but you do have to hit it a little bit from the inside so that it will start just right of your target. Hitting a little draw is a good way for amateurs to learn to hit the ball and picture the golf swing, because it gives you better distance control and corrects some common flaws.

 

Butch Harmon says:

DJ's wedge game was inconsistent because his swing was too long. We've worked to make it a wider, shorter swing that accelerates through the ball. In other words, we've made it a mini version of the full swing. He's worked very hard on it.

 

 

This article appears in the 2014 issue of Athlon's Golf Annual. Order your copy today.

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Post date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 18:03
All taxonomy terms: Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods, Golf
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Even while winning 79 PGA Tour events and 14 majors, Tiger Woods has suffered an alarming litany of injuries, to the point that we have to wonder whether he’ll ever be truly healthy again. Tiger announced today that he would miss The Masters, where he's a four-time champion, after surgery to correct a pinched nerve in his back.

"After attempting to get ready for The Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done," Woods said in a statement.
The statement went on to add that he would be undergoing "intensive rehabilitation and soft-tissue treatment" within a week, and that he hopes to return to competition "sometime this summer."

On the occasion of his latest malady, we present a breakdown of many (but not all) of the well-known injuries that have befallen Woods — and this doesn’t include anything that may or may not have happened to his face on that fateful Thanksgiving night in 2009. Not to mention the injuries to his pride, reputation and self-esteem.

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<p> Tiger Woods' Injury History: A Visual Breakdown</p>
Post date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:17
All taxonomy terms: Jason Dufner, Golf
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — 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. 11: Jason Dufner

Born: March 24, 1977, Cleveland, Ohio | Career PGA Tour Wins: 3 | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,132,268 (16th) World Ranking: 16

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Jason Dufner would have a greater chance to win more tournaments if course set-ups weren't biased toward television ratings. Giving in to the excitement of the slash-and-gouge world that golf has drifted towards, courses are more democratic, and so Jason’s genius for finding fairways and greens is underappreciated — except for major weeks, where, for the most part, severe penalties still exist for tee-to-green inconsistencies. Look for him at The Open Championship and to offer a good defense of his PGA Championship title.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 19
Wins: 1

2013 Performance:
Masters - T20
U.S. Open - T4
British Open - T26
PGA Championship - 1

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T20 (2013)
U.S. Open - T4 (2012, '13)
British Open - T26 (2013)
PGA Championship - 1 (2013)
Top-10 Finishes: 5
Top-25 Finishes: 7
Missed Cuts: 5

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

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 1.

• It's only Tuesday, but it's not too early to celebrate the cheerleaders of the Final Four.

• Check the calendar before believing anything you read today. And in the spirit of April 1, here are 17 pranks you can play on your friends.

• Apparently not a prank: The U.S. World Cup team's popsicle-flavored second jerseys.

• It was a rough Opening Day all around. Don Baylor broke his femur on the ceremonial first pitch at the Angels game. An Orioles dad was left hanging on both a high-five and a fist bump by his kid. Cubs catcher Welington Castro took a foul tip to the giblets. And the mayor of New York got booed as he threw out the first pitch at the Mets game.

Awkwardly worded headline of the day. Looks like they're trying new strategies to attract fans to Citi Field.

• Conversely, lying juicer Ryan Braun got a standing ovation. Sometimes there's no justice.

Orson Charles of the Bengals was arrested for first degree wanton endangerment. Translation: He pulled a gun on a dude during a case of road rage.

• Sure signs of spring: warmer temps, blooming flowers and Nick Saban nuking a reporter for a carelessly worded question.

• The Falcons tried their hand at an April Fool's Day prank. Judge the results for yourself.

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 31.

• March is ending, but the memories remain. Here are the sports ladies who wowed this month, including Jeter ex Hannah Davis.

• Happy Opening Day. There was a game last night, in which a Padres ball girl posted a web gem.

At least Brian Wilson cleaned up for his Dodgers debut.

• The Final Four is set. Kentucky's back in, younger than ever; deal with it. And give them credit for the toughest slog to the Final Four in tournament history.

Could we be headed for an all-SEC title game?  A football conference suffering through a down year for hoops has dominated the tournament. Go figure.

This Dickie V GIF defies description. Just click.

• Love this: A Gainesville TV station found a creative way around the NCAA's highlight embargo.

• Remember Bill Murray's lounge singer sketch on the old SNL? Here he is warbling cover tunes at the Caddyshack Restaurant in Florida.

Dennis Rodman played in drag in a basketball game in Argentina. That's the most Dennis Rodman sentence ever.

• Stephon Marbury won a title. It was in China, but it still obviously meant something to him, given his facial contortions.

• One last look at the shot of the tournament, Aaron Harrison's trey that put Kentucky in the Final Four.

 

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Post date: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:45
All taxonomy terms: Rory McIlroy, Golf
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — 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. 12: Rory McIlroy

Born: May 4, 1989, Holywood, Northern Ireland | Career PGA Tour Wins: 6 (5 on European Tour) | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $1,802,443 (41st) World Ranking: 7

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Rory McIlroy had a lot of distractions in 2013. In changing equipment, it is best to change one thing at a time so that one can control the variables and can point the finger at the exact cause for any fall-off or gain in form. Rory changed clubs and balls, and while his ball-striking only fell off negligibly from the year before, his game fell off sharply. Perhaps it was the equipment adjustment, or perhaps it was the lawsuit brought on by a management change; regardless of the cause, he wasn't the player who won two majors by eight shots. However, towards the end of the year, he showed signs that he was more settled in his life and his game. The one thing he didn't change was his swing. Good thing. In grace and power there is no equal to Rory’s move, and with the equipment changes behind him and the lawsuit winding down, he can go back to building what may well be, when he is through playing, one of the great careers in history.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 21
Wins: 2

2013 Performance:
Masters - T25
U.S. Open - T41
British Open - Cut
PGA Championship - T8

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T15 (2011)
U.S. Open - 1 (2011)
British Open - T3 (2010)
PGA Championship - 1 (2012)
Top-10 Finishes: 7
Top-25 Finishes: 11
Missed Cuts: 4

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

 

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Post date: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:42
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 28.

• The photo's grainy, but Britney Spears showed off a rockin' bod in Hawaii.

Condi Rice and Richard Sherman shot a selfie at last night's Stanford game. Sports, bringing people together.

There was a mini-riot after Dayton's Sweet 16 win last night. Imagine if the Flyers go on to win the title. In other Dayton news, CBS helpfully informed us that a Dayton alum invented Control+alt+delete. Good to know.

The Bruins honored Boston's fallen firefighters.

The Philly Daily News gave the hometown Sixers the New York Post treatment.

Bill Murray wore PBR pants to a golf tournament. Never change, Bill.

• Memory lane: A year ago today, Dufnering happened. Relive the magic here.

• This is fun: A dad turned boring videos of his toddler into action movies.

Here are some photos of famous Americans wearing Kim Jong-Un's iconic hairstyle.

Kareem administered a gentle smack to LeBron's wrist over recent NBA Mt. Rushmore musings.

• Sometimes I'll share videos of fans snatching foul balls away from kids. For something completely different: A fan caught a ball autographed by Hakeem, and gave it to a kid.

 

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Post date: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:29
All taxonomy terms: Webb Simpson, Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2014-majors-no-13-webb-simpson
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — 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. 13: Webb Simpson

Born: Aug. 8, 1985, Raleigh, N.C. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 4 | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,957,582 (20th) World Ranking: 21

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Webb Simpson had a very poor year on the greens in the majors in 2013, averaging almost 33 putts per round at both the U.S. and British Opens, but otherwise it was another solid campaign as Simpson finished 20th on the money list. Despite not having great length, Webb in his last three years has finished 17th, 16th and 1st in the All-Around statistic on tour, which is a good indicator of one's potential — although Webb still has a ways to go to live up to his.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 10
Wins: 1

2013 Performance:
Masters - Cut
U.S. Open - T32
British Open - T64
PGA Championship - T25

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T44 (2012)
U.S. Open - 1 (2012)
British Open - T16 (2011)
PGA Championship - T25 (2013)
Top-10 Finishes: 1
Top-25 Finishes: 4
Missed Cuts: 3

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

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 27.

• The latest NFL Game Day breakthrough: Through a new app you'll be able to order a cheerleader to your seat.

A three-pound banana split served in an actual batting helmet, and other Michelle Obama nightmare fuel that can be yours at MLB ballparks this season.

Here's what dunking on LeBron sounds like. I would know first-hand, except for the restraining order.

• Jeff Fisher mic drop: If you wanna see a dunk, watch basketball.

Tom Brady watched Boston firefighters do their work, then expressed his gratitude. In far less serious Brady news, Tara Reid says she had a fling with him, pre-Gisele and pre-plastic surgery.

Bruce Pearl's candor is refreshing. It's nice to have him back.

Graeme McDowell had to take to Twitter to clarify his Tiger comments.

Some Internet prodigy did a mash-up of a police chase and the end of the Auburn-Alabama game. This is Al Gore's invention at its best.

• The latest in the UNC academic scandal: This 148-word paper on Rosa Parks, written at a fifth-grade level, got an A-minus.

Jim Irsay's arrest report reveals that he was carrying 29 large in cash at the time of his arrest.

• Mike Cammalleri tried to skate onto the ice for warm-ups without blades on his skates. It did not go well.

 

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Post date: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:42
All taxonomy terms: Golf
Path: /golf/18-holes-you-need-play-2014
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Gambling and golf have gone together since the betting days of famed golf hustler Titantic Thompson. Fortunately you don’t have to take a chance on losing your shirt with these golf holes; they represent some of the best that reside on courses connected with casinos. So enjoy them and see how many you can play this year, but stay away from the man who says he can beat you playing with only a Dr. Pepper bottle for a “friendly little wager.”

 

No. 1
Contraband Bayou, Par 5, 611 yards

Lake Charles, Louisiana

The course was redesigned three years ago, and this hole was chosen as the new opener. It is a much better way to start the round at this course. There is water visible from the tee box, but it is more for appearance than as a hazard. There is plenty of other difficulty, including a fairway bunker on both sides of the landing area that will capture wayward tee shots. Reaching the green will be difficult except for the longest of hitters. Another hazard on the left will get any errant layups. The green has trouble on the left with two bunkers and a lake.
Contact: 866-580-7444, www.llakecharles.com/amenities/golf-course

 

No. 2
Firekeeper, Par 4, 480 yards

Mayetta, Kansas
This hole is part of a six-hole stretch of prairie grass, and the native grass surrounds most of this picturesque long par 4. Don’t get lulled by the scenery or you may find yourself in one of the five fairway bunkers. Stay on the right side of the fairway on the drive to set up your approach shot. Take a little more club on your second shot to ensure clearing the rectangular bunker in front of the green appropriately named “The Coffin” for its size and what it will do to your score. The green narrows from front to back and is guarded by two additional bunkers.
Contact: 785-966-2100, www.firekeepergolf.com

 

No. 3
Sequoyah National, Par 5, 532 yards
Whittier, North Carolina

A slightly elevated tee makes reaching this hole in two shots even more possible. The dogleg right layout is framed by trees on both sides of a fairway that slopes significantly from right to left. The fairway squeezes in dramatically the longer the tee shot, so accuracy is a must. The trees clear for the second shot, and the fairway opens up to an elevated green that continues to the right. A medium-sized bunker on the right before the green serves to fool golfers into thinking that the putting surface is closer than it really is and will also gobble up any short second shots.
Contact: 828-497-3000, www.sequoyahnational.com

 

No. 4
French Lick (Donald Ross Course), Par 3, 240 yards
French Lick, Indiana

The first par 3 on this classic Donald Ross design is a challenge that will test every level of golfer. The long par 3 is made even longer by being uphill and into the wind, so coming up short is a real possibility. Come up too short and there is a chance the ball will roll down the false front and into one of two bunkers. Shots to the far left will find two additional bunkers. Guard too much to the right and miss the green, and your ball will roll down the slope and present an improbable up-and-down opportunity. The green has a bowl effect, so shots will funnel to the center.
Contact: 888-936-9360, www.frenchlick.com

 

No. 5
Cherokee Hills, Par 4, 440 yards
Catoosa, Oklahoma

The hardest hole on the golf course tests golfers from the tee to the green. The opening shot is to a tight fairway that is guarded by bunkers on both the left and right sides. Miss the fairway and the second shot will have to find its way through the trees that frame the hole. Golfers will also have to negotiate a creek to get to the green. If not on the fairway, the smarter play might be to lay up to avoid the big number on the scorecard. The green was built on top of a large rock that provides a significant separation from left to right. This will wreak havoc on long putts and make saving par difficult.
Contact: 800-760-6700, www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com/golf/cherokee-hills

 

No. 6
Salish Cliffs, Par 3, 168 yards
Shelton, Washington

A legitimate birdie hole that can be taken advantage of but can also be a round killer if not played wisely. Club selection is key on this downhill par 3, and both the elevation change from tee to green and the prevailing wind should factor into your club selection. Going left will find a large greenside bunker, and too much club will put golfers in an almost impossible spot to save par. The green has a steep slope that runs from front to back.
Contact: 360-462-3673, www.salish-cliffs.com

 

No. 7
Journey at Pechanga, Par 4, 330 yards
Temecula, California

This is a funky little hole that is both scenic and challenging. The tee boxes are slightly elevated, and golfers will see a large oak in the middle of the fairway that doglegs to the left. Use the tree as an aiming spot and go left of the tree for the optimal approach shot. Make sure the ball gets past the oak, because if it doesn’t, the only option on your second shot will be a punch-out past the large obstacle. Even going long right is a better option than being behind the massive tree. The green is oval shaped and small. Missing the green means landing in a bunker or worse.
Contact: 951-770-8210, www.pechanga.com/golf

 

No. 8
Circling Raven, Par 4, 386 yards
Worley, Idaho

Tall pine trees frame this course’s signature hole that features a hill on the left hand side of the fairway and three medium-size fairway bunkers on the right. Going left should be okay since a lot of the balls will funnel back in the fairway, although if you venture too far left, the hill will gobble up the tee shot. Too far right is trouble, too, as balls will likely find one of the bunkers. An iron off the tee might be the right play for a more accurate shot. The approach is a fairly easy shot to a large green, but going over the putting surface puts you in the protected wetlands.
Contact: 800-523-2464, www.cdacasino.com/golf

 

No. 9
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Par 4, 396 yards
Tower, Minnesota

What a way to finish the front nine. This challenging hole has a generous landing area off the tee for a conservative tee shot. Golfers who want to get a little more aggressive will see the landing area cut in half and protected by a bunker on the left. The second shot is over a pond that borders the entire front of the oval-shaped green. Going long is not an option as a large bunker awaits any errant shots. Once you're safely on the green, enjoy the cascading water that feeds into the pond. It will be a nice sound as you putt for birdie.
Contact: 218-753-8917, www.golfthewilderness.com

 

No. 10
Inn of the Mountain Gods, Par 4, 354 yards
Mescalero , New Mexico

This is a classic risk/reward hole that will tempt the long hitters but can yield disastrous results if not played perfectly. The hole features an island landing area in the middle of a lake; golfers must decide if they are going to lay up to the island or try and clear it to get closer to the green. It is about 280 yards of carry to make it to the other side. Stay left, though, because too far right and you will find the water that guards the right side of the green. The more conservative play is to hit a shot about 170 yards from the tee, leaving an approach shot of just under 150 yards.
Contact: 800-545-9011, www.innofthemountaingods.com

 

No. 11
Lake of Isles (North Course), Par 3, 196 yards
North Stonington, Connecticut

Water surrounds the left side of this hole, but there is also a small pond on the right side that can’t be ignored. Teeing off from the back tees will present an additional challenge as trees on the left obscure a golfer’s sight and in some instances will require a right-to-left shot to navigate around them. A tee shot to the right side of the green is the best strategy for this hole since it will keep balls dry, and the natural slope of the green will funnel shots closer to the hole, especially for a lower left pin. Too far right, however, and you'll find the greenside bunker — or worse, the water.
Contact: 888-475-3746, www.lakeofisles.com

 

No. 12
Atlantic City Country Club, Par 3, 134 yards
Northfield, New Jersey

Play the hole where the term "birdie" originated in 1903; a plaque commemorates the occasion. Getting your own birdie is very possible on this short, very straightforward hole. There are large bunkers on both sides of the slightly elevated green and no room for error, but unless there is a mistake in club selection, golfers should be able to find the putting surface. The green is large and slopes from back to front. Take dead aim and try and get a birdie on the same hole that Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope and Sam Snead once played.
Contact: 609-236-4411, www.accountryclub.com

 

No. 13
Fallen Oak, Par 5, 575 yards
Saucier, Mississippi

This one's not reachable in two shots for very many golfers because of the length and elevation increase. The opening shot is helped along by an elevated tee, but the hole gets more difficult as you go. The hole doglegs to the left with a generous landing area, and cutting the corner is possible to take away more yardage for the second shot. Take plenty of club on the second shot, because it plays uphill approximately 40 feet, but also make sure the third shot is a wedge to get the ball close. The green is also elevated and features a 10-foot deep bunker guarding the front.
Contact: 877-805-4657, www.fallenoak.com

 

No. 14
Turning Stone Atunyote, Par 4, 385 yards
Verona, New York

Though it is the shortest par 4 on the golf course, Tom Fazio designed it with plenty of hazards to keep a golfer on his or her toes. The first is the creek that runs up the entire left side of the hole and expands into a beautiful lake complete with a distracting waterfall at the green. Any shot left will find the water. There is a large tree on the right side that will snare any tee shot that goes too far in that direction. Another clever hazard is the bunker on the right side that appears to be closer to the green than it is. The putting surface is filled with subtle contours.
Contact: 800-771-7711, www.turningstone.com

 

No. 15
Southern Dunes, Par 4, 496 yards
Maricopa, Arizona

Truly a beast of a hole. Not only is it long but it is also uphill, and getting there in two shots will definitely be a challenge. The spot to aim for is the first visible fairway bunker, but be careful, because taking too much off this dogleg-left hole could find one of two hidden sand traps. The fairway slopes from right to left and will channel balls to an area that will set up a nice second shot. The approach shot should favor the right side, because if a shot is missed it will avoid the large bunker on the left guarding the green. There is a smaller bunker on the right to avoid as well.
Contact: 480-367-8949, www.golfsoutherndunes.com

 

No. 16
Edgewood, Par 5, 564 yards
Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Running toward the famous lake with stunning views of the mountains, this downhill hole is reachable in two shots. Don’t be fooled by the yardage; you are up in elevation and the ball will carry much further, so getting to the hole in two is a distinct possibility. This is a tight fairway, though, and tall pine trees line both sides (there's one in the middle of the fairway, too), so accuracy is a must. Go after the green with caution because of the many bunkers surrounding the putting surface. But be sure to enjoy one of the prettiest holes in all of golf.
Contact: 775-588-3566, www.edgewoodtahoe.com

 

No. 17
Sweetgrass, Par 4, 427 yards
Harris, Michigan

Playing from the back tees will bring the water into play, and using the rock in the fairway as a guide will help tee shots not only stay dry but also avoid the large fairway bunker. This is one of the few holes on the course that has trees incorporated into the design. The rock comes into play on the approach shot and should be avoided, as should the four bunkers that guard the green. The putting surface is long and slopes from back to front. This hole is titled "Wisdom," and it will take plenty of it to get a birdie — not to mention skill.
Contact: 800-682-6040 ext. 2251, www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com

 

No. 18
Bali Hai, Par 4, 486 yards
Las Vegas, Nevada

Situated on one of only two courses on the Strip, hole, called "Kuda Bay," is a great finishing hole that combines beauty and brawn. The longest par 4 on the course demands a strong drive, and even though the fairway is tight, playing a second shot from an adjoining fairway is possible, so let ‘er rip. The only hazard off the tee is a bunker on the left side. It is the approach shot that is fraught with peril. There is a waste bunker on the right side and a bunker on the left side that makes the green appear closer than it is. The biggest hazard on this hole is the large lake on the right side, where there's also a bunker.
Contact: 888-427-6678, www.balihaigolfclub.com

 

— John Reger, vegasgolfmag.com

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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — 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. 14: Jim Furyk

Born: May 12, 1970, West Chester, Pa. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 16 | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,204,779 (15th) World Ranking: 24

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Jim Furyk is already close to Hall of Fame numbers, but at 43 he still has another five good years left to add to his resume. With this being a Ryder Cup year, Jim perhaps feels an extra motivation to make the U.S. team to avenge his painful play in that event in 2012. The Ryder Cup aside, the 2003 U.S. Open champion continues to play at a very high level and is still one of the most consistent players on tour. His second-place finish in last year’s PGA Championship was his 20th top ten in a major, and with The Open Championship returning to Hoylake, a place where he finished fourth in 2006, Jim looks to be, sooner or later, a multiple major winner.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 73
Wins: 1

2013 Performance:
Masters - T25
U.S. Open - Cut
British Open - Cut
PGA Championship - 2

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 4 (1998, 2003)
U.S. Open - 1 (2003)
British Open - 4/T4 (1997, 1998, 2006)
PGA Championship - 2 (2013)
Top-10 Finishes: 20
Top-25 Finishes: 35
Missed Cuts: 15

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

 

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