Articles By Rob Doster

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 9.

. This one includes Kyndal Kaire, linked to newly minted Brown Johnny Manziel.

• No surprise here - .

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• Of course, the Browns managed to poop a little on their special night thanks to .

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• Note to teams spending high picks on wide receivers: .

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. An awful lot of Drake there.

• Inspirational video of the day. Prepare for chills and/or tears.

 

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Post date: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:50
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 8.

. See if you don't agree.

• Inevitable, but still amusing: .

. Where was Roger Goodell when this was approved?

• This seems right: .

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. He even got air.

. Don't ever change, Yasiel.

. Nice park you got there, Padres.

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• Goal of the night: Evgeni Malkin's spinning no-look job.

 

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Post date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:58
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 7.

, including Blake Bortles' better half Lindsey Duke (pictured).

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by some dude who was being chased by the cops.

. It's worth your time.

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• Weird story: .

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• Charles Barkley riffs on the fat women of San Antonio. I'm sure they appreciate the support.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 10:39
All taxonomy terms: Dustin Johnson, Golf
Path: /golf/golf-lesson-bunker-play-dustin-johnson
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Dustin Johnson hopes to avoid the bunkers at TPC Sawgrass this week, but if he finds one, he has a simple five-step plan of attack for getting out. As DJ returns to action at this week's Players Championship, we caught up with him to get his simple approach to bunker play.

 

Here's my five-step approach in the bunker:

 

1. Open the club, so that the face is wide open.

 

2. I'm going to make a cut swing, so I set up square to the target then drop my left foot back.

 

3. Then, you kind of swing down your feet line so you come up a little higher and softer. I'm always aiming left, and the cut swing propels the ball toward the target.

 

4. You want a real stable base. I usually dig my feet down a little bit deeper than some players, with a little wider stance.

 

5. I always want to keep my weight toward my left foot, forward, so I'm not falling backwards with the ball in the air.

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Post date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 17:28
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 6.

Who cares?

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• Teddy Bridgewater honored a promise he made to his mom in the third grade: .

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• The choreographed pool dunk genre never gets old. .

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• Watch a 3-star recruit throw himself a Hail Mary. Should be worth an extra star.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 11:28
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 5.

• Ah, college. , where coeds disrobe down to their unmentionables and run around.

. Can't deny that Cubes cares about his players.

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• Peyton Manning is on Letterman tonight. . Not bad, but he wasn't quite as comfortable in front of the camera.

. You'll notice that he seizes the opportunity to remind us that he's the defending champion at this week's Players. Well played.

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. Sounds like a script for "My Bodyguard 2."

• Clown-on-clown violence: .

• Jim Gray to boxer Marcos Maidana: .

• Need a quasi-football fix? Enjoy this missed field goal return by Gene Simmons' LA Kiss Arena League team.

 

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Post date: Monday, May 5, 2014 - 10:59
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 2.

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, complete with chalkboard and tabletop signage. We've come a long way, baby.

• Interesting historical NFL Draft factoid: .

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• Saturday brings an NBA first: .

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• This is pretty amazing: .

. No, Jeets.

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• The best of times, the worst of times: .

• Feel-good video of the day: Bat boy with Down syndrome hits a home run.

 

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Post date: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 12:44
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 30.

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• Is it me, or is

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• Along those same lines, .

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• Unfortunate slip of the tongue: .

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• Oprah as Clippers owner? .

• This has potential: .

is useless to me, because all of them are. But now I'm depressed.

• David Aldridge brought the Sterling story home last night.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 14:19
All taxonomy terms: Dustin Johnson, Golf
Path: /golf/dustin-johnson-20-yard-pitch-shot
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Dustin's win at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in November, his eighth in his seven seasons on Tour, was a career-defining moment. Going against what was essentially half of the European Ryder Cup team, Johnson faced some final-round adversity before sealing the win with a 20-yard pitch-in for eagle on the par-4 16th hole at Sheshan International in Shanghai. As Dustin prepares to return to action next week at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, we asked him to share how he executed that critical shot at a critical moment.

Just walking up to it, it appeared to be a pretty normal shot as far as being one of my stock pitch shots where I'm going to fly it onto the green, and it's going check and then release. I saw the read, and I had an easy read. You obviously have a lot of things that have to go right, but if you hit it correctly, you've got a chance for it to go in. It becomes a putt once it gets on the green.

I had the face pretty square, maybe slightly, slightly open. I think it's important to use your shoulders and your body when executing this shot. You've got to have some movement. If you watch the pros, they don't use just arms on this shot. You've got to have some rhythm, and getting your shoulders and body involved gives you that rhythm.

 

Butch Harmon says:

You saw the beautiful flight, spin and control when Dustin pulled off that shot. Most amateurs keep their body perfectly still, but you have to have a little body rotation.

And this is important, too: There's no divot. He merely brushes the ground.

 

 

 

Here is the shot that gave Dustin the most prestigious win of his career thus far:

 

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Post date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 20:43
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 28.

• It's Hug An Australian Day. , including Miranda Kerr.

• Cool story: .

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by hugging her while a ginger watched with his soulless eyes.

. Wonder how he celebrated?

• Wow - . Speaking of Sterling, Phil Mushnick did something stupid: .

in the Richmond garage.

• Vince Young is desperate for a job.

• The sounds of disorderly conduct: .

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• Watch David Lough go airborne to make a diving catch.

 

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Post date: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:02
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 25.

, including Anastasia Ashley (pictured).

• I run hot and cold on Frank Caliendo, but .

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at UK.

• Lolo Jones uses Twitter for good, and for ill. . Another Olympian, hockey player Meghan Duggan, also .

• Even Tommy John himself is alarmed at .

It's good to have a hobby, I guess.

• The headline says . It's the only softball catch I've seen this week, so the headline's correct.

• Need something to fire you up?

• Ah, the old hidden ball trick. Pay close attention.

 

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Post date: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 17:37
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 24.

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after Pineda got busted with it on his neck last night. Of course, .

. I apparently live in some vague Cardinals-Braves nether region.

• This is helpful, cause it seems important: . Of course, the school itself has done what it can .

• Kinda cool: .

, where he performed as a member of the Beatles on Aug. 29, 1966. The Beatles liked it so much they promptly stopped touring forever.

, who captured the hearts of college basketball fans.

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• And now for something completely different: .

• The Colbert Report welcomed UK coach John Calipari last night.

 

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Post date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:30
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 23.

• We like to support our friends across the pond, so .

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. Prompting some of those reactions, no doubt: .

• From ski jumping to military drills to rodeos: .

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• Image-conscious rapper Drake used a lint roller courtside. I think he probably regrets that decision.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 14:05
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 22.

. Mild NSFW warning.

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• Holy cow: .

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• NFL CBA quirk of the day: .

• On this day in 1991, .

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• Today's dose of schadenfreude: .

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. Or else he's just trolling.

• Kevin Durant's four-point play was insane.

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Post date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 13:09
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 21.

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• A year ago, .

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. Irony alert: The game program had a picture of Harper with the caption "Nothing but Hustle."

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. Photo looks like more, but not much more.

. Still working out the spring kinks, I guess.

• Watch Blake Griffin douse a fan with water after a bad call.

 

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Post date: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:54
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 18.

• To celebrate the end of the NBA's interminable regular season and the start of the playoffs,

• Speaking of the playoffs, this is cool: .

• A minor league baseball team contributed in its own small way to America's obesity epidemic with .

• Think your day's going poorly? .

• Frank Haith has cashed in at Tulsa, .

• In the spirit of the season: .

• Santa hasn't cornered the market on leaving little kids terrified and screaming. .

• This is not good for MLB's future: . I didn't think that was possible.

• Headline of the day: Doesn't really narrow their search that much.

• Another headline says . I couldn't disagree more.

• I thought I knew just how bad the Lions had been. .

• You know how your angry grandpa says he hates the NBA cause they don't play defense? If you watch this James Harden lowlight reel, you might see his point.

 

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Post date: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 13:23
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 17.

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• The Canadiens are carrying the hopes of an entire nation in these NHL playoffs.

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. Actual meatballs.

• Still not had enough Paulina Gretzky? .

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• Here's an amusing promo for the new movie "Neighbors" featuring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Aaron Rodgers.

 

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Post date: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:41
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 16.

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• A lady was jealous that her sister met Derrick Rose. .

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. Apparently, "son of a biscuit" qualifies as salty.

. Always knew boxing was dirty, but this is still eye-opening.

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• Got a minute and 10 seconds to kill? .

• Watch 7-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye throw out the first pitch at a UC Irvine baseball game.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 11:48
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 15.

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• Jeet, Gardy, Raccoon: .

• D'oh Canada: .

• NFL WR prospect Bruce Ellington, all 5-9 of him, can thrown down 360 windmills. .

. The record for one game is 12.

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• This is amazing: The Masters re-imagined, mini-golf style. 

 

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Post date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:28
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 14.

• Whoa. .

. Of course he did.

, the two stars of The Masters this year.

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• Mind-blowing Bubba nugget: .

• Golf's meritocracy can pay off. .

• Not sure what's going on here, but .

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• The Niners' offseason gets better and better. The latest: . I think that's frowned upon.

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• Two Pacers tried to shoot after the whistle. Russell Westbrook was having none of it.

 

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Post date: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:19
All taxonomy terms: Phil Mickelson, Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2014-majors-no-2-phil-mickelson
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. We've been unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the ’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 2:

Born: June 16, 1970, San Diego, Calif. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 42 | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 3 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $5,495,793 (4th) World Ranking: 5

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Phil Mickelson will turn 44 in June, and ordinarily one would think that a player of that age had seen his better days, but Phil seems as capable as ever — and perhaps he enters this major season hungrier than ever. Statistically, it's easy to find holes in Phil’s game; even in his much-hallowed short game, there are gaping inconsistencies. However, Phil is one of the few players — if not the only player — who cannot be summed up in statistics, so strong is his belief in himself. If anything, at 44, Phil might have a sense of how close he is to being considered one of the top 10 players of all time. Phil is tied for 14th in total majors won, having finished second six times in the U.S. Open, the only major to have eluded him. Of the 10 men who have won three of the four Grand Slam events in golf, no player has more runner-ups in the one major they are missing than Phil. Many look at Pinehurst, site of this year’s U.S. Open, where Phil finished second in 1999, as the site of a storybook conclusion to his great career. Indeed, given his runner-up to Payne Stewart there, this will be one of the biggest stories in the first half of the year.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 85
Wins: 5

2013 Performance:
Masters - T54
U.S. Open - T2
British Open - 1
PGA Championship - T72

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 1 (2006, 2006, 2010)
U.S. Open - 2/T2 (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013)
British Open - 1 (2013)
PGA Championship - 1 (2005)
Top-10 Finishes: 35
Top-25 Finishes: 47
Missed Cuts: 8

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the . Be sure to follow him  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. .

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Post date: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:37
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Golf, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-april-11-2014
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 11.

• In honor of Masters week, , including actual golfer Blair O'Neal (pictured).

. I try not to take orders from breakfast pastries, but that's me.

. At least the fan in question was on the grounds and not calling from the couch. Golf fans are the kids who remind the teacher she forgot to assign homework.

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• I've never linked to college hockey before, but here you go: .

• Most athletic move of the day yesterday: .

• Fun media feud of the day: .

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• Jon Stewart crushed the NCAA on the Daily Show.

 

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Post date: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 10:37
All taxonomy terms: Adam Scott, Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2014-majors-no-3-adam-scott
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. We've been unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the ’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 3:

Born: July 16, 1980, Adelaide, Australia | Career PGA Tour Wins: 10 (9 on European Tour) | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 2 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,892,611 (6th) World Ranking: 2

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Adam Scott will have a very good chance to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as the only men to successfully defend their Masters titles. Perhaps the best driver in the game, Scott can challenge the doglegs at Augusta National and put himself in position to attack a golf course that has so many playing defensive golf. The reason for his improved play in majors beginning in 2011, many believe, is the result of switching to the anchored putter, but he has finished 102nd, 148th and 143rd in strokes gained putting, respectively, the last three years and still struggles on the greens. This weakness is the only thing that keeps him from winning far more often than he does.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 51
Wins: 1

2013 Performance:
Masters - 1
U.S. Open - T45
British Open - T3
PGA Championship - T5

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 1 (2013)
U.S. Open - T15 (2012)
British Open - 2 (2012)
PGA Championship - T3 (2006)
Top-10 Finishes: 11
Top-25 Finishes: 22
Missed Cuts: 15

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the . Be sure to follow him  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. .

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Post date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 15:05
All taxonomy terms: Keegan Bradley, Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2014-majors-no-4-keegan-bradley
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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 ’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 4:

Born: June 7, 1986, Woodstock, Vt. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 3 | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,636,813 (11th) World Ranking: 18

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Keegan Bradley made quite a debut on the PGA tour in 2011, winning the PGA Championship as a rookie, but since then has been relatively quiet, given his enormous talent. Winless in 2013, he managed seven top tens and finished 11th on the money list, but he was so close to doing so much more. Perhaps, after such a high-profile first year on tour, he was burdened by heavy expectations. His game is too complete not too have multiple wins in 2014.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 9
Wins: 1

2013 Performance:
Masters - T54
U.S. Open - Cut
British Open - T15
PGA Championship - T19

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T27 (2012)
U.S. Open - T68 (2012)
British Open - T15 (2013)
PGA Championship - 1 (2011)
Top-10 Finishes: 2
Top-25 Finishes: 4
Missed Cuts: 1

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the . Be sure to follow him  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. .

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Post date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:59
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Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-april-10-2013
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for April 10.

. Yo, Jason, eyes up here, buddy.

. I know I'm a golf nerd, but this will never get old.

• Very cool .

• This is a little inside-golf, but it is Masters week: . Related: .

. She's cute, she's 18, he's single. I say why not?

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• A Masters Thursday long-form read: .

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• Bored baseball fans are a fun genre. .

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• Sporting magenta hair, Caroline Wozniacki caddies for Rory McIlroy at the par-3 tournament and took the time to sink a long putt.

 

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Post date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:48

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