Articles By Rob Doster

All taxonomy terms: Jim Furyk, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Golf
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Years removed from a major championship win and a brief stint at No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking, Martin Kaymer has returned to the top of the PGA Tour heap with a win in the Tour's flagship event, the Players Championship at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
It wasn't easy. Swing changes and poor play saw Kaymer plummet in the rankings; he entered this week at No. 61 and in the midst of a worldwide winless drought that dated to late 2012.

But blister-inducing work on the range and some valuable one-on-one time with countryman Bernhard Langer have brought him full circle, culminating with a win on Mother's Day that was made even more meaningful by memories of his mother, whom he lost to cancer six years ago. "To win on Mother's Day ... we show our parents way too little,” Kaymer said. “We always need some occasions to show them, which is what you realize when they're not there anymore. So to win on those days, it adds a little bit of a nice thing to the whole week. I think about her every day. I don't need a Mother's Day.”
There were tense moments down the stretch. A three-shot lead heading into a weather delay was trimmed to one after a double-bogey on 15, and Kaymer needed a semi-miraculous par save on the notorious par-3 17th to fend off Jim Furyk, who closed with a 66.
Don't expect Kaymer to rest on his hard-earned return to prominence.

“You don’t get to No. 1 in the world for no reason, and I think he appreciates the good things a little more now," said Kaymer's caddie Craig Connelly. "He’s a brand new Martin. He’s obviously a much-improved golfer, but the mindset is the old Martin.”
Here are the key numbers from the weekend at TPC Sawgrass.

28'6" Martin Kaymer's par-saving putt at the par-3 17 covered a circuitous 28 feet, six inches and featured about six feet of break. In other words, an answered prayer. Kaymer is the first player in the SHOTLink era of tracking measurements to make a putt from 28 feet or greater on his 71st hole of play and win the event by a stroke.

-17 Rory McIlroy played the back nine in a record 17-under this week on his way to a T6 finish. McIlroy birdied No. 18 all four days and in each of the final two rounds he birdied all three holes of The Gauntlet (Nos. 16-18).

5'11" Kaymer's underrated scrambling was a key part of his victory. In 10 trips to greenside bunkers over the four days, Kaymer averaged a proximity to the hole of five feet, 11 inches on his recovery shots, allowing him to convert seven of them successfully.

75 Kaymer found the green in regulation 75 percent of the time — 54 of 72 — to rank third in the field.

$54K With his third-place finish, Sergio Garcia moved within $54,000 of Tiger Woods on the all-time Players Championship money list. Garcia has made 11 consecutive cuts at the Players and won the event in 2008.

Here's Kaymer's tournament-clinching par save at 17.

 

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Post date: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:52
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 12.

• NFL WAG of the day: former Miss Utah Marissa Powell, fiancee of Lions pick Kyle Van Noy. She also happened to give one of the more nonsensical answers in pageant history.

• Busy weekend: Elin Nordegren graduated from college, was honored as the outstanding graduate and took a couple of subtle shots at Tiger Woods.

Blake Griffin was in need of a Serge protector for his tender area.

Ron Washington ordered a galactically stupid intentional walk.

Enjoy a fun compilation of referee fails.

A 101-year-old lady jogged out to the mound and threw out the first pitch in Toronto.

Henrik Lundqvist sprayed Sid the Kid with a water bottle.

AJ McCarron apparently erased all his perceived intangible value by acting all douchey leading up to the draft.

A reminder that it's kinda dumb to put a baseball team in the Rockie Mountains.

• Unable to play the "I was misquoted" card, Donald Sterling says he was baited into saying what he said.

John Wall ended the half with a sweet behind-the-back layup.

• Martin Kaymer won the Players Championship on the strength of an insane par-saving putt on 17.

 

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Post date: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:47
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 9.

Another day of the NFL Draft, another Draft WAG slideshow. This one includes Kyndal Kaire, linked to newly minted Brown Johnny Manziel.

• No surprise here - the Draft was a ratings bonanza, peaking when the Cowboys were on the clock.

Browns fans finally got in a little well-deserved gloating last night.

• Of course, the Browns managed to poop a little on their special night thanks to nuggets like this one from Sal Paolantonio.

The many faces of Johnny Football.

Sammie Watkins took a selfie with Roger Goodell. Or did he?

• Note to teams spending high picks on wide receivers: They're prone to insane behavior.

Barry Sanders reminded us again last night that he was too short for the NFL.

One more disturbing fact about man-centaur Alex Rodriguez has emerged.

Reggie Bush's LA mansion — with features like glass floors and an elevator — is on the market.

A handy list of draftee walk-up music. 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.

Beach volleyball is a combination of some of the best things in life. See if you don't agree.

• Inevitable, but still amusing: A fan taunted Jameis Winston with crab legs.

Tonight's draftees will get their choice of walk-up music. Where was Roger Goodell when this was approved?

• This seems right: The later NFL Draft has given scouts and teams time to get dumber.

Interesting chart of search trends heading into the Draft.

Johnny Football to the Cowboys is almost too delicious to contemplate.

Kevin Durant had an MVP-worthy flop last night. He even got air.

Yasiel Puig bat-flipped on a routine fly ball. Don't ever change, Yasiel.

A piece of outfield wall fell on Alex Gordon's head. Nice park you got there, Padres.

Some lady treated the Mariners game like her own personal art project.

Speaking of the Mariners, one of their affiliate clubs came back from a 16-run deficit.

• 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.

These WAGs will soon be waiting to hear their guy's name called by Roger Goodell, including Blake Bortles' better half Lindsey Duke (pictured).

A Tigers fan got pantsed in his quest for a foul ball.

Nats manager Matt Williams got rear-ended during a live radio interview by some dude who was being chased by the cops.

Kevin Durant's MVP speech is making the rounds. It's worth your time.

A Boston columnist apparently filed his Bruins column from the bottom of a glass.

Tommy Lasorda wants V. Stiviano to get hit by a car.

• Weird story: Home belonging to retired tennis star James Blake the scene of murder and arson.

Bartolo Colon's melon refuses to accommodate his batting helmet.

Roger Federer and his wife just had their second set of twins.

Don Draper got kicked out of a fantasy football league.

Disturbing Jameis Winston rape art emanating from Tallahassee.

• 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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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. Here are some pictures from Arizona State's Undie Run, where coeds disrobe down to their unmentionables and run around.

Monta Ellis seemed to enjoy his massage from Mark Cuban. Can't deny that Cubes cares about his players.

Steve Smith took a selfie, was photobombed by an elephant.

• Peyton Manning is on Letterman tonight. Here's video footage of his Letterman debut in 1997. Not bad, but he wasn't quite as comfortable in front of the camera.

Tiger updates us on his rehab via his blog. You'll notice that he seizes the opportunity to remind us that he's the defending champion at this week's Players. Well played.

Add Barack Obama's brother-in-law to the unemployment rolls.

An adidas Instagram photo predicted Damon Lillard's series-clinching 3 months ago.

A kid who had been bullied got to hang out with Bears guard Kyle Long at Chuck E. Cheese. Sounds like a script for "My Bodyguard 2."

Watch a woman get run over by her husband on an ATV and then ask him "What is wrong with you?"

• Clown-on-clown violence: Bill Murray once tried to kill Martin Mull.

• Jim Gray to boxer Marcos Maidana: There will be no snacking during our interview.

• 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.

Photo of the day: Happy Kim Kardashian, sad Kanye.

Classic photo of the 1964 NFL Draft, complete with chalkboard and tabletop signage. We've come a long way, baby.

• Interesting historical NFL Draft factoid: Mel Kiper made $400 the first time he covered the draft for ESPN.

Twitter continues to milk the Jameis Winston story for all its worth.

Darnell Dockett is thinking impure thoughts about Katherine Webb.

• Saturday brings an NBA first: Three game 7s in one day.

This Donald Sterling-Seinfeld mashup will highlight your Friday.

• This is pretty amazing: video footage of the Black Sox throwing the 1919 Series.

Derek Jeter seems oddly fascinated with Robinson Cano's beard. No, Jeets.

Carlos Gomez stole a home run from Joey Votto.

• The best of times, the worst of times: The Habs' P.K. Subban drilled the game-winning goal, then got drilled by a water bottle.

• 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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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. Celebrate by checking out this gallery of highly huggable Aussies, including Miranda Kerr.

• Cool story: Michelle Beadle went to the prom with a paralyzed former high school hockey player.

Rest in peace, Dr. Jack.

Carlos Gomez made a young fan cry by hugging her while a ginger watched with his soulless eyes.

Willie Nelson is now a fifth-degree black belt. Wonder how he celebrated?

• Wow - Magic wants to buy the Clippers from dirtbag Donald Sterling. Speaking of Sterling, Phil Mushnick did something stupid: he defended him.

Marcos Ambrose clocked Casey Mears in the Richmond garage.

• Vince Young is desperate for a job. Why else would he try out for the Browns?

• The sounds of disorderly conduct: Paul Simon and his wife got arrested.

Ryan Braun drilled Jean Segura in the face with a bat.

• 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.

The hottest celebrity Instagram photos of the week, including Anastasia Ashley (pictured).

• I run hot and cold on Frank Caliendo, but his Gruden's pretty good.

Brandon Phillips channels his inner Easter Bunny and terrorizes an infant.

Pat Forde on the Harrison Twins' savior-bum-savior life cycle at UK.

• Lolo Jones uses Twitter for good, and for ill. This dis of Michael Pineda is an example of the former. Another Olympian, hockey player Meghan Duggan, also trolled Pineda while on the mound at Fenway.

• Even Tommy John himself is alarmed at the number of Tommy John surgeries this season.

Some dude is trying to collect every VHS copy of the Keanu-Sandy Bullock classic "Speed." It's good to have a hobby, I guess.

• The headline says this is the best softball catch you'll see all week. It's the only softball catch I've seen this week, so the headline's correct.

Larry Bird's head-in-hands moment has led to some fun memes

• Need something to fire you up? How about another grown man grabbing a ball away from a kid?

• 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.

Today is Hall of Fame football WAG Katherine Webb's 25th birthday. Mazel tov.

Jon Heyman dubs Michael Pineda the "pine tar pinhead" after Pineda got busted with it on his neck last night. Of course, the tabloids had some fun with it, too.

This is interesting: a color-coded map of baseball fandom. I apparently live in some vague Cardinals-Braves nether region.

• This is helpful, cause it seems important: a simple guide to Northwestern football team's union fight. Of course, the school itself has done what it can to end it before it starts.

• Kinda cool: Chris Colabello hit a homer on his mom's birthday — while she was being interviewed.

Paul McCartney will close down Candlestick Park, where he performed as a member of the Beatles on Aug. 29, 1966. The Beatles liked it so much they promptly stopped touring forever.

Remembering Lacey, who captured the hearts of college basketball fans.

Bernie Kosar can't catch a break.

• And now for something completely different: President Obama playing soccer with a robot.

• 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 here are the 50 most popular English glamour models on the Internet.

Fallon did an amusing NHL playoffs superlatives bit.

Nine facts about the newest member of the 500-homer club.

Does Nene deserve a little credit for Kirk Hinrich's key free-throw miss?

A fun assortment of bench reactions from this NBA season. Prompting some of those reactions, no doubt: The top 10 poster dunks of the season.

• From ski jumping to military drills to rodeos: Baseball's only part of Wrigley Field's storied history.

Bar Rafaeli's bikini instagram pic is almost too hot for 11 Links.

Some rogue cop didn't like a bunch of high school kids celebrating a state championship.

A Bolivian soccer game featured a fast-moving ghost.

David Price took a hard liner to the spheroids.

• 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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Post date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 13:09
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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, here are the dancers of the NBA postseason teams

• Speaking of the playoffs, this is cool: Great playoff moments in rotoscoped animation.

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

• Think your day's going poorly? Watch a European Tour golfer jump in a lake after 20 hornet stings.

• Frank Haith has cashed in at Tulsa, much to the dismay of his many Twitter detractors.

• In the spirit of the season: One way to salvage those disgusting marshmellow peeps.

• Santa hasn't cornered the market on leaving little kids terrified and screaming. The Easter Bunny brings his own special brand of terror.

• This is not good for MLB's future: Baseball games are getting slower. I didn't think that was possible.

• Headline of the day: "Kentucky Police Searching for Bank Robber with Giant UK Back Tattoo." Doesn't really narrow their search that much.

• Another headline says this basketball fan's Mt. Spursmore haircut is not a good haircut. I couldn't disagree more.

• I thought I knew just how bad the Lions had been. Then I read this article.

• 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.

I'm not familiar with Renee Young, but ESPN wants to steal her from WWE, and I can see why.

The Astros are running a buttoned-up organization, aren't they?

Lance Armstrong: bike mechanic. Working his way back up, I guess.

Swimsuit model Nina Agdal has a respectable hoops game.

Nick Saban talks complacency and the humiliation of a two-loss season.

• The Canadiens are carrying the hopes of an entire nation in these NHL playoffs. No wonder their GM looked like he needed an a-- to slap after their overtime win last night

A Knicks lowlight reel set to the mournful sounds of Johnny Cash.

Here's video of the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo hitting meatballs. Actual meatballs.

• Still not had enough Paulina Gretzky? Here's an assortment of GIFs from her Golf Digest shoot.

A cartoonist went for the jugular with FSU. That'll leave a mark.

Jim Rome still gets residual checks from his "Space Jam" cameo.

• 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.

Johnny Manziel had some tasty new arm candy at a Rangers game last night in the person of cocktail waitress/model Kendal Kyaire.

• A lady was jealous that her sister met Derrick Rose. She'll be even more jealous when she realizes it was really LeBron James.

Behind the scenes of SI's Boston Strong cover shoot.

A tennis player got a warning for some salty language. Apparently, "son of a biscuit" qualifies as salty.

A long-form essay from a fight-fixer. Always knew boxing was dirty, but this is still eye-opening.

Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez ogled a female fan, Musberger-style.

Yasiel Puig posed and admired his long fly-out.

Vin Scully's magic pipes enhanced a classic Jackie Robinson story even further.

A rundown of the failed Jameis Winston investigation.

• Got a minute and 10 seconds to kill? Enjoy the behind-the-scenes video of Paulina Gretzky's Golf Digest shoot.

Singer Lorde met up with George Brett, the inspiration for her song "Royals."

• 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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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. We're highly impressed with gymnast McKayla Maroney's Coachella outfit.

Bubba Watson celebrated his Masters win at Waffle House. Of course he did.

A long-form look at Bubba and Jordan, the two stars of The Masters this year.

A fun look at Masters bros through the years.

• Mind-blowing Bubba nugget: One-third of his career wins are Masters.

• Golf's meritocracy can pay off. 20-year-old Jordan Spieth has earned five times as much money as Super Bowl-winning QB Russell Wilson.

• Not sure what's going on here, but here's Bo Pelini holding a cat.

It's fun to watch MLB ball girls make great plays, especially on live balls.

Lip-readers will enjoy watching Red Sox manager John Ferrell tell umpire Ron Kulpa what he can do with his blown call.

• The Niners' offseason gets better and better. The latest: Aldon Smith yelled "bomb" in an airport. I think that's frowned upon.

Jeff Francoeur was punk'd by a teammate who convinced him he was deaf.

• 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 Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 2: Phil Mickelson

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 Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

 

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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, enjoy a gallery of gorgeous girls golfing, including actual golfer Blair O'Neal (pictured).

A man put a lot of money on Rory McIlroy to win The Masters after seeing Rory's image on a chocolate danish. I try not to take orders from breakfast pastries, but that's me.

Once again, a pesky golf fan alerted a rules official to a violation, this one by Luke Donald. 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.

Uh, Michael Pineda, if you're going to coat your hand with a foreign substance, be a little more discreet about it.

So apparently the new Kevin Costner movie "Draft Day" isn't the steaming pile of failure that I anticipated.

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury participated in a dance-off with one of his players.

Watch Jameis Winston and his FSU baseball teammates re-create the Noles' game-winning football play during a rain delay.

• I've never linked to college hockey before, but here you go: Minnesota advanced to the Frozen Four with a buzzer-beater.

• Most athletic move of the day yesterday: Hillary Clinton used her cat-quick reflexes to dodge an airborne shoe.

• Fun media feud of the day: Piers Morgan vs. SI TV writer Richard Deitsch.

Lolo stepped in it on Twitter yet again.

• Jon Stewart crushed the NCAA on the Daily Show.

 

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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 Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 3: Adam Scott

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 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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