Articles By Rob Doster

All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-17-2013

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 17.


• Essential 11 favorite Kate Upton has done a photo shoot for Redemption Choppers, a custom motorcycle company. .


• Mo stole the show at last night's All-Star Game. In a classy move, . Chill-bumps ensued. The game also yielded the most surreal piece of video I've seen in a while:


• The power of Twitter: .


, where he was grilled for acting like a 20-year-old. Which he is.


• Speaking of Manziel, ? That Kevin Sumlin is building a monster down in College Station.


• Speaking of A&M, Nick Saban hasn't forgotten. . You've been warned.


. I give it six months until he hacks off the wrong person again.


• Lindsey Vonn Dufnering? .


, to the point that he's the one in focus.


. I blame our educational system.


• Enjoy Mariano Rivera's last All-Star Game entrance.




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Post date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 10:30
Path: /2013-british-open-what-theyre-saying

Here's what some possible contenders are saying leading up to this week's Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Course:


• Tiger Woods: "I feel very good about my game. I felt very, very good going into major championships. I've had a pretty good year this year so far; won four times. Even though I haven't won a major championship in five years, I've been there in a bunch of them where I've had chances. I just need to keep putting myself there and eventually I'll get some."


• Phil Mickelson: "You need an element of luck, but you also need to play some great golf. These last few months I've played well enough to get in contention and play well, but I do need some luck. I am really optimistic about this week and going forward because I'm starting to putt as well as I ever have."


• Graeme McDowell, who's paired with Tiger Woods and Louis Oosthuizen on Thursday and Friday: "I've played with Tiger enough now over the years to be more than comfortable with it and you want to be playing with the best in the world. You don't need to create any intensity on the Thursday of a major but playing with him increases the focus. It gets you fired up and ready to go. He's the kind of guy you want to be measuring yourself against on a course set up like this. Finish one ahead of Tiger on Sunday and you're not going to be far away."


• Masters champ Adam Scott: "I think it’s the greatest tournament in the world. It’s really the one you want to win. Well, except for an Aussie. Because an Aussie always wanted to win the Masters."


• U.S. Open champ Justin Rose: "I have faced questions for years about who the next English guy to break through will be. I feel fortunate it was me who broke through first but I am sure it will give the others a little extra burst of enthusiasm. It probably gives them that added bit of belief. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the other guys follow in the not too distant future."


• Brandt Snedeker, last year's 36-hole leader at the Open: "I just made typical American mistakes. The first two days I had no wind really whatsoever, and played great golf. The last 36 holes I drove the ball horribly. I tried to ride the wind too many times. I tried to not play against the odds; you've got to try to hold the ball up against the wind. Little stuff like that."


• Rory McIlroy: "I like Muirfield and feel I can play well. It’s fast, firm and this is going to be a great test. If you hit it in the rough here, you’re chipping out."


• Defending champion Ernie Els: "I feel quite good about my game. I feel like I'm striking it nicely. There are a lot of good things happening in my game. … I really can't wait for Thursday. I really have a good feel about it."

Post date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 15:59
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-16-2013

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 16.


• Tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska was a representative for a Catholic Youth Movement called Youth Crusade. . That's one of the offending photos to the right.


• The most interesting moment of last night's Home Run Derby came when . In case you care about the actual competition, .


. (Hilarious if you like to watch a little kid get accidentally slapped.)


. The results were amusing.


• This is kinda fun: . Note to armchair critics like May: The Internet has a long memory.


• So who's most likely to stir things up at SEC Media Days? .


. A mere description can't do it justice.


• This link has nothing to do with sports, but .


• Today's useless bit of knowledge: .




• This awesome little Rockets fan is adorably excited about Dwight Howard's arrival and wants Shaq to know about it.




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Post date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 10:35
All taxonomy terms: Golf
Path: /2012-pga-championship-recap

It may have turned into the Snore by the Shore, but it was a weekend of milestones for Rory McIlroy, who's out-Tigering Tiger Woods at the same point in their respective careers. In 27 holes of rain-delayed Sunday golf at the formidable Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, McIlroy put on a breathtaking display: 9-under par, no bogeys, a not-so-subtle signal that he's now the face of global golf.

Rory's litany of achievements at the Ocean Course:

• He became the youngest PGA Champion (23 years, three months) since the tournament moved to stroke play in 1958, beating Jack Nicklaus' record.

• His 8-shot margin of victory broke Nicklaus' record 7-shot margin at the 1980 PGA.

• McIlroy is the second-youngest player to win two majors. Nicklaus was one month younger when he won his second; Tiger was four months older.

• His 8-shot win reprised his 8-shot demolition of the U.S. Open field in 2011. He's the first player to earn his first two major victories in such dominant fashion.

• He's halfway to a career Grand Slam, and had he avoided a Sunday back-nine meltdown at the 2011 Masters, we'd be talking about him in the reverent tones once reserved for Tiger at his apex.

One of the refreshing things about Rory is his relative humility given his youth and level of accomplishment; he hasn't burst into the champions' locker room and started throwing elbows. Yes, he wore Sunday red in an obvious nod to the guy who made such attire famous, but he said afterwards that he would have left the red shirt in the closet under certain conditions. "I thought if I was playing with him (Woods), I wouldn’t wear it,” he said. “Obviously him, you know who 'him' is."


Post date: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 11:48
Path: /weekend-golf-5-amazing-stats

A roundup of the amazing numbers that have the golf world abuzz:


19 Jordan Spieth, a 19-year-old phenom who seems to have already been around awhile, became the first teenager to win a PGA Tour event since Ralph Guldahl in 1931 when his par putt dropped on the sixth hole of Sudden Death at the John Deere. Spieth is the fourth-youngest Tour winner in history and scored his first win at a younger age than fellow phenoms Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. Some of the spoils of victory: berths in this week’s Open Championship at Muirfield, the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, the PGA Championship, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and The Masters.


11 Spieth moves to 11th in FedExCup points, thanks to his sixth top-10 finish of the season in 16 starts.


59 Over on the Tour, Will Wilcox shot golf's magic number, firing a final-round 59 on the par-71 Willow Creek Country Club to win the Utah Championship. Wilcox's card included 10 birdies and an eagle.


20 Phil Mickelson won on European soil for the first time in 20 years, capturing the Scottish Open ahead of this week's Open Championship. Mickelson's birdie on the first playoff hole beat Branden Grace and moves Lefty to No. 5 in the World Golf Ranking heading to Muirfield. Mickelson's last win in Europe came in 1993 in Paris on the European Challenge Tour.


2 Kenny Perry has gone back-to-back in Champions Tour majors after shooting a final-round 63 to earn a five-shot win in the U.S. Senior Open, adding that to his Senior Players Championship two weeks ago. "This is by far the biggest tournament I ever won," Perry said. "I lost the playoff at the Masters and the PGA playoff. I didn't get the job done. Now to have a USGA title, it's an Open, it's our Open, it's what the players play for. To finally get it, even though it's a Senior Open, I still regard it as a very high honor."

Post date: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 11:23
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, _none, Overtime
Path: /athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-15-2013

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 15.


• Former wrestler Stacy Kiebler is not dating George Clooney any more, but . For $10 million, I'll happily date George Clooney.


. My favorite part of Lincecum's no-hitter was , which was immortalized in GIF form.


He was out late the night before, sick the next day. You do the math.


. Forget DiMaggio's hitting streak: Baseball has a new untouchable record.


• Boys will be boys: .


• Is this possible? Guy really is a freak.




. Click only if you have a strong stomach. The takeaway: Bulls win.


. Fortunately, a photographer captured the magic moment.




• Carly Rae Jepsen came up about 58 feet short with her first pitch.




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Post date: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 10:48
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-12-2013

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 11.


. In case you've forgotten, Ms. Jenneke is famous for .


. No surprise; Gator fans just don't like the guy.




• This is a fun category: .


• Sure, West Virginia fans burn couches and LA, Detroit and Miami fans riot when their team wins a championship, but there are no crazies like soccer crazies. .





. Nashville is No. 14, for starters. Speaking of SEC rankings, here's a look at the


• Some say that Anderson Silva took a dive in losing his UFC title to Chris Weidman. I don't know; .


• One lone Titans fan camped out to secure his tickets. .


• Torii Hunter was rather coy during his postgame interview following a testy Tigers-White Sox game.




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Post date: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:42
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-11-2013

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 11.


• Those rascally Johnson brothers. As you know, golfer Dustin Johnson is dating Paulina Gretzky, while his brother . Here are the brothers' two trophy WAGs posing together. 


, although the countdown misses the most badass of all — Dubya in a flak vest after 9/11 throwing a strike at Yankee Stadium before Game 3 of the World Series. That's the Sgt. Pepper of first pitches.


. The Captain is back.


. Amazing what you can do with 140 characters and a photo.


• Is this really a thing? I'm quitting the Internet.


. This was supposed to be the Summer of Belichick … the Summer of Belichick. In other news, Bill would be happy to answer any Tebow questions you might have. Anyone? Please?




. Gotta say, college basketball just got a little more boring.


• Not sports-related, but .


, unless its comprised entirely of Brian Kelly's tears.


. The results were pretty amusing.


• Yunel Escobar's pregame high-five ritual is rather elaborate.




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Post date: Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 10:19
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-10-2013

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 10.


. It's okay to link to, because it's, you know, sports. That's drag racer Ashley Force in the picture.


(NSFW ugly naked butt alert).




Also, boobehs!


• We all like to think we know what will happen in the SEC this season. In a twist on the old prediction game, down south this season, and .



. He must be stopped.


• Scary stuff: . Hell hath no fury like a psycho chick scorned.




. They could screw up a one-car funeral.


• Miguel Montero gave rookie hot-shot Yasiel Puig the old "not in my house" treatment, complete with a Mutombo finger wag.



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Post date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 10:42
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /athlon-essential-11-links-day-july-9-2013

. Just as a refresher, here's a picture of Mrs. Benson in happier, saner days (relatively speaking).


• Urban decay: . Of course, some say .


• Colin Kaepernick wore a Dolphins hat on the Fourth, much to the consternation of Niner Nation. .


Need we say more?


• Boy, the SEC's loaded — with coaches. . When Dan Mullen's No. 11 after taking Mississippi State to three bowls in four years, you know it's a CEO's league.


. I suspect even Michigan fans can get on board with that.


• Horror isn't the only movie genre where they follow rules, Scream-style. .


• Not every athlete commands a high price tag on the trade market.


. Not sure why, but it's GIF gold.


• Now this is a defensive play: .


• Teach a man to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime. Teach an old man to fish with his hands, and he's an Essential 11 link.



Post date: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 16:14
All taxonomy terms: Golf
Path: /weekend-golf-july-4-7-what-you-might-have-missed

A few highlights of an interesting holiday weekend in golf:

• Has anyone had a stranger season than Graeme McDowell? His last eight appearances on the PGA and European Tours go something like this: missed cut, win, missed cut, win, missed cut, missed cut, missed cut, win. He's the walking personification of feast or famine. McDowell won the French Open by four shots for his ninth European Tour victory, a win that moved him to sixth in the Official World Golf Ranking. We would put him at the top of British Open favorites, but two of those missed cuts we mentioned came at The Masters and U.S. Open. "Thankfully I've managed to learn how to calm my emotions and learn how to respond under pressure, sometimes,'' McDowell said. Key word: sometimes. Here are the highlights:

• Meanwhile, Jonas Blixt rocketed up 100 spots — from 139th to 39th — in the FedExCup points standings with a two-shot win at the rain-interrupted Greenbrier Classic. Blixt earned a green jacket for his efforts, but the win gets him a shot at the Green Jacket that truly matters, as he's now in the 2014 Masters field. The win was his first top-10 finish of 2013 and moves him to 51st in the World Golf Ranking, giving him a shot at a spot in next week's British Open field as a top alternate. "This is what I play for," Blixt said. "I play to win. It just confirms that if you do the right things, that you work hard, dreams can come true." Here are the highlights:

Tom Watson spent time with the youngsters at the Greenbrier and more than held his own, finishing T38 after rounds of 68, 69, 72 and 67 to finish one stroke behind Bubba for low Watson. The ageless 63-year-old Watson is approaching shoot-your-age territory.

Post date: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:15
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Essential 11
Path: /athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-8

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 8.

• Country songbird and Eric Decker better half Jessie James might be our new favorite WAG. .

. I'd say Britain is pleased — as were .


. My only quibble with the list: Nothing wrong with hitting up Denny's. A grand slam breakfast is a perfectly good way to celebrate.

• Sometimes, ESPN does things well. . A moving story of a producer and two special athletes.

, where Easley posed for a photo with Golden Tate that will be like picking a scab for Packers fans. 

• Pro hoops has a new power couple: .

. That's a game I'd pay to see.

• More Roger Goodell moralizing: .

• Interesting historical footnote: .

• Manny Machado went all Brooks Robinson on the Yankees yesterday.


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Post date: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 10:44
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-5

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 5.

• Sorry, fellas — Natalie Gulbis is engaged. Oh well. .

. As Bob Ley tweeted, this is why our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor.

• As our tribute to American gluttony, .

• It was an especially happy Fourth for one (no doubt long-suffering) Royals fan. .

• Proving that baseball isn't the only sport with insufferable stat nerds, .

. Now that's attention to detail.

• Looking to creep our your guests at your next dinner party? .

• This is a bit random, but whatever: .

• Already thinking about life after Johnny Football? You'll be glad to hear that .


• Chris Parmalee didn't care that his team was down 9-1. He was going to catch the baseball.


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Post date: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 11:24
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-3-2013

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for July 3.

• In honor of our nation's 237th birthday, of famous ladies in patriotic bikinis and other assorted red, white and blue outfits.

• Homer Bailey doesn't always pitch shutouts, but when he does, they're no-hitters. He's the sixth pitcher to toss MLB's two consecutive no-no's. . Of course, in the afterglow, .

• An MLB career ended yesterday because of drugs. .

• A minor league player hit what he thought was a game-winning walk-off single.


. We in no way condone this behavior, but we will link to it.

. Also, delightfully, .


• One of 2013's intriguing subplots:

• They don't love A-Rod in Charleston any more than they love him anywhere else.

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Post date: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 13:34
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-july-2-2013

July 2

• Remember that hot UCLA girl who caught the eye of the camerman during the College World Series? . More power to her.

• Here's one that's sure to spark a reaction, especially among Michigan fans: .


. Hey, whatever it takes.





. Call me when they install the waterfall.

• Speaking of Alabama, wanna see defensive coordinator Kirby Smart posing with a frighteningly huge snake he killed? .


• Yasiel Puig has more hits in his first month than anyone in baseball history not named Joe DiMaggio. Here are the video highlights of Puig's epic ascent to superstardom.

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Post date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 13:42
All taxonomy terms: Golf
Path: /golf/pga-tour-adopts-usga-anchoring-ban

The PGA Tour has acknowledged that the USGA ban on anchored putting strokes will apply to Tour events as of Jan. 1, 2016.

“In making its decision, the Policy Board recognized that there are still varying opinions among our membership, but ultimately concluded that while it is an important issue, a ban on anchored strokes would not fundamentally affect a strong presentation of our competitions or the overall success of the PGA Tour,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said. “The Board also was of the opinion that having a single set of rules on acceptable strokes applicable to all professional competitions worldwide was desirable and would avoid confusion."

This polarizing issue has been raging for some time, especially given the success in major championships that players employing anchored putting strokes have enjoyed of late. Athlon addressed the subject in its 2013 Golf Annual by posing the question in our anonymous player survey. Here are the responses we got at the 2012 Tour Championship:

• “I think it’s fine. I don’t think they have proven that there is a huge advantage statistically for guys who use it, so I have no problem with it. It’s just a different way for guys to do things.”

• “Let them use it. I’m fine with it. If a player needed to use it to stay on Tour, I think most would.”

• “I’m yet to find a good reason for them to ban it. The arguments so far aren’t really valid.”

But then….

• “I don’t like it. I don’t think it’s true to the original ideals of golf. I’ve used one before but just don’t think it’s right. I’d be glad to see it gone.”

• “I’m against it just because I’ve always worked so hard on my own short game without going there, and I think that’s how golf is supposed to be. I’d like to see everyone else struggle and work harder like I’ve always had to.”

• “I think it’s cheating and should be banned. It goes against the spirit and rules of golf.”

• “Anchoring has to go. Just because stats don’t say long putter users are better doesn’t make it right.”

• “I think it should be outlawed. I want guys to have to hold a putter in their hands when they have a five-footer to win, to feel those nerves, not to anchor it to their body to take that away.”

And the fence-sitters…

• “I’ve tried it, it still is something you still have to learn so I don’t really care one way or the other. I don’t need to use it so it doesn’t really affect me.”

• “I don’t really care. But I know there are more out there that don’t want it. I think if it is banned there will be guys who will be gone from the Tour, some really good guys. But banning anchoring is probably fair.”

Post date: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 13:31
Path: /college-football/athlons-essential-11-links-day-june-24

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for June 24.

• Coaches somehow manage to consistently outkick their coverage. (like Amanda Enfield, pictured, wife of balding, nondescript USC hoops coach Andy Enfield).

. (Of course, .) Whatever ratings that thing got, they can thank social media.



. Buckle in.

. (Warning: Somewhat R-rated.)


• It's always fun when angry fans get hold of somebody's Wikipedia page, .


• Proof from yesterday's Tigers-Red Sox game that there is no such thing as a routine fly ball.

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Post date: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 10:29
All taxonomy terms: Tiger Woods, Golf
Path: /golf/tiger-woods-injury-history-breakdown

Even while winning 78 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. On the occasion of his latest malady (a strained left elbow that will keep him sidelined until the British Open), 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.

<p> Tiger Woods' Injury History: A Visual Breakdown</p>
Post date: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 11:00
Path: /college-football/athlons-essential-11-links-day-june-17

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for June 21.

• So did Kate Upton zing her apparent ex-boyfriend Justin Verlander via Twitter? . Of course, that just gives us the excuse to link to another Kate Upton photo.

• The Heat finished off one of the most compelling NBA Finals in years, a series that was so intense that both teams were exhausted by the end of it. .




. I'm sure he'd want to know.

. Of course, when you get a good look at him, he's actually a ball-man. Time to get a real job, bro.

Is this real life?

• In honor of Chad Johnson's recent indiscretion, .

• The SEC West will be the epicenter of college football this year. in the most important division. And speaking of the SEC, the league has to offer. Also, are for their own good? 

• Let the LeBron-MJ comparisons commence. As this video asserts, The King is on pace to surpass His Airness.

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June 20

• Wanna score a date with a professional cheerleader? .

. Not much at stake, other than a title and a legacy.


• What's the sound of one hand high-fiving? .


• Over in the Ladies' NBA, they make their big announcements without any fanfare. . Of course, I guess for there to be any fanfare, there have to be fans.

• Got $3.195 million lying around? You can have Chipper Jones' Roswell mansion. .

• We lost James Gandolfini yesterday at the shockingly young age of 51. . And .

. I'm going to withhold judgment, but it doesn't look great.


• Routine popup? For Ronald Belisario, there are no routine popups.

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June 19

• Summer TV used to be a wasteland of reruns interrupted by the occasional sporting event. Not anymore. The , including The Newsroom's Olivia Munn.

. The losers? .

. My only question: Why is Ginobili flopping in the photo? Floppers gonna flop, I guess.


. Thanks for the shout-out.


. Predictably, .

at the expense of others.

• It was classic Pop in the postgame press conference. His classiest answer: "Is that a European question?"

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June 18

• Not all supermodels are created equal. , including our old favorite Kate Upton.

• There's nothing better in sports than a Game 7. Let's hope the current respective finals get there, and if they do, that they live up to .

. What's next, live mermaids?

• Don't you like those history what-if games? Here's one: .


. I don't always watch college football, but when I do, I watch the Aggies.

• Note to shock jocks: .

. Gotta click to see it, though.


. In other news, Kim's baby has already been kicked out of a club and hired Jay-Z as her agent.

• Remember Bruce Hornsby? . That's just the way it is.

• I'm not a fan of the look-at-me home run bat flip. But there's something mesmerizing about two minutes' worth of such behavior. Judge for yourself.

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June 17

• Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan and the other losers of the weekend's U.S. Open can console themselves with .


• What's it like to date Tiger Woods? .

• Tis the season for meat. .

• During a pause in the golf action, . Now back to Dan Hicks.

. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

• From the "Where Are They Now" files: .

• Cleaning this headline up a bit for a family audience: .


• Danny Green is putting on a 3-point shooting exhibition the likes of which we've never seen in the NBA playoffs. He's made more 3-pointers in these Finals than Larry Bird ever attempted in an entire postseason. Here's every one of them.

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Post date: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 10:44
Path: /golf/rose-denies-mickelson-merion

He wasn't the people's choice, but Justin Rose, an overnight success 15 years in the making, grabbed the 2013 U.S. Open by the throat with a clutch final-round 70 — the only score among the leaders to equal par. His 1-over finish gave him an unexpected but well-deserved two-shot win over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

Rose, who contended as an amateur at the 1998 British Open, becomes the first Englishmen to win a major since Nick Faldo in 1996, beating heralded countrymen Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter to the punch. Rose's fairway metal from the fringe on the 72nd hole set up a clinching par and was a fittingly creative end to an Open that saw more changes in fortune than the financial meltdown.

On Father's Day, an emotional Rose credited his teacher/father, who died of cancer in 2002, with making him the golfer and man he is. "I couldn't help but look up at the heavens and think that old Ken had something to do with it," he said.

Rose also gave a shout-out to Masters champion Adam Scott for a confidence boost.

"I took a lot of encouragement from Adam Scott. … He sent me a beautiful text. He said, 'Your time is coming soon.' He's a wise man."

Philly Mick Falls Short Again
What can you say about the latest Lefty loss? The weekend was setting up beautifully for Mickelson, who posted a brilliant opening-round 67 at a surprisingly brutal Merion track, then held steady to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.

Finally, it seemed, the demons would be exorcised. Finally, the tournament that owed him one after two decades of heartbreak would yield to the will of his legion of followers. Lefty would celebrate his 43rd birthday and Father's Day with a trophy that he covets more than any other in the embrace of his loving family.

And when he erased one of his two early double bogeys with scintillating eagle 2 on No. 10 to retake the lead, it seemed that destiny was smiling on proud papa Mickelson.

Here's the Philadelphia eagle that electrified Merion and unleashed another ungainly Lefty Leap.

But two bogeys down the stretch and far too many burned edges and missed opportunities left Lefty the hard-luck loser yet again.

"This was my best chance. I was playing well on a golf course I really liked," said a candid, emotional Mickelson afterwards. "I hit good putt after good putt that I couldn't get to fall. I don't know what I would do different.

"When I made the eagle, it made me relax. It got me back to even, about where you think the winning score will be."

But mis-clubbed wedges at 13 and 15 led to crippling bogeys, followed by a makeable birdie miss at 16.

And another unhappy Father's Day.

The Week's Real Winner: Merion Golf Club
They said Merion was too short and too easy. They were dead wrong. Lee Westwood put it best with a succint tweet: "If Merion would have played dry this week like the USGA wanted, it would have been impossible."

It came darn close. The tight fairways and gnarled, rain-enhanced rough claimed victim after victim, including the world's top two players, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who finished 13-over and 14-over, respectively. "I'll look back at the things I did right and the things I did wrong. … I did a lot of things right. Unfortunately, I did a few things wrong," Woods said. After a 13-over finish, I'd say more than a few.

<p> A Rose for Father's Day at the U.S. Open</p>
Post date: Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 19:38
All taxonomy terms: Phil Mickelson, Golf
Path: /golf/phil-mickelsons-greatest-hits

Phil Mickelson had perhaps the greatest round of a great career, shooting a final-round 66 to win the British Open by three shots after starting the day five behind leader Lee Westwood. One key to the victory was his laser 3-wood second shot to the par-5 17th that set up a two-putt birdie. It was the latest in a career defined by heroic shots.

Sure, he's lost his share of tournaments, many of them in heartbreaking fashion. But he's also escaped from disaster countless times with creative flops, clutch putts and a nearly unmatched flair for the dramatic.

Here's a video rundown of some of Mickelson's greatest moments - 11 of the greatest shots of his remarkable career, starting with the 2013 Open Championship.


11. 2013 British Open

Phil's monster 3-wood second shot on the massive par-5 17th at Muirfield was the key moment of his career-defining round.


10. 2011 Farmers Insurance Open
Only Phil would treat us to the spectacle of having caddy Bones Mackay tend the pin on an approach shot from the fairway.


9. 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship
Mickelson's the ultimate shot-shaper, which he proved with this bender around the trees at the Byron Nelson.


8. 2009 Tour Championship
For Mickelson, this was a routine chip-in, but given the circumstances — it clinched his Tour Championship win — it makes the list.


7. 2008 Crowne Plaza Invitational
Another stunning escape from the trees. All in a day's work.


6. 2009 Doral
Once was not enough. Lefty displayed his short-game mastery with consecutive chip-ins at Doral.


5. 2012 Masters
Phil's known for his flop shot, but from this position? Under Masters pressure? Sick.


4. 2010 BMW
Sometimes, it's preferable for fans (and for Phil) when he misses the green.


3. 2000 Chevron World Challenge
Only Phil would even think to attempt this bizarre shot, much less pull it off — a chip-in on an ice-littered green.


2. 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open
Mickelson broke Brandt Snedeker's heart with this bomb through the fringe and down the slope on No. 7 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.


1. 2010 Masters
The hero shot to top all hero shots — Phil off the pine straw on 13 at Augusta. Pure guts.

<p> The Open Champion Has Had Countless Career-Defining Moments</p>
Post date: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 10:49
Path: /college-football/athlons-essential-11-links-day-june-10

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for June 14.

• "Man of Steel" opens this weekend, which prompted . Amy Adams ranks pretty high on that list.

. Finally. . At least not at him.

. And for the next 26 mornings.

. Well worth the fine.

. The marquee threesome of Tiger, Rory and Adam Scott combined to go 8-over in the first round.

• Ooh, this could get interesting. .


• A Father's Day weekend morsel: .

• October's when the you-know-what gets real in the SEC. .

. That makes it all worth it.

• I've truly never seen anything like what happened to Carl Pettersson at the U.S. Open yesterday. At least not where sober professionals are playing.


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June 13

• My favorite part of hockey? Probably the ice girls, but then I'm kind of a pig. .

• Recently retired point guard . For what it's worth, .


, but I don't think the heavy stuff will be here for a while.

. Her desperation is starting to show.

• Football news from down SEC way: And shows that they like their cupcakes down in Mississippi. Not surprising, considering the obesity rates.

• Tis the season for a .

• Today's '90s flashback: Back in the days of flannel, the Seattle sound and Monica Lewinsky, .

. Dabo Swinney needs to find a way to pin it on Florida State.

• An exhausted Andrew Shaw apparently let an f-bomb slip on live TV in his postgame interview. After nearly 120 minutes of hockey, we'll cut him some slack.

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June 12

• Since it's Stanley Cup season, what better time to celebrate , including hockey WAG Elisha Cuthbert? . Once again, the Internet proves its worth.

He and his assistants look like they're waiting for a bus.

• A little late to this, but .

• Remember Tiger mistress Rachel Uchitel? .

• Many think that early-season SEC football is a cupcake parade, but that's not quite accurate. . There are some legit matchups in there.

This is a campaign I can get behind.

• Need a schadenfreude fix this morning? .

• Not sports-related, but I'm throwing this one in for free: Who's Mitch Hedberg, you ask? Only one of history's most underrated comedians.


• The Spurs were en fuego from downtown last night, hitting a Finals-record 16 3-pointers. Here's every single one of them.

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June 11

• Here at Athlon Sports, we're in the information business. We're educators first and foremost. With that in mind, , who turned 21 yesterday.

• It was an eventful day yesterday. By the time it was over, , and . Here are . And .

• Also yesterday: landed Chad Johnson in the pokey.

. POV porn for speed junkies.

• Father's Day is coming up. Whether or (or, more likely, both), we're here to help.

. Kobe Bryant made the list.

• So is there such a thing as a home cooking? .

• Things got heated between the Red Sox and Rays last night in what turned out to be a pretty epic tilt.

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June 10

. Hint: The girl in the photo is a Victoria's Secret model.

. Downside: It came during an off night for James and a rout for the Heat. Still, it was pretty epic. Enjoy Jim Ross' call of the play at .

. It's pretty spectacularly mesmerizing.

, including the Finals, the French Open and extra innings baseball.


Good lord, I hope not, although the article seems to think it's cool.


• They play a little offense in the SEC West, .



• There was some pretty spectacular Super Regional action in college baseball over the weekend, but this might have been the best single play.

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Post date: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 10:32
All taxonomy terms: Drivers, Golf
Path: /golf/golf-equipment-drivers

• AMP CELL Driver
Put a little pizzazz in your golf bag with this new driver by COBRA golf. The driver looks good — it comes in silver, blue, red or orange — and performs great. Golfers can set six different lofts/trajectories with its MyFly technology. Website: .




• R11S by TaylorMade Golf

The white head of the original R11 remains red-hot thanks to added adjustability that allows golfers to create 80 different launch settings. The new five-way Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) complements the Movable Weight Technology (MWT) and Flight Control Technology (FCT). TaylorMade increased the size of the clubhead to 460cc, the maximum allowed by the United States Golf Association. TaylorMade testing indicated that the white color, coupled with the black face and increased size, makes the head look even larger than it is, promoting player confidence standing over the ball. We all need a little more of that, right? Website: .

Post date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 19:52
All taxonomy terms: Hybrids, Golf
Path: /golf/golf-equipment-hybrids

• Adams Golf Idea Super S Hybrid
Bought by TaylorMade-adidas Golf last year, Adams Golf continues to churn out quality clubs for all skill levels. The newest line, called Super S, was designed to be easy to hit. The Cut-Thru sole slot on the hybrid is thinner, deeper and longer, designed to increase ball speeds for greater distance. Website: .

Post date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 17:43
All taxonomy terms: Putters, Golf
Path: /golf/golf-equipment-putters

• Bridgestone Golf
All three e-Series golf balls (e5, e6 and e7) have experienced an aerodynamic upgrade in 2013, utilizing a new 326-seamless dual dimple pattern. Dimples that are six percent larger and cover 2.5 percent more surface area on the ball reduce drag and increase lift to maximize distance. The three-piece Surlyn cover construction of the e6 — available in white, yellow and orange — reduces sidespin for more accuracy. Website: .


• Loudmouth Golf
Founded in 2000, Loudmouth has time-warped the outrageous 1970s fashions into today’s world. John Daly helped put the brand on the map, but the company offers more than just Daly’s wild colors and patterns. For the more conservative types, there are stylish Loudmouth outfits that will look great on anyone. Then again, most golfers wearing Loudmouth want to stand out from the crowd, not blend in. Website: .

• TRUE Linkswear
Ryan Moore, always the snappy dresser, wears the sensei for its mix of comfort and fashion. TRUE Linkswear, founded just two years ago, created the first golf shoe built on a barefoot platform with the thinnest sole in the game. They’re so comfortable they feel more like slippers and look more like casual tennis shoes than traditional golf shoes. Expanded offerings in 2013 ensure this upstart a place in a market dominated by Footjoy and other major manufacturers. Website: .

Acquired by Sweden-based New Wave Group AB in the summer of 2011, this versatile brand is best known for its logoed hats and visors. It is the leading supplier of headwear to the United States Golf Association and PGA of America, and has relationships with Annika Sorenstam, Luke Donald, Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk, Sean O’Hair and Brittany Lincicome. Men will enjoy the classic look of the polos and the splash of color contrast in its growing PGA Authentic line. Women can accessorize to the max with the Kate Lord Collection. The 2013 fall line adds new colors, like thistle and oasis blue, and new thermal pieces with rich hues.Website:

• Oakley RadarLock Pitch sunglasses
The RadarLock Pitch, a durable carbon-fiber sports performance frame, features two lenses. The G30 Iridium lens is called the “golf lens” for its ability to improve contrast and depth perception and reduce glare, all great for reading greens. SwitchLock technology makes changing lenses fast and hassle-free. Oakley recently signed Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson to endorsement contracts. Website: .

• Nexbelt X-Factor Golf Belt
Nexbelt designs “The Belt With No Holes” thanks to PreciseFit, an innovative ratcheting system that allows for ¼” adjustments. With no holes, Nexbelt gives off a fashionable, streamlined appearance. There’s even a hidden ball marker under the buckle just a flip away. The company has introduced three new styles in 2013 to complement their colorful existing lineup of men’s and women’s belts. Website: .



• Hello Kitty Golf
Want your daughter to get bitten by the golf bug? New pink golf gear from Hello Kitty Golf just might nudge her in the right direction. Junior sets with a golf bag come in separate sizes for ages 3-5 (three clubs), ages 6-8 (five clubs) and ages 9-12 (six clubs). A full women’s set and accessories such as golf balls, divot tools, towels and head covers are also available. Website: .

• SNAG Golf
SNAG, which stands for Starting New at Golf, uses oversized clubs and color-coded teaching aids to inspire children and beginners to take up the game without all the confusing technical talk of the golf swing. Troon Golf, which operates courses around the world, uses SNAG in a successful learning program at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. The new Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues, powered by SNAG, will be introduced at select local park and recreation facilities around the country this year for players ages 5-12. Individual kits of clubs and training tools, sold in different sizes by age, are perfect for any little player. Website: .


• The Last Bag by Club Glove
This durable road warrior, preferred by most PGA Tour players, can take clubs wherever they dare to travel, from Ireland to New Zealand and back. The water-resistant nylon cover comes in 17 different colors and with a limited lifetime warranty. There are two exterior pockets for golf shoes and durable zippers, handles and wheels. The bag can also connect to other ClubGlove luggage, making transportation to and from the airport easier. Website: .


• Stiff Arm
Even the clubs of PGA Tour players aren’t immune to the hazards of airline travel. Lee Janzen had his clubs trashed either by airline staff or the airport ground crew in 2011. Protect your clubs with the Stiff Arm by Club Glove, a fully adjustable three-piece crutch that fits in all travel bags. The nylon plastic head will take the beating while protecting even the longest club in your bag (presumably the driver). It’s a smart $30 investment. Website: .


• Sunice Albany Jacket
This versatile rain jacket comes from the Hurricane Collection of Sunice, a Canadian company known for excellent outerwear. It is 25 percent lighter with 25 percent more stretch than other jackets in its category. Gore-Tex, a high performance fabric, will keep the water out, while the warmth stays in. Lockdown waterproof zippers keep the iPod storage chest pocket dry. Website:


• Pro Gold Golf Umbrella
GustBuster calls this product the only “UN-Flippable, UN-Flappable, UN-Leakable” umbrella in the world. Wind-release vents in the nylon fabric can withstand winds of more than 55 miles-per-hour, and the frame, made of carbonized steel and aluminum, won’t collapse. The fabric is backed by a lifetime repair or replacement warranty. It will blow away in a storm before it will break. Website: .


• My Pro To Go
Need a quick swing fix on the road? This new app brings the highly trained and experienced teaching pros of GolfTEC right to your fingertips. Golfers who capture a front and side view of their swing with their smartphone can send the videos to the app or the website to receive a video swing lesson and drills from a certified GolfTEC coach. A single private lesson costs $39, with savings for a series of lessons. Colorado-based GolfTEC, founded in 1995, has grown to more than 140 improvement centers around the United States, Canada and Japan. Website: ,

• GolfLogix
GolfLogix, the first company to introduce handheld GPS to the golf industry, offers a free app that provides accurate distances on nearly 30,000 golf courses worldwide. It features yardage-book quality imagery and aerial flyovers. For $20 a year, players can track every shot to learn club distances and shot trends. Website: .

Post date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 16:42