Articles By Rob Doster

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At a time when golf could use a boost, it got one from two of its marquee names: Tiger Woods announced his return to action, proving his ability to move the needle without picking up a club, and Michelle Wie finally delivered on a decade of unfulfilled promise by winning the Women's U.S. Open. The duo's timing couldn't have been better; following a boring U.S. Open blowout win by Martin Kaymer that was watched start-to-finish only by proud parents and spouses, the game needed a jolt of adrenaline. Cue the return of its transcendent superstar, coupled with a long-awaited major breakthrough by the one player who can stir interest in the women's game, and golf's back on track. Oh, and the Travelers Championship offered a little history of its own, courtesy of champion Kevin Streelman. Here are the key numbers to know from an important weekend in golf.

 

109

It's been 109 days since Tiger Woods last put club to ball on the PGA Tour. His last competitive round was a Sunday 78 at the Cadillac Championship on March 9 prior to his surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back at the end of March.

 

24

There have been 24 major championships since Woods' last major win, the 2008 U.S. Open. His return coincides with the return of the British Open to Royal Liverpool, a course that Tiger dismantled in winning the 2006 Open.

 

24 years, 8 months

Michelle Wie has finally won her first major at the age of 24 years, 8 months, after a decade in the public eye. But it's worth pointing out that Wie is slightly younger than Annika Sorenstam was when she won the first of her 10 career major titles. There's plenty of time for Wie to deliver on her youthful promise after nearly being derailed by a premature hype machine. After threatening a late collapse with a double bogey at 16, Wie collected herself with a 25-foot birdie bomb at 17, using her distinctive table-top putting stance, to clinch a two-shot win over Stacy Lewis at Pinehurst No. 2.

 

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Speaking of that unusual putting stance, it may earn some snickers, but Wie is getting results. She didn't have a single three-putt on Donald Ross' treacherous greens at Pinehurst No. 2 in shooting 68-68-72-70, and she had 25 one-putts.

 

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Almost consumed in the Woods-Wie hype, Kevin Streelman made history at the Travelers Championship with seven consecutive closing birdies, a record for a tournament winner. The birdie binge gave Streelman a one-shot win over K.J. Choi and Sergio Garcia. Making the turn, Streelman told his caddie that he would shoot a closing 29. His prediction was off by a stroke; he closed with a 28 at TPC River Highlands. "I had 10 one-putts in a row," Streelman said. "That's something I've definitely never done before."

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

Hot celebrity Instagram photos: an ever-growing genre. That's surfer Anastasia Ashley joining the fun.

Michelle Wie won the Women's U.S. Open and then had some fun with the trophy.

American soccer fans were understandably sad after yesterday's stunning draw with Portugal. Lolo Jones took to Instagram to capture the gamut of U.S. emotions.

• See what the draw means for the U.S. moving forward by clicking here.

PGA Tour golfer Hunter Mahan's mansion is for sale, and it's insane.

• More athletic opulence: The new Clemson players lounge is essentially a Dave and Buster's.

Darnell Dockett apparently doesn't blame OJ for killing his wife. He didn't weigh in about Ron Goldman.

A man was struck by lightning, then took cell phone footage of his smoking boot.

• Note to American exchange students in Germany: If someone dares you to climb into a giant marble vagina, don't do it.

Watch a College World Series fan take advantage of his moment on camera.

• Marcell Ozuna's game-ending strike from left field to home might be the highlight of the Marlins' season.

 

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

WAGs of the World Cup. And I thought American pro athletes did well in the lady department.

• Bizarre World Cup photo of the day: the Colombian swastika weed bishop. Not sure what's going on here.

• Today's dollop of schadenfreude: A gallery of sad English World Cup fans.

Watch a dude walk away from a terrifying motorcycle crash.

Pat Riley gave a refreshingly candid news conference. Money quote: telling LeBron and the other stars to stay, "if you've got the guts."

Mad Dog Russo and Olbermann engaged in an entertaining Twitter slap fight.

The NBA has moved its logo to the backs of jerseys, making room for ads on the front.

• Longform goodness: The life and death of NBA player Eddie Griffin.

• If you're a 12-year-old at heart like me, you'll enjoy this: Schwarzenegger movie scenes with fart sounds added. Presenting: Fartzenegger.

Matt Joyce hit a ball right back to the pitching machine, so the pitching machine pitched it right back to him.

Jimmy Clausen might win the job to be Jay Cutler's backup in Chicago, giving the Bears the league's most punchable QB duo.

• Billy Hamilton made a spectacular ninth-inning, wall-crashing catch.

 

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Lucy Li (pictured above) is at an age when most girls are arranging stuffed animals and gazing at One Direction posters instead of competing in elite sporting events. The 11-year-old golf prodigy is prowling the fairways at Pinehurst No. 2 at the U.S. Women's Open one week after the best male golfers in the world (sans former fellow prodigy Tiger Woods) played the very same venue.

 

"She looks so darn cute," said one-time phenom Michelle Wie, who played in her first U.S. Women's Open at 13. "I was like, 'I don't think I looked that cute when I was 11.' But she just looks so excited, so wide-eyed … And I'm just really so excited for her to be out. It's a memory that will last her a lifetime. What other 11-year-old can say that they played in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst? And she got to see the men play, too." Li, who qualified for the Open by winning her sectional qualifier by seven shots, joins a long list of athletes who've played well beyond their years in a variety of sports.

 

Here's a rundown of prodigies and phenoms by sport:

Youngest Major League Baseball Player

Joe Nuxhall, 15

Cincinnati Reds, 1944

On June 10, 1944, shortly after the D-Day invasion, Joe Nuxhall made a pitching appearance for the Cincinnati Reds at the age of 15 years, 10 months and 10 days. He faced nine hitters, retiring two, and allowing two hits, five walks and five runs. He wouldn't appear in the majors again until age 23 and went on to post a 135–117 big-league record.

 

Noteworthy: Freddie Lindstrom batted .333 in the 1924 World Series as an 18-year-old (including a four-hit game against Hall of Famer Walter Johnson), making him the youngest player in World Series history. Andruw Jones is the youngest player to hit a home run in World Series play, going yard in Game 1 vs. the Yankees in 1996 at the age of 19 years, 180 days, breaking Mickey Mantle's record.

 

Youngest to Play in the four Men's Major Golf Tournaments

 

Masters — In 2013, Guan Tianlang (pictured above) made the cut at The Masters at 14 years, 5 months, making him the youngest to make the cut at a men's major. After Guan played with Tiger Woods in a practice round, Woods said, "It's frightening to think that he was born after I won my first Masters."

 

U.S. Open — Andy Zhang played in the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club at 14 years, 6 months.

 

British Open — Young Tom Morris lived up to his name, appearing in the 1865 British Open at 14 years, 4 months.

 

PGA Championship — Japan's Ryo Ishikawa played in the 2009 PGA Championship and made the cut at age 17.

 

Youngest NFL Draft Pick

Amobi Okoye, 19

Houston Texans, 2007

The youngest NFL player of the modern era, Okoye emigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria and began playing college football for Louisville at age 16, making him the youngest college football player as well. Taken in the first round by the Texans, Okoye made his NFL debut in 2007 at the age of 20 years, 91 days.

 

Youngest NBA Player

Andrew Bynum, 18 years, 6 days

Los Angeles Lakers, 2005

The era of high school draftees yielded a number of 18-year-old NBA players, but none younger than Bynum, who made his debut for the Lakers at the age of 18 years, 6 days. Bynum narrowly beats out Jermaine O'Neal (18 years, 53 days) and Kobe Bryant (18 years, 72 days). Trailblazing prep-to-pro Kevin Garnett made his debut at 19.

 

Youngest London Olympian

 

Adzo Kpossi, 13

Swimmer, Togo

Kpossi, from the West African nation of Togo, competed in the 50m freestyle swimming event at the 2012 London Olympics, finishing 72nd out of 73 swimmers after training at the only pool in her part of Togo — a hotel pool in the city of Sarakawa.

 

Noteworthy: The youngest-ever Olympian is thought to be Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who competed in the team parallel bars event at age 10 in the 1896 Athens Games. Swimming legend Michael Phelps competed in Sydney in 2000 at age 15. American Dominique Moceanu (1996 Atlanta Games) is the last gymnast to compete at an Olympic Games legally at the age of 14.

 

Youngest NHL Hockey Player

Armand (Bep) Guidolin, 16

Boston Bruins, 1942

Guidolin made his NHL debut with the WWII-ravaged Boston Bruins on Nov. 12, 1942, at the age of 16 years 11 months, becoming the league's youngest player ever. He later went on to coach Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr.

 

Noteworthy: Defenseman Larry Hillman is the youngest player to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, winning the Cup with Detroit in 1955, at the age of 18 years, 2 months, 9 days. (This is a record that can't be broken under the current rules as a player must be eighteen years old by September 15 to be eligible to play in the NHL that season.)

 

Youngest Driver in a Sprint Cup Race

Tommie Elliott, 15

Altamont-Schenectady Fairgrounds, 1951

Elliott was a driver from Bloomfield, N.J., who competed in seven career races at the highest level of NASCAR, posting four top 10s. He made his debut at the tender age of 15 years, 7 months, 5 days, finishing 15th at Altamont-Schenectady. Next-youngest: Darryl Sage, who ran at the Nashville Speedway in 1982 at 17 years, 2 months, 2 days.

 

Youngest Grand Slam Tennis Champion

Martina Hingis, 15

Tennis bad girl Martina Hingis burst onto the scene by winning a doubles title at Wimbledon in 1996 at at age 15 years and 9 months, with partner Helena Sukova. Hingis went on to become the youngest Grand Slam singles winner in the 20th century by winning the Australian Open in 1997 at age 16 years and 3 months.

 
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 19:

Today's hot World Cup reporter: Alejandra Buitrago of Colombia.

• Longform read of the day: The growing legend of Clayton Kershaw, who tossed a no-no last night — although most people in LA couldn't watch due to a cable kerfuffle.

Cory and Topanga were at Kershaw's no-no, although they left early.

• You could make the case that Kershaw's gem was the most dominant no-hitter in history — no walks, 15 Ks.

Enjoy Kershaw's postgame PowerAde bath in extreme slo-mo.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made a wife-beating joke. It went over about as well as you'd expect.

Jayson Werth had an amazing slide yesterday, complete with a safe sign.

There's an 11-year-old playing at the U.S. Women's Open. When I was 11, I was shooting in the 60s. For nine holes. Maybe eight.

• This is fun: Baby pictures of 21 famous websites.

World Cup ref memes, courtesy of our friend Photoshop.

• Kimmel and Amare pranked Metta World Peace. Good stuff.

 

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

• Best World Cup discovery so far: Mexican reporter Vanessa Huppenkothen (pictured).

Yasiel Puig got friendly with Lord Stanley's Cup.

• This is interesting: The U.S. Patent Office cancels the Redskins' trademark registration, citing the name's disparaging nature.

• Is this real life? The Bitcoin Bowl is now a thing. As someone asked, will there be an online coin flip before the game?

The best goal of the World Cup so far. Beautiful.

Some kids worked some cool sleight of hand with a Vine.

Brady Quinn is the latest to clutch his pearls over Johnny Manziel's off-field behavior.

Stories continue to emerge about what a great guy Tony Gwynn was.

• Jimmy Graham is arguing that he's a wide receiver. His own Twitter bio says otherwise.

Watch the Royals' Mike Moustakas take a ground ball off the melon.

• Hey, United Airlines: If you're going to lose someone's baggage, make sure it's not Rory McIlroy's.

• Brock Holt saved Jonny Gomes' bacon with a spectacular catch.

 

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

• Got World Cup fever? No? This will help: An Instagram rundown of sexy Team USA fans.

Tim Duncan's kids made an appearance with Dad at the postgame press conference. Of course, the Big Fundamental's kids are fundamentally adorable.

Here are the numbers to know coming out of the Spurs' fifth NBA title. One key stat: highest average winning margin in NBA Finals history.

Michelle Beadle was particularly happy about the Spurs' win.

A dad, holding his kid, caught Troy Tulowitzki's home run ball one-handed. On Father's Day.

• Weekend's best GIF: The Orioles' Adam Jones took out the first-base umpire on his way to second.

Donald Trump trashed Pinehurst's look over the weekend. Apparently thought the "native areas" were ugly on TV. Well, I'm not a fan of that native area on top of Trump's head.

This dog enjoys watching the World Cup more than I do.

• Tragic news this morning: Tony Gwynn dead at 54.

NBA players read mean tweets about themselves on Kimmel.

• Days after Charles Barkley went after the fat women of San Antonio, there's a Barkley fat girl cutout for sale in the Alamo City.

• ESPN analyst and friend of Athlon Buster Olney made a sweet barehanded grab of a Jason Heyward foul ball.

 

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Martin Kaymer dismantled the storied Pinehurst No. 2 layout with a 65-65 start, then put it on cruise control for an eight-shot U.S. Open win that was never, ever in doubt. The weekend's utter lack of drama, despite the best efforts of the NBC crew in its U.S. Open swan song, shouldn't detract from what Kaymer accomplished in winning his second career major and adding the Open to last month's Players Championship win in what is becoming an impressive resume for the 29-year-old. Had Tiger Woods done what Kaymer did this weekend, there would have been hosannas from the rooftops. He was that dominant.

 

Kaymer had ascended to the top spot in the World Golf Ranking early in 2011, when he was the reigning PGA Championship winner. But he was ill-prepared for his stint at the top, and a round of swing changes saw Kaymer plummet in the rankings and disappear from leaderboards. Kaymer's clinching putt at the 2012 Ryder Cup — where he had been a non-factor — provided a faint echo of former greatness and seemed to spark a resurgence. Flash forward to today, and Kaymer possesses two of golf's most prestigious trophies, winning the Players and U.S. Open in back-to-back months.

 

"I think this year he had been trending in the right direction, and then broke through at the Players again, which I think was huge for him, huge for his confidence," said Rory McIlroy, who finished tied for 23rd, 15 shots back. "Because he's a hard worker and it's always great to see your work paying off. He saw that and then he sort of continued it since. ... So good to see him back where he belongs. He's a really talented guy and a really good guy and obviously a great player."

 

Here are some key numbers from Kaymer's weekend cruise.

 

8

International players have now won eight of the last 11 U.S. Opens. Kaymer joins Retief Goosen (2004), Michael Campbell (2005), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Angel Cabrera (2007), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011) and Justin Rose (2013).

 

1

Kaymer becomes the first player to win the Players Championship and the U.S. Open in the same season. Only seven others — Lee Trevino, Jerry Pate, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Tom Kite, Lee Janzen and Tiger Woods — have won both in their careers. Kaymer won the Players on Mother's Day and completed his wire-to-wire U.S. Open win on Father's Day. Wonder what he has in store for Grandparents Day.

 

4

Only four players — Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Kaymer — have won a major, a Players Championship and a World Golf Championship in their careers. Can you say Big Four?

 

3

Anyone searching for compelling storylines during a drama-free weekend didn't have to look far down the leaderboard. Erik Compton, who finished tied for second with Rickie Fowler, is perhaps the Tour's pre-eminent profile in courage. Compton is on his third heart, having survived two heart transplants, and he played spectacularly well in only his second major championship appearance. "I finally had that feeling of putting myself on the map,” Compton said. “I don't have anything to really prove to anybody anymore. If I never played golf again for the rest of my life, I think that I have made my mark in this game."

 

T29

Phil Mickelson was the story entering this tournament, as he was attempting to complete the career Grand Slam at the site of his first of a record six U.S. Open runner-up finishes. But he was never a factor, finishing tied for 29th. He leaves Pinehurst undaunted. "I believe in the next five years I'm going to have three or four really good chances, and I do believe I will get it," Mickelson said. "I'm not upset or disappointed, I will have more chances. And right now, given the way I have been playing heading into this tournament, it was really a long shot."

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

 

• We're still celebrating Kate Upton's 22nd birthday here at Essential 11 Links. Join us, won't you?

 

• Big weekend in sports: World Cup, U.S. Open, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup. To celebrate, here's a picture of a giant Mt. Rushmore replica made of beef jerky.

 

• Old and busted: the Heat's Big Three. The new hotness: the Heat's Big Four.

 

• LeBron had a lot of defenders following cramp-gate. Mr. and Mrs. Torii Hunter were not among them.

 

A Hater's Guide to the World Cup. And, for something completely different, 10 reasons you should watch the World Cup. Still more World Cup goodness here.

 

Looks like Lefty is in the clear — for now.

 

• This is cool: Rickie Fowler honored the late Payne Stewart today with some vintage plus-fours.

 

• Last night's web gem: Kevin Kiermeier's ridiculous diving catch.

 

• In case you missed it: Jim Harbaugh's wife made a funny ad mocking his dad pants.

 

• Speaking of mocking, Coco Crisp shamed the premature fireworks after robbing the Angels of a home run.

 

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

 

These English soccer WAGs, including Sam Cooke (pictured), will be rooting on their lesser halves at the World Cup.

 

This Jayson Werth bobblehead is disgustingly lifelike.

 

The Spurs' insanely brilliant first half was encapsulated in a single possession that involved all five players.

 

Last night's outcome inspired Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to unleash his inner Popovich.

 

Chris "Birdman" Andersen has an amazingly accurate mini-me.

 

• Yoenis Cespedes botched his attempt at fielding a fly ball. He didn't botch the ensuing throw, though.

 

Rick Reilly, who used to be really good, quietly filed his farewell column at ESPN yesterday.

 

Watch an adorable beagle play soccer.

 

"Dumb and Dumber To" has a trailer. I'm withholding judgment.
 

I hate the Wave as much as anyone, but does it require an injury warning?

 

Watch the Padres use a tarp as a giant slip-and-slide during a rain delay.

 

• Watch Kobe handle Kimmel's 3 Ridiculous Questions.

 

 

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

• Kate Upton turns 22 today. Celebrate with this semi-NSFW assortment of GIFs.

Watch Kings forward Jeff Carter beat the first period buzzer against the Rangers.

The Yankees drafted a Kenny Powers doppelganger.

An anti-Redskins ad will be running in a few major markets during the NBA Finals. Paid for by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (not Mike Shanahan).

A Day One recap of the Ed O'Bannon-NCAA trial.

• In honor of the Padres' drafting of Johnny Football, here's a fun rundown of the best NFL players taken in past MLB drafts.

• Going to Brazil for the World Cup? Just be aware that you apparently can't swing a dead cat without hitting a deadly snake or enormous spider.

Soccer goalposts around the world. This is better than it sounds.

Will Farrell has some thoughts about how the USGA can toughen up the U.S. Open.

John Harbaugh stumbled into a marriage proposal. Fortunately, he didn't ruin it.

Lonnie Chisenhall had a decent day: five hits, three bombs, nine RBIs.

• Watch a high school kid get his first career varsity hit: a walk-off homer in the state championship game.

 

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Equipment manufacturers have gone back to the future, dusting off some iconic brands with new versions. Adams Golf has resurrected the Tight Lies fairway wood, the club that took the small company to new heights in the 1990s. COBRA Golf has launched a new line of easy-to-hit drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons for men and women called the Baffler XL, a family of clubs that takes inspiration from the original Baffler driver built 40 years ago. PowerBilt is offering a contemporary version of the Countess, a women's set that originally debuted in 1968. Most intriguing of all, Callaway Golf revived the Big Bertha with two new drivers in 2014, the Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha. Phil Mickelson already has one in his bag.

 

The retro theme has certainly raised some eyebrows in the golf industry, but new ideas and concepts continue to dominate the marketplace. Here’s a look at a handful of hot products for Father's Day 2014:

 

Golf Clubs

 

Cleveland Golf 588 Woods – The 460cc titanium head of the 588 Custom Driver offers the greatest combination of distance, forgiveness and accuracy of any driver Cleveland Golf has ever made. An adjustable hosel creates 12 different settings to precisely tune loft, lie and face angle. The back of the sole has an adjustable weight screw to optimize swing weight. The line includes 588 Fairway woods and 588 hybrids. Variable face thickness helps both maximize distance and playability. The hybrid features a slightly offset face and Gliderail Technology. Website: www.clevelandgolf.com.

 

TaylorMade Golf SpeedBlade Irons - The ‘Speed Pocket’ of the SpeedBlade irons is wider and longer than the successful Rocketballz line. The handlebar-shaped slot in the sole of the 3-7 irons enables a large area of the face to flex and rebound at impact, resulting in faster ball speed, higher launch and better feel. This improvement allows shots hit below the center of the face, where most golfers miss, to come out higher and longer. More skilled players might gravitate toward the newer Tour Preferred MB, Tour Preferred MC and Tour Preferred CB irons released in January. Website: www.taylormadegolf.com.

 

Adams Golf New Idea Hybrid irons – High handicappers can rejoice that Adams Golf continues to look after their needs. A revolutionary wraparound slot helps these new hybrid irons generate higher ball speeds and more forgiveness, especially on mis-hits. Extensive research revealed that 15-plus handicap golfers make the majority of contact nearly a half-inch toward the toe. These irons enhance the face speed in the area. Adams recently signed Ernie Els to an endorsement contract, proving that its equipment can satisfy the game’s elite, too. Website: www.adamsgolf.com.

 

Scotty Cameron Futura X Dual Balance mallet putter – Master craftsman Scotty Cameron has created another magic wand that coaxes balls into the hole with striking consistency. The club’s advanced perimeter stability weighting in the head, a 50-gram counterweight in the butt of the shaft and the 15-inch grip that reduces hand action all work together to promote a smoother, more stable stroke. The proper length of a Dual Balance putter is 38 inches, three inches longer than a conventional putter length. Two of the hottest players in golf, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth, use Scotty Cameron putters. Website: www.scottycameron.com

 

Miura K-Grind Wedge – The distinctive fluted sole of this popular 56-degree wedge is known for producing high-spin exits from bunkers. Two new recently introduced lofts, 52 and 60 degrees, make this short-game weapon more versatile than ever. Katsuhiro Miura, a one-man wizard of craftsmanship, has built Miura Golf, Inc., based in Vancouver, Canada, into the world’s preeminent maker of quality forged golf clubs. Its wedges are second to none. Website: www.miuragolf.com.

 

Golf Balls

 

Nicklaus Golf Balls – Jack Nicklaus has thrown his hat into the competitive golf ball industry. Forget about launch monitors and ball testing. Players choose their Nicklaus ball — the Nicklaus Black, Nicklaus Blue and Nicklaus White — based on the color of the tees they tend to play from. A percentage of every golf ball sold will be donated directly back to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation to support pediatric programs and hospitals nationwide. Balls sold through the website listed below will be cheaper — the Black for $32 and Blue and White for $28 — than those sold at pro shops nationwide (costing between $46-$50) to encourage consumers to donate to the cause. Website: www.Nicklaus.com.

 

NIKE Golf RZN Golf Balls - For the second time in three years, Nike Golf has unveiled another industry first. Building on the success of the 20XI ball, Nike Golf has introduced its innovative Speedlock RZN core technology with four golf balls — the RZN Platinum, RZN Black, RZN Red and RZN White — designed to deliver more distance, better feel and a more consistent, stable ball flight. The new Speedlock RZN core technology features an interlocking core that connects with the compression layer to form a tighter bond. This ‘Speedlock’ harnesses energy for more explosive results. Website: www.nike.com.

 

Golf Shoes

adidas Golf adizero one shoes – Weighing less than 10 ounces, the second generation of the adizero line weighs 10 percent less than last year’s innovative Tour shoe, already among the lightest in golf. The seven spikes strategically located on the sole are three fewer than the Tour shoe, yet still maintain traction and stability on the ground. Seven flashy color patterns will be available by May 1. Website: www.adidasgolf.com

 

Ecco Street EVO One – Ecco dominates the casual street shoe market with a stylish look that functions at a high level. The Street EVO One comes in high-grade cow leather or genuine camel leather versions. Both combine the award-winning ECCO-Dynamic Traction System (E-DTS) with an array of stabilization and weather-resistant features. Its design cups and cushions the heel, delivering comfort and support. The Danish company owns its own factories, a key component in delivering a quality product. Website: http://us.shop.ecco.com.

 

Golf Fashions

Tommy Hilfiger Golf - Preppy, with a splash of attitude, defines Tommy’s fashions. Its spring 2014 golf collection celebrates the energy and spirit of coastal destinations like California’s trendy Monterey Peninsula all the way to the traditional country clubs of East Hampton in New York. A palette of tonal blues and turquoise accents color certain polo shirts and sweaters inspired by the California lifestyle. Other pieces toned in sophisticated greens, navy blues and whites mimic the classic look of East Coast heritage. Special fabrics and cottons combine comfort with performance. Website: www.tommy.com.

 

TravisMathew – The Spring 2014 Huntington Collection hearkens back to California of the 1960s. As children of the postwar baby boom became teenagers, the so-called “Age of Youth” became a time of freedom and exploration. The Huntington Beach-based golf outfitter wanted to capture what it calls “A Wonderful Time” with its hip patterns, styles and colors. These cool and casual golf outfits can be worn on the course and to the party afterward. Website: www.travismathew.com.

 

Sunice Pro Sport Collection – This Canadian sportswear company makes cold and wet weather tolerable with lightweight and fashion-driven layering pieces. The new Triberg, a super lightweight and four-way stretch jacket, is the category’s most breathable piece. It’s 100 percent windproof and highly water repellent. The sharp Malaga vest incorporates the same features. The Harvey, York, and Huntley all provide new design options for Sunice’s Windstopper-lined sweaters. Website: www.sunice.com.

 

Golf Accessories

 

Sun Mountain H2NO Golf Bags – This line’s popularity in Europe comes down to its walker-friendly design and waterproof characteristics. The integrated handles on top and swinging legs make it easy to pick the bag up or set it down. The E-Z Fit Dual Strap System distributes weight equally across each shoulder. The bag bottom still fits snug into a golf cart for riding. Multiple pockets organize and store items with ease. Website: www.sunmountain.com.

 

Bushnell Golf – Three new Bushnell products help golfers answer the age-old question: What club should I use? The NEO XS Golf GPS Watch is not only preloaded with over 33,000-plus courses in more than 30 countries, but it also features market-leading battery life and can be used as an odometer on the course or while exercising away from golf. The Pro X7 range finder and the more compact Tour Z6 JOLT use JOLT Technology, where vibrations alert golfers when they’ve hit the pin, and Second Generation E.S.P. (Extreme. Speed. Precision.) for faster, more accurate readings. Website: www.bushnellgolf.com.

Under Armour Fire Sunglasses – Made for the elite athlete such as spokesman Hunter Mahan, the new UA Fire offers a wide field of view through its ArmourSight Shield lenses. Adjustable nose pads create a snug fit. They’re versatile enough for baseball as well as golf. Website: www.underamour.com.

 

Oakley Belts – Oakley’s unique custom belt program launched last year, allowing customers to mix and match belt buckles with leather straps of all colors. The new aluminum Golf Pro Series Buckles ($25) are interchangeable with the Premium Belt Straps ($70) or the Reversible Leather Belt Strap ($45), which has stripes on one side and a solid color on the other. Website: www.oakley.com.

 

Practice Aid

SKLZ - Want to hone your game at home? Create your own practice range just about anywhere with the Glide Pad and Quickster Net by SKLZ, an innovative company of sports training equipment located in Carlsbad, Calif. The Glide Pad (costing $99.99) gives way when golfers strike it, allowing them to hit down and through. Its sliding mechanism simulates natural turf movement and helps reduce shock and injury during practice. The 6-foot-by-6-foot Quickster Net ($99.99) is easy to set up and take down. Website: www.sklz.com.

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

Last week was another productive week in celebrity Instagram exhibitionism from Emmy Rossum, et al.

LeBron bounced back with a 35-10 line last night, but it was his unselfishness late that helped the Heat even the Finals, much to the chagrin of Tim Duncan and the Spurs.

The Gatorade-Powerade Twitter slap fight continues.

• Nifty World Cup appetizer: A guy does trick shots wearing the jerseys of all 32 participants.

• More World Cup goodness: John Oliver goes nuclear on FIFA.

• The sports world's two most elusive prizes: a Triple Crown and a win over Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

• Unclear on the concept: A Royals ball boy tossed a fair ball into the stands and then failed to play a foul ball.

Watch a 6-2 high schooler throw down an insane dunk.

DeMarcus Cousins played Jimmy Kimmel one-on-one while wearing (and playing) a marching band bass drum.

Enjoy your breakfast while watching slo-mo footage of Novak Djokovic spewing.

James Shields' pickoff throw was just a little low.

• This phenomenal diving catch helped send Texas Tech to Omaha.

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 6.

Presenting the WAGs of the 2014 Stanley Cup final.

Game 1 winner: the air conditioning system in San Antonio, which claimed LeBron.

Noted tough guy Jonathan Martin called out LeBron on Twitter for his weakness. Pot, kettle, etc.

As usual, the Internet at large was quick to pounce with timley LeBron memes.

Even Gatorade trolled King James for his cramping.

• Imitation, flattery, etc.: Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen take a crack at each other's windups.

Philip Rivers donned an outrageous outfit for a softball game, including mullet, short shorts and tube socks.

Rashad McCants made the Dean's List at UNC without going to class.

Johnny Miller's about to do his last U.S. Open. I'll miss him.

The Bulls logo flipped upside down looks like a robot reading the Bible. Don't believe me? Click the link.

Survival guide for the 2014 World Cup.

• Norichika Aoki learned first hand about the strength of Yadier Molina's arm.

 

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

The Oregon cheerleaders are apparently enjoying their summer.

• Spurs-themed haircuts have become a thing in San Antonio. Here's the best one I've seen.

Baseball lost a legend yesterday. RIP, Zim.

• Chris Davis' teammates ignored him after his home run, so he high-fived the teammates of his imagination.

Lip-readers will enjoy A.J. Pierzynski's takedown of the home-plate umpire. Worth the ejection.

A breakdown of the mistakes that led to the Kings' Game 1-winning goal.

Colin Kaepernick's insane-sounding contract is actually more team-friendly than it appears.

The 14 smartest players in college football in 2014.

An accused carjacker gave a live TV interview and even tried to hit on the reporter. He was later arrested.

• Creative senior prank: The kids hired a mariachi band to follow the principal around.

A Ghanian witch doctor is claming credit for Cristiano Ronaldo's injury problems

• A Rays reporter got choked up sharing the news of Don Zimmer's death.

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 4.

Happy 29th birthday to swimsuit legend Bar Rafaeli.

Robocop threw out the first pitch at the Tigers game yesterday. He short-hopped it. Can't Detroit do anything right?

• This is fun: NHL logos redone, Simpsons-style.

• Vine of the day: 50 Cent vs. Bartolo Colon.

• Runner-up for Vine of the day: Jose Abreu almost kills a guy with a screaming liner. Put your head on a swivel when Abreu's batting.

• Second runner-up for Vine of the day: A video glitch gives Brett Lawrie a rather jittery batting stance.

So did Ben Tate diss Johnny Manziel or not? You be the judge.

Max Scherzer puzzled over a crossword clue about himself. The most interesting thing about the story to me: Scherzer's eyes are two different colors.

Wrestler Abdullah the Butcher gave another wrestler Hepatitis C in the ring. I'm going to go vomit now.

The Cubs are giving away a Babe Ruth "called shot" bobblehead. Three problems here: It looks nothing like him; he never actually called his shot; and the Cubs are honoring a moment that was bad for them. Other than that, great idea.

It'll be all business when tennis hotties Maria Sharapova and Genie Bouchard face off.

• Slightly terrifying moment from the Rays-Marlins game. Terrifying for Casey McGehee, anyway.

 

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

Aaron Murray's girlfriend and AJ McCarron's fiancee took a picture together. That's the photo at right.

So here's Gronk going full-on bro, dancing and making boob jokes on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

• Planning your college football attendance schedule? Here are the most expensive tickets in the college game.

A player was DQ'd from a U.S. Open qualifier for signing an incorrect scorecard. A called himself a "huge idiot." No arguments here.

When will people learn not to gather in large numbers on docks for weddings?

Will California Chrome steal Kentucky's thunder by being the first Cali-bred Triple Crown winner?

• Hakeem, Patrick and the White Bronco: An interesting look back at the Forgotten Finals, 20 years later.

Steve Ballmer has plans for his shiny new toy.

An unfortunate ump took a screaming liner to the nether regions. Fortunately, it was a wiffle ball.

John Elway's son allegedly pushed a woman from a moving car. Hey, we've all been there, right? No?

Sportsmanship can be costly, as one track coach proved.

• Sometimes you just have to stop eating your sandwich and applaud Robinson Cano.

 

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It was an eventful finish for Hideki Matsuyama at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. First, the 22-year-old Japanese phenom went double bogey-bogey at 16-17 to lose his lead to Kevin Na, who had finished off a 64 a couple hours earlier. Then he snapped the head off his driver on the 18th tee with a seemingly gentle club slam. Undaunted, he proceeded to post birdie on the toughest hole on the course for the fourth straight day to force a playoff with Na before finally finishing off his day with a driver-less, scrambling par to earn his first career PGA Tour win in his Memorial debut.
All in all, not a bad way to spend a Sunday. "I’m really, really happy,” Matsuyama said through his interpreter. “It’s a dream come true to win at Mr. Nicklaus’ course."
Matsuyama credited his experience of playing on the International Presidents Cup team last year with partner Adam Scott for his comfort level with the tricky Muirfield layout. "It had a great effect on how I played this week,” Matsuyama said. “I owe a lot to him."
The tournament host was suitably impressed. "I just think you've just seen the start of what's going to be truly one of your world's great players over the next 10 to 15 years," Nicklaus said.

Here are some key numbers from a wild weekend:

1 Matsuyama's ball-striking was beyond reproach this weekend. He ranked first in the field in proximity to the hole on his approach shots, averaging 25 feet, the fourth-best mark by a field leader in an event this season

7 Bubba Watson's double bogey 7 at 15, the easiest hole on the course, came courtesy of a drive that he launched into an adjoining subdivision. "I made one bad decision," he said. "If I hit 4-wood off the tee instead of driver on the par 5, we make 5 and we win by one. But I made double, so we lost by one."

+4 World No. 1 Adam Scott was tied for the lead before playing the final seven holes in 4-over par. "The whole thing is frustrating as I stand here right now," Scott said after a 71. "But everyone is going to feel like that. We all could have done something different. If we all did, who knows what the result would be?"

40 Kevin Na moved to 40th in the Official World Golf Ranking, qualifying him for the U.S. Open. Na had planned to play in a 36-hole qualifier Monday morning.

0 Phil Mickelson, embroiled in an insider trading investigation, finished T-49 and has yet to post a top-10 finish this season as he focuses on the tournament he wants most, the U.S. Open.

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for June 2.

May was a particularly bountiful month in sports-related pulchritude. Enjoy.

• Some photos need no commentary. Like this one: Prince at the French Open, holding a scepter.

• A little piece of history: For the first time, both managers challenged on the same play. Both lost.

Sorry, ladies: Bryce Harper's engaged.

A little wild footage of an ultra-marathon being interrupted by a careening out-of-control car.

Video of a fat guy eating pizza while he's working out. I guess he's multi-tasking.

Donald Sterling attended a black church service. Uh, Donald, it's a little late to be doing damage control.

• The dangers of auto-fill: The Blackhawks accidentally tweeted out a Spanish obscenity.

This high school kid's pose and bat-flip were positively Puig-ian. At least the situation called for it.

Serena Williams crashed a beach wedding in a leopard-print bathing suit.

• Got half a minute to kill? Watch Scott Langley's putt hang on the lip for 23 seconds. Spoiler alert: It drops.

• Florida pulled off a hidden ball trick. Didn't prevent their elimination from the NCAA Regionals.

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 30.

• Remember Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner? The one who wore her displeasure with the judges on her face? She went to the beach and dressed accordingly.

Looks like jilted Caroline Wozniacki is planning something sinister for Rory McIlroy. Seems to be working, last I checked his score today.

• So, 50 Cent's first pitch really was the worst in history (and Dubya's after 9/11 was the best).

John Harbaugh's not backing away from the Ravens' difficult offseason.

Jadeveon Clowney beclowned some TMZ reporter. Well played.

An Oklahoma State recruit was arrested for armed robbery after threatening to "bust a cap." He apparently arrived in Stillwater from the year 1996.

Bryan Cranston teases us by refusing to rule out more "Breaking Bad."

Fun with screencaps.

The week's funniest tweets. A sneak preview: My coworker used to joke "I'm allergic to most nuts, but not donuts!". Until Bill brought in peanut butter donuts. He died in the ambulance.

• Say what you will about Yasiel Puig: He never fails to entertain.

A fun gallery of Lance Stephenson memes.

• Pop's exchanges with reporters are money, every time.

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 29.

• Tom Brady's lady has still got it. Gisele did a rather naughty shoot for a French magazine. Not exactly safe for work.

King James has found a kindred spirit in Johnny Football.

• Speaking of LeBron, he didn't exactly get the star treatment from the refs last night.

Lance Stephenson's evening included blowing in Bron-Bron's ear, which yielded a delightful GIF.

• Providing the best commentary on the evening's activity: this random granny. Replace Mark Jackson with this lady.

Titans backup QB Charlie Whitehurst lost an arm-wrestling match over a jersey number to the punter. Apparently holding a clipboard doesn't do much for arm strength. I also read that this didn't actually happen, but I'm running with it. Sorry, Charlie.

What's the deal with Peyton Manning's green football?

So which sports network has the most obtrusive, annoying ticker?

• Luis Sardinas did a sweet bat flip and trot to first. Trouble was, it was ball three.

Some fan caught a home run ball in mid-cell phone conversation.

• 50 Cent isn't the only celeb to throw an abysmal first pitch. Here's a rundown of first-pitch fails.

• Enjoy this routine game-ending walk-off triple play.

 

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

• Good news, fellas: Sofia Vergara dumped her fiance and is back on the open market.

• The weekend's best sports photo (of the ones I've seen, anyway): Kent State's T.J. Sutton goes airborne to join his team's celebration.

• The weekend's best sports fan: A female White Sox fan saved a baby with a one-handed snag of a flying bat while her male companion cowered.

This Vine captures a fan sharing his pit stank with his wife. People are disgusting.

• A palate-cleanser after that last story: A homeless girl earns a free ride to Georgetown.

Novak Djokovic shared a rain delay with a ball boy.

Getting to know U.S. Soccer captain and head case Clint Dempsey.

• Cool story: Astros prospect Conrad Gregor launched a three-run dinger. The ball was caught by his dad, who had driven up to Quad Cities to see his son play.

Vince Wilfork shows off his dance moves while grilling. Light on his feet for a big fella.

An idiot reporter congratulated a tennis player on his French Open loss. The reaction is priceless.

Johnny Manziel was in Vegas over the weekend, but he did take his playbook with him, so chill out, pearl-clutching reporters.

• The pool dunk genre has been taken about as far as it can go. But here's one last link to a pool dunk video to kick off the summer. The best part is watching the brahs celebrate their achievement.

 

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

Aaron Rodgers is reportedly dating the lovely and talented Olivia Munn. He could do a lot worse.

Justin Verlander found himself distracted in the company of Kate Upton. Hard to blame him.

This fun graphic compares Johnny Manziel to the average 21-year-old. Spoiler alert: Manziel's winning.

Steve Kerr rebuffed Phil Jackson, choosing Golden State over the Knicks.

The bizarre saga of one-time NFL prospect Adam Muema.

Aaron Hernandez: indicted in drive-by double murder.

You can own Tony Montana's house from "Scarface" for the low, low price of $35 million. I hope they've cleaned it up.

• Just because: Here's a cake in the shape of John Calipari's head.

• In observance of High Blood Pressure Month, here are 10 insanely caloric burgers.

According to Jerry Jones' top talent evaluator, the Cowboys drafted players who "won't pee their pants." Hey, it's a start.

The NBA's way out of the Sterling mess.

• This amazing, game-ending diving catch happened in a high school game.

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 13.

Enjoy a lovely gallery of photos featuring SI swimsuit model Lily Aldridge.

Days after Tommy Lasorda wished V. Stiviano would crash her car, she did. Yikes. What sort of voodoo is the old man practicing? Of course, I think the real culprit is that stupid visor the lady insists on wearing.

Oklahoma's compliance office made a former player's girlfriend sign an affadavit that she was a girlfriend and not a benefit. Is this what we've come to?

• Tis the season for celebrity commencement speakers. In this video, Jay Bilas. In another, James Franklin, who advised students to stay broke as long as possible. No problem there.

A guy waited five years to finish a tweet.

• Today's public service: 30 commonly confused and misused words. You can infer from this link that I'm implying that many people are idiots.

Rutgers dismissed transfer QB Philip Nelson after he put another guy in a coma. The dumpster fire that is Scarlet Knight athletics rages on.

The long, strange trip of Adam Muema takes another detour.

An umpire gave Torii Hunter's face a strange little tap during a bench-clearing incident.

• The life of LeBron: chat with Jay Z and Beyonce, then steal and slam.

 

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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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