Bunker Mentality

  • Golfer disqualified as caddie hides his club in bush

    Jose Manuel Lara, now looking for a new caddie

    Golfer Jose Manuel Lara was thrown out of the European Tour's BMW International in Cologne after his caddie tried to hide one of his clubs in a bush.

    Lara's caddie accidentally put 15 clubs in his employers' bag - one more than the permitted 14 - before he teed off in Thursday's opening round at Golf Club Gut Larchenof.

    The bag man discovered his mistake on the second hole, but rather than come clean he decided to try and hide his blunder by dumping the extra club in a bush.

    Lara's playing partners Damien McGrane and Peter Hedblom became suspicious when they noticed the caddie fighting his

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  • Belfast to paint a mural of McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy's struggling with his game at the moment, but there's still no questioning the fact that he's been one of the top golfers in the world over the last couple of years.

    Blowing away the field at the 2011 US Open and ascending to the top spot in the world rankings has also turned the 23-year-old into a hero back in Northern Ireland.

    To honour McIlroy's accomplishments, Northern Ireland's largest city, Belfast, is going to have a mural painted in McIlroy's honour. According to the BBC, the mural will be painted on a gable wall on Damascus Street in the Holyland area of Belfast.


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  • US Open winners and losers


    Webb Simpson — Simpson was clearly the biggest winner of the week, but it's worth taking a closer look at what the 26-year-old managed to do over the last 36 holes to make the win possible. A non-factor for much of the early week, he played his last two rounds in 4-under (68-68), which is an incredible feat considering how difficult Olympic Club was playing this week. Not only that, there was a point five holes into his final round where he was six shots back of Furyk. Six shots. He managed to play his last 13 holes in 4-under to post a comeback even Billy Casper would've been proud

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  • Seventeen-year-old briefly leads US Open

    Beau Hossler

    The U.S. Open is turning out to be like an R-rated movie: sure, you can sneak in if you're underage, but you're likely to see some things that'll stick with you for a long, long time.

    One day after fourteen-year-old Andy Zhang carded an eight-over in just the first five holes of The Olympic Club, seventeen-year-old Beau Hossler worked some early magic only to get a hard, ugly dose of reality.

    Hossler, a high schooler headed to the University of Texas, played his first eleven holes (in this case, holes 9-18 and 1) in an exceptional two-under par, which was good enough to get him briefly into

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  • US Open chances: Is this Mickelson’s year?

    In the run-up to the US Open, we offer up our thoughts on some of the game's best players and their chances to win at Olympic Club.

    Phil Mickelson

    Phil Mickelson

    His 2012 so far: He's got one win in the bag (the Pebble Beach Pro-Am) and two more top-three finishes. He was so close at Augusta, but one bad hole took him down. Still, he sits eighth on the money list and seventh in FedEx Cup points, so you've got to say this is a fairly decent year for Lefty.

    His record at the U.S. Open: Heartbreaking. You've got the 1999 loss to Payne Stewart, the 2006 debacle at Winged Foot, the 2008 Torrey Pines hometown

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  • 14-year-old to tee up in US Open

    Yep, this kid is in the US Open field. (IMGJuniorGolf)Before the start of this week, it seemed like there were already a hundred different US Open storylines.

    Tiger Woods' momentum coming off a win at the Memorial; Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson picking up W's just last week; Rory McIlroy crashing and burning in Memphis; Casey Martin returning to Olympic at the age of 40; journeyman Dennis Miller getting into the field.

    These were just a few of the things to keep an eye on at Olympic Club. But in typical US Open fashion we now have one more, and it's a doozy: A 14-year-old boy is now in the field at the Open.

    Yes, you read that right. Andy

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  • "I might not be playing. I might be burned out. I'm not a person who 24 hours a day can only think, live, eat and breathe golf. I'm not that kind of a person. If I did that, I might be fed up with it."

    To be one of the greatest athletes in any particular sport takes some incredible dedication and sacrifice. It doesn't happen overnight.

    Sure, there's some God-given talent that certainly plays a role, but to be the best, you have to push yourself to unimaginable levels. It's one of the reasons Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, to name a few, were so great at

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  • Five things we learned from the St. Jude Classic

    Let's be honest, we're all incredibly busy. Nobody has time to sit down and watch four rounds of golf coverage - unless, of course, you watch TV for a living, and if that's the case, please email us your number. So in an effort to condense the tournament coverage for you into a few quick hits, here are five things we learned from the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

    Rory McIlroy stumbles at the worst possible time — After missing consecutive cuts, you'd think Rory McIlroy would've been happy to play the weekend and post a top-10 finish.

    If only it was that easy. Instead of leaving Memphis with some

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  • Maybe someday, Cheyenne Woods will play a round of golf where someone won't mention her famous uncle, but that day is not today.

    What today is, however, is the day Woods turned pro, and she did so at the high-profile Wegmans LPGA Championship. She finished with a three-over 75 at Locust Hill Country Club. For comparison's sake, her uncle, fella by the name of Tiger, shot a four-under 67 at the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1996 in his pro debut.

    Cheyenne Woods knows exactly what awaits her, and tried to revel in the moment rather than the weight of it all.

    "I was really excited going into today,"

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  • Martin makes US Open, re-opens debate

    One of the best stories in years is the fact that Casey Martin has made his way back into the U.S. Open, more than a decade after he was part of one of the most contentious stories in sports. But what was the story? A whole generation of golf fans has no idea what the Martin story was all about, so here's a quick primer.

    Casey Martin drives his cart

    Martin is a victim of a circulatory disorder in his right leg which makes it painful for him to walk long distances. However, he's also an exceptional golfer ... a sport in which competitors must walk long distances. Martin fought the US PGA Tour over the right to use a cart,

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