Bunker Mentality

  • Tiger set for bumper pay day

    Torrey Pines holds a special place in Tiger Woods' heart. Not only was it the site of his historic U.S. Open victory in 2008, the course has been a staple of his schedule since 1998 -- a familiar track that became his personal playground over the years, as Woods won six times in a 13-year span, including four consecutive victories from 2005-08.

    Simply put, Torrey is Woods' second home. But despite his love for the California gem, he decided to pass on playing the event this year. What would make him pass on one of the top events on the PGA Tour? Try a nearly $3 million appearance fee he's

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  • Bubba buys Dukes of Hazzard car

    You know, there are a lot of "can you believe that?" in sport but the idea of a man named Bubba buying the iconic car from the most Southern TV series in history isn't exactly a shocker, you know?

    Presenting Bubba Watson and his new car:

    Bubba Watson (left) and General Lee. / Via @bubbawatson

    Watson was at the famed Barrett-Jackson automobile auction this weekend, and picked up that gem there, which he called his "dream car," for $110,000.

    Now, there were plenty of General Lees, but the one there was special; called "Lee 1," it's the one that jumped the police car in "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV series' opening credits.

    It was totaled in the jump,

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  • Tiger unhappy about book

    Tiger Woods and his swing coach Hank Haney

    These days, it takes a lot to ruffle Tiger Woods' feathers publicly. Steve Williams, his former caddie, turned against him and Tiger barely spoke a bad word about the looper. Anything that came out in the media during his tumultuous return to golf was always followed by virtually a "no comment" by Tiger.

    So to hear his words about the upcoming book about him written by his former coach, Hank Haney, were rather surprising. ESPN's Bob Harig talked with Tiger over the phone, and the words he expressed were that of disappointment.

    The book, titled "The Big Miss," comes out March 27 and is said to

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  • Every’s putter raises eyebrows

    Matt Every's unusual putter

    Just when you thought the putter craze on the PGA Tour couldn't get more absurd, Matt Every managed to take things to a whole new level at the Sony Open.

    After getting accustomed to watching Robert Garrigus roll with a toy-sized flat stick and a host of players go to the belly putter in the last year, Every threw the golf world a curveball when he showed up at the first full-field event of the season sporting a brick-shaped putter that looked like something out of a sci-fi movie.

    The BlackHawk putter, as Golfweek's Alex Miceli noted, is only being marketed in North and South Florida PGA

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  • Twitter helps Jason Gore get exemption


    Jason Gore isn't the biggest name on the golf planet, but he has turned into a social media sensation with the help of thousands of followers on Twitter.

    Gore, who became a fan favourite following his Cinderella run at the 2005 USOpen, was in need of some good luck after coming up one shot short of earning his card at Q-School.

    With a limited US Tour schedule, he'd have to rely on the kindness of tournament officials to get a sponsor exemption into some of the top-tier events -- like the Northern Trust Open.

    The California native apparently really wanted to play in the event at Riviera, going

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  • Donald says slow play is killing golf

    Britain's Luke Donald plays a shot from the rough during the third round of the Australian Masters

    Want to know the quickest way to get a professional golfer to go from calm to enraged? Ask him for his opinion on slow play.

    Without a doubt, slow play is the biggest hot button issue in golf at the moment. With players vying for record purses each week, it makes sense that one would take extreme care with every approach shot and putt during a round.

    A missed shot here or there could be the difference between taking home a seven-figure check and finishing in the middle of the pack. But in recent years, guys have been taking too much time over shots.

    National golf publications have released

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  • The nine best birdies of 2011

    Keegan Bradley of the US celebrates winning the US PGA Championship

    Normally lists are done in tens. The 10 best golfers of all time. The 10 best shots of the year. But in golf, 10 isn't the number we surround ourselves with. It's nine. We play 9 holes. We hope to end our round with a 9 in it (be it, 89, 79, 69, or even, gasp, 59), and so this year, we've decided to focus our end of year awards in nines. Here are the nine best birdies of 2011.

    9.) Bubba Watson's birdie on the final hole at Torrey Pines - He had another lefty, Phil Mickelson, hot on his heels, and a birdie would mean Phil would have to hole out for eagle to win, so what did Bubba do? Calmly

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  • 2012′s big questions

    Luke Donald of Britain plays a shot

    Can Luke Donald win a major?

    Ever since Tiger Woods fell from golf's good graces, we've seen a strange melange of top-ranked golfers and major winners capturing the headlines, but never at the same time. The reigning world No. 1 hasn't won a major since Woods at Torrey Pines more than three years ago.

    That's going to change in 2012. Luke Donald, without a doubt the best player in the world, is going to win his first major this year. Best guess? Either Augusta or the PGA Championship. But it will happen, and Donald will secure his place as the best golfer on the planet.

    Why? Recent history.

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  • Watson’s 58 a sign of things to come?

    Bubba Watson

    If you've ever played with a professional golfer on his home course before, you know those guys have no problem going ridiculously low on a consistent basis.

    Besides having the local knowledge and game to fire at pretty much every pin they see, the lack of pressure also makes it a heck of a lot easier to just let loose and have some fun.

    You'd have to think that was the case for Bubba Watson, who rewrote the Estancia Club, located in Scottsdale, Arizona, record books with a round from the gold tees - measuring 7,314 yards - that certainly turned some heads.

    So how low did Bubba go? Try 58. BM

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  • Donald’s success down to dirty nappies

    Luke Donald must be absolutely exhausted. He has just been crowned king of golf in both
    Europe and America
    , the first man to do so; he has just completed a season which saw him record top 10 finishes in 20 of his 25 events; he is grieving the recent loss of his father, who died just a few weeks ago; and he has two baby girls, with the youngest, Sophia, being born just a few days after his father's death while the other, Elle, has only just celebrated her first birthday.

    Yet despite all that, and with Christmas less than a fortnight away, he still finds the energy and inclination to fly to the 

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