Volume Four Hundred One

Tiger steals headlines with a break up, Hunter comes through despite hiccups, and Phil goes with the Phloppadoppalus.

Hittin' the LinksTiger made the news again this week without swinging a club. First as “caddy” for Jimmy Fallon, and most recently by ditching his swing coach of four years.

It’s playoff time and the TOUR players are chasing the big bucks. Karma paid dividends to Hunter Mahan this weekend, as he not only got the win, he jumped into the lead in the FedExCup standings and also likely made the Ryder Cup team. Not a bad weekend. That being the case, just two more open spots remain on Coach Watson’s team. There’s a lot to play for as the TOUR heads for the Deutsche Bank.

Let’s hit the links.

Hole #1: Tiger and Sean Call It Quits
This was predictable. The parting of Woods and Foley has been the subject of conjecture for the last few months, and now it’s official. So who’s next? One not so serious odds maker has Elin at 500-1, Johnny Miller at 66-1, and Butch Harmon at even money. In reality, a return to Butch is a long shot. Theirs was not such an amicable split. [Link]

Hole #2: A Couple Shots You Don’t See Everyday
From the really short grass…

From the beer garden…

Hole #3: Hunter Mahan Wins Barclays
Hunter Mahan gets back in the winner’s circle for the first time since withdrawing from the Canadian Open last July with the third round lead to race home for the birth of his first child. In attendance for the victory was his wife and one-year-old daughter. [Link]

Hole #4: Two shots Separate Two Yeons
So Yeon Ryu shot a Canadian Pacific Women’s Open record 23-under to best her friend Na Yeon Choi by two shots and claim the title.

Hole #4: Saving Yang
USGA President Tom O’Toole, Jr. was serving as rules official for the final of the U.S. Amateur when he saved Gunn Yang from a loss-of-hole penalty that could have resulted in his eventual 2-1 victory turning out differently.

Hole #6: But Shouldn’t It Really Be Rickie?
Jim Furyk will play in the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda, Oct. 14-15, a tournament for the year’s four major champions. But since Rory got greedy there was an opening. Adam Scott received the initial invite, but had a scheduling conflict. Furyk was runner-up in this year’s Major Champions Points List. Despite Rickie Fowler’s excellent year in the majors (four top fives, two of them runner-up performances), you have to be a major champion to play in the event. [Link]

Hole #7: The Woes of Pros Who Have to Go
Would you make wee on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National? Pro or hacker, we all face those moments on the course when we need to find a place with at least a bit of privacy. [Link]

Hole #8: Relaxed Rules of Golf
Think golf is too hard? This could be your solution.

Hole #9: Facebreakers
Rory McIlroy and Jimmy Fallon squared off in friendly competition last week. To try to even the odds a little, Fallon had Eldrick “Tiger” Woods as caddy/coach.

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