2015 Preview: The Rest

11.16.14 koepka trophy

Welcome to the 2015 Golf Preview, where I’ll take a look at selected golfers and examine what to expect over the next twelve months. Today, we look at some players who I didn’t have full thoughts on, but still warranted mentioning.

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2014 GIFs of the Year: The Laughs

This cameraman is MOVING.

This cameraman is MOVING.

Over the next two weeks, I’ll be posting my 2014 Golf GIF Roundups, broken down into several ‘Best Of’ categories. Today, we look back at some of the funnier moments from 2014.

Previous posts: The Shanks

With the way media is consumed in 2014, moments live forever. Things that would have been lost just a few years ago are now saved with things like Twitter, Vine and of course, GIFs. In most cases, they’re great highlights or someone doing something that gets them in trouble after the game is over, but that’s not what we’re talking about today.

These are the moments in golf that made me laugh in 2014.

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2015 Preview: Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel was one of those who had a tough day on Friday.

Charl Schwartzel was one of those who had a tough day on Friday.

Welcome to the 2015 Golf Preview, where I’ll take a look at selected golfers and examine what to expect over the next twelve months. Today, we look at Charl Schwartzel.

The History

Coming into the 2011 Masters, Charl Schwartzel was a player that was on the radar for serious golf fans, but he certainly wasn’t considered a favourite at Augusta National. The then 26-year old had won six times in his first seven years on the European Tour and that combined with a string of good finishes, mostly in his native South Africa, allowed Schwartzel to climb to 29th in the Official World Golf Rankings before the first major of 2011. Schwartzel started strong with a 3-under par 69, but was four shots back of Rory McIlroy after the opening round, and had the same deficit heading into Sunday.

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2014 GIFs of the Year: The Shanks

At least GMac can laugh about it.

At least GMac can laugh about it.

Over the next two weeks, I’ll be posting my 2014 Golf GIF Roundups, broken down into several ‘Best Of’ categories. Today, we look back at some of the worst shots and putts from 2014.

Golf is assuredly a mystifying game. It would seem that if a person has hit a golf ball correctly a thousand times, he should be able to duplicate the performance at will. But such is certainly not the case.

- Bobby Jones

 

Golf is hard.

Whether someone has played the game once or they play it once a day, they have definitely done something on the course that frustrates them and seemingly, makes no sense. In my own personal experience with sports, there’s no wider variance of emotion from the great feeling of striping one down the middle of the fairway to the embarrassment of seeing a cubic yard of Toronto go flying further than my Titleist. The fortunate thing for me and everyone else who attempts to play this sport is that the players that we watch on TV run into the same problems, and on some level, it makes me feel slightly better about my own problems on the course when I see the best players in the world having the same problems.

These GIFs aren’t being posted to poke fun at the players. In fact, I think most people could take a cue from Graeme McDowell up top and just laugh the whole thing off when it happens. These GIFs are simply a reminder that no one has truly figured this game out, and never will.

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2015 Preview: Keegan Bradley

The Keegan Bradley stare.

The Keegan Bradley stare.

Welcome to the 2015 Golf Preview, where I’ll take a look at selected golfers and examine what to expect over the next twelve months. Today, we look at Keegan Bradley.

The History

Unlike good friend Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley exploded onto the scene in his rookie year back in 2011 with a pair of early top-10’s and grabbed his first PGA Tour win in a playoff against Ryan Palmer at the Byron Nelson, which qualified him for his first WGC event at Firestone. He had a good showing there and went on to his first major, the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. Dufner collapsed down the stretch, blowing a five shot lead with four holes to play, and allowing Bradley to force a playoff with two birdies in his final three holes. Bradley went on to win the three hole playoff, becoming only the third player in golf history to win a major in his first attempt.

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2015 Preview: Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner with a tip of the hat.

Jason Dufner with a tip of the hat.

Welcome to the 2015 Golf Preview, where I’ll take a look at selected golfers and examine what to expect over the next twelve months. Today, we look at Jason Dufner.

The History

Sports is filled with “late bloomers”, players who for whatever reason just can’t seem to put it all together but then figure it out at what seems to be an arbitrary time. In golf, no player personifies that better than Jason Dufner.

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2015 Preview: Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood, everyone.

Lee Westwood, everyone.

Welcome to the 2015 Golf Preview, where I’ll take a look at selected golfers and examine what to expect over the next twelve months. Today, we look at Lee Westwood.

The History

To say Lee Westwood has had an interesting career would be a massive understatement. He’s been to the very top of the Official World Golf Rankings, sitting in the number one spot for 22 weeks in 2010 and 2011, and he’s also had terrible runs of form where he contemplated giving the game up entirely. He picked up his 41st win as a professional last week in Thailand, giving him his second win in Asia in 2014, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that he had a quality season. He needed to rely on Paul McGinley to give him a captain’s pick at the Ryder Cup, and that win in Thailand gave him just his fifth top-10 finish in 26 starts worldwide in 2014, which really isn’t the kind of quality play that we’ve come to expect from a player with eight top-3 finishes in majors since 2008.

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2015 Preview: Luke Donald

Luke "Money" Donald".

Luke “Money” Donald”.

Welcome to the 2015 Golf Preview, where I’ll take a look at selected golfers and examine what to expect over the next twelve months. Today, we look at Luke Donald.

The History

It’s hard to believe that 2015 will be the fourteenth year that Luke Donald has been a professional. Donald moved from England as a teenager to attend Northwestern University in Chicago, where he quickly became a player destined for life on the PGA Tour. He won the NCAA D1 men’s title in 1999, breaking the scoring record held by Tiger Woods and grabbed the Haskins Award that year as well, given out annually to the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the country. It was at Northwestern where he joined up with coach Pat Goss, who Donald stayed with after leaving Northwestern to turn pro in 2001.

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2015 Preview: Miguel Angel Jimenez

Wink, smile and aviator glasses: pure Jimenez.

Wink, smile and aviator glasses: pure Jimenez.

Welcome to the 2015 Golf Preview, where I’ll take a look at selected golfers and examine what to expect over the next twelve months. Today, we look at Miguel Angel Jimenez.

The History

Miguel Angel Jimenez turned pro when he was 18 years old, which really isn’t anything significant on it’s own. Most players, especially the really good ones, turn pro around the age of 18, but Jimenez of course turned 18 in January of 1982. Jimenez has had a tremendous amount of success playing mostly in Europe over his career, but there’s an argument to be made that 32 years after becoming a professional, he is actually better than ever.

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Golf GIFs of the Week: December 8th

Marcel Siem is really excited to lead off the GIFs of the Week.

Marcel Siem is really excited to lead off the GIFs of the Week.

I guess there really is no offseason anymore in golf, is there? Two star studded fields teed it up this week in limited entry events, as Tiger Woods hosted the Hero World Challenge and the European Tour went to Gary Player CC in South Africa for the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The best photos, GIFs and videos are below.

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