Hoops and Golf Complete your March Madness trip by adding a tee time

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 8, 2011, 8:05 pm
The NCAA Tournament begins March 15 and ends with the National Championship game at Houston's Reliant Stadium on Monday, April 4, which also is the first week of baseball season and Masters week – what a weekend for fans of hoops, baseball and golf.

Here's a look at the golf scenes in the 14 cities that are hosting NCAA Tournament teams and their fans:
First round: March 15-16
University of Dayton (Ohio) Arena
Dayton could be a little on the cool side during these new first-round 'play-in' games, but weather permitting, check out Golf Club at Yankee Trace Golf in nearby Centerville. The city-owned 27-hole facility is well conditioned and challenging, especially the Championship Course. Another favorite, in nearby Clayton, is Moss Creek Golf Club, a Dennis Griffiths-Chi Chi Rodriguez collaboration. Or a little closer in town, check out Kittyhawk Golf Center (http://www.golfnow.com/course-directory/ohio-golf-courses/dayton-golf-courses/kittyhawk-golf-center), a 54-hole Dayton municipal and Ohio's largest public facility.
<h2>Second, third rounds: March 17-19</h2>
Pepsi Center, Denver
In March, Denver's weather could beautiful - or snowing. If any case, the area is loaded with options for all budgets. Fans of Jim Engh's unique design style will want to check out Fossil Trace (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/colorado/golden/fossil-trace-golf-club.html) in Golden. Pete and P.B. Dye have a couple courses in the area, including Colorado Open-host Green Valley Ranch (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/colorado/denver/green-valley-ranch-golf-club.html) by P.B., or play one of Pete's earliest Western courses, Riverdale Dunes (http://www.golfcolorado.com/courses/brighton/dunes-at-riverdale/). The Colorado Golf Association also recently added an affordable new golf course in 2010, CommonGround Golf Course (http://www.golfcolorado.com/courses/aurora/commonground/), designed by Tom Doak.
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.
Golf weather is usually terrific on the central Gulf Coast of Florida, so a trip to Innisbrook Resort (http://www.travelgolf.com/resorts/florida/innisbrook-golf-resort.html) in nearby Palm Harbor would make for a nice diversion. The resort's Copperhead Course (http://www.floridagolf.com/courses/palm-harbor/innisbrook-copperhead/), host of the PGA Tour's Transitions Championship, rates near the top of the list for tour pros. Other top choices n the area would include the TPC Tampa Bay (http://www.floridagolf.com/courses/lutz/tpc-of-tampa-bay/), which hosts a Champions Tour event, the Pine Barrens course at World Woods (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/florida/brooksville/pine-barrens-at-world-woods-golf-club.html) and Saddlebrook Resort (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/florida/wesleychapel/saddlebrook-at-saddlebrook-golf-tennis-resort-resort.html).
McKale Center: Tucson, Ariz.
Keep your fingers crossed that your alma mater plays here, because Tucson is probably the tournament's best golf destination. The first place to start is the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain (http://www.golfnow.com/course-directory/arizona-golf-courses/marana-golf-courses/the-ritz-carlton-golf-club-dove-mountain-), the newest course in the area designed by Jack Nicklaus (http://www.worldgolf.com/golf-architects/jack-nicklaus.html) and home to the WGC Accenture Match Play. One of the best plays in the desert since the 1980s is Ventana Canyon Golf Club (http://www.golfarizona.com/courses/tucson/loews-ventana-canyon.htm), which has two really good Tom Fazio designs. And if you spent all your dough on tickets, Tucson has a solid, four-course municipal system, anchored by former LPGA host course Randolph Golf Course (http://www.golfarizona.com/courses/tucson/randolph-north.htm).
Verizon Center: Washington D.C.
The area around our nation's capital is rich with history and there are few golf courses in northern Virginia that capitalize on that. In Stafford, the Rick Jacobson-designed Augustine Golf Club (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/virginia/stafford/augustine-golf-club-semi-private.html) is a hilly, tree-lined layout named for George Washington's father. There's Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/virginia/leesburg/raspberry-falls-golf-hunt-club-semi-private.html), a 7,200-yard upscale Gary Player design in the heart of Virginia's horse country and Bull Run Country Club (http://www.golfnow.com/course-directory/virginia-golf-courses/haymarket-golf-courses/bull-run-golf-club), another fine Jacobson design near Civil War battleground sites. And finally, about an hour south of D.C., you'll find the Pete Dye-designed Gauntlet G.C. (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/virginia/hartwood/the-gauntlet-golf-club.html) as well as Cannon Ridge Golf Club (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/virginia/fredericksburg/cannon-ridge-golf-club.html) in Fredericksburg, where relics from major Civil War battles are readily visible.
<h2> Second, third rounds: March 18-20</h2>
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
Considered one of the better cities in America to live, Charlotte is a decent golf destination as well. In town, you'll find the heralded Highland Creek Golf Club (http://www.northcarolinagolf.com/courses/charlotte/highland-creek-golf-club/), a well conditioned course with fast greens. The Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Rock Barn (http://www.northcarolinagolf.com/courses/conover/west-hills-north-ridge-at-rock-barn-club-of-golf/), located nearby Conover in the Blue Ridge foothills hosts a Champions Tour event and is open to the public. The area is also home to several good choices on the Carolina Golf Trail, including Birkdale Golf Club (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/northcarolina/huntersville/birkdale-golf-club-public.html), Highland Creek Golf Club (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/northcarolina/charlotte/highland-creek-golf-club-public.html), Tradition Golf Club (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/northcarolina/charlotte/the-tradition-golf-club.html) and Charlotte Golf Links (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/northcarolina/charlotte/charlotte-golf-links-public.html).
United Center, Chicago
While March might not be golf month in Chicago, you could catch a break. If Mother Nature does cooperate, head over to the famous Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont, starting with the Drubsdread Course (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/illinois/lemont/course-4-dubsdread-at-cog-hill-golf-and-country-club.html), host of the PGA Tour's BMW Championship. Originally designed by Joe Lee and Dick Wilson, the longtime home of the Western Open was redone in 2008 by Rees Jones. But many also report that the Ravines Course (http://www.golfillinois.com/courses/lemont/cog-hill-2/), often dubbed 'Baby Dubs,' is a better value and just as enjoyable. Other great options in the Chicago area include the Tom Fazio-designed Glen Club (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/illinois/glenview/the-glen-club.html) in Glenview, the 27-hole Cantigny Golf Club (http://www.golfnow.com/course-directory/illinois-golf-courses/wheaton-golf-courses/cantigny-golf) in Wheaton and Aldeen Golf Course (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/illinois/rockford/aldeen-golf-club-public.html), an excellent municipal value in Rockford.
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
If it's an early spring in Cleveland, check out what some of the top architects have built designs around the city. Pete Dye designed 27-hole Fowler's Mill (http://www.golfnow.com/course-directory/ohio-golf-courses/chesterland-golf-courses/fowlers-mill-golf-course) just east of the city, and is U.S. Open Qualifier caliber. One of the more scenic courses is the Michael Hurdzan-Dana Fry designed Little Mountain Country Club (http://www.golfohio.com/courses/concord/little-mountain-cc/), set in rolling, wooded hills of northeast Ohio. This heavily wooded, target-style course is on the shorter side at just 6,616 yards. But if you want tough and long, the Reserve at Thunder Mill (http://www.golfnow.com/course-directory/ohio-golf-courses/madison-golf-courses/thunder-hill-golf-club) rates one of the Cleveland area's toughest, with over 7,500 yards and a 78.5 rating.
BOK Center: Tulsa, Okla.
One of the best public plays in the Tulsa area is Forest Ridge Golf Club (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/oklahoma/brokenarrow/forest-ridge-golf-club-public.html), a Randy Heckenkemper design in Broken Arrow, just east of downtown. It opened in 1989 as the area's first upscale public facility. Another excellent option in Broken Arrow is Emerald Falls Golf Club (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/oklahoma/brokenarrow/emerald-falls-golf-club.html). Designed by Jerry Slack, the 7,200-yard Emerald Falls was named among the top 10 new public golf courses by Golf Digest in 2008. Or you could try the scenic White Hawk Golf Club (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/oklahoma/bixby/white-hawk-golf-club.html), another good Heckenkemper design located in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby.
<h2>Southeast Regional, March 24-26</h2>
Louisiana Superdome: New Orleans
Another site that usually has good golf weather this time of year, New Orleans has plenty to offer. You might want to make your first stop at the Audubon Park Golf Course (dddd), a fun and well conditioned par 62 (it has 12 par 3s) in the heart of the city's Garden District. Audubon would make a great warm-up for the Pete Dye's TPC Louisiana (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/louisiana/neworleans/audubon-park-golf-course.html), one of the more accessible courses in the TPC network and host of the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic. Or you could try the 27 holes of Stonebridge (http://www.golfnow.com/course-directory/louisiana-golf-courses/gretna-golf-courses/stonebridge-golf-course), a semi-private club located just minutes from downtown in Gretna.
<h2>West Regional, March 24-26</h2>
Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.
Congratulations on your team making it to the West Regional and sunny Anaheim, where it's bound to be prime golf weather in Orange County. High-end coastal golf is not too far away. Head south to Newport Beach about 15 miles to Pelican Hill Golf Resort (http://www.golfcalifornia.com/courses/newport-coast/pelican-hill-gc-north/), featuring 36 Tom Fazio-designed holes overlooking the Pacific Ocean. For a more affordable Fazio design, head inland to Oak Creek Golf Club (http://www.golfcalifornia.com/courses/irvine/oak-creek-gc/), which can often be booked under $100 at GolfNow.com (http://www.golfnow.com/). Or a little further down the price totem pole is Coyote Hills Golf Course (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/california/fullerton/coyote-hills-golf-course-public.html), a $50-$100 play that serves up 6,500 yards in foothills terrain.
<h2>Southwest Regional, March 25-27</h2>
Alamodome: San Antonio, Texas
Expect temperatures around 80 degrees in the Alamo City, which has become a true golf destination in recent years. You could stay and play at the new JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, home of the 36 holes of the TPC San Antonio. The AT&T Oaks course (http://www.golftexas.com/golf-courses/south/san-antonio/tpc-oaks.htm) and AT&T Canyon course (http://www.golftexas.com/golf-courses/south/san-antonio/tpc-canyons.htm) host the PGA and Champions Tour, respectively. The old site of the Texas Open, Westin La Cantera Resort (http://www.travelgolf.com/resorts/texas/the-westin-la-cantera-resort.html), also has 36 scenic holes; there's 27 beautiful holes at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort, the city's old muni, Brackenridge (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/texas/sanantonio/brackenridge-municipal-golf-course-public.html), has been restored better than ever and now hosts the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.
<h2>East Regional, March 25-27</h2>
Prudential Center: Newark, N.J.
The Jersey side of metro New York City has some great golf courses, but they're all exclusive private clubs like Baltusrol Golf Club. Unfortunately, this isn't exactly a mecca of public-access gems. On the other side of Manhattan you can head out to Long Island and Bethpage State Park, home to five municipal golf courses anchored by the Black (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/newyork/farmingdale/black-at-bethpage-state-park-golf-course.html). You can also head just north of NYC to the new Pound Ridge Golf Club (http://www.golfnewyork.com/courses/pound-ridge/pound-ridge-cc/), an upscale, daily-fee course designed by Pete and P.B. Dye that features dramatic rock walls and a wealth of water hazards and wetlands.
<h2>Final Four and Championship, April 2-4</h2>
Reliant Stadium: Houston
Another good location to play golf this time of year, there are nearly 100 public golf courses in the Houston area. One must-play to first-time visitors is Tour 18 (http://www.golftexas.com/golf-courses/north-central/flower-mound/tour-18.htm), the original replica golf course, featuring look-alikes from Augusta National and TPC Sawgrass to name a few. If you can get a tee time at Redstone's Tournament Course (http://www.golftexas.com/golf-courses/south-east/houston/redstone-tournament.htm), conditions will never be better since the Shell Houston Open concludes April 3. Other good public plays include the 36 holes of Wildcat Golf Club (http://www.golfnow.com/course-directory/texas-golf-courses/houston-golf-courses/wildcat-golf-club), just minutes from Reliant Stadium, Timber Creek (http://www.golfnow.com/course-directory/texas-golf-courses/friendswood-golf-courses/timber-creek-golf-club---pines-course) on the south side, and the 36 holes of Cypresswood Golf Club (http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/texas/spring/cypress-at-cypresswood-golf-club-public.html) on the north side in Spring.

by – Brandon Tucker and Mike Bailey
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Teenager Im wins Web.com season opener

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 10:23 pm

South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Web.com Tour.

Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Web.com Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.

Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.

Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Web.com Tour event at age 20.

Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Web.com Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.

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Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.

1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

The reward now?

''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

And not the Masters.

He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

Except for that first week in April.

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The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't

By Jason CrookJanuary 16, 2018, 7:00 pm

The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.

Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.

As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:

While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:

Yeah, you heard that right.

“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”

Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.

Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.

Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.

As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.

Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.

Former NFL and current CFL coach June Jones: A master of 5-iron putting?

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Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.

With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.

First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.

“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.

We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.

The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.

These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.

Here's two more just for good measure.

Farts ... will they ever not be funny?

Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.

Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.

Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"

Yeah Tommy, we all got that.

Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.

But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.

We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.

Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.

PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.

Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.