The Social: Players in vacation mode

By Jason CrookApril 18, 2017, 6:00 pm

The #SB2K17 boys did their thing in the Bahamas, but they weren’t the only golf crew on vacation last week. Plus we’ve got trick shots gone painfully wrong and an interesting victory dinner decision by a new PGA Tour champ in this edition of The Social.

The highly-anticipated #SB2K17 has come and gone, and in terms of sequels, it was “The Hangover Part II” of buddy trips. Sure, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman had their fun playing golf shirtless and enjoying all that Baker’s Bay has to offer, but for all of us golf vacation connoisseurs out there, we’d seen it all before and were left wanting something a little different.

Their vacation is, after all, about us, not about them.

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Luckily, they weren’t the only golf crew on vacation this week. Masters runner-up Justin Rose (who has life pretty much all figured out by living where his peers vacation) had some friends down to the Bahamas for something he called #SBJR17. It may not have been as highly-publicized as #SB2K17, but it did include swimming with sharks and some platinum-selling recording artist named Niall Horan, maybe you’ve heard of him?

Some short game work! #SBJR17

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Bahamas Squad!! #SBJR17

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The vacation caught the eye of one Justin Thomas, who took some time out of his own Bahamas vacation to have some fun with Rose and Horan in the Instagram comments.

Looks like we could be in for dueling vacations again next year.

Bahamas not your style? How about a trip to Duck Bottom Plantation in South Carolina, where several PGA Tour players, including Kevin Kisner, Boo Weekley and Scott Brown gathered for #redneckSB2K17. Seriously.

In case you couldn’t guess from that hashtag, there were horseshoes on the river bank, hunting, fishing and plenty of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Happy Monday! #redneckSB2K17

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Little horseshoe on the river bank #redneckSB2K17 @k_kisner @scottbrowngolf @hug_hay13 @the.boo.yah @jtillerygolf

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And because we don't want to leave anyone out, Jimmy Walker also took a spring break golf trip with his buddies, while new Masters champ Sergio Garcia visited the Swiss Alps with his fiancée.

#SB2K17 With my boys. Great guys trip. Enjoyed the two days.

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Poor Gary Player. Would someone please send the man an invite?

Happy Easter everybody!

So plenty of guys took last week off, but what about the ladies of the LPGA? Well, they were hard at work, or at least as hard at work as you can be when your place of business is the tropical paradise of Hawaii.

Cristie Kerr got her 19th LPGA win at the Lotte Championship, but plenty of the field found some time to enjoy the sandy beaches and beautiful scenery in their down time. And they shared the pictures because, of course they did.

Hawaii lovin

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Well, you knew it was coming. Someone went and attempted the stupidest trick shot of all time, and wouldn’t you know it, things didn’t work out so well.

The good folks from the Barstool Sports “Fore Play” podcast shared the video below, of a man volunteering his groin area as a tee for another man who is swinging for the fences. If you haven’t had a good cringe today, go ahead and hit the play button.

Vasectomy by driver

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While there’s no topping that video for a number of reasons, this next one gives it a run for its money.

Remember kids, always keep your head on a swivel.

Less studying more golf @marcusotmar @totalgolfmove_

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Wesley Bryan's meteoric rise from trick-shot artist to PGA Tour winner hit him as he stood on the 71st hole Sunday at the RBC Heritage, when he admitted, “Honestly, I just threw up a little bit in my mouth. And I was like, shoot, I guess this is what nervous feels like.”

And the best part of that quote? It may not have been the only time Bryan barfed on Sunday, after stopping for his victory dinner at Taco Bell.

Bryan’s run for the border is something of a victory tradition for the 27-year-old, but, everyone knows the consequences of fourth meal going in. It’s just the price you pay for the always delicious Taco Bell.

Hey, at least he got a response from the fast food giant for thinking outside the bun. Did someone say endorsement deal?

You tell 'em Anne. Internet message boards are no place for negativity.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.