The Social: A little piece of advice ...

By Jason CrookFebruary 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

Hilarious advice for Tiger Woods from another pro ends with an ironic twist, a model saves celebrity golf at Pebble Beach and Donald Trump teed it up and - shocker! - he tweeted about it. All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

Wanted or not, Tiger Woods gets a lot of advice. And after his latest back issues, the pundits all gave their opinion on the situation.

The funniest guidance though, came on Friday from fellow PGA Tour player Steve Wheatcroft, who was playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am:

Let's fast-forward a day and ...oops:

Not the best look.

But for the record, Wheatcroft was correct, his fat did not spasm. He withdrew with a sickness he caught from his son, but the irony was not lost on the two-time Web.com Tour event winner:

How do we, in the year 2017, not have cameras rolling on John Daly every second he’s on the golf course … or anywhere for that matter.

Daly withdrew from the PGA Tour Champions Allianz Championship on Sunday citing a back issue, but not before throwing his putter into a lake after back-to-back bogeys. Squares on the scorecard tend to have that effect on the back.

Luckily, one golf writer tracked down the putter and got a photo.

But for now, we'll just have to get by imagining the scene looked something like this:

Ernie Els withdrew from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last week with a neck injury, but then popped up on the golf course with President Donald Trump over the weekend. How do we know?

Well, Trump and his team tweeted about it, of course.

The four-time major champ has a relationship with Trump through his Els for Autism charity.

Hard to judge the Big Easy about the withdrawal since we don't know injury specifics, but one thing is for sure, if you do anything with Trump, be ready for it to end up on the Internet, courtesy of POTUS himself.

@currentvibes

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Ouch!

That is all.

Watching celebrities golf at last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was tough at times, especially considering it took away from the amount of golf we got to see from the guys who play the game professionally and are very good at it. But some celebs are easier to watch than others.

Justin Timberlake nearly aced the famous 7th hole while his partner, Justin Rose, took a selfie and Kelly Rohrbach, well she’s Kelly Rohrbach. What else is there to say?

They don't call it pebble beach for nothing!

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Rohrbach played golf at Georgetown University before becoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition's "Rookie of the Year" in 2015. She's starring in the movie remake of "Baywatch," slated to come out later this year.

Here's some of her work:

advanced tree climbing

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@britishgq feeling very posh! Thank you!

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Boys drool, girls rule BAES @ilfenator @alexannadaddario #BAYWATCH

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No one is as cool as Justin Timberlake, and that includes a guy who goes by the same nickname with two PGA Tour wins under his belt this year.

Timberlake stole the show on Saturday at Pebble Beach, and even the other JT acknowledged he had nothing on the 10-time Grammy Award winner.

Jim Wilson? More like Wilmer Valderrama ... am I right?

Yo Momma jokes. Still crushing it in 2017.

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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry