You Oughta Know: DP World Tour Championship

By Will GrayNovember 16, 2013, 3:39 pm

After a 5-under 67 in the third round, Henrik Stenson remains atop the leaderboard at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round in Dubai, where the Swede clings to a one-shot lead as he closes in on another season-long title:

• Two months after claiming the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour, Stenson is 18 holes away from claiming the season-long Race to Dubai championship. Should he pull off the double, it would be an unprecedented feat, though Luke Donald won the Race to Dubai title in 2011 after topping the money list on the PGA Tour for the 2011 season.

• Remarkably, a win Sunday at Jumeirah Golf Estates would be Stenson's first of the season on the European Tour. His two FedEx Cup Playoff wins were not recognized by the circuit as are majors and WGC events, but the Swede was still able to ascend the standings thanks to a flurry of top-five finishes across the second half of the season.

• One week after claiming his first career European Tour win in Turkey, Victor Dubuisson again finds himself in contention, one shot behind Stenson after a third-round 64 that included 11 birdies. Dubuisson entered the week with slim prospects of winning the season-long title, but he's using the home stretch of the European Tour season to rocket up the world rankings. His victory last week over an elite field that included world No. 1 Tiger Woods moved the Frenchman from No. 108 to 39th in the world, and he can expect another boost this week.

• Beginning the week fourth in the Race to Dubai standings, Ian Poulter is Stenson's closest pursuer in the season-long race and will begin the final round tied for third, four shots off the pace. Poulter briefly caught Stenson during the third round and will look to do so again Sunday to have any chance of ending the year atop the standings. Should Poulter win in Dubai, though, Stenson will still take home the overall title if he finishes second.

• At No. 54 among the 60-man field gathered this week, Alejandro Canizares barely snuck into the field for the season finale but has made the most of the opportunity. The Spaniard's lone European Tour win came in 2006, but Canizares is in contention for a second trophy this week, having led after an opening-round 66. The 30-year-old will begin the final round tied for third alongside Poulter, four shots off the pace set by Stenson.

• A pair of former world No. 1 players have an opportunity to end otherwise disappointing seasons on a high note with a low round Sunday in Dubai. Both Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald have yet to win in 2013, and each will begin the final round tied for eighth, seven shots behind Stenson. It's a tall task for each to try to catch the Swede, but both McIlroy and Donald have positive memories upon which to build, having left Jumeirah Golf Estates with the Race to Dubai trophy in 2012 and 2011, respectively.

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Bubba gets inked by Brooks, meets Tebow

By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 5:40 pm

Bubba Watson missed the cut at Shinnecock Hills following rounds of 77-74, but that didn't stop him from enjoying his weekend.

Watson played alongside Jason Day and eventual champion Brooks Koepka in Rounds 1 and 2, and somehow this body ink slipped by us on Thursday.

Got autographed by defending @usopengolf Champ @bkoepka!! #NeverShoweringAgain

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And while we're sure Bubba would have rather been in contention over the weekend, we're also sure that taking your son to meet the second most famous minor-league baseball player who ever lived was a lot more fun than getting your teeth kicked in by Shinnecock Hills over the weekend, as just about everyone not named Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood did.

Already in Hartford, Watson will be going for his third Travelers Championship trophy this week, following wins in 2010 and 2015.

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Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it

By Nick MentaJune 18, 2018, 3:09 pm

There is a case to be made that what Phil Mickelson did on Saturday made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

There is also a case to be made that the USGA's setup of Shinnecock Hills made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

Whatever you think about what Mickelson did on Saturday - and how he attempted to justify it after the fact without even a hint of remorse - watch this video.

The next time you hear someone say, "If anybody else had putted a moving ball on purpose and not apologized for it, it would get a different reaction," you can point to this video and say, "Yeah, here's why."

Here's what happened once a still-strident Mickelson was done rubbing Donald Duck hats on Sunday, per Ryan Lavner:

If you’re wondering whether Mickelson would be defiant or contrite on Sunday, we don’t know the answer. He declined to stop and speak with the media, deciding instead to sign autographs for more than a half hour and then offering a few short answers before ducking into player hospitality.

“The real question is, ‘What am I going to do next?’” he said. “I don’t know.”

The 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage is going to be a three-ring circus, and Mickelson, a likely choice to captain the U.S. team, will be the ringmaster.

Separately, shoutout to 2017 Latin Am champ Toto Gana, who does a terrific Donald Duck (skip to end).

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Ryder Cup race: Mickelson out, Simpson in

By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:34 pm

There's a new man at the top of the U.S. Ryder Cup race following the U.S. Open, and there's also a familiar name now on the outside looking in.

Brooks Koepka's successful title defense vaulted him to the top of the American points race, up four spots and ensuring he'll be on the team Jim Furyk takes to Paris in September. Dustin Johnson's third-place finish moved him past Patrick Reed at No. 2, while Webb Simpson entered the top eight after a a tie for 10th.

While Bryson DeChambeau remained at No. 9, Phil Mickelson dropped two spots to No. 10. Tony Finau, who finished alone in fifth, went from 16th to 13th, while Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 37.

Here's a look at the latest U.S. standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Patrick Reed

4. Justin Thomas

5. Jordan Spieth

6. Rickie Fowler

7. Bubba Watson

8. Webb Simpson

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9. Bryson DeChambeau

10. Phil Mickelson

11. Matt Kuchar

12. Brian Harman

On the European side, England's Tommy Fleetwood took a big stride toward securing his first Ryder Cup appearance with a runner-up finish that included a Sunday 63 while countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick snuck into a qualifying spot after tying for 12th.

Here's a look at the updated Euro standings, with the top four from both points lists joining four picks from captain Thomas Bjorn at Le Golf National:

European Points

1. Tyrrell Hatton

2. Justin Rose

3. Tommy Fleetwood

4. Francesco Molinari

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5. Thorbjorn Olesen

6. Ross Fisher

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Rory McIlroy

3. Alex Noren

4. Matthew Fitzpatrick

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5. Ian Poulter

6. Rafael Cabrera-Bello

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Koepka autographs local kids' 'Go Brooks' sign after win

By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 2:30 pm

Brooks Koepka is a two-time U.S. Open winner, but that doesn't mean he's now too big to go sign a couple pieces of cardboard in somebody's front yard in the middle of the night.

Koepka's girlfriend, Jena Sims, posted two pictures to her Instagram story on Sunday of "Go Brooks" signs she says were put up by some local kids in the area where Koepka was staying for the week.

The first is dated prior to Koepka's final-round tee time.



The second is from Sunday night.



And here, separately, for no reason in particular (other than the fact that she posted it) is a video of Sims running over a parking cone at last year's U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Speaking of kids, just feels those two are gonna make it.