The Social: Masters of celebration

By Jason CrookApril 11, 2017, 5:30 pm

New Masters champion Sergio Garcia embarks on a whirlwind media tour after nabbing his long-awaited first major, the week-long party in Augusta, Ga., finally comes to an end and the #SB2K17 crew officially embarks on their second annual Bahamas vacation. All that and plenty more in this Masters edition of The Social.

Sergio Garcia finally got that major he's been after for almost two decades, outdueling Justin Rose in a Masters playoff and slipping on a green jacket in a magical moment on Sunday.

And then ... he immediately took off for New York City to start his tour with various media outlets that all want a piece of the Masters champion about this time every year.

He posed on top of the Empire State Building (which was later lit up green in his honor) with his fiancée, Angela Akins, walked around the city in his new duds and stopped by the New York Stock Exchange and CNBC.

So yeah, hope you're not holding your breath, Luke Donald, Sergio is taking his time on this well-earned victory lap.

Sergio Garcia got congratulatory tweets from all over the place on Sunday night, including one from the guy he beat in a playoff to earn his green jacket, Rose.

But none were better than the ones from Hall of Fame NFL running back Emmitt Smith.

Smith took to Twitter to congratulate Garcia on overcoming "a varsity" to get his first Masters title. A VARSITY. Like adversity, only not at all.

Perhaps it was just a typo, because the tweet was eventually deleted, and replaced with this.

Not much better. That tweet was also deleted and Smith got it right on his third try, but screenshots don't forget.

The golf world descended on Augusta, Ga., last week and anybody who is anybody in the sport enjoyed some time in and around the hallowed grounds of Augusta National.

That includes social media starlets like Paige Spiranac, Chelsea Pezzola and Elise Lobb, who got to experience the Masters in person while they weren't "working out" with Gary Player.

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Tough gig, if you can get it.

Oh, and Snoop Dogg was there, so I guess you can say the year's first major delivered.

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Bubba Watson had himself an interesting Masters week.

The two-time champ shot 74-78 to miss the cut, then had this to say to the press, “Golf is tough; I don’t know if you’ve ever played it. But writing articles is easy.”

Watson took to Twitter shortly afterwards to apologize and explained that his comments were a bad joke.

If you want a lesson on comedy Bubba, take one from legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins, who fired off this zinger as the Masters was wrapping up.

UPDATE: April 11, 2:15 PM

All of the he said-he said aside, #SB2K17 is officially on. The rest is just semantics.

Check out the best images from the Bahamas vacation here.


Life comes at you fast. Just ask Smylie Kaufman.

Last year, he teed off in the final group on Sunday at the Masters. But after a final-round 81, Kaufman watched this year's Masters from the "Natty Shack," a beer-sponsored event down the street from Augusta National.

So Kaufman had some time to talk during the season's first major, and Golf Digest caught up with him to ask him the important questions, like what's up with the most anticipated golf vacation of the season, #SB2K17?

"We've talked, but I doubt we can get anything on paper," Kaufman said. "Everybody's got such busy schedules."

Major buzzkill. But, was Smylie just throwing everyone off the scent? It's possible. Tim Rosaforte reported Tuesday on Morning Drive that the spring break shenanigans will go on, especially with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth possibly needing a vacation after finishing the Masters with a couple of tough rounds.

So you're telling me there's a chance. Guess all there is to do now is wait, and check Snapchat, of course.

Ah ... Twitter. The great place where fans can let professional athletes know all the ways they've let them down, from personal reasons to gambling losses. Such is the case with this fine fellow, who chirped Ryan Palmer for blowing his bet by only finishing ninth at the Masters, and now he can't afford a fence.

Only problem is, Palmer didn't finish ninth at the Masters this year, because he wasn't in the field. That would be Ryan Moore, a fact not lost on Palmer, who responded as nicely as he could.

In conclusion, Ryan Palmer and Ryan Moore are two completely different dudes. Also, don't gamble away your fence money.

Got an extra grand lying around and want to own the least satisfying piece of golf memorabilia in existence? Then head over to Ebay where you can buy a egg salad sandwich wrapper from the 1997 Masters, when Tiger Woods won his first green jacket.

Yes, you're seeing that correctly. Someone has carried around a piece of trash for 20 years and decided this week to try and sell it for $999.

Gotta respect that hustle.

Grayson Murray hasn't made very many friends on Twitter in his young PGA Tour career, but this move ought to score him some points.

Twitter user @indianagolfpro tweeted at the pro, asking him for some help buying a dependable car to get his wife to and from the hospital for medical trips after a recent brain surgery.

Murray responded and offered to pay for the whole car, provided he got 10,000 retweets. Well, it didn't take long, and now the 23-year-old says he will hold up his end of the bargain, tweeting that he "can't wait" to provide a vehicle for couple.

Perhaps this "#1 Rory McIlroy Fan" might consider updating his Twitter name.

Yeah, because the type of sandwich was the issue here.

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

“Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

“When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

“It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”