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Nick Faldo Believes No. 15 Will Be Tiger's "Greatest Achievement"
Forget catching Jack --Tiger's greatest career achievement will be getting major championship No. 15. According to six-time major champion Nick Faldo, at least.
“One thing we forget with Tiger is that he’s been at this game for nearly 20 years now,” Faldo said in an interview with Golfmagic.com. “For any athlete, you’re eventually going to tail off at some point. For Tiger to find consistency, with the latest back injury, it’s tough for him. All these injuries he’s enudred in recent times, they all stack up.”
Faldo has a point. With so many talking about Woods catching Nicklaus, it seems they forget just how impressive a 15th major would be.
“When you look at the stats, he’s been off the course through injury 31 months in the last six years," Faldo said. "It’s got to all add up with the wear and tear on the body and the wear and tear on the mind. So who knows if Tiger will even win a 15th major when you think he’s got to beat the likes of Rory McIlroy and people like that. It will be unbelievable if he can win a 15th major, though. I personally think it will be the greatest achievement in his career if he can win a 15th major.”
Woods missed the Masters and the U.S. Open this year while recovering from his back surgery in late March. His first two performances were nothing stellar, but with an opportunity like the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational -- an event with no cut and that Woods has won eight times -- taking place this week, he has a great chance to earn a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs and carry a ton of momentum into next week's PGA Championship.
Time will tell if Tiger can catch Jack. One thing for sure, though, is he must win No. 15 before he can get there.
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Dez Bryant Hits the Range
Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant took a break from training camp to hit the range and work on his golf game. By the looks of this video he posted to Instagram -- and you're not fooling anyone with the cinematography, Dez -- he could stand to spend some time with Tony Romo working on more than just the Cowboys' playbook:
Bryant has some room for improvement on the golf course, that's for sure. But if he wants to be good, it's hard to believe he won't get there. He's young, he's a world-class athlete and he's got most of every summer to work on his game. Heck, since he plays for the Cowboys, he's usually got most of January and February too! (In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a New York Giants fan.)
Anyway, it's nice to see Bryant taking part in something productive during the offseason. With all the distractions that come with being one of the best young receivers in the NFL, I'm sure Cowboys fans are glad his pastimes are getting closer to those of his quarterback -- not Michael Irvin.
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New Era Reveals Ryder Cup Gear
With the Ryder Cup less than two months away, the gear that Team USA will be decked out in is beginning to come out. On Wednesday morning, New Era rolled out the head gear that the Americans will be wearing this September at Gleneagles:
— Ryder Cup Team USA (@RyderCupUSA) July 30, 2014
The best news from this is that these hats are available to the general public on Friday. This means you and your buddies can show your pride early and often, or pretend you're playing under Tom Watson and have the weight of an entire nation on your shoulders when you play your money match at a community course near you this weekend.
Ryder Cup week is scheduled for Sept. 23-28 in Gleneagles, Scotland.
In Case You Missed It
Forty FORE! Golfer Finds Obama's Lost Ball In Woods
You'd be hard-pressed to find a ball on a course more famous than this one. Yep, more famous than Rory McIlroy's $5,000-plus ball from the Open Championship (which you could own).
"Larrydoh" on Instagram shared a photo of a ball he found in the woods at Congressional Country Club on Sunday, and it's stamped with the most presidential mark in the world: "POTUS," which stands for President of the United States. Read More
Tiger Woods On His Son: 'He Wants to Beat Me in Everything'
Tiger Woods spent part of his Monday outside of Boston, Mass., at media day for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Among the things he discussed included the progress he's making with his game and his back, what the tournament has meant to the Tiger Woods Foundation, and one very interesting story about his competitive vacation.
"The past week I was with my kids, we were on a little vacation," Woods said during a press conference at TPC Boston. "Lindsey (Vonn) and myself and the kids, we just had a blast. And I was taking them out and we hit some balls. We had a good little time." Read More
Out Of Bounds
Have you ever wondered what it's like to get drilled in the face by a Clayton Kershaw fastball? Yeah, me neither, I guess. That probably wasn't the best introduction.
OK, how about seeing Clayton Kershaw knock an apple off a late night talk show host's head with a fastball? I'd definitely want to see that. If you do, too, you're in luck. On Monday, Jimmy Kimmel bravely allowed the Dodgers ace to attempt said feat during the show. The results are exactly what you might expect:
Sure, he wasn't throwing hard but still -- anytime you get hit in the face with a baseball, soft-strike ball or not, it's going to hurt.
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