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The one golfer that Michael Jordan would hate to play against

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Michael Jordan recently sat down with Steph Curry for an interview on Curry’s YouTube with the two basketball legends talking golf and the Ryder Cup.

During the discussion, Curry asked the 6-time NBA champion, “Who on the European Team would you be most scared to play against?” and there was only one man who came to the 52-year-old’s mind.

“I’m not scared of anyone. But Ian Poulter. I used to go and watch him all the time. If I’m in any of his matches or walking down, he finds me after he makes a good putt, and it’s like, ‘Man, I didn’t do anything. I like you. I support you.’ I stay away from him when I’m walking. I won’t go watch him.”

The two men discussed their shared passion for golf, with Jordan describing it as the hardest game in the world.

“I got into golf mainly because of a competitive standpoint it’s the hardest game to play. I can always respond to an opponent, defensive guy, offensive guy, whatever, but in golf, it’s like playing in a mirror. You’re battling yourself consistently to try and get perfection.”

Besides practice, Jordan also opened up on how fishing has correlated with more success on the course.

“Now I go fishing in between my golf because I have to show patience fishing that’s going to be relative to golf.”

Check out the full interview here.

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  1. Charles Barkley Jr Jr Jr

    Oct 11, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Jordan is 58 not 52 dip s h i t!

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Report: Tiger Woods has made ‘remarkable recovery’ since crash and has a timeframe for his return

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After being spotted on the golf course with his son Charlie over the weekend, a report from PEOPLE claims that Tiger Woods has made a “remarkable recovery” from his single-car accident earlier this year.

Per PEOPLE’s report, an insider told the publication that Woods’ recovery has progressed rapidly over the past few months especially.

“Tiger has made a remarkable recovery in the past few months, but it’s even more significant lately. It’s like every day he can do more, he can handle more, the pain is less, and he’s feeling better.”

Woods was seen with a sleeve on his right leg over the weekend as he watched his son Charlie on the course in Florida, getting many fans excited that his recovery was progressing well.

Per the source in the PEOPLE’s report, Tiger has a timeframe in mind for his competitive return and has been in “really great spirits” as he continues his rehabilitation.

“He says that the pain is very manageable now. For the first couple months, he’d just be sitting at home with his leg up, and it would be throbbing and he’d be in so much pain. Now he still has pain, but it’s nothing like what he dealt with before. He’s feeling strong and healthy and optimistic that he’ll be able to return to tour.

“He’s got a timeframe in his head, but he’s not really putting that out there; he knows when he wants to return, and he’s going to make it happen. He says even if he’s not at 100%, he knows how important it is to get back out there and compete. That’s his goal.”

The 15-time major champion has been out of action since suffering “significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity” in his single-car crash back in February.

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Bryson DeChambeau shares why dimples are the key to sinking more short putts

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Over the last three seasons, Bryson DeChambeau has turned into one of the best putters on Tour, but it hasn’t always been that way. In his first two full season on Tour, DeChambeau ranked 97th and 111th in putts made from under five feet.

Something flipped however in 2019 for the world number seven, and he finished the season ranked 24th in putts made from 5 feet and in.

DeChambeau shared the reason for this on the Full Send podcast, “So I did some study and some research on the golf ball and the geometry of those dimples. And so, and this is getting a bit technical, so the dimples, they have edges on them, right. And if you hit the dimple on the edge at the wrong angle, it can come off horizontally or vertically.”

The eight-time PGA Tour winner elaborated, “So if you hit it at this angle, it will twist and go off line. But if you’re hitting on the top or bottom of the dimple, it will only affect the vertical launch. So when I was putting, I was missing putts from super-close range because I was hitting it off the other edges of the dimples. And so a lot of guys who miss short putts, they’re like, I felt like I made a great stroke, but it comes out and lips out of the hole from a foot or two feet, it’s because they’re hitting it on an edge.”

DeChambeau explained why this is most relevant on short putts, “So the firmer you hit it, the more the golf ball compresses. So when you’re hitting something a lot harder, it’s compressing and it doesn’t come off at a weird angle. When you’re hitting it softer, like a five-footer or like a three-footer, you hit it a little bit off the edges, it can now come off line.”

It’s hard to argue with DeChambeau’s approach, as over the past three years, the recent Ryder Cup star has made over 97.25% of his putts inside 5 feet.

DeChambeau has not yet committed to any PGA Tour events on the upcoming schedule, yet he is set to battle Brooks Koepka in the fifth edition of “The Match,” which will be held at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas on November 26th.

 

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How much each player won at the 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

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Sungjae Im put on a dazzling display on Sunday to capture the Shriners Children’s Open, and with it, the winner’s check for $1.26 million. It wasn’t the result he was hoping for, but Matthew Wolff did manage to secure runner-up on his own, meaning he earned $763,000 for his week in Vegas.

With a total prize purse of $7 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

1: Sungjae Im, -24, $1,260,000

2: Matthew Wolff, -20, $763,000

T-3: Marc Leishman, 265/-19, $371,000

T-3: Rory Sabbatini, 265/-19, $371,000

T-3: Adam Schenk, 265/-19, $371,000

T-6: Lanto Griffin, 266/-18, $245,000

T-6: Adam Hadwin, 266/-18, $245,000

T-8: Hayden Buckley, 267/-17, $204,750

T-8: Harry Hall, 267/-17, $204,750

T-8: Aaron Wise, 267/-17, $204,750

T-11: Talor Gooch, 268/-16, $162,750

T-11: Martin Laird, 268/-16, $162,750

T-11: Andrew Putnam, 268/-16, $162,750

T-14: Sam Burns, 269/-15, $113,750

T-14: Tom Hoge, 269/-15, $113,750

T-14: K.H. Lee, 269/-15, $113,750

T-14: Matthew NeSmith, 269/-15, $113,750

T-14: Louis Oosthuizen, 269/-15, $113,750

T-14: Chad Ramey, 269/-15, $113,750

T-14: Matt Wallace, 269/-15, $113,750

T-21: Russell Henley, 270/-14, $79,216.67

T-21: Seamus Power, 270/-14, $79,216.67

T-21: Danny Willett, 270/-14, $79,216.66

T-24: Joel Dahmen, 271/-13, $61,950

T-24: Taylor Moore, 271/-13, $61,950

T-24: Jimmy Walker, 271/-13, $61,950

T-27: Cam Davis, 272/-12, $46,943.75

T-27: Chesson Hadley, 272/-12, $46,943.75

T-27: Harry Higgs, 272/-12, $46,943.75

T-27: Lee Hodges, 272/-12, $46,943.75

T-27: Matt Jones, 272/-12, $46,943.75

T-27: Sung Kang, 272/-12, $46,943.75

T-27: Robert Streb, 272/-12, $46,943.75

T-27: Kevin Yu, 272/-12, $46,943.75

T-35: Matt Kuchar, 273/-11, $34,860

T-35: Nate Lashley, 273/-11, $34,860

T-35: Adam Scott, 273/-11, $34,860

T-35: J.J. Spaun, 273/-11, $34,860

T-35: Camilo Villegas, 273/-11, $34,860

T-40: Corey Conners, 274/-10, $28,350

T-40: Doug Ghim, 274/-10, $28,350

T-40: Joaquin Niemann, 274/-10, $28,350

T-40: Mito Pereira, 274/-10, $28,350

T-44: Charley Hoffman, 275/-9, $23,450

T-44: Viktor Hovland, 275/-9, $23,450

T-44: Mark Hubbard, 275/-9, $23,450

T-47: Emiliano Grillo, 276/-8, $17,927.78

T-47: Carlos Ortiz, 276/-8, $17,927.78

T-47: Taylor Pendrith, 276/-8, $17,927.78

T-47: Greyson Sigg, 276/-8, $17,927.78

T-47: Alex Smalley, 276/-8, $17,927.78

T-47: Kevin Streelman, 276/-8, $17,927.78

T-47: Nick Taylor, 276/-8, $17,927.78

T-47: Charles Howell III, 276/-8, $17,927.77

T-47: Richy Werenski, 276/-8, $17,927.77

T-56: Wyndham Clark, 277/-7, $15,820

T-56: Brandon Hagy, 277/-7, $15,820

T-56: Trey Mullinax, 277/-7, $15,820

T-56: Davis Riley, 277/-7, $15,820

T-56: Hudson Swafford, 277/-7, $15,820

T-56: Michael Thompson, 277/-7, $15,820

T-56: Cameron Tringale, 277/-7, $15,820

T-56: Nick Watney, 277/-7, $15,820

64: Anirban Lahiri, 278/-6, $15,190

T-65: Jonas Blixt, 279/-5, $14,980

T-65: Henrik Norlander, 279/-5, $14,980

T-67: Lucas Glover, 280/-4, $14,560

T-67: Brooks Koepka, 280/-4, $14,560

T-67: Hideki Matsuyama, 280/-4, $14,560

T-67: Francesco Molinari, 280/-4, $14,560

71: Graeme McDowell, 285/+1, $14,210

72: Bill Haas, 286/+2, $14,070

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