Shane Bacon

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Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet. A writer all his life, Shane has caddied at St. Andrews, played mini tour golf (to little success) and had the opportunity to write sports for both AOL and CBS. You can find Shane on a golf course or tennis court in Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Being a professional golfer has plenty of perks, but on Friday at the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open one of the players in the field ran into a situation that was anything but desirable.

    Pablo Larrazabal, a 30-year-old professional golfer from Spain, was playing his round when hornets came after him. Larrazabal tried to get the hornets off with a towel, but it wasn't enough as he was stung nearly 20 times, eventually jumping in a nearby lake to get the critters off him.

    Larrazabal eventually got out of the lake, dried off, got a new shirt and went to hit his shot on the par-5 5th hole, knocking it up there to about 15 feet and rolling in the putt for a very unexpected birdie.

    "Like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me, big time," Larrazabal said after his round. "Maybe the scariest moment of my career by far."

    The video of the attack is below, and make sure to check out his post-round interview to hear what he had to say about the crazy happenings at Kuala Lumpur Golf and

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  • In golf, unlike any sport out there, fans long to watch their veterans. Sure, baseball and football and basketball and hockey retire numbers and jerseys, but there isn't a yearning to actually see the old guys play against the young guys. At least not like there is in the game of golf.

    We love the idea of a 50-year-old winning the Masters, or a veteran coming in and making a cut on his last leg, forgetting about all the young players out there simply just asking for that one chance to prove their worth.

    This issue came up at this week's PGA Tour stop, the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head. Nick Faldo was extended an invite because he's a past winner, taking this title as his first ever win on the PGA Tour back in 1984. Faldo, fresh off his broadcasting duties at the Masters, accepted the invite and opened with a 6-over 77, currently tied for last place at the event.

    This didn't go over well with one Tour player, Josh Broadaway, who took to Twitter to show his disgust for a

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  • The Players Championship moves to a three-hole playoff

    It's been known for years as the unofficial fifth major of the year, and the Players Championship made a move on Wednesday that will make it seem even more like a major starting this season.

    PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced that the Players would move to a three-hole playoff format starting this year, meaning if the Players Championship is tied after 72 holes, it won't just be sudden death like every other non-major PGA Tour event.

    The holes will be 16-18, meaning the three most famous holes at TPC Sawgrass will be on display in a playoff if it comes down to that, and it makes a lot of sense if you think about it.

    In previous years we've seen players go directly to the par-3 17th if there was a playoff, which is obviously one of the most iconic holes in golf but not necessarily the most fair to play once with this huge title on the line. Now, with a par-5 before and a par-4 after, it will allow players a loose swing without it dooming their chances at the huge Players purse.

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  • Andreas Seppi hits one of the best tweeners you will ever see

    In every sport we have our favorite highlight maker. In basketball it's the dunk, in football it's the one-handed catch and in tennis it's the tweener.

    Nothing says professional athleticism like a guy running full speed only to hit a shot between his legs to a spot he isn't looking, and that shot is even cooler when it results in a point for the person brave enough to take on that shot.

    Andreas Seppi was playing No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters when he found himself having to run down a perfectly placed lob shot. Seppi really didn't have any other option but to go between his legs, and he did so brilliantly.

    His shot just caught the line for the outright winner, giving us one of the coolest tweeners we've ever seen. Seppi went on to win his match against Youzhny and this shot definitely helped his case.

    Watch the whole sequence here.

    h/t Beyond the Baseline

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  • John Daly hits a golf ball teed up in a woman's mouth

    John Daly might be 10 years removed from his last PGA Tour win, but that hasn't stopped him from making the headlines.

    After posting a 90 earlier this year on the PGA Tour, Daly spoke before the Masters about how he was sworn off alcohol and uses Diet Coke as a means to avoid drinking.

    And he also does stuff like this video below, where a woman (I'm assuming it's one of the two women he tagged in his tweet) allowed Daly to swing a full driver with the ball teed up in her mouth.

    The video is incredible, her reaction is exactly what it should be, and John Daly continues to be John Daly, no matter the circumstance.

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  • The 2014 U.S. Open is just two months away, but with NBC having the second major championship of the year for the last time, we are already looking ahead at what Fox is planning to do when they debut their golf coverage in 2015.

    The latest announcement is an interesting one, as sources are telling Sports Business Journal that Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be the featured broadcasting group when the network turns to golf.

    Norman, a two-time major champion, never won the U.S. Open, but competed in it 19 times, finishing second in 1984 and 1995. Buck, the man that seems to do it all for Fox, has never broadcasted golf but is apparently a scratch golfer who seems to be versatile enough to do just about anything the network asks.

    The team is definitely going to be a different feel from what we've come to expect from the NBC team. Johnny Miller, who can get under viewer's skin at times with his pointed comments and thoughts back to his own accomplishments, is one of the most knowledgeable

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  • Each week for the remainder of the golf season we will be rolling out a mailbag, with any and all questions invited from readers and fans around the world. Have a good question you want answered? Hit me up on Twitter at @shanebacon and we will try to get to it in the coming weeks. Here we go ...

    Bacon: It's quite remarkable how Augusta National plays into certain player's hands. It's a golf course that has history, sure, but it seems to also pick favorites. We've seen Jack Nicklaus dominate there, Arnold Palmer have major success at Augusta and then random names like Nick Faldo and Ben Crenshaw, who just seem to understand what it takes to play well, and play consistent, at Augusta National.

    Bubba Watson seems like the guy of this generation to "get" this golf course. He already has two green jackets in just six career starts at Augusta National, and at the age of 35, still has a full decade of

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  • If you've ever played tennis at any sort of competitive level, you've probably lost your mind at some point. Those forehands keep dipping in the net, the backhand won't stay down, and the serve is just an absolute joke.

    Andy Roddick was known to get heated on the tennis court at times. The 2003 U.S. Open champion has retired from professional tennis, but that doesn't mean he can't get out and hit it around with his wife, model Brooklyn Decker.

    Decker was on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on Monday and admitted that her temper when playing tennis with her husband might eclipse how mad he used to get when he was playing the game.

    "I am the one with the worst temper in the household. There is no sugar coating, I threw a fit ... I throw racquets when I'm getting a tennis lesson and crush them into little bits," Decker said.

    The clip is below, so check out how Decker says she handles herself when hitting the ball around with Roddick, and see the advice he first gave her when he

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  • On Sunday afternoon, on a beautiful day at Augusta National, a 20-year-old kid was trying to do something that no 20-year-old kid has ever done. Jordan Spieth, a kid ranked 810th in the world a season ago, was continuing his run on professional golf, the Masters records and basically anything that had to do with the misnomer that kids can't dominate this game.

    But there was one problem with all that. Tiger Woods wasn't at Augusta National. How do those two things have anything to do with each other? I'm not sure, but apparently they do.

    That is what seems to be the consensus this Monday about the 2014 Masters .

    "This tournament was boring!" "Where was Tiger?!" "How can anyone watch this without the two biggest names in the world in contention?"

    The thing is, if you looked past all that screaming and focused simply on the golf tournament at hand, you probably enjoyed yourself. Sure, the back nine on Sunday wasn't exactly the '86 Masters, but the front nine was full of fireworks that had

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  • For golf fans, the Masters is always one of the best sports weekends of the year, but the random fan was probably missing something over the weekend. Tiger Woods wasn't playing for the first time since 1994, missing out because of back surgery that has him sidelined indefinitely, and that hiatus could extend, according to one pal of Woods.

    Notah Begay, a four-time PGA Tour winner and Tiger's teammate at Stanford, chatted with CBS Radio on Monday and said he doesn't think Tiger will make it to Pinehurst for the U.S. Open.

    Here is what Begay, an analyst for Golf Channel, said on the radio.

    “I’ve been in contact with (Tiger) this week. He missed being at Augusta and certainly was watching the tournament, (but) I think he needs to give (his back) a minimum of 90 days to make sure that scar tissue heals up appropriately and he doesn’t run the risk of re-injuring it. So that would push him past the U.S. Open.”

    Personally, I think Tiger timed this surgery so that he would have a chance to

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