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

  • The idea of "building the game of golf" has been a hot topic in 2014. Between the HackGolf idea to the 15 inch cups to Top Golf, people have been trying hard to find different ways to present the game of golf so that a new generation might find it interesting and take it up.

    Jimmy Fallon, host of the Tonight Show, took it a step further on Wednesday night, challenging Cameron Diaz (who showed off her golf skills in "Something About Mary") to a game of roller golf after her segment on his show.

    Basically the two started from the same spot, each with only one club, and the idea isn't to count strokes, but to be the first to go through the roller golf course and get their ball in the hole first.

    You see the video above, but how much fun does that look? Sure, it isn't really "golf" as much as it is hockey with golf clubs, but if the idea is to get golf clubs in the hands of kids and see if they enjoy it, this is another step in the right direction, and Fallon joins his buddy Stephen

    Read More »from Jimmy Fallon and Cameron Diaz played roller golf and now it's all we want to play
  • While the PGA Tour continues to roll on with golf tournaments and new champions, a lot of the focus still sits with a man that is recovering from a back surgery.

    Tiger Woods, the No. 1 player in the world, missed the Masters because of a surgery on a pinched nerve in his back, but his agent, Mark Steinberg, believes we could see Tiger return as early as the summer.

    Steinberg talked with ESPN's Bob Harig this week and said that Woods has already started some chipping and putting, and he expects a return to the PGA Tour by this summer.

    "He's doing a little bit more and more each day," Steinberg told ESPN.com. "He's getting to the point of light chipping and putting and the doctors and trainers seem to be pleased with where he is. He is on schedule but we don't know what that schedule means. I don't know when he intends to be playing competitively.

    "But I expect it to be this summer. I know that's a wide range, but as the weeks go by we'll be able to pinpoint an approximate time. It's

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  • If there is ever a golf tournament that professionals hope to win, it's the Masters. The problem with Augusta National, however, is it doesn't always suit the game of certain professionals.

    Lee Trevino famously had trouble with Augusta, winning each of the other three majors twice but only finishing in the top-10 at the Masters two times, and he isn't the only one that struggles when it comes to the opening major of the year.

    Enter Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, who has really had issues at Augusta National in his seven Masters starts. McDowell has missed the cut five times at the Masters, with a T-12 in 2012 being his best finish, and after missing the cut this season, decided to spend some time doing some Augusta National homework.

    According to the Associated Press' Doug Ferguson, McDowell watched the Sunday broadcast and took notes, hoping to help his chances of understanding the nuances that make Augusta National so tough.

    "I watched the coverage on Sunday

    Read More »from Graeme McDowell watched the final round of the Masters on TV and took notes
  • 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 or e-mail me at shanebaconblogs@yahoo.com and we will try to get to it in the coming weeks. Here we go ...

    Bacon: First, I'm going to assume that we're talking youth here, because the answer if we were discussing everyone would obviously be Tiger Woods and his 14 majors.

    So, I'm throwing out anyone with three or more majors or anyone that is 40 or older.

    My default answer is Rory McIlroy, just because he already has two different major wins and by a combined 16 shots. McIlroy might be in a bit of a major slump right now, but as I've said before, Rory seems like the type that will win 4-5

    Read More »from The Bacon Mailbag: Multiple majors, Phil on the Ryder Cup and the PGA Tour course you'd play
  • Golf might be the sport that brings us the closest to nature, but is it really that Eco-friendly? On Earth Day, we decided to look at some simple ways that golf courses, and you the golfer, can change the way we do things to help the environment, trying to find things that aren't overly complicated to help the game we love sustain the planet we inhabit.

    Make recycling available everywhere — When I got out of college back some years ago, I went to work at a high-end golf course that prided itself on the golfer's experience. That was all well and good, but one of the things that bugged me the most was that the course didn't recycle. Think about the trash in your golf cart anytime you finish playing 18 holes. It's beer cans, water bottles and cardboard sleeves for the golf balls you used or lost. The majority of things we golfers want to throw away after 18 holes on the golf course can be recycled, but we shouldn't just stop when people finish their rounds. Have recycle bins on the golf

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  • Matt Kuchar has had a dream April that was capped off on Sunday by a bunker shot on his final hole of the RBC Heritage that disappeared for the unexpected birdie and the seventh PGA Tour win of his career.

    But the win wasn't his only large earning over the last month. Kuchar has had an incredible last four weeks, finishing T-4 at the Valero Texas Open, losing in a playoff at the Shell Houston Open, finishing T-5 at the Masters and then the win this past weekend at Harbour Town.

    How good has it been for the fifth ranked golfer in the world? The $2.35 million he's pulled in since March 30 is more than the base salary of the following notable professional athletes (based solely on their 2014 base salaries):

    • Robert Griffin III ($2.3 million)
    • Trent Richardson ($2.25 million)
    • Bryce Harper ($2.15 million)
    • Klay Thompson ($2.31 million)
    • Rey Maualuga ($2.25 million)
    • Nate Robinson ($2.01 million)
    • Darren Collison ($1.9 million)
    • Mike Miller ($1.39 million)
    • Al Harrington ($1.39 million)
    • Shaun
    Read More »from Matt Kuchar has earned more money in the last four weeks than some notable athletes do all year
  • There are plenty of compliments one could give Lexi Thompson. At just 19, Thompson already has four LPGA wins including the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, her first major title, and she seems to be on a track for super-duper stardom.

    But, I'm not sure Thompson will go the route of Michael Jordan and give up her first love of sports for a chance at professional baseball. Lexi threw out the first pitch at the Marlins game last week, and while it was great to see a professional sports team acknowledge the talents of Thompson, it wasn't exactly a first pitch that will be making highlight reels for years to come.

    Thompson's throw barely got off the ground, causing her to have a laugh and even send out this tweet after the game.

    Read More »from Lexi Thompson threw out the first pitch at a Marlins game and it was ugly
  • Winners and losers from RBC Heritage week

    This past weekend saw a lot of great story lines and we are here to give you the good and the bad of it. Here are our winners and losers from the past week in golf.

    Winners

    Matt Kuchar — The past four weeks have been an interesting stretch for Kuchar, who continued to get in the hunt over the weekend at each event but couldn't close on Sunday and was searching for his first win in 2014. This time, on Sunday at the RBC Heritage, it was Kuchar who was forced to chase the leaders, and his Sunday 64 was highlighted by this incredible bunker shot he holed on the 18th hole for the birdie and the eventual one-shot victory. 

    Michelle Wie — It might have been a disappointing conclusion two weeks ago for Wie at the opening major of the LPGA season, but it didn't take her long to bounce back and show just how incredible she is playing this season. Wie's final round 67 was good enough for a third LPGA win over the weekend in Hawaii, showing that all the work she has put in her game is really

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  • Matt Kuchar has made a habit of falling short in PGA Tour events this season, but that all changed on Sunday at the RBC Heritage thanks to an incredible shot on his final hole of the tournament.

    Just two weeks removed from a pitch shot that won the Shell Houston Open for Matt Jones, Kuchar faced a bunker shot on the 18th hole on Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links that will be in the running for golf shot of the year.

    Kuchar, who made six birdies on his way out on Sunday for a front nine 30, made his first bogey of the day on the 17th hole, and it looked like that shot could ruin his chances of a seventh PGA Tour win. But after his second shot on the 18th hole found the greenside bunker, it was up to Kuchar to try and get it up and down for a final round 65 and an outside chance at a playoff.

    He did himself one better, knocking that bunker shot in the hole for the unexpected birdie and a 64 for Kuchar, who had to wait out the rest of the guys on the course to see if he could finally win

    Read More »from Matt Kuchar's holed bunker shot on the 72nd hole won him the RBC Heritage
  • If you have been keeping up with the LPGA this season you know that Michelle Wie has emerged as not only one of the best players on tour, but one of the most consistent.

    The 24-year-old has been on fire in 2014, finishing in the top-16 in every tournament she's played, nearly winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier this month for her first major, showing even without the win that she has become a force on the LPGA Tour.

    That elusive third LPGA title came this weekend in Hawaii thanks to a final round 67 from Wie at the LPGA Lotte Championship, and we have the final round highlights above.

    Wie was solid all week, as usual, but it was her putting that really helped her take the lead on Sunday and never look back, and if you don't think this win in her home state of Hawaii means a lot, look what Wie sent out on Twitter immediately following the victory. 

     

     

    Read More »from Watch the highlights of Michelle Wie's final round 67 at the LPGA Lotte Championship

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