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  • Each Tuesday 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: I received this question before the announcement was made that Tiger Woods was withdrawing from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but now the question almost has more relevance.

    Should Tiger add one of these two tournaments in hopes of getting, as he likes to say, more reps in before the Masters? 

    I'm assuming if the back is an issue he won't be teeing it up at either the Valero or the Shell, but if he somehow can get over this injury in the next two weeks I think the Shell is more likely. The course is set up as

    Read More »from The Bacon Mailbag: Tiger's upcoming schedule, Australia versus the US, and a putt-putt no-no
  • Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Shane Bacon and national columnist Jay Busbee take a day's topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by hitting us on Twitter at @shanebacon and @jaybusbee. Today we talk about Tiger Woods and if playing this week at Bay Hill is a smart move for his immediate future. 

    Bacon: If we know anything about Tiger Woods, it's that he has a few golf courses on the PGA Tour that really fit his game. He loves Torrey Pines and Firestone and Memorial, but Bay Hill is a golf course that Woods simply dominates. Eight times we've seen Woods leave the 72nd hole a champion, but this week is a little different for the No. 1 player in the world. Tiger's been dealing with back issues for the better part of his season, and it forced him to withdraw at the Honda Classic and struggle at Doral. So, my question, is it smart for Tiger to tee it up this week at a course he's comfortable at with a chance of re-injuring his back and possibly

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  • 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

    John Senden -- His final three holes were as clutch as anything we've seen this season, and considering how long it had been since he won a PGA Tour event, the pressure was surely intense for the 42-year-old Australian. A great finish to a great week and a Masters invite on top of it will make the Valspar Championship a great memory for Senden and a finish to a tournament he won't soon forget. 

    Scott Langley -- Langley had come into this week without a single top-10 in 11 events already in this wraparound season, but he played well enough on the weekend to give himself a chance at the trophy and even without the win was able to snag a third place finish. This Sunday was absolutely about survival, and Langley was able to do that and complete a great week at the Valspar. 

    Graham DeLaet -- Red-hot earlier in the

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  • Rickie Fowler might have cut his long locks this year, but he's added a little facial hair to his game this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    Yes, Fowler sent out this tweet on Monday, showing his new Cobra Trusty Rusty wedge with one of the more advanced stamping I've ever seen on a golf club.

    Sure, we've seen funny quotes and weird messages on golf clubs, but the wedge mustache might be my favorite.

    Well played, Mr. Fowler, but this isn't the first time we've seen you rocking the mustache.  

    Read More »from Rickie Fowler's new wedge comes with a mustache
  • When you go seven years without a win on the PGA Tour, things can become bleak. Sure, you're a millionaire with a great life and the ability to play at any course in the world, but at some point the money becomes obsolete and you just want to win. 

    John Senden was dealing with those drought demons on Sunday at the Valspar Championship, and he had to do it in conditions that seemed nearly impossible if you watched any of the telecast.

    For two hours straight it seemed nobody hit a good shot, with professional golfers missing fairways by 30 and 40 yards, hitting it in the trees off the tee on par-3s and missing short putt after short putt in the windy conditions at Innsbrook. 

    But like so many times before, one man was forced to emerge, and that man was a 42-year-old Australian with a single PGA Tour win under his belt, and that came in 2006. Senden hadn't exactly been playing like Patrick Reed heading into the Valspar, missing the cut at Pebble Beach, finishing T-18 at Riviera and T-46

    Read More »from John Senden was mighty clutch on Sunday at the Valspar Championship
  • We have seen plenty of player-on-player spats over the years on the PGA Tour, but you don't hear a caddie rip another player much to the media. That happened on Saturday at the Valspar Championship after Kevin Na was once again the target of a slow play controversy. 

    Na was paired with Robert Garrigus in the final group at Innisbrook and the two were put on the clock on the 7th hole by PGA Tour officials for being out of position. It happened again on the 13th hole, when Na and Garrigus both were told they had bad times, the first time in Garrigus' career he was assessed a bad time, and it was after the round that Garrigus' caddie let Na have it. 

    Via Golfweek's Jeff Rude ...

    “It ain’t fair playing with Kevin Na,” said Garrigus’ caddie, Brent Henley. “It ain’t fair.”

    The veteran caddie would go on to say he thought Na’s slow pace got Garrigus out of his rhythm to the point “we felt like we were running.”

    Garrigus actually downplayed the pace of play distractions on his back nine 37

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  • Tom Watson is a living legend in the game of golf, a man with five Open championship wins and a golf swing that was so repetitive it would put you to sleep.

    Watson is playing this week at the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic, and he found himself in a pretty tough spot during his second round. The 64-year-old was up against a tree on the par-3 8th hole, no problem for a left-hander like Phil Mickelson, but not nearly as easy for someone that swings from the right side. 

    What did Watson do? Just turn his back to the hole, swing his club one-handed and pop the ball on the green and toward the hole. What happened next was nearly the shot of the year, with Watson's ball hitting the flag but traveling a little too hard to drop for the birdie. 

    The above video makes it tough to see the end result as a caddie gets in the way of the hole, but the ball ended up just a couple of feet away from the hole after hitting the stick and Watson rolled that in for a par. 

     

    Read More »from Tom Watson hits one of the most incredible recovery shots at the Toshiba Classic
  • Death, taxes and John Daly erupting at least once a year at a PGA Tour event. Those are the three things you can bank on and run with, and the latter happened on Friday at the Valspar Championship.

    Daly, who had made the cut in two of his four starts heading into this event, shot a second round 90 thanks to a 12 he made on the par-4 16th hole. According to the Associated Press this is the 16th time in his career that Daly made at least a 10 or higher on a golf hole, and it came thanks to three shots in the water to start his hole and ended with a one-putt for the 12. 

    The round can't really be explained, as Daly added five bogeys and three double-bogeys to that 12 he made on 16, but at least he had a little fun with it after his round.

     "It was a good 12. I got up and down for 12," Daly told reporters after his round. 

    What to make of such a high score? Nothing really. It's basically just something that happens to Daly every so often, with the two-time major winner even saying after

    Read More »from John Daly makes 12 on par-4 on his way to a second round 90 at the Valspar Championship
  • There are plenty of ways to make hole-in-ones, but not many are called shots. That happened on Thursday in Morocco when Alexander Levy politely asked his ball to go in the hole and it obliged, dropping for the rare ace at the second hole at the Golf du Palais Royal. 

    Levy's ball landed just a foot short of the hole, rolled in for the hole-in-one and a highlight for the 24-year-old Frenchman who went on to post a 2-under 70 in his opening round despite the double bogey he made on the hole immediately following his ace. 

    It was a good shot, a good call and a fun hole-in-one for the fans at this week's European Tour event. 

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  • Welcome to Devil Ball's Proving Ground, where we put the latest golf gear through its paces. Today we look at the Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt rangefinder. 

    Tester — Shane Bacon — Handicap: +1.0

    Target Golf Audience — All handicaps

    Initial Thoughts

    These days, not having some device in your golf bag to measure distance means you are immediately at a disadvantage. Unlike PGA Tour players, we don’t have a partner in crime stepping off every distance from this yardage marker or that sprinkler head, and if we really want to quicken this game recreationally we have to find faster ways to play.

    The answer, in my opinion, is rangefinders, and the Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt might be my favorite one yet.

    The first thing you’ll notice with the Tour Z6 is the compact size of this device. Some rangefinders can be bulky and force you to use both hands, but the Z6 is small enough that you can shoot a flagstick with just one hand (as long as you have a decently steady hand), which is helpful considering all the

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