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Did Dustin Johnson pull out of tourney to hang with Paulina Gretzky?

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Dustin Johnson announced earlier this week that he will not be competing in the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Johnson, who ranks No. 16 in the World Golf Rankings, cited a personal reason for withdrawing. Did hanging out with his lovely fiancee Paulina Gretzky have anything to do with it?

Shortly before Johnson pulled out of the Bridgestone, Gretzky posted the photo you see above on Instagram. She later deleted the picture, but the Huffington Post noted that it was captioned as follows.

“Best Caddy Ever. @djohnsonpga”

Maybe it was a coincidence. The photo could have been taken a long time ago, or Johnson could have been spending time with his soon-to-be-wife. Just because he withdrew from a tournament for personal reasons doesn’t mean those personal reasons prevent him from hanging out with Paulina.

If you want to know why Dustin is drinking in any waking moment he has with his woman, just see the photo gallery below.

UPDATE: Dustin Johnson has reportedly been suspended for six months for testing positive for cocaine. Full story here.

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Charles Barkley not friends with Tiger Woods anymore

Charles BarkleyOne of the odder friendships of the sporting world has ended, sadly.

Charles Barkley says he and Tiger Woods are no longer friends despite being fairly close during Woods’ run as a top golfer.

Barkley was co-hosting with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly on Friday and was asked by a caller if he’s still friends with Tiger.

“We’re not friends anymore,” Barkley answered.

Missanelli, who says he does not like Tiger, believes the golfer removes himself from society. Barkley then gave some insight about Tiger’s personality.

“Well I think that when you’re as great as he has been, and this probably is a negative at some point, like he was so consumed with being the greatest golfer ever, he wasn’t a very sociable guy. Even when was a friend of mine, he wasn’t a very sociable guy. He just had a one-track mind. He just wanted to break Jack Nicklaus’ record.”

[Previously - Charles Barkley: I wish I could put some of my blackness in Tiger Woods]

Barkley then explained what he thinks Tiger needs to consider.

“Golf is just a game. Your life don’t suck. … But I think when you put yourself in that situation where your whole life revolves around how you’re doing on a golf course, you’re gonna develop a negative attitude to a certain degree, instead of saying, ‘I’ve actually got it pretty good.’ It’s like people who say I never won a championship. I understand that. I accept that. But it ain’t like I’m sitting around saying, ‘Oh my God, my life sucks. This is so miserable.”

The friendship between Barkley and Tiger may have ended in 2009, around the time of Tiger’s sex scandal. In 2011, Chuck told Mike Lupica that he hadn’t spoken with Tiger in two years.

“You think you’re friends with a guy. You talk to him once a week for 15 years. You’re like, this dude is my friend, we do things, we have fun together,” Barkley said at the time. “I haven’t talked to him in two years and I’m wondering what the hell is going on.”

Barkley also dismissed the notion that he and Michael Jordan corrupted Tiger, saying that they had no idea Woods was cheating on his wife.

It may be old news that the two are no longer friends, but these comments sure were interesting. Now, whenever a Tiger fan laments his struggles since the sex scandal, you need to say that he’s not only missing all the women, but his good pals Chuck and MJ.

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Rory McIlroy’s friend fills Claret Jug with Jagermeister

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Rory McIlroy said after winning the 2014 Open Championship on Sunday that he was going to follow in the footsteps of Phil Mickelson by filling the Claret Jug with some nice wine. Mickelson revelaed last week that he drank a $40,000 bottle of wine out of the trophy when he won the tournament in 2013, so that kind of set the standard. Phil mentioned nothing about Jagermeister.

We’re not sure if Rory followed through with the wine promise or not, but we do know that one of his buddies poured Jagermeister into the Claret Jug at one point while McIlroy’s mom watched. That was either before or after the whole gang posed for a photo.

As Eye on Golf pointed out, McIlroy also celebrated the big victory with fellow major winner Justin Rose.

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Rory McIlroy booed for being Manchester United fan (Video)

Rory McIlroy Claret JugRory McIlroy was mostly cheered throughout his winning week at Hoylake in England, but he was booed during his Claret Jug acceptance speech. And it’s all his fault.

McIlroy reminded the fans that he is a Manchester United supporter, which didn’t go over well with the hometown Liverpool fans. They let Rory hear it with some boos.

McIlroy being a Manchester United fan? That’s like rooting for the Yankees. Maybe it’s not a surprise that Rory is also a Miami Heat fan.

H/T Eye on Golf

Rory McIlroy’s dad Gerry to cash in on old British Open bet

rory-mcilroy-fatherRory McIlroy dominated the 2014 Open Championship from start to finish to capture the first Claret Jug trophy of his career. McIlroy was under par in each of his four rounds, finishing 17-under for the tournament with a final round 71 on Sunday.

McIlroy’s dad Gerry, who placed a bet along with his buddies that Rory will the British Open, will take home $171,000 after Rory’s victory on Sunday. Betting firm Ladbrokes has confirmed that one bet — which is believed to be the one Gerry made — was a 200-pound wager placed in 2004 that Rory would win the British Open within the next 10 years. The bet will pay 500:1.

This was the final year that Rory’s dad would have been able to cash in on the bet, which makes the story even more incredible. Two other bets, which were supposedly placed by Gerry’s friends, will also pay out a hefty sum. One wager was 200 pounds at 250:1 that McIlroy would win the Open by 2015 and another at 150:1 that he would do it before age 50. Those wagers are worth a combined $136,700.

“We take the chance on bets like these,” Ladbrokes’ Rachel Bridge told ESPN. “We can make a lot money, but it’s a big risk if one comes through. Unfortunately, on this one, we have egg on our face. Rory’s father and his friends are having champagne on us tonight.”

The victory leaves McIlroy one win away from completing the career grand slam. He won the PGA Championship in 2012 and US Open in 2011. McIlroy now has three major championships under his belt before his 26th birthday.

McIlroy was only the seventh player in the 143-year history of the Open Championship to lead the tournament from the opening round through the finish. No other player even tied him at any point after the first round was in the books.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman has come out firing at a number of tournaments this year only to implode in the second round. That was not the case at Royal Liverpool as he matched his first round score with a 66 in Round 2 on Friday.

And for those of you who are interested, here is the lucky lady that might be dating Rory.

Caroline Wozniacki took Instagram shot at Rory McIlroy

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Caroline Wozniacki said she was looking for more followers on Instagram, and what better way to drive some attention to your account than by starting a mini-controversy?

Woz seemingly took a shot at ex-boyfriend Rory McIlroy with a post on Thursday that featured her wearing high heels.

“Out and about in Istanbul. It’s been 3 years since I have worn heels on a normal day out. #feelsgood #looksgood #shopping #highheels #sun,” she wrote on her account.

Here’s the picture she shared:

Wozniacki is 5-foot-10, while McIlroy is shorter at 5-foot-8. She probably did him some favors by wearing flats when they were together.

Cute jab, but definitely mild.

If this is all Woz is going to do say about McIlroy, then he got off lightly for someone who supposedly dumped her over the phone.

Rory McIlroy’s dad Gerry stands to win big money on old British Open bet

rory-mcilroy-fatherOne of the coolest aspects of Rory McIlroy potentially winning The Open Championship at Hoylake this weekend is that his father will cash in big on a 10-year-old bet.

As we wrote back in 2011, McIlroy’s father, Gerry, combined with three friends to place a £400 bet that Rory would win The Open Championship by the age of 25. Each person threw in £100 on the bet, and they received 500:1 odds. The payout is £200,000 — which should come out to £50,000 apiece.

We wrote about the story back in 2011 because that was the year Rory won his first major. He captured the US Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship in 2012, but the closest he’d come to winning The Open Championship was when he finished third in 2010.

Until now.

Rory is 25, so this is his last chance to make good on his father’s wager. He enters the final round on Sunday with a 6-shot lead. Those who saw McIlroy blow a 4-stroke lead in the final round of the 2011 Masters know you can’t give him the Claret Jug just yet, but he sure has a great chance of winning. And how awesome would it be for him to win the bet on the last year he can?