Picture: Rory McIlroy Pounds Jagermeister, Continues to Own Golf World

Have I mentioned that I love Rory McIlroy?  Not lately?  Alright, well here’s a refresher.  In an era where we all got to see how much of a dirtbag Tiger Woods really is, this 22-year-old Irishman has done nothing shy of tear the golf world up.  He may have had a meltdown at the Masters last month, but that will happen to a young golfer and he seemed to take it in stride.  On top of that, his girlfriend Holly Sweeney is ridiculously hot and he has even called Tiger out before.  What more could you ask for?  Check out this picture of Rory McIlroy pounding Jagermeister:

Golf people will probably be up in arms about this, but the bottom line is he’s 22 years old (old enough to drink in the U.S.) and likes to have a good time.  Last time I checked that wasn’t a crime.  I love golf, but the stuffiness kills me sometimes.  Having guys like McIlroy around — who like to party without cheating on their wife a million times while they have kids at home — makes the game more entertaining.  It’s also a bonus that he does it without being a fat obnoxious slob like a certain John Daly.  Chest bump to Sports Crackle Pop via The Big Lead for the pic.

Chico State Misses D-II Nationals Because of Wrongly Signed Scorecard

Golf can be an unforgiving sport. We saw how strict the PGA was last year when Dustin Johnson was penalized for grounding his club at the PGA Championship in August. We also saw a golfer get disqualified from a tournament because his alarm clock didn’t go off at the right time. We’ve even seen viewers on TV call into the PGA to report violations committed by players. Sadly this week we also saw the latest example of a disqualification over a scorecard.

Chico State, the third-ranked D-II golf team in the country, had a good chance at qualifying for the D-II nationals this week. The top five scoring teams at the region championship qualified for the nationals, and Chico State entered the final round five strokes away from a qualifying spot. They would have made it too if it weren’t for a wrongly signed scorecard.

Sophomore Cody Thompson (pictured) shot a 76 but signed for a 75, Golf Week reports. His penalty was a disqualification, leaving Chico State to count an 82. The six-stroke difference bumped them from fifth to seventh, taking them out of the running for the nationals.

It’s an extremely disappointing situation, and I continue to wonder if there’s a solution to this problem that seems more fair. Disqualifying an entire team over a mistake seems a bit harsh to me. There’s a big difference between lying about one’s score and making an honest mistake. This seems like the latter rather than the former, and the penalty is way too extensive. What do you think?

Club tap to David Coleman for the tip

Charles Barkley Breaks Club on First Tee

Charles Barkley is a notoriously bad golfer. He’s got one of the ugliest celebrity swings due to an inexplicable hitch in the middle of his swing.  So anytime Charles decides to pick up a club, comedy ensues. Wednesday’s Pro-Am at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek was bound to be comedy gold and it didn’t disappoint.

When Barkley swings, he typically winds up and then stalls in the middle only to raise his club again, reset his feet and then try and cruch the ball as his body spins violently on one leg. It’s not the way they teach you but it is hilarious and normally the only thing that breaks Charles’ ego. On Wednesday, things didn’t go as smoothly.

On the very first tee of the day, Charles lined up the ball, shook his legs and… destroyed his golf club. Yes, his swing was so bad that the head on his driver came flying off and went down the fairway. Check out the video:

Charles blamed the clubs, saying that he left them out of the bag and they were frozen so when he hit the ball, err, the ground, it broke the club. Good thing they were free.

Bubba Watson: Tiger Going the Wrong Way

In a relatively short period of time, Tiger Woods has gone from the most feared golfer on tour to just an ordinary player. Bubba Watson meanwhile has gone in the opposite direction. Watson won in New Orleans last week in a playoff giving him his second win of the year. He’s arguably the best American golfer at the moment, and he decided to dispense some advice for Tiger:

‘I’ll just go ahead and say it. I think Tiger’s going the wrong way,” Watson said. ”I think he’s so mental right now with his swing. Just go ahead and play golf. He used to hit shots, he used to bomb it, he used to do all that stuff. Sometimes I think a lot of the great players, they get too wrapped up in the mental part. When you start talk about other people trying to help you with your swing, look at this, look at that, I think they take a step back.”

So Watson thinks it’s all mental for Tiger and many other golfers when they get too caught up in their swing. Well of course it is. The problem is when things aren’t going well, the tendency is to analyze things to figure out what’s going wrong. The advice from Bubba may be right, but it’s so much easier said than done. As for Tiger, he isn’t as badly off as Bubba makes it out to be. Tiger was making quite a move at the Master’s before Schwartzel took over. In six events this year he’s had three Top 10s. It’s not Tiger good, but it’s not awful.

Ben Crane Dance Video Shakes it up

Golfer Ben Crane says too many people called him boring, so he decided to make a dance video to prove them wrong. It’s no Napoleon Dynamite, but it’s pretty strong. Check out Ben Crane’s dance video as seen on With Leather:

The good news for Crane is that 34,198 YouTube viewers don’t think he’s boring anymore, just a freak.

John Daly Implies Tiger Woods Cheated Because Elin Wasn’t Giving Him Any

You have never, ever fit the prototype of a clean-cut, classy PGA golfer like the rest of them, John Daly.  For that, we thank you.  The same man whose ex-wife revealed some saucy secrets about TPC Southwind just a short month ago has done it again.  This time, Daly is sticking up for a man after his own heart — Tiger Woods.

On Wednesday, Daly spoke with 790 The Zone and the topic of the Tiger Woods scandal naturally came up.  Daly said he believes Tiger would have been much better off had he just told the world the truth following the initial incident outside his home.

“I told him,” Daly explained. “I said, if you would have come out after that night of the incident and told the world what was going on, not listened to your agents, not listened to anybody else, what your heart said and thought – what you just told me – this story would have ended in one day. You’re looking at a guy all the way to his college days, all it was was golf, golf, golf, golf, golf..he never had a chance to live a life. You know, certain things people go through, certain things you like, certain things you don’t like…He found out late what he really liked…He didn’t have a chance to find out what women were like…until his late teens…almost 20.”

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Ian Poulter: My Hilton Head Rental House is Haunted

Professional golfer Ian Poulter has a reputation for goofing around on Twitter.  Like so many other athletes and celebrities, he seems to enjoy getting a rise out of his fans and followers with unusual and quirky tweets.  Lately, his tweets have taken a more serious tone.  Yours probably would too if the house you were staying in was haunted.

Yahoo! Sports’ Devil Ball called our attention to Poulter’s Twitter page on Sunday, where he was rambling about the Hilton Head home he rented being haunted by a ghost.

“Check this out, we have a ghost in our house this week & I’m not joking we have had some very strange goings on every night,” Poulter initially tweeted.

“We have a dead bolted door in the house & every morning that door is unlocked & slightly open,” he continued. “It’s happened 7 times already. No joke for real, very bizarre the door is pretty solid with a dead & number of times it’s been unlocked & open. Calling home owner now.”

He then went on to tweet at a few fellow golfers asking for their help. We get it — you either aren’t joking or are very determined to convince people you aren’t.  We would be lying if we said this wasn’t one of the most entertaining narratives we have heard from a pro golfer.  The question is do you believe him? This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of haunted house stories from sports people. Is Casper really haunting this Hilton Head home and torturing its residents one slightly cracked door at a time?  For the love of God, I hope not.