Henrik Stenson’s caddie Gareth Lord bought a Ferrari with his bonus money

Gareth-Lord-Henrik-StensonHenrik Stenson capped off an incredible golf season last week when he completed what is known as the “double double,” winning both the Race to Dubai and the DP World Tour Championship. The victories pushed 37-year-old Swede to right around the $20 million mark in on-course winnings, which is an incredible number. When you factor in endorsements, Stenson made much more than $20 million in 2013.

When golfers clean house, their caddies typically do as well. Most professional golfers pay their caddies somewhere between 5% and 10% of their on-course earnings. If Stenson held to that rule, his caddie Gareth Lord may have made up to $2 million in 2013.

According to the Daily Mail, Lord went out and bought himself a Ferrari after Stenson won the Race to Dubai and wrapped up the “double double.” The proud owner of one of the most prestigious sports cars in the world did, however, give Stenson all of the credit.

“He’s hardly missed a shot for six months,” Lord said.

We’re in the wrong profession. You wouldn’t be surprised to hear that any golfer on the PGA tour was rolling around in a luxury sports car, but the fact that Lord was able to afford one gives us some serious prospective. Stenson was nothing shy of dominant in 2013.

H/T Eye on Golf

Rory McIlroy hints that legal trouble with sponsors led to poor play in 2013

rory-mcilroyEveryone wants to assume that Caroline Wozniacki is the reason Rory McIlroy tumbled from the top of the World Golf Rankings in 2013, but there has been no real indication that his girlfriend is the problem. On Tuesday, McIlroy admitted to reporters that his switch from Oakley to Nike has been an issue. No, he’s not talking about his golf clubs.

According to The Daily Mirror, Oakley took legal action against McIlroy in January when he signed a massive endorsement deal with Nike. McIlroy also terminated his contract with Ireland-based Horizon Sports Management and started his own management company, which led to more legal trouble.

“It’s something that I don’t really think any athlete or anyone should ever go through,” McIlroy told reporters in Dubai in advance of the World Tour Championship, a tournament he won last year. “I’ve seen more lawyers’ offices and more lawyers this year than I care to see in my entire life. It’s not something I ever want to go through again and I’m making sure that I won’t ever go through it again.”

While he stopped short of blaming his struggles solely on the legal battles, McIlroy admitted they have been a significant distraction.

“But as a golfer you want your mind as clear as possible, and it’s obviously hard for that to happen if you’ve got other things that are going on that, firstly, you don’t want to happen, and secondly you don’t feel should be happening,” he explained. “It’s been a distraction.”

See, we knew he wasn’t faking it by sending tweets like the one he sent last month. The good news for McIlroy is he’s only 24 years old. Assuming he gets his legal issues straightened out, he has more than enough time to get back to dominating the sport.

Lindsey Vonn: Tiger Woods is ‘dorky-goofy’

Lindsey Vonn Tiger WoodsVery few people think of Tiger Woods as a “goofy” guy. There’s a reason Tiger looked hilariously awkward last month when he and Matt Kuchar busted out the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” handshake at The President’s Cup. That rare moment of light-heartedness likely didn’t surprise Lindsey Vonn.

Vonn discussed her relationship with Woods on Katie Couric’s show earlier this week. The way she described Tiger may make him a little less intimidating when he wears his red shirt on Sundays.

“He’s funny,” Vonn said when asked what Tiger is like as a person. “He’s really laid back. He’s a great guy, always making jokes, very competitive just like me. We have very similar personalities. If there’s one thing I can say it’s that he’s funny. He’s goofy, like dorky-goofy.

“He’s probably not going to be that excited that I just said that.”

I hate to have to go here, but this is the same Tiger Woods who was bagged sexting things like “I’m Blasian” with smiley faces next to it during his infamous sex scandal days. He may be incredibly serious on the golf course, but in a way we kind of knew he was dorky.

Related: Lindsey Vonn admits she’s ‘a little crazy’

H/T NBC OlympicTalk

US Team celebrates President’s Cup victory by bro’ing out hard


The United States team avenged its Ryder Cup loss on Sunday with a victory over the International Team in the President’s Cup. There were times on Friday and Saturday where it appeared the Americans were headed for another collapse, but they were ultimately able to hang on. After the tournament ended, a group of bros celebrated with the President’s Cup trophy.

Those bros were Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Tiger Woods and US captain Fred Couples. Dufner’s wife Amanda shared a photo of the major champions enjoying the victory. Bradley wore the trophy on his head and Tiger even stepped outside his shell and went with a backwards hat. Phil was unprepared for the photo as a result of seeing a ghost.

Next time you’re wondering what a room full of pro golfers who have won 22 majors looks like, look no further than this.

John Daly tells Miley Cyrus sex is just as good at age 40 as it is at 20

john-dalyJohn Daly loves to party. They don’t call him “Wild Thing” for no reason. Despite his uncanny ability to drive the ball well over 300 yards on a consistent basis, Daly over the years has mastered the art of making headlines for all the wrong reasons. In that sense, he and Miley Cyrus have a lot in common.

Cyrus appeared on the “Today Show” on Monday morning and discussed a wide range of topics with Matt Lauer. Of course, Lauer had to ask her about stuff like swinging naked on a wrecking ball and dry humping foam fingers. At one point he asked Miley if her “sexual side” is just a phase that will run its course.

“Well, I heard when you turn 40 things start to go a little less sexual,” Cyrus responded. “Probably around 40, around that time. I heard that’s when people don’t have sex anymore, so I guess maybe around then.”

Daly, who has been married four times, is 46 years old and took offense to Miley’s comment. He sent her a tweet to let her know how he felt about it.

Not all guys in their 40s park their RV outside of Hooters and talk about how their ex-wife wanted them to pay for sex, John. Miley was just speaking in general terms.

H/T The Big Lead

Amy Mickelson pushes Lindsey Vonn’s golf cart out of mud (GIF)


Amy-Mickelson-Lindsey-Vonn-cartAnyone who reads LBS on a regular basis knows how much we love WAGs. Who doesn’t, right? The only thing we love more than WAGs themselves are WAGs who aren’t afraid to help each other out in a tough situation. Phil Mickelson’s wife Amy did just that for Lindsey Vonn at the President’s Cup on Sunday.

Some nasty weekend weather at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio led to muddy conditions. At one point, Vonn got her golf cart stuck in the mud while trying to drive up a hill. That’s when Amy Mickelson sprung into action (with the help of a course official) and pushed Vonn’s cart to safety. Talk about sportsmanship.

GIF via Adam Sarson
H/T Eye on Golf

Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar bust out ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ handshake (Video)

Tiger-Kuchar-Fresh-PrinceTiger Woods and Matt Kuchar were paired together for the morning four-ball round at The President’s Cup on Thursday. We have grown used to seeing Woods stone-faced and focused in any type of golf setting. Needless to say, a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” handshake would typically be out of the question for Tiger.

Not at The President’s Cup, it would seem. After Kuchar knocked in a putt to birdie the first hole and give himself and Tiger an early lead, the fellow Americans broke out the high-five that Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff made famous on the 1990′s sitcom. It will be interesting to see if they do it for the remainder of the tournament, as it was obviously rehearsed ahead of time.

Could this be a new Tiger we’re seeing? Naw, he’ll probably be back to swearing up a storm by hole 15.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the original handshake, here it is: