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Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth
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The coming year "will feel completely different for Jordan" Spieth, Rory McIlroy says.
After winning two straight majors en route to one of the best seasons in PGA Tour history, how will Jordan Spieth fare in 2016? If anyone has any perspective on that topic, it's Rory McIlroy, who put together his own two-major season in 2014.
"It will feel completely different for Jordan," McIlroy told The Telegraph newspaper in Britain recently. " If you look at the stats at how those who have had a double-major season have performed the next year… well, it's hard to back up. 
"There's so much expectation, so much attention and focus," he added. "And I think it is more self-inflicted pressure, really, as your expectations are so high."
McIlroy, of course, entered 2015 fresh off major victories at the 2014 PGA Championship and British Open. He won in Dubai early, and captured the Cadillac Match Play Championship and the Wells Fargo Championship in the next couple of months. He finished fourth in the Masters and tied for ninth in the U.S. Open before injuring his ankle playing soccer back in Northern Ireland.
"This time last year, mine [expectations] were through the roof coming off a great season, winning those back-to-back majors," he explained. "And although I started well, I never felt I really got into my stride with the injuries and stuff."
He recovered from the ankle injury in time to claim the European Tour's Race to Dubai money title, and recently underwent laser eye surgery, which he believes will help his putting – especially at places like Augusta National, where he will return in April seeking to complete his career Grand Slam.
"My vision is so sharp. It has to help putting, help me read the lines on the greens, where there is definitely room for improvement," he told the newspaper. "What the doctor said was that it might just be the same vision as you have with your contact lenses when you are far away, but close up – 20, 30 meters – is when people notice the sharpness."
Many of McIlroy's goals for 2016 will be the same as 2015 – especially for the Masters. "Obviously, Augusta is important and I will be playing two extra events leading up to it," he said. "I want want to get in a full rhythm where it doesn't feel like the start of the season."
He also admitted that Spieth's emergence as a peer is impacting his preparations.
"There have been times there where I've thought I’ve been playing well, but only making par and then you looked up and Jordan Spieth is 12-under for two days," he told the newspaper. "I'm not saying I was undercooked this year, but I definitely won't be next year."
Tiger Woods
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From Justin Rose to Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods received plenty of good wishes on his 40th birthday.
Tiger Woods turns the big 4-0 today, and he's getting a lot of birthday love on social media. If you ever wondered what his fellow pro tour players thought of the Big Cat, the messages give you a pretty good idea. 
Here is a representative sample, from tour players and others throughout the world of golf:
December 29, 2015 - 10:17am
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Ice golf
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Got a hankering for golf, but experiencing life on a frozen tundra this time of year? No problem. Just lace up the skates.

People who are addicted to golf will go to great -- even preposterous -- lengths to play the game they love.

Well, some folks from Sweden are taking that to another level. In case you didn't know, it's cold there this time of year. We're talking snow and a lot of ice.

How the heck are you supposed to hit the links in conditions like that?

Easy. Just lace up the ice skates.

Check out this find by's Joel Beall, a video from a man named Jacob Grahn, who -- as Beall notes, "wasn't going to let a little thing like 'the course is covered in ice and snow' stop him from teeing it up."


Not exactly the safest form of golf these eyes have ever seen. 

December 29, 2015 - 9:57am
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We've long known about Steph Curry's affection for golf. Now we get to see a photo of the NBA superstar from his high school golf team.

By now we all know that NBA superstar Steph Curry is a golf nut.

On Monday night, ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted out a photo of Curry with his high school golf team.

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Check it out:


Curry, whose Golden State Warriors improved to an unbelievable 29-1 record with a 122-103 win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday, carries a handicap between 2-5.  

December 26, 2015 - 10:02am
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Bubba Watson takes a pie to the face on Christmas Day while son Caleb watches in amusement.

Santa Claus could have gotten Caleb Watson something a little less messy for Christmas, like "Chutes and Ladders" or "Twister."

Instead, he brought "Pie Face." And dad just had to give it a try.

Watch as Bubba Watson gets a face full of whipped cream as Caleb watches with glee:



All in all, it could have been worse. There's an actual game out there called "Doggie Doo." We'll let you look up the specifics.


December 26, 2015 - 9:35am
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Tiger Woods poses for a Christmas photo with his children and pets.

In his most recent "Christmas letter" posted to his website, Tiger Woods reflected on the ups and downs of a difficult 2015, his hopes for a return to competitive golf in 2016 -- and his feelings about turning 40 on Dec. 30.

Here are a few excerpts. You can read the full letter here.

On the past season:

As far as 2015, it was a tough year physically and took a toll on my body. I had to battle through a swing pattern change and get that organized, because it was awful at the beginning of the year. I didn't play for the longest time because I was stuck. To come back on the hardest venue of any course on the short game at Augusta National and tie for 17th, was pretty special to get myself back into it.

On what he expects in the near future:

The thing I'm looking forward to the most about 2016 is getting back out there again. I've missed it, and I would like to do it pain-free. I haven't done that in what seems like a long time. I've had it in spurts the last few years and have done some pretty good things, but I'd like to have sustained health.

Hopefully, I'll be able to play my way onto the Ryder Cup Team. Either way, I'm excited about being named a vice-captain. It will be new, fun and special. To have Davis appoint and trust me is pretty special. If you look back to when we played together in 1999 at Brookline, I don't think either one of us would have foreseen this. But here we are in leadership roles.

Hopefully I can play and lead at the same time and not just be on the sideline. All of us who have been a part of any of the teams over the years, once you've experienced it, you want to be a part of it. It's really hard to describe unless you've been in one of those team rooms and know what goes on.

And Tiger on the big 4-0:

My friends keep asking me how it feels to be turning 40 at the end of the month and my response is, "It depends when you ask me." Mentally, people who know me know I'm like a five-year-old. Physically, sometimes I feel old and sometimes I feel like a teenager. I don't like the polar opposites of the two. I'd like to be somewhere in the middle where I feel 40.