Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy's victory at Valhalla drew a sizable TV audience.

Rory McIlroy's one-shot victory over Phil Mickelson in the PGA Championship on Sunday produced the highest overnight ratings in five years, according to CBS Sports. 

The household rating was 6.0 with a 13 share, up 36 percent from a year ago when Jason Dufner beat Jim Furyk at Oak Hill, said CBS, meaning that more than 6 million people watched on Sunday. That was the highest rating since a 7.5 and 17 share in 2009, when Y.E. Yang rallied from two shots behind to beat Tiger Woods at Hazeltine. 

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Sunday's final round at Valhalla produced a shootout among four big-name players who owned at least a share of the lead at one point or another in the back nine: McIlroy, Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson. An afternoon rain delay pushed the tournament's finish back to 8:43 p.m. ET, when McIlroy clinched his second straight major title this year.

 

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Sunday's withdrawal from the Honda Classic marked the sixth time in his professional career that Tiger Woods has withdrawn from a PGA Tour event.

Tiger Woods withdrew after playing eight holes in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, citing lower back spasms.

Woods's early exit marked the seventh time in his PGA Tour career that he's withdrawn from a tournament and the fifth time he's done so in the last five seasons. That number is eight if you include the 1995 U.S. Open, where a then 19-year-old Woods -- an amateur at the time -- withdrew after injuring his wrist while playing a shot from deep rough at Shinnecock Hills.

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Here is a breakdown of Woods's withdrawals on the PGA Tour, in chronological order:

- 1998: Woods withdraws before the start of the Kemper Open due to a back injury

- 2006: Woods withdraws before teeing off in the third round of the Nissan Open citing the flu

- 2010: Woods withdraws from the Players Championship after eight holes in the final round citing a neck injury

- 2011: Woods withdraws after nine holes in the first round of the Players Championship citing a knee injury

- 2012: Woods withdraws from the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral after 12 holes in the final round citing a left leg injury

- 2014: Woods withdraws after 13 holes in the final round of the Honda Classic citing lower back spasms

2014: Woods withdraws after eight holes in the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational, citing lower back spasms. 

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Tiger Woods withdrawals through the years
John Mallinger
John Mallinger shows his ball to the crowd after acing the 11th hole Saturday.

Hole-in-ones are so random, but they're so fun to watch.

John Mallinger scored an ace Saturday at the Barracuda Championship in Reno, using a 9-iron from 155 yards at the par-3 11th.

Here's the video:

 

 

It was one of two on the day there. Ben Curtis also aced No. 3, becoming the 16th player so far this season to record a hole-in-one in a PGA Tour event.

Somewhat surprisingly, it wasn't the first time two players had recorded holes-in-one in the same round this season. Bud Cauley and George McNeill did it within a span of about 40 minutes at the Greenbrier Classic earlier this summer.

Watch: Mallinger's hole-in-one at Barracuda
Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson smashed a drive 424 yards on the par-5 16th hole Saturday at Firestone Country Club.

Move over, Webb Simpson. Bubba Watson's playing through.

Watson smashed a drive 424 yards Saturday on the par-5 No. 16 at Firestone Country Club, becoming the first player this year to hit one over 400 yards in a PGA Tour event, surpassing Simpson's 397-yard drive in January at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the top of the long-drive leaderboard.

And now's there a video of Bubba's drive. Just listen to the sound of this swing:

 

 

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Long Drive Championship to return at Valhalla

Just to prove it wasn't a fluke, it was the fifth drive Watson has hit this weekend that was 375 yards or more, according to Associated Press writer Doug Ferguson.

PGA CHAMPSIONSHIP: Masters champ Watson paired with McIlroy, Kaymer

 

 

That's one heck of a way to warm up for Tuesday's PGA Long Drive Championship, to be contested on the 10th hole at Valhalla Golf Club prior to the 2014 PGA Championship. Certainly Watson has to be considered one of the favorites -- if he can keep his ball in the fairway.

But just to prove the old adage "drive for show, putt for dough," Watson bogeyed the hole.

Bubba smashes a drive 424 yards at Bridgestone Invitational
Louisville Slugger bats
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Check out the personalized PGA Championship bats for Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, made by Louisville Slugger.

Wooden clubs in golf have evolved to the point where there's no "wood" remaining. What used to be wood is now a metal clubface on a graphite shaft. 

But since Louisville is home to the iconic Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory, next week's PGA Championship could be just a touch different.

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Long Drive Competition to return

Check out these beauties in a tweet posted Saturday:

 

 

That's a home run in any scorebook.

How far do you think Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy could hit a golf ball with one of those? Now there's a long-drive contest I'd love to see.

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Tiger, Rory get personalized bats from Louisville Slugger
Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley came this close to making an albatross Saturday at the Bridgestone Invitational.

How close did Keegan Bradley come to making an albatross Saturday morning at the Bridgestone Invitational? About the length of his shoe:

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Valhalla will be like two tournaments in one

 

 

That's a tap-in eagle for Bradley after hitting a 227-yard approach within a foot or so of the flag on the par-5 No. 2. That's a fine way to start any round of golf, especially if you're trying to get yourself prepared for next week's PGA Championship -- and also trying to impress Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, who has three captain's picks to use.

RYDER CUP: Who's on the bubble?

 

Watch: Bradley's near-albatross Saturday