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Dec 30, 2015 | 08:23 am

Tiger Turns 40

There's nothing any of us can do about Father Time, so turning 40 was inevitable for Tiger Woods, which he does today (other celebs sharing his birthday include LeBron James, 31; Matt Lauer, 58; and Sandy Koufax, 80). But chances are he didn't expect to see another number with a 4 in it next to his name—416, which is his Official World Golf Ranking, his lowest ever. It's pretty shocking given that he was just No. 1 as recently as May 2014 and that he spent a record 683 weeks atop the OWGR, including 281 from June 12, 2005 to Oct. 30, 2010. To give you an idea of just how dominate he was then, in mid-May of 2001 after the "Tiger Slam," he held a 19.40 lead over the No. 2 Phil Mickelson (32.33 to 12.93), which was about seven points higher than the difference Mickelson and the 200th-ranked player. Jack Nicklaus may be the greatest golfer ever, but Tiger Woods should be considered the most dominate.

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Dec 28, 2015 | 11:00 am

Three For The Money

Forty or so years ago, golf boasted a very definite “big three”—Messrs. Nicklaus, Palmer, and Player. There’s been some talk that the game may again have a triumphant triumvirate in Jason Day, Rory McIlroy (above), and Jordan Spieth. That’s yet to be seen, as they so far have only seven majors among them (McIlroy 4, Spieth 2, and Day 1). But just like their predecessors, the three seem to get along well and are willing to offer advice as needed. Along those lines, McIlroy recently said that he expected Spieth will have a hard time repeating his 2015 success in 2016, saying “self-inflicted pressure” may help knock the current world number-one off his perch next year. “It will feel completely different for Jordan,” McIlroy was quoted as saying. “If you look at the stats at how those who have had a double-major season have performed the next year… it’s hard to back up.” McIlroy should know, as he was in a very similar spot a year ago but went 0-for-majors this year, including having to sit out the British Open after sustaining an ankle injury playing backyard soccer. And as for a new “big three,” what do you think? Do we have one, and are these they? Let us know.

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Dec 25, 2015 | 01:21 pm

Jolly St. Nick

Just in time for Christmas, Jack Nicklaus posted on his twitter account this classic Peanuts cartoon from years back. We're not sure what's more amusing—the cartoon or the fact that Jack has a twitter account. Either way, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year from everyone at LINKS.

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Dec 24, 2015 | 11:35 am

Time to Reflect

What has gotten into Tiger Woods? First he opens up to Lorne Rubenstein in a TIME Magazine interview titled "Tiger's Private Stuggles" a couple weeks ago where said he can't stand watching golf and if he does, like when good friend Jason Day won the PGA, the sound is on mute (take that Nick Faldo!), among many other interesting things. And yesterday he wrote a revealing blog on pgatour.com, looking back at 2015 and ahead to next year. He writes about how he can't wait to see the new Star Wars film, having been a total Star Wars geek growing up with Star Wars wallpaper in his room. He's also looking forward to watching Stanford play in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. Perhaps the fact that he turns 40 on Dec. 30th and has been through so much the last few years, has finally softened him up a little to allow people in. "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,'" he wrote. "Mentally, people who know me know I'm like a 5-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."

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