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Nov 01, 2016 | 08:41 am

President Mickelson?

There’s just one week to go before the Presidential election, and against all odds, he’s still in it. Yes, as it comes down to the wire, he still has a shot—Phil Mickelson still has a path to the Oval Office. We’re referring of course to the Yahoo Sports Presidential Bracket, an online poll that began two weeks ago with a ballot of 64 sports megastars, everyone from Tom Brady to Vin Scully, Derek Jeter to Serena Williams, LeBron James to Dale Earnhardt, Jr., divided into four brackets—baseball, basketball, football, and other sports. Site visitors have voted for their favorite candidates, and now we’re down to the elite eight: in baseball: Hank Aaron vs. Ken Griffey, Jr.; in basketball: Michael Jordan vs. Mike Kryzewski; in football: Peyton Manning vs. Bill Belichick, and in other sports: Phil Mickelson vs. Michael Phelps. The polls for the quarterfinals are now open, so if Lefty is right for you, vote early and often. This may be your one chance this year to vote for rather than against a presidential candidate.

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Oct 31, 2016 | 06:00 am

Rory Skips Another Big Event

Back in early summer, Rory McIlroy decided to forgo playing in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio due to concerns about the Zika virus. Now, he has decided to skip the Turkish Airlines Open—to be held later this week—due to safety issues of a different sort. There have been a number of bomb attacks in Turkey the last year or so, generally attributed to Kurdish rebels of Islamic extremists, with one last week in the city of Antalya where the tournament is to be held.

When pushed for an explanation in Shanghai after the completion of the WGC-HSBC Champions event (where he finished T4), McIlroy responded, “I think it’s obvious,” according to the AP.

By skipping the event in Turkey, which is the third-to-last tournament in the European Tour’s “Race to Dubai,” McIlroy, currently third in the standings for the big end-of-year prize, is all but conceding any chances to win. (Danny Willett and Henrik Stenson, this year’s Masters and Open Championship victors, respectively, have a big lead.) But McIlroy seems okay with that.

“I guess it’s out of my hands,” he said. “I took the decision not to go to Turkey next week. Those boys can battle it out. If I have somewhat of a chance going into Dubai, that's great. If not, they've had big wins over the course of the season. They've played well—two major championships. I'm OK with that... The fact I've won the FedEx Cup this year [photo above] , won the Race to Dubai before, made the decision a little easier.”

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Oct 28, 2016 | 08:00 am

Would You Play a Trump Course?

With only 10 days left before election day, Americans are largely ready for the political circus to end. However, once it ends, the drama will likely not stop. Both candidates have left lasting impressions on the population, and Trump's impression is likely to hurt his businesses. A CNBC news story wrote earlier this month that, "According to Foursquare, which looked at visits from its more than 50 million users, the share of customer traffic going to Trump-branded properties fell 16.5 percent in September compared with a year ago... The decline follows a 7.1 percent year-over-year dip in August, a 14 percent drop in July, and a 17 percent decline in June..." The report only looks at a younger demographic using the Foursquare app and doesn't necessarily reflect a drop in revenue.

Would you play a round of golf at one of Trump's properties, regardless of whether he wins or loses the election? If you would, how about purchasing Trump branded apparel? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

 

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Oct 27, 2016 | 06:14 am

New Clubs For Rory?

While one of Nike’s marquee golfers may or may not return to the PGA Tour in December, the other one is trying out new clubs.

Tiger Woods is probably more concerned with how his body will hold up than what clubs he’ll use once he starts playing again, supposedly at the limited-field Hero World Challenge, Dec. 1-4. But Rory McIlroy is in China right now testing a new driver and fairway woods to replace the clubs he’s currently using.

Two months ago, Nike said it was getting out of the club and ball business, which means its line-up of players—including Woods, McIlroy, Paul Casey, Tony Finau, and Michelle Wie—has to find new sticks to play. McIlroy is teeing it up in the HSBC Championship in Shanghai this week with a TaylorMade M2 driver, 3 wood, and 5 wood, and says that when his season ends after the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship Dubai, Nov. 17-20, he’ll test clubs from many of the major companies.

“The hardest part will be the golf ball,” McIlroy told the AP. “I need something that works. And right now, the Nike golf ball works with the TaylorMade driver and woods, but it also works with everything else in my bag, which is perfect.”

Rory said that Nike has enough golf balls for him to last a couple of years, but at some point you’d think he’d have to switch those, too. You also have to think some company is going to pay him big bucks to do so.

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