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Bubba Watson returns to All-Star form, the Donalds attend Michael Jordan's birthday party, and an Olympian challenges John Daly to a drink-off

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we believe Bubba Watson's decision to challenge Tracy McGrady might be the biggest unforced error since that time I ordered the chicken Marsala from an Italian restaurant that touted General Tso's chicken. Let's just say that both choices wound up being

YAHOO SPORTS - 2018-02-20 16:59:38

Bubba catapults, Phil creeps up in Ryder Cup standings

Bubba Watson was an assistant on the 2016 Ryder Cup team. He doesn't want to be driving a cart in Paris. Watson, thanks to his victory in the Genesis Open, jumped from 60th to 10th in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings. The top eight after the PGA Championship qualify automatically for this year's

YAHOO SPORTS - 2018-02-19 18:21:00

6 takeaways from this year's West Coast swing

If I'm reading my handy-dandy wrap-around calendar right, courtesy of the folks in Ponte Vedra Beach, the PGA Tour's "regular season" is now more than one-third over, 15 of the 44 tournaments that lead to "The Playoffs" having already been contested. Never mind that my actual calendar says it's only

GOLF DIGEST - 2018-02-19 14:00:00

Phil Mickelson would love if this relentless grind pays off soon

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - This has to be wearing on Phil Mickelson. He won't show it or cop to it because his entire being is predicated on relentless positivity, but how many more golf tournaments is he going to put himself in contention to win and walk away empty-handed before it breaks him? The


Phil eyes Augusta after third straight top-6 finish

LOS ANGELES - For the third straight Sunday, a valiant back-nine charge came up just short for Phil Mickelson. Mickelson began the final round of the Genesis Open five shots off the lead, but after a chip-in birdie on No. 12 he got within a shot of Bubba Watson. With the leaders a few holes behind h


Bubba Watson ends two-year drought with Genesis Open victory at Riviera

Bubba Watson reacts on the 18th green after winning the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang) Patrick Cantlay hits his second shot on the second hole during the final round of the Genesis Open go


Phil Mickelson ready for Masters after third straight top-6 finish

Phil Mickelson hasn't won a PGA Tour event since the 2013 British Open, but he's been consistently knocking at the door this year. After finishing tied for sixth at this week's Genesis Open, Mickelson completed his third straight top-6 finish. Nearing top form, Mickelson is ready to take on Augusta


Bubba Watson returns to top at Genesis Open

LOS ANGELES - Like any great Hollywood stage, Riviera Country Club is where superstars mix with bit-part players. For every Dustin Johnson or Phil Mickelson who wins here, so too does a John Merrick or a Rory Sabbatini. The 2018 Genesis Open at Riviera promised a star turn thanks to an impressive ca


Genesis Open 2018 purse: Winner's payout is $1.3 million in prize money

The annual stop at Riviera is one of the best on the PGA Tour, and also boasts one of its richer purses. The Genesis Open was, on paper, the best PGA Tour event in years. The hype was justified. It had everything. It had the course, Riviera, the best on the regular PGA Tour rotation. It had the fiel


Bubba Watson leads at Riviera, seeks end to two-year winless streak

Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the third hole during the third round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang) Bubba Watson tees off on the 18th hole during the third roun


Five crazy scenarios for Sunday's Genesis Open final round

LOS ANGELES-Moving day during Round 3 of the Genesis Open produced plenty of names moving into position, setting up the potential for another classic at Riviera Country Club. The five most tantalizing, if not somewhat silly scenarios, in no particular order: Bubba Watson wins a battle of giants to r


Genesis Open 2018: Tiger Woods' tee time, plus full pairings for Friday

The weekend in Los Angeles will start a little early on Friday. Locals and tournament officials are expecting a party to break out at Riviera on Friday afternoon, with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Thomas hastening the sprint to happy hour and the weekend. That trio is headlining an absolute


Genesis Open 2018: Dustin Johnson fades as two other Americans co-lead at Riviera

After the first round of the Genesis Open at Riviera, Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau co-lead at 5 under with a collection just behind them at 4 under and 13 players total within two strokes of the lead. Finau and Cantlay, two extraordinary ball-strikers, combined for 12 birdies and just two bogeys i


Genesis Open 2018: Schedule, tee times, TV/live stream info for Feb. 15-18

The Los Angeles Open. The Northern Trust. The Genesis. Call it what you want. Or perhaps call it the best set-up for a regular PGA Tour event we've had in quite some time. Tiger Woods tees it for the first time at famed Riviera Country Club since 2006 this week in only his third start since his retu


Masters 2018: Five storylines to watch as we head into the pre-Augusta stretch run

The 2018 Masters starts in 50 days. How about that? It always feels so far away in July and September and November, and then the last few months fly by faster than you can say "Jack is definitely still longer off the tee than Gary, but who's counting besides Gary." The first 45 days of the year have


Fantasy Golf Podcast: Is this the week Phil Mickelson finally wins again?

A year ago, Tiger Woods' back was so bad that he cancelled a press conference. But after a long recovery from back fusion surgery, Woods will finally make his Riviera return this week, and it sure sounds like he's not just visiting L.A. to see the NBA All-Star Game. To discuss Tiger's prospects, Lar


PGA Tour Preview: Genesis Open

For the second week in a row, a 30-something outlasted a strong list of challengers to get a big victory. Ted Potter, Jr. held on to par his final 11 holes while paired with Dustin Johnson, who was out-driving Potter by an average of 30 or more yards every hole. Potter won the Greenbrier Classic in


Fantasy Golf: Pebble Beach recap and Genesis Open preview

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Fantasy golf power rankings: 2018 Genesis Open

Ah, Riviera week - one of the best weeks of the year. The classic George Thomas design is one of the best annual stops on the PGA Tour, and this week it will again play host to the Genesis Open. Riviera Country Club, a par-71 that measures 7,322 yards, is considered by many to be a second-shot golf


Stock Watch: Let the sticks do the talking

Tony Romo is eager to show off his skills at the PGA Tour's Dominican Republic stop in March, while Lee McCoy has some developing to do on the Tour's developmental circuit. Each week on GolfChannel.com, we'll examine which players' stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf. RISIN