David Toms lost in a playoff last week at THE Players and followed it up with a W at Colonial (PGA Tour, Devil Ball)

Final round wrap-up from Colonial (PGA Tour)

The up-to-date FedEx Cup leaderboard (PGA Tour)

Fila purchased Acushnet (Titelist and FootJoy) for $1.23 billion (Wei Under Par)

Suzann Pettersen beat Cristie Kerr to end her 20 month winless streak (Wei Under Par)

Padraig Harrington will miss the BMW PGA Championship due to a knee injury (Wei Under Par)

A detailed look at Ian Poulter’s fall at the Volvo Match Play (Devil Ball, Geoff Shackelford)

Is Lee Westwood’s vagina taking him off twitter? (Devil Ball)

Tiger Woods is #12 in the WGR… How far will he fall? (Geoff Shackelford)

America’s best 100 courses by state (Golf Digest)

How to play golf Pt. 4 (Golf Digest)

How to: The Stack and Tilt Swing (Golf Digest)

PGA Tour Confidential (Golf)

The Week in Golf picture style (Devil Ball)

First round recap at Colonial (PGA Tour)

Thursday highlights from the Crowne Plaza Invitational (Golf)

Round one wrap-up (PGA Tour)

First round leaderboard (PGA Tour)

Second round tee times at Colonial (PGA Tour)

After losing last week in a playoff, David Toms holds a share of the 18 hole lead (Golf)

Lee Westwood and Luke Donald both won at the Volvo Match Play (Golf)

Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie both advance in the LPGA Tour Sybase Match Play Championship (Golf)

How to play golf Pt. 3 (Golf Digest)

The five best sudden death playoffs ever (Golf Digest)

Playboy magazine (they are still publishing?) offers their take on John Daly (Wei Under Par)

Dick Ebersol has stepped down as head of NBC Sports. What does that mean for golf? (Devil Ball)

Tiger Woods is going to fall out of the Top 10 for the first time since 1997 (Devil Ball)

How Jack Nicklaus created ESPN/Sports Center tradition (Devil Ball)

The Volvo Match Play explained (European Tour)

The 10th anniversary of the Casey Martin case (Geoff Shackelford)

Apparently Sean O’Hair is the problem, but I still blame Rory Sabbatini (Geoff Shackelford)

Final round highlights from TPC (PGA Tour)

An in depth look how #17 performed in 2011 (PGA Tour)

Top Shelf Goydos had a nice showing (PGA Tour)

Sergio posted a final round 65 (PGA Tour)

More highlights from TPC (PGA Tour)

David Toms has an attractive wife (Barstool Sports)

Ian Poulter did NOT want a 5:30 AM wake up Sunday morning (Wei Under Par)

Choi’s Bois at TPC (Wei Under Par)

More Phil quotes (Wei Under Par)

Phil almost aced #17 (Wei Under Par)

Chris Wood almost won on the Euro tour, here’s a look at his career (Wei Under Par)

Speaking of #17, Charlie Hoffman found the drink (Devil Ball)

Graeme McDowell had the 54 hole lead (Devil Ball)

Johnny Miller doesn’t like Ian Poulter’s rush to avoid an early Sunday morning wakeup (Devil Ball)

Here’s some stories you may have missed over the weekend (Devil Ball)

Steve Stricker was in contention again in Florida (Golf Digest)

2011 TPC winner, KJ Choi’s swing sequence (Golf Digest)

Where does Tiger Woods go from here (Golf Digest)

So what’s happened today?

David Toms has taken over the lead at -10. At the moment Nick Watney, who had the lead at the start of the day, is one stroke back. As I’m typing this, Bubba Watson just hit a drive 341 yards and Sergio Garcia toyed with danger on 17. But don’t worry, 17 got the better of Paul Goydos (Sergio smiled /2008′d). Speaking of Sergio, will his putter be his friend or his enemy?

David Duval opens with a -2/70 and follows it up with a +4/76; he missed the cut.

Defending champion, Tim Clark withdrew after 10 holes with an apparent elbow injury.

Geoff Ovilvy also withdrew with a left shoulder injury after 9 holes.

Rickie Fowler started the day at +5 with a 77, managed to shoot -4/68 while fighting the flu. But his hat stayed on forward. Let’s not get sand in our vagina’s.

Rory Sabbatini is the worst at basically everything.

Phil Mickelson eagled 16. He is currently sitting at -2 after back to back rounds of -1/71. Today Phil was disappointed with inconsistency today. He shot a 31 on the front and the big 4-0 on the back. Speaking of a disappointed Phil, he’s had some things to say as of late. When asked about his performance in the first round, on the 13th hole, Phil had this to say:

“I don’t know what to say. I don’t know if it’s the set-up or the design, but I just don’t agree with that, I thought the question was would it stay up on top and be by the hole or was it going to roll down in the low area? I didn’t know it could possibly go in the water. I think when I design golf courses, I try not to screw the player like that. I try to keep it a little bit fair. I don’t know what I could have done differently. I’m disappointed with myself and my focus throughout the round today. I can do better than that. There were some low scores out there this afternoon today, and I felt like I should have been one of them. But I’ll get out here tomorrow morning and see if I can put it together.

Matteo Manassero, the 18 year old Italian is the youngest player ever to make the cut. He had rounds of E/72 and -2/70.

Hunter Mahan, I hate you too. But not as much as Rory Sabbatini. I’m a beard kind of guy, but shave that shit bro. You look like you molest collies.

I can’t find video of this yet, but Michael Bradley has apparently thrown his driver in the water. Some fans dove in after it, and some how he is using it again.

KellyTilghmanGC: Fan climbs down lake wall to rescue Michael Bradley’s driver. If Bradley birdies & makes cut on number, he should slip fan some $

If there is a God, there won't be another Brian Gay win this weekend...BO-RING!

Before we get to the picks, lets take a quick look at the standings, shall we?

Standings:

  1. His Holiness 096: 84
  2. Lefty: 198
  3. AC: 224 + 25 = 249
  4. The guy who keeps taking shitty golfers: 225
  5. Schneider:  233

As a Cleveland Indians semi-fan, I can appreciate what’s happening between 3-5 here.  It’s like the annual race between the Indians, White Sox and Royals to see who can be the worst team in a division full of awful teams.  AC is like the White Sox in that he makes his picks based on whether or not a player looks like he’s taking a dump when he swings, Tips is like the Indians in that every pick he makes turns to rusted iron and Schneider?  Well, he’s obviously the Royals because he’s just straight terrible but gets a Greinke-from-2009 start every now and then like last week’s pick of Tiger.

Anyways…this has quickly devolved into a one man race.  That man?  Me.  And not to leave out Lefty but Lefty’s obviously the Tigers…not because of any resemblance or anything, but because he smells like industrial waste, much like the entire state of Michigan.

So, anyways, who am I picking?:

I’m taking Lee Westwood and considering this my risky pick.  Sure, it might not sound risky, but I couldn’t find ANY history of Westwood playing this event and am basing this pick solely on the idea that one of the world’s best iron players SHOULD be able to dominate a run of the mill TPC course.  It’s also risky because Westwood is chokey…but four top 10′s in seven US events bodes well for everyone’s least favorite bridesmaid, so hopefully he pulls his huge head out of his gigantic ass and takes some of my points with him when he leaves with a win on Sunday.

And for the record, I don’t like this pick one bit.  I was THISCLOSE to taking David Toms, but I don’t take golfers shorter than my sister unless they’re named Sergio Garcia.

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