Best of the week in golf from Abu Dhabi and Humana Challenge
Best photos, shots, rounds, overachievers, and the best quote we might get all season.
Take a break from the Richard Sherman debate and let's jump into what was a pretty eventful week of golf.
If you missed the last week in golf, here's a summary ...
Top three stories
1. The Phil Mickelson Experience: It is unrivaled in sports. He almost missed the cut in Abu Dhabi, then shot a tournament-best 63 on Saturday, then came unraveled on Sunday with a triple bogey on the back nine in which he tried to hit a ball right-handed. Golf is never boring with Lefty around.
2. Rory McIlroy does his best Tiger Woods impression: McIlroy took the fewest strokes of any golfer at the Abu Dhabi Championship but a bad drop and ensuing two-stroke penalty kept him from victory. Just like his mentor.
3. Patrick Reed makes all of the birdies: Stateside, Reed set a new 54-hole PGA Tour scoring record by getting to 27 under over the first three rounds at the Humana Challenge. His last round was a mess but he eventually went on to win by two over Ryan Palmer.
Pablo Larrazabal won for the third time in his career on the European Tour. The four golfers who have been runners-up to him in those three tournaments? Colin Montgomerie, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy.
Patrick Reed joined Harris English and Rory McIlroy as the only two golfers on the PGA Tour under the age of 25 with multiple wins.
This is Pablo Larrazabal to basically win the Abu Dhabi Championship.
Oh, yeah, it's not even close.
Scorecard of the week
Just look at all these birdies from Patrick Reed:
How lucky can this guy be?
Coolest phone call
How awesome is this?
It just keeps getting better and better.
"You know me, I've done some crazy shit in my career." -- Phil Mickelson after double-hitting a ball right-handed that cost him the Abu Dhabi Championship.
Best quote (Part II)
"Almost seems like I'm in a putting coma." -- Patrick Reed after his third straight 63 at the Humana Challenge.
The winner gets ...
Patrick Reed took home $1.03 million for winning the Humana Challenge.
Pablo Larrazabal took home $445,561 for winning the Abu Dhabi Championship.
Stat of the week
It's Jan. 20 and there are already nine golfers who have topped the $1 million mark on the PGA Tour this season (which for the first time started in October). From 1968 (when the PGA Tour moved away from the PGA) to 1992 there were nine total.
This flash mob at the Abu Dhabi Championship dances on one of the greens. Repair your divots, fellas.
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It's just so ... perfect.
Golfer you need to get familiar with
Not to go overboard on this Pablo Larrazabal stuff but if the season ended today Larrazabal would finish two spots outside of an automatic nod for the 2014 European Ryder Cup team. He has about nine months to rectify that.
Bill Clinton was all over the place at the Humana Challenge.
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Pablo Larrazabal was 100-1 to win the Abu Dhabi Championship. Not only did he win, but he bested Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy to do it.
Henrik Stenson was 7-1 to win the Abu Dhabi Championship and he missed the cut.
Wait, he's still playing?
Justin Leonard (!) finished T3 at the Humana Challenge by going 25 under, his best finish since 2011.
Best of Twitter
Rory McIlroy after accidentally stepping in an illegal drop zone and receiving a two-stroke penalty.
Foot fault.....— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) January 18, 2014
Bo Van Pelt after Patrick Reed's third straight 63.
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Two of the PGA Tour's best were invited to hang out with Sean Payton and company
It's not a record, but it's not far off either