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The Grind: Adam Scott shines, hotel beds wreak havoc & golfers get creative

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we’re very concerned. For a second straight year, a bad night’s sleep at a New York metropolitan area hotel gave Tiger Woods a bad back. Don’t worry, Tiger, we’ve got your, um, back on this one. As residents of the area and as proponents of firmer mattresses ourselves, we’re calling on local politicians to address this issue. It’s a matter of public safety!

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I knew I shouldn’t have skimped on that hotel. . .

WE’RE BUYING

Adam Scott: A first major championship win at the Masters ensured 2013 would be a special year for the Aussie. But not winning at least a second event would have been a letdown. Not only did Scott do that at the Barclays, but he did it on a big stage and in dramatic fashion. He narrowly edged four players, including Woods, whose birdie-birdie-almost birdie finish was pretty amazing considering his physical state. Sure, Scott dodged more bullets than Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix,” but he also shot a Sunday 66. Speaking of Scott and Woods. . .

The Player-of-the-Year race: The FedEx Cup wins when we get fantastic leader boards like the one at Liberty National. But more than that, the PGA Tour seems to have more drama than usual when it comes to its annual award. When Woods won the Players in May it appeared he had locked up his 11th award, but now, as many as six players still have a shot at the Jack Nicklaus Trophy. Game on!

Related: Who will win the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year Award?

Lydia Ko: Unfortunately for Ko, Adam Scott’s win stole Sunday’s headlines, but that doesn’t make a second LPGA win by the SIXTEEN-year-old amateur any less impressive. Ko defended her title at the Canadian Women’s Open and it wasn’t even close, as the New Zealander won by five shots. Can you imagine the hype surrounding MIchelle Wie if she had actually won anything as a teenager?

WE’RE SELLING

Matt Kuchar: With a chance to seize control of the FedEx Cup Playoffs (at least, until this week when someone else seizes control) and throw his name into the Player-of-the-Year discussion, the 54-hole co-leader crumbled on Sunday with a 78 to fall to T-19. Two weeks before, it was a Saturday 76 by Kuchar that ended his hopes of a first major championship. The man has had a great year, but it could have been even greater.

Related: Who is the best current player without a major?

Kevin Chappell: The UCLA product was outplaying Tiger Woods, with whom he was paired, and had a first tour title in his sights on Sunday before shooting seven over for his last eight holes. Chappell shot a course-record 62 the day before. Maybe he was another victim of a soft hotel bed Saturday night. . .

The ‘Wozzilroy’ “split”: Rumors swirled that Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki had broken up thanks to an anonymous source and the couple changing their Twitter profile pictures. McIlroy denied it and then a picture surfaced of the two of them eating breakfast together. Whoa, whoa, whoa! Speculating on relationships of public figures? Who would do such a thing?!

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The PGA Tour heads to TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of four events that make up the FedEx Cup Playoffs. This one will feature far fewer shots of the Statue of Liberty, we promise.

Related: The best moments in FedEx Cup history

Random tournament fact: This event features the only planned Monday finish of the year, with the tournament wrapping up on Labor Day. Set your DVRs accordingly.

WEEKLY YAHOO! FANTASY LINEUP

Starters — (A-List): Jason Dufner: The recent PGA champ wasn’t at his best at the Barclays, but we think he’ll get back on track this week on a track where he finished runner-up in 2009.

(B-List): Webb Simpson: A winner here in 2011, Simpson has 13 top 25s in 2013, but no wins. We think that changes here.

Related: Photos of PGA Tour wives and girlfriends

(B-List): Jim Furyk: With four top 10s in the past month, including a runner-up at the PGA Championship, it’s easy to lean on a guy with three top 10s in this event the past five years.

(C-List): Adam Scott: Is there any reason not to play this guy on a weekly basis anymore?

Bench: Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Jonas Blixt dressed like playing partner Rickie Fowler on Sunday. Yep, this really happened:

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VIRAL VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

In case you missed it, the cutest golf rapper in the world is back. Here’s five-year-old Caleb C’s (You may remember him from “I Love Golf”) second release, “It’s Humpday!”:

And then there was Ben Crane’s latest music video effort titled “Bubble Boy,” a play on being the No. 125 player in the FedEx Cup standings. Unfortunately, his season ended when he had to withdraw with a bad back, but not before he produced this:

We’re getting to the point where MTV’s Video Music Awards might have to add a golf category.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

— This week’s bubble boy, Camilo Villegas, will make a music video about his situation: 1,000-to-1 odds

— Whoever plays with Tiger next on a Sunday will dress up like him: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds

— If Tiger plays this week, he’ll find a way to get his luxury yacht and its luxury bed(s) up to Boston: LOCK

THIS WEEK IN DUSTIN JOHNSON-PAULINA GRETZKY PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Austin Johnson reappears in two photos of himself and brother DJ’s new fiance:

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It’s nice to see that Dustin is sharing his adidas apparel.

THIS AND THAT

blog-cornohole-0827.jpgTiger Woods withdrew from friend Notah Begay’s Wednesday charity event. It’s tough to get a luxury yacht to central New York. . . . My friend, Ed, and I cleaned up in a corn hole (the game where you toss the bean bags into holes on a board) tournament over the weekend while on a bachelor party trip to Montauk. Yep, I have a trophy to prove it. Be proud, mom and dad. Be very proud.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Will we still be talking about ‘Wozzilroy’ next year?

When should Lydia Ko turn pro?

Should I turn pro at corn hole?

– Alex Myers is an Associate Editor for GolfDigest.com. Feel free to email him and please follow him on Twitter since he has self-esteem issues.

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Solar-powered clock a timely reminder to play faster

By John Strege The pace of play is a perpetual issue for which any number of solutions have been proffered (see the USGA’s “while we’re young” campaign). Here’s a new one: Solar-powered clocks. Chomko…

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Golf-Chappell leads with Woods in hunt at Barclays (Reuters)

By Larry Fine JERSEY CITY, New Jersey, Aug 25 (Reuters) – A back nine Sunday shootout looked to be in the offing, as Tiger Woods trailed unheralded Kevin Chappell by one stroke atop a jam-packed leaderboard with nine holes to play at The Barclays. Chappell, looking for his first PGA Tour win, was 12 under par for the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs with playing partner Woods one off the pace after making three birdies in four holes from the fifth. …

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Golf Digest’s Max Adler savors U.S. Amateur experience

By Alex Myers

With 312 qualifiers, there are plenty of great stories at this week’s U.S. Amateur. Forgive us if we focus on one close to our hearts.

Golf Digest staff writer Max Adler fulfilled a longtime dream by playing in the world’s most prestigious amateur golf tournament. And while his scores weren’t quite what he would have liked, they didn’t taint the special memory he made playing at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Related: Our archive of Max Adler content

“I feel like a pretty beaten man after playing The Country Club,” Adler said following a seven-over-par 77. “It was the sternest, longest, but most importantly, most beautiful test of golf I’ve ever experienced.”

Adler’s two-day total of 153 wasn’t enough to make him one of the 64 golfers moving onto the match-play portion of the event at the historic course known mainly as the site of amateur Francis Ouimet’s stunning win at the 1913 U.S. Open. Fellow staffer Ron Kaspriske snapped a photo of Adler teeing off on Day 1:

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A former member of Washington and Lee University’s golf team, Adler previously chronicled playing in the 2010 U.S. Public Links Championship. Playing in his second USGA event provided a new challenge.

“It was a new experience to have upwards of 30-40 people watching you play,” Adler said. “Not exactly a big gallery, but it makes it different.”

Related: U.S. Amateur scores

Adler became the second Golf Digest employee to qualify for the U.S. Amateur when he was medalist in a qualifier at Shorehaven Golf Club in East Norwalk, Conn. Equipment Editor E. Michael Johnson played in the 1982 tournament.

“It was good fun to play alongside some much more talented college bucks,” Adler said. “I didn’t play great, but was happy to soak it up.”

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Golf Digest’s Max Adler savors U.S. Amateur experience

By Alex Myers

With 312 qualifiers, there are plenty of great stories at this week’s U.S. Amateur. Forgive us if we focus on one close to our hearts.

Golf Digest staff writer Max Adler fulfilled a longtime dream by playing in the world’s most prestigious amateur golf tournament. And while his scores weren’t quite what he would have liked, they didn’t taint the special memory he made playing at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Related: Our archive of Max Adler content

“I feel like a pretty beaten man after playing The Country Club,” Adler said following a seven-over-par 77. “It was the sternest, longest, but most importantly, most beautiful test of golf I’ve ever experienced.”

Adler’s two-day total of 153 wasn’t enough to make him one of the 64 golfers moving onto the match-play portion of the event at the historic course known mainly as the site of amateur Francis Ouimet’s stunning win at the 1913 U.S. Open. Fellow staffer Ron Kaspriske snapped a photo of Adler teeing off on Day 1:

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A former member of Washington and Lee University’s golf team, Adler previously chronicled playing in the 2010 U.S. Public Links Championship. Playing in his second USGA event provided a new challenge.

“It was a new experience to have upwards of 30-40 people watching you play,” Adler said. “Not exactly a big gallery, but it makes it different.”

Related: U.S. Amateur scores

Adler became the second Golf Digest employee to qualify for the U.S. Amateur when he was medalist in a qualifier at Shorehaven Golf Club in East Norwalk, Conn. Equipment Editor E. Michael Johnson played in the 1982 tournament.

“It was good fun to play alongside some much more talented college bucks,” Adler said. “I didn’t play great, but was happy to soak it up.”

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Golf Digest’s Max Adler savors U.S. Amateur experience

By Alex Myers

With 312 qualifiers, there are plenty of great stories at this week’s U.S. Amateur. Forgive us if we focus on one close to our hearts.

Golf Digest staff writer Max Adler fulfilled a longtime dream by playing in the world’s most prestigious amateur golf tournament. And while his scores weren’t quite what he would have liked, they didn’t taint the special memory he made playing at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

Related: Our archive of Max Adler content

“I feel like a pretty beaten man after playing The Country Club,” Adler said following a seven-over-par 77. “It was the sternest, longest, but most importantly, most beautiful test of golf I’ve ever experienced.”

Adler’s two-day total of 153 wasn’t enough to make him one of the 64 golfers moving onto the match-play portion of the event at the historic course known mainly as the site of amateur Francis Ouimet’s stunning win at the 1913 U.S. Open. Fellow staffer Ron Kaspriske snapped a photo of Adler teeing off on Day 1:

blog-max-adler-0813.jpg

A former member of Washington and Lee University’s golf team, Adler previously chronicled playing in the 2010 U.S. Public Links Championship. Playing in his second USGA event provided a new challenge.

“It was a new experience to have upwards of 30-40 people watching you play,” Adler said. “Not exactly a big gallery, but it makes it different.”

Related: U.S. Amateur scores

Adler became the second Golf Digest employee to qualify for the U.S. Amateur when he was medalist in a qualifier at Shorehaven Golf Club in East Norwalk, Conn. Equipment Editor E. Michael Johnson played in the 1982 tournament.

“It was good fun to play alongside some much more talented college bucks,” Adler said. “I didn’t play great, but was happy to soak it up.”

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American Austin penalized four shots for carrying 15 clubs (Reuters)

By Mark Lamport-Stokes ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – American Woody Austin was docked four strokes during Friday’s rain-hit second round at the PGA Championship for carrying an extra club in his bag for two holes. Players are permitted to carry no more than 14 clubs and Austin discovered that he had 15 with him as he played the par-three third at Oak Hill Country Club. The 49-year-old, a four-times winner on the PGA Tour, immediately declared the extra club out of play and reported the mistake to a rules official once he completed the third hole. …

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Few surprises in first round of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur

By Brendan Mohler CHARLESTON, S.C. — The first round of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur at CC of Charleston came to a close without many surprises. Among several contenders advancing to the Round…

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