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  • Phil Mickelson has a thing for trying obscene shots at The Barclays.

    A year ago, Mickelson played not once, but twice, from a carpeted hospitality area. On Saturday at Plainfield Country Club, Mickelson was at it again, this time trying to hit a backward shot on the 18th.

    Mickelson's drive landed on the downslope leading into a greenside bunker at the drivable hole. The left-hander faced a tricky wedge shot which, at best, would probably run through the green. So, Mickelson decided to try something unconventional. He tried to hit the ball backwards -- that is, behind him -- onto the green. It's a trick shot Mickelson has demonstrated on video and has even pulled off in practice rounds, but it was especially gutsy to try in competition. 

    The shot didn't work out, landing in the bunker Mickelson was trying to flop behind, but he hit a brilliant bunker shot for his third, leading to a par save. Mickelson shot 1-under 69 on Saturday, but is nine shots behind co-leaders Sang-moon Bae and

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  • That was fast.

    Jordan Spieth's first reign as No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking will end on Sunday night after the two-time 2015 major winner missed the cut at The Barclays in New Jersey.

    From the outset, Spieth said the Donald Ross-designed Plainfield Country Club didn't fit his eye, not appreciative of green complexes that require wedge shots to be thrown past the hole with the hope of spinning back toward the pin. After getting out to a good start on Thursday with an opening birdie on the 10th hole, Spieth's second nine in Round 1 turned into a disastrous 5-over 40. 

    Spieth got out to a similar good start on Friday, needing a round of 68 or better to make the cut. He birdied the first, but then, after two pars, got on the bogey train, making four bogeys around a birdie in a five-hole stretch.

    Things got worse on the par-5 12th when Spieth's second shot landed short of the green in a hazard. While searching for his ball, Spieth accidentally stepped on it in the weeds. He took

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  • Jordan Spieth didn't mince words after his 4-over 74 to open The Barclays.

    “I would argue that this was — after the tee shots — the worst round I’ve played in years,” Spieth said Thursday after his round at Plainfield Country Club.

    The score was Spieth's worst since an opening-round, 3-over 75 at The Players back in May. Spieth played for the first two days with Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, who made noise throughout the week that the reaction to Spieth's record-setting Masters win was overblown and he was nowhere near done yet. Spieth looked nervous in the opening round and played poorly.

    He seemed uncomfortable again on Thursday and didn't perform well. Afterward, Spieth confirmed the Donald Ross-designed course doesn't suit his eye.

    "I'm not a big fan of poa annua (a type of grass) greens in general," Spieth said. "I don't seem to putt as well on them. Doesn't mean you can't. And then for me, personally, I struggle with wedges when you have to fly it at least to the hole.

    "I like

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  • Sometimes trying the "Hero Shot" is a bad idea. Tour golfer Peter Malnati provided an example on Thursday at the WinCo Foods Portland Open, when his second shot landed in the hazard short of the green at the par-3 12th. Malnati, who is fourth on the tour's money list heading into this week's regular-season finale, decided to play the shot from the muddy lie instead of taking a drop and a penalty stroke.

    The shot didn't go well, with the ball rolling back into the hazard and mud getting all over his light-colored clothes.

    Malnati's reaction was hilarious, "Are you kidding me?! All of this for that?!"

    He went on to make quadruple-bogey 7 en route to 4-over 74 in the opener at Pumpkin Ridge.

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • If you just want golf, skip the first 14 minutes of the show, where we talk about the tragic murder of two journalists on live TV in Virginia and the important conversations we need to stop and have so we can move forward as a better society.

    The second half of the show is a preview of The Barclays, including a suggestion for a better, yet reasonable, finish to the Tour Championship and FedExCup.

    Be sure to subscribe to our podcast on iTunesTuneIn or Stitcher.

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Adam Scott won't be able to use the anchored putting stroke come Jan. 1, 2016. It's been banned by the game's governing bodies.

    However, the long putter that Scott has been using for the last five years will remain legal. 

    Scott has decided, then, that he's sticking with his original plan: He's going to keep using the long putter, but stop anchoring it to his body.

    “I’ve got as far as I see it two good options. I can un-anchor the long putter -- I do that well -- or putt with a short one -- and I know what I’m up for there because I used it a few rounds this year,” Scott said to on Wednesday ahead of The Barclays in New Jersey.

    “I like the long one with the same action I’ve been using. I just have to shorten the putter a few inches and everything else stays the same. The putter is so good, if there was any concern of it not being stable when it’s un-anchored it’s gone.”

    In March, Scott tried to make the switch from the broomstick putter with an anchored stroke to a slightly

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  • The Captain took money off the Commander-in-Chief on the golf course, and President Obama isn't too happy about it.

    The two played together as part of a foursome at the elusive Shadow Creek in Las Vegas back in November 2014. When Obama arrived on the range, as he told a Las Vegas audience on Monday, he saw a nervous-looking Jeter shanking balls.

    "I said, ‘You play golf Derek?’ And he said, ‘I just started two weeks ago,'" Obama said, according to Politico. 

    Turns out, Jeter was playing possum. Obama, who plays in the mid 80s to low 90s, gave Jeter 30 strokes in their match. That was a huge mistake. Jeter plays well, and he hustled the President.

    “[Las Vegas Sun publisher Brian Greenspun] and Derek Jeter stole money from me at Shadow Creek,” Obama said. 

    The cherry on top of the humilation sundae was the post-round photo opp.

    “We had to take a picture of me handing Derek Jeter money at the end of the game," Obama said.

    Obama has come under fire from conservatives that he plays golf too

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  • The FedEx Cup playoffs kick off in New Jersey on Thursday with the start of The Barclays, the first of four events to decide the season-long champion of the PGA Tour.

    Two-time 2015 major winner Jordan Spieth is the No. 1 seed heading into the PGA Tour's postseason, which starts at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., for the first time since 2011, when Hurricane Irene shortened the event to 54 holes.

    Since this is a tournament that moves around, but it's only been at Plainfield once, there's a lot of chalk in our top five this week.

    1. Jordan Spieth — The new world No. 1 obviously wasn’t in the field here four years ago, but he’s playing the best, most consistent golf on the planet, so he’s the obvious top pick.

    2. Jason Day — Had Jordan Spieth only won the Masters (and Dustin Johnson taken the U.S. Open), Jason Day would be in contention for the Player of the Year title heading into the playoffs. He’s won two of his last three starts, with Glen Abbey looking a little like

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  • For those of you that hate watching Tiger Woods, the inside advice to get the media to stop writing so darn much about him was simple: stop clicking on him. 

    And, as Woods struggled throughout this season with several career-worst rounds in the 80s, many of you did -- or at least much less than you did when he was still winning golf tournaments on the reg'.

    However, the 14-time major champion provided compelling theater this past week at the Wyndham Championship, climbing to the top of the 36-hole leaderboard with Tom Hoge in what turned out to be a must-win situation to complete and 11th-hour bid to make the PGA Tour playoffs. Woods failed in that quest, but still posted a T-10 in Greensboro for his best finish of the season. The tease was enough to get a lot of you to pop the channel to CBS over the weekend and see if Woods could pull off the improbable. 

    The final round of the Wyndham delivered a 3.9 Nielsen rating, a 143 percent increase over last year's final round, in which

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  • Martin Kaymer won't be a PGA Tour member next season. 

    How does a major champion lose his Tour card? Well, it's a pretty open-and-shut case.

    PGA Tour members must play a minimum of 15 events each season to maintain their membership status. Kaymer, who has been trying to balance a schedule straddling the PGA and European Tours, only made 12 starts this season leading into the Wyndham Championship. In his 13th start, Kaymer had to find a way to crack the top 125 in FedEx Cup points to make it into the four-event playoff series and then make it through the first two legs of the playoffs to get to the minimum number of events. Since he finished at 139th in the standings, Kaymer didn't qualify and loses his membership status for next season.

    That means a few things for Kaymer. First, any money or FedEx Cup points that he earns next year on the PGA Tour don't count toward the official lists, meaning he can't qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs for the 2015-16 season either. Second, he'll be

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