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Tiger and Manning and Hank

by Jeff Skinner There was plenty of excitement at the Quail Hollow Pro-Am yesterday. Peyton Manning was playing with his buddy Tiger Woods and Manning was busy signing autographs all day. The two of them had the largest gallery and Manning was doing his best Arnold Palmer imitation signing autographs and chatting with the fans throughout the round. Woods even stopped to sign a few and we all know that’s the toughest signature to get in golf. Maybe a little… Continue Reading

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Quail Hollow Championship (not the Wachovia)

Who do you like this week at The Quail Hollow Championship? (I love that “non-corporate” name.) There is a great field this week on a course many of the pros really like. Outside of the Masters and The World Golf Championships, this is the best field of the year. Ten of the top fourteen players in the world are in the field. Many prominent names are on the past champions list from Quail Hollow: Woods, Furyk, Singh, Toms and defending… Continue Reading

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The “New” Quail Hollow Championship

by Jeff Skinner This is a special week on the PGA tour. It’s not because Tiger and Phil are in the field again. It’s not because of the $1.1 million check for the winner. It is because of the “new” name for this week’s tournament. It is simply called The Quail Hollow Championship. It has no sponsor’s name attached to it. The tournament has a corporate sponsor, Wells Fargo & Co, but they have elected to withdraw their name from… Continue Reading

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Coronas, Oysters and Legends

“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world. So Lorena and Suzann Pettersen go head to head in the final round of the Corona Championship and we don’t get to see any of it. Lorena outlasts Suzann in what looked like a compelling final round. Come on LPGA, get your act together and find someone to get your tournaments on television. Check out the video from the Golf Channel, it’s all we’ve got.… Continue Reading

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Tiger’s Niece Making Her Mark

by Jeff Skinner Welcome to Links Life Golf.  If this is your first visit take a minute to check out some of our interesting and timeless pieces under the Great Articles section. If it is Monday, then it’s the start of a new week of a new golf tournament on the PGA Tour. If that tournament happens to have Tiger Woods in the field, you can expect an onslaught of “Tiger Woods” stories. If that tournament has both Woods and… Continue Reading

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Shivas Irons and the Kingdom at Bandon Dunes

by Jeff Skinner Shivas Irons is coming to the big screen. After years of unsuccessful attempts to make Michael Murphy’s book, “Golf in the Kingdom” into a movie, filming has finally begun. In 1972 Michael Murphy wrote “Golf in the Kingdom” and it became recognized as the classic book on the spirituality of golf. The novel takes place in a heavenly setting called the “Kingdom” on a course called Burningbush and any resemblance to the Kingdom of Fife or St.… Continue Reading

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Plenty of Golf This Week

“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world. There is plenty of golf this week as all the major tours have tournaments scheduled. The PGA Tour is back in New Orleans for the Zurich Classic. New Orleans is still feeling the effects of Katrina, and this tournament has a significant impact on New Orleans. The tournament brings $30 million into the area and donates $1 million to charity. Zurich’s chief executive is Jim… Continue Reading

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Tiger vs Phil, Rivalry or Not?

by Jeff Skinner With Tiger and Phil sitting atop the World Golf Rankings, the debate continues as to whether there is a real on course rivalry between the two of them (John Strege In Golf Digest). Many think that any rivalry is a product of the media. I tend to think it is a little of both. If you saw them when they were paired together at the 2004 Ryder Cup it was obvious that they are not close. At… Continue Reading

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Sergio at a Crossroads

by Jeff Skinner Sergio Garcia is approaching a critical crossroads in his career. Garcia will defend the biggest win of his career at the Players Championship next month and the questions will start again. Is Garcia ever going to win a major? In 1999 a young pro from Spain came to the PGA Championship at Vallaha and literally jumped into the hearts of golf fans everywhere. A nineteen year old Sergio Garcia faced off with Tiger Woods in the final… Continue Reading

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Nice Guys Finish First

by Jeff Skinner One of the nicest guys in golf finally got what he deserved. Nick Price had an up and down final round on the TPC Tampa course, but he rallied to win his first Champions Tour title. His Outback Pro-Am final round of 71 included three double bogeys, one bogey and seven birdies. Price had gone thirty-eight Champion Tour starts without a win. It certainly was too long a streak for a player of Price’s ability. The fact… Continue Reading

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