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Tiger’s Season is a Failure

by Jeff Skinner This may be sacrilegious and I may be the only one that sees that the emperor has no clothes. I probably am forfeiting my invite down to Windemere for a round of golf, but Tiger’s season is a failure. There, I said it. Tiger’s season is a failure. I expect to be excommunicated from the golf world and there are probably a couple of hit men on their way right now to beat me with a three… Continue Reading

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The Playoffs: #124 Wins Beats #1

by Jeff Skinner This is what Tim Finchem and The PGA Tour had envisioned for “The Playoffs”: a leader board with marquee names on the final day. They got just what they wanted. Big names dominated the leader board late Sunday afternoon: Woods, Els, Harrington, Stricker, Slocum…wait, Slocum? Yes, Heath “Party Crasher” Slocum was able to hang with the big boys and sink a clutch putt on eighteen to shock everyone from Tim Finchem to Tiger Woods to Lady Liberty… Continue Reading

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Rookie Webb Simpson Leads The Barclays

by Jeff Skinner The weather wasn’t the only thing that changed at The Barclays on Friday. The leader board saw a lot of movement too. It turned cool and rainy at Liberty National as if the golfing gods were punishing all those players who had criticized the course all week. The course played about four strokes higher than it did in the first round and players found conditions as difficult as they have played all year. A sub-par round was… Continue Reading

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Liberty National; Phil Loves It, Tiger Hates It

by Jeff Skinner I was wondering, as Lady Liberty stood by and watched the PGA Tour start its third “playoff” season at The Barclays if she was thinking “Who are these guys?” Tiger and Phil were both five strokes back of the leaders at one under and the leaders were probably unfamiliar to Miss Liberty and most of the casual fans strolling around Liberty National. Paul Goydos, Steve Marino and Sergio Garcia are all tied for the lead at six under.… Continue Reading

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Tiger, Phil and “The Playoffs”

by Jeff Skinner Tim Finchem’s latest try at convincing golf fans that golf needs a Nascar-like playoff kicks off today at The Barclays. All of Finchem’s tweaking and adjusting of the “Playoff” format goes into motion when they tee off at Liberty National. Liberty National was designed by Tom Kite and Bob cup and built on a former toxic site. It was a mess in 1992 when Rebook founder Paul Fireman and his son Dan looked at the property. At… Continue Reading

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Playoffs? Don’t Talk About Playoffs.

by Jeff Skinner Remember when you were a kid and you were sick and your mom tried to give you some cough syrup. She’d say “it doesn’t taste that bad” and you being a good kid would go ahead and swallow it. Then you start to gag because it tasted like gasoline mixed with pond scum. I have the same feeling about these “FedEx Cup Playoffs”. I just can’t swallow it. The PGA Tour has been force feeding us this… Continue Reading

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Michelle’s Coming Out Party

“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world. Anyone who watched any of the action at the Solheim Cup witnessed the coming of age of Michelle Wie.  Wie played astounding golf and finally met the huge expectations that have been heaped upon her for the last few years.  Wie said, “It was definitely the highlight of my career.” Her play and her poise showed that she may have made a huge step in… Continue Reading

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Michelle Wie, A Star is Born Again

by Jeff Skinner In a year that women’s golf has taken more than its share of setbacks it may have been rescued by The Solheim Cup.  The Solheim Cup was the necessary shot in the arm for the LPGA Tour.  The tour got what it needed the most from the Cup, a victory and great play from its most recognized face, Michelle Wie.  When Captain Beth Daniel made the LPGA rookie a captain’s pick there was some discussion whether she… Continue Reading

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Michelle Wie Thrives at the Solheim Cup

by Jeff Skinner After two days of exciting, back and forth golf the US and Europe are tied at 8-8 going into the final day of The Solheim Cup. Europe fought back during Saturdays Four-ball outing to grab one more point than the Americans and tie the match. The afternoon Foursomes (alternate shot) had two blowouts and two matches that went the distance. The previously undefeated Creamer/Inkster team lost 4 & 3 to Gustafson/Moodie and Gulbis/Kim were beaten soundly by… Continue Reading

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USA Takes the Lead at the Solheim Cup

So the US team was able to finish the first day of the Solheim Cup with a one point lead over team Europe. Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr lead the way in the morning matches and Creamer and super mom Juli Inkster finished up with another win in the afternoon. The spirit displayed by the fans and the players was amazing. Cheers for players on both teams were the norm for the day. Do you want to know what this… Continue Reading

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